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Titles are how you identify an anime - there are many different kinds, both official ones and common ones as well as abbreviations. No anime can have have the exact same title as another. The Official title is listed at the very top of each [[animeentries|anime entry]], and at the top of the details table next to the image, the rest of the titles are listed as well as what kind of title they are. Anyone can add a title to any anime, with the restriction that if there already is an anime with that exact same title, it won't work. Please use the [[search]] function. Only [[User:Mods|mods]] and the one who added the anime can remove titles from an anime. If you feel the removal of a title is necessary, but you don't have access to this, please use the [http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=forum&id=21 Change Requests forum].
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Titles are how you identify an anime and/or episode - there are many different kinds, both official ones and common ones as well as abbreviations. In AniDB, no anime can have have the exact same title as another. The Main Title (the transcription of the original language title) is listed at the very top of each [[animeentries|anime entry]] and [[Content:Episodes|episode entry]], and at the top of the details table with the entry's generla info.  The rest of the titles are listed with language and title type details. Anyone can add a title to any anime or episode, with the restriction that if there already is an anime with that exact same title, it won't work; please use the [[search]] function to check for overlaps. Anyone can request that a title be edited or removed, but it will have to be approved by a [[User:Mods|mod]], so state a good reason for why you wish it to be edited or removed. [[AniDB:Creq Guideline|More Info...]]
  
==Titles==
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=Adding Titles=
===Official Title (Japanese, Kanji)===
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In order to add a title to an anime or episode, you need to go to the 'contributions' tab of the and click the 'add/edit titles' link there. This will lead you to the "Add/Edit Names for ..." page, where you can see (and request removal of) all the titles and which language they are in, that are currently added to the entry, as well as a tab where a text field and a few lists let you enter a new title and select what kind of title it is and which language it is in.
Please check our [[Kanji & Romaji Guideline]] for further assistance with this.<br>
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===Languages===
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If an anime and/or episode is or has been sold/aired in your language with a specific title, go ahead and add that title as 'Official Title' for your language. If you see a title that is clearly wrong under these conditions, please request removal or change the type of that title, stating your reasoning for the change so a mod can approve.
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If an anime and/or episode has never been sold or aired in your language, there is no reason it should have an Official title in it, so please don't add one. However, you can still add a title in your language as a Synonym title.
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One thing AniDB relies on are its users from different regions, who can check and verify titles in different languages. If you would like to help out with this effort for languages you know, please don't hesitate to contact us on {{irclink|anidb}}. You can see a list of which languages already have people who can verify them on the [https://anidb.net/admin/staff staff page].
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=Anime Titles=
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==Basic Anime Title Information==
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===Official Title (Japanese, Chinese, and/or Korean) and Main Transcription Title (of the Official Title)===
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Please check our [[Kanji & Romaji Guideline]] and our [[AniDB Definition:Romanisation for Chinese|Romanisation for Chinese Guideline]] for further assistance with this.<br>
 
[http://www.allcinema.net allcinema] is a reliable source for this.
 
[http://www.allcinema.net allcinema] is a reliable source for this.
  
 
''Example:''
 
''Example:''
  Anime title: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
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  Main title - Japanese transcription:   {{short|a6107|Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)}}
  Official Japanese Kanji title: 鋼の練金術師
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  Japanese official title:               鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (2009)
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Note: "(2009)" is added by AniDB, since the original 2003 anime ''{{short|a979|Hagane no Renkinjutsushi}}'' goes by the same name in Japanese. The "Brotherhood" part is only added in English, not Japanese.
  
 
===Official Title (English)===
 
===Official Title (English)===
Check the official English page if it's licensed.
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Check the official English page if it is licensed.
  
 
''Example:''
 
''Example:''
  Anime title: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
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  Main title - Japanese transcription:   Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
  Official English title: Fullmetal Alchemist
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  English official title:                 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  
===Official Title (Other)===
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See also [[AniDB_Definition:Romanisation#Guidance_for_Using_External_Sources_to_Support_Romanisations|Guidance for Using External Sources to Support Romanisations]] for acceptable sources.
Meant for other official titles. Can at the moment only take 1 title.
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===Official Title (Other Languages)===
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This title should be the title it is sold/aired under in the regions where they use the specified language; if it is sold/aired under more than one name in a language, use Synonyms/Aliases for that.
  
 
===Synonym/Alias===
 
===Synonym/Alias===
For anything not official, which is widely used.
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For anything not official, which is widely used, or if it is sold/aired under more than one name, set them as synonyms/aliases.
  
 
''Example:''
 
''Example:''
  Anime title: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
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  Main title - Japanese transcription:   Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
  Synonym: Full Metal Alchemist
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  English synonym:                       Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
  
===Shorttitle===
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{{eyecatch|Note|Do not add synonym titles that only differ from an already existing, same language official title by their punctuation! Similarly, refrain from adding Japanese transcription synonyms that deviate from [[AniDB Definition:Romanisation|our romanisation guidelines]] unless they are in '''wide''' use! Ask a moderator if in doubt.}}
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===Short Title===
 
A shortened version of the title.
 
A shortened version of the title.
  
 
''Example:''
 
