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Questions tagged [culture]

Questions about anime and manga in the broader context of Japanese culture. Includes both questions about cultural origins for anime/manga references and questions about the cultural impact of a particular series.

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Why do Mio and her friends seem to all wear different uniforms?

Mio, who is a student at Reiji and Ellen's school, is introduced in episode 20. It quickly becomes apparent that Mio's friends all wear different uniforms. This is most obvious in ep. 22, where we see ...
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How to tell apart Japanese and non-Japanese characters in-universe and out-of-universe?

Anime characters are almost always drawn with... "anime" facial features. Eyes are big and round, every color is allowed for eyes and hair (not to mention hairstyle), etc. Since there are anime ...
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What's the context behind the 'Practicing Medicine' legal warnings in “Zombieland Saga”?

In the fourth episode of Zombieland Saga, the idol group auditions to be sponsored by a pharmaceuticals company. During the lead up, they test out the product they will be advertising: energising ...
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What is this gesture that Aikawa is making?

In chapter 71 of Silver Spoon, Aikawa and Hachiken's other classmates watch some slasher films. Aikawa complains that he is now unfazed by them since he knows they are fake, so someone pulls a disc ...
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What is the meaning of this 'fox' hand gesture?

In chapter 729 of トモちゃんは女の子 (Tomo-chan wa Onna no Ko), two characters are negotiating, while other two do the hand gestures depicted in the following image: By the Giseigo (Onomatopoeia) used here (...
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Who is that in Dark Twist Square and how are they related to Gen Urobuchi's work?

A common Meme around Gen Urobuchi's works is Butcher Bingo for the most part the images for each square is from something Gen Urobuchi has worked on being Fate/Zero, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Saya ...
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Where do the ethics of Shonen anime come from?

In shonen anime, there's a type of "ethics" that emphasizes on someone reaching their potential, becoming the greatest, trying no matter what, persevering, etc. But, whenever I've heard about modern ...
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Is there any historical origins for the masks in Noragami?

In Noragami, some characters wear masks (e.g. Rabo). I know what they are and everything, but I feel like I've seen something like it before, but I can't find anything online (Rabo's mask especially)....
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How did manga as we know it today come to be?

While researching my own question How important was the invention of blue towards anime?, I landed relatively quickly on Hokusai. The page states that Hokusai is incorrectly considered the precedent ...
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How did Japonism, if at all, effect manga/anime?

While researching my own question How important was the invention of blue towards anime?, I landed relatively quickly on Hokusai, which was one of the key instigators of Japonism. Japonisme, is the ...
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When did otaku become a derogatory term?

Related: Is the term Otaku derogatory? I have been reading The Moe Manifesto lately, and noticed in a lot of the interviews, the term otaku was never really used in a derogatory form. One of the ...
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What is this memorial/offering in The Walking Man?

In The Walking Man by Jiro Taniguchi, the main character is walking down a road when he passes what seems like a roadside memorial: I couldn’t find much information online about roadside memorials in ...
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What is that noise when an onsen scene opens up?

Many anime and JRPGs have Hot Spring/Bathhouse/Onsen scenes and in many of these, when it opens up there is this sound of like something hitting hollow wood, an example of which can be heard at the 4 ...
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What is the so-called “GUDAGUDA ship” involving Oda Nobunaga and Okita Souji?

I was reading this piece of short comic remake titled "How you play it" illustrated by Kawacy and it says Oda Nobunaga and Okita Souji from Fate/Grand Order a.k.a the GUDAGUDA ship. So I ...
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Do real-life schools have maid cafes at their school festivals?

In anime and manga where the setting is a school, there often is a school festival event. In such events, many would feature the students running a maid cafe - for example, Hanasaku Iroha. Does this ...
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What does “padoru padoru” mean?

