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Is Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez alive?

In Bleach, whilst watching the final fight between Ichigo and Grimmjow I noticed that Grimmjow's body did not vanish when he was defeated as the other espadas did (in the aftermath when Nnoitra ...
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How did the lolicon genre begin in anime/manga?

I have always wondered how the Japanese got the idea of making animated productions including underage girls and the obsession with them. When did it start? Did the idea originate in Japan? Was it ...
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What is the origin of the title “Ghost in the Shell”?

The anime series Ghost in the Shell has a Japanese name which can be transliterated as "Mobile Armored Riot Police"; from Wikipedia: Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊 Kōkaku Kidōtai?, literally "Mobile ...
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How does the healing jutsu work?

In Naruto, when the medical team starts to heal wounds, they use their chakra. Does this only heal and restore chakra, or does it also help regenerate the skin cut by kunais?
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Was Hashirama in Sage Mode while he summoned the huge wooden buddha with few thousand hands?

In Chapter 621 Hashirama summoned a Buddha statue. While doing that, he has some markings on his face similar to the ones Naruto has when in Sage Mode. Does Hashirama have some sort of Sage Mode?
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Why does Hashirama Senju possess such huge and terrifying chakra?

In the past three Naruto manga chapters (chapters 621~623), the story goes like this: child days of both Hashirama and Madara, and he (Hashirama) is just like every others in Naruto: a normal human ...
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Anime that is based from a western movie

There are a lot of western movies that are based from anime, such as Dragonball Evolution, Tekken, Blood the Last Vampire (based on Blood+), and Street Fighter. The Matrix movie is also strongly ...
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Where did the Dog-people come from?

In Dragon-ball there are numerous dog-people, one of which is the king of the world There were other dog-people in the anime episode Plight of the children. One of the orphans was a dog person, and ...
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Is there any anime continuing or inspired by Golden Boy (Kintaro)?

Has any anime been produced that continues the 6 episodes of Golden Boy (Kintaro) or is otherwise inspired by it?
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Why does Lupin have both prowess and infantile behavior when it comes to women?

Why does Lupin seem to be both skillful with women but also devoid of seriousness and is infantile towards women? What is the source and purpose of this equivocated attitude towards women? And ...
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Has Japan stopped producing anime based on western stories?

I did some research to see if there exists an anime that was based on western stories and I have found some here (including the only one I can remember, Cinderella Monogatari). I have noticed that all ...
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Live action version based purely on manga

There are a lot of live actions that are based from anime. To name a few: Paradise Kiss, Kimi ni Todoke and Lovely Complex. Has there ever been a live action film that was purely based on manga, ...
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Who was the first cosplayer?

Who was considered as the first cosplayer ever? Or, who popularized cosplaying anime? Was cosplaying started in Japan as well or it started elsewhere?
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What is the chronological timeline from Yuuki's birth to when Kaname saves her from a vampire in the snow?

The Vampire Knight timeline is kind of confusing and a lot of the backstory is told in relatively fragmented pieces. What is the chronological timeline from Yuuki's birth to when Kaname saves her ...
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Where is Vampire Knight set?

It seems plausible that Vampire Knight could be set in Japan, but I'm wondering if there is any more specific or concrete than that given either in canon or by one of the authors. If it is set on ...
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Where did character popularity polls originate?

I know that manga publishers such as Weekly Shonen Jump hold character popularity contests for mangas such as Naruto and Bleach. Where did this originate and why is it done?
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What is the formal term for energy in Dragon Ball Z?

In Bleach, the term is "reiatsu". In Naruto, it is "chakra". However, all I ever really heard in DBZ is "power level". Is there a more formal descriptive term for the source of their powers or the ...
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Why are people so eager to grab Shisui's eyes even though it activates rarely?

Shisui's Mangekyou Sharingan casts the mind-control genjutsu, Kotoamatsukami, but it activates only once in a decade. Why are people so eager to grab his eyes?
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Anime where androids have super powers [closed]

I want to find an anime where there are so many android which have superpower. The main lead have power of speed (In one instance he achieve more speed then light and everything appears to him as ...
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Why could the dragon not bring back Goku after he fought Frieza?

After Goku fought Frieza and the planet blew up, everybody on earth thought Goku was dead. So they used the dragon balls to wish to bring Goku back to life, but the dragon then told them that Goku was ...
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Is the nature of chakra hereditary?

It's been observed that the nature of the chakra a person possesses is determined by the village they are from. For example, people from Iwagakure (Village Hidden in the Rocks) use earth release ...
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Why was 4th Hokage chosen when the 3rd was still alive and capable?

A few examples: 4th Hokage: He was nominated and chosen when 3rd Hokage was still alive and was capable of fighting (courtesy: 9-tails attack on Konoha) 5th Hokage: after the Third Hokage deceased. ...
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What does the German say in the opening of ef - a tale of melodies?

The OP sequences for ef - a tale of melodies have a lot of German text in the background. The text seems to be the same for all of the different versions. This version is from episode 6, and features ...
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How many Fairy Tail members went missing from the guild during the timeskip?

Contains spoilers for fans who have not reached the timeskip. The story takes a seven year timeskip at the end of the Tenrou Island arc. Members who went to the Tenrou Island to participate in the S-...
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Am I missing an entry in the Higurashi series?

Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni Kai both say "Welcome to Hinamizawa..." and "WHEN THEY CRY..." on the cover. Umineko no Naku Koro Ni says "Welcome to Rokkenjima" and "WHEN ...
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Was CosPrayers deliberately bad?

