The title of a novel, series or film is often used to grab the attention of its target audience, being one of the first ways the writer can communicate with potential buyers as to what is to be expected inside the box. Think of titles like Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods or Pokemon: The First Movie, and you can probably guess from those words alone what is going to happen throughout the film.
On the other hand, there are anime titles that are so balls to the wall crazy that your first reaction upon reading it is “Huh?” Even crazier are titles that are far longer than we are otherwise accustomed to, taking nearly as long to read as the show is to watch. For the most part, these overly long titles come from light novels and their anime adaptations, where the authors probably have a bet on who can make their title the longest. Fair warning, these anime are all incredibly weird.
10 Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon?
This ongoing fantasy series follows the exploits of Bell Cranel, a lone dungeon crawler working to make ends meet under the goddess Hestia in a world where dungeon crawling is a commonplace job. The gods of this series have few powers, but the main one used is called Blessing, which allows humans to level-up their abilities in much the same way they would in a video game. Throughout the show, Bell struggles to gain the attention of Aiz Wallenstein, a powerful swordswoman who once saved his life from monsters, while being blissfully unaware of the many women he encounters that develop feelings for him, human and god alike.
9 Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like for your mother to have an incredibly overpowered attack in a video game? Probably not, but this show explores that theme nonetheless. Following Mamako and Masato Oosuki, a mother and son respectfully, the pair are thrust into a video game world where Mamako’s abilities far exceed her son’s, to the point where he is essentially useless in all combat scenarios. What follows is an adventure in familial bonding and recognizing the value of mothers that’s, for lack of a better word, weird.
8 No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular!
This show is a lesson in not relying on your skills in video games to get through life. Following Tomoko Kuroki, a 15-year old girl who thinks she can use her skills at dating games to become popular in high school, finds the opposite to be true as her constant gaming habits have turned her into an unsociable loner.
While the manga it is based on has been well received, the anime has seen controversy for its portrayal and treatment of social anxiety.
7 I Couldn’t Become A Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided To Get A Job
Imagine having the dream of being a hero, watching others defeat evil on a daily basis, and striving to be just like them, only for the bad guys to lose so badly that heroes are no longer needed. That’s the basic premise of this show. The story follows Raul Chaser, a young man who wanted to lead his own hero group until the collapse of the Demon Empire caused the Hero Program to be suspended, and decides to get a job, as the title proclaims. His newfound career path puts him to work beside Phino Bloodstone, a cute new hire who happens to also be the deceased Demon Lord’s daughter. It’s essentially a gender-flipped The Devil is a Part-Timer!, but with heroes.
6 We Still Don’t Know the Name of The Flower We Saw That Day
Also known as Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, the show follows a group of sixth-grade students, who drift apart after the death of one of their friends. The main character, Jinta, stops going to school altogether and becomes a recluse. Five years later, he is greeted by the ghost of his dead friend, Meiko, who claims she can’t move on to the afterlife until the wishes of her friends are fulfilled. Although Jinta thinks she is merely a figment of his imagination, he reluctantly goes along with her in an effort to rid himself of the guilt surrounding her death. Eventually, the other members of their friend group all discover that Meiko is haunting Jinta, and resolve with him to help her move on to the afterlife.
5 I Want You To Make a Disgusted Face and Show Me Your Underwear
This incredibly short OVA series is probably the most honest about its content of all titles in this list. Shown in a first-person point of view, you watch through the “protagonists” eyes as they ask women to show their underwear and their disgusted, disapproving faces as they comply.
There’s no story, plot, or real characters in this show, and basically only exists to fulfill a niche fantasy for viewers. Of all the shows on this list, avoid this one the most.
4 My Mental Choices Are Completely Interfering With My School Romantic Comedy
This mouthful of a show is centered around Kanade Amakusa, a high school student with an unusual curse called “Absolute Choices” that forces him to chose from a list of two or three choices for any given scenario. This curse has caused him to be a school outcast, and his future looks bleak until one inexplicable choice brings him face to face with Chocolat, a girl sent by God World to help rid himself of his curse once and for all.
3 If I Don’t Successfully Pick Up 420 Girls, I Am Going To Die In A Lot Of Different Ways
At only a few minutes long, this anime is probably the closest to having a title nearly as long as its runtime. Made as a promotion for the light novel series of the same name, we are given a glimpse of school life at St. Cinderalla Academy and Haru, the protagonist, as he is forced to confess his love to 420 other girls who attend the school or face the wrath of another fellow student, Hiyako, who promises to kill him in unimaginable ways.
There’s really nothing to this short other than spoiling a few moments from the novels, although the ending will make any male’s testicles retract into their stomach.
2 WorldEnd: What Do You Do At The End Of The World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us?
Also simply known as WorldEnd, this series is set in a world where the human race was nearly wiped from existence, and are forced to live on floating islands to stay clear of the mysterious beasts who once tried to kill off mankind. Only a small group of girls, called Leprechauns, are able to wield weapons that can fend off the beasts invasions of their floating cities. A mysterious man, Willem, immerges from a 500-year cursed petrifaction and becomes the girl’s surrogate father, while also dealing with the fact that his family are no longer alive and the new world order that is thrust upon him.
1 The Story In Which I Was Kidnapped By A Young Lady’s School To Be A “Sample Of The Common People”
The longest title on this list thankfully also has a much shorter name: Shomin Sample. Set in an academy for girls, which cuts them off from the outside world to preserve their innocence at the expense of their understanding of the modern world, the school kidnaps a Kimito Kagurazaka to be, as the title suggests, a sample of the common people. What follows is his desperate attempts to keep his testicles in check, as he is threatened with castration should he not keep up the facade of being gay, while trying to educate the students on what life is like outside of the academy.
We've seen anime titles get longer and longer over the years. These are the shows with the most long-winded names imaginable.