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How true is the Lavender Town Syndrome?

In the Pokemon game, specifically in the older version Red and Green, there are some news (or rumors) that the tone used in the Lavender Town caused a syndrome (called Lavender Town Syndrome) where ...
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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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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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Is there a connection between the Eye of God from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and the Rinnegan from Naruto?

After watching FMA again, I couldn't help but notice the similarities: The same ripple-like pattern. Both related to godly powers. Both related to balance (Yin-Yang/All-One) Both related to life and ...
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How much does a typical anime episode or series cost to make?

While it's pretty easy to find what is the budget for most anime feature films like those from Studio Ghibli, the average cost for making an anime series, much less an episode, is not readily ...
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Is it normal to 'erase' a seiyu?

Today I stumbled upon the Kotaku post regarding Ai Takabe's arrest in regards to drugs. Besides her being erased from the credits, Bandai also announced that it’s no longer streaming Kill Me Baby as ...
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Why does Naruto use his mother's family name?

Is there any logical and canonical reason to why Naruto used his mother's family name, Uzumaki, instead of his father's family name?
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About the artworks used in the Elfen Lied opening scenes (contains nudity)

The anime Elfen Lied is notorious for its one of a kind OP, featuring the mesmerizing theme song Lilium composed by MOKA and performed by Kumiko Noma, as well as sequences of art porn, a homage to ...
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Do we know how Senju Hashirama died?

The wiki says that Hashirama died shortly after the creation of Konohagakure. Do we know how he died? I mean, he was powerful enough to stand up to Madara, so I feels like it would be no small thing ...
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What are the notable differences between Hunter x Hunter in 1999 vs 2011?

Hunter × Hunter is quite a large series which has an anime starting in 1999 and one starting in 2011. The latter is longer (currently at 80 episodes versus 62 from the original), and is said to follow ...
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Is code in episode 1 of New Game 2 actually an infinite loop? [closed]

In episode 1 of New Game 2, around 9:40, there is a shot of the code that Nene has written: Here is it in text form with the comments translated: // the calculation of damage when attacked void ...
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How does one play Gungi?

In Hunter × Hunter (2011), Komugi and Meruem play a game called Gungi. It's a fictional game which appears to take conceptual origins from chess, Go, and other strategic board games. We see tidbits ...
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Why do characters often pull down one eyelid and stick out their tongue?

I see characters making this motion frequently in anime. They pull one (or sometimes both) eyelid down, and stick out their tongue. What does that mean? Where does the gesture originate and what's ...
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Is a person who wasn't named by his/her parents immune to the Death Note?

If a person's parents didn't name him/her, does this make him/her immune to Death Note? What would a Shinigami contractor see looking at this specific person? By the way, nicknames don't count as ...
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How many times has the original Nine Tails attack been flashed back?

After looking at episode 248, I managed to once again gain a nice little view of the Nine Tails attack on Konoha. Even though we get a different point of view each and every time, it still is the ...
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Where to start with Gundam?

There seem to be a ridiculous number of Gundam series, spinoffs and movies. There also seems to be a lot of timelines, parallel universes which has confused me more. I've tried looking this up before,...
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What's the significance of revealing a character's blood type?

A lot of Anime shows will reveal the blood type of one or more of the main characters: What's the significance of it? What purpose does it serve? Where did it come from?
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Why is Miku shown with a leek?

Many times when I see images of Hatsune Miku, she is shown holding a leek or spring onion. Apart from headphones and microphones, other popular and well known Vocaloids, such as Rin, Len, Kaito and ...
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How to start the .hack series and its viewing order?

As the questions suggest: how do I start and what is the preferred order? It would be appreciated if one would also identify which anime/film/OVA has a main story. Additionally the timeline of which ...
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What does this Death Note rule regarding visual acuity mean?

This is the rule in question, (listed under the Death Note Wiki as "How to Use: XXI"): "Those with the eye power of the god of death will have the eyesight of over 3.6 in the human measurement, ...
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Why do guys in anime often lack nipples?

As shown in the images (from Free! and Noragami, respectively), guys in anime often lack nipples. This could be explained by vague Japanese copyright laws, but other anime occasionally show guys with ...
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What is up with the pattern on the fence?

In the episode 12 of the first Bakemonogatari season, there's a fence with an interesting pattern which seemingly has the word "KAWAK" in it: In the first episode of the second Monogatari season we ...
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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 is this huge symbol on the door in the Truth realm and in the Neon Genesis Evangelion opening?

In Fullmetal Alchemist the door in the Truth realm has a huge symbol with all kinds of things on it: I've seen the opening of Neon Genesis Evangelion today and noticed that the same symbol is shown ...
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What is the order of the JoJo anime series?

My friend recommended me to watch JoJo's Bizzare Adventure, but when I googled it I found there are many series. What is the order of the anime?
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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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Where does the word “Nyanpasu” come from?

