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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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Does Saitama still continue his training?

Saitama mentioned that he got this strong through daily training, which consisted of 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and 100 squats along with running 10 km every single day. Also, he ate three meals a day, ...
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How are the themes and songs picked for a particular series?

Are the opening/ending themes, insert songs, and background music created specifically for the series they represent, or are they just picked by the producers/production committee based on how well ...
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What is the source of Saitama's enormous power?

I have seen only the anime and not the manga. I am utterly curious about the ability and power of Saitama. In the starting episodes, he mentions that he trained very hard and also details his ...
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Are there ever any animals featured that aren't Pokémon?

Out of the Pokémon episodes that I have seen, I do not remember ever seeing an animal that wasn't a Pokémon. I have also not heard of animals being present in Pokémon. Which lead me to wonder: Are ...
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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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Has Hayao Miyazaki ever made an anime series or manga?

Hayao Miyazaki is a famous director of anime movies such as "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro". But has he ever made any anime series or manga besides movies? If so, what are they?
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Is avatar Korra bisexual?

They were closer than they should have been and in the final scenes, it wasn't clear if they were just close friends or romantic interests. A little google search and this is what happens: There ...
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How accurate is the cooking in Food Wars?

I'm familiar with some other cooking shows, but not all of them are nearly as experimental as Food Wars. With something like "Yakitate!", being a baker, there's a lot of truth behind the recipes and ...
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What are the legality rules in terms of manga translations?

I know that fan-translated scans and scanned official pages are illegal when a manga is released in English, but I was never sure what the rules were if the manga hasn't been released in English. What ...
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How can Sebastian use "I am a butler and a devil" so casually?

To my ears, the Japanese means: I am an akuma (demon), and a shitsuji (butler). I guess it must have a pun meaning, too. On one occasion, a bad guy cried out "a-a-akuma?", but that's the exception:...
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What is gap moe?

I often hear the word gap moe, but I do not know what it means. So what does the word gap moe mean?
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Why does the ground shake when titans walk?

In the latest series, an experimenter told Eren that titans are very light despite their size. Why, then, does the ground shake when they walk?
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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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Why doesn't Greed harden fully?

Fighting the Elric brothers in an early episode of the FMA: Brotherhood anime, Greed eventually hardens his entire body, making him impervious to damage aside from directly transmuting his armored ...
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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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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 should a university-level course about manga and anime culture cover as part of its curriculum?

This question is not asking about a course that teaches how to create manga or anime, but a curriculum of a course similar to English literature. Such course would teach the history and culture of ...
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Watching order for "Toaru Majutsu no Index" and related anime

I am slowly coming to the end of watching "Toaru Majutsu no Index" anime. There are a few anime series related to that world: Toaru Majutsu no Index Toaru Majutsu no Index II Toaru Kagaku no Railgun ...
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How different are the anime and manga versions of Death Note?

Although this question was closed, it was actually through it that I came to realize that the anime and manga versions of Death Note are different, having only seen the anime version. Just how ...
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How were the walls in Attack on Titan built?

If I remember correctly, in Attack on Titan, it's mentioned or implied a number of times that humans built the walls to protect themselves from the titans. (Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on ...
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What is the joke behind "fork" and "spoon" keywords?

Christina decides a keyword which will make her believe Hououin Kyouma's story in the next time-line. That password is: 私が今一番欲しい物はMy-Forkであり。 My-Spoonはもうもってるし。 The thing I most want at the ...
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Why is it that many anime and manga depict being a virgin male as something embarrassing?

From the long list of manga I read and anime I watched, especially in romance genre, including romance comedy, harem, etc, being a virgin has been depicted as something bad, especially a male virgin. ...
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How are the bijuu adapted from real mythology?

I know that the nine-tails exists in many anime series (The notables are Naruto and Pokemon), as well as I also know that the two-tails is adapted from Japanese mythology (The Nekomata, a cat with a ...
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Why are romantic events sometimes called "flags"?

Anyone familiar with dating sims and romance visual novels will recognize the term "flag" in that context. In these games, when you are presented with choices which affect how the other characters ...
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Is there any specific reason why female voice actors act for male roles in anime?

I've always been wondering: why do female voice actors act for male characters in anime? For example: Mayumi Tanaka for Luffy, Takeuchi Junko for Naruto, even Goku's voice actor (Nozawa Masako), etc. ...
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Did Naruto REALLY fall in love with Hinata in The Last: Naruto the Movie?

So we know that throughout the whole Naruto series Hinata is in love with Naruto, and Naruto is oblivious to it. We also know that Naruto like Sakura, somehow. Later on two years after the war, Hinata ...
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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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Is chuunibyou syndrome real?