''Example:''
  Anime title: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
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  Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
  Shorttitle: FMA
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English official title:                Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
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English short title:                    FMAB
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===Title Card===
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The title exactly as it is provided on the anime title card.
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''Example:''
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Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
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Japanese title card:                    鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (2009)
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Japanese title card transcription:      Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Fullmetal Alchemist (2009)
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Note: "(2009)" is added by AniDB, since the original 2003 anime ''Hagane no Renkinjutsushi'' goes by the same name in Japanese. The "Brotherhood" part is only added in English, not Japanese.
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===Kana Reading===
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The kana reading of the Official Title, exactly as it is provided.
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''Example:''
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Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
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Japanese kana reading (title card):    はがねのれんきんじゅつし (2009)
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Note: "(2009)" is added by AniDB, since the original 2003 anime ''Hagane no Renkinjutsushi'' goes by the same name in Japanese. The "Brotherhood" part is only added in English, not Japanese.
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==Detailed Anime Title Guidance==
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The following detailed guidance, confirmed {{short|post457504|here}}, details how to apply the rules surrounding anime titles.
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# '''"Title card title" / "Video title"''': Enter '''the title exactly as it appears''' on the video itself, on the title card with the anime's logo, along with any subtitles.
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## Along with the official title itself and any subtitles, the title card may contain extraneous items, such as taglines, marketing messages, narrations, and translations (accurate or otherwise). Those '''should be included''' in the video title.
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## The title card may additionally include '''transcriptions''': rendering of Japanese text in the Roman alphabet, or of Western words in Japanese characters. Those are considered reading/spelling aids and they '''should be dropped''' from the video title.
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## The title card may also includes reading guides for '''non-standard readings''' (e.g. in ''"{{short|5975|Toaru Majutsu no Index}}"'', the reading of ''"Index" (EN) / "Indekkusu" (Roumaji)'' is a non-standard reading for ''"Kinsho Mokuroku"''). Those '''should be provided within [square brackets]''' (e.g. ''"とある魔術の禁書目録[インデックス]"'').
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### Reading guides for '''standard''' readings are sometimes included, especially when the audience is not expected to know the characters (e.g. kanji. hanzi, hanja, etc). Those are redundant and '''should be dropped'''.
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## '''Title card transcription title''': transcribe the original language '''title card''' title, in the '''exact''' way as it is given in the database.
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### If reading aids are present, transcribe both the standard reading and the non-standard reading (e.g. ''"とある魔術の禁書目録[インデックス]"'' becomes ''"Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku [Index]"'').
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# '''Official original-language title''': Enter '''the video title after removing all extraneous items''' (such as <u>taglines</u>, <u>translations</u>, marketing messages, and narrations), keeping '''only the "primary" title''' of the show.
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## In separating the primary title from extraneous elements, it is '''helpful''' to consult sources from the country of origin, and in particular official first-party sources from that country (official website, social media channels, or other media). In such sources, the primary title is typically contained within 『』 brackets, and they '''generally''' do not include extraneous items. Do note, however, that that is not an absolute truth, and exceptions are known to exist (e.g. ''{{short|a6107|『鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST』}}'' contains the translation ''"FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST"'' in the 『』 brackets, and should be dropped). Items that are clearly extraneous '''should be removed''', even if they happen to be kept in such sources.
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## If the title includes '''non-standard readings''' (see 1.3), '''drop the non-standard reading''' and include '''only''' the original one (e.g. ''"とある魔術の禁書目録"'' for ''"Toaru Majutsu no Index"'', drop the ''"[インデックス]"'' furigana reading aid)
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## Titles may contain '''subtitles'''; subtitles are deemed to be a part of the actual title of the show, and are therefore '''not''' considered taglines. Those subtitles '''should be kept''' (e.g. ''"劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners" / "{{short|a4932|Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners}}"'').
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#. '''Kana title''': Enter the '''kana reading''' of the '''official title'''.
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## If the title includes '''non-standard readings''' (see 1.3), include '''only''' the non-standard reading in the transcription, not the standard one that was displaced by the non-standard one (e.g. ''『とある魔術の禁書目録』'' becomes ''"とあるまじゅつのインデックス"'').
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## Transcribe '''native Japanese words''' in '''hiragana'''; only use '''katakana''' for '''foreign words''', '''loan words''', and other instances where the word is not native Japanese.
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### If '''specific furigana''' is present, transcribe using the provided furigana instead.
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# '''Main (transcription) title''': transcribe the '''kana title''', in the '''exact''' way as it is given in the database.
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===Examples===
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{{short|a6107|Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood}}
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1. JP Official: "鋼の錬金術師 (2009)" ("FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST" part is dropped due to rule 2.0)
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2. JP Kana title: "はがねのれんきんじゅつし (2009)" ("FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST" part is dropped due to rule 3.0 saying that the Kana title is a direct transcription of the Official title, which dropped the translation due to rule 2.0)
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3. Main title (JP-transcription): "Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)" (rule 4.0 says transcribe the Kana title EXACTLY as given)
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  4. JP Title card: "鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (2009)" (Rule 1.0)
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5. JP-transcription Title card: "Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Fullmetal Alchemist (2009)" (Rule 1.4)
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{{short|5975|Toaru Majutsu no Index}}
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1. JP Official: "とある魔術の禁書目録" ("[インデックス]" part is dropped due to rule 2.2)
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2. JP Kana title: "とあるまじゅつのインデックス" (rule 3.1 we transcribe the title as it is meant to be read)
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3. Main title (JP-transcription): "Toaru Majutsu no Index" (rule 4.0 says transcribe the Kana title EXACTLY as given)
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4. JP Title card: "とある魔術の禁書目録[インデックス]" (Rule 1.3)
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5. JP-transcription Title card: "Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku [Index]" (Rule 1.4.1, and since "Index" is a foreign word, we transcribe it as it is spelled in English, as opposed to "Indekkusu")
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{{short|a4932|Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners}}
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1. JP Official: "劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners" ("the Garden of sinners" part is kept due to rule 2.3)
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2. JP Kana title: "げきじょうばんからのきょうかい: The Garden of Sinners" (rule 3.1 we transcribe the title as it is meant to be read)
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3. Main title (JP-transcription): "Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners" (rule 4.0 says transcribe the Kana title EXACTLY as given)
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4. JP Title card: "劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners" (Rule 1.1, though "the Garden of sinners" is considered a subtitle and is never dropped in the first place anyways)
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5. JP-transcription Title card: "Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners" (Rule 1.4)
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==Anime Title Policies==
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===Capitalization===
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For rules on capitalization, please consult the [[Capitalisation|capitalisation]] guide.
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===Foreign Language Portion of Official Japanese(/Korean/Chinese) Title, a.k.a. "Taglines"===
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# '''Official language title''': In general, if the official original language title, in the video or otherwise, comes with a foreign language portion, generally (but not always) English, that foreign portion is included in the Official language (Japanese, Chinese, Korean) title.
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## If the foreign language tagline is otherwise ignored, such as a marketing message or a narration (see the [https://anidb.net/c7432967 Symphogear example]), don't include it in the Official CJK title.
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## If the foreign language tagline is a '''transcription''' of the CJK title, do not add it to the CJK title; e.g. ''"{{short|a9875|キルラキル KILL la KILL}}"'' becomes just ''"キルラキル"''.
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## Otherwise, always add the foreign language tagline ('''translations''', a narrative snippet, a dialogue snippet, etc.) to the Official CJK title; e.g. ''{{short|a12195|纳米核心 NANOCORE}}'', ''"{{short|a9541|進撃の巨人 attack on titan}}"'', and ''"{{short|a8370|神様のメモ帳 It`s the only NEET thing to do.}}"''.
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# '''Transcription title''': If the foreign portion is "otherwise ignored", it is excluded from the transcription. "Otherwise ignored" refers to, but is not limited to references to the anime: on websites, in the media, in the Japanese trailer.
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## In the Main/Transcription title, do not transcribe the foreign language tagline if the foreign language tagline is simply a '''translation''' (e.g. ''"{{short|a9541|進撃の巨人 attack on titan}}"'' is transcribed only to ''"Shingeki no Kyojin"'') '''OR''' a '''transcription''' (e.g. ''"{{short|a9875|キルラキル KILL la KILL}}"'' is transcribed to only ''"Kill la Kill"'') of the CJK title.
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## Otherwise, add the foreign language tagline to the Main/Transcription title; e.g. ''"{{short|a8370|神様のメモ帳 It`s the only NEET thing to do.}}"'' is transcribed to ''"Kamisama no Memo-chou: It`s the Only NEET Thing to Do."''.
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===Disambiguation===
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Sometimes two or more anime get the exact same title. AniDB does not allow multiple anime to have the same title, though, so disambiguation is required. The older anime (the one that has the earlier release date) gets the original title, and the newer anime gets a disambiguation bit at the end. Then:
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{{eyecatch|Note|Do not '''ever, under any circumstances or for any reason,''' make up your own fake season numbering. Other sites do it, but we don't. Season numbers are given if, and only if, they are already present in the title, such as in the cases of {{short|a12952|Overlord II}} or {{short|a10944|Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2}}. Furthermore, when season numbers are in the title, they are given '''exactly in the same way''' as presented originally, '''not''' in any other way.}}
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# Absolutely do not append anything to the older anime. If both anime have the exact same release date, or it is impossible to tell, just report one of them and let the mod figure it out.
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# If the two anime are of '''the same type''', then '''append the year''' to the newer anime, '''even if they're released in the same year'''. The year should be '''within parentheses'''.
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# If the two anime are of '''different types''', then:
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## If '''the release year is the same''', then '''append the type''' to the newer anime. Unlike the year, the type '''does not take parentheses'''.
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## If '''the release year is different''', then '''append the year''' to the newer anime. Again, it should be '''within parentheses'''.
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A few supplementary rules apply if you are trying to disambiguate more than two anime:
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# If the rule tells you to take the year and it is already taken, try the type. Similarly, if the rule tells you to take the type and it is already taken, try the year. In either case, '''inform the mod of what exactly you are doing''', as there may be a better way to handle the case.
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# If both type and year are already taken, try both, in the "(Year, Type)" format. Do not use any other formats.
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# In the highly unlikely event all else fails, just report the entry and a mod will figure out how to best handle the case.
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=Episode Titles=
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==Basic Episode Title Information==
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===Official Title (Japanese, Chinese, and/or Korean) and Main Transcription Title (of the Official Title)===
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Please check our [[Kanji & Romaji Guideline]] and our [[AniDB Definition:Romanisation for Chinese|Romanisation for Chinese Guideline]] for further assistance with this.<br>
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[http://www.allcinema.net allcinema] is a reliable source for this.
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''Example:''
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Episode transcription title: Hajimari no Hi
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Official Japanese title: はじまりの日
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===Official Title (English)===
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Check the official English page if it is licensed.
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''Example:''
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Episode transcription title: Hajimari no Hi
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Official English title: The First Day
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See also [[AniDB_Definition:Romanisation#Guidance_for_Using_External_Sources_to_Support_Romanisations|Guidance for Using External Sources to Support Romanisations]] for acceptable sources.
