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What was the first anime to use the term tsundere?

Tsundere characters have been around for decades, but when did anime start to reference it directly? What was the first anime to use the term tsundere, as part of dialogue or narration?
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What is this kind of Highlight for the hair called?

I'd like to know what's this type of hair highlight called? In the application Koikatsu, it is called "lighting" highlight. I am wondering if this is the correct name?
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Which was the first isekai tensei anime?

Someone in SciFi exchange Which was the first isekai tensei story mentioned Yojo Senki could be the first Isekai Tensei anime (not counting non anime stories, where the first "reincarnated into ...
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What is "Rasetsu"?

I come across the term "Rasetsu" in Japanese games and anime, but I can't find a specific kanji or translation of term. According to Google Translator, "Rasetsu" in Japanese means &...
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Where and when is Trigun Stampede set?

I was watching episode five of Trigun Stampede and then this map came up: This resembles breakup Pangaea. So I ask: Where and when is Trigun Stampede set?
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When did 'onii-chan' start to become a fan service stuff?

'Onii-chan' is just how a girl addresses her big bro originally. But now, it's widely used as a fan service in anime. When did 'onii-chan' start to become a fan service stuff?
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How much money has Neon Genesis Evangelion made?

This article says Neon Genesis Evangelion has made over $16 billion, but no reliable source on the Internet exists that would be accepted by Wikipedia as a reliable source. Are there any reliable ...
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What is the target demographic of cooking anime?

I have a hard time understanding who exactly cooking anime appeal to and how cooking became a genre. Here's a list of cooking anime: 1987, Mister Ajikko 1997, Chuuka Ichiban 2004, Yakitate!! Japan ...
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What's the first shotacon anime?

There are many anime portraying shota, but most of the female characters there do not have interest in the shota. What's the first shotacon anime where some female character is attracted to the shota?
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Who's the first cat girl in the anime history?

Cats girls are quite common today in anime. For exampls: Chocola and Vanilla from Nekopara Cyan from Show by Rock!! Nozomi Kiriya from Mayoi Neko Overrun! But, who's the first cat girl in the ...
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Who's the first cross dresser in anime history?

Thanks to the improvement of tolerance in the society, there are more and more people cross dressing, say, Rei Dunois. In anime, cross dressing is also not that rare. In Nanana's Buried Treasure, ...
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What is the origin of the child don't look scene?

If you watch some anime, chances are you gonna see that scene where the character doing something kind of out of the norm in public space and most likely a mother with her kid is passing by or ...
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Why do anime characters nowadays tend to have very forward jaws?

For a healthy normal average human, it's common that their jaws are almost on the same vertical line as their foreheads. The jaws in this picture are more similar to jaws in real life: (from Seraph of ...
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What's the first time bending anime?

In some anime, the time expands of the stories do not match with the change of the characters' ages and the like. For example, in Detective Conan, there has been one thousand and more episodes, and it'...
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What's the first anime adapted from a galgame?

There are many anime which are adapted from galgames now, e.g., School Days, Kimi ga Nozomu Eien, Shuffle! and so on. What's the first anime adapted from a galgame?
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What's the first anime to have different versions of theme songs by different MCs' voice actors?

Some anime have different versions of theme songs (OPs or EDs) by different MCs' voice actors. For example, Blade Dance of the Elementalers has different versions of EDs by each of its female MCs, Est,...
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What's the first anime and manga to use the sweat drop to indicate embarrassment or similar atmosphere?

Nowadays, many animes use the sweat drop to indicate an atmosphere of embarrassment like the following examples. But what's the first anime and manga to use the sweat drop to indicate embarrassment or ...
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In the original Sailor Moon intro sequence, why does Luna's brief appearance not show up when she sings "neko"?

"Neko" means "cat" in Japanese. That much I know. I always assumed that they had to change the structure of the song too much in the Swedish translation, due to differences in the ...
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What are the most popular anime in the world based on viewership?

Most lists that I've seen either aren't measuring based on viewership, are not backed by credible sources or even approximations, or are referring to something like MAL, which has obvious flaws. Is ...
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When did using digital graphics tablets for anime production instead of pencil and paper become widespread?

I know anime studios stopped using cels in the late 90s. But in the beginning after switching to digital, they still used to draw on paper and then scan it into the computer. But nowadays, they mostly ...
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Which was the first anime to feature Dragonoids?

I was watching Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken and a character in there is said to be a Dragonoid. I remembered Dragon Quest also features a character which has a Dragonoid form. Then I looked for more ...
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Why are most women in anime housewives instead of being independent?

In anime, most women are shown to be housewives. Even in romantic comedies, girls dream to be a good housewife after they marry their boyfriends. Very few are shown to be working, and even if they are ...
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Was the concept of Bishōnen influenced by Hinduism?

On Wikipedia, it states that the origin of Bishōnen is linked to Hindu concepts. [...] it has roots in ancient Japanese literature, the homosocial and homoerotic ideals of the medieval Chinese ...
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Why do some isekai animes tend to have overpowered MC's?

Based on my research on some animes I have seen, the storyline based on an overpowered MC from the beginning where they have a ton of superpowers. It is either that, or some animes start with the MC ...
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What is the difference between "weeb", "weeaboo", and "otaku"?

