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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 is so many Shonen based anime influenced by German culture? [duplicate]

Consider Neon Genesis Evangelion, the name of many of the character and organization are German words (eg: Seele, Gehirn,Wille) and there is a literal German character Asuka Langley Soryu. See ...
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Where is this pool from?

I read a manga and one panel showed a swimming pool. Some readers commented "didn't expect to see that pool here" and no one would tell me where the pool was from. I presume it was from an ...
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What does Hanami mean by the words, "Die and become a sage"?

In Jujutsu Kaisen's episode 18 "Sage" (Transcription: "Kenja"; Japanese: 賢者), Hanami disrupts the Goodwill Event and engages Fushiguro Megumi, Inumaki Toge and Kamo Noritoshi in ...
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Is "high school detective" a real-life thing in Japan?

In the show Detective Conan, the main character starts as a "high school detective" who shrinks down to become a child. In the series, there are mentions of other high school detectives as ...
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Should I read manga of famous anime or watch it? [closed]

Is manga necessary to enjoy the anime as I have never read a manga in my life and until now for 2 years, I am watching anime only.
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What is the hand gesture Itachi does when calling Sasuke to him?

I've always found this gesture curious, because it looked like the "shooing away" gesture to me, but Sasuke reacts as though he's being summoned. So I'm interested to know if this gesture is ...
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Japanese Scoring System on Public High School Examinations: Quintessential Quintuplets

In 5 Toubun no Hanayome, Fuutarou is assigned to help a rich businessman's quintuplet daughters pass their examinations and graduate. Unfortunately, they all suck at academics, or get distracted by ...
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What is the significane of 8 in Anime and Manga?

I have recently noticed 8 is a pretty common number in the manga I have been reading. Like Samurai 8 and Kaiju NO.8 have the number in their title. There are also 8 gyms in pokemon. Like the number 8 ...
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Is the proverb "When a man steps out of the gate, he faces seven enemies" a real one?

Recently I watched again the Kenichi anime, and I went several times through this proverb. "When a man steps out of the gate, he faces seven enemies" (e.g. episode 5) Looks like a ...
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Why are most isekai happening in a medieval world?

Why are most isekai happening in a medieval world? I have been reading some of these and I actually can't recall of any in which the story is happening in an other era than in a medieval period. Why ...
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What is the significance of shirogane having 9 kids?

In season-1 ep6 shirogane says that he wants to have 9 kids during psychological test the same is referenced in season-2 ep1 when chika and shirogane have 9 kids (when playing a game) so what does ...
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What is this cutting instrument Tomoko has, and is she supposed to have it at school?

In Fail 20: I'm Not Popular, so I'll Make Preparations, Tomoko has some kind of cutting instrument that I'm not familiar with. It's like a shaft-type thing with a retractable, squarish blade on the ...
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In anime, why high school students are not allowed to work? [duplicate]

I was confused about why in anime, high school students were not allowed to work. I understand in real life that they have to have permission from the school. Maybe I'm just reading into it too much ...
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Is Princess Snake based on folklore?

While watching Dragon Ball Z recently I noticed that the premise of the episode Princess Snake is undoubtedly similar to an episode of Boruto (which I don't think has aired in English yet). Both ...
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Are Japanese Students really not allowed jobs whiles in schools?

In Hana and Hina After School (Hana to Hina wa Houkago) one of the main plot points it that neither Hana or Hinako are actually allowed a job and if discovered they could be expelled, to the point ...
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What other countries have good animation scenes? [closed]

Whenever I hear people talk about animation, it's generally either American animation or Japanese animation and I generally get the feeling that people only look to these two places for animation. ...
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How come sports anime never have tryouts?

This might sound like a weird question, but hear me out. In all of the anime that I've seen that revolves around high school sports, they never seem to have the concept of the "tryout". Keep in mind ...
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Why do they tie their thumbs and don't use handcuffs?

I've seen lots of animes where a character is caught and interrogated by some authority. The captive is usually depicted sitting on the chair in the interrogation room. But instead of being handcuffed,...
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Why do females always run like this?

There are many examples of completely serious or plainly normal scenes in anime where a girl is running but then, I have to burst out in laughter because they are swinging their arms horizontally left ...
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What are those branches used in baths in Goblin Slayer episode 7?

In episode 7 of Goblin Slayer, at around 3:29, there are branches that are used in baths. What are these branches and what is their purpose (like herbal)? Is it in Japanese culture or any other ...
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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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Where does the recurring tale of a spiritual / paranormal sake banquet in the woods coming from?

I watched both xxxHolic and Mushishi, and in both anime there is a recurring tale, where a banquet is held in the woods, where either people or spirits (or mushis in Mushishi) are obtaining some ...
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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, affect 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 Japonisme. Japonisme, is ...
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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 ...