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===Official Title (Other Languages)===
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This title should be the title it is sold/aired under in the regions where they use the specified language.
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==General Episode Title Policies==
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===Global Rules===
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These basic principles apply to all episode titles of all languages and all episode types:
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* Do not include the anime title in the episode title. The anime title is an "anime title", and therefore not an "episode title" and not to be included as any portion of any episode title; anime titles are stored in the anime entry.  This applies to all episode types, and all languages.
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===Non-Production Language Episode Transcription Title Policies===
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These basic principles apply to any language titles other than the original production language (e.g. English, French, Spanish titles, etc.).
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====Finding Episode Titles====
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1 Check these sources, in order, to see if there is an official title available for the language in question:
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1.1 The video from an official licensed source for that language.
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1.2 The official website, if any.
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1.3 The tertiary official sources like the DVD/Blu-ray back cover, if any.
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2 If there is no official title for that language, use a translation of the official title from the production language (JP/KO/ZH). This includes potential translations by fansubs and other unofficial sources.
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After finding (or not finding) an applicable title, proceed to the next section on how to apply the title to each episode type.
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====Applying Episode Titles: General Policy====
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This section follows the following template for each anime entry type:
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X.1: Rule for an anime with only 1 episode.
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X.2: Rule for an anime with more than 1 episode.
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X.2.1: Rule for English titles for an anime with more than 1 episode, but no title is found using the "finding episode titles" rules above.
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X.2.2: Rule for non-English titles for an with anime more than 1 episode, but no title is found using the "finding episode titles" rules above.
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X.Y: Other special rules unique for this anime type.
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# '''TV series main episodes'''
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## Not applicable.
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## Use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
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### For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Episode XX" where XX is the number of the episode.
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### For all other languages: do not add a title.
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# '''OVA and OAD main episodes'''
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## If there is only one volume in the entire release, use "OVA"/"OAD" instead of the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles; also refer to [[Content:Titles#Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry|Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry]].
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## If there is more than one volume, use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
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### For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Volume XX" for each OVA/OAD episode.
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### For all other languages: do not add a title.
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# '''Movies main episodes'''
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## If there is only one movie in the entire release, use "Complete Movie" instead of the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles; also refer to [[Content:Titles#Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry|Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry]].
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## If there is more than one movie, use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
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### For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Movie XX" for each movie.
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### For all other languages: do not add a title.
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## ''Movies split into multiple parts when released by fansubs''
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### In the past (generally 2010 or older), fansubs used to release movies separated into multiple files: this was done to reduce file sizes, and allow files to fit on a 700MB CD-R.
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### For example, a 2 hour movie may be split into 2 files of 1 hour each, resulting in a "Part 1" and "Part 2" file.
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### When adding these to the database, only for Movies, we create multiple regular episode entries to store all the part files.
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### The naming convention is as follows: "Part XX of YY" -- see example: {{short|a331|Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa (Laputa: Castle in the Sky)}}
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### In the rare case of a multiple file fansub release for a movie series with more than 1 movie in the series:
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#### When each movie has a title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles, use "_______: Part XX of YY". Examples: "Origination: Part 1 of 2", "Execution: Part 2 of 2".
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#### Otherwise if no title is found, use "Movie ZZ: Part XX of YY". Examples: "Movie 1: Part 1 of 2", "Movie 2: Part 2 of 2".
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# '''Music Videos main episodes'''
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## If there is only one episode in the entire release, use "Music Video" instead of the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles; also refer to [[Content:Titles#Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry|Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry]].
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## If there is more than one episode, use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
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### For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Episode XX" for each episode.
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### For all other languages: do not add a title.
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# '''Web series main episodes'''
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## If there is only one episode in the entire release, use "Web", "Short Movie", "Complete Movie", etc. as appropriate, instead of the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles; also refer to [[Content:Titles#Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry|Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry]].
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## If there is more than one episode, use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
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### For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Episode XX" for each episode.
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### For all other languages: do not add a title.
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# '''S episodes'''
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## Not applicable.
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## Use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
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### For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use the default "Episode SX" title format, e.g. "Episode S1", "Episode S13".
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### For all other languages: do not add a title.
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# '''C/T episodes'''
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## Not applicable.
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## Not applicable.
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### For English titles: see the relevant type-specific sections for in-depth guidance.
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### For all other languages: do not add a title.
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====Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have One (1) Regular Episode Entry====
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These anime entries typically only have 1 ''regular'' episode entry (regular episode type, meaning S episodes are excluded):
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# OVA/OAD
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# Movie
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# Music Video
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# Web Series (when used to release an OVA/OAD, Movie, or Music Video; does not apply to Web Series used to release a TV series)
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For these anime entries, when it only has 1 regular-type episode entry, the episode title is added to anime entry's title and '''not''' the episode entry's title; the entry's single episode title follows default rules as outlined above.
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# Generally, this rule applies only for cases when there are one (''{{short|a13248|Hajimete no Gal: Hajimete no Bunkasai}}'') or two (''{{short|a14024|Koi to Uso: Isshou no Koi / Koi no Kimochi}}'') episode titles for the single episode release.
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# In rare cases when there are more than 2 (''{{short|a13387|Tottoko Hamtarou: Anime Dechu!}}'') episode titles, do '''not''' add them to the OVA/OAD's anime title; they are added like usual to the episode entry's title.
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==Specific Episode Title Policies==
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===Stylized Episode Numbers===
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Episode "titles" such as "Operation 9", "File #002" or "XYZ第一話" or "ABCの第三話" etc. are considered to be stylised episode numbers rather than episode titles.
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* When they prepend the main episode title, do not add them or their transcriptions/translations to the title.
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* When they appear standalone as the only thing in the episode title, use the default "Episode XX" or "Volume XX" naming convention instead.
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==="Prologue" and "00" Episodes (For English Titles)===
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When it comes to episodes that are numbered as "Prologue" or "00", unless there is a "clear indication" that an "episode 0" should NOT be considered as the first episode of the regular airing sequence, an episode 0 will be considered episode 1 on AniDB, as it is the first aired episode.
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Examples of "clear indications" for what "episode 0" entries should NOT be considered as the first episode of the regular airing sequence:
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* [http://anidb.net/a10569 Macross Delta] -- episode S1, ''Battlefield Prologue'', this is essentially a trailer of the first episode
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* [http://anidb.net/a11166 Chaos;Child] -- episode S1, ''Chaos;Head'', this is a recap episode of the prequel series
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For reference, the original discussion on AniDB's moderator IRC channel can be found [http://anidb.net/perl-bin/animedb.pl?show=creq&creq.show=1&creq.id=8033071#msg16237416 here], along with follow-up comments [http://anidb.net/c8470932 here].
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====In Summary: when an "episode 0" is considered as episode 1 on AniDB====
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* An episode note should be added to provide a brief description.  For example: "Listed as Episode 00"
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* We will apply the following episode title naming convention, to make it explicit that it is an "episode 0":
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<pre>-- "Episode 0: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",
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-- "Episode 00: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",
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-- "Prologue 00: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",
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Etc, where:
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xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzzz
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Represents our general title naming convention of:
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Main_ep_title: sub_title - sub_sub_title</pre>
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===Guidance for C Episodes===
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Refer to our [[Content:C_Episode_Guidance|C Episode Guidance]] page for details.
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===Guidance for T Episodes===
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T episodes include PV (promotional video), CM (commercial), Preview, Trailer, etc. (non-exhaustive list); essentially, anything that generally serves the purpose of promoting an anime is a T episode. Generally, T episode naming guidance is as follows:
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* If available, provide the Japanese T episode title '''in full'''.
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** For example: A PV posted on the official website (directly embedded, linked to YouTube or some other video service, etc.) would have an official title from the producer/distributor as written on the website (preferred) or as provided in the video's name or title card.
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** For example: A web PV posted on the official YouTube would have an official title from the producer/distributor.
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** Do not include extraneous bits in the title, such as "- Netflix", "TVアニメ" ("TV Anime"), that are metadata, but not part of the actual functional title of the PV.
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* If a Japanese title is given, transcribe it '''in full'''.
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* For the English title, the general naming convention is as follows: <<Type>> <<#>> (<<Length>>): <<Description>> - <<Sub-description>>
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** Type: type of T episode, e.g. PV, CM, trailer, web PV, BD/DVD CM, etc. (non-exhaustive list). More descriptive terms are preferred, but terms should still be kept as short as practicable (e.g. do not expand "BD/DVD CM" to "blu-ray and DVD commercial").
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** #: number the various T episodes based on airing order, for each type.  For example, if the anime has 3 PV and 4 CM, number them PV 1, PV 2, PV 3, CM 1, CM 2, CM 3, CM 4.
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** Length: provide the length in (m:ss) format. For example (1:36), (12:35). Given that most T episodes do not have formal titles, the exact length helps to track the T episodes, as it is otherwise very difficult to tell the T episodes apart.
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* Whenever possible, try to add a short and uniquely identifiable description of the shown content to the Note field of the episode, especially if that trailer or commercial is not available on the Internet. Good descriptions help immensely with identifying files from different releases whose labeling and ordering does not match with other releases or our episodes.
  
