IIRC, it didn't start for Light Novels, but for **Web Novels**. Those Web novels are adapted in Light novel, who are adapted in manga, who are adapted in anime. Hence, the long titles. Most series that starts as a manga or anime directly tends to have a normal title


Yeah like Chainsaw Man


hell a decent number of manga have almost painfully vague titles EDIT: Or hilariously on point titles


One Piece


Black Clover, Dandadan, Sakamoto Day's, etc. then you have the ones that are hilariously on point, like MHA, Goblin Slayer, One Punch Man, etc


"Ah, so you must be the Fullmetal Alchemist."


all i can hear now is the narrator from Brotherhood going "Fullmetal Alchemist"


Then “**Fullmetal Alchemist**” after the commercial break


My brother and I regularly do it as a call and response


[You're welcome](https://youtu.be/oxb8B8c59x8)


TBF, if you see a big dude covered entirely in thick metal armor, you'd be forgiven for thinking he's the "Fullmetal Alchemist".


Seriously, you could be the Metal Alchemist for having a couple of metallic limbs, but specifying "Fullmetal" breaks it!


The Japanese just means “Steel Alchemist.” The confusion joke still works but it’s not as misleading as a name


Man, imagine how much less cool that series would be if it was called Steel Alchemist instead of Fullmetal Alchemist. Really gotta hand it to the translators there


Ah, sad. I guess it sounds more boring in English this way


It's Fullmetal in the Japanese as well. The kanji for hagane that she uses is specific to the alchemical term.


"Um actually I'm his little brother." *cue silly face*




Guilty Gear the main character is a gear. he's guilty of something. wow


Mobile Suit Gundam Is suit. Is mobile. Is named Gundam


are you jokester? \*crushes your head like a soda can\*


Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo


I assumed that's some Japanese joke I don't get I also just know the title. I assume it's basically *Planet of the Apes*


Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo is the protagonist's name. The show is a gag manga that oscillates between parodying battle shonen tropes (the main character's fighting style is "the Fist of the Nose Hair"), and whatever the hell you call [stuff like this](https://youtu.be/QQuyHADsVbo). Edit: and yes, there are characters named Bebebe-be Be-bebe and Bububu-bu Bu-bubu. They also have body hair powers.


I'd call that pretty straight forward and that he's more than qualified.


Fire Punch, can't get more on point than that






Tokyo Ghoul


I should point out that one punch man actually was a webcomic first.


Her Majesty's Swarm, Dungeon Reset which are kinda an examples of both or rather it becomes on point after the first few chapters. School Zone, The Moon On A Rainy Night, Vampeerz, The Sky Prison: Avalon, Modern Romanesco, Liberta. Modern Mogal, I See You Aizawa-San, Contract Sisters, Giant Ojou-Sama, Maid in a Dream, Operation Demon Castle Date, Kill The Hero, Mimic Girl.


Demon Slayer






Bleach is so vague it's not even about the manga


A recent example, that will get an anime this october, is Sousou no Frieren ( iirc, it means Frieren at the funeral ) Localized as Frieren : Beyond's Journey's end in the English translation, and just Frieren in the French one. What is the manga about ? Take a good ol' old-school JRPG. The one where you have a party of four adventurers, a human hero, a dwarven warrior, an elven mage and a human priest, sent to explore dungeons and kill the Demon King. Our main character is not the hero. It is the mage, Frieren, who already is centuries old. And the story starts with the party coming back to the capital, after having killed the Demon King. Of every title, only the English one suggests this, and the Japanese one is only a foreshadowing of the decades-long timeskip we het in the first volume.


IIRC the Japanese titles a pun/wordplay of sorts, honestly cant wait for the anime though, Frierens fucking good, the demons are so well written, and its being animated by Madhouse


Additionally the soundtrack is being made by Evan Call who also did the Ost for Violet Evergarden, so that's a plus too.


