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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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Is it possible for a Byakugan user to awaken the Rinnegan?

Well... the title says it! I ask this because, supposedly, Hyuuga and Uchiha are descendants of the Rikudou's eldest son (at least I am under that impression). In that way, does the Byakugan have any ...
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What is the proper romanization of the wolf-girl's name?

There is a debate between fans as to the romanization of the name of the wolf-girl character in Spice and Wolf. Some claim it should be romanized as Holo, whilst others say Horo. Is there official ...
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Why do Kenshin's eyes change color?

When Kenshin is content and in his normal, day-to-day state, his eyes are purple. Yet, when he is incensed or when he must resume his Hitokiri Battousai persona, his eyes turn yellow: Why do Kenshin'...
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Why do the senshi get a manicure before they get gloves?

In the anime series Sailor Moon (or, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon) the senshi have a unique henshin, or transformation sequence. Especially later on, these are animated with the senshi receiving a ...
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How did Nagato gain his Rinnegan?

How was it exactly that Nagato came upon his Rinnegan? Madara states that it was his, and that he gave it to him: how did he do that? Did he transplant it into Nagato, or did he transfer it otherwise?...
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Why is Kurapika so powerful?

I know he made ​​a contract with his own soul or something like that. But if this Nen is so powerful, how come he is the only who used it in the series? I also watched the previous version(1999), ...
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Do the novels explain the sudden "hair change" near the end of Gosick?

Near the end of the Gosick anime (possibly even just the last episode, I can't remember)... Victorique's hair suddenly changes from gold to silver. There was speculation about whether this was an ...
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What's the difference between the Full Moon wo Sagashite manga and anime?

I read a lot of the Full Moon wo Sagashite manga a few years ago and recently started watching the anime. It's been so long since I read the manga that I can't tell how much is different, but I ...
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What was Kakuzu's original chakra nature element?

Kakuzu, an Akatsuki member who works with Hidan as a pair, has a unique ability. His body is full of black strings that he can use to steal the organs of his opponents. He uses this ability in order ...
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Why isn't Tobi blind yet?

There is a Naruto character named Tobi who maintains his eyesight though his special ability should have caused a great amount of macular degeneration. The following includes extensive spoilers. So ...
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Which episodes of the Naruto anime are core plot and which are filler?

For both the original Naruto series and Shippuuden, which episodes should I watch if I want to avoid the filler? I'm only interested in core plot and character developments. To make this question a ...
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What are the plants in Trigun?

I know that they generate energy and they're used like power plants but there's also a person or creature of some sort inside. What are the plants exactly and how is it that Vash can communicate with ...
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What is Hidan's Source of Power?

Hidan is probably the most misunderstood character in Naruto. He has the ability to survive pretty much anything (including decapitation), and is able to remote-injure opponents whose blood he tasted, ...
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What is the connection between the Cowboy Bebop anime and the movie?

According to Wikipedia, the movie is a midquel that takes place between episodes 22 and 23 of the anime. Having seen both the movie and the anime, I don't recall any connection that made it essential ...
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How is it possible that Kanade has Otonashi's heart?

In Angel Beats, Kanade clearly entered the afterlife before even Yurippe did, yet Otonashi arrived later. Technically, Kanade must've died after Otonashi. How is it possible that Kanade has Otonashi'...
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Why does Bermuda always address characters as -kun?

In the manga of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! (also commonly just "Reborn!" for obvious reasons) after the future and Shimon Arc ends, the Arcabaleno Arc begins and reveals that: While reading it, I noticed ...
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In Fullmetal Alchemist, what does a State Alchemist's pocket watch do?

In Fullmetal Alchemist, it is stated a number of times that a state alchemist's pocket watch increases their power, but there doesn't seem to be a clear mechanism for that. How does that work, and ...
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What happens at the end of CLANNAD: After Story?

This is a question that I really can't get my head around. I've asked many people but I still have not come to a good understanding of the ending of CLANNAD: After Story. In the end of the anime, ...
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Why did the anime have so many additional cards?

In the manga, there are 19 cards featured, whereas in the anime this number has grown to be 52 (excluding the card created during the 2nd movie). Has there ever been a reason given for this large ...
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Are anime and manga subsidized or actively used by Japanese government to promote Japanese culture/relations internationally?

Around 2003-2005, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) produces some documents highlighting the importance of manga and anime to promote Japan culture and international/business relations ...
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What does the fist bump mean in Naruto?

At first I thought Killer Bee only used it as a rap gesture. Later on it was shown as a way to compare and equalize forces between two people. Even later, Naruto was shown doing it with Kurama, to ...
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What exactly are the rollbacks in Higurashi?

We know that the "mini-arcs" in Higurashi (When They Cry) all start with a sudden rollback. After some terrible events, the town looks normal again. Closer to the end of the anime we are being shown ...
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Why did the anime stop having ending songs since episode 279?

Since episode 279, the One Piece anime doesn't have ending songs. Instead, it has long openings: almost 3 minutes, instead of the usual 1:30 openings. What was the reason for this change?
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In Madoka Magica, are the girls' powers related to their wishes?