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Example: {{short|e185514|<nowiki>PV 5 (24:00): Public Anniversary Special</nowiki>}}
  
==Adding Titles==
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The general naming convention is not universal. Use some discretion for special cases. Examples:
In order to add a title to an anime, you need to click the "Synonym/Short Title" link at the bottom of an [[animeentries|anime entry]]. This will lead you to the "AddAnimeTitle" page, where you can see (and remove if it was you who added the anime) all the titles that are currently added to the anime, as well as a text field to enter a new title, and a list where you can choose which kind of title it is. If your title contains non-US-ASCII characters, please use the [http://anidb.info/cgi-bin/utf8tohtml.pl UTF-8 to HTML converter] to enter those characters.
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* A lot of easily identifiable information is given: {{short|e170347|<nowiki>CM Ep 11 and 12 (aka 23 & 24) (0:19) (#23番宣CM)</nowiki>}}
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* Feature length PV, PV with a full TV title, etc: {{short|e183603|<nowiki>Arpeggio Movie #2 "Cadenza " Public Special Commemorative Program First 20 Minutes Release!! (Gekijouban Arpeggio Dai 2 Dan "Cadenza" Koukai Kinen Tokubetsu Bangumi Boutou 20 Bundai Koukai!! / 劇場版アルペジオ第2弾『Cadenza』公開記念特別番組 冒頭20分大公開!!)</nowiki>}}
  
