Meta Team Name Origin

Another page in the grand and glorious history of Metanorn

Have you ever wondered why the Metateam chose their particular usernames? WELL, LOOK NO FURTHER! As part of Metanorn’s exciting 4th year anniversary, we’ve decided to actually explain why most of us are the way we are. …Before this introduction gets any more confusing, let’s move on to the team name backstories.

So, why Miyu? (*´▽`*)My username doesn’t particularly have a deep meaning, but it does go quite a while back when I just entered middle school. About three years ago when I just found out about the existence of, my kiddy brain (which was filled with gay sparkles, unicorns, rainbows and everything nice) went crazy thinking up impossibly dramatic story plots. In the process of writing my first actual presentable fanfiction, which was based on the Hitman Reborn fandom, I spent about three insane hours discussing about possible names for my main character with my equally-excited classmate… and we went from stupid names like Bananahime (Don’t ask. ( ≧Д≦) I was 13 and weird – still am actually) to marginally prettier sounding ones like Yuki (which has been used in 12397120 other stories already), and eventually we arrived at Miyuki. I liked the sound of it and when I tried typing out its kanji (美幸), I fell in love with it because of how pretty it was! I grew so attached to the name that I began adopting it for myself on various anime-related sites, but when I started commenting on Metanorn I shortened it to Miyu (美優) for… convenience. xD Now I’ve gotten so used to seeing it on Metanorn and Niconico that I think I might actually respond if you call me by my username in real life. Also, sometimes I accidentally sign off as Miyu in emails meant for my schoolmates and end up getting weird stares from them. (´∩`。) At least my 13 year-old self was sane enough not to choose something ridiculous like Bananahime, or else you guys would have had to deal with addressing me a ~banana princess~ in every comment. Oh gosh imagine how amusing that would be. (*´艸`*)

I came up with my name in the late 90s for AOL Instant Messenger, which was becoming the method of communication among my fellow middle schoolers. My name is rather common, so I was having difficulty finding a variation that wasn’t taken. I created this visual pun on my first name, figuring that no one else would come up with a username like this with no vowels. It often gets misspelled and most don’t know how to pronounce it, but I’ve stuck with it.

Books are an important part of my life that consume anywhere from 8-16 hours of my time a week (depending on how busy I am), so it’s no surprise that the name I go by online would be based on a character from a book! One of my favorite teen series, The Hunger Games trilogy, has a character named Gale Hawthorne (oh look, there’s my username). I’ve read the original book four times, so over the last year or so I’ve become attached to the characters and the setting. I do respect and admire Gale as a character, despite his flaws, maybe not as much as I respect Katniss or Peeta, but “Everdeen” and “Mellark” just don’t have the same ring. So I just went along with Gale and here I am! There’s nothing all that personal behind my username or anything I suppose, I like the way it sounds and it’s a reflection of something I enjoy doing.

I, Justin Rowland, am a big sports fan. One of my favorite players growing up was Alex Rodriguez (only the Seattle era, never did care about the Rangers or current Yankees days), and his nickname is A-Rod. There was also Jason Williams during his Sacramento Kings days and a lot of other players who lazily just took first-initial/first-3/4-letters of last name. I, Jrow, hopped on this bandwagon and have since gone by Jrow. I’m not the rapper whose popularity level I have no idea amounts to, I’m not Jessica Rowen who I’m angry with because she has @Jrow on twitter, but I am the guy wearing the Kratos mask you’ll see in a google image search.