>IIRC the Japanese titles a pun/wordplay of sorts Yeah it is. Minor spoilers: "sousou" means something like "(having) a funeral/burial". So "Sousou no Frieren" would translate literally to something like "Funeral Frieren" or "Frieren of the Funerals" or something like that. Which you will originally take as a reference to her outliving all her friends likely going to a bunch of funerals, and specifically attending the hero's funeral which kicked off her journey. But then you eventually find out "sousou no frieren" is also the title the demons gave to her because she killed so many of them, causing a bunch of their funerals/burials.


[Obligatory fanart](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Euarr0jXcAIK4Dj?format=jpg&name=medium)


The story is about Frieren coming to realize that she's sad the hero is dead.


>hell a decent number of manga have almost painfully vague titles * Bleach * Free! * Monster * AIR * Claymore


"Monster" is both vague and on-point.


Claymore doesn't even specify if it's about the swords or the anti-personnel mines, smh.


I would love to see an anime about anti-personnel mines


"Do You Love Your Step-Sister And Her Single Use Multi Target Anti Personnel Attack?"


There's a joke about 'traps' in there that I refuse to touch


If you touch it you might like it.


*teleports claymore under you* Nothing personnel, kid.


'Painfully' vague titles is pretty normal in all media, though. - *the Hobbit, or There and Back Again* - *Little Women* - *Dune* - *Animal Farm* - *Nation* - *The Matrix* - *Citizen Kane* etc.


I mean, the hobbit is indeed mostly about one hobbit's adventure through which he is the only hobbit character.


Why the fuck is it called Trigun Stampede. He only has one gun


He does actually have 3: his big revolver, the concealed gun >!in his prosthetic arm!<, and the >!Angel Arm!<.


He's a man, he's got chainsaws, what more do you want? -Fujimoto, probably


He's on fire, he punches, what more do you want? -Fujimoto, probably


That sounds like a light hearted read gonna read it to my kids.


More like: "That time i adopted a funny looking dog and got demon chainsaw powers, and now i want to stop being a virgin by touching some boobs"


That would be basically a clickbait


86 started as a novel and have 2 digits title lmao


There are some short light novel examples like Durarara, Overlord and Youjo Senki, but they're the exception not the rule


The official title is still unnecessarily long. "86 -Eighty Six-"


Or "Evil Devil".


Even some of the most popular light novels just have relatively normal titles, like Overlord and Saga of Tanya the Evil.


The original title for Tanya is actually "Youjo Senki", so the English one is notably longer.


In that case I am ready to bet it is about making them easier to find in a search engine or pop up as part of another search.


Almost, the site they use there only shows the titles when you're browsing for a new read, so to get the synopsis there the authors needed to put it in the title.


Yes, and it's because the most popular site for web novels does not show anything on the front page except for cover art and a title, so if you want to draw people in with the premise of your series it needs to be explained in the title.


One Punch Man, is my favorite example. Who is he? He's a guy who wins in one punch ez


some ln's bypass the manga adaption and go straight to anime, like RE:Zero iirc, unfortunately anime original stories are a dying breed


I actually dont think anime original stories are a dying breed at all. This past year alone I think we gotten far more original anime than we did in a good while. Buddy Daddies, Akiba Maid War, Lycoris Recoil, and like every single Gundam show as well. That is usually far more than what we usually get in a year for seasonal anime shows iirc.


the last few seasons have seen an uptick but the prior couple years not so much


I dont have a chart in front of me but I don't think original anime was that common in general outside of certain genres, since I was alive anyway. Most anime seasons in like the past two decades have been mostly adaption, depending on the adaption you might just have anime original stuff anyway in there.


Yeah but rezero is actually "rezero: starting life in another world from zero" same Web novel long title marketing haha


And it started with Web Novels because blurbs didn't exist on the most common web novel sites


Love this repost. Anyways, the source for the manga it mentions is a 2016 story on AnimeMaru, which is literally the Onion but for anime/manga. However, [this actual anime/manga news website didn't know that, apparently.](https://www.theouterhaven.net/2021/10/new-light-novels-title-is-196-pages-long/)


Dang it, I wanted to be the "net zero information" guy for this one.


Its a shame it isn't real because its an amazing concept. Someone should at least create it and submit it to a gallery or museum.


Absolutely! I agree with thefloatingstone (from the post) that it sounds like a work of art. It would be cool to try to piece together the story from short scenes in anime op's.


