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In One Piece, does a Devil Fruit reappear after the user dies?

In chapter 702, we see Ace's Devil Fruit 'Mera Mera no Mi' being showcased as the prize of the event held in the Colosseum. The announcer of the event mentions that the "fruit is reborn." Does it ...
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Why was Edo Tensei Madara young, when he had died at an old age?

From Naruto manga and anime, I know that Uchiha Madara died as an old person after he helped Uchiha Obito. But it was bit weird for me, when Kabuto summoned Uchiha Madara-sama with Edo Tensei, ...
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Is it possible to duplicate eyes?

This question contains spoilers for anime viewers and early manga viewers. Is this exploitable? Can I repeat this cycle of transplant and revive to duplicate strong eyes? How does that work really?
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Name of hair style with one strand sticking upwards

I always forget what this special hairstyle is called, which is shared by some characters. I'll give some examples, I think it should be clear what I mean. Edward Elric also has this wisp(?), but I ...
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Is Highschool of the Dead on hiatus again?

I was really happy when I heard that HoTD would be continued. And even happier when the first new chapter actually came. but now after several months of waiting there still has been no other chapter. ...
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Why are Haki attacks not effective on Marine admirals?

Why are Haki attacks not effective on Marine admirals? In the Marineford war, we see countless instances where Haki-imbued attacks don't affect Marine admirals. When Marco and Vista attack Sakazuki, ...
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At which age are ninjas revived with Edo-Tensei?

The question is easy: At which age are people, when they are revived using Edo-Tensei? Are they exactly of that age they died? Or can the user of Edo-Tensei decide, how old the ninjas are?
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Can the Kai earings(Potara Earings) be used again and again to keep fusing individuals?

Supreme Kai and Kibito fused using the Kai Earrings. Can now Kibito Kai use the earrings again to fuse with another? I searched for this and found no creditable source. I know for a fact that the ...
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What's the difference between Kage Bunshin no Jutsu and Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu?

While the Kage Bunshin no Jutsu seems to be taught, the Tajuu Kage Bunshin no Jutsu is sealed, so nobody can learn the jutsu. Does that mean that there's a difference between these jutsus, aside from ...
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Does Devil's Fruit power gained depend on how much of it is eaten?

Luffy accidentally ate the Gomu-Gomu (Rubber-Rubber) fruit, but was interrupted by Shanks after a few bites. It was too late and Luffy got the Devil's Fruit powers anyway. If he had instead eaten the ...
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Why doesn't Kakashi use his copy ability that often?

Kakashi is known as "the copy cat ninja". The Ninjas from the other countries call Kakashi the Copy Cat Ninja because of his Sharingan and how he uses it for his advantage (Copying moves). But he does ...
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When did Kakashi and Obito awaken their Mangekyou Sharingan?

In chapter 604 of the manga, it is shown that Kakashi kills Rin. This fulfills the requirement to activate the Mangekyou Sharingan. So that should have been the moment when Kakashi was able to use the ...
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Why is Sailor Moon (2014) not airing on TV?

The new Sailor Moon seems to be showing on Niconico exclusively. Why would it not air on TV, or both?
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Why did they stop giving dubbed Shippūden episodes on Hulu?

I've watched part one and part two of Naruto, but when I came across episode #96 and after, I couldn't find anymore (dub) episodes. Why did they stop giving dubbed Shippūden episodes on Hulu?
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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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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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What is required for a manga to get an anime adaptation?

I'm reading Koe no Katachi and have been hoping for it to be animated. It looks like it's getting more popular. However, it makes me wonder what requirements should be fulfilled before they decide to ...
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Why is it so rare to see new long running anime series these days?

Around the early and mid 2000's we saw the spawning of a large collection of long running anime series, such as Naruto, One Piece, Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, etc., all of which still are continuing today in ...
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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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Why are manga black and white?

This question triggered my curiosity for this question. Why most of manga are black and white? Is this because of more cost if they add colors to it?
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Why are the shounen lead protagonists usually shown to be stupid?

One Piece's Luffy, Naruto's Naruto, Fairy Tail's Natsu, Reborn's Tsuna, Dragon Ball's Goku All of the above are shown to be simple-minded and foolish. Why is it so common to depict the lead ...
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Where to start with Gundam?

There seem to be a ridiculous number of Gundam series, spinoffs and movies. There also seems to be a lot of timelines, parallel universes which has confused me more. I've tried looking this up before,...
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Why did Kaneki's hair change color?

At the start of the series, Kaneki's hair is dark brown, except in the OP, where it we see an image of him with white hair. In episode 11, we see a final scene of Kaneki, his hair having turned white. ...
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What defines one “season” of anime?

From what I've been able to follow, the seasons of anime shows have been tied to thirteen week blocks, directly correlating with the actual season in Japan (for instance, this is the Winter 2013 ...
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What are the legality rules in terms of manga translations?

I know that fan-translated scans and scanned official pages are illegal when a manga is released in English, but I was never sure what the rules were if the manga hasn't been released in English. What ...
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How are the bijuu adapted from real mythology?