I’ve always thought my name was pretty epic. Zabobinator. It’s perfectly versatile, spawning a wide array of nicknames and has resulted in a fair amount of gender ambiguity (Come on, how many of you guys thought I was a guy when you first met me? I know Bass of Sekijitsu thought I was a dude). So how does a boss name like that come to be? Well, I could go easy on you guys and just tell you that I based it off of my last name and it just sort of came to me on a whim. However, that’s terribly boring and not true. At all. And I owe you guys the truth. So, in order to properly explain my title to you, we must go back 10 years to when I was a wee, adorable 8 year old. I was well traveled at that age and that summer I chose to embark on a soul-searching journey to the hot, barren deserts of Egypt. Unfortunately, I ran out of food and water a mere two days into my voyage and as I sat there in the sweltering heat, contemplating my last piece of chocolate and scanning the horizon, I happened upon a rather curious sight. There was a caravan of dwarfs heading towards me! I immediately stumbled towards them, hoping that they may provide some sort of reprieve from my plight. They welcomed me with open, albeit small, arms and I spent the next month or so with them. Eventually, I grew so close to them that they offered to induct me into their clan. The induction ceremony was rather simple – they led me to a giant, purple pyramid in the middle of the desert. I was to spend 3 days and 3 nights in the center of the pyramid in meditation. This was easy enough; I was interrupted only by a grumble or two or fifty from my stomach. As I finally sunk into my spiritual center, a vision came to me. It was the great Pharaoh Hatshepsut. She sat next to me and offered me some potato chips, which I kindly declined because I can’t handle jalapeno flavor. She stared deep into my eyes and said “You. You have a great mind. You will do great things. I dub thee Zabobinator. Go and kick some ass, honeybun.” And thus, I awoke from my meditation as Zabobinator, a wiser person, an official dwarf and a straight up ass-kicker.

Ah, how “anaaga” originated. Man, this is pretty embarrassing, so don’t laugh at me. Well, the first letter isn’t capitalized because I don’t like how messy it will look if I capitalize it. That’s why I don’t capitalize my first letter, so that the letters will have the same height. As for my name… “ana” is part of my real name (for those who read my Brave10 posts, I did mention some pun involving my name). The “aga” is part of the name Agatha. Some people think I want the name “Agatha,” but that’s not the case. I knew a certain Agatha when I was in elementary school. She’s athletic and friendly. Also, she was… My first female love. Oh god, there is it *blush*. Yeah, I really really really liked her, but I was pretty much in denial at that time since she’s a girl. Even if I meet her now (I wish I can meet her again), I know I still won’t be able to see her as a friend only. I want her to be more than just a friend. She will always hold a special place in my heart. So yeah, that’s how “aga” is part of my name. I don’t want to forget her, so I used part of her name for my internet nickname…. *hides in a hole and never comes back*

Well, to anyone who knows me on twitter and etc, Karakuri is short for the longer username I use, Karakuri Ageha. Long story short, I took it from a Vocaloid song of the same name (which is also why I spell it in katakana). It was one of the first things I ever translated to English (a crowning moment for me since it led to otome games in the long run) and I’ve always thought of the song being about this girl who was dumped, so she turns into a crazed yandere (“I’ll rip off your wings so you don’t fly away too” ? Badass line right there). Translated to English, the title means something along the lines of “Clockwork Swallowtail” (“Mechanical Swallowtail”; take your pick). Karakuri on it’s own is Japanese for something mechanical that generally involves a level of trick or deception to it (or just “mechanism” or “trick”; it depends on context). Ageha is the word for swallowtail butterflies. (…No deep meaning there, it just kind of came with the rest of the title.) The name/ song/ meaning I took from the song spoke to me on so many levels, that I adapted the name. Why do I just go by Karakuri? Because I realized later through twitter that KarakuriAgeha is a pain in the ass to type to log in.

So this is always a very interesting question when it comes to our blogger or internet name! Mine is a fairly easy one to figure out if you like rap music because the phrase “foshizzel” pops up in several songs by Snoop Dogg…other than that random bit of information I would say my internet identity really stuck to me back when I started playing a very addictive online game called World of Warcraft. I still can remember the day I created a human priest and then I picked a very random name for my character and shortly afterwards I started naming everything foshizzel as in computers or other characters like changing letters or adding a few for names like Fohdizzel, Fozh or just plain old ordinary Fosh. So if you are ever on Youtube, Skype, Deviant Art or playing a random online game, you might find a form of Fosh in some shape or form that might be me…maybe.

