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What are those “splash” screens called?

They usually happen on cliffhanger scenes, placed before a commercial or at the end of an episode. Kind of acts like a summary of the scene in one still shot, stylized different than the rest of the ...
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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 did the angry symbol originate?

We've all seen it many times... When someone gets angry or annoyed, the angry symbol (shown below) shows up one or more times in and around the person's head. Where did it come from? How did it get ...
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Why are many anime characters blond?

There are a lot of blond-haired characters in anime, especially the old ones, like super saiyans, naruto, gundam series, fma, etc.
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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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What is the origin of mushrooms growing on a sad person's head?

I have seen in a number of series, when a person is sad, they have mushrooms growing out of their head. In Ouran High School Host Club, this happens a number of times to Tamaki when Haruhi rejects him....
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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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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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Why is incest such a prevalent theme in manga and anime?

I used to think that incest was only in hentai/eroge, but gradually, I have run into more mainstream content which seems to hint at brother-sister, mother-son relationships, or the tension of such ...
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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 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 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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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 are llamas/alpacas so popular in anime?

This has been something that has been bugging me for a while: Why are there so many llamas in anime and in anime fan culture? Some specific anime examples: You can buy alpacas at conventions too: ...
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Why Is Britannia often depicted as an almighty power?

Often in series revolving around wars, you will see a mention of Britannia. More often so, they are depicted as an almighty power which is to be feared, or even one which has dominated most or all of ...
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Why are the shounen lead protagonists usually shown to be stupid?

One Piece's Luffy, Naruto's Naruto, Fairy Tail's Natsu, Reborn's Tsuna, Dragon Ball's Goku All of the above are shown to be simple-minded and foolish. Why is it so common to depict the lead ...
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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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Which was the first anime to feature instant tranmission?

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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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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Where did the trope of yaoi hands start?

There's a trope in yaoi manga of the character's having disproportionately large hands, often at least as big as their face. Example of Yaoi Hands: Where did this start? What was the first manga to ...
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Where does the demon forms idea come from?

I was watching Nanatsu no Taizai and noticing the many similarities between Melodias demon form and Asta - Black Asta from Black Clover demon form. Both of them get part of their bodies covered in ...
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Is Lone Wolf and Cub the first “badass and child” saga?

TV Tropes says LW&C is probably the first and canonical example of the "Badass and Child Duo" trope recently seen in Is it? I always thought it was based on a folk legend, but even if not, do ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where did the shining eye trope come from?

When an anime character is going to do something cool - or do something with fierce determination (Thank you @Ross Ridge), animators put in a sparkle on their eye usually accompanied by a metallic '...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Japanese anime characters shout so much?

I would like to point out this incident from NHK ni Youkoso - Episode 21 (11:12 to 11:34). The main character Sato is escorting his friend Yamazaki to a subway station to bid final adieu to him. ...
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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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