Questions tagged [anime-production]

Questions pertaining to the process of writing, animating, distributing, or otherwise creating anime. This tag generally should NOT be used for questions about things like characterization, thematic elements, or other artistic concerns and certainly not for identification requests.

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What differentiates anime from regular cartoons?

In my region, people don't know the difference between anime and regular cartoons. When they see me watching anime, or they hear about it somehow, they say that I'm watching a regular cartoon and ...
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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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Why do some anime in Japanese contain English?

It seems that many anime and manga aired or printed in Japanese, before they are dubbed or localized, contain English text or lyrics. I've tagged a couple of examples here. The first is from ...
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What is the difference between an OVA and an OAV?

I've heard the terms OVA and OAV used interchangeably with one another, but is there a distinct difference between the two? Do the definitions differ in Japan versus overseas? Where did the two ...
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Have there been any anime with actual product placement?

In Steins;Gate, Dr. Pepper is mentioned several times as the "An Intellectual Drink, For The Chosen Ones". I've seen a lot of other shows that have stores or products with similar names to the real-...
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Why do airing shows have times listed beyond a 24-hour clock?

I know of the time notation for some anime—between 22:00-27:00. I know that this indicates that the show airs at a particular time, and likely targets a particular audience. Why would this notation ...
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Do anime usually lose money?

It seems as though a lot of anime go through a production cycle where they put out a series that seems fairly popular, but ends long before the manga's storyline does. Obviously, a big reason for ...
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Has an anime ever come out before the manga was published?

I got into a debate with a friend about whether or not it's possible for an anime to come out before its manga. He claimed that there were several instances where the anime actually preceded the ...
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Why do I have to light up the room before watching anime?

When watching anime, sometimes at the beginning of the show, I come across the warning message テレビアニメを見るときは部屋を明るくして、テレビからはなれて見てください! which can be translated as When watching anime, light up the ...
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What is a “cour”?

I often hear shows talked about as being some number of "cours". For example, Evangelion is apparently "two cours", while Madoka is "one cour". But what on earth does "cour" mean? I can't find it in ...
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Why is it so rare to see new long running anime series these days?

Around the early and mid 2000's we saw the spawning of a large collection of long running anime series, such as Naruto, One Piece, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, etc., all of which still are continuing today in ...
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How long is the longest running anime series?

I know that the Pokemon anime has over 800 episodes, and One Piece has 600+ episodes, but I've heard that they are not in the top 10 of anime with the most number of episodes. So what anime is ...
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How do anime productions arrange for artists to do the end card illustrations?

In nearly all anime these days, there's an artist illustration at the very end of an anime episode. How do the productions get illustrators to do the end cards? Are they paid for it (if so, how much)...
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How much does a typical anime episode or series cost to make?

While it's pretty easy to find what is the budget for most anime feature films like those from Studio Ghibli, the average cost for making an anime series, much less an episode, is not readily ...
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Who writes the plot for filler episodes in an anime?

Fillers are a given in most long running anime. If the anime is based on a manga then who writes the plot for the fillers? Who decides the plot story for a filler season, so that it, for example, ...
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Why do lots of anime titles have ☆ in them?

☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃ Why do some shows have the star ☆ in them? I understand it makes it look cool, but it seems to be the only non-standard character that's used in ...
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How are the themes and songs picked for a particular series?

Are the opening/ending themes, insert songs, and background music created specifically for the series they represent, or are they just picked by the producers/production committee based on how well ...
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Is anime production more efficient than manga production?

To explain, I want to know whether it is more efficient to produce anime or manga, and why. Anime: Needs to be made frame by frame need people to record voice. Manga: Needs lots of paper has to ...
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Are anime and manga subsidized or actively used by Japanese government to promote Japanese culture/relations internationally?

Around 2003-2005, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) produces some documents highlighting the importance of manga and anime to promote Japan culture and international/business relations ...
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Why are anime girls drawn without pubic hair?

Why are there no hair drawn down there or anywhere apart from FEMALE character's heads in anime? I heard it was illegal from my friend. Were they making it up?
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Is there any specific reason why female voice actors act for male roles in anime?

I've always been wondering: why do female voice actors act for male characters in anime? For example: Mayumi Tanaka for Luffy, Takeuchi Junko for Naruto, even Goku's voice actor (Nozawa Masako), etc. ...
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Why are there sometimes darkened scenes in new anime?

In the first Shingeki no Kyojin opening, I've seen some scenes with lower contrast or brightness, something like this: And later, in the same sequence, a scene appears without that contrast change: ...
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What is required for a manga to get an anime adaptation?

I'm reading Koe no Katachi and have been hoping for it to be animated. It looks like it's getting more popular. However, it makes me wonder what requirements should be fulfilled before they decide to ...
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How common is it for men to voice women?

I know male characters are often voiced by women. Naruto for example, is voiced by Junko Takeuchi, Luffy is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka, and Hitsugaya Toshiro is voiced by Romi Park, all of whom are women....
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What happens when a seiyuu cannot continue working on a production?