Maybe out of everyone in the Meta Team, my name is probably the most simplest in its meaning. Ness is actually my nickname used by my family and very few selected friends who are too lazy to use my full name or think that it’s cool to just shorten my name. Thus, Ness is short for Vanessa, which is my real name. As to why I chose to be identified as Ness on the web, well I have no real reason. I’ve gone by various other usernames and I thought it would be nice and easy for a change to just go by something simple. I suppose if I wanted to be known online by others for my writing, graphics and such… it would be by this name. I think that if I became a well known graphic artist, I would still stick to being called Ness. It feels a bit more unique… right.

Like a good number of things I do, choosing my username was done on a capricious whim. It was a name that stuck in my head, so I simply used it. The only other time I had used that username other than Metanorn was for my university’s anime club’s forums. No long-standing history, no nothing…Don’t be too disappointed, because the lack of real personal meaning upon choosing it doesn’t end there. The name is taken from a song called Overkooled on the Air Gear OST, but that doesn’t hold any particular importance to me either. Air Gear isn’t my favourite anime or manga, and this isn’t my favourite song either…It just sounded really, really cool. I guess that’s what it all comes down to…projecting that aura of being the cool rolemodel that people look up to. Would I ever change this username? HELL NO! I’ve grown to love it and how badass it makes me sound, and that’s that! I may still hesitate for a minute when people call me OC (I will always read it as ‘original character’), but now I respond just as much to Overcooled as I do to my actual name.

Ah, how did I acquire this simple name? Let’s say some time ago I was part of a galaxy far out in space. Now galaxies are in fact massive cities that consist of  different people, such as stars and stellar remnants. I was part of the star majority and lived in a small galaxy that was similar to that of San Francisco. Among the stars it was becoming cool to visit the Milky Way, a massive galaxy famous for housing Earth. So one time I tried taking a road trip to the Milky Way. I stopped by the obviously titled Milky Way Cafe at its very outskirts and made casual conversation with the barista after ordering a latte. Telling him of my visiting the Milky Way, and possibly Earth someday, his eyes sparkled. The barista suddenly told me of his adventure to Earth: how he landed right into a county called Japan and stayed there for the rest of his Earth life. Arriving back in the milky way with no money, he figured to take the same job he had on Earth, which is why he was currently working at the cafe. He told me about the word the Japanese used for star, ‘hoshi’, with a smile on his face. In front of me, he proceeded to make the kanji for it in my latte with steamed milk. The barista, his story, and the interesting  foriegn name/character for ‘star’ stuck by me throughout my time in the galaxy. When I finally made it to Earth, and became more active on their Internet, I knew I just had to make it my nickname along with my Earth name. And this is how the nickname Hoshi came to be (if you believe me)~.

This should be nothing new for whoever’s been following Metanorn for a while. I think the whole world should be aware of my love for Kara no Kyoukai and Type-Moon in general. Even before I knew the story in detail, I fell in love with the name and the whole concept of it. The more I explored the story, the pleasure was just beyond words. This is a work of art that was brilliantly adapted and the original work is strong enough on its own (you just need to hunt for its translation). So, when I received kanzie’s email of acceptance, I started racing my mind for a cool name. Well, what do you know, Kara no Kyoukai got stuck in my head but I didn’t want to be knows as “church, garden, boundary” and such so I played around with words and used a basic English to Japanese online dictionary to see the alternate meanings. I found Kyokai to mean roughly translate as “Chief or Ring Leader” and my mind said BINGO. That was how I came to this badass name and am glad it’s nothing I will be ever ashamed of later. :3

Do you feel enlightened now? Well you should be feeling enlightened. As you can tell a lot of thought and uh, somewhat delusional impulses have been put into us as a team. The next step? Now that the team has shared their stories, we want to know yours! What does YOUR screen name mean?


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67 Responses to “Meta Team Name Origin”

  1. Gottis says:

    That’s really interesting! ^^

    I’m Gottis, a lurker here since some time, and… Yeah.

    Why am I ‘Gottis’? First of, I’m from an island in Sweden named ‘Gotland’. When I first got online, a good 15 years ago or so, I was a HUGE Sailor Moon fan. Naturally, my nickname/penname had to be based around that, I thought. So what would make more sense than simply calling myself Sailor Gotland? Nothing, I tell you. So of course, Sailor Gotland I became.

