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Why did Harry want to kill Brandon?

I still don't understand why Harry killed Brandon. He was Harry's best friend and the most loyal member he had. Is it because he was jealous of him because he was Maria's boyfriend, or was it for ...
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What are Holo's roots in Japanese tradition?

The rich background of Holo: being a minor deity of harvest, her forms, shapeshifting, powers and limitations, likes and dislikes, traits character etc - how is it grounded in Japanese beliefs, myths, ...
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Why didn't Asuna die in real life when she died in the game?

Asuna died near the end of Sword Art Online. However, judging by the rules, why didn't she die in real life? Did Kayaba Akihiko lie about dying in the game?
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Boss Battles in Sword Art Online [closed]

Why were many stages and levels skipped in Sword Art Online. You see that they start at level one in the first episode but then later they skip to higher levels. Why did the makers skip levels? ...
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Why can't Pan go Super Saiyan?

As the title states, why can't Pan go to Super Saiyan Mode? We see in the last episode of Pan's grandson turning Super Saiyan while he fights a descendant of Vegeta. Are female Saiyans not able to ...
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Is the World Government aware of the existence of the Sky Island?

Sky Island is a myth or a legend to many people including the pirates form Jaya, who laugh at Luffy because he thinks that Sky Island exists. Does the World Government know about Sky Island or is ...
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If there's only one of each fruit, how could Blackbeard recognize the “Dark Dark” fruit?

If someone had seen it before you'd think it would have been eaten. And I also thought I remember a segment about no one knowing their fruit before they ate it. (I think it was with the CP9 arc)
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What happens if one dies in Soul Society?

In Bleach, Soul Society represents this sort of Heaven where souls are sent by Shinigamis (mostly from Earth?). However, once in Soul Society, is a soul immortal? Can they die? And if so, what happens?...
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Is there any way to kill Alucard?

I'm pretty sure that people have tried every way possible to try it, but still he remained alive and kicking. In Hellsing Ultimate: Episode 2, when Luke Valentine says he will prove that Alucard's ...
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What are the techniques/fighting styles displayed in Bleach?

In the series, a number of different styles are shown among the different characters. Some fight using their Zanpakutō, others use Kidō. Do all of these derived from a similar source? Are there other ...
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What is the purpose of the Human Instrumentality Project?

The Human Instrumentality Project is one of the main plotlines in the Neon Genesis Evangelion original series. However, other than a few speculative mentions, there isn't concrete information as to ...
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Is that jutsu really the Edo Tensei?

I know the title probably needs to be changed, but I wasn't sure how to put it spoiler-free. The question follows as a block, for its 'spoilery' nature for anyone who hasn't seen Naruto Shippuden up ...
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Why does Shinnosuke ask people if they like peppers?

I sometimes watch this anime called Crayon Shin-chan in Portuguese (in which it is simply called Shin-chan). Flirty as he is, Shinnosuke (its main character) is often inconveniently messing around ...
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Who exactly is Archer from the Unlimited Blade Works movie?

Although I have not watched the Fate/Zero TV series, I have watched the Fate/stay night series and the Fate/Stay Night - Unlimited Blade Works movie. At the end of the movie I found out that:
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Where and how does the Bleach anime diverge from the manga?

I've seen almost all of the Bleach anime (at least what's been released dubbed), and I'm now interested in reading the manga. However, when the manga closely follows the anime I've already seen, I ...
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What are the major differences between the anime/manga and the live action version of Perfect Girl Evolution?

I really loved the live-action version of Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi na Henge! (or, Perfect Girl Evolution! / The Wallflower) and I'm considering picking up the manga or anime because of how much I liked ...
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Are there any relations between the different “sagas” in Pokémon Special/Pokémon Adventures manga?

The Pokémon Special manga series, the "main" Pokémon manga adaptation, has about 40 volumes and take place along all the Pokémon "generations" but how are they related to each other? I mean, the main ...
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When does the Deadzone movie take place in the DBZ storyline?

During the story arc with Raditz they make it out as though it's the first time Piccolo and Goku team up. With Goku dying in the Raditz fight and not showing up again until Vegeta, it couldn't have ...
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How did Goten and Trunks become Super Saiyan so easily?

Most Saiyan (Goku, Vegeta, Gohan, etc.) who evolved into Super Saiyan had trouble fulfilling one of the requirements to evolve: Their rage or other emotions had to be extreme. However, there are two ...
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How does a Philosopher's Stone work?

The Philosopher's Stone is said to be an alchemical amplifier, allowing an alchemist to perform perfect transmutations, bypassing the laws of equivalent exchange. How does that work? Isn't the point ...
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What are the differences between Ash and Red?

In Pokémon, we have two main characters: Red, who is the main protagonist on the manga and the first Pokémon games (Red, Blue and Yellow) Ash, who is the main protagonist on the anime. What are the ...
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Who is Ninja Ninja?

On Afro Samurai, who is Ninja Ninja? People in the series sometimes refer to him as "Afro's imaginary friend", however, I remember times where people other than Afro could see him! (Via a scoped ...
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What's the meaning and motivation of Izaya's behavior in Episode 2: “Highly Unpredictable”?