Fun fact: This is literally a Homestuck joke. Their society is so much older than ours that their books have to describe *the entire plot* in the title just so the title doesn't match any existing copyright. As seen [here](https://www.homestuck.com/story/1997) and [here](https://www.homestuck.com/story/4712). While I'd love to tell you what the titles actually are, they're written in reverse Daedric and also simultaneously printed in too small a resolution to be legible, so that isn't possible. Thankfully, the game came through for us by [writing out one such title in english for us all to enjoy.](https://i.imgur.com/pfpBTOs.png)


thats certainly a title and every word of it dealt 5 psychic damage and inflicted a stacking poison effect


Oh right some of the words are homestuck terms, allow me to illuminate - Batfin Loonah - a name - rainbow drinker - vampire - space nun - space nun - quadrant vacillation - enemies to lovers and/or lovers to enemies, but keep in mind that the enemies are also hatefucking


[The Boy Bands Have Won, and All the Copyists and the Tribute Bands and the TV Talent Show Producers Have Won, If We Allow Our Culture to Be Shaped by Mimicry, Whether from Lack of Ideas or from Exaggerated Respect. You Should Never Try to Freeze Culture. What You Can Do Is Recycle That Culture. Take Your Older Brother's Hand-Me-Down Jacket and Re-Style It, Re-Fashion It to the Point Where It Becomes Your Own. But Don't Just Regurgitate Creative History, or Hold Art and Music and Literature as Fixed, Untouchable and Kept Under Glass. The People Who Try to 'Guard' Any Particular Form of Music Are, Like the Copyists and Manufactured Bands, Doing It the Worst Disservice, Because the Only Thing That You Can Do to Music That Will Damage It Is Not Change It, Not Make It Your Own. Because Then It Dies, Then It's Over, Then It's Done, and the Boy Bands Have Won](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boy_Bands_Have_Won). Solid album from an amazing band.


Damn, thought that was a math rock album. They love long names too: In the Abscense of Strong Evidence to the Contrary One May Step Out of the Way of the Charging Bull I Am S/H(im)e[r] As You Am S/H(im)e[r] As You Are Me and We Am I and I Are All Together: Our Collective Consciousness’ Psychogenic Fugue Both are pretty good. I love the second one so damn much.


Yeah I almost believed this until they said Shinbo was making an anime of it. It became too good to be true.


Whenever isekai titles are discussed I can't not bring up Robinson Crusoe which not only has an insanely long title but has a title that straight up spoils the ending of the story. *The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver'd by Pyrates. Written by Himself.*


Hold on... "All alone?" Didn't he live with a guy called Friday? Does the title erase Friday?


The book is really really racist (and I'm guessing the author is as well) but I think strictly speaking Friday isn't included because all of the main action of the story is left out of the description/title.


Bro erasing Friday in the title is like the least bad thing that book does to Friday.


He founds friday after a while and civilize him, as he was a savage.


I presume Friday isn't real


My personal favorite is one of Captain John Smith's biographies: *The true travels, adventures, and observations of Captaine Iohn Smith, in Europe, Asia, Affrica, and America from Anno Domini 1593 to 1629: his accidents and sea-fights in the Straights: his service and strategems of warre in Hungaria, Transilvania, Wallachia, and Moldavia, against the Turks, and Tartars: his three single combats betwixt the Christian Armie and the Turks : after how he taken prisoner by the Turks, sold for a slave, sent into Tartarias: his description of the Tartars, their strange manners and customes of religions, diets, buildings, warres, feasts, ceremonies, and living: how hee flew the Bashaw of Nalbrits in Cambia, and escaped from the Turkes and Tatars: together with a continuation of his Generall history of Virginia, Summer-Iles, New England, and their proceedings, since 1624 to this present 1629: as also of the new plantations of the great river of the Amazons, the iles of St. Christopher, Mevis, and Barbados in the West Indies / all written by actuall authors, whose names you shall finde along the history.*


Yeah they used to be a lot longer Thomas More's *Utopia* >*On the Best Form of a Commonwealth and the New Island of Utopia* Shakespeare's *Richard the Third* >*The Tragedy of Richard the Third, with the Landing of Earl Richmond, and the Battle at Bosworth Field* Charles Dicken's *David Copperfield*: >*The Personal History, Adventures, Experience & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery (Which He never meant to be Published on any Account)*


I especially like how at the end they realize there's no space to credit the authors and squeeze in a sentence to explain.


