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How is it that a Sharingan can work when it's been transplanted?

If the various "superpower" ninja traits are considered "blood traits," how is it someone like Kakashi, who is in no way related to the Uchiha clan, can use the Sharingan Eye technique? More fully: ...
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How much time has passed in-universe in Detective Conan?

Detective Conan is a notoriously long-running series -- it's been running for like fifteen years, and hundreds of cases have been solved. Conan has made friends, received upgraded technology over time ...
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What are Madara Uchiha's weaknesses?

At his current state, how could Madara possibly be defeated? Any physical attack/Taijutsu would be easily deflected by either: The Susano'o The Gunbai (war fan, which proved to easily negate a ...
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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 ...
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How closely does the Saiunkoku Monogatari anime series follow the light novels?

I know that Saiunkoku Monogatari is based on a series of light novels. How closely does the anime (both seasons) follow the original series? What are its main points of deviation?
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How closely does Princess Tutu follow Swan Lake and The Nutcracker?

I know that the Princess Tutu anime uses a lot of music and performances from the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. However, does the anime's main plotline -- of a princess who helps return the ...
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Does Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail) have something in common with Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)?

Hiro Mashima, the author of Fairy Tail, has a really similar drawing style to Eiichiro Oda, One Piece mangaka. We know that some well known mangakas had previously worked as assistants to others (...
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What philosophical concepts and/or authors are referenced in the series?

As the series develops, it seems that Ergo Proxy has a growing number of philosophical references: The concept of Anamnesis in episode 11. The Council/Collective figures. All the events in episode 20....
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What happens when a seiyuu cannot continue working on a production?

Voice acting is one of the many things that can make an anime movie, OVA or TV series successful or not, and some seiyuu gain their own followings or are treated like idols. What happens if, say, a ...
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Was the ufotable Touhou anime ever released?

In order to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Anime Tenchou (who most notably appears in Lucky Star), ufotable animated a 10 minute crossover anime between Touhou and Anime Tenchou in 2010. ANN has a ...
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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: ...
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What would happen if a Shinigami with exceedingly long life-span dies for a human?

It was said that when a Shinigami saves a human with his Death Note, that Shinigami dies, and his remaining life-span is transferred to the human he saved. But imagine the following situation, a ...
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What is the relation between Ergo Proxy and Vincent Law?

I understand that one of them is actually the other. At first we are led to believe that Vincent is Ergo. But toward the end of the series, we discover something but I am not sure what it means: Ergo ...
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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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What is the difference between doujinshi and manga?

Doujinshi seem to represent usually works of amateurs, but that is a subjective measure. What is the objective difference between both works?
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Why are only some of the references censored in Lucky Star

As anyone who has seen Lucky Star will remember, most of the references to other anime and manga are censored. The most obvious examples of this are references to Gundam or Sgt. Frog (both of which ...
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What time travel category applies on Steins;Gate? [closed]

I'm kind of a fan of time travel stories, so I got a little disappointed with Steins;Gate. According to Wikipedia, Time travel themes in science fiction and the media can generally be grouped into ...
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Is anime production more efficient than manga production?

To explain, I want to know whether it is more efficient to produce anime or manga, and why. Anime: Needs to be made frame by frame need people to record voice. Manga: Needs lots of paper has to ...
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How do you extract texts into a text format that you can copy and paste from visual novels? [closed]

Let's say you want to extract texts from the visual novel for the purpose of looking up the word in the dictionary, or feeding them into a machine translator. How would one go about accomplishing this?...
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How is Jaeger still alive at the end of Valkyria Chronicles?

In episode 25 of Valkyria Chronicles, Maximilian shoots (and it is strongly implied that he kills) Jaeger: Yet during the credits of the final episode (26), Jaeger is clearly seen walking in the ...
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How does Kira Yamato survive the Aegis' self-destruct in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed?

There are a few places in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed where Kira Yamato faces certain death, is presumed dead by all the other characters, then miraculously reappears in a later episode. I'm curious about ...
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Do anime usually lose money?

It seems as though a lot of anime go through a production cycle where they put out a series that seems fairly popular, but ends long before the manga's storyline does. Obviously, a big reason for ...
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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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Does Deimon win the Christmas bowl?

In Eyeshield 21, Deimon wins the game against Oujou that gets them into the Christmas Bowl but they're never shown actually playing in the Christmas Bowl. Is there a manga that went with this anime ...
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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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What is the significance of Ran's birthday?

Ran's birthday is usually seen as something important in the anime and manga and is talked about a lot. Yet, throughout the entire series of 660+ episodes and 70+ volumes, it has never actually ...
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List of surviving Uchiha

I originally thought that the only surviving members after the Uchiha massacre were Sasuke and Itachi, but more and more seem to be revealed. Is there a canonical list of surviving members of the ...
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How can Madara still stick around even after the Edo Tensei had been ended?

Edo Tensei is a technique to revive the dead, and bind their souls into living bodies. However, after releasing the technique, all of the dead should get back into being dead. How can Madara still ...
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Why is SSJ3 shown as tiring to maintain, but SSJ4 is not?

In several episodes of DB:Z and DB:GT, using SSJ3 form is shown to be very tiring for the user and burns up energy very quickly, compared to SSJ1/2/enhanced/mystic/etc. However, when DB:GT rolls ...
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What software is used for making anime? [closed]

Is there any particular software or software family specifically designed for making anime? Are they drawing all the frames of motion scenes, or does a software automatically generate them? For ...
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What's the significance of the watermelon in Sora no Otoshimono?

In Sora no Otoshimono, Ikaros carries around a watermelon like a pet and likes watermelons and pretty much anything else round. At one point she even has a watermelon garden and attacks all the bugs ...
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Why does absorbing the Spirit Wave from Genkai involve such a painful process?

In the middle of The Dark Tournament, Yusuke Urameshi gets to fully inherit Genkai's power of the Spirit Wave by absorbing a ball of energy from her. However, this process turns into an excruciating ...
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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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