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This is a hypothesis: The time goes beyond 24 hours in order to make it easier for the viewers to identify which day of the week they should stay up late to watch the show. For example, "Hayate no Gotoku! Cuties is aired on Monday 25:35" informs the viewers that they need to stay up late on Monday. If we write in standard 24 hours format Tuesday 01:35, it ...


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Sazae-san (still ongoing) holds the Guinness World Record for the longest running animated television series at more than 7071 episodes. For a list of runner-ups, check this list.


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Definition1 cour [koor] noun One of the four conventional three-month periods of television broadcasting in Japan (January to March; April to June; July to September; October to December): "Noragami" aired during the first cour of 2014. A portion of a television program aired over the course of one cour1: The big reveal at the end of the first ...


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Yes. Sometimes it's a sort of "exchange" of product placement - the anime will show the brand in the show, and the brand will put something about the show on its products for a certain timeframe. Code Geass: Pizza Hut Rebuild of Evangelion Tiger & Bunny: Various I'm sure there are more examples but these are just a few.


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I believe Japan's obscenity laws have some particular rules regarding pubic hair. Also, often hentai artists prefer a hairless body for their particular demographic / fetish / etc. Up until the mid 1990s, pubic hair had to be censored in Japanese media. The law has been relaxed since, but as it had been common to do without hair, many artists continued with ...


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There are a variety of reasons for this. Some may apply and some may not. The anime series catches up to the Source Material This is by far the most common problem, faced by long running Anime. Once the source material ends there are two options. Fillers or hiatus. Anime like Naruto and Bleach went the filler route. Bleach ended before the final saga which ...


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This is less to do with eye health as it does with photosensitive epilepsy (PSE): Television has traditionally been the most common source of seizures in PSE. For patients with PSE, it is especially hazardous to view television in a dark room, at close range, or when the television is out of adjustment and is showing a rapidly flickering image (as when the ...


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TL;DR - It's because financially, it pays off for longer, more popular anime series. It allows them to retain broadcasting slot, as well as sponsors and advertisers, by sacrificing a bit of quality. First, it needs to be pointed out that many anime don't have filler. Filler episodes are only common in long-running popular anime such as One Piece, Naruto, or ...


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The walk cycle is considered to be one of the most basic aspects of animation. American animators and animation enthusiasts often times scorn the Japanese styles and methods of animation as lazy, while Japanese anime enthusiasts deride the American style as clunky or too comical. Why is that you ask? The answer lies in how these countries distribute their ...


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In Japan, the term is called eyecatch, which is also known as bumper. As the question has mentioned, it's usually to indicate the start and end of the commercial break. In broadcasting, a commercial bumper, ident bumper or break-bumper (often shortened to bump) is a brief announcement, usually two to fifteen seconds in length that can contain a voice over, ...


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Japanese can be written either horizontally or vertically. Vertical writing is known as tategaki (縦書き) and is notably used in manga. When writing vertically, columns of text are read top-to-bottom, right-to-left, which is why manga panels are also read this way. Horizontal writing is called yokogaki (横書き) and is written left-to-right, top-to-bottom exactly ...


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Upon thinking about this again, I decided to do some research into this phenomenon. You correctly identify that there is some unusual darkening of scenes in TV broadcast anime that is not present in Blu-Ray releases. It looks like you are also correct that this has something to do with laws1 requiring broadcasters to avoid airing content that may cause ...


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Okay, based on what I've learned here, I think I understand why you're asking this question - it looks like it boils down to the fact American television and anime use the word "season" differently. The way anime is produced nowadays is that the production of a second season is almost always strongly contingent on the commercial success of the ...


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This is going to vary a lot depending on the budget of the series. The difference between high budget and low budget series is big enough that applying this to any individual anime is probably not a very good approximation. As an aside, this is essentially a rehash of my answer here, though the question is different enough that I don't think it's a duplicate....


