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What is the origin of posterior wing trope?

Before and usually, characters with wing are shown to have the wing grow from his/her upper back area. Example for angel/light-side characters that have such wing are Shidou Irina (High School DxD), ...
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Why do sword owners tap them with a fluffy ball on a stick?

In many shows characters poke their Japanese swords with a soft-looking ball on a stick. It seems that swordsmen in real life did that too. What's the purpose of that? Here's one example from Shaman ...
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Does Light Novel-based, slice of life anime in general have a clearly defined setting?

Something I noticed while watching a lot of popular anime based on Light Novels that focuses on slice of life for the most (Oregairu, Haruhi Suzumiya, Oreimo, etc.) is that they never stated where in ...
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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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Was running into people with toast in your mouth already a cliche by Evangelion's time (1995-96)?

As everyone who's seen Evangelion knows, the alternate-reality segment in the last episode (of the 1995 TV series) prominently features a scene where Rei, mouth entoasted, runs into Shinji on her way ...
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Why is it when a character nimbly dodges attacks the aggressor will call it "running away"?

I've seen this across several different anime, although I don't have a specific example right now. Typically the attack will be a barrage of projectiles and the defending character (e.g. the main ...
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Where did the elder sister/s little brother love affair started [closed]

Edit: I found this to be called: Not blood Related according to an article in TVTropes. here are some examples: In the anime Happy Lesson, Chitose's sisters aren't really related to him and are ...
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Why do ninjas usually replace their own body with a block of wood?

Take as an example the Body Replacement Technique from the Naruto series. Using this technique, any user can replace his own body with some other object, but most of the time ninjas replace their ...
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What was the first anime to have characters blasting off?

Instantly, Pokemon's team rocket comes to mind when I think of characters blasting off after losing a battle, just to become a twinkle in the skytvtropes. However, it has become rather popular in ...
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What makes an anime a space opera?

Recently, the Anime.SE Basement Anime club has finished watching Space Battleship Yamato 2199. After watching this, I've picked up on the term Space Opera. What elements of a show classify it as a ...
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Why are some characters shown to only eat one kind of food?

I noticed that not only protagonists/main characters, but also other characters in an anime are shown to love a certain kind of food. Here are some examples: Naruto loves ramen. It's pretty much the ...
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What are these type of eyes called (see red hair girl on the left in image)?

I'm referring to characters whose eyes are constantly like that (Red hair girl in the picture) and don't change for a brief moment as a depiction of disappointment, most of these characters talk ...
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What are the blue downward lines in used to symbolize depression or sadness called?

Does anybody have any idea what these are called? I've only seen them referred to as blue lines so far. I've seen them represent depression, sadness or disgust before but could someone clarify this ...
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Where did the anime trope of "clothing damage"/"clothes being torn" originate?

I noticed that commonly now in anime that mostly female characters' clothes are being torn especially in fight scenes. I googled and found this to be called Clothing Damage, and here are a list of ...
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What does this grinning gesture signify?

The gif below shows Noriko from minute 11 of GunBuster's episode 3. This is the dialogue directly preceding it: Noriko: I should at least memorize basic space manoeuvring patterns. [...] ...
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Is there a "snot-nosed kid" trope?

I can think of several anime series with recurring characters who I would classify as "snot-nosed kids". Two sympathetic, recurring, characters are Udon from Naruto and Komugi from Hunter x Hunter. ...
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What's with the huge supernova-like explosions in anime? [closed]

Why do they tend to occur so often in anime? I'm not really a fan nor knowledgeable, but just curious is there any background behind this. Here are some examples of what I mean: https://www.youtube....
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Why are these animes called so? (something;something) [duplicate]

There are manga/anime called "something;something", what for? does it server any purpose for identifying it as a series? example: steins;gate, robotic;notes.
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Is use of schools' rooftops a common thing in Japanese culture or just a cliché? [duplicate]

In many manga and anime involving modern schools, there is a scene on or at least showing the rooftop of the building. It is a place students can freely go to, often depicted with having a bust-height ...
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Has Naruto's less-than-stealthy costume been explained in-universe?

Out-of-universe, Naruto's day-glo orange costume was chosen to make him "pop." In-universe, it's hard to imagine a less efficient color for a ninja, especially in a wooded area. Has there been any ...
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What are the characteristics of a "tsundere"?

Although this question might be a naive thing to ask, I believe that I would get an much detailed answer to this question keeping in mind all my simple questions answered wonderfully by people in the ...
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What is the origin of the "this is a work of fiction" explanation? Is it a trope?

At the beginning or end of episodes of anime I sometimes see a disclaimer similar to this: This program is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to people, parties, or situations is purely coincidental. ...
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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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Is there any correlation between the CPU and CPU candidates' oppai sizes like there is with KanColle?

