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Why did Colonel Mustang lose his sense of sight and not his arm or body?

In Fullmetal Alchemist, when an alchemist performs human transmutation, they lose a part of their body. What determines the body part an alchemist loses?
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Truth behind the Stand Alone Complex—a copy of a copy?

After a while from watching GITS: S.A.C. 2nd GIG and according to the Stand Alone Complex as defined under different terms by the French philosopher Jean Baudrillard in the idea of the Stand Alone ...
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What is a “Three-Dimensional Maneuver”?

Many times in Attack on Titan, the various soldiers mention something called "three-dimensional maneuvering", which appears to be an effective strategy for the battles with the Titans. At the end of ...
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What is the significance of anime characters' catch phrases?

Uzumaki Naruto (Naruto) has a catch phrase "dattebayo". Ika Musume (Squid Girl) has a catch phrase "de geso". Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin) has a catch phrase "gozaru". And a lot more examples here....
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Why do Kurama and Gyuki appear as chakra while other bijuu don't?

In Naruto, Kurama (the Nine-tailed bijuu) appears as chakra, as does Killer B's bijuu, Gyuki. Other bijuu, however, don't appear that way. What is different between them?
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What episode in Naruto Shippuuden did they start the mission to seal the nibi?

I've stopped watching Naruto Shippuuden in the episodes where they were sealing Matatabi, the nibi (two-tailed beast). I want to continue watching but I'm not sure what episode to watch. So, what is ...
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Why can't Rock Lee use ninjutsu or genjutsu?

Why is Rock Lee unable to use ninjutsu or genjutsu?
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Was anything past volume 7 ever released in English?

I'm referring to the manga Satisfaction Guaranteed by Ryo Saenagi. I came across this manga quite a few years ago, and really loved it! I bought the first 7 volumes in English, which are distributed ...
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Why didn't anybody recognize the Z fighters at the Cell games?

During the Cell-games saga, Mr. Satan was supposed to be the World Martial Arts champion and he was held in high regard by most common people. By contrast the Z-fighters, most of whom just happened ...
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What happened at the end of Wasurenagumo?

So at the end of Wasurenagumo, we have Mizuki: So did,
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What happened to all the talking animals in Dragon Ball?

I remember Dragon Ball used to have lots of talking, humanoid foxes and the like. Then suddenly, in Dragon Ball Z, the only talking animals I remember are Oolong and Puar. Is there any explanation ...
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Is Mangirl based off a real story to some degree?

Mangirl is about a group of girls who start up their own manga magazine called Earth Star Entertainment. While I was looking up some info about the show, I noticed that the original manga was ...
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Why does cutting out part of Orochimaru’s soul cause him to lose the use of his arms?

When Orochimaru and the Third Hokage fight after the Chunin exam, the Third Hokage has the Shinigami cut out part of his soul, "taking away his jutsu" by making him lose the use of his arms. How does ...
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Why does the Japanese version of Mushrambo/Shinzo start at episode 2?

I am currently watching Mushrambo/Shinzo (the Japanese version), and the series starts at episode 2. The English version of the anime has a different beginning. Why is that?
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What part of Tiger & Bunny do purple, white, and green plastic bins refer to?

In an article I read recently, entitled "Images That Do Not Make Any Sense If You Are Not A Fan", about a Twitter hash that is currently trending, there was an image of a bunch of color-coordinated ...
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What are Elements and Maken?

Most of the superpowers in the series seem to be related to two concepts, namely Elements and Maken. There are exceptions to this, like Himegami's Shikigami, but Elements and Maken are both referenced ...
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Why does Yokodera idolize Oscar Wilde?

At many points in the story, Yokodera references Oscar Wilde with a sense of admiration and quotes him fairly frequently. This is done for a variety of reasons, from justifying his own actions to ...
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How far into the manga did the Kimi ni Todoke anime reach?

Since the Kimi ni Todoke manga is still running, and the anime ended in 2011, it's safe to assume that the anime didn't adapt everything. However, I know that a lot of it was adapted reasonably ...
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Who's inside the third coffin that Orochimaru tried to summon?

In the battle between Sarutobi Hiruzen and Orochimaru during the Chunin Exams, (on the rooftop where the Sound Four sealed them in a barrier) Orochimaru summoned the two previous Kages. He also tried ...
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How is Amon able to revoke someone's bending?

It was never fully explained how, despite him being a great water bender and blood bender, how was Amon able to remove someone's bending? That ability was reserved, up until then, to energy bending, ...
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What's the significance of revealing a character's blood type?

A lot of Anime shows will reveal the blood type of one or more of the main characters: What's the significance of it? What purpose does it serve? Where did it come from?
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Couldn't Misa have told Kira L's life span?

In the manga Death Note, when Misa meets L for the first time, she has the shinigami eyes, so she must be seeing L's lifespan at the moment. L dies a few volumes later, so couldn't Misa have alerted ...
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Why does Éléonore call Louise “Chibi-Louise”?

In Zero no Tsukaima, when Louise's older sister, Éléonore, is first seen, she shouts, "Louise! Chibi-Louise!" She calls Louise this many times, as pictured below. What does this expression mean, and ...
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Can jutsu be cast across a barrier?

Suppose Kabuto was trapped in a barrier created by the Sound Four. Could he make the coffins for Edo Tensei appear outside the barrier?
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Will “Shinigami-sama ni Saigo no Onegai wo” be continued? [closed]

The status of the manga series "Shinigami-sama ni Saigo no Onegai wo" is completed. I understand that the author has left the 18 chapters as clues to solve the overarching mystery of the story. ...
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Why couldn't Chiaki go to the future to get more time leaps?

