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This article here explains very well why Anime OPs are so long in the first place. To summarize a few of the points: Cost Spread out commercial breaks Advertisement for record companies. Cost: Each episode is a total 25 min. which leaves 5 min. for commercials in a 30 min. time-slot. Furthermore, OPs and EDs are typically reused for most of the episodes ...


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Just like @senshin stated in his comment, for the Japanese people, their characters do look Asian. There is a really nice article written about this on thesocietypages and as stated there: Why do the Japanese draw themselves as white? You see that especially in manga and anime. As it turns out, that is an American opinion, not a Japanese one. The ...


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What is thought to be the first anime was a 3 second clip that is 50 frames long, called Katsudo Shashin. In it, a boy writes 活動写真, which means "moving pictures" on a board. Its creator and date of creation are unknown, but it is thought to be from circa 1907. There is an anime short from June 1917 named なまくら刀 (An Obtuse Sword) that is 2 minutes long and a ...


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I think the simplest answer is that anime is just not that popular. Though immensely popular and gaining momentum, the anime community just isn't that widespread. If you look at it critically MOST of the anime fans are limited to the popular and mostly Shounen series such as Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Dragon Ball, Pokémon, Deathnote etc. Compare it to the ...


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Okay, so I have been able to find a definitive answer! Naruto Narutimate Hero 3: Finally a Clash! Jonin VS Genin!! Indescriminate Grand Melee Tournament Meeting!! is the longest titled anime with a large 107 characters or 87 characters without non-alphanumeric characters Second Place goes to: Digimon Adventure 02: Zenpen Digimon Hurricane Jouriku!! - ...


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There doesn't seem to be any "official" announcement for that, but I think it's safe to say that since Manga and Anime make heavy use of symbols to re-create a concept or a situation, the sweatdrop functions the same way. In other words sweatdrop (see image below) is a reference to the fact that when people feel uneasy or feel similar emotions, they usually ...


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Historically speaking, Germany and Japan have been on friendly terms since the 1930s (and even before), due to their shared militaristic ambitions just prior to the second world war (which led to their Axis Alliance). After the Second World War, the economies of both nations experienced rapid recoveries; bilateral relations, now focused on economic ...


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The First Anime Astroboy's Claim to Fame Astroboy (1963) is often thought to be the "first anime", but that's false. It does merit some firsts though: it was the first anime to be broadcast overseas, and also the first anime that was broadcast regularly that lasted a full TV slot's duration. What Astroboy isn't, and the real 'first anime' The first ...


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If we look back to Astroboy, the first regularly broadcast tv-length animated series, we can see that characters are still not necessarily Asian-looking Astroboy started off as a show targeted mostly towards the Japanese, but soon Tezuka realised that it would not strike a profit on this alone. 52 episodes were sold to NBC Enterprises (as opposed to NBC ...


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There are critically analyzed works. It is indeed a much newer and nicher area than traditional film, but there are communities around it. There is just much less of it (as @Arcane states) due to popularity Critics in anime come in a few different forms: Academic Critique & Analysis Many film/media journals accept papers on animated media - this is ...


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Appears to have started in the 1970's, but over time the definition got a little cloudy and changed from being pedophilia to more of an obsession. There was also controversy similar to violence in video games linked to violence in real life, where one party suggested that lolicon could fuel sex crimes toward children, while the other party maintained that if ...


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It is for financial reasons. In the past, many series had longer seasons: 24, 26 or 28 episodes for a season was common in the 90s (Meitantei Conan's first season was 28 episodes). Series that were pretty guaranteed to be popular enough to keep up selling a lot of toys to kids had longer seasons (Sailor Moon's first season had 46 episodes). Gag series from ...


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I don't know where you heard about a creativity crisis but in the early 90's there was indeed a huge crisis which weakened the anime industry for a few years, along with a lot of other industries: an economic crisis. In the world, we more-or-less refer to this crisis as the "Early 90's recession". In a few words, it was a massive and worldwide economic ...


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Anime can be broken into three broad catagories - shounen, shoujo, and seinen. These translate into roughly young guys, young girls, and adults (as in not young people). Most of the "popular" shows are shounen, which contain a lot of action/fighting, simply because that demographic likes that kind of thing more. As can be expected, there are also shoujo ...


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Percentage wise bleach has the most fillers, since it has a total of: 366 episodes 160 filler episodes which means 43.4% of the anime are fillers. naruto and naruto-shippuuden combined have 640 episodes 238 filler (1st season 89, 2nd season 149) which means 37.2% of the anime are fillers. one-piece has 682 episodes 97 filler episodes which means ...


