Other examples of nicknames include: X-chan (substitute X for name of osananajimi/loli), the addition of a "n" (Kagamin), the use of "tan" which is rather forced actually (Shana-tan) and unique ones such as Honey Sempai (Ouran). I have a mental block at the moment and can’t think of any nicknames, despite my vast knowledge of JAPANESE CARTOONS.
Unfortunately, when one googles "anime nicknames", all that is shown are weeabos or FYGs giving THEMSELVES rather horrible nicknames. That is all fine, since it’s them and not them calling us "Hanarou" or "Sakura". The point of this article is not to laugh at those (though tempting) but to experiment whether the effects of having nicknames are the same in anime and real life.
Nicknaming is a popular technique used in anime to intentionally increase the physical and emotional closeness of two characters, like you see often how harem girls will just refuse to call a guy by their real name, instead referring to him as "Chinchin-chan" or whatever. A hypothesis is that the effects of doing so are twofold.
One, the person who created the nickname (thereafter referred to as Nicker) forcefully reduces the social gap between the person receiving the nickname (Nickee). Nicker will get to naturally touch Nickee, perhaps on the arm or head, because if you’re close enough to give a nickname, logic dictates that you’re also close enough to touch.
Two, by openly calling the nickee with the nicker’s personalised nomenclature, it marks her territory. This is not dissimilar to dogs peeing at lampposts or foxes rubbing their glands (ass glands) to secrete musk. Other potential competitors will be scared off by the nicker and nickee’s perceived closeness.
In anime, this is true. But what about real life? Through a set of controlled experiments, Riuva provides some results for analysis. We first created a formula for nicknames which follows a fixed set of rules:
No Japanese words allowed. This is for localisation purposes and frankly, most people with Japanese nicknames are retards who think they are oh-so-cool because their self-conferred name is "Tarou" or "Suzuki" or even "Tsubaki". Lol. Up to a maximum of two naming techniques will be used in tandem. There should be no more than that for it will be overpoweringly fake and pretentious.
The naming techniques are: Shortening of original name, repetition of certain syllables, description of observable or non-existent characteristic (physical or behavioral) and addition of suffix or prefix.
Here are the experimental results. We tested different approaches and to females only, as I don’t talk to guys except on IRC.
Shortname + Observation
The shortening of original name was coupled with the description of an observable physical characteristic. The girl was named Betty and thus, I called out, "FAT-TY! Let’s go on a date!" The results were not pleasant. An earthquake ensued. It appears that physical characteristics may not work in real life due to the insecurity of most females, unlike the super-perfect phenotypes of anime females.
Repetition + Shortname
This time, I repeated syllables. Due to the simplicity, I tried this multiple times and was rather successful, as most responded with a smile or a "Don’t call me that!" The latter is obviously a flag raised in the tsundere direction so repetition is quite the effective technique. Jojo, Momo, Lili, Qiqi and Fatfat worked well. The last was a Fat Yaoi Fangirl, so the abbreviation is obvious.
A happy Yuki.
Observation of Behavioral Characteristic + Suffix
There’s this rather garrulous girl and I approached her, and said, "Noisy-ass". She liked it becaues she then further strengthened that attribute by making more primal noises. Women who like things make lots of noises. I know this through Japanese porn and shopping with women. They really do grunt a lot when doing their favourite activities.
Observation of Physical Characteristic + Suffix + Shortname
For the final experiment, I decided to break my own rules with a three-way name. The result was an astoundingly catchy "ViVi Big Boobs-queen". The girl must have liked it, because she wept tears of manly joy. Tears are shed when games are won in an epic manner and heroes return from a long journey, so I conclude that she realised this was her one true name, returned to her after so many years.
With 3 out of 4 of the experiments successful, we can now safely conclude that nicknames are an important weapon in real life with which to woo girls. Anime is so realistic, we must thank the likes of Gainax and Kyoani for teaching us important chapters in the journey of life.