    Over the years, I met more and more people and entered more and more fandoms, and Sailor Gotland was simply too long. Somewhere down the line, I shorted it to Gottis-chan. That’s all well and good, and sounded kawaii to boot, but eventually I got lazy and dropped the ‘chan’. (I’ve been called – lovingly – Goat or Gots at times too, but Gottis is my main handle.)

    It’s nice to meet you all~ ♥

  2. skylion says:

    Most people that are into fantasy dig dragons, and the chicks love unicorns. Since I love history and culture as much as I love fantasy, the heraldry symbol of the gryphon has always struck me as cool. Plus, I love his tsundere attitude in Alice in Wonderland. So, for the longest I was gryphon. This was way back in the day before the WWW. This was dial up Compuserve, this was newsgroups, ftp, gophering, fingering, the Well. When I got onto the for real in the mid nineties, gryphon was taken. I didn’t want to settle for some half-arsed combo-word.
    But, being a fantasy fan I was huge into Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. In that the titular character is the king of dreams, and his castle is guarded by a wyvern, a hippogrif, and a gryphon; which was referred to as a Skylion. The name stuck.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Whoa that is one epic origin story for your name Skylion <3

      • skylion says:

        Well, I will give it an “interesting”. Epic is when it gets confused for being a girl’s handle, and I decide to not tell anyone, and then I decide to run with it……fun times.

  3. BlackBriar says:

    That’s a really interesting question!! You guys know how to induce thought provoking posts. Keep it up!!

    The origin of my name was based purely on a whim. I chose it after watching “The Bourne Ultimatum” which was a solid and well done action movie, especially with the fight and chase scenes. My favorite fight scene is where Bourne used a common book as a weapon (LOL. Face Book). That’s what I call inventive:

    Throughout the film, the characters were always mentioning this particular code name: “Operation Blackbriar” and the name stuck in my head like an infection for a couple of days because the name itself was cool. A few months later, I found Metanorn and became a lurker for a while. And when I finally decided to start commenting, I was thinking of other names I was ready to use at the time and at the last minute, “BlackBriar” popped into my mind and I typed it in without a second thought. Talk about playing a game of chance.

    Would I change my name now? NO WAY!! I have no intention of doing such a thing now that I’ve become accustomed to being called BlackBriar, Briar or BB for short.

    • Overcooled says:

      I have a confession. I got my definitions mixed up so I always imagined you as a black friar. Like…an african-american gangster friar. Now I realized that it’s actually a plant (and apparently a code name). I’m so sorry.

      • BlackBriar says:

        No problem at all. Hahaha, it’s to be expected. I, myself, had premature theories about your name as well but I never imagined it originated from Air Gear. I chose my name out of the blue and just because it sounded really cool. You’re half right though about the african thing because it plays a part of my heritage since I’m from the Caribbean.

    • Karakuri says:

      Here I figured it was referring to black roses (briar=rosebush) in some sort of gothic allusion to vampires. OTL

      • BlackBriar says:

        Huh? Hahaha, wow, I hadn’t thought of it that way but I definitely love that reasoning a lot more (it blew my old reasoning out of the water without effort) and it does go with my title nicely. A gothic allusion to vampires and a black rose as a symbol for that kind of romance. Hmmm… Thanks for giving me a new point of view, Kara!!! Now I’m even more prouder of my name.

    • Foshizzel says:

      fufufu awesome name I had no idea it came from those movies xD

  4. Rakkyo says:

    I would’ve shared my full story if not for the fact that it will contain the first half of Kyokai’s backstory directly copy-pasted. XD
    Ah well, I can share the latter part. Unlike Kyokai, I did not try to play around with Kara no Kyoukai and tried to fit it into the name. I was simply browsing Type-Moon discussions on various forums when the name came up. So I looked it up and found that it was a nickname for Kara no Kyoukai and I began to use it. Plus I was kinda an elitist fag at that time(though I never showed it) so I thought “Why not go with a name only a few people will know?”.

    tl;dr I plucked it off some forum.

    Don’t google my name if you wanna search for KnK, coz apparently onions are way more famous than mushrooms or eggplants. 😉

    Zabobinator’s story almost had me, until the purple pyramids and the potato chips pharaoh.

