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Questions tagged [anime-history]

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

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Relationship of Yin-Yang in Five Chakra nature elements

After reading this question about Chakra nature of Tailed Beasts. It came across my mind what is the relationship of the Yin-yang to the 5 Chakra nature elements? And how come you can classify a ...
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What kind of animation/drawing style is used on K-On! Ura-on?

K-On! Ura-on are bonus episodes from the anime K-On! and they used a different kind of animation or drawing style. This is the first time I've ever encountered such style (very different compared to ...
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Is anime popularity growing outside of Japan despite declining profits? [closed]

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/03/23/national/to-survive-anime-must-adapt-but-not-too-much/ I thought that they would make more money now that many streaming sites buy licenses from anime ...
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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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List of mangas by readership and reception

Are there any known lists of monthly/annual readership (e.g. top charts) of different mangas in Japan or the US? Perhaps by category and age groups (audience)? What are some good English sources for ...
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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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Why are there so many “in Wonderland” episodes?

Many series that I have seen have "x in Wonderland" episodes where they have retellings/variations of Alice in Wonderland with the characters from the show. Examples of this include Ouran High School ...
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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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What factors contributed to the “golden age” of anime?

The anime boom of the 1980s is considered, by many, the beginning of the "golden age" of anime. What factors contributed to this boom? Where did it all start? Who were the major players? What led ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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 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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Who was the first cosplayer?

Who was considered as the first cosplayer ever? Or, who popularized cosplaying anime? Was cosplaying started in Japan as well or it started elsewhere?
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Where did character popularity polls originate?

I know that manga publishers such as Weekly Shonen Jump hold character popularity contests for mangas such as Naruto and Bleach. Where did this originate and why is it done?
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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 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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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 ...