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No matter how you look at it, an anime is a cartoon. The main difference is that an anime is considered a Japanese style of cartoons in the West. Many English-language dictionaries define anime as "a Japanese style of motion-picture animation" or as "a style of animation developed in Japan." However, in Japan, the term "anime" does not specify an animation'...


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There are two different ways that one can use English words in Japanese. The first is through loanwords. The Japanese language was more-or-less standardized during the Meiji Restoration, in the late 19th century. Before that, Japan was a very isolated culture for a very long time, so a lot of concepts simply didn't exist in the language. As a result, it ...


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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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OVA and OAV are synonymous. The reason for having two acronyms is historical; currently, both Japan and English-speaking countries use "OVA" as the official designation. According to the Japanese Wikipedia (rough translation): In the early days, "OAV" (short for "original animation video") was often used as well, but "AV" and "Adult Video" were easily ...


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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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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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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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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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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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My personal argument: Cartoons are mainly produced for kids, with topics about friendship, fun, exploration and similar things. Anime / manga and related media mainly are produced for targets of all ages (except for Hentai and Ecchi series, of course). They can of course contain the "kids content", but there are much more serious ones out there, e.g. ones ...


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Yes, there are exceptions to the "rule" that an anime must be inspired by a manga. There are indeed some anime that do not have a manga corresponding, and other such things. But yes, there are also anime series which inspired one or more manga. The following list are some of the (arbitrarily selected as recognizable) names from a more complete list ...


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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 ...


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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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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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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 difference is only subjective, depending on yours and your peers' perceptions. Keep in mind that MOST of the anime that is exported from Japan is actually aimed at children. (defining 'children' as extending through the teenage years) When they see me watching anime, or they hear about it somehow, they say that I'm watching a cartoon and hence I'm ...


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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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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 first season. ...


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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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This question is really usual, especially when you are an anime fan. In my situation, I don't want 'anime' to be called 'cartoons' because they are so different for me. The following are the differences I think they have: Anime targets a vast audience, from kids to adults, while cartoons mainly targets kids, with the exception of course of adults who likes ...


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According to TVTropes, Sometimes, an animated character is better suited for being voiced by a voice actor of the opposite sex. Maybe a higher voice is needed for a male, or a lower voice for a female. A common variant for this is for young boys, usually 12 and under, to be voiced by an adult woman. This is because real little boys' voices ...


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A production is only as productive as the people that make it up. Manga production happens at a much smaller scale compared to anime production. For anime production, on top of publisher front costs, you have to get your staff, sponsors, script, character/set designers, broadcasting rights, and advertising ready before the production even starts. ...


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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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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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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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