In Episode 1 of Amanchu!, Hikari states that her nickname is Pikari. In the English subtitles, she offers this explanation

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Hikari: Due to my overly peppy nature, people in junior high called me "Peppy Hikari", "Peppykari", and finally just "Pikari".

Where does this name come from in the original Japanese?

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    I think it might have something to do with the word for lightning strike "pikkari".
    – Hakase
    Jul 26 '16 at 5:56
  • take the p from peppy and ikari from hikari and you get pikari maybe
    – Dragon
    Jul 26 '16 at 12:04
  • @Dragon That was the explanation in English. I'm looking for the explanation in the original Japanese.
    – Torisuda
    Jul 26 '16 at 14:25

In Japanese, Pikari (ぴかり) is one of the numerous mimetic words of the language, meaning "in a flash"/"sparklingly"/"brilliantly", mostly associated with thunder and lightning. (Also, Hikari itself means "light", but I don't really know if it's related or not.)

Given the energetic and cheerful nature of Hikari, it's a fitting nickname.

Some references :

  • Also, Hikari in Hiragana is written as ひかり while Pikari is ぴかり. The only difference is that Pikari uses the small o (forgot what it is called) on the top right corner of the hi (ひ) character. Jul 27 '16 at 12:57
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    Yes, it's basically the same letter with a diacritic (it's called a handakuten if I'm not mistaken) to indicate that the H becomes a P.
    – RdNetwork
    Jul 27 '16 at 14:28
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    I figured that Hikari meaning "light" was a reference to Aria; Akari also means "light", and Hikari and Akari look similar and play similar roles in the story.
    – Torisuda
    Jul 27 '16 at 15:22

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