Hey guys, I'm new here and I would like to ask for some tips or opinions regarding my main character. If it comes down to it, I may end up needing to explain my story a little. 1. He's 15 years old, but because of his past and something about his DNA, he's more mature and more physically advanced than a usual 15-year old. You can think of him as more like 17 years old I suppose. He just needs to be extra young for story-related reasons. His father was a genetically engineered "warrior human" and his mother was natural, so although he's still pretty normal, he's not exactly, you know, happy go lucky. Let me just get this straight. The style of this novel is definitely going to be something you'd compare to Anime or Manga - this is pretty much what it is I suppose, but in the form of your average fiction fantasy novel. 2. Which leads us to his appearance... His hair is a little bit long and flows out the sides a bit. I'm not good at describing the many different possible hair styles... I will surely have trouble with this >< His hair is dark red, I described it in my first few pages as carmine. Here's the line: Spread across the wooden floor, Kai’s long, carmine hair was slightly scorched as the demonic feline gave out another intense roar I put his name as "Kai" for now, but I'm not sure. So far, i seem unable to write a story using mainly english names. For this particular story, there are several asian themes so I went ahead and made things more or less Japanese. It seems like things have been going fine with using Japanese names for things, but not going 100% with following all Japanese customs and traditions, and I've never implied that it actually takes place in Japan. Japanese names are just easier for me. Do you guys think this can work out? I have some characters with western names, so with the countless characters that will make appearances in my long story, how about half of the names Japanese? Or what about inventing names? How exactly can I go about that without being totally random? Should I limit the number of unusually named characters in order to keep things easy for the reader? As for the main character, I originally wanted to name him Kaji, as in the Japanese word for a fire (because his "Aura" type is fire. Yes, my story involves fighting as well as spiritual energy and elements), but I didn't like this name because it didn't sounds like the name of a "cool and quiet" character. Then, I went really unique and called him Chi. This name had several meanings. He has these things on him called "Aura Scars", which are basically cursed markings with his spiritual Aura. Aura is basically my version of "Ki", "Chi", "Chakra", "Reiatsu" that sort of thing. So in other words, he has scars embedded in his Aura itself that were created by attacks from a demonic beast that fought with his father, and these were passed to him genetically. These markings don't show up on his body or anything, they only show up when they "activate" periodically in the story. He has something like 1000 of these markings, so Chi could have also been in regard to that, since it means "1000" when used in a Japanese name. Chi is also a Chinese term of some sort of spiritual energy, and it's also a Japanese word that can mean blood, which is more or less the colour of his hair. Aaaaaanyway, I ditched that... For now, I just randomly call him Kai because it sounds like it could match his character. His personality is like a strong silent type, but although he's not very emotional, (in fact, he's rather stoic) he's modest and a bit self-loathing because he blames himself for being powerless to save his parents from their deaths (when he was a child...). He lived alone as a child, and all he knew to do was to continue his father's legacy as a warrior (besides, it's in his blood...) However, he won a fighting tournament only due to his Aura scars activating and granting him power (these scars are a huge part of the novel and activate like this periodically, but sometimes their activations are very bad, the effect can't be anticipated) and because of that, he grew to loath himself for winning that way. Because of that victory, he was scouted into a warrior's school, and the beginning of his days at that school is where the story begins. I just thought I should give some background info before asking for tips. Summary of my main questions - Japanese names okay? How to create names? How to describe hair styles that aren't even orthodox? I would like to find him a cool name, and one that hopefully ties in with the story. A name with deep reasoning from his parents, perhaps even a name that's meaning can activate powerfully later on in the story. Thanks! I wrote too much..