2 comments on “Stop calling Kara no Kyoukai “The Garden of Sinners”

  1. I see your point, but it’s a little late for that. Aniplex chose the obvious title and ultimately Garden of Sinners conjures up a much more intriguing connotation of the work than Boundary of Emptiness. (At least up front.)

    Additionally it can be a fun title to throw out in church… because there it has ‘different’ connotations.

    Ultimately I think the goal should be to understand who you’re describing the show to and give them the title most likely to arouse their interest. I know when I’m googling this story I don’t use Boundary of Emptiness. It’s not ingrained in the same way Kara no Kyoukai, Rakkyo, or Garden of Sinners has come to be. You have to translate the original title to find it… guilty as charged… I remember being confused by the title when I first translated it, but that’s a meaning that can only be uncovered by viewing the work.

    So… Garden of Sinners is here to stay and Boundary of Emptiness is the inner fandom fistbump title for folks who take the time to uncover it.

    • I agree that “Boundary of Emptiness” doesn’t have a better ring than “The Garden of Sinners”. But I think that the better alternative would be to leave in the untranslated “Kara no Kyoukai” in the English title rather than just (sub)titling it as “The Garden of Sinners”. Completely removing “Kara no Kyoukai” just doesn’t sit very well with me.

      Taking another Type-Moon example, the title “Tsukihime” was left untranslated for the English localisations of the anime and manga. The original Japanese title was 「新月譚月姫」 “Shingetsutan Tsukihime”, and was translated to English as Lunar Legend Tsukihime. It worked.

      Preserving some semblance of the original title is important as the name itself is an important identifier for the series. Anyway this is just my librarian nature speaking, I would like titles to be kept as true to their original meaning as much as possible.

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