So you've got the same name as a character from a popular Japanese media franchise. It's not your fault. Maybe your parents did it on purpose, maybe it was just coincidence. Either way, you might end up taking some crap for it, but there is a silver lining. If you've got the right anime-based name, you can get discounts at certain Japanese bars. No, really.
Japanese restaurant company Monteroza, which owns a number of izakaya restaurants (basically bars that serve food) including Shirokiya and Wara Wara, has just launched a new promotion giving discounts at select restaurants to people with the same names as Neon Genesis Evangelion characters.
Neon Genesis Evangelion is a full-blown phenomenon in Japan. It's been raking in money ever since the original anime debuted in 1995, and it's spawned feature films, manga series, videogames and even an amusement park. The characters have names like Rei Ayanami, Shinji Ikari, Kaworu Nagisa, Soryu Asuka Langley and Makinami Mari Illustrious, and while some of those are at least somewhat common, others are probably out of reach. But it's OK, because even if you're only partly named after the characters, you can save some cash.
According to the Monteroza promotion, you get 30 percent off your bill if you have the same family name as any Neon Genesis character. A matching first name gets you 15 percent off, and a matching full name gets you a whopping 50 percent off your tab. But wait, there's more. If you can get a whole group of friends together with Neon Genesis names, you'll get 77 percent off. That's the night you'll want to order the champagne, we're guessing.
The promotion runs through Nov. 30, so if you happen to be in Japan sometime in the next two months, and you have the right name, you'll definitely want to head to one of these joints and get nice and sloshed on the cheap.