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What are the differences between visual novel, eroge, gal game, and a dating sim?

In The World God Only Knows, games in which you conquer girls are defined as dating sims. But in Oreimo, it is called eroge. Some forums seem to use the term visual novel a lot, even though I thought ...
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Why does Team Rocket always try to catch Pikachu?

Very surprised this question has not been asked yet. In almost every single episode, at least from the first season all the way through to the Unova region, Team Rocket is trying to catch Pikachu to ...
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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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What exactly happens to a Titan's body after it is killed?

I just started watching the anime and I haven't read much of the manga so I don't know if it is explained further on. We all know a Titan's body gives off extreme heat, from an encounter Eren had ...
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Why isn't anime critically analyzed like other forms of literature or entertainment?

In high school English classes, we read many classics, such as Shakespeare, Steinbeck, Lee, etc. In many other classes, popular TV shows and movies are analyzed. Granted, these are also classics, such ...
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Have there been any anime with actual product placement?

In Steins;Gate, Dr. Pepper is mentioned several times as the "An Intellectual Drink, For The Chosen Ones". I've seen a lot of other shows that have stores or products with similar names to the real-...
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Why are most people in anime white or European-looking (instead of Japanese)?

Anatomically speaking Europeans don't look like that either. But most of the people look more European than Japanese, at least it seems to me ... Maybe it's the round eyes? And the non-black hair in ...
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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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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 does Kirito say at the end of SAO?

At the end of Sword Art Online (episode 25, ~21:40), Kirito says something in the presence of Leafa, Yui, and Asuna. Despite being shown his lips moving, there is no sound and so the only hint 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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Why the popularity of German?

Second to English, German seems to be the most popular foreign language in anime. You see it in titles, names, and even quite a few characters are of German descent. For example, many characters in ...
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Who kissed Ash at the the end of Pokémon Heroes?

At the end of the movie Pokémon Heroes, a girl comes up, gives Ash a piece of art, and kisses Ash. Now, given the context of said movie, it is either Latias taking the form of Bianca, or Bianca ...
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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 Kakashi Hatake always wear a mask?

Since his childhood as depicted in manga/anime, Kakashi always wore a cloth mask covering his face, making only eye(s) and a portion of forehead visible. What was the reason for this?
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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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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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What is a "cour"?

I often hear shows talked about as being some number of "cours". For example, Evangelion is apparently "two cours", while Madoka is "one cour". But what on earth does "cour" mean? I can't find it in ...
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What is Chihiro's father eating?

In the scene where Chihiro's parents start pigging out, We see Chihiro's father eating some soft, almost gelatinous blob that seems to have fins or something. Is this an actual food item? If so, ...
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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 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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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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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 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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Would a water manipulating Devil Fruit user be able to swim?

If all Devil Fruit users in One Piece anime are not capable of swimming, what about a Devil Fruit user whose ability is to control water? Can such a person able to swim or evade the Devil Fruit's ...
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5 Centimeters Per Second: What does the ending mean?

In 5 Centimeters Per Second, a boy and a girl get separated, and then try to meet with each other. In the ending, when they are grown up Why is that?
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Has an anime ever come out before the manga was published?

I got into a debate with a friend about whether or not it's possible for an anime to come out before its manga. He claimed that there were several instances where the anime actually preceded the ...
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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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Will I miss anything by watching Dragon Ball Z Kai instead of the other series?

I've read that Dragon Ball Z Kai is an HD remaster and recut of Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z. However, Kai has 98 episodes while Dragon Ball has 153 and Z has almost 300. If I watch only Dragon Ball ...
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What are the books/pieces of literature that are read/mentioned/seen in Psycho-Pass?

In Psycho-Pass, not only Makishima Shogo but Shinya Kogami were reading certain pieces of literature, but this pieces of literature shaped the series in a sense. So far what I could see in the series ...
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Where I can buy/rent digital versions of Studio Ghibli films?

