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Why are anime girls drawn without pubic hair?

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 ...
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Why is it so rare to see new long running anime series these days?

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 ...
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Why make filler episodes?

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. ...
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What is the name of an "interrruption screen" element in the middle of an anime episode?

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 ...
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Why do anime series change titles so often (nearly for every "season")?

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" ...
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What is required for a manga to get an anime adaptation?

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, ...
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Why does anime air in 4 seasons per year of ~13 episodes?

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 ...
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Why do anime (in general) have so much time in between seasons?

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 ...
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Why do some anime not have an opening in the first episode?

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 ...
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What does this Treaty have to do with Ecchi Girls?

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 ...
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Why do some English Dubs leave untranslated Japanese Text?

Dubbing is expensive; subbing is much cheaper to do. Anime translation companies usually want to dub because they have no shot at getting it aired on TV outside of Japan if there is no dub, so they ...
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Why is anime produced faster than manga?

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 ...
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Why don't anime seasons have a standard amount of episodes?

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 ...
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Why don't they complete all an anime's episodes before it airs?

As Justin Sevakis mentions in his article on The Anime Economy: Anime production is an extremely labor-intensive proposition, employing the services of up to 2,000 people per episode around the world....
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Where to submit anime idea?

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 ...
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Who is the main target audience of yuri titles?

Yuri is a genre. It, like any other genre - drama, action, romance, adventure, slice-of-life, etc - is part of what will define the particular plot the show will have. It by itself isn't a ...
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Why is anime limited in animation?

Please see the latter part of the answer to Is intentionally producing a lower quality TV release unique to anime?: American cartoon viewers are very particular about the quality. My friend who is ...
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Why do anime and manga use the same faces?

This is a matter of artistic style and a branding strategy. As a prime example: Studio Ghibli films are arguably the highest-quality anime produced. They painstakingly aim for realism in the ...
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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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Is it common for games to get a anime?

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 ...
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Do anime usually lose money?

On their own, Yes. Obviously this is a fairly blanket statement and is hard to qualify because of secrecies in company financials, but I think it's reasonable to assert. I also realise I'm not ...
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What are the highlights in eyes called?

For illustrative purposes, I have taken the first four images off a Google search for eyes (note: you may not want to perform this search yourself, as there is at least one disturbing image on the ...
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Who is the main target audience of yuri titles?

The origin of yuri comes from Class S novels. This genre was created 100 years ago. In this time, the main readers of Class S novels were girls. In 70s, the word yuri is created by the editor of ...
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What's with the "x" in "Hunter x Hunter" (and other anime/manga)?

I've done some searching about the names like this, and I wasn't able to find any particular explanation. Some people say it's just for style, other argue that the × is another form of "vs" (which ...
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What does it mean for animation to be done "on ones" or "on twos"?

Basically: Fundamentally, all anime today is produced at a rate of 24 frames per second. This is the same framerate used for most (all?) film today (e.g. in Hollywood movies). For a filmmaker with a ...
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Was Sailor Moon edited in the English version?

In general, Sailor Moon was heavily edited for the US release as detailed by fans for example here. In particular nudity was avoided as exemplified below. The source of these images is this ...
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What is the difference between an OVA and an OAV?

A pretty late answer, but I found a comment from Yoshiharu Tokugi (famous for writing Dirty Pair, Macross and Power Rangers) in Johnathan Clement's "Anime: A History". Tokugi claims there is a slight ...
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Have there been any anime with actual product placement?

Here. This one's from Nichijou. And yes, it's the real thing as is featured in the credit: (0:59 in the ending 2)
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Are anime episodes/manga chapters really free?

Yes, there are some legitimate websites on which you can read manga and watch anime for free. Crunchyroll is one of them. While Crunchyroll started out as a site that streamed anime without licenses (...
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Why are anime characters usually drawn without lips?

This sort of lack of defined lips is stylistic within the art form of anime (and some manga do this as well). This isn't something that the artists can't be bothered to draw due to lack of talent, ...
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