Yeah English titles used to be longer but the fashion has changed. Curiously, modern Japanese titles tend to be longer and more descriptive than their English counterparts. May have to do with logograms being a more efficient medium, but not sure. When I did translation work for tourism articles or blog posts I would have to convince the Japanese side to pare down the title for American audiences. The most famous example of this is the movie "Up." Up | カールじいさんの空飛ぶ家 ("Old Man Carl's Flying House")


Wait, he was from York? I must have blocked that out of my mind when I read it as a kid so I didn't have to devote precious brain power to reading everything in a yerkshire accent.


The thing that drives me the most insane about these titles is that they try so hard to make the series seem unique but it never is. Does the isekai protagonist still have an overpowered ability that negates all conflict and a harem that all agrees to share him because fighting over him would still too closely resemble a conflict? Great, I'm not interested, and the fact that he is a vending machine from the sengoku era who got reincarnated when Oda Nobunaga tipped him over because his Boss Coffee got stuck doesn't change that.


What are you talking about ? "That time I got reincarnated as random useless object n°14838" is clearly a completely different story than "That time I got reincarnated as random useless object n°64930" I mean, for example, getting reincarnated as random useless object n°9659 would be a boring story. But getting reincarnated as random useless object n°9473 ? Now that's where the money's at!


Yeah but reincarnated as random useless object n°9473 just had too much slavery in it. At least in That time I got reincarnated as random useless object n°64930, n°64930 killed all the slavers on sight. This isn't even a joke, people were legitimately praising Reincarnated as a Sword for condemning slavery. Which like, it obviously should and it's good that it did that, but the bar is on the fucking floor.


That series should have been renamed Murder Kitten, but isekai for a lot of series is just a lazy plot device so that the author doesnt have to bother with coming up with a background/worldbuilding for the MC while giving them an OP power up and allowing for lots of modern references


Yeah, do you know how appealing that series would be if the sword was just an intelligent sword with no idea about its origin, instead of being isekai'd MC n°6729?


I mean i would 1000000% find that more interesting but thats both harder to write and the Japanese audience really fucking loves isekai


And then you can't insert references to japanese culture that are totally unnecessary and annoying, so like what's even the point of writing a story at that point.


you still can it just requires more skill as a writer, and frankly writings hard enough, i dont really blame authors too much for taking short cuts


It's not even on the floor anymore. They have dug down and dropped it in the endless void below the floor for it to keep falling


Another reason why Slime Isekai is best isekai: slavery just isn't a thing


\>blatant encouragement of cultural imperialism Still enjoy that show, but it also kind of started the "enlightened modern person brings superior japanese culture to medieval savages" trope that is really fucking annoying.


I thought GATE, which is *literal JGSDF and uyoku dantai propaganda where the main warmonger villain is an anti-war socialist IRL*, started it? There's also *Mahouka*, which apparently has literal anti-Chinese pogroms.


> the fact that he is a vending machine from the sengoku era who got reincarnated when Oda Nobunaga tipped him over because his Boss Coffee got stuck doesn't change that. That is quite the specific example.


And a real one. I think its getting adapted this season


Only the Vending Machine aspect is relevant to that one. The protag was a vending machine otaku who got crushed by a vending machine, so he reincarnated as a vending machine... For some reason. There *are* sengoku based Isekai/fantasy-indistinguishable-from-isekai too, including one which works on a job class system where the protagonist gets Oda Nobunaga as his job.


"what's your job?" "oda nobunaga"


> The protag was a vending machine otaku He would do well on tumblr


Being crushed into another world might make it a little difficult to use tumblr, however.