To be honest, I’m mostly interested in Hayao Miyazaki’s films (My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Ponyo). They aren’t available on Netflix, iTunes, the PS3 or Xbox VOD services despite other ...
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Why is Mew numbered 151?

Mewtwo is the clone of Mew. This means that Mew existed before Mewtwo. So why is Mew numbed 151 in the Pokedex and Mewtwo 150?
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Why do some Sharingan eyes have unique Mangekyou abilities?

Itachi, Sasuke, Madara's Sharingan and Danzo's "Sharingan" eyes have the "standard" Mangekyou abilities of Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi, Susanoo, Izanagi and Izanami. (Granted not all of them have used all ...
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Has Naruto ever killed anyone?

Just a curious thought I had recently. Naruto has been in an awful lot of fights but I can't recall if he ever actually killed another person.
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Why do I have to light up the room before watching anime?

When watching anime, sometimes at the beginning of the show, I come across the warning message テレビアニメを見るときは部屋を明るくして、テレビからはなれて見てください! which can be translated as When watching anime, light up the ...
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How long is the longest running anime series?

I know that the Pokemon anime has over 800 episodes, and One Piece has 600+ episodes, but I've heard that they are not in the top 10 of anime with the most number of episodes. So what anime is ...
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Are any animation studios open to the public for tours?

There are lots of anime fans all over the world, and Japan does promote the industry to boost tourism. However, I am unaware of any animation studios that allow visitors. I'm sure a lot of visitors ...
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What rank does Edward Elric hold?

Ed is a State Alchemist, but what's his rank within the military hierarchy? Col. Mustang explicitly mentions a few times he's his 'superior officer', so he's a bit lower than that, but how does he ...
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In Neon Genesis Evangelion, why are Angels attacking?

Why are Angels attacking the earth? What's with "Adam" in the basement? And why are the three computers named after the Three Wise Men? I love the story for the characters and the mecha-battles, but ...
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Were the other trainers from Pallet town ever revealed?

We know four trainers started in Pallet town. Three with one of the three original starters and Ash with his Pikachu. Apart from Gary, were the other two trainers ever revealed in the anime? And was ...
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How much time did it take Yuu Otosaka to fulfill his promise to Tomori?

I just finished watching Charlotte and I'm curious as to whether it is mentioned anywhere how much time it took him to fulfill his promise?
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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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What's up with Nami's breast size?

Did Nami undergo a breast operation by Chopper? ;-) All joking aside! How could an 18 year old girl's breasts grow so large within 2 years? After the time skip, Luffy became 19 and Nami turned 20. ...
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What is the significance of the name Bleach?

The name "Bleach" seems to be having no relevance to the plot unlike most other series. Was it just chosen at Kubo-sensei's whim or does it have some significance? Maybe some cultural significance ...
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How do you train in a jutsu that kills you if used?

For example, Guy Sensei and Rock Lee can use the Eight Gates technique. If the last gate is opened, you die. There is a lot of emphasis in the series that shows that one must train very hard to ...
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Has the "It's over 9000!" meme spread back to Japan?

Has the "It's over 9000!" meme from DBZ spread back into Japan? Is it referenced in other manga or anime? If it is, do they use 9000 (which is, depending on who you ask, a translation error or an ...
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How similar is alchemy in FMA to the real alchemy?

The alchemy in Fullmetal Alchemist is based on a real alchemy. How similar is the alchemy in the anime to the alchemy in real life history? When and how do they diverge?
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Why was Ed's arm strong but Al's body not?

At the end of FMA: Brotherhood, when Ed got his arm back, it was muscular, and he used it to fight. When Al got his body back, however, it was weak and emaciated, as it had shown to be throughout the ...
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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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How do anime productions arrange for artists to do the end card illustrations?

In nearly all anime these days, there's an artist illustration at the very end of an anime episode. How do the productions get illustrators to do the end cards? Are they paid for it (if so, how much)...

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