If you've seen CosPrayers, you probably remember it as one of the worst anime you've watched. The story made no sense, with many important story elements being cut out entirely. The characters had no ...
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Could Goku have been revived if he really wanted, after dying fighting Cell?

After defeating Cell, they revived all his victims using Shenron. But Shenron could not revive Goku, as he already revived once. Then, Goku contacted them using King Kai's telepathy and asked them not ...
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What happened to the punishment for stealing an S-Rank Quest?

In episode 19, Natsu, Gray, Happy and Lucie should have been punished because they "stole" an S-Rank quest. However, the master wasn't there, so they wanted to take another quest. When they read the ...
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What is the color of a manga paper?

The background color of a manga paper when scanned online is changed by the scanlators to white (#FFFFFF). However, this is not the background color in an actual manga book. the color in the manga ...
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Why are romantic events sometimes called “flags”?

Anyone familiar with dating sims and romance visual novels will recognize the term "flag" in that context. In these games, when you are presented with choices which affect how the other characters ...
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Is there any relation between the images in Ouran High School Host Club and Fullmetal Alchemist?

There is a very similar image in both Ouran High School Host Club and Fullmetal Alchemist. Both the hair part and the eyes look essentially the same. Are there any known connections/has anybody ...
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How do alchemists draw transmutation circles?

In FMA, alchemists draw transmutation circles that are made up of perfect circles and regular polygons. Is it ever show how they make perfect circles and entirely equal angles? I know that it is ...
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Why are Kobato's eyes inconsistent in color between episodes?

In Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Kobato (Kodaka's sister) appears to have Heterochromia iridum. Her right eye is red and her left eye is blue. But in episode 5 of the first season, both her eyes are ...
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Who is Domo-kun?

Who is Domo-kun? Is he an anime character or a manga character? I often see him in anime stores so I wonder if Domo-kun is an anime character or a manga character?
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What character is Mio's doll from?

In K-ON!, Ritsu found a doll (belonging to Mio) of an old man who's almost bald with a huge nose. If I'm not mistaken, it was shown when they were cleaning their club room. (season 2, episode 2, 4:...
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What male characters are in Touhou?

Touhou Project has a lot of characters, but the vast majority of them are female. Even though Gensokyo has plenty of men, for whatever reason they are very rarely relevant to the story. To the best of ...
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What happened to Suguru at the end?

At the end of Mahoromatic (second season), what happened to Suguru?
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Who is this man whose face appears randomly?

Throughout Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, there's a picture (not animated) of a bald man's face that appears randomly (often as a censor). Who is he and what is his relation to the show (or their creators)?...
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How did Binchou-tan's grandmother die?

It seems like it may have been hinted at in one of the flashbacks (there were a few of them in the last episode) and it always seemed like it had something to do with that tree that Binchou-tan's ...
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Is Beelzebub's main focus on comedy or storyline?

I have started watching Beelzebub anime. The anime is very funny, and I feel there is a plot in it. Does this anime have a real plot or is it just a comedy like Gintama? By a real plot, I mean that ...
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Why was the Third Hokage not revived at his prime?

Why was the Third Hokage not revived at his prime? He could be much stronger because it was believed that he already surpassed the previous Kage of Konoha. At that point, he knew all the techniques in ...
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When does Kakashi first use his Mangekyou Sharingan?

In Naruto, when does Kakashi first use his Mangekyou Sharingan? Because as far as I know, he and Tobi both awaken their Mangekyou Sharingan when Kakashi saw Rin and Obito get killed, but he never uses ...
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Ubiquity of Totoro

Why is the image of Totoro (from "My Neighbor Totoro") so common? Even outside anime, background drawings can include Totoro dolls or posters. Is it just a question of marketing or is there something ...
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How does the English version of Sailor Moon differ from the original?

I know that some changes were made to Sailor Moon when it was translated into English, like that Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune are changed from lovers to cousins. What other changes were made? I'm ...
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How did Menma fulfill her wish?

In Ano Hana, if I understood correctly, Menma's wish was to help Jinta's dying mother fulfill her wish, and that was to make Jinta cry. If it was, then why did Menma start to vanish on the last ...
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Manga involving indirect kiss through icecream [closed]

Long back I started reading a manga, where in the first chapter, a guy is showed to have a crush on a girl. Then the girl starts eating an ice-cream cone, but for some reason, the guy then gets to eat ...
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What was removed between the Japanese and English releases of “Odin: Photon Space Sailer Starlight”?

The anime film Odin: Photon Space Sailer Starlight was released in Japan with a running time of 139 minutes, but Central Park Media's U.S. release of the movie is only 93 minutes long. This results in ...
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What is the difference between yuri and shoujo-ai, yaoi and shounen-ai and ecchi and hentai anime genre?

Yuri and Shoujo-ai are anime themes which are related to girl-to-girl relationship, while yaoi and shounen-ai are related to boy-to-boy relationships. But what are their distinct difference? When can ...
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How true is the Lavender Town Syndrome?

In the Pokemon game, specifically in the older version Red and Green, there are some news (or rumors) that the tone used in the Lavender Town caused a syndrome (called Lavender Town Syndrome) where ...
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How are “A Certain Magical Index” and “A Certain Scientific Railgun” connected?

According to MAL, the former is the parent story of the latter, that appears described as a side story. However, I find no reference to these questions: Do both stories take place in the same ...

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