No fucking way


[ISEKAI, BUT FUNNY](https://i.redd.it/9kvryegkszm81.png) Every time another one of these comes out fans try to convince everyone this one is totally unique because of some gimmick as if it isn't a genre entirely defined by gimmicks that have been tried in every conceivable permutation


The Reiwa Era Romance one fucking stabbed me in the throat. I can defend the quality of many of the male leads (not all of them) but I have no defense against the physical intimacy checkboxes point.




Isekai Ojisan is the only isekai I personally bother with because the main character reminds me a shitload of this guy I play D&D with and it's hilarious to me imagining him in an isekai world. But objectively speaking it is the McDonalds quarter pounder of anime shows.


> But objectively speaking it is the McDonalds quarter pounder of anime shows. So leaps and bounds above the quality of any other modern isekai?


I dunno about that, but it is the only isekai which has managed to hold my attention. Everyone craves a quarter pounder or vegetarian equivalent every now and then and Isekai Ojisan satisfies that metaphorical craving for me.


Eminence in Shadow is the only funny Isekai I think is good


Cautious Hero had me wheezing with laughter.


Hobby shows are great and it takes some effort (in subject research and character writing) to make a show about fishing or building a tree house into something entertaining. Also, those shows tend to be devoid of fanservice or any kind of romantic interactions, so it's nice.


Are you saying you wouldn't read, "You Know What Really Grinds My Gears—After Being Summoned as a Hero I Was Discarded for Having a Production Skill; Now I Take Revenge With My Monster Girl Army." which is obviously the best story this year despite—nay, because of—being the newest iteration of the trash-summoned-hero trope which will have scantily-clad monster girls on the forefront of every cover so that you never have to pay attention to the black haired high school boy (who's actually the protagonist) in the background \s I'm tempted to write a story with approximately that title (though probably adding in ": a Steampunk Isekai" at the end to lean in on the gear aesthetic and the industrialization a production skill could be justified to create) as a satire.


That sounds great, I’d read it. Monster girl armies are objectively cool.


>"You Know What Really Grinds My Gears—After Being Summoned as a Hero I Was Discarded for Having a Production Skill; Now I Take Revenge With My Monster Girl Army." Not weirdly creepy enough. Gotta be golem girls, whom he makes, and who all call him daddy. And it's PG13, so there is no actual sex, but it makes it even creepier because of the tonnes of unresolved sexual tension and sexually charged situations.


Eh, still doesn't top the most wtf LN I've read. Stuff like "I'm not horny for my mom's boobs because I'm only a baby" and "She wanted me to impregnate her but I'm still a baby so I didn't get horny". Dude is a two year old for the entire first book and I just could not give two shits to continue reading it.


Those are clearly shitposts.


I know. I'm saying your shitposts aren't the creepiest thing I've seen in real actually written words.


Weirdly, the best Isekai lately are self aware or satirical.


This is something I tried to explain before but think I failed at. It doesn't actually matter whether the main character is a reincarnated Chinese hero or a reverse-isekaid demon king or a runaway hamster who humorously happened to be next to the guy who was supposed to be truck-kun'd and accidentally got sent to the fantasy world if the core conflicts and the core arcs and the core personality traits are all the fucking same. It's still the same story. The surrounding lick of paint doesn't matter.


What if it wasn’t a boss coffee but instead スエット? Would that make it unique?


I've said it before and I'll say it again. >!homestuckification!<


No, no, no, no, no! Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait!!


*I told you about the titles bro* *it just keeps happening*


[they](https://www.homestuck.com/story/1997) are [inside](https://www.homestuck.com/story/4712) your [walls](https://i.imgur.com/pfpBTOs.png)


A further reblog added the police image.


