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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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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 ...
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Does a series in Japan only get aired if it has more than 13 episodes?

while reading this answer it said in one of the quotes After the first season of Beast Wars (comprising 26 episodes) aired in Japan, the Japanese were faced with a problem. The second Canadian ...
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What exactly is “Sakuga” and how it pertains to the animation quality?

Upon little research we can find the literal meaning of Sakuga, Sakuga written as '作画' in Japanese has a literal meaning of 'working drawing' but generally is used to mean just 'animation' i.e. ...
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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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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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Which anime series was the first to be aired on Japanese TV?

The first animated segments seem to go back all the way to 1907, and most of those older segments only got broadcast in cinemas and the likes. Even after those, most animated segments on TV consisted ...
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Who was the first young character in anime to appear with white hair?

By now the trope mystical white hair is used by everyone and their cat, we have loads of characters who appear young yet have white / silver hair, either because they were born that way / used magic ...
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Per-Episode Original Air Dates for Early 1980s Anime (Golion, Dairugger)

I'm looking for a reliable source of information about the original air dates of the individual episodes of two 1980s anime programs: Beast King Golion (百獣王ゴライオン H) and Armored Fleet Dairugger XV (...
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What decides that a anime series gets a sequel or not?

A lot of the anime I've watched are single, double or triple season anime series like Durarara!, Code Geass, Hagure Yuusha no Aesthetica, and Nabari no Ou, just to name a few. But there are also shows ...
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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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Are there anime named after a manga, but totally different from it?

Lots of manga get an anime adaption, and pretty often the anime's story deviates partly or a lot from the story told in the manga. This usually leads to different endings lacking information, or even ...
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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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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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How does a series go from manga to anime?

In a previous question, I asked about Dragon Ball Super being released before its manga. My question here is about the life cycle of a manga becoming an anime. From my understanding, an artist or ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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Are anime OP/ED theme songs original?

Are anime OP/ED theme songs original? Is it like after creating an anime, the producer hires a singer to sing a song for the OP/ED theme for that anime, or do they just use songs that the singer ...
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What was the first anime/manga/light novel to accurately represent Japanese school life?

A common theme in a number of anime/manga/light novels is that the cast are students currently going to school. While some titles use this as a backdrop to show how the cast used to have normal lives ...
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What was the first iyashikei series?

This essay on Reddit gives a pretty good definition for iyashikei: Iyashikei means “healing-type” and the genre’s works reflect this meaning. Iyashikei aims to heal the viewer through delivering a ...
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Why not export to America?

I've come across many forums and fan-sites of various anime. It seems that of the 300 million people in America, there's a huge market for anime, specifically in the gaming and streaming industries (...
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By number of series, how much of the animation industry is made up by anime?

Today a friend of mine proclaimed that around 70% of the world's cartoon animation entertainment consists of anime. So according to his statement, for every 3 non anime animation series, at least 7 ...
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How was the first anime made?

Anime production nowadays is now pretty much complicated and technologically advanced. I'm curious as to how was anime production back then back in the old days when it was still obscure?
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How did abridged versions of anime get started?

I was watching anime clips on YouTube and I stumbled upon an abridged version of an anime. The process of dubbing an anime using the same scenes but with a different voice and script, they were ...
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What was the first anime to feature an OP/ED that was not performed by a Japanese group/artist?

I noticed a few animes in the 00s feature Western opening and closing themes. For example: Ergo Proxy's ending theme is Paranoid Android by Radiohead Speed Grapher's opening theme is Girls on Film ...
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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 is “digi-paint”?

I was reading some reviews of this season's new shows, and I somehow happened to run across references to "digi-paint" twice(!): The raw mechanics of producing anime can be a pretty frustrating ...
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Why are some characters shown to only eat one kind of food?

I noticed that not only protagonists/main characters, but also other characters in an anime are shown to love a certain kind of food. Here are some examples: Naruto loves ramen. It's pretty much the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What does this Treaty have to do with Ecchi Girls?

In an email I got from JList talking about "ecchi girls" (their blog post), it talks about a Treaty of San Francisco Then there's one of the most entertaining character types, the ecchi girl who ...
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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 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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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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MMO RPG anime are great! Is this a new trend, or are there older anime in this genre?

I got hooked on the lost-in-the-MMO genre with SAO (Sword Art Online), but I didn't even know it was a genre until a few weeks ago. I caught up on Log Horizon, and now I'm watching Overlord. ...
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What was the first English-speaking anime fangroup?

When anime and manga first came over to English-speaking areas, I presume it was treated more like traditional national comics were, and that manga fans were still primarily comic fans - rather than ...
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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 ...