Afro Samurai Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

Genre-blending can be a fine line to walk, especially when approaching something as traditional as manga, but artist Takashi Okazaki took that in stride when he blended American hip hop and soul with one of Japan’s most widely published forms of narrative to create a new cult classic: Afro Samurai. Started as a serial published in an avant-garde manga magazine back in 1999, it quickly garnered international attention and fanfare, and due to its popularity has gone on to become an animated series, feature length film and even a video game. And thanks to its unique cast of stylized characters, it's also a great source of potential dog names for fans worldwide.

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Afro Samurai Inspired Dog Name Considerations

When trying to come up with an appropriate Afro Samurai inspired name for your dog, there are several things you should keep in mind. You should first define your dog’s most obvious or characteristic traits, as this will act as a shortcut later on. Second, consider what drew you to the title the most, whether that’s the story itself, the characters, the medium or the creative process. 

For instance, if you feel that the artwork and overall creativity employed to create the series was the most impressive, consider naming your dog after someone involved in the process, such as Takashi or Okazaki, the artist himself, or someone who helped to produce the final product such as Gonzo, after the animation studio or Draper or Yamashita after some of the writers. If you liked the soundtrack the best, then the names Rizza (RZA) or Wu would both work well. You could play off of appearances as well. If you have a fluffy, teddy bear-headed Pomeranian like Boo, then the name Jinno or Kuma would be perfect fits.

Of course, you can always just name them after a favorite character, but it’s up to you how to choose to pursue the best namesake for your canine companion.

Male Afro Samurai Inspired Dog Names

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Afro
As in Afro Samurai, the series' protagonist
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Samurai
After one of many samurai warriors in the series
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Monk
After The Empty Seven monks who are trying to attain the headbands
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Dharman
The Empty Seven's crazy cyborg scientist
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Justice
The gunman who steals the Number 1 headband from Afro's father
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Tomoe
Part of Sio's foster family who wields a shamisen
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Rokutaro
Afro's legendary father
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Sword
The weapon of choice for samurais
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Master
An exceptionally high level of achievement; the one who trains other samurais
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Takimoto
A mysterious character who meets Justice in the Resurrection portion of the series
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Big Boy
Daigo's nickname
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Gorokube
A warlord from the manga hired to target Afro
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Hachiro
A young man who jumped Afro in his youth
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Ivanov
The Empty Seven's Russian assassin
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Juzo
A minor character from the first episode
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Matasburo
A minor character who studied under the Sword Master
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Oden
A popular Japanese dish used in the series
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Soshun
A crossbow master who attempts to cross Afro
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Hanjiro
A named enemy of Afro's in the video game
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Keisuke
A warrior from the video game version of the narrative
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Takamori
The video game character who tries to take the Number 2 headband
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Wild
After the mountain-dwelling group The Wild Five
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Gonzo
A Japanese animated studio who first turned the manga into an animated series
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Revenge
One of Afro Samurai's main themes
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Duel
What often happens between two headband-seeking characters
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Draper
After Derek Draper, who helped write the series' screenplay
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Number 1
After the Number 1 headband, which is said to yield god-like powers
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Assassin
The type of enemy Afro is often faced with
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Sengoku
After the Sengoku period, the era the series was inspired by
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Wu
As in Wu-Tang Clan, whose members had an influence on the series' music

Female Afro Samurai Inspired Dog Names

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Ninja
A mercenary in feudal Japan
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Jinno
Afro's troubled childhood friend
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Kuma
The teddy bear helmet swordsman
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Otsuru
The polarizing woman Afro meets several times in life
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Okiku
The name Otsuru changes to
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Lady
After Lady Sio, Jinno's younger sister
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Sio
Jinno's sister who lives with a rich foster family
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Bin
Sio's masked protector
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Shichigoro
Kotaro's stepfather and owner of the Number 2 headband for a time
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Kotaro
Shichigoro's adopted son who vows to defeat Afro
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DJ
After the disc jockey in the series, who is voiced by Wu-Tang's RZA
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Daigo
A student of the Sword Master in the manga
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Fu
A deceptive assassin hired by the Empty Seven
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Jiro
A student of the Sword Master
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Kazuma
The Sword Master's most talkative student in the manga
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Sasuke
Afro and Jinno's eccentric friend
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Seven
After The Empty Seven, the main antagonists of the series
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Yashichi
Hachiro's brother
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Ashura
After the Ashura Brothers, Afro's first opponents
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Daimyo
The oldest brother of the Sword Master in the video game
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Masaki
A warrior in the video game who attacks Afro
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Osachi
A minor video game character
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Takashi
After Takashi Okazaki, the creator of Afro Samurai
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Okazaki
After the highly-stylized manga artist Takashi Okazaki
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Shumi
After Mount Shumi, where some of the narrative takes place
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Rizza
After RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, who did the music for the series
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Kizaki
After Fuminori Kizaki, one of the series' directors
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Yamashita
After Tomohiro Yamashita, one of the writers of Afro Samurai
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Shinobi
Another word for ninja
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Nou Nou Hau
The avant-garde magazine that first printed the Afro Samurai narratives

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