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When and why did the trend of 1:30-long openings and endings begin?

I've started to notice lately that the vast majority of anime (that I can find, anyway) seems to have opening (OP) and ending (ED) sequences which are 1 minute and 30 seconds long. Some examples (...
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Please help me find it [closed]

Hi I am trying to find the name of an anime movie it’s older but yet cool. So it has 4 short stories in it like little movies and the first one is action packed fighting against a few people in ...
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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 were the first anime based on manga and light novels?

I know that original animes weren't based on light novels or mangas (see: this). However, I think there are some early shows that are based on mangas (Astro Boy for example, I think). What was 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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Is there a relation between Kengan Ashura relation to Hindu folklore?

I've watched the anime, and at first I didn't think on the name of the anime. But then I heard of Kiryu Setsuna calling his power Rakshasa palm. The word got stuck on my mind, as I had never heard of ...
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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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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 ...
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Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors and styles?

It's fairly common that anime characters tend to have "wilder" hair than most people we see in real life. This can be seen as far back as Neon Genesis Evangelion (though somewhat mild) from the 90s (...
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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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What was the first Hentai ever made?

I just want to ask what is the first Hentai manga and what is the first Hentai anime?
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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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What is the origin of chibi versions of characters?

In anime and manga, there are versions of characters' drawings that are called "chibi" or "super deformed". What is the history behind this, and when did drawing chibi versions of characters start?
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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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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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When did the transition from standard definition (4:3) to widescreen (16:9) for television anime happen?

Modern television anime is produced at an aspect ratio of 16:9 - widescreen/HD. But in the past, television anime was more often produced at an aspect ratio of 4:3 - standard definition. When did the ...
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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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Who was the first tsundere character?

It's not like I like tsunderes or anything, I'm just interested in anime history okay?! I just happened to be on the site, so don't get the wrong idea! Geez, j-just tell me who the first tsundere ...
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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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Why does anime air in 4 seasons per year of ~13 episodes?

Most likely, the actual seasons are not a cause for the television broadcasting schedule in Japan. Furthermore, the seasons themselves don't much align to actual seasons, with "Spring 2015" ending in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the origin of the face fault?

In many anime, when characters are surprised or seen to do something stupid, the other characters will sometimes fall or keel over on their faces in some comical positions with their legs in the air. ...
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What's with the "x" in "Hunter x Hunter" (and other anime/manga)?

I am wondering what the "x" in "Hunter x Hunter" means. To clarify: I am also talking about what the "x" means in general as many other anime/manga also have it in their titles. A quick Google search ...
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Which anime has the most number of filler episodes and the longest filler arc?

Many animes have filler episodes and arcs. So this question has two parts: Which anime has the most number of filler episodes? What is the length of the longest filler arc?
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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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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 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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Are anime more popular in terms of viewership and revenue than Western cartoons?

I was wondering if anime are more popular than Western cartoons - in terms of viewership and revenue - as I couldn't find any information on this. I don't think there has been any significantly ...
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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 is the longest anime title?

So I was browsing around, finding a new anime to watch. And came along, Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru OVA and found it to be a very long name. Is this ...
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Which was the first anime to receive a English dub?

With this question and this question both receiving some attention recently, it made me think - which anime was the first to receive a dub? Some of the first anime available in western countries such ...
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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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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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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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Why the popularity of German?

Second to English, German seems to be the most popular foreign language in anime. You see it in titles, names, and even quite a few characters are of German descent. For example, many characters in ...
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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 was the first anime series to use digital production?

What was the first anime series to use digital production? How many years passed between the first use and the complete conversion to digital? According to this interview to Toshihiko Arisako by ANN ...
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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 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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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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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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Who is the first school idol group ever featured in anime?

In the Love Live! series, UTX High School's A-RISE is the first school idol group featured. But, is A-RISE the first school idol group ever featured in the history of anime? If not, who is the first ...
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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 ...