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Is it there any particular reason why the main characters of Amagi Brilliant Park are named after rap singers?

To be precise:

  • Kanie Seiya (可児江 西也) is named after Kanye West

    (西 means west)

  • Latifa Fleuranza after Queen Latifah
  • Sento Isuzu (千斗{せんと} いすず) after 50 Cent.

    (Sento is homophone with Cent セント。 いすず can be rendered as 五十鈴 in kanji where 五十 means 50)

So, I guess there is a reason for this and I was wondering what it may be.

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  • Also "Kurisu Takaya", who is presumably Chris Tucker.
    – senshin
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 15:48
  • Maybe KyoAni loves Western rap and hip hop.
    – Catalog
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 22:56
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    KyoAni isn't the one that named the characters. The series is an adaptation of a light novel.
    – Logan M
    Commented Feb 5, 2015 at 23:32

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My guess is that the author enjoys punny/goofy name schemes. The part-time workers hired by Kanie are named Eiko Adachi, Biino Bandou, and Shiina Chuujou-- A, B, and C. (More obvious in Japanese where their family names would be written first.)

And senshin is right-- Kurisu Takaya is a near-direct transliteration of "Chris Tucker". (Fun fact, a similar gag is used in Steins;Gate for the character Kurisu Makise; she often gets called "Christina"/Kurisu-tina.)

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