 
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Latest revision as of 20:50, 7 September 2020

Titles are how you identify an anime and/or episode - there are many different kinds, both official ones and common ones as well as abbreviations. In AniDB, no anime can have have the exact same title as another. The Main Title (the transcription of the original language title) is listed at the very top of each anime entry and episode entry, and at the top of the details table with the entry's generla info. The rest of the titles are listed with language and title type details. Anyone can add a title to any anime or episode, with the restriction that if there already is an anime with that exact same title, it won't work; please use the search function to check for overlaps. Anyone can request that a title be edited or removed, but it will have to be approved by a mod, so state a good reason for why you wish it to be edited or removed. More Info...

Adding Titles

In order to add a title to an anime or episode, you need to go to the 'contributions' tab of the and click the 'add/edit titles' link there. This will lead you to the "Add/Edit Names for ..." page, where you can see (and request removal of) all the titles and which language they are in, that are currently added to the entry, as well as a tab where a text field and a few lists let you enter a new title and select what kind of title it is and which language it is in.

Languages

If an anime and/or episode is or has been sold/aired in your language with a specific title, go ahead and add that title as 'Official Title' for your language. If you see a title that is clearly wrong under these conditions, please request removal or change the type of that title, stating your reasoning for the change so a mod can approve.

If an anime and/or episode has never been sold or aired in your language, there is no reason it should have an Official title in it, so please don't add one. However, you can still add a title in your language as a Synonym title.

One thing AniDB relies on are its users from different regions, who can check and verify titles in different languages. If you would like to help out with this effort for languages you know, please don't hesitate to contact us on irc://irc.synirc.net/anidb. You can see a list of which languages already have people who can verify them on the staff page.

Anime Titles

Basic Anime Title Information

Official Title (Japanese, Chinese, and/or Korean) and Main Transcription Title (of the Official Title)

Please check our Kanji & Romaji Guideline and our Romanisation for Chinese Guideline for further assistance with this.
allcinema is a reliable source for this.

Example:

Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009) 
Japanese official title:                鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (2009)
Note: "(2009)" is added by AniDB, since the original 2003 anime Hagane no Renkinjutsushi  goes by the same name in Japanese. The "Brotherhood" part is only added in English, not Japanese.

Official Title (English)

Check the official English page if it is licensed.

Example:

Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
English official title:                 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

See also Guidance for Using External Sources to Support Romanisations for acceptable sources.

Official Title (Other Languages)

This title should be the title it is sold/aired under in the regions where they use the specified language; if it is sold/aired under more than one name in a language, use Synonyms/Aliases for that.

Synonym/Alias

For anything not official, which is widely used, or if it is sold/aired under more than one name, set them as synonyms/aliases.

Example:

Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
English synonym:                        Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood
Note Do not add synonym titles that only differ from an already existing, same language official title by their punctuation! Similarly, refrain from adding Japanese transcription synonyms that deviate from our romanisation guidelines unless they are in wide use! Ask a moderator if in doubt.

Short Title

A shortened version of the title.

Example:

Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
English official title:                 Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
English short title:                    FMAB

Title Card

The title exactly as it is provided on the anime title card.

Example:

Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
Japanese title card:                    鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (2009)
Japanese title card transcription:      Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Fullmetal Alchemist (2009)
Note: "(2009)" is added by AniDB, since the original 2003 anime Hagane no Renkinjutsushi goes by the same name in Japanese. The "Brotherhood" part is only added in English, not Japanese.