In the short Nero in a Santa outfit sings a "Jingle Bells" with some rather casual lyrics. Hashire sori yo, kaze no you ni, tsukimihara wo, padoru padoru The lyric is a song of this clip (for the ...
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What are “sugoi kawaii desu!!!!!11” guys/girls?

So i found this image highlighting the difference between an Otaku and a Weeaboo the 7th point says Enjoys the "sugoi kawaii desu!!!!!11" guys/girls my understanding of japanese (which isn't ...
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What is a “fangirl moment”?

So I found this image highlighting the difference between an Otaku and a Weeaboo. The 4th point says Has "fangirl moments" at anytime, anywhere, and infront of anyone But what are "fangirl ...
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What does Senjougahara refer in the first novel?

In the 'Hitagi Crab' story of Monogatari series, Senjougahara says the following: So you say, Araragi-kun. But I'm afraid I only half trust him. I have been tricked too many times. Five people had ...
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Why does Orochimaru's Laboratory have this item to hand?

During episode 22, we see a test between Sarada's DNA and Karin's preserved umbilical cord. I can understand Orochimaru being the type of person to keep DNA on all his staff, but is there any ...
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Why is there so much nudity in anime and manga?

I have been watching anime & reading manga since 2 years ago. There are so many good anime and manga, but I find it somewhat strange that there is so much nudity in Japanese TV shows, anime, and ...
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Does “Evening Get” correspond to a real-life television show?

In chapter 2 of Orange, Hagita tells his friends that he has go home to watch Evening Get. The text outside the speech bubbles explains it as: Evening Get! It's a Nagano TV show that starts at 4:30....
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Why can Hiratsuka-sensei not get married?

I am asking this because I could not find a related post anywhere. From what I infer from the source material, Sensei is a woman who is unusual for her age and gender. Not only does she have childish ...
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Is there a local folktale regarding underwater palace and tamate box in Japan?

I first heard about tamate box, Otohime princess and the underwater palace in One piece but episode 9 of Kaichou wa Maid Sama also contains very similar references such as the contents of the tamate ...
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Rope with pieces of white cloth - What is it? [duplicate]

Often when holy places or other things that are spiritual are shown, this kind of rope with white zigzag attachments appears all the time. So far I have seen it in From the New World, Yuki Yuna, ...
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Why all the “Re” in titles?

There have been quite a number of series whose English titles use peculiar forms of Re. I don't mean normal usages like Rebirth or Requiem. Here's some I chose from an alphabetical listing at MAL: Re ...
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What or who is “Minami” in “Search for Minami”?

In chapter 63 of Kare Kano, Arima appears on a television show called Search for Minami after he is recognised for his academic and athletic prowess. The beginning of the show is depicted in the manga,...
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Is there such a thing as an 'Indie'/Alternative anime scene?

Having followed anime for some time, one thing I have noticed, at least from my perspective, is that there is no equivalent of the Indie/Alternative scene when it comes to anime. What I mean by this ...
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What is that “Oh yeah!” gesture that anime characters do called?

Often in anime, I've noticed a gesture is done when a character remembers a previous event of theirs, or something comes to mind. One hand is made into a fist, of which the bottom of it will fall flat ...
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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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Are high school and middle school students not allowed to use a backpack?

In Ajin-chan wa Kataritai, there are a dullahan student named Machi. In chapter 23, it was said that the school wasn't allowing her to use a backpack, and she could only use a standard school bag or a ...
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Does Gods using other God's name also happens in real life?

In Noragami, some Gods uses other God's name for their business name. An example of this practice is Bimbo-gami, Kofuku, using Ebisu's name. Is such practice limited to the world within Noragami? Or ...
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Is the grip shown in Hikaru no Go really used by expert Go players?

In an early episode of Hikaru no Go Akira Toya comments that Hikaru must be a beginner because he's holding his stones incorrectly. In the show, it is shown that real Go players use a grip that only ...
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Why do seiyuu famous for doing eroge still use alias?

