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Questions tagged [anime-history]

Questions regarding the history of anime and not for identification requests.

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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 ...
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Looking for a thought provoking anime [closed]

I’m looking for a anime with substance, world building is a plus. Something like Death Note, Code Geass, or Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood. I’ve been stuck in a rut of slice of life anime and want ...
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One Piece. Who is Luffy's first mate

I just started reading the One Piece manga and am currently on the 5th and i was wondering who Luffy's first mate is. Since Zoro joined first but Usopp was given permission to take over as captain ...
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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: In ...
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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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How important was the invention of blue towards anime?

In the video of Vsauce2 it is mentioned that Prussian blue ... it reinvigorated Japanese wood block painting, which went on to influence manga which led to Japanese animation The phrasing makes ...
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The Father or Godfather of Anime

I have a free write for my essay and I want to write about the history of anime because I am really thankful for anime. I have been reading that the godfather of anime was Osamu Tezuka, but I'm not ...
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What's the meaning behind the rarity item's classified in Anime/manga?

In anime, i always seen some item rarity that classified like S (super) SS (super super (?) ) maybe... i dont know and many alphabetic words. Why did they add like "S" for super on the classified ...
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Funding and anime diversity

In this video, Digibro argues anime's international appeal is that, whereas Western TV including its animation is designed for financial reasons to meet a target demographic's existing interests, ...
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What, if anything, was the early 90s anime creativity crisis?

I fairly often hear or read about how the anime industry had stagnated during the early 90s. It's mostly brought up in the context of Neon Genesis Evangelion being the first influential anime in ...
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Which was the first anime to feature a transformable robot?

Even if Transformers count as anime (it was made by Americans and Japanese concept: Americans/Japanese, Americans producers, Japanese animation mainly so I guess it's debatable) there were shows with ...
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Is this South Korean animation TV series regarded as anime due to its similar japanese animation style? [duplicate]

Its a South Korean animation TV series called ''Spheres'' and it is has strong similarities of Japanese animation techniques used in the series and art style that looks similar to anime Should we ...
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Rather then a company published manga, can a self-published manga become an adapted anime?

Did it ever happen before when self-published mangas become adapted into an anime without having mangas published by companies?
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Why is adult anime so much less likely than US adult animation to be comedic?

This video explains why US adult animation is almost always comedic. US animation studios transferred their efforts to television in the years following Hollywood's anti-trust case (which meant future ...
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Whats the origin of Harem genre

Harem is genre in Anime and Manga involving a Male protagonist surrounded by girls who have feelings for him Harem is a popular genre in the anime/manga industry but what are the origins of how it ...
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What exactly is “Sakuga” and how it pertains to the animation quality?

Upon little research we can find the literal meaning of Sakuga, Sakuga written as '作画' in Japanese has a literal meaning of 'working drawing' but generally is used to mean just 'animation' i.e. ...
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Fake anime or manga release as an April Fools Prank?

My question has a bit of a back-story to add context. Firstly, like most Attack on Titan fans, I am OVERHYPED about the second season coming out. I was talking with a friend on campus about it, then ...
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Per-Episode Original Air Dates for Early 1980s Anime (Golion, Dairugger)

I'm looking for a reliable source of information about the original air dates of the individual episodes of two 1980s anime programs: Beast King Golion (百獣王ゴライオン H) and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (...
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What decides that a anime series gets a sequel or not?

A lot of the anime I've watched are single, double or triple season anime series like Durarara!, Code Geass, Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica, and Nabari no Ou, just to name a few. But there are also shows ...
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Why do anime characters have pointy chins?

I've always wondered why a lot of anime characters, or at least some, have pointed chins. One example: Clannad I'm wondering why they have such pointy chins. Is it to make them cute or something? Or ...
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What is the anime that is set in the most distant future of today?

A lot of anime set in the distant future doesn't specify the calendar year, so it ends up with something like "Before the..." or "XX years ago". Some of the future themed anime such as Gundam and ...
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Who was the first young character in anime to appear with white hair?

By now the trope mystical white hair is used by everyone and their cat, we have loads of characters who appear young yet have white / silver hair, either because they were born that way / used magic ...
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Are there any other Guinness world record holders?

Recently I stumbled upon a post mentioning that One Piece managed to get a place in the Guinness World Records for most printed comic series by one author ever. Are there any other manga / anime that ...
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Why isn't anime critically analyzed like other forms of literature or entertainment?

In high school English classes, we read many classics, such as Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Lee, etc. In many other classes, popular TV shows and movies are analyzed. Granted, these are also classics, such ...
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How does a series go from manga to anime?

In a previous question, I asked about Dragon Ball Super being released before its manga. My question here is about the life cycle of a manga becoming an anime. From my understanding, an artist or ...
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Why Is Britannia often depicted as an almighty power?

Often in series revolving around wars, you will see a mention of Britannia. More often so, they are depicted as an almighty power which is to be feared, or even one which has dominated most or all of ...
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What was the first iyashikei series?

This essay on Reddit gives a pretty good definition for iyashikei: Iyashikei means “healing-type” and the genre’s works reflect this meaning. Iyashikei aims to heal the viewer through delivering a ...
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Are anime OP/ED theme songs original?

Are anime OP/ED theme songs original? Is it like after creating an anime, the producer hires a singer to sing a song for the OP/ED theme for that anime, or do they just use songs that the singer ...
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Why not export to America?

I've come across many forums and fan-sites of various anime. It seems that of the 300 million people in America, there's a huge market for anime, specifically in the gaming and streaming industries (...
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Does a series in Japan only get aired if it has more than 13 episodes?

while reading this answer it said in one of the quotes After the first season of Beast Wars (comprising 26 episodes) aired in Japan, the Japanese were faced with a problem. The second Canadian ...
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By number of series, how much of the animation industry is made up by anime?

Today a friend of mine proclaimed that around 70% of the world's cartoon animation entertainment consists of anime. So according to his statement, for every 3 non anime animation series, at least 7 ...
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Why do people tend to think anime is weird porno?

Why do people not directly exposed to anime tend to think of it as weird porn? It would not be the first time I tell somebody who is not really into anime that I watch it and get questioned as to why ...
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What was the first anime aired in HD?

I saw this post about What was the first anime to come out on Bluray/HDDVD on this site, and I wonder what was the first anime that aired in HD? I first thought of it is aired in around 2008. For ...
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How was the first anime made?

Anime production nowadays is now pretty much complicated and technologically advanced. I'm curious as to how was anime production back then back in the old days when it was still obscure?
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How did abridged versions of anime get started?

I was watching anime clips on YouTube and I stumbled upon an abridged version of an anime. The process of dubbing an anime using the same scenes but with a different voice and script, they were ...
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What was the first anime to feature an OP/ED that was not performed by a Japanese group/artist?

I noticed a few animes in the 00s feature Western opening and closing themes. For example: Ergo Proxy's ending theme is Paranoid Android by Radiohead Speed Grapher's opening theme is Girls on Film ...
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Why are some characters shown to only eat one kind of food?

I noticed that not only protagonists/main characters, but also other characters in an anime are shown to love a certain kind of food. Here are some examples: Naruto loves ramen. It's pretty much the ...
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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 ...