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Why isn't anime critically analyzed like other forms of literature or entertainment?

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 ...
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Why are most women in anime housewives instead of being independent?

Since the question has picked up steam, I am going to construct the answer by including both historical and modern viewpoint and then the depiction of women in anime and manga Part I: Historical ...
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Why isn't anime critically analyzed like other forms of literature or entertainment?

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 ...
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What, if anything, was the early 90s anime creativity crisis?

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 ...
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Why do people tend to think anime is weird porno?

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 ...
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Why are most women in anime housewives instead of being independent?

TLDR: The premise of the question is only true for male-oriented works. The main bulk of the question (the reason for women in anime being portrayed mainly as housewives) has been answered by Fumikage ...
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Why not export to America?

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 ...
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What was the first anime aired in HD?

You question intrigued me quite a bit, so I decided to try to solve this problem. Here is what I found and I would be grateful if anyone can help me improve my answer! The first thing I knew was ...
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Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors and styles?

Question #1: Why do many characters tend to have crazy hair colors? What is the cultural origin of such a style? The origin of this practice is the primarily black and white medium of manga. Manga ...
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Why Is Britannia often depicted as an almighty power?

Based on your comments you seem to be drawing too much of a distinction between the words Britannia and Britain, as in fact both mean the same thing. Britannia is just the Latin (and ancient Greek) ...
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Why isn't anime critically analyzed like other forms of literature or entertainment?

Note: I can only speak from a Western perspective here. For all I know, anime is critically analysed in Japan. The first thing worth considering as a reason for why anime doesn't seem to be ...
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Was this really the original American/English-language opening/intro to Sailor Moon? If so, why was it so heavily changed?

I'll preface this answer by admitting that I couldn't find any interviews in which DiC (the company responsible for the original English-language dub) explained why they changed the opening so much. I'...
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Are anime OP/ED theme songs original?

The vast majority of the time (easily upwards of 95% of the time, by my estimate), OPs/EDs are produced specifically for the anime they're used in. Reuse of existing songs is rare. There are ...
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Why do people tend to think anime is weird porno?

I think there are two main reasons for the "anime" is porn prejudice. The first that anime porn forms a fairly significant part of the anime market. The other is that fanservice in anime is more ...
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Why is there less action anime every season?

Looking at the MAL Lists for 2017 by their definition of action genre: Winter 49 of 243 anime released were action genre (20.1%). Spring was 43 of 237 (18.1%). Summer was 37 of 249 (14.9%). Fall ...
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How could the pilots in mecha anime move their mechas fluently with just primitive controllers?

In-Universe Explanations In the Gundam franchise, this is explained through the use of advanced computer systems that translate simple joystick motions into complex robotic motions. According to in-...
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Why isn't anime critically analyzed like other forms of literature or entertainment?

Literature is that which is studied by teachers of literature (and by extension, their students). It may have a connection to quality of writing, but this is not guaranteed, nor that other writing of ...
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Are there any other Guinness world record holders?

No, One Piece is not the only record holder: as shown in this article, "Kochikame Earns Guinness World Record For Most Volumes Published For Single Manga Series" with 200 volumes.
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How did "other world" or "isekai" stories gain so much popularity and where do they have their roots?

Isekai: The genre that took over modern anime is a video by Gigguk that, while amusing, also covers a lot of the actual history. Essentially, the idea of being pulled into another world is at least as ...
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How was the first anime made?

The very first anime (see more) - Katsudō Shashin was sketched onto a celluloid strip using a kappa-ban for a Magic Lantern, adjusted for continuous play. (Arthur Mee and Holland Thompson, eds. The ...
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How did abridged versions of anime get started?

LittleKuriboh's Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged is often cited as being the first abridged series and the one to start inspiring others in a chain reaction like manner. (The latest episode even makes fun of this ...
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Fake anime or manga release as an April Fools Prank?

Yes. The examples I know of is from Type-Moon. As we can see from the link, almost every year since 2005 Type-Moon has came out with an April Fool's Joke ranging from fake movies to games featuring ...
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What was the first anime to feature an OP/ED that was not performed by a Japanese group/artist?

In your eyes by Samantha Newark in Project A-Ko (1986) The earliest use of an English song as an opening in the Japanese version of an anime I can find is In your eyes by Samantha Newark in Project A-...
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What's with the "x" in "Hunter x Hunter" (and other anime/manga)?

A warning if you are planning to search on some of the titles listed below as some contain NSFW content. To add to the previously accepted answer, while the × or ×'s in anime titles will usually not ...
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Why isn't anime critically analyzed like other forms of literature or entertainment?

Anime as a genre has few gems. For me it's hard to find a good anime by random. Yet, I don't think that's the main reason why it's underrated. The ones that are great, really shine bright and deserve ...
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Whats the origin of Harem genre

The first anime or manga to have all the elements of the harem genre is Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (OVA anime: 1992). It has multiple female characters pursuing the same male lead, a constant presence in ...
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Why do characters repeatedly say other characters names?

While the Japanese language does have various words that are second person pronouns, the most natural way that doesn't have any hidden meaning behind it of referring to the other person is using their ...
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Why do female anime characters always run like this?

Looking at a WARNING! TvTropes WARNING! One thing is clear, this kind of running is an exageration. So you will not probably find examples in real world. But what is it exageration of? That character ...
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What is the target demographic of cooking anime?

This depends on what you mean by "demographic". In general, the demographic is "anime watchers who like to cook or watch content related to cooking." There are dozens of YouTube ...
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What is "Rasetsu"?

Rasetsu (羅刹) is the Japanese Buddhist term for Rākshasas. From Wikipedia: Rākshasas ... are a race of usually malevolent beings prominently featured in Hindu mythology. They reside on Earth but ...
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