Questions tagged [terminology]

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Is there a way to indicate the action to remove a manga's cover to see the hidden cover?

Ok, maybe the question can look weird. And actually it is. Let me explain further: a friend of mine removes a lot of times covers from his manga (tankōbon). I don't mean that he actually rips off the ...
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What does the word 'cultivation' seen in many Chinese manhua refer to?

What does the word cultivation mean in Chinese media? There seems to be legion of titles out there with some variation of this phrase, e.g. urban cultivator, immortal cultivator, cultivator chat group,...
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Why did Ruby call Kana "Loli-senpai"?

In Season 1 Episode 5 of Oshi no Ko, around 2 minutes in Aqua and Ruby have a conversation about asking Kana to join an idol group Aqua: If it seems she'll be popular, it's all good. Why not at least ...
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Is there a name for text that's attributed to a character but without a speech bubble/thought bubble/pointer line/other indicator?

Example: I get that they're asides, thoughts, implications, feelings, etc., but what is the actual visual device/convention called?
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Just what does the word "canon" mean when referring to anime?

I've been wondering for quite a while. Each time I have questions about either anime or manga, someone always refers to the word "canon", or "non-canon". I've searched up what the ...
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Do Shojo and Bishonen overlap, or are they separate?

I was checking out the new season of anime and came across a self-described shojo anime, but judging by the cover art, name, and description, I assumed a Bishonen anime. As I was making a joke to a ...
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Why are there different words for "manga" and "manhwa"?

So lately I have been noticing that a lot of people on fora tend to mistake manga and manhwa. And of course, I know that manga stands for comics made in Japan, and manhwa for comics made in Korea. ...
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What is the Japanese term for the CGDCT tag/genre?

What is the genre or tag in Japanese terms for CGDCT? (Cute Girls Doing Cute Things for those that are not aware)
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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 is the difference between Shonen'ai, JUNE, Yaoi and Boys' love? [duplicate]

The difference between Shonen'ai and Yaoi as already been asked. However, I encountered a few more terminologies concerning anime and mangas referring to masculine homosexuality : Shōnen'ai JUNE ...
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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 '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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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 an ONA?

Searching through MAL and other anime sites, I found an unfamiliar type of anime. What is an "ONA"? Is it different from a OVA?
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Is there any equivalent to the "fujoshi"/"fudanshi" descriptors for yuri fans?

A woman who consumes and enjoys boys' love publications might describe herself as a fujoshi (腐女子), literally "rotten girl". There is an equivalent term for men: fudanshi (腐男子). Does an equivalent ...
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What's the difference between manga, manhwa, and manhua?

I understand that manga is from Japan and read from right to left, whereas manhwa is from Korea, read from left to right, and manhua is from China, and read from right to left (If I'm not mistaken). ...
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What is the Japanese term for an old man/grandpa who is into anime/is otaku?

Is there a casual/slang term in Japanese for an old geezer who's a hardcore otaku? I know terms like erojiji and such but there are more referred to old men who are just perverted in general, but what ...
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What is this simplified/less-detailed art style called?

So, recently, while watching a few of my favorite animes, I noticed this really weird art style that pops up whenever a character will show confusion, annoyance, etc. Don't really know what the art ...
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Is there such thing as a "Host Club" from Ouran High School Host Club?

I was recently watching Ouran Host Club and it seems to centre around, how should I describe it? Listening to girls talking about themselves and watching the girls go distraught in love over guys ...
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What is gap moe?

I often hear the word gap moe, but I do not know what it means. So what does the word gap moe mean?
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What is the name of an "interrruption screen" element in the middle of an anime episode?

Very often, in the middle of an anime episode, I can see some screens lasting just a few seconds. They very often consist of some drawing/aesthetic element or gag element. It is very often combined ...
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Why do characters repeatedly say other characters names?

I'm watching Blood C, and I'm reminded that in anime, dialog can often consist of characters just saying other character's names. In this example, most of Tadayoshi Kisaragi's lines towards Saya are ...
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What is COMITIA? Is it different than Comiket?

In Pixiv, sometimes I saw that as title. Here is the example: [ COMITIA119 ] 星の花束. Seems like it's a doujin. This is the first image (cover) - if anyone interested. I found from Google that Comitia ...
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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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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 it called when an anime character is emotionless on the inside and sweet/kind on the outisde?

Emotionless on the inside meaning literally that, and sweet/kind on the outside as in being completely fake and pretending to like someone or be a happy person just for personal benefit or similar. ...
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What is the block used to symbolize the end of a chapter called?

What do they call this bar? Is there official terminology for it? Sometimes they add filler text to explain the predicament the heroes are in inside of it or surrounding it. It also somewhat seems ...
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Definition of a reverse trap

I am confused at how people describe gender roles and their trope classification in anime. I understand that traps are characters appearing to be girls but are actually guys. One of my favorite traps ...
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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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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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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 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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Is there a name for "4-koma style" anime?

Is there a term for animes (that are like Nichijou, Pop Team Epic) that have several parts in only one episode?
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Why MAL (MyAnimeList) is putting light novel and comic together?

I live in Hong Kong, and at least from my observation, light novels and comics are quite different things in Asia. However it seems that on sites like MAL, which is not of the Asian origin, they ...
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What's the term for the bullied kid who delivers bread and sandwiches to the bullies?

I think it's a designated term for this kind of character. Usually they use their own money to purchase foods during lunch in a school setting for the bullies.
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When do you classify an AMV as an ASMV?

As the name 'Anime Story Music Video' explains, an AMV which contains a story is considered as an ASMV. But when do you declare something as a story? Is it necessary to have speeches in the video? If ...
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Why is "bioroide/bioroido/bioroid" used in different animes?

In the 1984 anime series Super Dimensional Calvary Southern Cross, there are some alien mechas called "bioroid/bioroido/bioloyd" (depending on the translation) Bioroids SDC. In Appleseed there is an ...
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What does "I Ship Nalu" mean?

Just wondering on this, but is this some type of new vocab in Fairy Tail or something, Long story short: I have seen a lot of comments on Facebook and YouTube like "Do you ship Nalu" and "I ship Nalu"....
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Why is pornographic anime and manga referred to as "hentai" by non-Japanese sources? And when did it start?

If you try to google "hentai definition" most result would define hentai as a Japanese genres of manga and anime with sexually explicit images and plots. But Wikipedia explains it otherwise: ...
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What is a 通信{つうしん} from a manga publisher?

I found this page with a short list of 通信{つうしん} from the publisher Tosuisha for its magazine Ichiraci, and I was wondering what exactly 通信 are. Here's an example cover of one: There are several ...
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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 does "anime franchises" mean?

I've seen many anime but faced with a word I could not find the meaning of - anime "franchises" such as Fate/Stay Night. What does "franchises" mean in this context?
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What are the differences between visual novel, eroge, gal game, and a dating sim?

In The World God Only Knows, games in which you conquer girls are defined as dating sims. But in Oreimo, it is called eroge. Some forums seem to use the term visual novel a lot, even though I thought ...
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Are tsundere/yandere/kuudere unisexual terms?

The terms "tsundere", "yandere" and "kuudere" are most often used when describing female characters. However, all the definitions of them start with "a person, who...", which kind of suggests that ...
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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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Doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference?

In a world of self-published manga/anime/other related stuff, there are doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference between those four? Also, are these term used exclusively ...
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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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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 ecchi used for humor or is it sexually playful?

The definition of ecchi is sexually playful, right? But I heard it is almost always used for humor. Can someone explain please?
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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?