Katakana

Katakana on the FF7 Naming Screen

When naming characters in Final Fantasy VII, you can use either hiragana or katakana letters.

The default alphabet shown is hiragana but the default name is katakana.

Below is the Character Naming Screen with the katakana alphabet selected:

 
 

Cloud's name is spelled in katakana as:

  • ク + ラ + ウ + ド
  • ku + ra + u + do
 

Katakana "Alphabet" (Syllabary)

Main Symbols (Monographs)

Select a character to see where it's used in Final Fantasy VII.

 
 
 
 
 
-ya
 
 
-yu
 
 
-yo
 
 
(w)o
(long)
(pause)
(space)
 
 
 

Digraphs

Sometimes, two symbols are combined (a "digraph") to make a single syllable.

Example 1: This happens when the second symbol is a small ya, yu, yo:

  • ji + ya = ja (as in Mystery Ninja)
  • ki + yu = kyu (as in Vacuum)
  • chi + yo = cho (as in Chocobo)

Example 2: This happens when the second symbol is a small a, i, u, e, o.

This is used to get foreign sounds otherwise not possible.

For instance, suppose you want to spell Tifa = ti + fa.

  • There is no symbol for "ti". (There is ta, chi, tsu, te, to.)
  • There is no symbol for "fa". (There is ha, hi, fu, he, ho.)

So:

  • If you combine テ = te with small イ = ィ = i, it becomes ティ = ti.
  • If you combine フ = fu with small ア = ァ = a, it becomes ファ = fa.

So, Tifa is spelled ティファ.

 

Below is a combined table (monographs and digraphs) showing possible syllables.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
chi
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
-ya
 
 
-yu
 
 
-yo
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(w)o
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
v(u)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(long)
(pause)
(space)