The Japanese language is considered one of the most difficult languages to learn but that doesn’t stop many anime fans from trying to master it. That being said, when anime releases with extremely long titles that just seem to go on for eternity, it can be daunting to want to learn such a complex language. Seriously, folks, some anime titles can seem almost endless and when they get translated it doesn’t get much better. Today we’re going to look at the Top 10 Anime with Ridiculously Long Japanese Titles and wonder why these titles need to be so darn long…
10. Iya na Kao sare nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai
- Episodes: 6
- Aired: July 2018 – August 2018
Do you love pantsu? Do YOU REALLY LOVE PANTSU?! Well here’s the anime for you. This series literally has six episodes where random anime babes show their pantsu and then make very disgusted faces. Why do they do this? We have no clue! All we can say is, that this is a fetish anime and we know some of you will check it out and we say go for it. Yet, let’s not forget the title is literally 8 words for an ecchi anime that is only 6 episodes long and each of those episodes lasts 4 minutes long…just why?
9. Sora wo Miageru Shoujo no Hitomi ni Utsuru Sekai
- Episodes: 9
- Aired: January 2009 – March 2009
The Magical Kingdom needs to be saved and when the Magical King Munto has a vision, he knows he needs to follow this vision. Munto goes into the normal world below and makes it his mission to find a young girl named Yumemi. Munto knows this girl is special and might be the only one who can save both kingdoms.
At 9 words long we have to laugh that all of those Japanese words above are reduced to just “Munto TV” for English viewers. Munto TV was released 13 years ago but we still consider it a very, very underrated action/fantasy anime that really needs a lot more love. Seriously though…that title above just becomes Munto TV!? We still don’t know how we feel about that.
8. Netoge no Yume wa Onnanoko ja Nai to Omotta
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
Hideki Nishimura goes by the handle Rusian online and he’s found himself in love with a fellow player. Despite having never met her, Rusian goes online one day and decides to confess his feelings to her! Sadly, the “girl” reveals herself to be a man to the despair of Hideki! Time passes and Hideki has formed a small guild with several others but one of them, named Ako, wants to marry Rusian! Remembering his past trauma, Hideki is hesitant but decides to marry Ako in-game anyways. When the guild finally meets IRL, Hideki is stunned to find out Ako is not only a girl but a truly sexy one at that!
If there was ever a title that both shook us to the core and filled us with excitement it would be this one. Translated to “And you thought there is never a girl online”—or just Netoge—this rib hurting comedy/romance tale is hands down one of the few anime that we really didn’t mind the semi-long title. In all fairness, we wouldn’t know how this title could be changed/shortened in any form to make for a more eye-grabbing experience. That’s why we let Netoge pass, it will be one of the few that we do on our list!
7. Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2013 – December 2013
Similar to most heroes, Raul Chaser wanted to take down the Demon King and become a legendary name among all heroes. Raul entered the illustrious Hero Training Program to hopefully become the hero he saw within his mind. Sadly, while in the program, the Demon King was defeated leaving Raul without a purpose and left to find a job like a normal human. Now working at an electronics store, Raul’s newest hire is a young demon girl who ironically happens to be the daughter of the Demon King! Can Raul overlook her lineage and somehow work with her at this small store!?
We’re several entries in our list and have you begun to see that already we are entering titles that are 10 words long! Shortened to “Yusibu: I couldn’t become a hero, so I reluctantly decided to get a job” is a stab at the usual hero adventure anime genre having our main man—who does look like a hero—end up being just a normal store employee despite having special abilities and talents. Yusibu only got one season sadly but we did enjoy the comedy/banter between the main cast. Yes, the title has some long words but don’t let that stop you from checking out this anime!
6. Dungeon ni Deai wo Motomeru no wa Machigatteiru Darou ka
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2015 – June 2015
Orario is a city perfect for adventurers like Bell Cranel. Despite his demeanor, Bell wishes to be a famous and great adventurer known throughout. When Bell meets a beautiful goddess named Hestia, he realizes maybe his dream isn’t that much further off. Despite the dangers ahead, Bell heads towards the “Dungeon” and starts his path towards his dream! Dangerous monsters and unexplored areas await Bell and his new companion Hestia but when you have a beautiful goddess as your support what could go wrong?!
“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon” is quite the beloved anime spawning several seasons and even a movie! We won’t deny though that the title—both the English title and Japanese one—are what made us dive into this adventure and fantasy anime. We were glad Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon had such a long title, we can’t imagine having slept on this anime! Also, Hestia will always be one of our top 10 waifu…forever.
5. Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen
- Episodes: 14
- Aired: October 2019 – December 2019
With aspirations to become a librarian, Urano Motsou is someone who loves books more than most. Death, however, didn’t wait for her dreams to be fulfilled and Urano died during an accident. Instead of going into the afterlife, Urano is reincarnated as a young girl named Myne and placed in a new medieval setting. Urano should be happy at being able to still enjoy books to her heart's content but is filled with anguish as she learns books in this place aren’t readily available. With a drive to gain more books and spread books to the world, Myne begins a mission that will test her fondness for books!