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There is no written path, but there are several factors and steps that must happen for that: Fanbase The overall reaction to the manga, the volume of internet traffic it generates (fan-art, forums, discussions, fan pages, fan fiction, even porn of the main characters). Are fans cosplaying as the characters even before anime? Connections and reputation ...


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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'm not sure if this is what you're looking for, but according to Japanese Wikipedia articles for those series, they can be called tanpen anime (短編アニメ, short anime). Aiura: 2013年4月から6月までテレビ東京・ニコニコ動画にて、5分枠の短編アニメで放送された。 From April to June 2013, a 5 minute tanpen anime was aired on TV Tokyo and Nico Nico Douga. Recorder and Randsell: 5分枠の短編アニメで、...


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The law that most people cite as the reason for Japanese censorship is Article 175 of the Criminal Code of Japan (passed in 1907). Interestingly, Article 21 of the Japanese constitution prohibits censorship, so legally Article 175 isn't actually censorship, though it's pretty hard to argue this in practical terms. The translation of Article 175 of the ...


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There are sooo many anime series (and manga for that matter), that broadcasting companies don't know which will be hits and which won't be at the time of establishing a contract with a studio. The fact is, when a studio gets the green light to do a series, it is typically one season; that is, with the exception of some of the Jump comics that have long-...


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Several reasons: Production cost, first impression, spoilers. Theme songs are commonly used to save money on production. Draw that opening once and show 90 seconds of a roughly 22-minute episode every time. And there is also an ending which is a double value :p When a series is only starting, you might want to make it interesting right away, and not just ...


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In addition to the other answers... The first episode of the new Ghost in the Shell: ARISE series features various shots of various ads for the Surface tablet and the device itself. The Evangelion Rebuild films have had long lingering shots of a Lawson's convenience store. Also, Misato’s fridge is stocked with Kirin beer. In Macross Frontier movie, Ranka ...


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Presumably it's to fit into the standard 30 minute time slot allocated for the show. 20 min. episode 3 min. OP + ED (90 seconds each) Commercials And it's about 30 minutes.


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Anime is a Japanese loanword used to refer to any sort of animation. Outside of Japan, in other countries, anime is generally considered to be a type of a cartoon. You can make a cartoon in a style similar to anime, but it can't truly be considered an anime. Why not, you ask? Animation differs by region. This can be because of the different techniques used,...


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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 use of colored pencils and related mediums vary depending on the artist or production that does them. The yellow is typically seen being used to highlight shadows or break up object in the background (like clouds), because shading with a regular pencil might drown out the details especially in a elaborate or darkly lit scene. Take this storyboard from ...


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Mangas are usually written by one person, called the mangaka. The mangaka has to come up with creative ideas, original scenery, character expressions and dialogues while making sure that the story flow is coherent and planning ahead to pick up the story in the next chapter and see if he/she can take it from there. The mangaka first has to draw everything in ...


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This seems to happen in most regions. The typical reasons I've seen given are: shows don't all start on the same day or even the same week sometimes airtime slots are occupied by sports, seasonal, or other non-regular programs networks may choose not to broadcast new episodes on holidays with historically low viewership shows are sometimes only given an ...


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First of all, I doubt they'd look at any scripts not written in Japanese. Second of all, I'm rather doubtful you'd have much success simply pitching an idea to a studio as a person outside the industry. There are, however, many venues to get an idea made into an anime, eventually, but these venues require the person who came up with the idea to produce ...


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From Wikipedia: Time-of-day notations beyond 24:00 (such as 24:01 or 25:59 instead of 00:01 or 01:59) are not commonly used and not covered by the relevant standards. However, they have been used occasionally in some special contexts in the UK, Japan, Hong Kong and China where business hours extend beyond midnight, such as broadcast-television production ...


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In the video you linked, the uploader also linked to a news post on the Attack on Titan anime's official website. This news post explains the situation. I've translated the most relevant part: 各放送局のオンエアー日を極力揃えて放送しておりますが、 この度は制作上及び放送局納品期限の都合により、このような放送形態となりました。 Although we tried our hardest to deliver the same product to each broadcasting office on ...


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