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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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Why Is Britannia often depicted as an almighty power?

Often in series revolving around wars, you will see a mention of Britannia. More often so, they are depicted as an almighty power which is to be feared, or even one which has dominated most or all of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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When & where did the unnatural hair color aka "You gotta have blue hair trope" originate?

I specifically want to know which manga or anime started the trend, so I can reason from there to the how question, in order to not make general assumptions. There was a time in manga/anime where ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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'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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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 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 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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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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Which was the first anime to receive a English dub?

With this question and this question both receiving some attention recently, it made me think - which anime was the first to receive a dub? Some of the first anime available in western countries such ...
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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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Who was the first tsundere character?

It's not like I like tsunderes 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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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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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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What are the differences of anime in 1990s and 2000s in terms of technology used?

What are the main differences between anime in the 90s and in 2000s in terms of technology used (like on twos, on threes, etc)?
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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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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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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 was the first Hentai ever made?

I just want to ask what is the first Hentai manga and what is the first Hentai anime?
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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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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 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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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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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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When was the first usage of 'white light' censorship in anime?

As I have been watching anime, I have found that a lot of the more modern shows which contain content not suitable for TV viewing use bright light to censor bodily parts, overly violent/bloody imagery,...
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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 ...