Maybe many are asking why there is an anime with a long title. And it seems every year it just gets longer.
The title of a novel, series, or film is often used to attract the target audience’s attention. Titles are one of the first ways a writer can communicate what to expect.
We’ve seen anime titles get longer and longer over the years. On the other hand, some anime titles are so crazy that our first reaction when we read them is, “Huh?”
What’s even crazier are the titles that are much longer than is commonly used. For the most part, these overly long titles are from light novels.
So, here are some anime with long titles that will make you shake your head.
1. AnoHana, We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day.
The anime “Anohana,” also known as “Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai,” tells a touching story. The English translation of its original title means “We Still Don’t Know the Name of the Flower We Saw That Day.”
Produced by A-1 Pictures, the anime is widely recognized as “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day.” The narrative revolves around a close-knit group of sixth graders who are unexpectedly separated following the tragic passing of one of their friends.
Jinta, one of the friends, undergoes a significant change after the incident. He withdraws from school and becomes a recluse, known as a hikikomori. Fast forward five years and Jinta’s life takes an extraordinary turn when he is visited by the ghost of his departed friend, Meiko. This spectral encounter reveals a poignant truth: Meiko cannot find peace in the afterlife until the unfulfilled wishes of their group of friends are realized. The anime beautifully explores themes of friendship, loss, and the emotional journey of its characters.
Words cannot describe how much I love this anime. As the title says, Konosuba is God’s blessing in this amazing world.
“Konosuba,” short for “Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!” is already a standout comedy in the realm of isekai harem plots. Despite its long title, this anime expertly pokes fun at the many clichés in this genre.
3. Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks
It’s also commonly referred to as “Okaasan Online.” The original title is quite a mouthful: “Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki desu ka?”
This anime, with its extensive title, falls into the isekai comedy genre and adds a touch of MILF charm. It’s officially titled “Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?”
The story follows Mamako and Masato Oosuki, a mother and her son, who unexpectedly find themselves inside a video game world. In an unexpected twist, Mamako’s abilities turn out to be incredibly powerful, even outshining those of her own son.
4. I Couldn’t Become A Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job
Its original title is “Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita,” but it’s often shortened to “Yusibu.”
This anime’s lengthy title offers an intriguing twist that’s somewhat of a reversal compared to the anime “The Devil is A Part-Timer!”
The story follows Raul Chaser, a young man who once aspired to become a hero leading a valiant group. However, the Hero Program gets put on hold when the Demon Empire crumbles. Consequently, Raul decides to pursue a more practical pathfinding job, as the title suggests.
His new job journey introduces him to Phino Bloodstone, a charming new co-worker. What makes this interesting is that Phino also carries a significant backstory – she’s not just any co-worker but the daughter of the late Demon Lord.
5. I Want You To Show Me Your Panties With a Disgusted Face
Its original title is “Yes na Kao sare nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai,” but it’s often abbreviated as “Yip.”
This extremely short OVA series is perhaps one of the most straightforward in its content among the titles mentioned.
Presented from a first-person perspective, the series puts viewers in the shoes of the “protagonists” who request women to reveal their underwear. The focus then shifts to the expressions of these women, who comply reluctantly.
The show lacks a significant story, plot, or well-developed characters. It caters to a specific male audience fantasy without much depth beyond that.
6. Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?
Often recognized by its shorter title, “Danmachi,” the full length of the anime is “Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka.”
This fantasy anime follows the journey of its protagonist, Bell, voiced by Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, who is often referred to as the “harem king.”
The storyline revolves around Bell’s efforts to capture the attention of Aiz Wallenstein, a formidable swordsman who once rescued him from a dangerous creature. While Bell remains focused on Aiz, he remains largely unaware of the growing romantic interest he garners from several other women he encounters throughout his adventures.
7. My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!,
Just picture how straightforward dating could become if we labeled red flags as ‘destruction flags’.
This is an alternate title to the anime “My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!”
The anime manages to balance entertaining and humor while presenting a unique spin on the familiar reincarnation isekai theme. It’s quite surprising to witness how this genre still has room for fresh and inventive ideas.
8. If I don’t successfully pick up 420 girls, I will die in many different ways.
Developed as a promotional piece for the light novel series with the same title, the anime offers us a sneak peek into the daily life at St. Cinderella school.
The main character, Haru, finds himself in a rather peculiar situation where he’s compelled to confess his love to a staggering 420 girls in the school. The alternative? Dealing with the fury of Hiyako, who has threatened him with gruesome consequences should he not comply.
9. WorldEnd: What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us?
You might recognize this anime as “WorldEnd.” The story unfolds in a world where humanity’s survival is gravely threatened, forcing them to seek refuge on a floating island to escape enigmatic creatures.
In this scenario, a special group of girls, known as Leprechauns, possess the unique ability to wield weapons that serve as the last line of defense against the onslaught of these wild creatures on their aerial city.
Our protagonist, Willem, appears from a 500-year petrified state and unexpectedly becomes a father figure to these girls. At the same time, he grapples with the loss of his family over the centuries and the challenging new world dynamics being thrust upon him.
10. The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants
I get what you mean! Sometimes these anime titles just lay it all out. Take, for instance, the original title, “Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha: Shijou Saikyou no Maou no Shiso, Tensei shite Shison-tachi no Gakkou e Kayou,” which, if we break it down, practically tells us the whole story.
In this anime, our main character is absurdly powerful—seriously, his strength is off the charts—and what’s even more intriguing is that he goes to school alongside his descendants.
Don’t let the term “The Strongest Demon Lord” deceive you. Our protagonist’s abilities go way beyond that label. He’s a force of nature; his very heartbeat can bring doom.
These anime sure have a way of taking the narrative and tossing it right into our laps. But thankfully, the titles might be a mouthful, but the storylines sure are intriguing.