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Questions tagged [anime-history]

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

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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 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'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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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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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 it common for games to get a anime?

A lot of anime are based off of the plot of a manga and/or light novels. Sometimes an anime is an original work that gets a manga story afterwards, but that isn't always the case. I remember watching ...
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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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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 first ever produced anime and manga?

What is the first anime ever produced in Japan? And what is the first anime film and first anime series produced? I heard that it was Astro Boy, is that true? And what is the first ever manga ...
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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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Are there any anime series with neither an opening or ending song?

I have watched quite a lot of anime over the last several years. And I noticed that I haven't seen a single anime which lacked both an opening and an ending song. There are some anime that don't have ...
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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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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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Is the age restriction lower in Japan than in western countries?

For instance, the anime Darker than Black is R-17+ (violence & profanity) in the West, but is it higher or lower in Japan?
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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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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. Is there a reason for this? For ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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As of 2014, are there any people at Gainax who worked on Evangelion (the TV series)?

Back in 1995, the studio Gainax, under the leadership of Hideaki Anno, made Evangelion. This was widely agreed to be an epochal thing, and Gainax was hailed as a great studio. They followed up with a ...
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Why is most anime centered on fighting?

Something I have always wondered, why is most anime centered on fighting? DragonBall Z, RWBY, Bleach just to name a few. I've seen some that aren't, but it seems to be few and far between. Is this ...
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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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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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What was the first magical girl transformation scene?

Shoujo anime is famous for its big eyes and magical transforming heroines. Sailor Moon is probably the most famous of these. When was the first time a magical girl magically transformed?
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When was the first usage of 'white light' censorship in anime?

As I have been watching anime, I have found that a lot of the more modern shows which contain content not suitable for TV viewing use bright light to censor bodily parts, overly violent/bloody imagery,...
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What are the differences of anime in 1990s and 2000s in terms of technology used?

What are the main differences between anime in the 90s and in 2000s in terms of technology used (like on twos, on threes, etc)?
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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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Who was the first tsundere character?

It's not like I like tsundere's 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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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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What is the origin of shaking eyes meaning surprise or fear?

In a lot of shows, a character's eyes (pupil and iris) will begin to shake when they are surprised or shocked? What is the basis of this, and where was it first used?
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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 ...