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Is the term Otaku derogatory?

I know the term is widely used in America as a term for someone who has a love and anime and all things related to it. So in the US it's a term of endearment. However in Japan the term is known more ...
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Why do anime and manga use the same faces?

Many shows use the same face template throughout. Why do they use this?
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Is there a reason for the “Hair of Death” hair style?

I've seen this joke float around various social media sites lately. Is there a particular reason for why characters with this hairstyle - particularly mother figures - seem to die so consistently? ...
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Why are many anime characters blond?

There are a lot of blond-haired characters in anime, especially the old ones, like super saiyans, naruto, gundam series, fma, etc.
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Is there any relation between hair style and character's personalities?

Generally speaking, hairstyle in anime represent the character personality, like short hair girl should become tomboyish or ponytail make a girl seems sporty, etc. But what about the others? Like long ...
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2answers
601 views

Why are light-haired male love interests common?

It is relatively common for series (especially shoujo) for the/a love interest to be blond. This appears in Ouran High School Host Club, Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Tokyo Mew Mew, and a number of others. ...
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How to tell apart Japanese and non-Japanese characters in-universe and out-of-universe?

Anime characters are almost always drawn with... "anime" facial features. Eyes are big and round, every color is allowed for eyes and hair (not to mention hairstyle), etc. Since there are anime ...
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When & where did the unnatural hair color aka “You gotta have blue hair trope” originate?

I specifically want to know which manga or anime started the trend, so I can reason from there to the how question, in order to not make general assumptions. There was a time in manga/anime where ...
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Which episode of Sailor Moon is this scene of Usagi in a bath towel from?

Which episode of the classic Sailor Moon anime are these douga (動画) sketches for animation cels of Tsukino Usagi (Sailor Moon) from? I know that in a small number of episodes she was shown with her ...
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With animation being so time consuming, why are hairstyles so spiky and complex?

From my basic understanding, anime (or any animation) is drawn frame-by-frame. With that in mind, why are countless character designs made with spiky hair and other complex parts such as chains, ...