Questions tagged [terminology]

For questions about anime/manga-related jargon like "moe", "visual novel", and "AMV". Avoid using this tag for questions about words that only have meaning in the context of a particular work.

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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 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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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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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'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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Is there a way to tell the difference between an Arc and a Season?

With Sword Art Online Season 1, there are 25 episode split into 2 Arcs, the first Arc, Sword Art Online ends with episode 14 while the rest of the season is the second Arc which is Alfheim Online. In ...
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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 is noitaminA?

I only know that noitaminA is "Animation" written backwards. It sometimes appear at the beginning of episodes of anime. But does it mean anything? At Anime-Planet, it is considered a tag/genre. At ...
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What are the differences between Anime and Manga?

I have often wondered, what are the differences between anime and manga? Furthermore, what are the differences between these two and what would be called "cartoons" to the rest of us? Is this purely ...
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What is an OMAKE?

I've noticed in Casual Romance Club and Katahane that on the disk there is an OMAKE folder, inside the OMAKE folder there were added images and sound files, Casual Romance Club has images of each of ...
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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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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 does Yomi relate 3661 with "Samurai"?

In the last episode of Azumanga Daioh, Yomi relates 3661 with samurai word. I know is a mnemonic technique to remember things, so things should be something like: 3 ~> sa ~> san 6 ~> mu ~&...
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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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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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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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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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How are ditzy characters classified?

How are ditzy/airhead characters classified in anime/manga? For example, while Lucky Star's Kagami is a tsundere, her airhead sister, Tsukasa, is a ________?
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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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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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Why are romantic events sometimes called "flags"?

Anyone familiar with dating sims and romance visual novels will recognize the term "flag" in that context. In these games, when you are presented with choices which affect how the other characters ...
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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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What are Type A and Type B viewers?

I keep hearing the terms Type A viewers and Type B viewers in discussions and chat. What do they mean? What is a Type A viewer and what is a Type B?
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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 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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