Why do Light Novels Have Such Ridiculously long titles, isn’t it kind of hard to remember and not really catchy marketing or maybe it’s a language thing and they’re shorter in Japanese?

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First of all, no… I looked it up and the titles are just as long in the original Japanese language….

If you’ve been an otaku for a while, you’ve probably come across manga’s wordier cousin, light novels. These are essentially young adult or youth-targeted novels which may feature a few illustrations and have gotten a reputation for having unwieldy titles. The trope is so common that it’s become a running joke within fan communities.

Personally, I have always liked the trend, but I started to wonder why it’s so prevalent. As my own post title mentions, there are drawbacks to naming your series in such a way that most people can’t remember it and it takes 15 minutes to type out whenever you want to talk about it. Traditional advertising wisdom goes completely against it. You’re supposed to pick names that are snappy, catchy and short. Preferably one word!

Turns out, it’s not just a weird cultural flight of fancy. There are in fact very specific reasons for this tendency. Down to earth, business-oriented reasons at that!


In short, you can think of it as an analogue version of cramming all the potentially relevant tags in your posts. In Japan, the light novel market is both wide-ranging and potentially very lucrative and also very crowded. Moreover, like a lot of popular media these days, it tends to get dominated by whatever tropes happen to be popular at the moment. When you need to make your work stand out and grab readers somehow, one of the quickest ways is to put the right hashtags in.

That’s essentially what those titles are trying to do. Put in enough information to grab all the angles that could potentially draw fans in. If you have a romance heavy action adventure in a post-apocalyptic setting that features both zombies and cyborgs and some sexy times, all of that needs to be reflected in your title.

It also serves as what boils down to a one-sentence plot synopsis. The idea is that your average fan scanning through hundreds of titles at the local book store won’t have the time or motivation to pick up individual books and read the back, they have to be interested in the story just by the title on the spine.

Also, light novels are usually printed fairly cheaply. You can’t count on gorgeous dust jackets and beautiful bound hardcovers to draw the eye. That title is your entire sales pitch. When you think of it that way it starts to make some sense.

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On a more esoteric level, I saw several arguments that boil down to “nerds are wordy”. More specifically hardcore manga and anime fans, which also happen to be the target demographic for light novels, (and chuunis) have a tendency to use really long sentences and pepper their speech with lots of adjectives. Hmmm…. Why does this sound kind of familiar…I wonder…

So those titles could also be considered a publisher’s attempt at teenspeak or something like that. How do you do, fellow kids? 

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I’m not so sure about that second reasoning but it doesn’t really matter. To me, the business/marketing angle is more than enough to justify the titles. And I have to say, I’ve seen a similar trend with my posts since I started this blog. Sure, short obscure titles may pique people’s curiosity, but you need to give them enough info if you really want them to click on your post. And I’m just trying to convince people to look over a few paragraphs of randomness for free. I’m not selling an entire novel. My most successful posts, in terms of views and interaction, have always had clear titles that spell out the content of the article.

But is it really worth the drawbacks, I hope you’re asking yourself cause that’s what I’m going to address now.  And to this I say, what drawbacks? 

For those of you that don’t know, I write my posts while I commute to and from work. Some of my long-time readers may be a little worried right now that I am making my way to work completely sloshed. But no! Entirely sober, I promise.

Yes, the downsides of the protracted title that I mention above do still apply. However, the light novel industry has a very easy and organic way to get around them. Mainly, we fans shorten everything. We give our beloved ships cutesy little compound names. Our favourite characters have their monikers reduced to a syllable or two at most and endless light novel titles will usually get their own nicknames as soon as they gain any level of popularity. KonoSuba, DanMachi, you get the idea. Having that cute little handle makes a series even cooler. That way you know who the real fans are, and everyone wants to be a real fan!

DanMachi Bell and Hestia
I know I could find DanMachi pics here!