  5. Hato-kun says:

    Anaaga’s name is from a ship… That’s too hilarious.

    I believe Junko gave me my nickname in High School, and it’s stuck a long time.

  6. Ceyrai says:

    Mine’s pretty simple. I was formerly known by another handle (which now is too embarrassing because it made me sound like a pretentious Japanophile weaboo with how long and Japanese-y it was) but I killed that Internet persona of mine and was reborn with an anagram of my real name, Erica Y., which is of course cheating. 😛 I’ve only been Ceyrai for 4 years but I think I’m staying like this for good – it sounds rather oriental and mystical without being dorky. 🙂

    Also, I love how anaaga’s name came to be. That’s so sweet!

    • anaaga says:

      *////* It’s so embarrassing

    • Foshizzel says:

      I read it as ceral but yours works great! My real name is Joey…but the joeys in anime are kind of meh I have no idea what it would look like all “weabooed” lololol

      Anaaga’s name so cuteeeeeo!

  7. Toori-chan says:

    It’s nice to know the origin of everybody’s names. Some can be so straightforward that you’re taken aback while some can going around in circles or into the fantasy world and return.

    Miyu already know my story of getting this name Toori-chan when we met sometime ago. At first I thought of using Shiki of Tohno Shiki (because he was really cool character to play in Melty Blood and Shiki is also a very cool name) as part of my name but I somehow end up making Ryuugi Shiki which I wasn’t satisfied with (but still used it as my Skype name). So I took Tohno instead. Then I took Kaori and made it into Tohno Kaori (徒野 香).

    Since Tohno Kaori is too long to use on Metanorn I tried to make an abbreviation of it. Toori it became. I added a ‘-chan’ to make it a little cuter XD

    • Foshizzel says:

      I like Toori-chan it sounds great and you are right adding chan makes it cute ahahah Foshizzel-chan…hmmm…it has a odd ring to it >.>

  8. Overcooled says:

    Oh my God, anaaga’s username origin. *falls over laughing*

  9. Karakuri says:

    Zabo and Hoshi should get awards for their stories or something xDDD Also, anaaga, that story’s cute levels are off the charts. Seriously.

  10. Bob from Accounting says:

    I get fed up of people embellishing stories about mundane things to try and make them more interesting. That’s why I applaud Zabobinator and Hoshi for giving us the simple truth and leaving it as it is, no matter how dull. Good job, people.

    My name? Yeah, it’s pretty obvious. I love LittleKuriboh. In the Yu-Gi-Oh universe lives (but not for long) Chad from Accounting. In the Naruto universe there was Bill from Accounting (but again, not for long). So I decided that in my universe, there is Bob from Accounting. And he’s me. So far I’ve lasted longer than the others. Must be a damn tall building.

    • Karakuri says:

      Sir, I applaud your courage for staying in the department so long despite such a unfortunate history.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Oh wow! I remember those Yu-Gi-Oh parody videos…damn…and you are right there was a chad and a bill and of course Bob works out wonderfully.

  11. Alynn says:

    Oh man Zabo, your story. I was expecting something more serious, and then suddenly. AKSGFSKFDJGSK

    Anaaga you are too cute!

    As for my name, nothing special, I read a book years ago and I really liked how the name looked, so Alynn it came to be!

  12. kluxorious says:

    I didn’t know you have these many writers for Metanorn. I am in awe at some of the origin, in particular Zobinator. That’s pretty awesome history there if you know what I mean.

    As for kluxorious, I have been using it for well over 12 years now. I have always been fascinated by the Germany, Nazi and the KKK. That’s how the first syllable came about. It is pronounce with the vowel a instead of u though.