Some of the Puella Magi seem to have magical powers related to the wishes that they made. Sayaka has regeneration abilities, and she wished to heal someone. Homura has time manipulation abilities, and ...
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What happened between Kirito and Asuna in those 2 years?

According to the 2nd episode, Kirito and Asuna met in the first month of SAO. Yet 2 years later, they meet again and it seems they are like complete strangers. What happened to them in those 2 years? ...
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Which Full Metal Panic novels correlate to which Manga/Anime Series?

The original format for Full Metal Panic is novels. But which novels have been translated to manga form, and what chapters/series does each manga correspond to? And of those, which do the Anime series ...
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What happened to people who committed crimes (such as killing) in SAO?

There are many people in SAO who committed crimes (such as doing PK), yet managed to survive until the end of the game. What happened to them after that? Did they go to trial and get sentenced to ...
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Where do I find a table / listing of all currently airing anime series?

Is there a website or any kind of document that shows all currently airing series in Japan? Airing dates and times would be great too.
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Why Hajime no Ippo stop producing more episodes? [closed]

At first they stopped the production from 2000 until 2009, even though the manga is released every week and has already gained a lot of episodes and popularity. Why would they not make more chapters ...
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What are the demons at the end of Madoka Magica?

What are the demon-like entities shown at end of Madoka Magica, which Homura is now fighting instead of witches? And what does Homura's explanation mean, regarding how these demons replaced witches?
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How does the plot of Elfen Lied anime differ from the manga?

"Elfen Lied" (エルフェンリート, Erufen Rīto) has a rather confusing plot and setting in the anime version alone; the bits of the setting which I glimpsed from discussions about it hint at the original manga ...
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Why does Yoruichi say, "No one there could have survived a fight against Byakuya," in Bleach chapter 120?

In chapter 116 of the Bleach manga, Ichigo finally meets Rukia in her tower (well, in fact, on the bridge) right after Byakuya has easily defeated Ganjyu, and Ukitake stopped him from finishing Ganjyu ...
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Who is Monkey D Dragon's wife/Luffy's mother?

In around chapter 592-596 of One Piece, Buggy the Clown mentioned that Silver Rayleigh is Luffy's uncle. This implies that Rayleigh's sister should be Dragon's wife. Who is Monkey D Dragon's wife/...
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In the Fate/Stay Night Visual Novel, why is Rider listed as Chaotic Good?

The in-game encyclopedia entry for Rider in Fate/Stay night lists her as chaotic good. This is true regardless of what route you are on and who is her master. However, at several points in the story ...
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Why do the Celestial Spirits work for their wizard?

What is the reason why the Celestial Spirits work for their wizards (such as Lucy)? I understand that they have a contract, but why do they get into the contract at all? I could not think of anything ...
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Does Saotome Ranma talk like a member of the Yakuza?

In Ranma 1/2, it's made obvious that Saotome Ranma speaks in a very casual and informal way...but when I played a particular sound bite for some people who speak Japanese (but who were not familiar ...
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How does the substitution jutsu work?

Almost every character in the Naruto series, from minor character to boss level character, uses this jutsu (Kawarimi no Jutsu). Ever since I started watching the series, I wanted to know how this ...
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What happened at the end of Fate/Zero?

At the end of Fate/Zero, why did the Holy Grail materialize for Kiritsugu (Episode 24, 23:30) when Saber, Matou Kariya, Kotomine Kirei and Gilgamesh were still alive? Kirei should still have been ...
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Why does Naruto have a catch phrase?

In both the anime and manga Naruto often ends his sentences with either "dattebayo" or "believe it" in the English translations. Why is this a thing? Is it meant to further his character or provide ...
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What are the PVP rules in the Sword Art Online MMORPGs?

The show, Sword Art Online has 2 Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games in it, Sword Art Online (SAO) and Alfheim Online (AFO). What are the player-vs-player rules in these 2 games? Sometimes ...
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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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Did something change for the final episode of Hana Yori Dango?

When watching the Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) anime, it seemed like there was a distinctly different art style for the final episode (#51). Not remarkably different, but noticeable enough that ...
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Why does an alchemist need a transmutation circle?

As a follow up, but another subject, of my question about equivalent exchange part of the alchemy laws. Why do (most) alchemists require a transmutation circle? Does any circle suffice or does an ...
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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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Why weren't Kingdom Heart volumes released regularly?

Why did Kingdom Hearts manga series release new volumes so far apart from each other? The game has been out for a long time, so the plot is pretty much predictable. Plus, why have they stopped KH2 ...
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How does the equivalent exchange of alchemy work?

Alchemy, in Full Metal Alchemist, is based on the concept of 'one needs to provide materials of equal value compared to the thing one want to create' (equivalent exchange). But, how does it exactly ...
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Is there any reliable source that explains the Tsugumi Ohba-Hiroshi Gamo pen name?

It is said in some sites (including Wikipedia) that based on some cross-references the Bakuman and Death Note, the author, Tsugumi Ohba, is actually a pen name, and his real name is Hiroshi Gamo, ...
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Did Ichigo originally have Sode no Shiraiyuki?

At the start of the Bleach manga, Rukia stabs Ichigo in the heart with her zanpakuto in order to give him her shinigami powers, which allows him to protect his family from the Hollows. After that, ...

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