So, there you go. Sadly, it’s not some shadowy conspiracy to impose the Japanese language on the world by forcing fans to learn all of it in order to name their favourite light novel series. Before I leave you, here are a few light novel titles I came across while researching this post, that I particularly like:

  • I Leveled Up Through Parasitism But I Might’ve Gone Too Far
  • I’m Bad at Communication, But I Maxed Out My Negotiation Skills So I Got Reincarnated
  • They Say You Can’t Get Reincarnated in a Fantasy World If You Get Hit by a Truck, So I Decided to Work with a Pretty Girl
  • What If the Guy in the Village Before the Final Dungeon Lived in the Starting Town?
  • Do You Like Your Mom? Her Normal Attack is Two Attacks at Full Power
  • I’ve Been Reborn as an Aristocratic Pig, So This Time I Want to Tell You I Like You
  • Will You Like Me If I’m Cute But Slutty?
  • Sew It Up! Take It Off? Change!! My Girlfriend Failed Her High School Debut and Became a Hikikomori, So I Decided to Coordinate Her Youth (Fashion)

To name just a few, light novel titles are hilarious!!! I have to say, I think there’s really something to the strategy. Just by reading through the titles there are at least a dozen series I’m now interested in!

Do you have a favourite light novel title? Please share it. I think I want to start a collection!

Contributed by Irina
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Conception: It’s The Joke That Just Keeps Missing

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Conception Episode 9 Review

I think Matt said it best over on ‘Anime Q and A’ but Conception has proven time and again that it has zero interest in pursuing its own premise and is instead determined to indulge in whatever it feels like indulging in. While sometimes that might be the smuttier aspects (though apparently never outright sex despite early promises – and I’m not actually disappointed by that but I would at least understand what sort of anime this was trying to be), it is far more frequently its forays into humour usually spear-headed by the regularly fourth wall breaking Mana (who still hasn’t had a close encounter with a paper shredder despite my endless wishes since episode 2).

 Basically if you’re still watching this for the actual plot, I feel sorry for you because I don’t think this show is particularly interested in it either! 

Cactus Matt
Conception Episode 9 Itsuki and Mana

What happens in episode 9 of Conception?

Well, Mana pursues the line of thought that the thirteenth labyrinth must be some sort of forbidden door and uses that to create an incredibly flimsy premise that clearly the ‘maiden’ must be someone forbidden and proceeds to suggest that they are either male (in the absence of being a younger sister or a step-mother). We then see the two other male characters indulge in some fairly blunt dialogue with Itsuki that is more or less a take-off of the usual pick ups they’ve been doing with the girls, but now there’s an incredibly amount of awareness behind every single line and it is almost as if the anime is daring you to call them on it.

Conception Episode 9 Itsuki mad at Mana
Conception Episode 9 Itsuki

All of this is rounded up in a twist reveal at the end that more or less confirms what the audience more or less knew all along. And that is, Mana is a punk and the single most obnoxious character of the season. 

I’m guessing there’s humour to be found here but to be honest I just found this whole sequence tiresome and Conception has definitely earned its title of ‘Anime I Wish I Hadn’t Watched This Season’.  Still, too late now to back out so let’s see if they manage anything resembling a resolution given they’ve ignored their own plot for so long.

Guest Post: Colour Theory in Anime


Karandi: A huge thank-you to Average Joe for stepping up as the second person to guest post for 100 Word Anime. If you don’t follow Average Joe Reviews I definitely recommend checking out some of their anime reviews or discussion posts. However, today, they’ve written a fantastic post about colours and comparing how three anime have used colour. I hope you love it as much as  I did.

Before starting I would like the thank Karandi for letting me be a guest on her blog. I hope you like my post.

Colours and Their Effects

Colour. It’s one of the things many of us take for granted, but it bring so much to our lives. Colour makes things appealing to the eye, is used to indicate certain things and can have an affect on your mood. Different colours and colour palettes imply different things; Red for anger, green for envy, blue for tranquillity the list is endless. In this post I’m going to be discussing how colour and its effects apply to anime. I’ll pick out 3 different anime and address their colour schemes and common colour to explain how said colour affects our views of the show as well as the actual connection it has to the show.

