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How could the machine in Gantz manipulate life and death?

In the anime Gantz, after you die, you're teleported to a special room where a black ball orders you to do some missions in order to continue your life. You can win special prizes with the danger of ...
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What is meant by “finished with a super 'DAH'”?

In chapter 196 of Beelzebub, after beating Nasubi, Oga buried Nasubi's doppelgangers into the ceiling, as shown in the image below. Is there a meaning in the position of the bodies (with the ...
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What other sacred/legendary places exist that are like Mount Myoboku, Ryuuchi Cave, and Shikkotsu Forest?

The locations that have been mentioned where one can learn sage mode are: Mount Myoboku Ryuuchi Cave Shikkotsu Forest I am interested to know if any other places exist that are on-par with these ...
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How was summoning jutsu created?

How did the summoning begin in Naruto? Summoning was a jutsu that not only required lots of jutsus, but also required a blood contract (probably from a village of animals since all of the summoning ...
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What is the significance of the toad statues in Mount Myouboku?

In Chapter 409, it's said that they were people who failed Sage Mode training and were turned into toads and eventually into stone. But there don't seem to be many people that signed the summoning ...
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How did the people in the Naruto Universe forget about their history?

Can somebody explain the timeline of Naruto? Apparently everything started off with the Sage of the Six Paths creating jutsus (with no info on society before it), and then a couple generations ...
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What was the significance of all the shinobi wars?

What were they fighting over about? Was it land or power? Why didn't the feudal lords decide who becomes leader, instead of fighting to the brink of death? Since, the feudal lords chooses who ...
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Is there a Jounin Exams for ninjas?

In Naruto series, there are what we called ninja ranks: genin, chuunin, and jounin. To be promoted to a higher ninja rank, you need to passed at least an exam, like in the academy, if you were able to ...
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What does Kensei Muguruma's bankai do?

His shikai, Tachikaze, is a wind-based zanpakutou that can launch long-range, string-like, blades that slices enemies. But what special abilities does Tekken Tachikaze, Kensei Muguruma's bankai, ...
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Are there any religions in Pokemon?

From what I remember, no character in Pokemon is shown going to any sort of religious house of worship, and there doesn't seem to be much if any mention of religion/religious beliefs until Sinnoh, ...
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What's the difference between Haineko and Senbonzakura?

What's the difference between these two shikai; Rangiku's Haineko and Byakuya's Senbonzakura? They both seem to have the same abilities.
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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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How did Cell survive and teleport back after blowing himself up?

In the episode where Cell (in his 2nd form) was trying to blow himself up along with the others, Goku teleported him to King Kai's planet to prevent him from destroying Earth. How did Cell get back ...
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Are there any other uses for a Pokeball besides capturing and storing Pokemon?

Can a Pokeball be used for things other than storing pokemon? Like a "Hoi-Poi Capsules" from Dragon Ball or even to imprison humans?
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Is “Kiyosumi High School Mahjong Club” from Saki a real-life organization?

According to MyAnimeList (see Producers section), AnimeNewsNetwork, CrunchyRoll, and a number of less reputable sites, an organization called "Kiyosumi High School Mahjong Club" took part in the ...
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Was Tomoyo in love with Sakura?

While I was browsing for different anime in different genre, I came across with Yuri genre and then found a list where anime that contain yuri genre. I was shocked to see Cardcaptor Sakura on the list ...
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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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Mount Myoboku: a different space/dimension?

There are two ways to enter mount Myōboku: A secret path from Konohagakure Reverse summoning So there is no way (as known so far) that you are traveling somewhere and by mistake end up landing on ...
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How are Akkis (fiends/ogres) immune to death-feedback?

In Shinsekai Yori (From the New World), humans with Cantus powers are prevented from attacking each other by: Mental Restraints: It prevents humans from intentionally attacking other humans. Death ...
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What is the role of mangaka assistants?

Several mangaka have assistants to help them with producing their manga. Do these assistants perform a standard set of well-defined tasks (similar to a movie's assistant director), or does each ...
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What kinds of activities can be found in a Manga/Anime Club?

We have a very popular Manga Club at our library. The kids are interested in lots of different Asian cultures so we include cultural topics in our club such as Korean Word of the Day, Japanese Word ...
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What are some of the more popular and well-known film noir style anime series? [closed]

Are there any popular, well-known anime series that share characteristics with the film noir or neo-noir style or setting?
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In which episode were there two Pikachus?

While adding GIFs to our awesome Thrills and Spills chatroom, I came across an image of two Pikachus and a Togepi: At first, I thought it was Ashachu, but it's not—just a Pikachu with bedhead. Which ...
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Does Yukari ever change back from being an alpaca in Paca Plus?

The premise of Paca Plus is rather amusing: the protagonist's girlfriend Yukari gets transformed into an alpaca. Having played the trial, it was pretty well-done, but the trial ends right when Yukari ...
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What are the ninja clans?

In Naruto, a number of "ninja clans" are referenced. Those include Uchiha and Hyuga. Those two both have kekkai genkais. It seems as though ninja clans are just families with kekkai genkais, but I'm ...
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How was Goku able to teleport to the “Other World”?

In DBZ, Goku has teleported several times to the "Other World" (a place presumably inhabited by souls), his most significant trip there being when he brought Cell in his second form there to prevent ...
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Was the continuation of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle ending in manga shown in Kobato?

In Kobato Episode 20: "...The Travellers", Kobato met Syaoran, Fye, Kurogane and Mokona (all of them looked more mature for me and I think Kurogane and Fye both grew hair). Since Sakura wasn't with ...
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Is the reanimated Minato much stronger than when he was alive?

In Naruto chapter 618, all the souls that are bound inside the shinigami of the shiki fuujin were pulled out by Orochimaru. It includes the souls of the four previous Hokages. Now, before his death, ...
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Why were bodies left behind in the past?

In Hell Girl (Jigoku Shoujo), you'll notice that during the present timeline a person disappears once they are sent to hell, however in the past, the body is left behind. A minor example of this is ...
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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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