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Where this "box of swords" design comes from?

In a manga called Soul Eater, one of the characters - a fighter known as Mifune - is carrying a box of swords with himself. A striking visual piece. In a manga called "Attack on Titan" a ...
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Which anime does the idea of the afterimage comes from?

In Dragon Ball, Goku has an "after image" technique, where he moves so fast that he leaves a false image of himself in the air, where actually there is nothing. I've seen this idea also in ...
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Why are manga authors so reluctant to draw their own faces in their works?

Although not every manga has the author(s) drawing depictions of themselves, many do and I have yet to come across an example where it was anything other than the ‘chibi’ or superdeformed style of ...
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Which was the first anime to feature Dragonoids?

I was watching Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken and a character in there is said to be a Dragonoid. I remembered Dragon Quest also features a character which has a Dragonoid form. Then I looked for more ...
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Why is "body/soul exchange" so prevalent in anime?

Body/soul exchange is a very common theme and is a base for many anime series/movies. Some examples: Your name Kokoro Connect Rascal doesn't dream of Bunny Girl Senpai The reason for body exchange ...
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Why is "Hope and Despair" (希望と絶望) such a common theme? [closed]

It seems to be popular in a lot of Japanese writing, actually. The exact words 希望 and 絶望 are very common. Just look at Danganronpa. Anyone know the origins of such a theme, specifically of the ...
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Why do most anime tend to have "emotional" flashbacks before a big moment?

We've all seen it. When the main character is put in a bind, he/she always has some "emotional" flashback, some of which are flashbacks of things we never saw happen in the series. The ...
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Do Japanese Student councils have actual power (punishing students, revoking clubs, etc)?

Several anime have an Absurdly Powerful Student Council (warning, TV Tropes link, don't get sucked in). In the most extreme versions, the student council is trying to take over the world. Even in ...
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When did the trend of powerful slimes come about in Anime?

Slimes are commonly known as the weakest creatures, but more and more I'm seeing powerful slimes show up in anime. When did powerful slimes become a thing? Or have they always been a thing and I just ...
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Is there a name to describe the shonen trope of "secret power systems"?

In some shonen anime, there is this trope of a hidden power system that is sometimes foreshadowed throughout the series, and eventually learned by the protagonist(s). Typically, it's a power used by ...
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Can anyone explain the distinction between sects/cults In Korean Martial Arts (Murim) Manhwa?

A common trope seen in many Korean martial arts stories is the existence of Orthodox/Unorthodox sects; or Righteous/Justice, Demonic and Evil Sects. One thing that tripped me is how 'demonic' sects ...
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Where does the "No highlights on the eyes" trope come from?

When a character is unconcious or possessed by some supernatural entity, it often loses their highlights in their eyes. Here is an example from the Sailor Moon R movie. Where does this trope ...
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Why do anime villains always wait for the whole duration of whatever character is giving the speech before attacking?

I mean, yeah I would like to listen to Naruto's speeches and his 5000 flashbacks with that swing in front of the Academy, but does the villain want to listen also? They wait for the characters to stop ...
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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 name of the garment worn by robbers in anime?

I have seen robbers wearing scarves that is tied to the nose and is carrying a huge bag on his back. This style is very common and is used to represent robbers as if it is a trope. If so, what is the ...
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Why do cats wear scarves in anime?

Sakamoto from Nichijou The cat from Ninja Hattori (Note: I don't remember the details but I knew an episode where the cat was heartbroken because he lost the scarf and thought that his master would ...
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What is the origin of this weird looking facial feature/mask?

I have seen this in one or two animes (plural of anime?) where characters have long cylindrical protruding mouths. It is quite rare(?) as I had seen this in only a handful of anime shows (I don't know ...
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The concept of owning someone comes up in anime, usually as part of a bet. Is it based in reality or is it just a tv trope?

In "Misfit Demon King Academy", Sasha Necron makes a bet with the demon king regarding one of the competitions. She says that if she wins, "Then I own you."  In "Didn't I Say ...
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What does "crossing one's palm with fingers and gulping" signify?

I have seen in some anime where the character become nervous, sweats profusely and makes this action. For ex - Tadokoro Megumin from Food Wars: I have also seen Minoru Mineta from BNHA doing that. ...
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Why is Kaguya depicted with a flower growing out of her head when in her moron/fool form?

In season 2 episode 2 of Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai ("Kaguya-sama: Love is War"), in the second skit titled Kaguya-sama wa Okuritai ("Kaguya Wants to Give a Gift"), Shinomiya ...
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Is there a name for the effect that appears from the eyes when someone in anime/manga fights?

The following image shows an effect that appears from the eyes when someone fights. Is there a name for it?
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Why heroes are physically stronger than average humans

In the world of My Hero Academia, the human society acquired Quirks. So basically instead of having regular humans, we have humans with abilities. With the exception of Power-Up quirks (like one for ...
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What is the technical name for the short exaggerated anime scenes?

You know, those scenes that typically cut to out of context OTT animations to exaggerate reactions? e.g. when a character is angry the whole screen might be taken over by swirling colours, angry eyes ...
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What is the origin of the soul-to-sword trope?

In various franchises, like Noragami, SAO Alicisation, Guilty Crown, souls can become weapons. What is the origin of this trope? Does weapon personification have roots in Japanese folklore?
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Gathering energy from other people to create an energy attack, which was the first anime to feature it?

