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Questions tagged [anime-history]

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

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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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Is it normal to 'erase' a seiyu?

Today I stumbled upon the Kotaku post regarding Ai Takabe's arrest in regards to drugs. Besides her being erased from the credits, Bandai also announced that it’s no longer streaming Kill Me Baby as ...
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What should a university-level course about manga and anime culture cover as part of its curriculum?

This question is not asking about a course that teaches how to create manga or anime, but a curriculum of a course similar to English literature. Such course would teach the history and culture of ...
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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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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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How did maids get popular in anime?

Nowadays, maids are basically a moe stereotype. Otaku characters like Sakurasou no Petto na Kanojou's Ryuunosuke Akasaka, Lucky Star's Konata Izumi, and the Genshiken gang all love maids. Even K-On's ...
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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 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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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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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 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 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 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'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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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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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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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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Is there something like the Academy Awards for anime?

I was wondering if there is an organization that hands out awards to anime in different categories. Something like the Academy Awards for movies in the US. Or if not, maybe just an organization that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Who was the first seiyuu?

Early anime was silent, but as technology got better voice actors or seiyuu were introduced. Do we know who the first seiyuu was? or at least the first one that there is evidence of?
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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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Where did Yaoi Paddles come from?

Sometimes on convention pages I see bans on Yaoi Paddles; canoe-like paddles with Yaoi or similar phrases (For example Seme, Uke or Yuri) written on them. I understand that someone who has a Yaoi ...
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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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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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Was it formerly common practice to credit voice actors in opening credits?

The final OP for Monogatari Series Second Season (the Koimonogatari OP) is sort of an 80s-throwback sort of deal, with all the hallmarks of old anime styling - funky "lens flares", those old-school ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 Sora Iro no Tane advertising?

One of the earliest Ghibli works, Sora Iro no Tane or The Sky-Colored Seed, was an advertisement broadcast on Japanese TV in 1992. This little green dude seems to be the mascot of the product, he ...
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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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Who was the first anime character to be on a body pillow?

Also acceptable is the first anime to have body pillows (or dakimakura) as merchandise. Anime body pillows are a big part of anime otaku culture - but this can't have always been the case. I doubt ...