Here's some of the title for anyone curious "My Life Is Just As Wrong As I Expected After Traveling to Another World Where I’m Surrounded By Cute Girls At A Magical High School And Am Also The Fabled Hero of Legend, But Before I Tell You That Story I Have To Tell You This Story, In Which I Was Walking Along With My Unbelievably, Impossibly Cute Younger Sister Who Doesn’t Like Me At All, And She Said To Me It Was My Fault She Wasn’t Popular No Matter How She Looked At It As We Walked To School Together, And We Stopped To Look At A Garden, Which Had A Flower Whose Name I Don’t Remember, When Suddenly A Portal Opened Up To Another World And When I Landed In A Field And My Face Was Buried In The Largest Pair of Boobs I’d Ever Seen, And My Sister Hit Me And Called Me An Idiot While Blushing, But Then The Girl I Landed On Saw The Birthmark On My Hand And Gasped And She Grabbed My Hand And I Blushed But She Started Dragging Me Away And My Sister Got Mad And Chased After Us And I Asked Where We Were Going, And She Said She Was Taking Us To Grimheart Magic School, Where She Was The School President, And Then I Gasped Because I Was Now In A Magical World, And When We Got To The School Which Was A Giant Castle I Asked The Girl What Her Name Was And She Said It Was Akane Yuusha, Which I Thought Was A Tad Strange Since She Had Blonde Hair And Blue Eyes And The Entire Aesthetic Of The School Seemed Very Ancient European, But I Forgot About All Of That When She Told Me We Needed To See The Headmaster Because She Had Been Taught That The Mark On My Hand Was The Symbol Of The Reincarnation Of The Legendary Dragon Hero Of Legendary Literature, And I Said That Was A Cool Thing To Be Taught Because At Our School The Only Book We Learned Was Atlas Shrugged, And She Asked What That Was And I Told Her I Was The Book Our Society Based Its Philosophy On A Speech From, And She Asked Me To Recite The Speech, Which I Did, And The Speech Went “For Twelve Years You Have Been Asking… https://www.theouterhaven.net/?p=212866


Is this just an Atlas Shrugged shitpost in disguise?


> I Asked The Girl What Her Name Was And She Said It Was Akane Yuusha, Which I Thought Was A Tad Strange Since She Had Blonde Hair And Blue Eyes And The Entire Aesthetic Of The School Seemed Very Ancient European As a European, I'm picturing a white blonde woman in Japanese schoolgirl attire, pratting around Stonehenge.


>So of course this trend has to bled over into manga as well because if some bullshit insane marketing scheme is proven to have no real effect other than to confuse and frustrate its consumer you gotta spread that shit to EVERYTHING. finally someone admits the truth every ad break in america gets measurably stupider by the year


The entire Internet has been ruined by profit seeking.


I've been watching Mad Men via Freevee. There is life threatening whiplash between the show where the characters wax poetic about how ads are art that stir deep emotions and memories and the real-life ads for Nerd Wallet or Little Cesar's.


It also makes it a ginormous pain in the ass to actually talk about the thing, so I can understand how so few got popular. Also, I'd love to read that Slime Step Sister (3S) light novel's manga adaptation, but I know I can't, and it makes me so mad. Because, here's the thing with media, especially light novels, manga, and anime: Either it's exactly what it says on the tin (Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid), or it is demonstrably better (Uma Musume Pretty Derby). There is no in-between. And therein lies the problem, because either this is your average rom com with incest, or it's a deep dive into a fully fleshed-out world where slime people coexist with humans that you'll get obsessed with, because It Is So Good, but it looks horny and stupid, so only someone who is actively dying of boredom or has already learned not to judge stuff by the premise will check it out.


I like how you listed something called Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid as if it’s self evident what that would be about and doesn’t look like the output of a random word generator


>A virgin girl named Mamori who arrives on an island must compete in battle using special powers only activated through her sexual activity with the other girls on the island. Okay, it doesn't sound that- >Just when they think all hope is lost, Mirei then provides pleasure to Mamori, and Mamori turns into a sword. ...no, random word generator seems right.


I’m left with three questions: 1) Why does this make the title make less sense 2) Is the sword transformation supposed to be a dick joke? 3) Would it being a dick joke make me more or less annoyed that that title belongs to weird porn


There is also a girl who turns into a gun, one turns into an armored gauntlet with a spiked mace at the end, and one turns into a motorcycle. Also, there is one moment where Mamori spontaneously turns into a sword just from seeing another woman naked. Just a random sword-gasm. The anime also decides to try and have a plot about halfway through, which doesn't even go horribly wrong, making this a really fun way to waste a weekend.


> There is also a girl who turns into a gun, one turns into an armored gauntlet with a spiked mace at the end, and one turns into a motorcycle. That just sounds like a gender-flipped episode of transformers.


