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What’s in a Name?

Cholisose writes: "When you go pick out a book to read, a movie to watch, or a game to play, the first thing you’re going to focus on is the cover. Chances are there will be some kind of picture on this cover, but the actual information you need to glean from it is the title. Therefore… titles are really, really important. Let’s say I write a great story but give it an incredibly bad title. Chances are very few people would give the story a chance–and even if a friend recommended it, you would still have reservations about it.

When anime, manga, and the like are translated into English, a decision needs to be made regarding the title. Will it just stick with the Japanese title? Will it go with a direct English translation? Or will it be best to come up with something new entirely? I’m going to run through a bunch of examples and give my thoughts on each of them."

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