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News: Sword Art Online spin-off earns the honour of Longest Light Novel Title 2015 (a little NSFW)

With the increasingly tongue-twisting lengths of light novels encroaching ever further in popular J-culture, the Japanese media website CUPO took it upon themselves to discover which one, published between April 2015 and March 2016, truly achieved the Longest Light Novel Title of 2015. The winner merely needed to have the most characters in its title and subtitle, excluding volume numbers and any special edition titles which may have mentioned extra goodies such as drama CDs.

The winner, a whole ten characters ahead of the second-placed title, was Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online – Third Squad Jam Betrayer’s Choice. Written by Keichi Sigsawa and illustrated by Kohaku Kuroboshi, though its English title is relatively snappy, in Japanese this release has a total of 57 katakana characters.

Second place went to Yusha ga Shuraba Sugite Sekai o Sukutteru Baai Janai Mao no Noroi de Hiroin-tachi o Doji Koryaku Shinakereba Narimasen, by Ryo Iwanami and Munyuu. With 47 characters in kanji, katakana, and hiragana, the title translates as (you might want to take a breath here): Not Only Does the Hero Have to Save the World from Complete Destruction, but He Also Has to Save the Heroines from the Devil-King’s Curse At the Same Time. Whew.

And finally, there was a tie for third place. Kenta Dairaku and Takashi Konno’s Koko wa Isekai Konbini Daemon Eleven – Okyakusama, Kaifuku Maho o Kakenagara no Tachiyomi wa Go Enryo Kudasai!, with Sigsawa and Kuroboshi swiping yet another placing with Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online – Second Squad Jam, come in at a total of 46 characters each. The former title translates to: Here is a Convenience Store, Daemon Eleven, in a Different World – Customers, Please Refrain from Casting Recovery Magic While Browsing!

But despite the likes of these titanic top four appearing more and more prevalent, it seems that, for the most part, light novel titles remain quite modest. CUPO’s research certainly backed this up, as their calculations said that the average length of a light novel title for the 2015 time period was only 15 characters.

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Otaku blogger, mum and hyper-pixie of the cosmic realms. Might have made that last part up. Or did I?

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