Renge usually greets people with "Nyanpasu". The sub says "Meowning" which probably comes from "Morning" as a greeting. But "Morning" as a greeting in Japanese is Ohayo which is quite different than "...
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How can Haku perform hand seals with only one hand?

In the Land of the Waves arc, it can be seen that Haku performs handseals with only one hand. That must be something special, because a.) even Kakashi was surprised to see that, and b.) that's never ...
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How much is sixty billion double dollars worth?

In Trigun, Vash the Stampede is wanted for sixty billion double dollars ($$60,000,000,000). I don't remember any indication of how much money that actually is in the Trigun universe. I'm sure it's ...
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Who the hell is Truth?

In Full Metal Alchemist, who is the character (or the concept really) of Truth? What does he symbolize? What is his purpose? From what I guess, he's some sort of your inner God, because he seems to ...
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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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What's with the “x” in “Hunter x Hunter” (and other anime/manga)?

I am wondering what the "x" in "Hunter x Hunter" means. To clarify: I am also talking about what the "x" means in general as many other anime/manga also have it in their titles. A quick Google search ...
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What is the origin of this facial expression with one's tongue sticking out?

I've seen this expression probably a dozen times in anime and manga. There are many variants, but they all have the character's tongue sticking up out of the side of their mouth. Their eyes are also ...
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Who was the first tsundere character?

It's not like I like tsunderes or anything, I'm just interested in anime history okay?! I just happened to be on the site, so don't get the wrong idea! Geez, j-just tell me who the first tsundere ...
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How does Jigglypuff not fall asleep from its own song?

Jigglypuff's song is seen to be extremely effective in putting people and Pokemon to sleep, but how does it not fall asleep from its own singing? Shouldn't it at least fall asleep after it's done?
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How are “A Certain Magical Index” and “A Certain Scientific Railgun” connected?

According to MAL, the former is the parent story of the latter, that appears described as a side story. However, I find no reference to these questions: Do both stories take place in the same ...
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Who writes the plot for filler episodes in an anime?

Fillers are a given in most long running anime. If the anime is based on a manga then who writes the plot for the fillers? Who decides the plot story for a filler season, so that it, for example, ...
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Are there any anime suggestion engines?

In the past, I've used apps that have suggested films, books, or music to me based on a set of items I've enjoyed that I provide to the app. Is there anything like that for anime? Basically I'm ...
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What is the in-universe chronological order of the Monogatari Series?

I have Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari, and learned that Monogatari Series Second Season is being streamed by Aniplex, which means that Nekomonogatari would have been streamed at some point and that ...
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Why are the shounen lead protagonists usually shown to be stupid?

One Piece's Luffy, Naruto's Naruto, Fairy Tail's Natsu, Reborn's Tsuna, Dragon Ball's Goku All of the above are shown to be simple-minded and foolish. Why is it so common to depict the lead ...
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What are the squinting faces (>_<, >o<, >△<, etc.) called?

The squinting face that anime characters make can express a range of expressions. Here are two examples: From this alone we might be inclined to call it the "cute crying face." However, consider the ...
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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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Why does Gai look like Rock Lee?

Why does Gai-sensei and Rock Lee look almost exactly the same? Are they from the same clan or are they blood-related? Hinata and Neiji look the same and they're cousins, same with Sasori and Gaara, ...
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Why are there sometimes darkened scenes in new anime?

In the first Shingeki no Kyojin opening, I've seen some scenes with lower contrast or brightness, something like this: And later, in the same sequence, a scene appears without that contrast change: ...
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Why was Neji Hyuuga surprised to see Naruto's Kage Bunshin no Jutsu in the Chuunin Exams?

In the final round of the Chuunin Exams, when the match between Neji and Naruto starts, Neji is surprised when Naruto uses Kage Bunshin no Jutsu. He had seen Naruto use the same technique in the match ...
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Why do lots of anime titles have ☆ in them?

☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃☆☃ Why do some shows have the star ☆ in them? I understand it makes it look cool, but it seems to be the only non-standard character that's used in ...
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How did humans learn how to kill Titans?

In Attack on Titan, how did humans learn the Titans' weak spot? How was it that they learned how to kill Titans? Was it through experiments with live, captured Titans? The only example I could think ...
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How much broadcast time did it take for Planet Namek to blow up?

In Dragon Ball Z, during Goku's fight with Frieza, Frieza decides to destroy the planet Namek. However he fails to do so, but he claims that the planet will blow up in 5 minutes, at the most, but ...
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Why couldn't Chiaki go to the future to get more time leaps?

In the 2006 film "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" by Hosoda Mamoru, the protagonist Makoto accidentally uses up all of the time-leaps her friend Chiaki, who is actually a time traveler from the ...

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