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How can I tell if an anime figure is a fake?

I've been warned lots of times to make sure figures aren't fake before buying them. Mostly conventions have strict policies about this with the allowed vendors - but occasionally I see people ...
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Why do almost all anime series have a "going to the beach" episode?

Not many anime have a dedicated episode for going to the cinema, concert, amusement park, circus, football match, camping or any other activities. But, almost all of them spare at least one of their ...
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Couldn't Misa have told Kira L's life span?

In the manga Death Note, when Misa meets L for the first time, she has the shinigami eyes, so she must be seeing L's lifespan at the moment. L dies a few volumes later, so couldn't Misa have alerted ...
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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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Is there any proof that players really die in real life after dying in SAO?

So I watched the anime not too long ago, and it was the single most important rule in the game to not die, otherwise one would die in real life. However, I never encountered an episode where they ...
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Is Akira the only anime produced in 24fps?

I read an article recently that states: "Akira" rewrote every rule for animation. It was filmed at 24 frames per second, in full Cinemascope aspect, using 312 colors in the palette (the richest ...
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How did maids get popular in anime?

Nowadays, maids are basically a moe stereotype. Otaku characters like Sakurasou no Petto na Kanojou's Ryuunosuke Akasaka, Lucky Star's Konata Izumi, and the Genshiken gang all love maids. Even K-On's ...
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Where is Yoruichi's Zanpakuto?

Since the beginning, we see Yoroichi does not wield a Zanpakuto, but isn't it strange? Isn't she a Shinigami and the Zanpakuto is so important for them? It's true that she has her own fighting style, ...
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Why does Mayoi get embarrassed about this tongue twister?

In Bakemonogatari, Mayoi says a tongue-twister that goes 「生ムミ、生モメ、生ママモ」 ("namamumi, namamome, namamamamo") then gets embarrassed because they sound like another word. What's the reference they're ...
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What type of Sage Mode does Hashirama enter?

We all know that the following people are capable of entering Sage Mode: Naruto Jiraiya Orochimaru (learnt but couldn't use because of his body, or rather his vessels) Kabuto Hashirama Naruto and ...
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What do Seiyuu do after they are no longer at the peak of their fame?

Before they are famous, many seiyuu would work part-time whether it be at fast food restaurants or even physical works. For example the seiyuu Uchida Aya: During the early stages of her career she ...
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What does "plus ultra" mean in My Hero Academia

The credits for My Hero Academia add "plus Ultra" after the series name. Occasionally All Might shouts "plus Ultra!" as sort of a battle cry when he is about to strike a foe. From context, I guess ...
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Is Misa Amane's early death a plothole in Death Note?

According to the wiki, when a Shinigami dies, their remaining lifespan is given to the human they saved. Shinigami who die are reduced to dust, and their remaining lifespan is given to the human ...
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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 would happen if you caught a PokeBall with another PokeBall?

Consider the following scenario: A trainer is trying to catch a rare or strong Pokemon, and figures that catching it in a PokeBall will have a low likelihood of actually catching and containing it. ...
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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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What are the programming and computer references in Steins;Gate?

I want to know the programming and computer references present in Steins;Gate. For example, I noticed the SQL database is referenced.
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What manga is this image with a depressed girl from? [closed]

I think this is a manga, but I'm not sure which one. I have tried other sites to get this question answered, but no dice.
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Why does Kirito end up in the forest when he first enters Alfheim?

In the Sword Art Online anime, we see Kirito enter Alfheim Online first in episode 16. Although he is supposed to enter the Spriggan base when he first arrives, he instead encounters something like a ...
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How old is the snaggletooth trope?

A lot of anime contain characters with a snaggletooth - typically a fang-like tooth that is displayed on its own. I found it odd as snaggleteeth (misaligned teeth) are rarely ever shown in any other ...
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What is the origin of mushrooms growing on a sad person's head?

I have seen in a number of series, when a person is sad, they have mushrooms growing out of their head. In Ouran High School Host Club, this happens a number of times to Tamaki when Haruhi rejects him....
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Who died first? Hänsel or Gretel?

In Black Lagoon, Hänsel and Gretel are deranged children suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder. Each of them have distinct personalities, but from time to time, they switch places with each ...
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Why does anime air in 4 seasons per year of ~13 episodes?

Most likely, the actual seasons are not a cause for the television broadcasting schedule in Japan. Furthermore, the seasons themselves don't much align to actual seasons, with "Spring 2015" ending in ...
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What is the meaning/purpose of the (not) in the titles of Rebuild of Evangelion?

The titles of the first 3 movies of Rebuild of Evangelion are: You Are (Not) Alone You Can (Not) Advance You Can (Not) Redo I am wondering what is the purpose and/or meaning of the inclusion of (Not)...
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What is required for a manga to get an anime adaptation?

I'm reading Koe no Katachi and have been hoping for it to be animated. It looks like it's getting more popular. However, it makes me wonder what requirements should be fulfilled before they decide to ...
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Where did the mecha genre originate from in Japan?

