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Why do the Celestial Spirits work for their wizard?

What is the reason why the Celestial Spirits work for their wizards (such as Lucy)? I understand that they have a contract, but why do they get into the contract at all? I could not think of anything ...
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Does Saotome Ranma talk like a member of the Yakuza?

In Ranma 1/2, it's made obvious that Saotome Ranma speaks in a very casual and informal way...but when I played a particular sound bite for some people who speak Japanese (but who were not familiar ...
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How does the substitution jutsu work?

Almost every character in the Naruto series, from minor character to boss level character, uses this jutsu (Kawarimi no Jutsu). Ever since I started watching the series, I wanted to know how this ...
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What happened at the end of Fate/Zero?

At the end of Fate/Zero, why did the Holy Grail materialize for Kiritsugu (Episode 24, 23:30) when Saber, Matou Kariya, Kotomine Kirei and Gilgamesh were still alive? Kirei should still have been ...
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Why does Naruto have a catch phrase?

In both the anime and manga Naruto often ends his sentences with either "dattebayo" or "believe it" in the English translations. Why is this a thing? Is it meant to further his character or provide ...
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What are the PVP rules in the Sword Art Online MMORPGs?

The show, Sword Art Online has 2 Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games in it, Sword Art Online (SAO) and Alfheim Online (AFO). What are the player-vs-player rules in these 2 games? Sometimes ...
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Why does Himura Kenshin say ~ござる (~gozaru) at end of every sentence?

Why does Himura always end almost every sentence with gozaru in this show? Is this normal for people in that time period?
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Did something change for the final episode of Hana Yori Dango?

When watching the Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) anime it seemed like there was a distinctly different art style for the final episode (#51). Not remarkably different, but noticeable enough that ...
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Why does an alchemist need a transmutation circle?

As a follow up, but another subject, of my question about equivalent exchange part of the alchemy laws. Why do (most) alchemists require a transmutation circle? Does any circle suffice or does an ...
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Was Lelouch the person driving the cart in the last scene of Code Geass R2?

At the ending of Code Geass R2, the last scene showed someone whose face wasn't showed riding a horse-pulling-cart with CC. I believe that it is indeed Lelouch (who was previously stabbed by Suzaku ...
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Why weren't Kingdom Heart volumes released regularly?

Why did Kingdom Hearts manga series release new volumes so far apart from each other? The game has been out for a long time, so the plot is pretty much predictable. Plus, why have they stopped KH2 ...
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How does the equivalent exchange of alchemy work?

Alchemy, in Full Metal Alchemist, is based on the concept of 'one needs to provide materials of equal value compared to the thing one want to create' (equivalent exchange). But, how does it exactly ...
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Is there any reliable source that explains the Tsugumi Ohba-Hiroshi Gamo pen name?

It is said in some sites (including Wikipedia) that based on some cross-references the Bakuman and Death Note, the author, Tsugumi Ohba, is actually a pen name, and his real name is Hiroshi Gamo, ...
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Did Ichigo originally have Sode no Shiraiyuki?

At the start of the Bleach manga, Rukia stabs Ichigo in the heart with her zanpakuto in order to give him her shinigami powers, which allows him to protect his family from the Hollows. After that, ...
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How accurately did Aoi Bungaku follow the original novels?

For those who don't know, Aoi Bungaku is an adaptation of 6 classic Japanese novels, namely No Longer Human; Sakura no Mori no Mankai no Shita; Kokoro; Run, Melos!; The Spider's Thread, and Hell ...
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Do we ever see the Senshi de-transform?

The henshin (or, transformation) sequences in Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon are legendary for being awesome, but do we ever see them change back into their civilian identities? I'm requesting either ...
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What happens to Sai?

In Hikaru no Go, the main character (Hikaru) has a ghostly companion who tutors and trains him in the game of Go, a sort of Othello/chess hybrid game. However, about halfway through the series.... ...
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What is the relationship between the Gunbuster and Diebuster series?

Gunbuster is one of my favorite series, and I remember learning of a sequel series called Diebuster, or Gunbuster 2. What is the relationship between the two shows? Does Diebuster's story relate to ...
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What is the time dilation ratio that Noriko and Kazumi experience?

At the end of the anime Aim for the Top! Gunbuster, Takaya Noriko and Amano Kazumi must travel at sub-FTL speeds (that is, at speeds slower than faster-than-light) to reach from the epicenter of ...
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Who the hell is Truth?

In Full Metal Alchemist, who is the character (or the concept really) of Truth? What does he symbolize? What is his purpose? From what I guess, he's some sort of your inner God, because he seems to ...
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Do ninjas have extended lifespans?

Most ninjas probably don't live very long by the nature of their work. They die on missions, in wars, in raids, while being ambushed by other ninjas, during testing, etc. However, the handful of ...
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How is it that a Sharingan can work when it's been transplanted?

If the various "superpower" ninja traits are considered "blood traits," how is it someone like Kakashi, who is in no way related to the Uchiha clan, can use the Sharingan Eye technique? More fully: ...
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How much time has passed in-universe in Detective Conan?

Detective Conan is a notoriously long-running series -- it's been running for like fifteen years, and hundreds of cases have been solved. Conan has made friends, received upgraded technology over time ...
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What are Madara Uchiha's weaknesses?

At his current state, how could Madara possibly be defeated? Any physical attack/Taijutsu would be easily deflected by either: The Susano'o The Gunbai (war fan, which proved to easily negate a ...
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What differentiates anime from regular cartoons?