    I’m using this name for all my unofficial business so people who I have met for the first time since the last 12 years pretty much knew me by this name instead of my real name. I’m known simply as klux in real life. Even my business cards have this name printed on it: kluxorious kluxces XD

    If it’s not for my family members, my real name would have been forgotten

    • Foshizzel says:

      Indeed! We have quite a few writers some of them are hidden in the shadows xD

      Klux in real life huh? Niceeee would anyone dare care you Klux-chan? LOL

  13. My username in THAT ‘Reverse Vampire’ originated in one of my earlier stories, a Vampire Knight fanfic written years ago (but I already deleted that story, so it’s pretty much forgotten forever) and it so happened that one of the OCs in my story is a reverse vampire, a vampire who isn’t weak to sunlight and sucks blood to remove the vampirism in changed humans. Truth be told and unsurprisingly that OC of mine is a Mary Sue, got bored with the story and deleted it after rereading the chapters I’ve published so far. And the rest is history.

    People find it cumbersome to write ‘Reverse Vampire’ all the time across the web, so ‘RV”s fine too if you’re referring to me (too bad I never seen people using the abbreviated version..yet). Just don’t associate ‘RV’ with the vehicle and I’ll be fine.

    • anaaga says:

      …. VK FANFICTION? DO YOU STILL HAVE IT? I want to read it

    • Foshizzel says:

      When I hear reverse vampire I instantly think of a episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force! In that episode the reverse vampire craves the sun ahahah

      I always thought you had a interesting name RV ;D

  14. Gecko says:

    Haha, interesting stories. I think I like anaaga’s the best though. Too cute.

    As for mine… well, when I made my deviantart account, I was on Science Olympiad, and in the reptiles and amphibians event. (Aka, looking at dead lizards and trying to answer questions about them. failed completely.) But in my handy guidebook, I found a gecko named Gekko gecko. (Scientifically, of course.) I thought it was way too cool at the time, and picked my username based off of that. So it’s gekkogecko. And here, I just shortened it so it would be easier. Everything I do on the internet has gecko in it by now. I just don’t bother to change it.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Indeed! High five to Anaaga on that.

      Ahh yeah I was like Gecko as in the insurance company?!? But hey it works! Then again I always think of Mirai Andou from Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi because she always says GEKKO GEKKO! xD

  15. Yerocha says:

    The best usernames are always the ones with something personal behind them. I think anaaga proved that particularly well.

    Mine is actually pretty simple: I got it from an online game a friend showed me for a bit. He suggested I spell my last name backwards for a good username, and I added the “-ha” to make it look good. It doesn’t sound like much, but after nearly 10 years of using it, there have been far too many memories behind my username to abandon it lightly.

  16. lvlln says:

    One thing I often do is type out my name in all-caps when giving it out to connect on PSN or XBL or something (add me!): LVLLN. Makes things explicit. Though I still often see things like Ivlln, llvln, lvlin.

    • Foshizzel says:

      For the longest time I read it as leveling! But yeah when I read it it spells MIN right? xD

  17. T.K. says:

    Another interesting post! Zabo should get awarded. XD

    My alias, despite mainstream assumptions of it being from Angel Beats, actually stems from an english dubbed version of Digimon 01. The name of Takeru Takaishi was shortened into “T.K.”. Coincidentally, his personality was just like me when I was a kid, and my real name have the initials “T” and “K” in it. The rest is history.

    • Foshizzel says:

      Ah yes I remember T.K. from digimon dubs! Good stuff and it works for Angel Beats 😉

  18. anaaga says:

    Now the internet is going to laugh at my cheesy tory *sigh*

  19. Kitty says:

    Screen name IceNeko.

    We all know Neko is cat. In high school our little group of geeks liked to play D&D, magic, RPGs etc. My element was normally ice, winter, snow, water. It changed depending on the situation. Kitty comes from the alias Katrina aka kitty I used during this games, this equals Ice Cat or ice neko, not all that exciting, not like MIYU!! That story was great XD

    • Foshizzel says:

      Fufufufu I like IceNeko! I can tell why you love fairy tail it does have a huge D&D feel to it with all the magic.

  20. D-LaN says:

    I’d have to say, tht pretty interesting. How many other blog do something similar like this? Also, just had to do this: Brainwashing blogger Kyokai.

    For my screen name, its actually the simplify form of my english name, Dylan. I just though it looked cool. For those who chat/saw be4 me in RC chat, I recently came up another cool name to use. Guess the name yourself~ 😛

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