New game

The colours in New Game are very pale and a lot of pastels. These colours help compliment the shoujo nature of the show. New Game isn’t a show with much urgency in its story, therefore it’s subdued colour scene demonstrates this with calm colours with very few sharp or contrasting colours. New game is an inherently slow paced show, the slow pacing compliments the calmer colours since pastels are associated with calming moods and settings. No colours contrast with one another, or stand out against each other, this creates a set level of dimension and makes to world seem smooth and simple in design. The only part of the show I could find that was consistently bright was the eyes, which are rather large with very bright iris’. Since eyes are a major artistic component in anime it makes sense that they’d be brighter, so as to convey more emotion since the brighter colours pop out against the subdued colours. The colours also have an effect on our perception of the show, if the colours are calm and soft, it will have a calming effect on your mind. This improving your overall enjoyment of the show since it is meant to have a calm and gentle style to both its art style and narrative.

New Game


And now we go to the exact opposite in the form of Redline. Redline has sharp colours and is rampant with contrasting colours. The colours of the cars and characters are all very bright and sharp, showing the ferocity of the animation and to accentuate the intense nature of this world the movie is set in. The settings are dark and grungy, and this is shown in the city shapes through very harsh grey as and deep browns. The vehicles are the highlight of the movie, their colours are extremely bright and contrast greatly with the backgrounds and other settings. This adds to the focus being on the vehicles since they stand out so much against the backgrounds. The character designs also get in on this trend, with a lot of harsh darks for JP, mellow yet bright colours for Sonoshee McLaren and dark reds and other sinister tones for Lynchman, each characters personality and style reflected in their colours. Redline is a show that has tons of depth and dimension in its animation, and a major part of that is its combination of dark colours and contrasting brights that make the world seem almost 3D with how much everything pops off the screen.


Death Note

To close off this post, let’s talk about the joyfest that is Death Note. This show doesn’t necessarily have dark colours, instead it has very dulled down and faded colours. It’s both like New Game and completely different from it. It’s similar in that it uses faded and less harsh colours, but it’s different in that it’s done for entirely different reasons. New game did it to create a calming and cheery tone, Death Note does it to create a sombre and depressed tone. Death Note is a show that bleeds cynicism, bringing up ideologies of faith and godhood in its narrative with Light and his God complex. The show isn’t optimistic, and this creates a dim setting that the colours compliment by being very faded. The majority of these colours are greys and browns, colours that are often associated with gloom. The faded colours help to add to the darker tones of the show, the paler colours perhaps being reflective of the lack of value of life in the show with the power of The Death Note capable of taking it away. Duller colours have an effect that leaves its observers feeling more negative emotions, or at least being more exposed to them, and this helps sell the message Death Note provides, one about how sinister the power of a god can be in the hands of a human.


Thank you for reading I hope you enjoyed it, if you did please consider visiting my blog for reviews, discussions and more. Once again, special thanks to Karandi for featuring me as a guest, this was a lot of fun to do, please support her and her blog. Till next time.

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Guest Post: Chicken Soup for the Otaku Soul


Karandi: I’d like to thank Negative Primes! from Curiously Dead Cat for volunteering to be my first guinea pig guest poster on my blog. They’ve put together a great piece for the community and I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I did.

First, a warm arigatou to Karandi for allowing me to guest post for her!

Ever felt depressed? What anime will you most enjoy when you’re down in the blues?

I was feeling particularly down recently, and posed this question to Twitter, where it got a lot more attention than most of my tweets! So I figured a post on the same topic was in order, and my second arigatou is to all of you who chimed in with suggestions! As I’ve written previously, anime basically saved my life when I was going through depression. And Karandi has also written about her experience turning to anime when feeling down as well.

