Should we allow lyrics translation of a certain anime? For example, a user asked for the english translation of a particular anime theme song. Should we allow questions like that? It is answerable and not too vague for a topic. It can be useful to attract more audience since a lot searches for anime lyric and for its translation. It inclines on anime as well though it is much more involved in Japanese language. What do you think?

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I've never had an anime song I couldn't Google lyrics for, and translation is definitely off-topic.

I would say it is on-topic to ask the name of a particular theme song from an anime. Some of these, particularly from less well-known anime, can be hard to find online. But from there, it is the OP's responsibility to find the lyrics themselves (animelyrics.com is a good resource).

  • Yes, of course. But aren't we targeting users to use our site instead of other sites?
    – xjshiya
    Feb 28, 2013 at 2:00
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    @xjshiya Of course. But many, if not most, songs were made independent of the anime and are not directly linked to it. "What song was used in X anime" is an anime-related question; "What is X quality of an anime theme song" is not. (This would be akin to asking for translations of episode content.)
    – Cattua
    Feb 28, 2013 at 2:01
  • Yeah I see your point. But if there exist a case where the song is related to the anime and requires explanation, can it be allowed then?
    – xjshiya
    Feb 28, 2013 at 2:24
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    @xjshiya If you have the lyrics and ask how they related to the anime in some way, I would see that as being on-topic.
    – Cattua
    Feb 28, 2013 at 2:30
  • It's better to be clear. Thanks a lot. :)
    – xjshiya
    Feb 28, 2013 at 2:49

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