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musings of the enigmatic

May 6, 2008

“what do you think”: on anime titles

Filed under: What do you think? — thenightsshadow @ 11:11 pm

My question on “What do you think” has something to do with anime names.

Anime Titles are quite numerous and have varied effects on the anime itself. For example, Pumpkin Scissors was an anime that some people watched merely because of its Engrish title. Another one, called Love Hina, was so rampantly popular it became known as an abbreviated version of its title (LH). However, that’s not my point. While anime titles are this effectual, what is their function, and are they intended to be used this way?

Some people, in regards to my asking of a memorable anime, can name the anime’s title almost immediately. What you may not know is that this is actually uncommon. Most people, when confronted with the remembrance of an anime that is quite close to them, do not remember the titles. They remember characters, or perhaps the episode that made it memorable to them, but only occasionally will someone be able to name the anime’s title.

So, here’s my question. What do you think of anime titles? What makes them effectual at linking the the entirety of the anime together? Does the awkwardness or smooth-flowing name make it harder or easier respectively to discuss about it?

One Response to ““what do you think”: on anime titles”

  1. Michael Says:

    They act as a great hook.

    Titles can invite or dissuade people. For example, Ergo Proxy, in all its pretension, was seen by a lot of people because it had an awesome, mystical title. Sometimes, even the best novels are put down by the worst titles. :)

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