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It's partly a matter of targeting specific audiences. Depending on what time a show broadcasts at, you can tell roughly what their target audience is. Plenty of anime are broadcast in the morning. From this season, Danchi Tomoo airs at 9:30, Dokidoki! Precure at 8:30, Toriko at 9:00, One Piece at 9:30, Uchuu Kyoudai at 7:00. These are mostly shows which are ...


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In the 90s, Anime (formerly called Japanimation in some magazines and sources) became the latest target of alarmist conservative media due to a set of OVAs titled "Urotsukidōji" or "The Overfiend" in many English translations: It's a 3 part series which contained masses of animated gore, demon tentacle rape, and horror. Not only was it offensive to much of ...


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Most likely it happens because it looks cool and unique. Here's what tvtropes say about anime hair: Usually, the most important characters of the story will have wild spikes or a cool-looking hairdo in order to stand out among the crowd. It may be one or more different colors that don't appear naturally in real humans (blue is a popular choice). ...


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You have two questions here: What exactly is this treaty? and Does it really have so much control over anime? The Treaty of San Francisco they reference is otherwise known as the Treaty of Peace with Japan. Representatives from 51 countries worked together to create this treaty at an opera house in San Francisco, CA. The treaty was ratified by 48 of ...


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The Costume Fandom: All Dressed Up with Some Place to Go! written by By Dr. John L. Flynn says that it goes as far back as: At the First World Science Fiction Con­vention in New York in 1939, a 22-year-old Forrest J Ackerman and his friend Myrtle R. Jones appeared in the first SF costumes among the 185 attendees. The future editor of Famous Monsters of ...


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Most of this is a summary of the paper Maid in Japan: An Ethnographic Account of Alternative Intimacy by Patrick W. Galbraith (author of 'the otaku encyclopaedia') The first maid costume in Japanese popular culture came from the erotic anime series Cream Lemon, part 11: Black Cat Mansion in 1986. (Hiroki Azuma, Otaku: Japan's Database Animals, ...


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Kotaku says in its post here: Increasingly, Japanese authorities have been cracking down on drugs and celebrities. Instead of letting these famous individuals off, like police seem to do in the U.S., the Japanese police and the country's media appear to make examples of them, stringing them out to dry. This might be a good thing! It also might be a bit ...


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Adding onto @Angelo's answer, the rise of the trend seems to coincide with the rise of idol culture in Japan. The idol phenomenon began during the early 1970s, reflecting a boom in Japan for the musician Sylvie Vartan in the French film Cherchez l'idole in 1963, with Japanese title (アイドルを探せ Aidoru wo sagase?) in November 1964. The term came to be ...


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There is no deep origin of the super robot trope in Japanese folklore, at least as it pertains to anime and manga. While some Japanese legends and history (such as the samurai) may have influence the design and characteristics of the mechas, there is little direct inspirational influence. The first anime adaptation of the Tetsujin 28-go manga, in 1963, is ...


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Just like in this answer, let's take a look at /u/homu's data. This basically answers your question right here: between 8% and 15% (avg. 10%) of anime in each year from 2000-2013 were based on a video game of some variety. Games are a minor but not insignificant source for anime. Now, if you're asking "what percentage of video games get turned into an ...


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The first 'magical girl' anime was Sally The Witch, who transformed with a wand into another costume - This was a simple animation though and performed in the same cut as the rest of the scene. Sally The Witch came out in 1966 and was in black and white. [Apologies for low-quality gif] If however, that feels like a bit of a cop out answer, the anime ...


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It may come to a surprise for you, but the anime you typically watch is not what is considered mainstream in its country of origin, unless of course you watch shows made for children and families. In fact, most of the anime that the international community consumes are what is called "late night anime." The overall ratings on these TV series are so low that ...


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According to The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan, Lum Invader from Urusei Yatsura is possibly the first tsundere to exist (and also potentially the source of all moe) Urusei Yatsura started manga distribution in 1978 and Lum's cold exterior (but in actuality being kind and loving) accrued her the title. However, ...


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This meme seems to be a conflation of two very different things. First, Hyakuya Akane from Owari no Seraph (the girl on the lower part of the image) does not share the low below-the-shoulder ponytail that the women in the top of the image share; she has a loose braid. Today I was handed this event flyer by a friend (a Japanese college student involved in ...


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The use of chibis was supposedly started due to Sailor Moon. The term Chibi was popularized by the anime Sailor Moon in the character Chibiusa/Chibi-Moon, who is the daughter of Sailor Moon/Usagi ("Chibi-Usa" as in "Chibi Usagi"). An even tinier character in the same anime was named Chibi Chibi (approximately 3 years old). (Modified 23 September 2009; ...


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