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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 ...
124
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5answers
845k views

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: ...
102
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5answers
885k views

In what order should I watch the Ghost in the Shell series?

The Ghost in the Shell series is comprised of several movies and animated TV series. TV series: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Ghost in the Shell: S.A.C. 2nd GIG Ghost in the Shell: Arise ...
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10answers
25k views

Why are the protagonists generally seated by the window?

I've noticed that in some anime the protagonist is seated by the window in the classroom. More specifically, the protagonist is generally on the second seat from the back (or sometimes on the very ...
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7answers
28k views

Do people in the anime or manga actually eat Pokemon?

In the anime, certain species of Pokemon are mentioned or depicted to be edible (by people or other Pokemon), like Magikarp and Farfetch'd. Do people actually eat Pokemon? If so, what other species ...
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6answers
70k views

Where is this picture from? How do I use Reverse Image Search to find the source of an anime/manga image?

So I see an image that I believe is from either an anime or a manga. What are some ways that I can go about finding what series it's from? Try these options: Google reverse image search (browser ...
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6answers
56k views

The treasure in One Piece is at the end of the Grand Line. But isn't that the same as the beginning?

Assuming the world in the One Piece universe is round, then there is not really a beginning or an end of the Grand Line. The Straw Hats started out from the first half and are now sailing across the ...
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9answers
30k views

What is the purpose of characters shouting out the name of their attack?

It seems to me that in a lot of anime (Naruto, Dragon Ball, Gurren Lagann, and Digimon are four that come to mind), characters or creatures who perform an attack tend to shout its name, almost as if ...
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8answers
29k views

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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15answers
179k views

When and where does Attack on Titan take place?

Is the setting of "Attack on Titan" (Shingeki no kyojin) supposed to be Earth in the distant future and Titans suddenly appeared out of nowhere and devolved society to medieval level of technology? Or ...
61
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3answers
59k views

What does 'moe' mean?

I've now watched quite a few anime and I'm still at a loss as to what the term moe represents. Is there an agreed upon definition for it? If a character is moe, what does that mean?
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10answers
161k views

Why do ninjas run with their hands at the back?

Ninjas in Naruto run with their hands at the back (which is very different from normal anime character running). Why is that? Is it because of their too much running speed or the wind force that their ...
58
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1answer
28k views

When and why did the trend of 1:30-long openings and endings begin?

I've started to notice lately that the vast majority of anime (that I can find, anyway) seems to have opening (OP) and ending (ED) sequences which are 1 minute and 30 seconds long. Some examples (...
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5answers
48k views

Why do some anime in Japanese contain English?

It seems that many anime and manga aired or printed in Japanese, before they are dubbed or localized, contain English text or lyrics. I've tagged a couple of examples here. The first is from ...
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6answers
57k views

Is Fullmetal Alchemist based on Nazi Germany?

It may be because I'm Jewish (yes, Madara is Jewish), but I couldn't help but noticing the similarities between Fullmetal Alchemist to the German Nazi regime. German names (Edward, Alphonse, Olivier, ...
54
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3answers
14k views

Why is Edward Newgate called Whitebeard?

Why do they call him "Whitebeard"? He doesn't even have a beard!
54
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3answers
118k views

How are Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate, and Robotics;Notes connected?

These series all seem to be connected, but asides from sharing the same production company and having the semi-colon separate their titles I can't see any relation between them. The plots seem to be ...
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2answers
4k views

Is Pikachu on a diet?

I noticed that Pikachu evolved a little over time. I wonder why he changed his form so much, so I'm a bit worried about Pikachu.
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9answers
10k views

How is Misaka's railgun so destructive?

In episode 1 of Railgun, Misaka's railgun up-ends a good chunk of what appears to be an olympic-sized swimming pool. Later in the same episode, it is revealed that her railgun travels at a velocity of ...
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4answers
3k views

What happens when Naruto is talking to the Kyuubi?

When Naruto is talking to the Kyuubi is his mind or his spirit inside the Kyuubi? What happens while he is running? Does he have something like an autopilot?
51
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1answer
52k views

What does the 'D' stand for in all the names?

There are a lot of characters with the middle initial "D". Is this an indication of something, or do they really all just have middle initials of the letter D? If they are initials, do we know what ...
51
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4answers
127k views

Is No Face from Spirited Away based on any traditional Japanese legends?

Spirited Away borrows a lot of its side characters from various Japanese legends, although many are also original. One of the most mysterious such characters is No Face, who is perhaps slightly ...
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3answers
28k views

Where does the term “waifu” come from?

I was stalking a forum looking for images to nab to use as wallpapers, and there was a post where posters were claiming characters as their "waifu". Seeing how it is spelled, I would assume that what ...
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3answers
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Can I increase my lifespan by killing myself using the Death Note?