Seeing Majikoi S in VNDB, the seiyuu for Kawakami Momoyo and Christiane Friedrich is written as Kamishiro Misaki and Misaki Rina respectively. People that is not too into seiyuu might not know, but ...
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Before the era of Naruto, One Piece and Bleach being published simultaneously, was there ever another well-defined “Holy Trinity” of Manga?

I recall a few years ago (around 2011) the phrase "holy trinity" being thrown around to describe the size, magnitude and importance of One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto all running in Shonen Jump. Now, ...
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What is with kimono that makes Japanese guys to fall for the girls in many anime?

I've been watching lots of anime series and in lots of them the guy realizes that he loves the girl when he sees her in a kimono specially for the festivals. Just this last week it was both in ReLIFE ...
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Why do anime girls have huge chests?

Today while reading "Mushoku Tensei" I once again got confronted with a character with (in my opinion) an insanely large chest. It even got mentioned that it could easily be a J size chest. I ...
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Why is it that many anime and manga depict being a virgin male as something embarrassing?

From the long list of manga I read and anime I watched, especially in romance genre, including romance comedy, harem, etc, being a virgin has been depicted as something bad, especially a male virgin. ...
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What is the dimension of Karuta cards?

Chihayafuru is an anime about card game called Karuta where players compete to touch the right card based on the poem being read. Chihayafuru wikia lists all 100 of the poem. However, I can't find the ...
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How can Mjolnir Hammer joins the Far Eastern Magic Nap Society of Summer?

By the time the club was established, Mjolnir Hammer, Dekomori Sanae, was a junior high student. How can she join the club? Was it because her junior high and the senior high that Tyrant Eye, ...
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Why does Yuno paint her license plate yellow?

In Volume 7 of Hidamari Sketch, the girls decide to play The Game of Life. They're bored with the generic jobs and events in the regular game, so they decide to customize their copy of the game using ...
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Is there anything driving the number of recent series and characters from the Touhoku region?

In the last couple of seasons of anime, I've noticed quite a few shows being set in or using characters from the Touhoku region, especially around Aomori. Examples of shows include Kumamiko: Girl ...
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Why are a lot of characters in anime and manga named after their mothers and not their fathers?

I've noticed this a lot in many manga I've read. The character (usually the protagonist) is named after their mother's family name and not their father's. Some examples I have found of this are as ...
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Is Goku in Dragonball based on Sun Wukong from Journey to the West?

When I was looking no info on Sayuki and learned it was based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West, I was reminded of some things: The Japanese name of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, is Son Goku. ...
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What are those Wooden Tube thing?

In Episode 32 when Renji is going through the story of how he and Rukia met and became Soul Reapers, at the start when we see what his life was like in Rukongi District 78 - Hanging Dog, the Old Man ...
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Is the Harbinger of Spring based on a real Japanese legend?

In Episode 2 of Flying Witch, this rather strange looking fellow appears and terrorizes poor Chinatsu at the door. Makoto explains that he's the Harbinger of Spring, some kind of nature spirit who ...
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Is Cheese-kun real?

In Code Geass, particularly in the original Japanese version, we can see there was something like a product placement exchanged (as shown in this answer) between the series and Pizza Hut. Later in ...
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Why are train scenes so common in anime movies?

In the past 2 years or so I've became a big Japanese anime fan, and I've probably watched 50 movies by now (the only series I watched was Neon Genesis Evangelion). In every movie I watched (and NGE ...
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Are there any anime/manga that have caused outrage to the point of them being banned in any culture? [closed]

I want to know if there is any city/country or culture that has banned any manga/anime because it opposes their beliefs? I have read articles that say Pokemon is against Christianity; however, are ...
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Why are crosses so popular in anime and manga?

I've recently noticed that I see a lot of "Crosses" in manga and anime. I thought it was just because Japan has a lot of Christians as I remember my history teacher telling me how Japanese people once ...