I know that the nine-tails exists in many anime series (The notables are Naruto and Pokemon), as well as I also know that the two-tails is adapted from Japanese mythology (The Nekomata, a cat with a ...
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Why does anime air in 4 seasons per year of ~13 episodes?

Most likely, the actual seasons are not a cause for the television broadcasting schedule in Japan. Furthermore, the seasons themselves don't much align to actual seasons, with "Spring 2015" ending in ...
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Why is King Arthur female? Why is Iskander tall?

I've watched both the Fate/Zero and Fate/Stay Night anime (including the Unlimited Blade Works movie), but none of the visual novels, so no spoilers from that unless they are light spoilers. One thing ...
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The Tree of Life in Evangelion

I've noticed references to the Kabbalah in a couple of anime I've watched. One of them is Neon Genesis Evangelion. Neon Genesis Evangelion has it in the sky in both the opening credits and in the ...
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Is intentionally producing a lower quality TV release unique to anime?

A lot of shows nowadays are significantly censored or badly drawn for TV release. When the home media versions come out, they are uncensored and in some cases redrawn in certain areas. Kagerou ...
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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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What is this huge symbol on the door in the Truth realm and in the Neon Genesis Evangelion opening?

In Fullmetal Alchemist the door in the Truth realm has a huge symbol with all kinds of things on it: I've seen the opening of Neon Genesis Evangelion today and noticed that the same symbol is shown ...
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Why did the Hunter x Hunter manga go on hiatus?

I think the Hunter x Hunter manga has been on hiatus for months now; does anyone know the reason for the hiatus? Is the author planning to continue the series?
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Why do the Human-looking Youkai obscure their eyes?

In Natsume's Book of Friends, some of the human-looking Youkai wear masks, or at least obscure their sight. For example: Tsubame Hotaru Hiiragi Tsuyukami Sasago I am wondering if there is a ...
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What is the total Naruto runtime up to this point?

Naruto seems to be one of few longest-running series, and considering the number of episodes so far, this adds up to quite considerable time. What is the total runtime - the time I'd have to spend in ...
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How did the Sage of the Six Paths obtain his Rinnegan?

It is shown that the Sage of the Six paths was the first to have the Rinnegan. Now for an Uchiha these are the stages of their eyes: Normal eyes Sharingan (activated after facing life threatening ...
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Why are there so many fillers in long-running animes?

The most obvious answer everyone over the Internet is giving to this question is "Because anime is produced much faster compared to manga, they need to put in fillers in order to slow down the anime ...
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Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head, Robotics;Notes, and Occultic;Nine naming convention with semicolon?

The following anime share the use of the semicolon as part of their names: Steins;Gate Chaos;Head Robotics;Notes Occultic;Nine What is the reason for using the semicolon within the titles of these ...
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How much of the Berserk storyline do the anime and OVA cover?

I watched Berserk years ago and I'm thinking of introducing someone else to it, but I'm told that the OVAs do the original manga more justice. I've not seen the OVAs just the anime series, how much of ...
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Why does it take so long for the translated version of tankoubon volumes to be released?

As far as I know, the English versions of tankoubon volumes for most manga series seem to be released within several months, if not years, of their original release in Japanese. Even very popular ...
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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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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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Is it possible to combine all five chakra elements?

The title says it all... but I'll elaborate: Initially we see techniques derived from a single chakra element (Katon, Doton, Suiton, Fuuton and Raiton). These are the most common, since usually a ...
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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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How is the passage of time handled in Pokemon?

I stopped following the Pokemon anime a while ago, but I know the series has had Ash go through many regions, including retreading at least one of them. When Ash was about to get his eight badge, ...
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What is Kirito's relationship with the girls of SAO?

In the first and second seasons of SAO, Kirito seemed to be interested in more than one girl at the same time. At the end they are all friends and such, but they are all jealous of him and he likes ...
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What was Eren's vision about?

I can't believe I missed this three times. I went back to the beginning of AoT in episode 1 and noticed these scenes that occurred at the beginning of the episode. Eren is having some type of daydream ...
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Can the Tailed Beasts' relative power levels be compared?

A Tailed Beast's power seems to be greater the more tails it has. For example: Power of 3-Tailed Beast = Power of 2-Tails + 1-Tails. Power of 9-Tailed Beast = Power of 8-Tails + 7-Tails + ... + 1-...
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What does the title of first chapter of Attack on Titan (進撃の巨人 Shingeki no Kyojin) mean or signify in the context of manga?

To You, 2000 Years From Now (二千年後の君へ Ni-sen nen-go no Kimi e) is the 1st chapter of the 1st volume and the 1st chapter overall of the Attack on Titan manga. Who is the you? And what is the ...
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What happened to the Itachi Uchiha movie?

As far as I know, a movie based on Itachi Uchiha was about to come in March. Can anyone please tell whether it's coming this year or is it delayed? Here is a Reddit thread of the poster, and here is ...

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