Voice acting is one of the many things that can make an anime movie, OVA or TV series successful or not, and some seiyuu gain their own followings or are treated like idols. What happens if, say, a ...
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Why don't anime seasons have a standard amount of episodes?

Anime seasons are generally 12/13 episodes long. There are quite a number of exceptions though, where more or fewer episodes are fitted into the same timeslots. Most notably, however, a season can ...
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Why do anime discs cost so much in Japan compared to other countries?

Buying DVD and BD from Japan seems to be a lot more expensive in Japan than overseas in a country like the US. It might cost someone in the ballpark (these are just estimates, actual prices may be ...
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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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Is there official terminology for anime series that run less than the standard length?

I'm referring to the shorter-in-duration anime, such as Aiura, Recorder and Randsell, and Morita-san is Quiet. These anime do not run for the "normal" duration of 22 or more minutes. Is there any ...
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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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Is Akira the only anime produced in 24fps?

I read an article recently that states: "Akira" rewrote every rule for animation. It was filmed at 24 frames per second, in full Cinemascope aspect, using 312 colors in the palette (the richest ...
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Why don't they complete all anime episode before airing?

In Shirobako (an anime about making anime), they only make some first episodes and then continue to finish the other while the anime is airing. This cause some problem when they can't catch up the ...
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How was Aku no Hana's rotoscoping received by other animators?

In the anime version of Aku no Hana, the animators chose to use a technique called Rotoscoping: Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use ...
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Why make filler episodes?

The general rule seems to be that filler is made when an anime is being produced faster than the manga. The thing I just can't seem to figure out is How an entire freaking episode takes longer to ...
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Why do anime series change titles so often (nearly for every “season”)?

I've always wondered this, but why do anime series titles change so often whenever it gets a new "season"? I mean, I understand that the title stays the same for long running series, like Bleach or ...
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Anime for colorblind people?

Is there any anime created for colorblind people? In general anime productions have a strong use of colors to increase the dramatic effect, but colorblind people miss it and sometimes lose track of ...
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Why does text in anime read horizontally?

It is my understanding that Japanese text is written top-to-bottom. I think the Japanese manga also follow this format: That was a quick Google search so not even sure it is real. However, watching ...
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What defines one “season” of anime?

From what I've been able to follow, the seasons of anime shows have been tied to thirteen week blocks, directly correlating with the actual season in Japan (for instance, this is the Winter 2013 ...
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What are the anime censorship laws in Japan?

I know that there are censorship laws in Japan (which is why you end up with things like tentacles instead of genitalia). What are the laws, and are they the same as the laws for live-action ...
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What are the different colors in anime production drawings for?

In a lot of production drawings for anime (and I've also seen them in plots), particularly of characters as opposed to backgrounds, the detailed sketches/drawings have lines in different colors. Is ...
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Why do anime films tend to use film actors to voice the anime instead of professional seiyuu?

For example, the voice actors for the protagonists of the anime film Uchiage Hanabi, Shita kara Miru ka? Yoko kara Miru ka? are Suda Masaki and Hirose Suzu, who are best known for their acting careers....
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Where did the concept of multiple endings originate?

A lot of games (and even anime like Oreimo) have multiple endings in addition to the Normal Ending -- most commonly the Good End, Bad End, and True End. Which series or what medias first popularized ...
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Why is there consistent seasonal variability in the quality of anime?

Recall that the anime industry produces TV anime according to a 4-season schedule: winter (Jan-Mar), spring (Apr-Jun), summer (Jul-Sep), and fall (Oct-Dec). Since at least 2010 (and perhaps even ...
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Why do some anime not have an opening in the first episode?

A lot of anime I've seen don't have openings in the first episode, instead the openings start from the second episode. I cannot particularly name any of them besides Boku Dake ga Inai Machi. Why do ...
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Who generally owns the rights for a manga or anime?

Who generally owns the intellectual property (IP) rights to manga characters and stories? In the USA, comic books are generally produced by a team -- writer, artist, inker, colorist, letterer, editor,...
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What started the trend of 3-5 minute long episodes for anime series?

It seems there's a lot of these short (e.g. 3-5 minute long) anime series recently, specifically ones that air on TV (as opposed to ONA's). Shows like: Fireball/Fireball Charming Chii's Sweet Home ...
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Who from the staff is in charge of selecting the music for each scene?

I've been watching a lot of anime recently and realized whether the music fits a scene or not affects a lot in how much I like it, so... who's in charge of doing so? Is it the Episode Director, the ...
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Why is it hard to draw people running in animes?

Why is it so hard in many animes to draw people running? I mean even if the whole anime drawing is good, somehow when someone is running it feels so awkward. Their body movements don't look realistic....
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Why do anime (in general) have so much time in between seasons?

Many shows in America (I am using the US as example because I live here) have TV shows announced almost right away. There aren't usually gaps of more than a year in between seasons. However, for ...
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Why do some of the scenes in the 5th Episode of Attack on Titan differ when it was aired in Fukuoka?

The airing of the 5th episode of Attack on Titan in Fukuoka (see top in the Youtube video below) had some noticeable differences from the original airing (see bottom). Why were these changes made? ...