Midoriya Izuku’s name meaning in Japanese
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Midoriya Izuku’s name meaning in Japanese

Midoriya Izuku written in kanjiMy Hero Academia

Kanji and meanings of Izuku’s name

A main character of My Hero Academia, Midoriya Izuku.

Is his name cool like a hero?

Let’s see the answer together!

MIDORI – green

Midori written in kanji

MIDORI is green in Japanese. The color of Izuku’s hair.

The green color comes from bamboos. The right part of the character stands for scattered leaves and bark of bamboos.

As for Midorya in My Hero Academia, his theme color is green because it’s the color that isn’t used for All Might.

YA – valley

Ya written in kanji

This kanji stands for a valley. The shape of the character pictures water flowing from the water source. It’s one of the most common characters for Japanese family names.

Now you know the family name MIDORIYA makes “green valley”. The name exists in reality, but it’s very rare and there are only 90 Midoriya-san in Japan.

IZUKU – go ourt & long time

Izuku written in kanji

The first letter means to go out and the second letter does a long time.

As for Izuku’s name, I think what’s important is not the combination of kanji but its sound.

IZU has another way of reading and it’s DE. So his name can be read DEKU, his hero name.

DEKU is a wooden doll in Japanese and the word used to mean good-for-nothing because the doll can’t move by itself and be of no use at all. That’s why Bakugo Katsuki called Izuku DEKU with a mocking intention.

But Uraraka Ochaco gave this name a new meaning, saying she liked it in a positive way. It became a tipping point for Izuku and he got to accept the name Deku.

According to the author of My Hero Academia, he wanted to describe a main character who proceeds even if he was covered in dirt. That made Izuku a negative and shy boy. But he transforms from a wooden doll into a real hero with his longing for All Might. And we’re moved to see him change as we know how weak he originally was.

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