Durarara!! Episode 2 tells us about a girl named Kamichika. Near the end of the episode, after... Izaya's motivations here are a little confusing. Even if we forget that he has... he is being ...
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Are there really differences between the story lines of the Rahxephon movie and series?

My all time favorite anime is without doubt Rahxephon. I've watched both the series and the movie. As I recall correctly the movie can be considered a summary of the series except for the end. I had a ...
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When does Badlands Rumble take place?

With regards to the rest of the anime series, when does Badlands Rumble take place? Does it happen before the show? After? In the middle some time?
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Have the Rebuild of Evangelion films revealed anything new about the original Evangelion TV series?

The Rebuild of Evangelion series of films (3 of which have been released here in the USA) are a sort of reboot/retelling of the Neon Genesis Evangelion story. As films, they have less time to tell ...
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What particular anime first showcased crossovers?

Well, the question says it all. I'm really interested in the idea of cross-overs in anime. I want to know which particular company or manga group artists started the idea of cross-overs and what ...
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Why does Nemo call himself the last of the Atlanteans?

In the final episode of Nadia of the Blue Water, Captain Nemo reveals to Gargoyle that there are no more Atlanteans, and that he (Nemo) is the last one. But Nemo has a daughter; Nadia, and he may or ...
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Why does Mamoru Oshii include a basset hound in his movies?

The title really says it all. The basset hound is almost always there in Oshii's signature long musical interludes (Ghost in the Shell I & II, Patlabor II ... etc). Does the basset hound have a ...
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Why was The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya broadcast out of sequence?

When I watched The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya on DVD, the episodes were shown out of order. It was somewhat funny, since in the previews, Haruhi and Kyon argue about which episode number comes next,...
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What is the chronological order of the episodes of xxxHolic?

I've seen the second season so let's start from there. That's when it gets complicated. Which episode came before which, and when? I know there is a OVA called xxxHolic Shunmuki but it didn't ...
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What's the job or purpose of the family of The BaskerVilles in Pandora Hearts?

I have read the manga and I know that the Baskervilles are the supporters of Glen Baskerville, but what is their real job? Is it to protect the abyss or to make the abyss come to the earth and ...
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What happened in the final episode of the Evangelion TV series, titled “Take care of yourself”?

What actually happened in the last episode of the Neon Genesis Evangelion TV series? It is episode 26, entitled "Take care of yourself"? I have read different wikis about the plot of the episode, but ...
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How involved was Akira Toriyama in the production of Dragon Ball GT?

I always had this doubt about whether Dragon Ball GT was an official, canonical sequel of Dragon Ball Z or not. I know that Akira Toriyama helped in the development, but did he write any of it?
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Why is the ending of Death Note in the anime so different from the manga?

Even though I haven't read the end of the manga very carefully, I did notice that a lot of the details were changed, or even omitted completely, in the end of the anime. I don't understand why the ...
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In “Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini”, what happens to Hei's powers?

In the second season of Darker than Black (Darker than Black: Ryuusei no Gemini), Hei mysteriously... In the beginning of the anime we can clearly see that... However, in later episodes it is ...
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How did the sweatdrop originate?

I can kind of handwave or fanwank the origin of things like the exasperated faceplant or the vein popping out when a character is comedic-angry, and even the trope of Japanese flag fans coming out ...
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Do the other Ronin Warriors receive power upgrades?

In the series Ronin Warriors (or, Yoroiden Samurai Troopers), the main character and red Power Ranger armored team lead, Ryo, eventually gets an armor upgrade. In similar Sentai team shows like ...
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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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What number comes after the Godaime Hokage?

I'll make a spoiler block of it all, since this can be a spoiler to anyone who hasn't seen/read the Pain and the Five Kage Summit arcs. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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How are the Divergence Number and world line related?

In Steins;Gate there is much ado about the Divergence Number of the current world line. But if I am remembering correctly, the meter Kyouma made/carries/is given shows the difference between the ...
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How does Gilgamesh have a futuristic fighter plane?

In the dogfight between Gilgamesh and Berserker, Gilgamesh rides a golden fighter plane that is capable of hovering and flying at great speeds, supposedly by harnessing some "strange green power" (see ...
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Where do Kekkei Genkai abilities (genetic abilities) originate from?

In Naruto there is a group of abilities called Kekkei Genkai (血継限界). They are told to be "genetic" abilities which are (usually) passed down genetically within specific clans. Notably, the eye ...
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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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How did the Hashirama and Madara statues at the Valley of the End come to be?

Were they built by traditional means (as they would've been in our world)? Were they created via some sort of ninjutsu that shaped the rocks that were there? Or was it erected by some sort of Doton ...
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How do Gai's Gates work?

During the Chunin exam, Shouldn't this be too much for him?
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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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What was Akamatsu Ken's role in creating Negima!? Neo?

Mahou Sensei Negima! is a manga by Akamatsu Ken which has had an anime and live action adaptation of the same name. There is also another manga called Negima!? Neo by Fujima Takuya which was made ...
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Does Tobi control his teleportation consciously?

When Tobi uses his selective teleportation power that causes objects to pass through him, does he have to think about it when he does it, or is it automatic? I'm trying to find out if he is ...
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Is there a meaning/message behind Akira?

Is there some hidden meaning/message in Akira? Does it have something to do with the scars left in the Japanese by the bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? And ultimately... Or is there another ...

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