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Italics and Quotation Marks

BBCode

Mark italics with BBCode. Do not use the Google Docs italics feature.

Examples

  • Correct: [i]Hibike! Euphonium[/i]
  • Incorrect: Hibike! Euphonium

Anime and manga titles

Italicize the titles of all anime, manga, etc., even those that are not the topic of the synopsis. However, only do so when directly referencing the title, not when it is used generally.

Examples

  • Correct: [i]Lucky☆Star[/i] includes many references to [i]Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu[/i].
  • Incorrect: Lucky☆Star includes many references to Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu.
    • A massive online role-playing game called [i]Sword Art Online[/i]

Works from real life

Italicize the titles of literary and media works (e.g. books, movies, dramas, stage plays, games, etc.) which exist in real life, including those that have no relation to anime or manga directly.

Examples

Collections and artwork

Do not italicize the titles of collections (e.g. newspapers, magazines, etc.) or artwork. Note that music albums follow a separate rule below.

Examples

  • Correct: Asahi Shimbun put out an article about the history of the Mona Lisa.
  • Incorrect: [i]Asahi Shimbun[/i] put out an article about the history of the [i]Mona Lisa[/i].

Song and album titles

Place quotation marks around the titles of both individual songs and albums. Do not use quotation marks for any other titles.

Examples

  • Correct: Suzuko Mimori's album "tone." includes the song "Kakumei no Masquerade."
  • Incorrect: Suzuko Mimori's album [i]tone.[/i] includes the song Kakumei no Masquerade.
In many other style guides, titles of articles, episodes, chapters, and other short works are placed within quotation marks. This is not the case for MAL Rewrite. Such titles should be rendered in plain text.

In-universe works

Do not italicize the titles of in-universe literary and media works. Similarly, do not place quotation marks around the titles of fictional songs and albums.

Examples

    • In [i]K-On![/i], Ho-kago Tea Time performs the song Fuwa Fuwa Time.
  • Incorrect: A new incident occurs in a game called [i]Gun Gale Online[/i].
    • In [i]K-On![/i], Ho-kago Tea Time performs the song "Fuwa Fuwa Time."
In-universe refers to works which both originate in the fictional universe and are referred to within the context of this fictional universe. So, Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal is never an in-universe work. On the other hand, the song from K-On! can be either in-universe or not depending on context. If you are referring to the song being performed within the anime, it is in-universe. If you are referring to the song by the actual, real-world band Ho-kago Tea Time, it is not in-universe.

Names of large, moving vessels

Do not italicize the names of trains, ships, aircraft, spacecraft, and other large, moving vessels.

Examples

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