In my region, people don't know the difference between anime and regular cartoons. When they see me watching anime, or they hear about it somehow, they say that I'm watching a regular cartoon and ...
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How closely does the Saiunkoku Monogatari anime series follow the light novels?

I know that Saiunkoku Monogatari is based on a series of light novels. How closely does the anime (both seasons) follow the original series? What are its main points of deviation?
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How closely does Princess Tutu follow Swan Lake and The Nutcracker?

I know that the Princess Tutu anime uses a lot of music and performances from the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. However, does the anime's main plotline -- of a princess who helps return the ...
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Does Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail) have something in common with Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)?

Hiro Mashima, the author of Fairy Tail, has a really similar drawing style to Eiichiro Oda, One Piece mangaka. We know that some well known mangakas had previously worked as assistants to others (...
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What philosophical concepts and/or authors are referenced in the series?

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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What happens when a seiyuu cannot continue working on a production?

Voice acting is one of the many things that can make an anime movie, OVA or TV series successful or not, and some seiyuu gain their own followings or are treated like idols. What happens if, say, a ...
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Was the ufotable Touhou anime ever released?

In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Anime Tenchou (who most notably appears in Lucky Star), ufotable animated a 10 minute crossover anime between Touhou and Anime Tenchou in 2010. ANN has a ...
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What's the difference between the FMA and FMA Brotherhood series?

I haven't watched Anime in many years, but recently I've had time to get back into it. I've seen that one of my favorite series, Fullmetal Alchemist, has done a series reboot. What I'm wondering is: ...
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What would happen if a Shinigami with exceedingly long life-span dies for a human?

It was said that when a Shinigami saves a human with his Death Note, that Shinigami dies, and his remaining life-span is transferred to the human he saved. But imagine the following situation, a ...
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What is the relation between Ergo Proxy and Vincent Law?

I understand that one of them is actually the other. At first we are led to believe that Vincent is Ergo. But toward the end of the series, we discover something but I am not sure what it means: Ergo ...
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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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What is the difference between doujinshi and manga?

Doujinshi seem to represent usually works of amateurs, but that is a subjective measure. What is the objective difference between both works?
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Why are only some of the references censored in Lucky Star

As anyone who has seen Lucky Star will remember, most of the references to other anime and manga are censored. The most obvious examples of this are references to Gundam or Sgt. Frog (both of which ...
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What time travel category applies on Steins;Gate? [closed]

I'm kind of a fan of time travel stories, so I got a little disappointed with Steins;Gate. According to Wikipedia, Time travel themes in science fiction and the media can generally be grouped into ...
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Is anime production more efficient than manga production?

To explain, I want to know whether it is more efficient to produce anime or manga, and why. Anime: Needs to be made frame by frame need people to record voice. Manga: Needs lots of paper has to ...
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How do you extract texts into a text format that you can copy and paste from visual novels? [closed]

Let's say you want to extract texts from the visual novel for the purpose of looking up the word in the dictionary, or feeding them into a machine translator. How would one go about accomplishing this?...
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How is Jaeger still alive at the end of Valkyria Chronicles?

In episode 25 of Valkyria Chronicles, Maximilian shoots (and it is strongly implied that he kills) Jaeger: Yet during the credits of the final episode (26), Jaeger is clearly seen walking in the ...
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How does Kira Yamato survive the Aegis' self-destruct in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed?

There are a few places in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed where Kira Yamato faces certain death, is presumed dead by all the other characters, then miraculously reappears in a later episode. I'm curious about ...
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Do anime usually lose money?

It seems as though a lot of anime go through a production cycle where they put out a series that seems fairly popular, but ends long before the manga's storyline does. Obviously, a big reason for ...
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Do we know what happens to Spike at the end of Cowboy Bebop?

At the end of the last episode of Cowboy Bebop, Spike collapses. It's not clear, but it looks as though he may be dead. Is there a way to know whether he is alive or dead (something in the ...
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Does Deimon win the Christmas bowl?

In Eyeshield 21, Deimon wins the game against Oujou that gets them into the Christmas Bowl but they're never shown actually playing in the Christmas Bowl. Is there a manga that went with this anime ...
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Do people who use the Death Note become Shinigami themselves?

In both the Death Note manga and anime, it is stated multiple times by Ryuk that once you use the Death Note, a human can go to neither Heaven nor Hell. However, it is hinted in an additional movie ...
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What is the significance of Ran's birthday?

Ran's birthday is usually seen as something important in the anime and manga and is talked about a lot. Yet, throughout the entire series of 660+ episodes and 70+ volumes, it has never actually ...
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List of surviving Uchiha

I originally thought that the only surviving members after the Uchiha massacre were Sasuke and Itachi, but more and more seem to be revealed. Is there a canonical list of surviving members of the ...
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How can Madara still stick around even after the Edo Tensei had been ended?

Edo Tensei is a technique to revive the dead, and bind their souls into living bodies. However, after releasing the technique, all of the dead should get back into being dead. How can Madara still ...
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Why is SSJ3 shown as tiring to maintain, but SSJ4 is not?

In several episodes of DB:Z and DB:GT, using SSJ3 form is shown to be very tiring for the user and burns up energy very quickly, compared to SSJ1/2/enhanced/mystic/etc. However, when DB:GT rolls ...

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