I would like to know why people would like being called a weeb instead of an otaku and why there is so much drama about "weeb", "weeaboo", and "otaku".
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What is the oldest "original" anime series?

Note: I am not asking about the oldest anime series. I am talking about "original anime series" i.e. anime series not adapted/based from manga/LN/VN/games but an original story that went ...
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Was "archaic Japanese" used to narrate historical anime series?

By historical anime series, I mean shows that portrayed important historical characters and has a storyline set during monarchial and feudal period of Japan. Japanese language has undergone a vast ...
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Why did they not have the English voice actors use a Finnish or Finnish-Swedish accent for "Moomin"?

"The Moomins" is a series of books for children made in the 1940s and onward by a Finnish-Swedish female. In 1990, they released a successful animated TV series called "Moomin" ...
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Was this really the original American/English-language opening/intro to Sailor Moon? If so, why was it so heavily changed?

Original Japanese intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WdSzmL80eE Swedish intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2tQKejS9Fo American/English intro (if true): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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Is there a comprehensive list of non-light novels made into Anime?

My family and I have been watching a lot of Anime lately, and I've noticed that some of the most well-written ones tend to be adapted from full length novels, rather than from light novels or mangas. ...
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What was the last-starting TV anime to be fully produced using physical cels?

By "last-starting" I mean the anime that began airing and/or production most recently. This Japanese-language article seems to state (as best I see via Google Translate) that Sazae-san was the last ...
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What is the first harem anime or manga? [duplicate]

Harem anime and manga has become pretty popular since the 90s. The first harem anime I saw was Tenchi, but I think that studio might've had an earlier, similar show. I think the definition of a harem ...
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What's the origin of the "accidental boob grab" trope?

I was just wondering where the trope of the protagonist tripping and accidentally groping someone first came from. What's the origin of this trope?
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What shows inspired Sword Art Online?

One of the biggest criticisms I've heard of Sword Art Online is that it's derivative; the "trapped in a video game" plot has been done before, and presumably better, by other anime. But nobody ...
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Why did Goku/Vegeta not recognise Broly?

In the new movie, why were both Vegeta and Goku unaware of Broly. They didn't recognise him even though Goku/Vegeta had fought Broly a long time ago. Feel free to add/edit information.
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Why do females always run like this?

There are many examples of completely serious or plainly normal scenes in anime where a girl is running but then, I have to burst out in laughter because they are swinging their arms horizontally left ...
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Why is the bang covering the right eye so prevalent among anime hairstyles?

Some examples: Wiz from Konosuba, Touka from Tokyo Ghoul, Sanji from One Piece Note that while many have a plot reason, I'm referring to those who don't.
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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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Why do mecha anime tend to be original works?

So this may seem like a weird question, but bear with me. Loads and loads of anime are based on manga, and it's a fact that has become well-known in the anime community. However, the mecha genre ...
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Is there a Japanese opening/intro for "Golden Boy" (「ゴールデンボーイ」)?

"Golden Boy" (「ゴールデンボーイ」) op seems odd to me: There are shots of the main character with no credits on picture. The credits are white on a black background inter-titles inserted among the shots. The ...
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Why do characters repeatedly say other characters names?

I'm watching Blood C, and I'm reminded that in anime, dialog can often consist of characters just saying other character's names. In this example, most of Tadayoshi Kisaragi's lines towards Saya are ...
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Which anime really started the explosion of new isekai anime? Why didn't previous entries in the genre succeed in doing this?

It seems to me that this genre really spiked in 2017, but we've had Digimon and Sword Art Online for years before. What really started this boom?
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How did "other world" or "isekai" stories gain so much popularity and where do they have their roots?

There are and have been so many stories of that type being released, especially in the light novel or manga section, and I noticed that these stories often follow a similar pattern and have a similar ...
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When did cold opens start becoming popular in anime?

In the same spirit as this question about aspect ratios... A cold open is a narrative tactic where instead of showing the opening sequence at the beginning, the show jumps right into the story. I've ...
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How could the pilots in mecha anime move their mechas fluently with just primitive controllers?

What's the reason why in many mecha anime like Macross, Gundam, Code Geass, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Kakumeiki Valvrave, Darling in the Franxx and RahXephon, the pilots could move their mechas like ...
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What was the first anime to be legally streamed online by its original broadcasters?

I remember NieA_7 being streamed legally by the broadcaster's a week after the episode was released and this was like back in 2000ish. But, I am not sure if there were any other anime series before ...
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What "Psychological symptom" makes a person turned on because of very strong people?

In hunter x hunter, Hisoka, who was one of the antagonist villains, has shown a very psychologically weird behavior, especially towards really strong opponents. Hisoka is always looking for stronger ...
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Why can't anime studios create animes for foreigns audiences?

For example, to originally script dialogues in English and set the story in a country of any and the characters are non-Japanese. If anime became world-renowned, why can't animation studios bother to ...
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Why is pornographic anime and manga referred to as "hentai" by non-Japanese sources? And when did it start?

If you try to google "hentai definition" most result would define hentai as a Japanese genres of manga and anime with sexually explicit images and plots. But Wikipedia explains it otherwise: ...
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Why is there less action anime every season?

Why aren't there anime like Ninja Scroll anymore? Anime like Attack on Titan or One Punch Man came out and they were huge hits. But then each season, anime studios do more romance and slice of life ...
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