Here I’d like to share with you first those series mentioned in the tweets that I have seen and can personally recommend, plus a couple additions of my own that seemed relevant; and then those which others recommended. I’ve divided these series into five categories, according to what the main thing you’re looking for might be: heartwarming, funny, uplifting/encouraging, light-hearted, and cathartic. Note that most of these shows have more than one of these five elements present; I’ve simply focused on what I think is the main aspect of the show, while noting a couple that seem outstanding in multiple ways.

Obviously, this is highly personal and should be considered a starting point for you, not a dogmatic assertion! Also, it’s obvious, but has to be said. This post is not a substitute for professional help, nor does it contain medical advice.

Guest 1


Heartwarming: These are the shows that leave you with a warm afterglow. You’ll be feeling peaceful and contented.

  1. Fruits Basket: An orphan girl living in a tent meets a family with an unusual curse. Humor and tragedy follow, but mostly it’s just a whole lot of heart. Message: Everyone has their hurts and their secrets, even those who seem to have everything.
  2. Interviews with Monster Girls: A comic slice-of-life about a teacher and his attempts to help his “demi-human” students and colleague. Message: People come in all varieties, and that diversity is something to be welcomed and enjoyed.
  3. Recovery of an MMO Junkie: An MMO-addict quits her job to focus on her gaming, and ends up falling in love. Message: Love is hard for otaku. Oh wait…
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Funny: Any show here puts the humor front and center. For when you just need to laugh.
  1. Working!!/Wagnaria!! and www.Working: Two related series, totaling four seasons. Co-workers in a restaurant have to deal with each others’ rough edges. A similar message to Fruits Basket, just with the scale tipped slightly more on the funny side while FB is slightly more on the heart-warming side.
  2. Disastrous Life of Saiki K.: A pink-haired, nearly omnipotent psychic boy has a very hard life indeed. The laughs come fast and furious with this one.
  3. Konosuba: One of the funniest anime of all time! A boy hit by a moving vehicle is reincarnated into a fantasy-like world and quickly gathers about him one flaky goddess, one over-achieving explosion mage, and one masochistic crusader. Together, they try to resolve a lot of problems and usually end up causing even worse trouble.
Guest 3

 Uplifting/Encouraging: Down in the dumps or facing one of life’s hurdles? Here’s what the doctor ordered!

  1. My Hero Academia: One of the smash hits of recent years, with a lot of heart, humor, and humanity. Ultimately, though, it’s mostly about persevering in the face of seemingly impossible odds.
  2. Girls und Panzer: High school girls shoot at each other in tanks. As a sport. In order to become more womanly. Nothing unusual here. Many warm relationship moments between the all-female cast of characters. Message: You can do it!
  3. Naruto: If you’re reading this, you know Naruto. Iconic “you can do it/the power of friendship” shonen show. (Helps to have a guide to avoiding the “filler episodes“. My thanks to @irxson for pointing me in the right direction here!)
Guest 4


Light-hearted: Just want to shut off your brain and watch the anime equivalent of cotton candy? Here you go!

  1. Working Buddies: Two cats work temp jobs and have zany experiences, often involving a mysterious koala bear.
  2. BananyaNational Geographic-like “documentary” of cats that… live… in… banana peels. It just gets better from there.
Guest 5


Cathartic: Shows that help you through the tough times by depicting characters who are also going through tough times. Is this catharsis, where you experience a spiritual cleansing through watching dramatic tragedy? Or is it schadenfreude, where you just derive pleasure from watching others suffer? Does it matter? You be the judge!

  1. GATE: A portal opens up in the middle of Tokyo and Earth gets invaded—by a bunch of iron-age horse riders who can’t stand up to modern armies. Japan invades them back and gets involved in some deep political twists and turns.
  2. Golden Time: From the creator of Toradora!Golden Time is like TD but darker and edgier, and depicting college students. It’s pretty funny, and also very tragic, seeing as the main characters suffer through everything from amnesia to car accidents to mental illness to getting abducted by a cult to being possessed by vengeful ghosts to…
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A Cut Above: These shows are those that incorporate more than one of the preceding elements, and do it very well. So you’ll get a concentrated dose of animedication with them.

