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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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What does 'moe' mean?

I've now watched quite a few anime and I'm still at a loss as to what the term moe represents. Is there an agreed upon definition for it? If a character is moe, what does that mean?
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Is the term Otaku derogatory?

I know the term is widely used in America as a term for someone who has a love and anime and all things related to it. So in the US it's a term of endearment. However in Japan the term is known more ...
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What does it mean for animation to be done "on ones" or "on twos"?

Animation is sometimes described as being done "on ones" or "on twos" or "on threes". What does that mean?
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Where does the term "waifu" come from?

I was stalking a forum looking for images to nab to use as wallpapers, and there was a post where posters were claiming characters as their "waifu". Seeing how it is spelled, I would assume that what ...
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What exactly is a "Light Novel"?

I am only familiar with this term when I know about the anime. Is this term only used in Japan? Sometimes I read light novels on the internet but I never see the book myself. How is a light novel ...
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What is the difference between doujinshi and manga?

Doujinshi seem to represent usually works of amateurs, but that is a subjective measure. What is the objective difference between both works?
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Is chuunibyou syndrome real?

"Chuunibyou" or "eighth-grade syndrome" is a condition where people believe they have super powers. The first time I heard this term is in the anime Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Is this syndrome ...
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What is the difference between yuri and shoujo-ai, yaoi and shounen-ai and ecchi and hentai anime genre?

Yuri and Shoujo-ai are anime themes which are related to girl-to-girl relationship, while yaoi and shounen-ai are related to boy-to-boy relationships. But what are their distinct difference? When can ...
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What are the differences between types of anime?

The terms "shoujo", "shounen", "seinen", and "josei" are used to classify anime/manga. I know that the general meanings are as follows: Shoujou: for girls Shounen: for boys Seinen: for men Josei: for ...
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Filler episodes

What are filler episodes? I've heard people mention them a lot but I'm not quite sure what they are. Apparently Naruto is packed with tons of them, so what are they?
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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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Are MAD and AMV synonyms for Anime Music Video?

On youtube and elsewhere it's frequent to find "MAD" video, a sort of Anime Music Video (AMV) composed by anime sequences on a music track. Are MAD and AMV synonyms? If not, how these differ from each ...
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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 is a "character song"?

I have heard of these things called "character songs", but I don't know what they are. Is a "character song" just like a theme song for a character? Can you give me some examples of character songs? (...
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What is the equivalent of "seme" and "uke" in yuri culture?

As mentioned in this answer, the terms seme and uke are used in yaoi to describe a duality: Yaoi fans have adapted these terms to describe the roles in a male/male relationship: the seme is the one ...
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Is there a name for the abbreviated (usually three-syllable) title?

Surely the act of abbreviating an anime title to three syllables has a name...? And what is that name? Full Name Shortened Kodomo no Omocha Kodocha Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu Hareguu Ore no ...
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What does "tsukkomi" mean?

Once, I read a manga with the following description: A perverted President who likes girls, a tsukkomi Vice-President, an over-zealous Treasurer and a quiet, brooding Secretary. This unlikely ...
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What exactly does "best girl" mean and where did the expression originate from?

I've seen the expression "best girl" being used several times, and I find it quite self-explanatory. However, some people seem to define it in slightly different ways. Here are some different ...
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English-English term for "Shōjo manga"

Is there a standardised English-English (as opposed to English that borrows words willy-nilly from Japanese) term for Shōjo manga (少女マンガ) used when describing it to people not familiar with manga and ...
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What is the simplified art style called that is often used when a character is emotional?

If there's even a name for it? I saw this question that explains why but I'd love to know if there's a name for it. The linked question mentions superdeformed but I figured there's a Japanese name, ...
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What is the actual meaning of "denpa"?

After watching a lot of "Ryuusei no Rockman", I've come to know the word "denpa" as meaning "wave", or "EM wave". Though I have heard it used in Katekyo Hitman Reborn as well. Is the rough translation ...
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Is the term 4koma a generic term?

I know the term 4koma only from the .hack series, in which it normally relates to the parody manga .hack//4koma, and it's also the title of the bonus videos unlocked in .hack//G.U. on the desktop. ...
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Is The Legend of Korra anime?

I saw a comment online that stated The Legend of Korra is not anime. I kinda know the argument in that "anime" refers to only Japanese animation, but is that so? The style of this anime, the humour, ...
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Are anime that air before a manga adaptation considered filler anime?

In the question Has an anime ever come out before the manga was published? it became quite obvious that there are indeed several animes that air before their manga has been made. But this also made me ...
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