I'm picturing a norse valkyrie piloting a mermaid-shaped mech.


That would've been great, but no, it's not. [It's worse](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcwMgPQrBKo). Basically, the anime is part of a small franchise, the Valkyrie Drive franchise, with other installments being the PS Vita game Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, and the mobile game Valkyrie Drive: Siren. In short, there is a virus, the Armed Virus (or A-Virus for short), which only affects girls and turns them into either Extars, who have special powers, or Liberators, who can release those powers. Most Extars turn into weapons, while others get huge, or turn into vehicles. And the easiest way to release those powers is through sexual stimulation. It starts out as a classic case of "And now, the author's barely disguised fetish," but then tries to have an actual plot. All things aside though, it is definitely a nice way to waste a weekend.


Gotta get to the submarine crew to bring them to valhalla somehow


Ooh, do you have any recommendations for the latter? Always looking for more content to consume (yum yum escapism)


Yes, I do, although mostly anime: * Uma Musume Pretty Derby - A horse girl sports anime with idol elements, that technically also counts as an isekai. * Zombieland Saga - An idol anime where all the main characters are dead. Well, undead, but still. * Handyman Saitou in Another World - A very recent isekai about an average handyman who gets reincarnated, but instead of some OP skill, he has his tools. * Reincarnated as a Sword - An isekai about a dude who gets reincarnated as a sentient sword and meets a cute cat girl in need of a father figure. * Senki Zesshou Symphogear - A sci-fi magical girl anime featuring numerous religions from all over the world. Also, almost every song is a banger. * Mahou Shoujo ni Akogarete - A fan of magical girls gets the chance to become one herself, but finds herself on the side of evil, only to realize she's pretty good at being evil. It's currently only a manga, but an anime adaptation has been announced recently. I recommend holding out on this one, and going in blind when the anime drops. But if you want to read the manga, go ahead.


I really love Reincarnate as a Sword. Sword dad is the best.


Right? Also, that anime has the most accurate depiction of how a cat girl would decide what is and isn't food: If she can kill it, it's food.


Im having a lot of fun with saitou fr. Im always biased about noncombatant MCs in combat settings, and Saitou did that job quite well. It certainly still have the faults prevalent to the genre though.


*Sekai de Ichiban Oppai ga Suki!* (*Boobs Are My Favourite Thing In The World*) kinda fits the bill of "seems horny, actually horny but also really good"


I'm always willing to shill for *Welcome to Demon School, Iruma-kun*, which is a shounen action-comedy about a teenage boy who gets sold to a demon lord by his abusive parents, except the demon lord turns out to be a jolly old man who wants to adopt him because he's jealous of all the other demon lords bragging about their grandkids.


It's because descriptive titles are easier than symbolic, and for that matter almost any other type of title to come up with. Also, that only happens in forgettable seasonal anime/manga, the ones that do well and have some semblance of cultural significance have short titles. It's just following the 80/20 rule, 80% of the result with 20% of the effort. Buy the rights to some bland isekai that has the MC buy 6 female slaves by page 4, make a catchy opening song, have the crappiest animation possible, have episode long exposition dumps, have 1(one) hype thing happen in episode 11 through 12, never continue it with a sequel, and boom, you made money.


Any fans of "Trapped In My Own Shitty Light Novel After Killing Myself, So I Might As Well Court the Hot Ass Goddess Who Summoned Me!" around these parts? Or the prequel, "I Wrote This Light Novel In Like A Day, It Sucks And I Hate It, But If It Gets An Anime Adaptation I'll Pretend It Was A Work Of Genius"?


You can't fool me. Those are Chuck Tingle books.


Pounded In The Butt My Own Shitty Light Novel After Killing Myself, So I Might As Well Court the Hot Ass Goddess Who Summoned Me!


Anime consisting solely of OPs will be expensive as hell. No one will ever greenlight it.


I could see a 6 episode thing happening if a studio felt like showing off. Then RightStuf would sell the blu ray set for seven hundred dollars, with no bonus features.