  1. Silver Spoon: A funny, heartwarming, and extraordinarily well-crafted story of a high school boy from the city who transfers to a farming school. He finds happiness and love. From the author of Fullmetal Alchemist.
  2. Hinamatsuri: The sleeper hit of Spring 2018, this story is really hard to describe. I typically fumble over my words and say something like, “It’s the touching story of a yakuza underling and a weaponized telekinetic girl; she blackmails him into lettering her stay at his apartment, and then they bond over mass murder…” But that’s really just the first episode, which sets the rest of the show up. Like the Matrix, it must be seen to be understood. By turns funny, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching, Hinamatsuri strikes a unique balance and depicts some of the strongest secondary characters ever to grace the anime screen.

These are the series that I have seen and recommend—though I could certainly recommend others! If you need even more suggestions to try, my Twitter friends proferred the following ideas, which I have yet to dig into. These first three were mentioned multiple times:

  • K-On
  • Daily Lives of High School Boys
  • Non Non Biyori
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid
  • Fullmetal Panic
  • Skip Beat
  • Nichijou
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends
  • March Comes In Like A Lion
  • Bunny Drop
  • Barakamon
  • Sweetness and Lightning
  • Aria the Animation
  • Shirobako
  • Hanasaku Iroha
  • Hoozuki no Reitetsu
  • Free!
  • School Rumble
  • Seto no hanayome (My Bride is a Mermaid)

If you have other ideas to add to this list, please let us know in the comments! Who knows, you may help someone! Thanks for reading, and remember to support 1https://100wordanime.blog!

Karandi: Another big thank you to Negative Primes! for offering to write a post for July and for the fantastic job they did putting it together. 
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Amagi Brilliant Park Series Review

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Kanie Seiya, an extremely narcissistic human being, is asked on a date by Sento Isuzu to an amusement park. At gun point. Turns out Amagi Brilliant Park has a secret and Kanie Seiya is the only hope the inhabitants have.


Right from the start it is obvious that this anime is more interested in setting up punch lines than in delivering quality characters or plot developments. The whole saving the park thing really does become setting more than an actual driver of tension throughout the series. And while many of the jokes and punchlines are repetitive and flat, this show still somehow manages to make it work.


I’m not going to argue that Amagi Brilliant Park is actually a brilliant anime or a work of comedic genius. It is neither and to be honest it isn’t trying to be. What it does is simple. It takes characters where each has one fundamental personality trait that is inherently funny (or can be played for laughs) and they find reasons again and again to put the characters in situations where the humour can be found. By that description, I shouldn’t like this series. The story exists but is hardly compelling and the characters are all stereotypes that are played for laughs. Somehow though, Amagi makes me smile.


Actually, the story is at its weakest when it tries to play for drama. Particularly toward the end of the series when time is running out for the magic theme park. While we finally see some actual character development from our narcissist, to be honest by that point you just don’t care. And this is what stops the story from being brilliant. They don’t manage to combine the comedic energy they enfuse in some scenes with the drama that should exist throughout the entire series. Saving the park means life or death but the focus doesn’t manage to convey that convincingly to the audience. Instead, while we know that there are consequences for not saving the park, the characters’ absolute lack of progress is played for laughs.

The question is: How many absurd schemes can you have to save a magical amusement park from going bankrupt?


Discount tickets? Bikini clad girls for advertising campaigns? Sell off part of the property? Close the park for forced maintenance? When all else fails, host a sporting event?

In the meantime, have characters who hate each other and can’t cooperate, performers who are hopeless at their jobs, mascot characters who hate kids, oh and the park can get attacked by pirates because why not.


If you are looking for something with depth, move on. However, if you are after some cheap laughs (and a large number of direct references to other anime), and you don’t mind cliché characters and situations, Amagi is kind of all right. It never pretends to be something it isn’t and that works. Although I guess ‘kind of all right’ is not exactly a glowing recommendation.

Amagi Brilliant Park is available on AnimeLab if you haven’t seen it before.