Hyperdimension Neptunia is an anime that is based on the console war. Its characters are based on the game consoles, namely, Sony Playstation, Microsoft XBox, Nintendo Wii, and the scrapped Sega ...
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Trope where objects are physically harmed and receive giant bumps?

During the series, it happens quite often, where Naruto does something stupid (usually sexy jutsu related) and gets hit on the head, which follows by this huge bumps on his head. This happens quite ...
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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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Is there a name for this manga-anime mouth expression? (`3`)

Is there a name for this expression? They do it a lot in YuruYuri, too.
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What are these designs based on?

I've noticed a recurring design in anime, manga, and other Japanese art and I'm wondering where it comes from. It's basically a jet-like machine or creature with a pointed head, tufted "ears", long ...
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How did maids get popular in anime?

Nowadays, maids are basically a moe stereotype. Otaku characters like Sakurasou no Petto na Kanojou's Ryuunosuke Akasaka, Lucky Star's Konata Izumi, and the Genshiken gang all love maids. Even K-On's ...
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Is there a reason for the "Hair of Death" hair style?

I've seen this joke float around various social media sites lately. Is there a particular reason for why characters with this hairstyle - particularly mother figures - seem to die so consistently? ...
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Why is there so much reluctant sex in hentai?

Multiple authors on the net have pointed out that a lot of the sex in hentai is, or appears to be, non-consensual. From here: http://magicalgirlproject.tumblr.com/post/91661244454/porno-month-...
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Oblivious life-threateningly terrible cooks?

There are quite a few anime, manga, and JRPGs that have a character who, at one point, offers to (or in some cases has to) cook for the other characters and is often convinced they are at least decent....
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Where did the Skinship Grope trope come from?

We have all seen it often before, that when girls are among themselves, they tend to playfully grope their friend's breasts and it all seems to be okay and accepted behaviour. This trope is thus ...
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What is the origin of the bubble during sleep trope?

A common trope across various anime and manga is the snot bubble trope. I've put an example below: I can gather what it signifies from the TV Tropes description, but what's the origin of this? Does ...
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When characters take off their glasses, why do their eyes turn into a "lip eyes" icon?

Often in anime which features a character who wears glasses, when they take off their glasses, their eyes turn into a sort of puckered lip emoticon that looks like the number 3. The meaning is fairly ...
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What is the origin of the trope where a person says "I can't eat anymore" 「もう食べられないよ…」 in their sleep?

When we have scene showing a person (or many people) sleeping soundly, it's quite common to have one of them saying "I can't eat anymore" 「もう食べられないよ…」 in their sleep. According to this forum thread ...
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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 some characters have their weight measured in apples?

For example, in Hello Kitty, the "Love Apples" section has: She is five apples tall and weighs three apples. In Kagerou Project, where Marry's weight is: 130 apples. Japanese Vocaloid Kaai ...
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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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What was the first magical girl transformation scene?

Shoujo anime is famous for its big eyes and magical transforming heroines. Sailor Moon is probably the most famous of these. When was the first time a magical girl magically transformed?
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Why go through so much trouble to show a character is staring by having her say or shout "stare"?

In several anime shows, when a character is staring at another, the character actually says "stare" (sometimes with the "stare" in written form too not unlike manga - not the subtitles). From the ...
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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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When did the trend of doing a Title Drop on the last episode started, and what is the reason of doing it?

Several anime series (I would say half of them) do a Title Drop on the last episode: the final episode's title is the same as the series'. Around when did it become so commonplace, and what are the ...
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Is Nadia voluntarily inspired by Castle in the Sky?

It is pretty obvious that Nadia and Castle in the Sky shared a lot of their basic premise: both of them feature a girl who owns a mysterious glowing blue pendant, meets a boy who is interested in ...
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Why do some Anime have Loli Teachers?

I've noticed that in some Anime, the teachers are very short/little, I mean they look like elementary school kids. The anime I'm talking about are: Strike the Blood Noucome Toaru Majutsu no Index I'...
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What is the origin (or first known work) of this "Reluctant Maou Heiress" trope we see in several contemporary works?

This "Reluctant Demon King (魔王 Maou) Heiress" trope seems to be a subversion of the classic "Hero vs Demons" fantasy genre. The demon king is gone, and the heir to the throne and/or the owner of Maou'...
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Why are the eyes in front of the hair?

In anime, strands of hair often disappear or stop short in front of the eyes. I've seen this often enough that maybe there's a reason or at least an origin of the pattern. Why do the artists do this? ...
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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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Why is the "drinking milk" trope so prevalent in anime?

Repeatedly I see that people in animes drink milk, often after bathing. Females tend to say that it helps to grow their chest. Is that true? But also male characters sometimes drink it, like Kurozuma ...
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Michiru is a fake blonde, ok. But what about Sachi and Amane's hair colors?

Both the VN and the anime stress that Michiru is a fake blonde. Makina and Yumiko have natural hair colors... But what about Amane and Sachi? I don't think there are too many natural redheads in the ...