Kana Reading

The kana reading of the Official Title, exactly as it is provided.

Example:

Main title - Japanese transcription:    Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)
Japanese kana reading (title card):     はがねのれんきんじゅつし (2009)
Note: "(2009)" is added by AniDB, since the original 2003 anime Hagane no Renkinjutsushi goes by the same name in Japanese. The "Brotherhood" part is only added in English, not Japanese.

Detailed Anime Title Guidance

The following detailed guidance, confirmed here , details how to apply the rules surrounding anime titles.

  1. "Title card title" / "Video title": Enter the title exactly as it appears on the video itself, on the title card with the anime's logo, along with any subtitles.
    1. Along with the official title itself and any subtitles, the title card may contain extraneous items, such as taglines, marketing messages, narrations, and translations (accurate or otherwise). Those should be included in the video title.
    2. The title card may additionally include transcriptions: rendering of Japanese text in the Roman alphabet, or of Western words in Japanese characters. Those are considered reading/spelling aids and they should be dropped from the video title.
    3. The title card may also includes reading guides for non-standard readings (e.g. in "Toaru Majutsu no Index ", the reading of "Index" (EN) / "Indekkusu" (Roumaji) is a non-standard reading for "Kinsho Mokuroku"). Those should be provided within [square brackets] (e.g. "とある魔術の禁書目録[インデックス]").
      1. Reading guides for standard readings are sometimes included, especially when the audience is not expected to know the characters (e.g. kanji. hanzi, hanja, etc). Those are redundant and should be dropped.
    4. Title card transcription title: transcribe the original language title card title, in the exact way as it is given in the database.
      1. If reading aids are present, transcribe both the standard reading and the non-standard reading (e.g. "とある魔術の禁書目録[インデックス]" becomes "Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku [Index]").
  2. Official original-language title: Enter the video title after removing all extraneous items (such as taglines, translations, marketing messages, and narrations), keeping only the "primary" title of the show.
    1. In separating the primary title from extraneous elements, it is helpful to consult sources from the country of origin, and in particular official first-party sources from that country (official website, social media channels, or other media). In such sources, the primary title is typically contained within 『』 brackets, and they generally do not include extraneous items. Do note, however, that that is not an absolute truth, and exceptions are known to exist (e.g. 『鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST』 contains the translation "FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST" in the 『』 brackets, and should be dropped). Items that are clearly extraneous should be removed, even if they happen to be kept in such sources.
    2. If the title includes non-standard readings (see 1.3), drop the non-standard reading and include only the original one (e.g. "とある魔術の禁書目録" for "Toaru Majutsu no Index", drop the "[インデックス]" furigana reading aid)
    3. Titles may contain subtitles; subtitles are deemed to be a part of the actual title of the show, and are therefore not considered taglines. Those subtitles should be kept (e.g. "劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners" / "Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners ").
  3. . Kana title: Enter the kana reading of the official title.
    1. If the title includes non-standard readings (see 1.3), include only the non-standard reading in the transcription, not the standard one that was displaced by the non-standard one (e.g. 『とある魔術の禁書目録』 becomes "とあるまじゅつのインデックス").
    2. Transcribe native Japanese words in hiragana; only use katakana for foreign words, loan words, and other instances where the word is not native Japanese.
      1. If specific furigana is present, transcribe using the provided furigana instead.
  4. Main (transcription) title: transcribe the kana title, in the exact way as it is given in the database.

Examples

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

1. JP Official: "鋼の錬金術師 (2009)" ("FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST" part is dropped due to rule 2.0)
2. JP Kana title: "はがねのれんきんじゅつし (2009)" ("FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST" part is dropped due to rule 3.0 saying that the Kana title is a direct transcription of the Official title, which dropped the translation due to rule 2.0)
3. Main title (JP-transcription): "Hagane no Renkinjutsushi (2009)" (rule 4.0 says transcribe the Kana title EXACTLY as given)
4. JP Title card: "鋼の錬金術師 FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST (2009)" (Rule 1.0)
5. JP-transcription Title card: "Hagane no Renkinjutsushi Fullmetal Alchemist (2009)" (Rule 1.4)

Toaru Majutsu no Index

1. JP Official: "とある魔術の禁書目録" ("[インデックス]" part is dropped due to rule 2.2)
2. JP Kana title: "とあるまじゅつのインデックス" (rule 3.1 we transcribe the title as it is meant to be read)
3. Main title (JP-transcription): "Toaru Majutsu no Index" (rule 4.0 says transcribe the Kana title EXACTLY as given)
4. JP Title card: "とある魔術の禁書目録[インデックス]" (Rule 1.3)
5. JP-transcription Title card: "Toaru Majutsu no Kinsho Mokuroku [Index]" (Rule 1.4.1, and since "Index" is a foreign word, we transcribe it as it is spelled in English, as opposed to "Indekkusu")

Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners

1. JP Official: "劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners" ("the Garden of sinners" part is kept due to rule 2.3)
2. JP Kana title: "げきじょうばんからのきょうかい: The Garden of Sinners" (rule 3.1 we transcribe the title as it is meant to be read)
3. Main title (JP-transcription): "Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners" (rule 4.0 says transcribe the Kana title EXACTLY as given)
4. JP Title card: "劇場版 空の境界 the Garden of sinners" (Rule 1.1, though "the Garden of sinners" is considered a subtitle and is never dropped in the first place anyways)
5. JP-transcription Title card: "Gekijouban Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners" (Rule 1.4)

Anime Title Policies

Capitalization

For rules on capitalization, please consult the capitalisation guide.

