August 17, 2015

Stupid series naming conventions

These things come and go; there was a period in which series names were essentially nonsense, completely meaningless. There was a period when lots of series had English names.

And recently we've seen a trend towards series having ridiculously long names.

But the worst recent trend has been using increases in punctuation for sequels. Two examples spring immediately to mind: Dog Days, Dog Days', Dog Days'' and Working!, Working!!, Working!!!

I suppose with 50 or more new series each year, and a history going back to the 1980's, it's a bit hard to come up with something new, and fads never make sense anyway looking back at them, and often not even when you look at them contemporaneously. But it's still annoying. Grumble.

The biggest problem with this one is how you pronounce the names in order to differentiate them, which is why "Dog Days Dash" and "Dog Days Double-Dash" even though it's an apostrophe (') and not a dash (-). Me, I use "S2" and "S3".

UPDATE: I just looked it up, and ANN says it's Working!!, Working!!2, and Working!!3. That's a bit better, even if a bit unimaginative.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Rants at 12:50 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 The official site uses the "Working!!!" nomenclature in Japanese. The "Wagnaria!!3" moniker is only used in English. It is invented by Japanese rights holders for international markets.

BTW, some of these have easy-to-pronounce phonetics, such as "hidamari hoshimitsu" or "hidamari tai hoshimitsu" for "Hidamari ☆☆☆". I would not be surprised if the above is actually "wokingu san-bai" or whatever.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at August 17, 2015 02:42 PM (RqRa5)

2 Heh, I was thinking Dog Days Prime and Double Prime.

Posted by: gaiaswill at August 17, 2015 06:48 PM (qSWGJ)

3 Well, the sequels were a little derivative... (grin, duck, run)

Posted by: Avatar_exADV at August 17, 2015 07:42 PM (pWQz4)

4 Gintama (circle thingee) did a little thing at the beginning of this season on how to pronounce the circle thingee.  Their suggestion: they don't care, whatever you want is fine.

Posted by: wahsatchmo at August 18, 2015 02:18 PM (r4uXE)

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