See, the rest of the trend is garbage, but that? That is *art.*


I mean that last one sounds like funny


ive always loved the idea of a show having an episode where the intro just keeps going on and on and on; sorta like too many cooks but not just a one off thing i would love an anime that just like; a super extended multi episode opening i think that sounds hilarious


[For the uninitiated](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrGrOK8oZG8)


And then people started doing it for the meme, so it became self-perpetuating


>a series told entirely through anime OPs Idk what "OPs" means in this context but I hope it means each episode will just consist of a 22-minute theme song


Sounds like a musical with extra steps.


Y'know now that you mention it I don't think I've ever seen a musical anime. I mean I'm sure they must exist, but I'm not really in the culture enough to know of any.


There's some anime that include the characters singing a songs but it's usually every few episodes rather than a few songs an episode like a musical. It's used more like a climax thing rather than being centered around the music.


OPening theme song, it’s a minute long artsy thing to get you in the right mood. Part of the trick is that anime theme songs 1) change by season and story arc much more frequently than American cartoons, 2) the songs themselves arent short tunes explaining the plot, they’re full 3-minute real songs by real bands truncated for broadcast, and 3) the visuals are usually indicative of the ongoing plot lines and developments, almost always with huge spoilers Like imagine if the theme song for the first season of Fairly Odd Parents was “Umbrella” by Rhianna and showed Cosmo and Wanda saving Timmy from his misery by transforming into a literal umbrella and rain boots, but the theme song for the second season was “Thnks fr the Mmrs” by Fall Out Boy and spoiled the existence of the fairy-versary muffin months before the movie came out


Hm. Interesting. I knew they changed by the season, but I never paid close enough attention to realize that they described specific story arcs


That's exactly what it would mean. That article is satire though.


For the record, the example given is from a satire article. It doesn't exist. OOP ate the onion.


And here I am just having finished the LN Rocket Girls. Eh, crap. Just checked and it's from 1995. My point is moot.


Despite how niche this is, this is a homestuck reference


It would be Shinbo who immediately tries to get his hands on that. Love that guy.


According to Google the novel is called "NagaiTaitoru" for short and legally you can only write out the first 10 pages of the title


It did kinda produce the iconic *A Manga World That Gets One Page Once a Year* so that's a benefit.


I blame oremo, root of all evil.


All modern trash can be traced back to Oriemo, Sword Art Online, or Highschool DxD. Less so that the shows are abysmal, but more so because copy-cats misunderstood what made them such a fun yet trashy romp.


This is, unironically, really good modern art.


my mom would not stop making fun of me for the fact i bought the light novels for "that time i got reincarnated as a slime" (silly name but its good) because anytime one of the books arrived the amazon echo would announce "your shipment of that time i got reincarnated as a slime volume whatever has arrived"


Well how else would you distinguish between the million fucking derivative isekais or romcom?


*That one time I turned my hot sister into a slime and we fought the devil, who was a part-time waiter at Denny's but then became out best friend and we killed God!!!*


This has to be a satire of the trend


why do all romance mangas have stupidly long names and ones where action is involved have at most like 5 words


Reverend Insanity is the most sane light novel title.


I've just started calling them by simpler, better names like Slime Time


God I hate this shit so bad. If your anime/manga/light novel is so blasé as to not stand out based on its own merits... Then maybe you should scrap it and start again. Or just accept the middle ground of mediocrity, like so many before you. Because this gimmick is as visceral and unpleasant as the TikTok ai voice.


Started a new job and this is how my new company does meeting subjects. Nobody reads the body of the invitation so I’ll have meetings that are “discuss monthly reports for project #### and review messaging about KPIs for memo to [parent company]”


What in the Too Many Cooks is that light novel even about?


That time I was reincarnated as a frog on a log in a hole at the bottom of the sea whose name was John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt (and I liked it!?!)


Okay, so the 196 page title story is fake, but if it were real, would it be public domain? I mean, you're allowed to freely distribute the title of a work, right? It's not illegal to write "The Usual Suspects" on Reddit or anything, so would it still be legal if the title were the entire work?


Is it bad that I'd watch a series told entirely in OPs? I'm kinda addicted to them anyway and my Spotify for the last six months has just been OPs and EDs.


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