Foreign Language Portion of Official Japanese(/Korean/Chinese) Title, a.k.a. "Taglines"

  1. Official language title: In general, if the official original language title, in the video or otherwise, comes with a foreign language portion, generally (but not always) English, that foreign portion is included in the Official language (Japanese, Chinese, Korean) title.
    1. If the foreign language tagline is otherwise ignored, such as a marketing message or a narration (see the Symphogear example), don't include it in the Official CJK title.
    2. If the foreign language tagline is a transcription of the CJK title, do not add it to the CJK title; e.g. "キルラキル KILL la KILL " becomes just "キルラキル".
    3. Otherwise, always add the foreign language tagline (translations, a narrative snippet, a dialogue snippet, etc.) to the Official CJK title; e.g. 纳米核心 NANOCORE , "進撃の巨人 attack on titan ", and "神様のメモ帳 It`s the only NEET thing to do. ".
  2. Transcription title: If the foreign portion is "otherwise ignored", it is excluded from the transcription. "Otherwise ignored" refers to, but is not limited to references to the anime: on websites, in the media, in the Japanese trailer.
    1. In the Main/Transcription title, do not transcribe the foreign language tagline if the foreign language tagline is simply a translation (e.g. "進撃の巨人 attack on titan " is transcribed only to "Shingeki no Kyojin") OR a transcription (e.g. "キルラキル KILL la KILL " is transcribed to only "Kill la Kill") of the CJK title.
    2. Otherwise, add the foreign language tagline to the Main/Transcription title; e.g. "神様のメモ帳 It`s the only NEET thing to do. " is transcribed to "Kamisama no Memo-chou: It`s the Only NEET Thing to Do.".

Disambiguation

Sometimes two or more anime get the exact same title. AniDB does not allow multiple anime to have the same title, though, so disambiguation is required. The older anime (the one that has the earlier release date) gets the original title, and the newer anime gets a disambiguation bit at the end. Then:

Note Do not ever, under any circumstances or for any reason, make up your own fake season numbering. Other sites do it, but we don't. Season numbers are given if, and only if, they are already present in the title, such as in the cases of Overlord II or Shingeki no Kyojin Season 2 . Furthermore, when season numbers are in the title, they are given exactly in the same way as presented originally, not in any other way.
  1. Absolutely do not append anything to the older anime. If both anime have the exact same release date, or it is impossible to tell, just report one of them and let the mod figure it out.
  2. If the two anime are of the same type, then append the year to the newer anime, even if they're released in the same year. The year should be within parentheses.
  3. If the two anime are of different types, then:
    1. If the release year is the same, then append the type to the newer anime. Unlike the year, the type does not take parentheses.
    2. If the release year is different, then append the year to the newer anime. Again, it should be within parentheses.

A few supplementary rules apply if you are trying to disambiguate more than two anime:

  1. If the rule tells you to take the year and it is already taken, try the type. Similarly, if the rule tells you to take the type and it is already taken, try the year. In either case, inform the mod of what exactly you are doing, as there may be a better way to handle the case.
  2. If both type and year are already taken, try both, in the "(Year, Type)" format. Do not use any other formats.
  3. In the highly unlikely event all else fails, just report the entry and a mod will figure out how to best handle the case.

Episode Titles

Basic Episode Title Information

Official Title (Japanese, Chinese, and/or Korean) and Main Transcription Title (of the Official Title)

Please check our Kanji & Romaji Guideline and our Romanisation for Chinese Guideline for further assistance with this.
allcinema is a reliable source for this.

Example:

Episode transcription title: Hajimari no Hi
Official Japanese title: はじまりの日

Official Title (English)

Check the official English page if it is licensed.

Example:

Episode transcription title: Hajimari no Hi
Official English title: The First Day

See also Guidance for Using External Sources to Support Romanisations for acceptable sources.

Official Title (Other Languages)

This title should be the title it is sold/aired under in the regions where they use the specified language.

General Episode Title Policies

Global Rules

These basic principles apply to all episode titles of all languages and all episode types:

  • Do not include the anime title in the episode title. The anime title is an "anime title", and therefore not an "episode title" and not to be included as any portion of any episode title; anime titles are stored in the anime entry. This applies to all episode types, and all languages.

Non-Production Language Episode Transcription Title Policies

These basic principles apply to any language titles other than the original production language (e.g. English, French, Spanish titles, etc.).

Finding Episode Titles

1 Check these sources, in order, to see if there is an official title available for the language in question: 1.1 The video from an official licensed source for that language. 1.2 The official website, if any. 1.3 The tertiary official sources like the DVD/Blu-ray back cover, if any. 2 If there is no official title for that language, use a translation of the official title from the production language (JP/KO/ZH). This includes potential translations by fansubs and other unofficial sources.

After finding (or not finding) an applicable title, proceed to the next section on how to apply the title to each episode type.

Applying Episode Titles: General Policy

This section follows the following template for each anime entry type:

X.1: Rule for an anime with only 1 episode.
X.2: Rule for an anime with more than 1 episode.
X.2.1: Rule for English titles for an anime with more than 1 episode, but no title is found using the "finding episode titles" rules above.
X.2.2: Rule for non-English titles for an with anime more than 1 episode, but no title is found using the "finding episode titles" rules above.
X.Y: Other special rules unique for this anime type.
  1. TV series main episodes
    1. Not applicable.
    2. Use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
      1. For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Episode XX" where XX is the number of the episode.
      2. For all other languages: do not add a title.
  2. OVA and OAD main episodes
    1. If there is only one volume in the entire release, use "OVA"/"OAD" instead of the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles; also refer to Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry.
    2. If there is more than one volume, use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
      1. For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Volume XX" for each OVA/OAD episode.
      2. For all other languages: do not add a title.
  3. Movies main episodes
    1. If there is only one movie in the entire release, use "Complete Movie" instead of the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles; also refer to Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry.
    2. If there is more than one movie, use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
      1. For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Movie XX" for each movie.
      2. For all other languages: do not add a title.
    3. Movies split into multiple parts when released by fansubs
      1. In the past (generally 2010 or older), fansubs used to release movies separated into multiple files: this was done to reduce file sizes, and allow files to fit on a 700MB CD-R.
      2. For example, a 2 hour movie may be split into 2 files of 1 hour each, resulting in a "Part 1" and "Part 2" file.
      3. When adding these to the database, only for Movies, we create multiple regular episode entries to store all the part files.
      4. The naming convention is as follows: "Part XX of YY" -- see example: Tenkuu no Shiro Laputa (Laputa: Castle in the Sky)
      5. In the rare case of a multiple file fansub release for a movie series with more than 1 movie in the series:
        1. When each movie has a title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles, use "_______: Part XX of YY". Examples: "Origination: Part 1 of 2", "Execution: Part 2 of 2".
        2. Otherwise if no title is found, use "Movie ZZ: Part XX of YY". Examples: "Movie 1: Part 1 of 2", "Movie 2: Part 2 of 2".
  4. Music Videos main episodes
    1. If there is only one episode in the entire release, use "Music Video" instead of the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles; also refer to Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry.
    2. If there is more than one episode, use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
      1. For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Episode XX" for each episode.
      2. For all other languages: do not add a title.
  5. Web series main episodes
    1. If there is only one episode in the entire release, use "Web", "Short Movie", "Complete Movie", etc. as appropriate, instead of the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles; also refer to Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have 1 Regular Episode Entry.
    2. If there is more than one episode, use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
      1. For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use "Episode XX" for each episode.
      2. For all other languages: do not add a title.
  6. S episodes
    1. Not applicable.
    2. Use the title obtained under the rules for finding episode titles.
      1. For English titles: otherwise if no title is found, use the default "Episode SX" title format, e.g. "Episode S1", "Episode S13".
      2. For all other languages: do not add a title.
  7. C/T episodes
    1. Not applicable.
    2. Not applicable.
      1. For English titles: see the relevant type-specific sections for in-depth guidance.
      2. For all other languages: do not add a title.