In Black Clover in one of the last episodes (I dont recall if it was #118 or #117) Litch the elf leader gathers energy from the other elfs to create an energy attack, similar to Goku's genki dama, to ...
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Is puking blood when punched in the gut a common trope in anime?

I have often seen characters throwing and puking blood when they are punched in the gut especially in Shounen animes like BNHA and Naruto Shippuden(well there are other animes I have seen this trope ...
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Why do cross-dressing characters like Hideri Kanzaki usually have high voices?

I see that in many Animes, there are cross-dressing (or maybe trans) characters, like Hideri Kanzaki of Blend-S, and they usually have awfully high-pitched voices. These characters in anime and manga ...
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Which was the first anime to feature instant transmission?

Several anime characters have the ability to use instant transmission or teleportation by their own means. Some of them are, Goku in Dragon Ball Z, Merlin in Nanatsu no Taizai, Ryo Shimazaki in Mob ...
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Which was the first anime featuring power levels?

Severals animes have the idea of power levels, in those universes a technological or magical device exists to give a figure to the combat power of an individual. Three of them I know are Dragon Ball Z,...
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Are things like huge drops of sweat or flashes of light in anime and manga diegetic in any possible way?

So I'm used to the fact that symbolic things like huge drops of sweat, huge aneurystic veins, etc. are more or less abstract exaggerations of intense emotions rather than literal drops of sweat or ...
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How does ki work in Black Clover?

In Black Clover, people has mana and ki. Mana is an energy source for magic and ki is.. well, that's what I want to ask. We know Asta can sense others through ki, but is there anything else? Does ki ...
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Which was the first anime to feature mana as energy source for magic?

Many animes use the idea of "mana", an energy source for magic that if it's consumed deny magic users the possibility of casting more spells. Some animes which uses this are A Certain Magical Index (...
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What does the "S" stand for in s-rank or s-class?

I know that S rank/class is above the standard A-F ranks/classes. A-F are used because they're the first letters of the alphabet. Is there a reason S is used, and/or does it stand for something? Maybe ...
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Where did the convention of two-sentence episode titles in Shonen series originate?

I heard a joke on a Podcast the other day that said Shonen Anime tend to have episode titles that are two sentences long. I noticed the case with both Dragon Ball Super and Fist of the North Star. ...
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Why do characters recite π (pi) to distract themselves?

I know that some characters recite pi digits to either calm themselves, or to distract themselves. I remember a particular case in the series r-15. Is there any particular reason it is pi?
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Oldest instance of Hanahaki Disease?

From Fanlore on the topic: The Hanahaki Disease trope was popularized with the Japanese shoujo manga,「花吐き乙女」(Hanahaki Otome), or The Girl Who Spit Flowers by Naoko Matsuda (松田奈緒子), which was released ...
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What's the origin of the "accidental boob grab" trope?

I was just wondering where the trope of the protagonist tripping and accidentally groping someone first came from. What's the origin of this trope?
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Does this anime quirk have a name?

I've always liked this quirky anime technique, which was used in several anime around the 1990s and 2000s, but not THAT often. What is it called and how does it work? How do you animate it and when ...
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Why are old anime women often depicted as young girls?

Admittedly I don't watch enough anime to have full context, but in numerous situations I've seen what's depicted as a little girl is actually a woman 100+ years old. Is there a reason for this ...
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Where does the "You are 100 years to early" trope come from?

"Hyakunen hayai ze!" This is a common boast in shounen anime, declaring that someone is X amount of years too early to even consider facing their opponent. Is this a long-lived reference to an older ...
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Why do supernatural titles contain the word 'Code'?

A lot of series about supernatural powers seem to contain the word 'Code' in the title. For example, Code Geass Code:Breaker Code:Realise Code-E Why is there a trend like this among anime titles? ...
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What's it called when anime and manga chooses not to show nipples but make it as erotic as possible

What's it called when anime and manga chooses not to show nipples but make it as erotic as possible? I recall in No Game No Life, they did this in their match-up against Jabril the Mugol.
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English letters in anime titles

I've frequently noticed in anime seasons the title of a series or film will have an English letter at the end of the title (for example: Dragon Ball Z, Sailor Moon S)- what is the significance of the ...
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Common Magical Girl tropes? [closed]

Clichés or tropes that are common in the genre "Magical Girl"? Hello, I need tropes that are used frequently in the genre of magical girls. For example, the personalities that are more frequent in the ...
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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 the stronger enemies in anime/manga tend to look more human?

So if the question sounded a bit confusing, allow me to explain. In media that feature a lot of non-human characters, such as many video games, anime, manga, or movies, the low-level enemies always ...
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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 is the trope of a leader being overburdened with paperwork, and is it specific to anime?

In many anime where a protagonist makes it to the top of an organization, they are often seen diligently sitting at a desk signing documents, and often times they will attempt to escape. Sometimes ...
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Why do anime mothers often get the short end of the stick?

In a significant amount of anime, the protagonist (and possibly others) experience one of the following parental situations: Both parents are dead and are inconsequential to the story. Both parents ...
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What's the origin of spiral glasses as a Japanese stereotype?

I've noticed - and indubitably, others have, too, as noted on this TV Tropes page - that often, whenever a "nerdy" character wears glasses in anime, they have a spiral shape on them. Examples are easy ...
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