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Does the "bloody nose" trope necessarily imply a sexual situation?

If you've seen much anime, you're familiar with the male character getting a bloody nose when he gets sexually excited. For example: Master Roshi (Dragon Ball) and Umino Iruka (Naruto) However, when ...
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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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manga about princess and his fiancee who get killed and she reborn as a noble [migrated]

I want to read that again but I forget about the title the mc is a princess that have strong power but onetime she got attacked, she and her fiance got killed but she suddenly woke up as a noble girl (...
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What are the squinting faces (>_<, >o<, >△<, etc.) called?

The squinting face that anime characters make can express a range of expressions. Here are two examples: From this alone we might be inclined to call it the "cute crying face." However, consider the ...
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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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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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Can someone explain the term "oranyan"?

I had never heard the word "oranyan" before reading this question. The question made it sound like the term referred to a male tsundere. I searched this site for more mentions of "oranyan", but only ...
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Are a lot of butlers named "Sebastian"?

In Lucky Star, Konata calls Shiraishi, one of her classmates (and co-host of Lucky Channellu), Sebastian, apparently because he looks like a stereotypical butler. This is presumably an anime/manga ...
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What philosophical concepts and/or authors are referenced in the series Ergo Proxy?

As the series develops, it seems that Ergo Proxy has a growing number of philosophical references: The concept of Anamnesis in episode 11. The Council/Collective figures. All the events in episode 20....
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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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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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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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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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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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Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors and styles?

It's fairly common that anime characters tend to have "wilder" hair than most people we see in real life. This can be seen as far back as Neon Genesis Evangelion (though somewhat mild) from the 90s (...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the origin of chibi versions of characters?

In anime and manga, there are versions of characters' drawings that are called "chibi" or "super deformed". What is the history behind this, and when did drawing chibi versions of characters start?
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Why do so many anime and manga have timeskips?

In Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Reborn, and possibly many others, there are timeskips. Why are these so prevalent?
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Why do almost all anime series have a "going to the beach" episode?

Not many anime have a dedicated episode for going to the cinema, concert, amusement park, circus, football match, camping or any other activities. But, almost all of them spare at least one of their ...
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Where does the idea of a Hadouken and Kamehameha come from?

Having read a few manga/watched some anime, I have seen that many characters can use attacks where they gather their "ki" or, according to wikipedia, "Life force", and release it in a fireball like ...
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Why are light-haired male love interests common?

It is relatively common for series (especially shoujo) for the/a love interest to be blond. This appears in Ouran High School Host Club, Kaichou wa Maid-Sama, Tokyo Mew Mew, and a number of others. ...
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What does it mean when an anime character has small eyes?

As we know, the Japanese have smaller eyes than western people, apparently as the result of an evolutionary adaptation against snow-blindness. But in anime, the Japanese draw everyone with big eyes. ...
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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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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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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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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 are Ringo-chan's cheeks always red?

In Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou, the character Ringo-chan is the Student Council president of the rival all-girls high school. For some reason, though, her cheeks are always red (as pictured below). ...
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Why do anime characters have pointy chins?

I've always wondered why a lot of anime characters, or at least some, have pointed chins. One example: Clannad I'm wondering why they have such pointy chins. Is it to make them cute or something? Or ...
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Who was the first tsundere character?

It's not like I like tsunderes or anything, I'm just interested in anime history okay?! I just happened to be on the site, so don't get the wrong idea! Geez, j-just tell me who the first tsundere ...
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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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What is intended by a spiral on a character's finger and what is the origin of this trope?

I am sure many of you have come across this trope in some anime/manga, where a character gives a thumbs up with an imprinted spiral. The spiral is probably a simplified hanamaru: which basically has ...
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Why is it that the swordsman's attacks appear to do nothing until they click the sword back into its sheath?

For example, in One Piece, Brook, and sometimes Zorro, do some big attack with their swords, but the cuts are not shown until after they return their swords to the sheaths.
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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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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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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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Is it possible to make such a clean cut?

I started reading Rurouni Kenshin, and came across this scene: Is it possible to perform such a clean cut, or is this just some made up anime fiction? If so, what is the name of this style/trope? (I ...
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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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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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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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What is the origin of the face fault?

In many anime, when characters are surprised or seen to do something stupid, the other characters will sometimes fall or keel over on their faces in some comical positions with their legs in the air. ...
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What is that accessory featured around Japanese gods' necks?

It's like a...fluffy...thingy. It floats around their head and past their shoulders and down to their waist. I see it a lot. The two characters with it who come to mind are Guren from Shounen Onmyouji ...
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Is turning into stone as a result of waiting for someone for a long time derived from Japanese legend?

This concept is used in Windaria and an early episode of Pokémon (Episode 20: "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak"). Did it come from a Japanese legend I'm not familiar with, did it come from the Windaria ...
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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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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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