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Questions tagged [anime-history]

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

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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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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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How did the sweatdrop originate?

I can kind of handwave or fanwank the origin of things like the exasperated faceplant or the vein popping out when a character is comedic-angry, and even the trope of Japanese flag fans coming out ...
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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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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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Is it a common practice to change the title into something different?

Sometimes they change the title into something different, and by different I mean it's not an English translation. An example here is Rurouni Kenshin. Although it state that: Rurouni Kenshin is ...
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Why are most people in anime white or European-looking (instead of Japanese)?

Anatomically speaking Europeans don't look like that either. But most of the people look more European than Japanese, at least it seems to me ... Maybe it's the round eyes? And the non-black hair in ...
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How did the lolicon genre begin in anime/manga?

I have always wondered how the Japanese got the idea of making animated productions including underage girls and the obsession with them. When did it start? Did the idea originate in Japan? Was it ...
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What Japanese animation was the first to be an international success?

Around 1910, I believe Japan started to experiment with animations and over a span of several decades anime became as we know it now. With hundreds of anime that became quite popular even outside of ...
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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 does anime usually air at night in Japan?

Many anime available are broadcasted very late in Japan. Few examples: Photokano, 1:58 AM Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties, 1:35 AM Chihayafuru 2, 1:53 AM Why are anime often aired at night in Japan even ...
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What was the first mecha anime/manga to feature combining to form a super robot?

Shows like Getter Robo or Zambot feature vehicles that (slightly transform) combine to form a giant super robot. What was the first anime or manga to use the combining tactic and was there an ...
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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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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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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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Are anime that are not based on manga common?

Has there ever been an anime that was not based on a manga? I notice that most if not all were actually mangas before they were turned into a TV series. Is it common for an anime to be created ...
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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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When was the anime toast in the morning trope started?

For the longest time we would see things like energy drinks and other such items in the mornings with anime now the big one is toast. How long ago did this start and how did it get so popular?
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Where did the mecha genre originate from in Japan?

I was wondering where mecha genre in Japan originated. It doesn't seem the same as something like the idea of a doll having a soul, which is from Japanese folk beliefs, but it could be. Is there ...
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What was the first anime to have a “please notice me senpai” moment?

This meme has been prevalent in English-speaking part of the internet, but so far no one really knows its true origins. I've searched for something similar in the Japanese sphere of the internet and I ...
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What was the first anime that used a split-cour format?

Split-cour airing format is a noticeable trend in the anime industry recently. Unlike most multi-season shows that are aired two or more seasons in succession, split-cour shows have a break in between ...
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Why do some works [anime, manga, novels] have a trailing dot?

Pure curiosity. Why do some series carry a dot [.] at the end of their titles? Is there a meaning to it or is it convention? Ex: Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu., Kobato.
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What were the first anime and manga based on real idols?

AKB0048 (anime) and AKB49 (manga) are based on popular Japanese idol group AKB48. What were the first manga and anime based on real idols instead of fictional characters?
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What is the OVA boom?

I've heard this term used in a few places, notably on one of the Flavor Day nominations. A quick Google search shows me that it started in 1985 but there doesn't seem to be anything extensively ...
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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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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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What particular anime first showcased crossovers?

Well, the question says it all. I'm really interested in the idea of cross-overs in anime. I want to know which particular company or manga group artists started the idea of cross-overs and what ...
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Why do characters always wear the same clothes?

In most anime, most of the time, the characters wear the same clothes. Why is that? I'm sure they are easier to draw but are there any other reasons?
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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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What were the first official English-translated anime and manga?

There is a previous question about the first anime and manga ever, but I was wondering when the English-speaking world got introduced to the world of anime and manga. There were comics in the ...
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What was the first anime to come out on Bluray/HDDVD?

The transition to high-definition DVD players isn't fully complete yet, but it's been in transition for a long time now. What anime was the first to produce a High Definition release for purchase - ...
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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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Which might be the first anime and manga “time loop” type

In a few anime and manga the protagonist or entire group are stuck in certain time event can't make time move forward. I mean whatever the protagonist does, the day is always September 2 all the time. ...