I think I'll just call it Pichu.
It's not like it is an entirely new species or anything.
I always called her Spiked-Ear Pichu anyway (as I looked at her ear and it didn't seem even remotely notched to me), so Spiky-Eared isn't too much of a change for me.
But like it's been pointed out, Notched-Ear was just a fan name. Giza has more than one meaning in Japanese. Notched is one of them, and so is Spiked.
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Good name change. From what I've heard, her ear isn't even notch-shaped.
The whole 'notched-ear' thing was really a mistake a fans made I mean. 'Gizamimi' can mean either 'notched' or 'spiky' (as already stated), so when people have to decide which one they meant, they went with 'notched', I mean why? It's clearly a spiky ear.
Anyway, I never liked the term 'notched-ear', so I like this 'spiky-ear' thing. Although, I'm still not convinced it will have an English name (many of the translated things lose a name when they go to English). So I think it would be more 'a spiky-eared Pichu' rather than 'the Spiky-ear Pichu'.
IIRC, the name isn't ever used in the actual movie anyway. Only in the promotional material and the TV series' current ending theme.
The name change wasn't really required. Although American youth aren't that smart, they probably changed the name to something that they'd understand.
For the last time, the name wasn't changed. And what's all this talk about 'notched' being a complex word. If you think that's a complex word, then well...
Edit: late post. :P
I had no idea what Notched meant before I saw the Notched-ear Pichu. True my first language isn't English but not all of us are born American you know-.- (and before you ask: the games aren't even translated to my language so I get the English language versions anyway)
Gizamimi is still Gizamimi, whatever you call her. =))
So... now it's SEP? XD
I actually like Spiky more, though I'll have to get used to it after all that time of reading "notched" everywhere
As was already said - I'm pretty sure the name is never mention in the movie or in games so it really doesn't matter much... they also won't dub the ED song so the only thing that will use "Spiky Ear Pichu" is advertisements for the movie/games
for a nickname when I get it if they distribute it to America, it will be Wierd-ear
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