Unnecessary symbols in artists’ names

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The Artist Formerly Known As Prince found it necessary to become symbol to escape from contracts, but in Japan there are a good number of people adding symbols to their stage names, which became the topic of this survey into who Japanese feel have unnecessary symbols in their names.

I’ll transliterate the artists’ names to English, but keep the symbols as is, just in case people who are less familiar with Japanese aren’t quite sure which is the strange symbol. Also note that some of the names are already in the Roman alphabet, so I’ll retain these as is. I’ve also noticed that WordPress has converted the first two people’s symbols to graphics, for some reason.

Gor☆geous (a space pirate, apparently), at least has a reason for the ☆ in his name, as you can see from this video:

Ranking result

Q: Who do you feel has unnecessary symbols in their names? (Sample size=500, multiple answer)

Rank Votes
1 Tsunku 136
2 Diamond✡Yukai 97
3 Tsunoda☆Hiro 92
4 ♪Tori-kun 60
5 Gor☆geous 53
6 →Pia-no-jaC← 48
7 Daimomoko Sunrise (Chanmomo◎) 45
8= Matsuyuu* 31
8= Teppan■Matarou 31
10 Dance☆Man 27
11 ↑THE HIGH-LOWS↓ 24
12 Machikadokeiki☆Kamenjoshi↑ 23
13= Hana*Hana 22
13= ☆Taku Takahashi 22
15 ☆Makarina☆ 20
16= SUPER☆GiRLS 19
16= PASSPO☆ 19
18= YOU THE ROCK ★ 17
18= Gift☆Yano 17
18= SPL∞ASH 17
18= Juice=Juice 17
22= Yousuke@HOME 15
22= i☆Ris 15
22= Genki☆Tatsuya 15
25 KUROKO∞SHOW 14
26= SHINGO★Nishinari 13
26= REDS☆ 13
28 ONE☆DRAFT 11
29 ~Lefa~ 10

Demographics

goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where over the 8th and 9th of November 2017 500 members, 50:50 male and female and aged between 20 and 39 years old, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. No further demographics were given.

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