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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 ...
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what's the origin of the “accidental boob grab” trope?

I was just wonder where the trope of the protagonist tripping and accidentally groping someone first came from.
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Is there a name for this anime run?

This run show in in the bellow Magic Knight Rayearth image is very fascinating, but what is it called? How do you animate it?
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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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What is this paper fan used by some student council president/senior member called?

In many anime, a student council president or senior member uses essentially a paper 'fan' to discipline others. Kind of looks like a paper that has been folded up. Is it really a fan of some sort ...
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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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What do smaller eyes persons in anime mean?

As we know, japaneses have smaller eyes than western people, as the result of an evolutive adaptation against snow blindessness apparently. But in anime, japaneses draw japaneses with big eyes. If an ...
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Is it usual in anime/manga/japanese to use ブツ as onomatopoeia of mumbling?

In My Hero Academia we see that when Midoriya is mumbling they use ブツ to symbolize it. Is this the rule for anime/manga/japanese or does it only happen in My Hero Academia?
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What is the origin of the one-horned rabbit so common in fantasy and isekai stories?

Dozens of fantasy and isekai stories have the one-horn-rabbit as a staple beginner's monster. Some examples: Re:Monster (day 4) I Said Make My Abilities Average! (ch. 19) Kenshi o Mezashite Nyūgaku ...
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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 is the relevancy between the common theme of Knight’s & Magic, In Another World With My Smartphone, and KonoSuba?

These three anime: Knight's & Magic In Another World With My Smartphone KonoSuba: God's Blessing on this Wonderful World. and perhaps others anime as well begin with the common theme of a guy ...
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Is there a name for when characters eyes are hidden from the shot when emotional?

The eyes of characters in anime always disappear when they're upset or when they're going to get serious. Is there a name for when a characters eyes disappear like that?
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What are those weird three-line blushy things on some anime/manga characters cheeks?

Some anime/manga characters (OR, those inspired by anime/manga) have those weird three-line blushy things on their cheeks. These characters tend to be cutesy and childish. What are those lines called ...
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What is this type of hairstyle?

Its a kind of hairstyle that has two hair strands hanging down from the top of the head maybe at the center of it
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Story-telling technique where the drawing style briefly gets much simpler?

I'm a big fan of web comics, and have a question about a drawing or story-telling technique that I've seen. It seems effective, but I'm not quite sure what it's effective for. Here's an example, from ...
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Minimum amount of people for harem?

Silly question, but how many people do you need at minimum in a love-triangle (or love-polygon, whatever) for something to be classified as a harem manga/anime? If "only" three people are involved, ...
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Do people in Japan really shower all the time after a rainstorm, or is that just an anime thing?

I just watched the latest Net-juu no Susume and there's the stereotypical caught-in-the-rain scene, and then usually accompanying shower scene. Since this anime makes a point to be more similar to ...
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Why do protagonist usually mispronounce or forget the name of opponent or others?

As we have seen in the popular series like Naruto and One piece where protagonist can't remember the name of opponent and even if they do, they mispronounce it. So I searched for the tropes and got ...
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Where is this scene originate from in Episode 5 of nichijou?

What is this thing that Mio's cloud refers to? And what does this text on the screen mean (The text on the screen, it's like an old Japanese font-style) ? "15:40 1-Q in front of the podium" ...
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What's the origin of characters flying through the night sky during the ED?

Here it is in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: and here it is in Blend S: Is Blend S just referencing Dragon Maid or is there an earlier instance of this?
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Who is this person from commercial break “The World God Only Knows” manga?

I rarely have seen this guy in other manga. First time i saw it in The World God Only Know manga, volume 2, chapter 13 and in Kunimitsu manga, chapter 4. Does anyone know where is this guy come from ?...
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Why do people wearing a headband with two flashlights or candles when acting crazy or out of place?

So sometimes in Anime and Manga when someone is acting crazy or out of character when on a rant they wear a headband with two flashlights or lit candles pointing up. I am wondering what the reason ...
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Where is the joke that Ishida said came from?

In Koe no Katachi, volume 1, chapter 2, page 37, first panel, Ishida said that. Because her ears don't have "H" What does Ishida mean by that? While his teacher did laugh too. What's funny with ...
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Who is the first Oppai Loli ever featured in anime and manga?

The first time I ever saw Oppai Loli is Hestia from Danmachi. But, is Hestia the first Oppai Loli in anime and manga? Was there an Oppai Loli before her?
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What's with awkwardness/fear with romance?

Why is it in almost every anime when there is a male main character, Everytime a female main character comes on to him he gets all flustered, scared, or runs away? I mean through a whole series we see ...
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The first Anime/Manga with a parody's genre ever created

Gintama i would said the The most epic Anime with Parody ever made. Here's some example One Piece Parody Naruto Parody Binbougami Ga anime sure have many episode that contains parody. Ex: ...
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Why always “skirt-flipping” fan-service's (mini-skirt blowing up.)?

Sometimes in anime/manga, I see some scene's where the MC flip the skirt of the heroine, or even some random character with a cute face. I know there are many kind of fan-service's like groping breast,...
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Which series features the most re-occuring named characters?

Recently I had a discussion with friends about how hard they find it to follow anime/manga series due to the sheer amount characters that get featured in a series. They claimed detective-conan ...
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Why does Rin in blue exorcist have an eye bigger than the other when uncontrollable?

Why does Rin in blue exorcist have an eye bigger than the other when uncontrollable? It also happens in Naruto, when he doesn't want to use his powers to fight Amaru when Amaru is possessed for ...
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Are joke episodes common in anime?

Episode 101 of Naruto is a joke episode; it is set in between major plot events and revolves around trying to figure out what is under Kakashi's mask. It's also based off of an omake, which are often ...
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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 do people mean when they say “Notice me, senpai”?

I'm new to anime and my friends really like it. They really like to say to me "notice me, senpai!" and I don't get the reference. I could be walking to class and one of my friends would say "Can you ...
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Is there a name for this anime/manga visual convention?

sometimes when a character is frustrated or has failed to do something, a cloud made of moving squiggly lines will form above their head (it's somewhat of a common trope in video games that use speech ...