As writers and avid readers…the fear of being in another world without books easily available is scarier than any horror anime series! What’s also horror-inducing is looking at this title and seeing just how long it is! Simply translated into “Ascendance of a Bookworm”—a more digestible title—this anime was made for those who love literature and proves just how powerful the written word is! Plus, we do envy Myne as she has the arduous task to create a means of printing books…that seems really cool to be quite honest.
4. Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshitmatta
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2020 – June 2020
Once an otome game fan, a young girl has died and her fate is the prime definition of what a double-edged sword is. On one hand, our otome player has been reincarnated as the heroine of her favorite otome game Fortune Lover! Sadly, Fortune Lover is an otome game known for having mostly dead ends for the female lead! Can our MC navigate towards a new route that keeps her alive and happy or will she face another death now inside a game?
The title above…is why we don’t envy those who have to learn the Japanese language. To avoid rewriting the lengthy title, “My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom” is the series we discuss next and you don’t really need us telling you the main premise of the story. Both titles take can take a breath or two to say but wow…this is only in the third spot for a reason…there are titles ahead that are even longer!
3. Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu ka?
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2019 – September 2019
At school, Masato Ossuki was given a questionnaire about how he felt about his mother. Needless to say, he didn’t say anything that kind. Despite his mother being nothing but caring and kind to her son, Mamako—the mother—can be a bit clingy and overly attached to Masato. That’s why when Masato is presented with a strange opportunity to escape the real world—and his mother in the process—to become a hero within a game…Masato jumps at the idea! Unfortunately, Mamako isn’t about to let her son go alone and the two end up within the fantasy world together to only discover this was a trap to get moms closer to their children! Can Mamako and Masato survive in this game world or will Masato find his mother’s presence even worse than he imagined?
“Tsuujou Kougeki ga Zentai Kougeki de Ni-kai Kougeki no Okaasan wa Suki Desu kan?” is a godly long name for a series but even the English title—which is “Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?”—isn’t much better. This title essentially acts like a series of questions all within one phrase and we groan every time we see it. Still, despite the title, Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? is a fun comedy/fantasy series that has a hot waifu—the mom in this case—and some zany comedic moments between mom and son…that we hope to never see happen in the real world.
2. Uchi no Ko no Tame naraba, Ore wa Moshikashitara Maou mo Taoseru Kamo Shirenai
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2019 – September 2019
Despite his age, Dale Reki is well-known within the city of Kreuz. Dale is an amazing adventurer who is quite talented and treats others with honesty and sincerity. On one of his missions, Dale meets a young girl named Latina who has been branded as a criminal noticeable by a horn broken. Despite her stigmata, Dale takes the young girl home and immediately tries to give her a new life despite not knowing a single thing about her…
Okay, the good about the easier-to-say translation of the title above—”If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord”—is how adorable this anime is despite the simple story it conveys. Seeing a single parent raise a child isn’t new in anime but we don’t see too many fantasy series take a stab at the concept. Equally, we loved the cast and MCs both Dale and Latina…they are just amazing to watch on screen. The only bad thing about If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord is that title even in English is long but wow…the Japanese title itself is maybe a bit too wordy!
1. Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi de Kurasu Youna Monogatari
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2021 – March 2021
Just outside the “last dungeon” lies a small town named Kunlun. In this quaint town, villagers are forced to deal with powerful monsters daily and most of the townsfolks are considered quite formidable. Llyod Belladonna unfortunately feels like he’s just the weakest person in the town. Despite his feelings, Llyod decides to journey into the Kingdom of Azami to hopefully become a student of the military academy, known for producing quality warriors across the land. When our hero arrives, he quickly shocks all of the other students showing abilities that far surpass most of them! What will Lloyd’s arrival mean for those in the academy and what skills can he gain that he doesn’t already have!?
At number one for our Top 10 Anime with Ridiculously Long Japanese Titles, we have “Tatoeba Last Dungeon Mae no Mura no Shounen ga Joban no Machi Kurasu Youna Monogatari” better known in the English language as “Suppose a Kid from the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town”. Yes, folks, the Japanese title is literally 16-words in length and really begs the question…why?! Even with the…title…this fantasy series was one of the more fun—albeit simpler—anime to release in 2021 and we liked it despite the flaws it had. Yeah, it does have an original premise but the rest of the series just didn’t really wow us for a multitude of reasons. Still, we recommend giving it a try...just ignore the title.
The beauty of making a title for any form of medium is that the creator can do anything they want with it. If they want to make it sound silly, that’s fine and if they want a title that has almost nothing to do with the central plot, that too is fine. Though we do find ourselves sitting in awe when a title comes across our desks that nearly takes an entire page. There are a multitude of Japanese anime with extremely long titles but today we think we found the longest ones…at least the longest ones so far!
Do you readers have any other anime with long Japanese titles to add to our list? Comment below to let us know! Keep stuck to our short titled hive here at Honey’s Anime for even more Top 10 lists and other anime articles!