I was wondering where mecha genre in Japan originated. It doesn't seem the same as something like the idea of a doll having a soul, which is from Japanese folk beliefs, but it could be. Is there ...
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Is there official terminology for anime series that run less than the standard length?

I'm referring to the shorter-in-duration anime, such as Aiura, Recorder and Randsell, and Morita-san is Quiet. These anime do not run for the "normal" duration of 22 or more minutes. Is there any ...
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Who is the man in the suit in the Fullmetal Alchemist series?

Does anyone have any clues on the man in the suit? He appears in both FMA and FMA:B. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Separate Destinations (episode 10) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Footsteps ...
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Why did the Hunter x Hunter manga go on hiatus?

I think the Hunter x Hunter manga has been on hiatus for months now; does anyone know the reason for the hiatus? Is the author planning to continue the series?
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Apart from Togepi and Ho-oH, What out-of-season pokemon have there been?

In the first episode of pokemon, Ash sees a Ho-oH flying overhead, yet it wasn't known about (at least by Prof. Oak) until the second generation of pokemon. When Ash hatches a Pokemon egg and gets ...
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How common is it for men to voice women?

I know male characters are often voiced by women. Naruto for example, is voiced by Junko Takeuchi, Luffy is voiced by Mayumi Tanaka, and Hitsugaya Toshiro is voiced by Romi Park, all of whom are women....
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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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Who is this green guy?

While watching episode 114 (Erza vs Azuma) I noticed a little green (pig samurai?) guy in the background. Any idea who or what this is? (click for full size)
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Why don't they complete all an anime's episodes before it airs?

In Shirobako (an anime about making anime), they only make the first few episodes and then continue to finish the others while the anime is airing. This causes some problems when they can't catch up ...
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Who controls the mind after fusion in DBZ?

In Dragon Ball Z, after fusion, who controls the mind and the body? Is it both or a single person?
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How did the "silver devaluation" scheme work?

I need help understanding what is going on with the Trenni silver coin scheme plot that is mentioned throughout episodes 3-7 of Spice and Wolf season 1. Let me explain what I understand and hopefully ...
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Who was the first "trap character"?

A "trap character"(UrbanDictionary entry, may be NSFW) is a character who appears to be a girl until you get in close enough (plot-wise) to discover they are, in fact, a boy. The inverse trope exists ...
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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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What are these color pages for?

If noticed it in several manga now. A extra page added in a fully covered overlay, usually followed by the identical page in either full color or normal colorless. They tend to be red(ish), blue or ...
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Why did Ichigo use his final move?

At the end of the Aarancar arc, Ichigo had Aizen so completely outclassed that Aizen couldn't even grasp the difference in their powers. Why would Ichigo use his Final Getsuga Tenshou when he knew ...
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Where did Gary get these badges from?

In Episode 63 of the Pokémon anime, it can be seen that Gary has ten badges, seven of them unknown. The known badges are Boulder Badge (top left), the Cascade Badge (bottom left), and the Rainbow ...
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Who is the strongest Hokage?

Who is actually the strongest Hokage? It would be such a simple question and answer if Kishimoto just gave us a direct answer. But instead, Kishimoto feeds us different information along the way as ...
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How can Naruto/Jiraiya summon different toads with the same summoning technique?

When Jiraiya taught Naruto the toad summoning technique, he taught only one set of hand seals. However, different types of toads have appeared from the same jutsu. We have seen Naruto and Jiraiya ...
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Why do some works [anime, manga, novels] have a trailing dot?

Pure curiosity. Why do some series carry a dot [.] at the end of their titles? Is there a meaning to it or is it convention? Ex: Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu., Kobato.
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What are the differences between the Akame Ga Kill! manga and anime?

First of all, why was the anime completed before the manga? As far as I am aware, the anime is ahead of the latest manga chapters by a large margin. I've heard that the anime actually differs from ...
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Who exactly are featured on the walls of Maria, Rose & Sina?

I'm not sure whether this question will make sense or not but what is the symbolism or meaning behind the logos or symbols that are associated with the walls of Maria, Rose & Sina? Are they ...
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Social etiquette in anime/manga/pop culture Japan conventions

When attending anime/manga/pop culture conventions, is there any guidance or any good manners I need to observe? Is there something specific I need to observe, or is it just like the other "normal" ...
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What are the real-life origins of CPU and CPU Candidates?

In Hyperdimension Neptunia, Neptunia is based on Sega Neptune. The name of her country, Planeptune is obviously a reference to Sega Neptune. My question is, what console the other CPU and CPU ...
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Why make filler episodes?

The general rule seems to be that filler is made when an anime is being produced faster than the manga. The thing I just can't seem to figure out is How an entire freaking episode takes longer to ...
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What is the opposite of "seme" according to otakus?

I don't understand the joke behind "opposite of seme" scene. Can you please explain it to me?

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