Did you know that the Character Names in Frieren Come from German words? How would you feel if you were to watch an anime where the protagonist’s name is “Ice”? Or where her companion is “Light”? I don’t have any such cases in memory, but something like that must have happened before, and currently, this phenomenon is occurring with otakus from a certain country.
Character Names in Frieren Come from German words
“Sousou no Frieren” is already one of the most popular anime of the current season, and it has a certain characteristic that intrigues the German audience.
In the story below, we have an account of a German encountering “Sousou no Frieren” for the first time. He mentioned that he met a German friend after 3 years, and the friend asked for anime recommendations.
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He then recommended “Sousou no Frieren,” currently quite popular. However, as soon as he mentioned the name to his friend, he seemed confused, “Frieren? Freezing?”. And then he began to go through the list of characters with this German friend.
It turns out that the names of the characters in Frieren are derived from common German words, so it can be a bit complicated for them at first glance.
For example, “Frieren” means to freeze in German! This even matches her “cold” personality, but as you may have noticed, it’s a common word for them.
Shall we look at other characters? Let’s start with the hero’s group. Himmel, for example, means “Paradise” in German. Heiter, for example, means “Cheerful” or “Serene.” Eisen, on the other hand, means “Iron.”
So in the hero’s group, we have Hero Paradise, Cheerful, Iron, and Freeze. And what about the new members of Frieren’s group? Fern and Stark?
Fern means “Distant,” which fits well with the girl who always seems to be in her own world. Stark, on the other hand, means “Strong.” So we have “Distant and Strong” in her group.
As you can see, the author took various German words that match some characteristic of the characters and named them accordingly.
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