Let’s make a pretentiously long title for an anime series AKA Give it a Light Novel Title Challenge!

I was recently tagged in this brand new tag that’s been floating around in the blogosphere. It’s the “Give It a Light Novel Title Challenge” and I was nominated by Pinkie from Pinkie’s Paradise. Thank you so much, Pinkie!

For those of my followers that don’t get the joke, there’s been a trend of light novel series (shorter novels from a word count standpoint) and anime adaptations that have ridiculously long titles. Here are some examples from real series for context:

That Time I Got Reincarnated As a Slime

Is It Wrong To Try to Pick Up Girls In a Dungeon?

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai

Yes, non-anime fans who are reading this. This is actually a thing and I’m not making up the names of these series at all. Here are the rules for this particular tag…

Choose up to five anime, manga or visual novel series that have a short title.

Light novels that have shorter titles (Date A Live for example) are also allowed.

Give these series a new title based on those classic overly long Light Novels we love!

If someone has already picked a series you wanted. It’s OK! Let’s see your own take on the title!

Link back to the original post so I can read people’s suggestions, I’d love to read everyone’s ideas. (it’s this post right here)

Include Give it a Light Novel title in your tags so everyone including myself can find them all easily. (my tags are getting out of hand)

Nominate around 1-6 bloggers.

Let’s make some insanely long names for pre-existing anime series that sound like modern light novels. I hope these alternate names can provide you some humor.


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Being a Top Prize Fighter in a Dystopian City Will Cost You an Arm and a Leg.

Read or Die series:

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Paper Makes for Excellent Weaponry for Secret Missions, Don’t You Think?!

Kimba the White Lion:

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Son, One Day Some of Our Friends, Family, Enemies, and Us Will Be Abducted and Cloned by a Mouse.

Yakitate!! Japan:

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Nothing Says Excellent Baking Skills Like Using Bread-Making Superpowers and Parodying Several Anime Along the Way.

Hikaru no Go:

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Becoming a Professional Go Player Was Unexpected. All It Took Was a Thousand-Year-Old Ghost to Merge With My Mind.

Hope you enjoyed my pretentiously long titles. Anything stand out to you?

Here are my nominees:

Classic Anime Museum
Ashley Capes
AniB Productions

All photos and GIFs are property of their respective owners and used under US “Fair Use” laws.

Texhnolyze is property of Madhouse and Funimation. The DVD cover is from Target and is property of Geneon USA.

Read or Die is property of Studio Deen and Aniplex of America. The GIF is from Fandomand is property of Studio Deen and Aniplex of America.

Kimba the White Lion is property of Tezuka Productions and Nozomi Entertainment. The scene is from Nozomi Entertainment and is property of Tezuka Productions and Nozomi Entertainment.

Yakitate!! Japan is property of Sunrise and Nozomi Entertainment. The GIF is from Make a GIF and is property of Sunrise.

Hikaru no Go is property of Studio Pierrot and Viz. The GIF is from Amino Apps and is property of Studio Pierrot and Viz.



    • Thanks, Pinkie! I was mainly focused on series instead of movies, but Paprika could be a fun one to do. Here’s my bonus entry since you mentioned it.

      Paprika: My life as a psychotherapist with a flirty alter-ego in a world where dreams converge with reality. I feel as though someone who makes superhero trilogies would copy me.

      Sure thing, and I’m happy that you liked the titles.

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    • Thanks, Scott! I figured you would appreciate some of them. I know you’ve seen Hikaru no Go, so I knew you would like that one. Have you seen the other anime listed here? Granted, I’m guilty of talking about Kimba and Texhnolyze more than most anibloggers. Hahaha!


      • Oh, right! I forgot that you checked out the manga, but you still know why the title works, so don’t worry. The anime series covers everything in the manga except for the Hokuto Cup Arc and most of what they cover is accurate to the original story. Gotcha about Texhnolyze. I had to put at least one ABe work on there. It was going to be that or Haibane Renmei with me. :3


    • Thanks! This was a really fun post to try.

      Yes, Read or Die is a great watch. Check out the original OVA first. It’s only 3 episodes long. Then, watch ROD The TV which takes place after the OVA. The Read or Die series has such a great mix of action, amazing animation that is still impressive to watch despite coming out in the early 00s, crazy superpowers, lots of adventure, and there’s actually a good plot involved.

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    • It’s funny, but in complete fairness, I think the similarities are homage, not a ripoff, and that the latter impression mostly exists because of stupid executives who don’t know the difference.
      (Denying the homage defeats the point of homage, so the provably false “never heard of Kimba” claim itself is what actually made Disney look bad.)

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      • Thanks for checking out this post and for following this blog!

        I’m glad you saw the humor in my light novel title for Kimba. It does anger me that Disney still hasn’t owned up to taking so many things and never crediting. It’s good that you know that Disney’s denial is provably false. However, Roy E. Disney called Sarabi “Kimba’s mother” in a transcript, had Simba as a white lion in pre-production, and they tried banning the Jungle Emperor Leo movie from North America in 1998. Here’s more information about that issue. https://web.archive.org/web/20170126132424/http://www.kimbawlion.com:80/kimbawlion/rant2.htm

        Besides all of that, The Lion King also stole the South African song “Mbube” with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” and I reviewed a documentary about that case called The Lion’s Share. They even trademarked the phrase “Hakuna Matata” which is just bigoted cultural appropriation. The remake’s music video of “Spirit” by Beyonce even ripped off scenes from Congolese-South African singer Petite Noir’s La Maison Noir long-form music video which I also reviewed on here.


      • I’ve seen it! My brother had a Go chess phase when he actively bought Go books to study and played Go online many hours a day. He was actually really good, and won quite a few competitions here in Canada! We watched it together back then. XD

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      • Hooray! I now know another person who likes that anime series! That’s amazing how your brother got into Go and played tournaments. I want to get back into playing that game and I still have my Go book from high school that contained a cardboard Go board and stones.

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      • Quite true. I started playing on an online Go site a few months ago after Jon Spencer recommended a place in his HNG review. That’s something I need to get back to. No, my user name is not Sai or Zelda. Hahaha!

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      • Hmm…I bet your name isn’t “Curtis” or “ospreyshire” either. I wonder…

        And lol, my brother used “gochessmaster” as account names on various platforms during his Go obsession.

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      • Quite true. Haha!

        Gotcha. Way for your brother to put the best of both games in that name. I should get back into playing go even though I would have to re-learn some aspects of it.


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