|Basic information about Nagisa Kaworu, including information
about his name, and basic stats (what is known).
Nagisa Kaworu ()
This is Japanese-style, surname first, given name second.
means "seashore," and Kaworu (at least the closest kanji)
means "fragrant" or "sweet-smelling." So, his name basically
means "Fragrant Seashore." As for the spelling, yes, it is
"Kaworu," not "Kaoru." The easiest answer as to why this is
so is because Gainax said so. Whenever it is written in romaji
either in the show or on merchandise, it is written as "Kaworu,"
and when it is written in katakana, it is written as ""
(ka-wo-ru). However, "wo" (is still pronounced as "o" in Japanese.
The character is actually very rarely used, and almost always
pronounced as "o," although you will hear it pronounced as
"wo" sometimes in songs (where many pronunciation rules seem
to be bent).
However, "Kaoru" is a very popular name in Japan, whereas
"Kaworu" is not. So, you will often see his name mistakenly
written as "Kaoru." Interestingly enough, in an old Usenet
discussion (which is unfortunately not available now, as Deja.com
has decided to restrict their database to the past year),
some people were discussing the name "Kaoru," and were saying
that the name, originally, long ago, was "Kaworu." Some Japanese
parents now, though, name their children "Kahoru," mistakenly
thinking that this is the original form of "Kaoru."
Also known as: Fifth Children,
the 17th Angel, Tabris (Angel of Free Will)
Fifth Children: He was the fifth child to be made an
Eva pilot, after Rei, Asuka, Shinji and Touji.
The 17th Angel: He was the seventeenth, and presumably
Tabris (Angel of Free Will): Although not used in the
episode, this is his "Angel name," and is used in books and
on other merchandise. The name comes from the Apocrypha and
Pseudepigrapha, which were writings written between the times
of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible (but not considered
sacred by either Jewish or Christian churches). In these writings,
an angel named Tabris is mentioned who is the patron angel
of free will.
Birthdate: September 13,
2000 (The day of Second Impact)
This is supposedly the only piece of personal information
about Kaworu that was not destroyed. As it does happen to
be the exact date of Second Impact, and because Kaworu turns
out to be an Angel, the date may only be symbolic.
Blood pattern: Blue
This is the blood pattern of all Angels, and is something
that NERV can detect when an Angel approaches. However, Kaworu's
blood type was only detected when he activated Eva Unit 02,
so it must be something that can only be detected when an
Angel uses its powers.