Kanji and meanings of Kaminari’s name
What does Kaminari Denki’s name in My Hero Academia mean in Japanese?
KAMINARI is thunder and DENKI is electricity. Whole his name represents his quirk!
Kaminari Denki’s name is easy to understand like his personality.
Both his family name and first name show the feature of his quirk “Electrification”.
KAMINARI – thunder
The word KAMINARI means thunder, though we use other kanji letters to mean it (you can learn it right after this!). The only sound is used to represent thunder.
The first letter reads KAMI and it stands for upper direction. The second letter is NARI and means cry or call of animals. It’s also used to express a roll of thunder.
Though there’s no Japanese word of this kanji combination, I think these characters are chosen because they contain the meanings that associate with thunder. The whole name can be interpreted as “roll above the sky”.
DENKI – electricity
DENKI is electricity.
The first letter DEN means thunder and the second one does energy. And DEN’s other reading is KAMINARI.
The word Denki is simply electricity and we don’t usually use it for someone’s name. Kaminari Denki sounds very manga-ish!