Maybe somebody can explain this to me. A large number of anime and manga series seem to have names that fall into this pattern (even many that are usually refered to by one word have an official title of this sort). Is it some sort of Japanese naming convention? Is it a fad to increase the number of obscure English words used in a title? Or is there some other, more sinister reason.

Battle Angel Alita
Martian Successor Nadesico
Revolutionary Girl Utena
Vampire Princess Miyu
OK, maybe not all anime.

I think that when Western TV shows and films get exported to Japan, we should adopt this naming format. Examples :

The X-Files : Will-They-Or-Won't-They FBI Agents Mulder & Scully
Jerry Springer Show : Unflappable Talkshow-Host Jerry
Red Dwarf : Slovenly Space Cowboy Lister or Novelty Condom Head Mechanoid Kryten
Something For the Weekend : Innuendo Spouting Essex Girl Denise
I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue : Hilarious Ex-Goodie Brooke-Taylor