In the 2006 film "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" by Hosoda Mamoru, the protagonist Makoto accidentally uses up all of the time-leaps her friend Chiaki, who is actually a time traveler from the ...
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How is Mystogun able to eat apples through his scarf?

In Episode 28 of Fairy Tail, Mystogun is eating two apples. That's normally nothing special (obviously) but he is eating them through his "scarf". How does he do it? I Googled for it, but the best ...
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In the first episode of Hataraku Maou-sama, what is the “Underworld” language based on?

In the first half of the first episode of Hataraku Maou-sama, we can hear conversation between Satan and Alsiel in "Underworld" language. Is the "Underworld" language based on a real language, or is ...
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How common is it for men to voice women?

I know male characters are often voiced by women. Naruto for example, is voiced by Junko Takeuchi, Luffy is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka, and Hitsugaya Toshiro is voiced by Romi Park, all of whom are women....
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Why does Naruto have whisker marks?

Why does Naruto have whisker marks on his face? Does it have anything to do with the kyuubi inside him? Is it to signify that he is the host of the kyuubi or is it just a plain birthmark? Was it ...
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Why did the English dub of Naruto stop?

Naruto and few episodes of Naruto Shippuuden are dubbed in English. Then it suddenly stopped. And also, few episodes used to be broadcasted in Cartoon Network, and that also stopped. Why has this ...
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Why did Kabuto heal Hinata?

During the third part of the Chūnin exams when Naruto was fighting Neji, Hinata begins coughing up blood. Kabuto, who was masquerading as a member of ANBU, heals her and then, after she has been taken ...
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Did Sakamoto really write in cursive?

At the end of the translated version of the first chapter of Sakamoto Desu Ga?, Sakamoto agrees to write a report, provided he can write it "in cursive": Given that the manga is set in Japan, I ...
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Why were Youko's friends added to the anime?

I was reading that Sugimoto only had a bit part in the Twelve Kingdoms books, and Asano didn't even exist. Is there any explanation as to why they were added to the anime? Sugimoto has a pretty big ...
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Why are there only 2 (known) parallel universes in Dragon Ball Z?

In the Androids/Cell Saga, when Trunks traveled back in time, he changed history and created a parallel universe. But Cell also traveled back in time, and apparently arrived before Trunks was and ...
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Did Saki become Head of the Ethics Committee?

When Saki was younger, Tomiko (Head of the Ethics Committee while Saki is growing up) told her that she should become the new Head of the Ethics Committee since she is the most fit for the position in ...
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Tomiko's “new exercise” for Saki

Shortly after Tomiko defended Saki in court, Tomiko escorted Saki to the pier where she would set off. Tomiko mentioned that after Saki's return, she would be given a "new exercise" for her Cantus, ...
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Why do many anime OPs and EDs have onscreen lyrics?

I have noticed that much, but by no means all, of the anime that I've seen has had lyrics onscreen during either its OPs, EDs, or both. Why is this so? I know karaoke is fairly popular in Japan, so ...
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Where do the American and Japanese Transformers franchises meet?

The original Transformers TV series was created by the American company Hasbro, and was adapted into Japanese as well. At some point, the Japanese franchise split off into its own continuity, ...
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How did Saki meet Shun near the end of the show?

About halfway through the series, I thought Shun had killed himself in order to prevent any further damage to others. However, in the last few episodes, Saki hears his voice as he gives her some very ...
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Has Shoji Kawamori ever commented on Robotech?

Harmony Gold infamously dubbed Macross as the first part of the Robotech saga. Character names, music, and some story elements were changed or removed completely. This has long been a matter of ...
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What is the proper pluralization of “anime” and “manga”?

The words "anime" and "manga" both originate from Japanese, and have no English roots (though "anime" comes from French). To me, it doesn't make sense for an "s" to be attached ("animes" and "mangas")....
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What happens, if the Einzberns don't have a homunculus?

In Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero, Irisviel and Iliasviel were used to summon the grail. What would happen, if the Einzberns hadn't created Irisviel in the first place? Could the grail still appear? ...
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What are the episode titles of Boku no Imouto wa “Oosaka Okan” parodying?

Listed below are all the episode titles from the official site (in Japanese). The title for the limited time episode on NicoNico is taken from the official (?) blog (in Japanese): Episode 1: ある朝、...
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Why does Ryuk love apples?

It is often seen in Death Note that Ryuk loves apple. Why is that? Do all Shinigami (Death Gods) love apples, is it the only food for Death Gods or does he just love apples? Also.. Is it to signify ...
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Why is Tangelo Island named as such?

In Pokémon, there's an island named Tangelo Island. However, it's Japanese name translates to Bontan Island. There is another fruit called Pomelo, which in Japanese is said Buntan. Is this some pun on ...
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Are the honey-pickled apples from Spice and Wolf historically accurate?

If you've seen or read Spice and Wolf, you probably remember that they had apples pickled in honey and spiced with ginger. That sounds delicious. In fact, this tumblr blog claims to recreated the ...
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Why does Trisha Elric have tomatoes?

In many episodes where Trisha (the boys’ mother) is seen, she is carrying, tending to, or harvesting tomatoes. (Trisha in her tomato field; she is carrying tomatoes in her apron.) Why does she have ...
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What is the significance behind the apples and boxes?

In the show, the box and apple motifs reoccur throughout Mawaru Penguindrum. What are the significance the two? Does it tie into the plot in any way?
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What is the meaning of the title “Bad Apple”, and which characters appear?

The original video for Bad Apple!! is one of the most well-known Touhou videos. Here's the original, together with English subtitles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzEUeWnV73U Why is the song ...

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