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Posted 12/14/14
I always have trouble with names, so I give my characters temporary names until I find something else for them.
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Posted 12/17/14
I have a lot of trouble thinking up "Japanese Male Age 10-25" names, even though I use baby name sites, I end up making them either sound too old-fashioned or give lots of characters names with a common syllable or two. I think in one of my fanfics, about 10 characters' names contained "taka" and I had to do a lot of editing.

If you guys have any suggestions for first/last names that would fit high school Japanese guys, especially bishonen, please feel free to help me out.
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Posted 12/17/14 , edited 12/17/14
I can think of first names, it's last names I have trouble with. I usually use a generator or look at what ethnic background I want them to be and see if the two names go together. I also make sure I don't use names of famous people or current and past celebrities. And of course the time of the story, most first names nowadays are just names, people don't look at backgrounds or origins, if they like the name they'll name their kid that. Last names however, are where it truly matters, it gives an idea of where that character's family is from.
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Posted 12/29/14
It doesn't really matter what you name your characters. Consider Dragonball- Toriyama's inspiration for names was probably whatever he was going to eat for dinner that night or the last thing he touched before getting back to work.
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Posted 12/31/14
I don't know, names come REALLY easy to me compared to other aspects of character gen. Especially when you have an anime/anime-inspired setting then lets you get away with less-than-conventional names.
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Posted 1/5/15
The hardest part of any process is giving it a name.

I can't imagine what name I'd give my child.
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Posted 1/14/15
I use a few techniques to create names depending on the situation. I will list some.

Mix and match method:
rearrange letters in an existing word and match them with letters from another word

Attibute method:
Find the attirbutes that describe the character or place you want to name and combine the words for those attributes together

Mythological method:
Choose a figure from any coutries mythology and assign that name to your character or place.

Rank method:
If your character has a rank, this method is to simply apply the rank as your characters name. For example. If the story you are working on involves a captain in an army, using this method, the name for this character could be Captain.

Real name method:
another option is to choose actual names for a character or place. This involves searching baby names on the internet, unless you know the name already.

No name method: Sometimes, if you want to create a sense of mystery or attibute a sense of identitylessness in a certain character or place, something that canhelp is not to assign it a name at all. If you needed to refer to the place use many different nicknames to show that the place or person is nameless.

Sounds simalar method:
In this method you would pick a word and change it slightly to create a name that sounds similar to the original word.

made up language method:
Another suggestion is to make up your own language and use that to create a name.
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