In Hayao Miyazaki's film The Cat Returns there is a character (a fat cat) called "Muta".

His true name is "Renaldo Moon". According to Google Muta can mean many things, including "together with" and the shedding of skin.

So is that the meaning of the word? Or what is it? If it is not the shedding of skin, why is he called Muta?

  • It might not mean anything. It is written in katakana officially.
    – Kai
    Jun 16, 2018 at 0:28
  • "Mute" is a feminine sounding name in Japanese. -ta is usually male sounding. Might be a play on words for "Mute"
    – кяαzєя
    Jun 16, 2018 at 6:36
  • @Kai: Yes, but so are most names that they want to make "cool". They use it a lot in advertising for Japanese words that really should be in Hiragana.
    – user32277
    Jun 16, 2018 at 9:53
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    Sure, but muta doesn't seem to have any common definition in Japanese, and as a name, it lacks context (unlike words in advertising, which usually have a sentence around it, or an image or something) which is why I suggest it could have no meaning.
    – Kai
    Jun 16, 2018 at 13:31
  • @Kai: Ok, thanks! But perhaps someone will know definitely. We will wait and see.
    – user32277
    Jun 18, 2018 at 16:14


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