"Chuunibyou" or "eighth-grade syndrome" is a condition where people believe they have super powers. The first time I heard this term is in the anime Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Is this syndrome ...
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Why did Kaneki's hair change color?

At the start of the series, Kaneki's hair is dark brown, except in the OP, where it we see an image of him with white hair. In episode 11, we see a final scene of Kaneki, his hair having turned white. ...
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What happened to Misa Amane in the last episode?

In the last episode of Death Note, the series, we see Misa Amane standing near the edge of a building. She incurred a lot of grief due to Light Yagami's death; after all, she was one of the most ...
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Why wasn't Arlong in Impel Down during the Impel Down Saga?

He was a known member of Fisher Tiger's crew and became a merciless dictator in East Blue. He had the highest bounty in East Blue at the time, and when Borsalino captured him, he was sent to Impel ...
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What is the in-universe reason for the name "Fairy Tail"?

In Fairy Tail, the guild is named "Fairy Tail". While there does seem to be a range of ethnicities within the names (Natsu vs. Lucy), it just seems like an odd misspelling of "fairy tale", which is a ...
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How does Charmander breathe fire?

Charmander is a small lizard-like Pokémon. It is a fire-type Pokémon, and is capable of breathing fire. How do Charmander and its evolved forms do this? Is there any biological basis for it, and is ...
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How is the passage of time handled in Pokemon?

I stopped following the Pokemon anime a while ago, but I know the series has had Ash go through many regions, including retreading at least one of them. When Ash was about to get his eight badge, ...
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What, if anything, was the early 90s anime creativity crisis?

I fairly often hear or read about how the anime industry had stagnated during the early 90s. It's mostly brought up in the context of Neon Genesis Evangelion being the first influential anime in ...
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Why could the dragon not bring back Goku after he fought Frieza?

After Goku fought Frieza and the planet blew up, everybody on earth thought Goku was dead. So they used the dragon balls to wish to bring Goku back to life, but the dragon then told them that Goku was ...
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How many people have worn the straw hat, if only for a second?

How many people have worn Luffy's straw hat? Canon, confirmed, and on the head (I'm counting Robin even if she wore it atop of her other cowboy hat).
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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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Do Pokemon age and die?

There are old people in Pokemon but I have never seen any old Pokemon. Do Pokemon age and die? Also, if they get hurt too much, will they die of wounds? Have there been any deaths so far?
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Why doesn't Ash Ketchum catch legendary Pokémon?

In the show, Ash Ketchum hasn't caught any legendary Pokémon and he loses a lot of battles and people say that he is a pathetic trainer. Why does he not catch legendary Pokémon to expand his arsenal?
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Who is Kenshin based on?

I've been told that Kenshin, at least partially, is based on a real life assassin. Who was he based on, and what pieces of his story are inspired by this person?
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How does a mangaka get paid?

From what I have seen from anime and heard, doujinshi artists get paid per book they sell at places like Comiket or online, but you have some mangaka who release one chapter per issue of serialized ...
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Why do the giants in Shingeki no Kyojin start to look like the characters that got eaten?

In Shingeki no Kyojin, Armin's grandfather dies when he is sent to recover Wall Maria. And in the episode when Eren gets eaten, the face and the look of the giant who eats him is exactly the same as ...
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Is the term Otaku derogatory?

I know the term is widely used in America as a term for someone who has a love and anime and all things related to it. So in the US it's a term of endearment. However in Japan the term is known more ...
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What MMOs influence Sword Art Online and Log Horizon?

I see that in SAO and LH, players can craft, buy houses, adhere to the holy trinity of MMO, etc. My first thought was that they might have WoW in Japan, but it doesn't seem to be as popular as it is ...
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Why are anime girls drawn without pubic hair?

Why are there no hair drawn down there or anywhere apart from FEMALE character's heads in anime? I heard it was illegal from my friend. Were they making it up?
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Why are the seven deadly sins used so often in anime?

Pretty much as my question states itself. Why are the seven deadly sins used so often? In a lot of anime I have watched/re-watched, lately I notice either a reference to the 7 deadly sins or their ...
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Why can't Alphonse repair Edward's automail using alchemy?

Edward's automail breaks many times during animation, but every time even if Alphonse didn't take any damage they go after Winrey to fix Edward's automail. Now I'm wondering if Alphonse can easily ...
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Why is Megumin a weird name?

When we are introduced to her in the second episode of the anime, Aqua and Kazuma mentioned that her name was weird. She further revealed her parents' names, Yuiyui and Hyoizaburo, which are ...

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