Suppose I wrote that I will be killed by a UFO falling from space in the year 2315 while I am lifting. Will the Note increase my lifespan? In other words, will I still be alive by then?
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191k views

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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2answers
30k views

Why do anime/manga characters have big eyes?

Going as far back as Astroboy, anime and manga characters have had big eyes. What is basis of this trend? How and where did this originate?
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5answers
65k views

How much is One Piece's currency worth?

There are many transliterations of the currency: Berry, Beli, Berri. Which one is the official one? The Navy just give large bounties for pirates, Buggy has a 15 million bounty and Luffy has a 30 ...
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1answer
8k views

What are Type A and Type B viewers?

I keep hearing the terms Type A viewers and Type B viewers in discussions and chat. What do they mean? What is a Type A viewer and what is a Type B?
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2answers
104k views

What is the first ever produced anime and manga?

What is the first anime ever produced in Japan? And what is the first anime film and first anime series produced? I heard that it was Astro Boy, is that true? And what is the first ever manga ...
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2answers
634k views

Which episodes of Bleach are filler?

I want to watch Bleach, but the anime has a lot of filler content not in the manga. I'd rather not watch the filler content and only watch the episodes which are directly related to the plot. To be ...
45
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1answer
15k views

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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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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What is the difference between an OVA and an OAV?

I've heard the terms OVA and OAV used interchangeably with one another, but is there a distinct difference between the two? Do the definitions differ in Japan versus overseas? Where did the two ...
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Why does Final Fantasy contain “Final” in the title?

Why does the Final Fantasy franchise of RPGs, anime, manga, etc. contain "Final" in the title? Is it that the original concept of the first game was intended to portray the ending of a story? Was it ...
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Why is “I won't forgive you” a commonly used threat?

In a number of shows, "I won't forgive you" or some variation is used as a threat. Rukia uses it when she is trying to keep Ichigo to follow her into the Soul Society, saying, "If you follow me, I ...
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546k views

What is the viewing order of Fate-related works?

I've watched just the 2006 Fate/Stay Night anime series. I know there are other series in the franchise (Fate/Zero, Fate/kaleid Liner Prisma Ilya), as well as the Unlimited Blade Works movie, and the ...
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Is Ditto a Failed Mew Clone?

This theory got some attention on the internet a few years back, but I haven't found a definitive source on it. Both Ditto and Mew are genderless pokemon, with similar color schemes for both their ...
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2answers
11k views

What is the purpose served by cicadas in anime?

Why do so many anime (e.g. Code Geass, Steins; Gate, Ano Hana) have cicadas in the background?
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22k views

What databases and listing sites exist for anime, manga, etc?

What are the major online databases of anime, manga, light novels, visual novels, and other related media? What are the differences between them? To qualify as an answer, the source should list a ...
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11k views

Why are tentacles prevalent in anime?

What is the reason/motivation for the prevalence of tentacles (possibly NSFW Wikipedia link) in anime (esp. hentai)? Did the anime subculture lead to it or does it stem from various aspects (possibly ...
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Why does the Death Note never run out of pages?

It is kind of intriguing the Death Note never runs out of pages... How to Use: XXXI The number of pages of the Death Note will never run out. Source Since it's made of an unknown matter it'...
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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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173k views

How many pokemon did Ash catch?

Ash is fairly well known for his catch phrase "Gotta catch em all". But recalling the series, it feels as if he did not even manage to catch a quarter of them. So how many did he manage to catch?
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Where do the Naruto movies fall in the timeline?

I know that the Naruto movies are outside the timeline in the sense that they don't affect whatever happens after them. However, they must fall somewhere in the Naruto timeline — based on who are in ...
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Have there been any anime with actual product placement?

In Steins;Gate, Dr. Pepper is mentioned several times as the "An Intellectual Drink, For The Chosen Ones". I've seen a lot of other shows that have stores or products with similar names to the real-...
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What are the differences between visual novel, eroge, gal game, and a dating sim?

In The World God Only Knows, games in which you conquer girls are defined as dating sims. But in Oreimo, it is called eroge. Some forums seem to use the term visual novel a lot, even though I thought ...
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Why do airing shows have times listed beyond a 24-hour clock?

I know of the time notation for some anime—between 22:00-27:00. I know that this indicates that the show airs at a particular time, and likely targets a particular audience. Why would this notation ...
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Why is “Shingeki no Kyojin” translated as “Attack on Titan”?

The direct English translation of 進撃の巨人 ("Shingeki no Kyojin") isn't actually "Attack on Titan", and the name seems like an odd translation because it implies either an attack on a person/thing named "...
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2answers
43k views

What do the black and red scenes mean?

In Bakemonogatari, it often happens that suddenly, a red screen with "Red Scene (Aka)" or a black screen with "Black Scene (Kuro)" appears for a short time. (At least these are written in my sub.) ...
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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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