Anime Entry Types That Typically Only Have One (1) Regular Episode Entry

These anime entries typically only have 1 regular episode entry (regular episode type, meaning S episodes are excluded):

  1. OVA/OAD
  2. Movie
  3. Music Video
  4. Web Series (when used to release an OVA/OAD, Movie, or Music Video; does not apply to Web Series used to release a TV series)

For these anime entries, when it only has 1 regular-type episode entry, the episode title is added to anime entry's title and not the episode entry's title; the entry's single episode title follows default rules as outlined above.

  1. Generally, this rule applies only for cases when there are one (Hajimete no Gal: Hajimete no Bunkasai ) or two (Koi to Uso: Isshou no Koi / Koi no Kimochi ) episode titles for the single episode release.
  2. In rare cases when there are more than 2 (Tottoko Hamtarou: Anime Dechu! ) episode titles, do not add them to the OVA/OAD's anime title; they are added like usual to the episode entry's title.

Specific Episode Title Policies

Stylized Episode Numbers

Episode "titles" such as "Operation 9", "File #002" or "XYZ第一話" or "ABCの第三話" etc. are considered to be stylised episode numbers rather than episode titles.

  • When they prepend the main episode title, do not add them or their transcriptions/translations to the title.
  • When they appear standalone as the only thing in the episode title, use the default "Episode XX" or "Volume XX" naming convention instead.

"Prologue" and "00" Episodes (For English Titles)

When it comes to episodes that are numbered as "Prologue" or "00", unless there is a "clear indication" that an "episode 0" should NOT be considered as the first episode of the regular airing sequence, an episode 0 will be considered episode 1 on AniDB, as it is the first aired episode.

Examples of "clear indications" for what "episode 0" entries should NOT be considered as the first episode of the regular airing sequence:

  • Macross Delta -- episode S1, Battlefield Prologue, this is essentially a trailer of the first episode
  • Chaos;Child -- episode S1, Chaos;Head, this is a recap episode of the prequel series

For reference, the original discussion on AniDB's moderator IRC channel can be found here, along with follow-up comments here.

In Summary: when an "episode 0" is considered as episode 1 on AniDB

  • An episode note should be added to provide a brief description. For example: "Listed as Episode 00"
  • We will apply the following episode title naming convention, to make it explicit that it is an "episode 0":
-- "Episode 0: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",
-- "Episode 00: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",
-- "Prologue 00: xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzz",

Etc, where:
xxxxx: yyyyy - zzzzzz
Represents our general title naming convention of:
Main_ep_title: sub_title - sub_sub_title

Guidance for C Episodes

Refer to our C Episode Guidance page for details.

Guidance for T Episodes

T episodes include PV (promotional video), CM (commercial), Preview, Trailer, etc. (non-exhaustive list); essentially, anything that generally serves the purpose of promoting an anime is a T episode. Generally, T episode naming guidance is as follows:

  • If available, provide the Japanese T episode title in full.
    • For example: A PV posted on the official website (directly embedded, linked to YouTube or some other video service, etc.) would have an official title from the producer/distributor as written on the website (preferred) or as provided in the video's name or title card.
    • For example: A web PV posted on the official YouTube would have an official title from the producer/distributor.
    • Do not include extraneous bits in the title, such as "- Netflix", "TVアニメ" ("TV Anime"), that are metadata, but not part of the actual functional title of the PV.
  • If a Japanese title is given, transcribe it in full.
  • For the English title, the general naming convention is as follows: <<Type>> <<#>> (<<Length>>): <<Description>> - <<Sub-description>>
    • Type: type of T episode, e.g. PV, CM, trailer, web PV, BD/DVD CM, etc. (non-exhaustive list). More descriptive terms are preferred, but terms should still be kept as short as practicable (e.g. do not expand "BD/DVD CM" to "blu-ray and DVD commercial").
    • #: number the various T episodes based on airing order, for each type. For example, if the anime has 3 PV and 4 CM, number them PV 1, PV 2, PV 3, CM 1, CM 2, CM 3, CM 4.
    • Length: provide the length in (m:ss) format. For example (1:36), (12:35). Given that most T episodes do not have formal titles, the exact length helps to track the T episodes, as it is otherwise very difficult to tell the T episodes apart.
  • Whenever possible, try to add a short and uniquely identifiable description of the shown content to the Note field of the episode, especially if that trailer or commercial is not available on the Internet. Good descriptions help immensely with identifying files from different releases whose labeling and ordering does not match with other releases or our episodes.

Example: PV 5 (24:00): Public Anniversary Special

The general naming convention is not universal. Use some discretion for special cases. Examples: