Questions tagged [anime-history]

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

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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Is there any anime with an overweight female protagonist? [closed]

Is there any anime with an overweight female protagonist? A friend of mine told me that there is none. Is she right? I just need one simple yes/no answer and, if affirmative, one example.
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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 (or first known work) of this “Reluctant Maou Heiress” trope we see in several contemporary works?

This "Reluctant Demon King (魔王 Maou) Heiress" trope seems to be a subversion of the classic "Hero vs Demons" fantasy genre. The demon king is gone, and the heir to the throne and/or the owner of Maou'...
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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 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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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 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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Apart from Momotaro's Sea Eagles, did any other animated propaganda survive WWII?

The question is mostly in the title; When discussing propaganda through anime, most articles refer to Momotaro's Divine Sea Eagles. There was definitely other anime which were produced during ...
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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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Which Japanese animation was the first to be banned and where?

Looking around the banned anime list on TVTropes I noticed that there are quiet a lot of Japanese animation banned in countries outside of Japan. Me being curious as usually couldn't help but wonder. ...
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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 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 longest battle in anime? [closed]

So happys comment actually trigged my curiosity. Uhm, yeah, but they didn't need to change the series title to Bleach Shippuden owing to fillers. As for Bleach, I found the filler arcs, Fake ...
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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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Why does the OP and ED of most animes use different art styles than the show?

I've noticed recently that most animes from 2002 to recent use different art styles during their OP and ED when compared to the main story. From a non-artistic standpoint I can understand that since ...
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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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Where did the term fan service came from?

I always hear fan service in manga reviews. I understand the term's meaning based on inference -to mean some sort of ecchi. But does anybody know where the term started?
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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 is anime sold in such low episode count per volume?

I've noticed in a lot of anime series that the episodes are sold in silly spans. Sometimes, 4-5 episodes are sold at a silly price. Why are volumes grouped together like this? It can't be good for ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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 ...