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Why do anime girls have huge chests?

Because some people like women with big breasts. As usual, anime exaggerates; it can't just have a woman with big breasts, it has to have a woman with ridiculously gigantic breasts. This isn't purely ...
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Do real-life schools have maid cafes at their school festivals?

Here are some data points, none of which I can verify the veracity of. According to a user on chiebukuro, some class at his school ran a crossdressing cafe, and some of the boys who would look decent ...
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Is Goku in Dragon Ball based on Sun Wukong from Journey to the West?

Akira Toriyama was definitely influenced by Journey to the West in writing the original Dragon Ball manga. In early stories, Goku rides the Flying Nimbus cloud and wields an extendable staff, two ...
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What are those branches used in baths in Goblin Slayer episode 7?

Those are White Birch Branches. It's also mentioned in the manga during Chapter 20. (Warning: NSFW (Nudity) content and manga spoilers ahead) I'm not sure of their exact use but according to the ...
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Where is this pool from?

This pool exists in real life in the Hanazono Room. Its internet fame comes from a not-very-surprising origin, which is its prevalence in pornographic material. With images of the swimming pool of ...
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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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Are high school and middle school students not allowed to use a backpack?

Short Answer To answer your question: some schools specify bags students use, while others don't; it varies. Long Answer Like uniforms, bags are also specified by schools, which means the level of ...
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Japanese Scoring System on Public High School Examinations: Quintessential Quintuplets season 2

In The Quintessential Quintuplets, the passing grade is 30 or above per subject. This was inferred and stated in the midterm exam's result (chapter 20), when Yotsuba said that she failed all subjects ...
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What is that "Oh yeah!" gesture that anime characters do called?

It called 合点 (Gatten). Google image search It's pretty common gesture in Japan (and other countries) I do it in real life too. Also there is TV show called "gatten" that describe something and guest ...
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Why is there so much nudity in anime and manga?

To start, you're not really going to see full-frontal nudity in anime. If you look at this question, you can read about censorship laws in Japan and about how--through self-censorship as much as ...
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What does "padoru padoru" mean?

I've actually questioned this myself in the past, here's what I've basically found so far After digging for a while on Japanese Q&A sites and forums, most people seemed to have concluded that it'...
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What is that noise when an onsen scene opens up?

The thing which makes these sounds is a type of 鹿威し (Shishi-Odoshi) or scaredeer, it acts similar to as what a scarecrow does, and the sound it makes scares away the wild animals. And as for what ...
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Why do characters in anime/manga eat their lunches in restrooms?

This is meme-ish thing in Japan. Most of Japanese otaku community member was socially divided by their classmates (because what you call Jocks don't like this kind of culture and tends to despise ...
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Why is it that many anime and manga depict being a virgin male as something embarrassing?

Sex is an important part of human life, as each life usually starts with somebody having it. People like discussing it because it's pleasurable. And there are other things comparable in popularity, ...
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Is Goku in Dragon Ball based on Sun Wukong from Journey to the West?

The last panel of the last page of the first chapter of Dragon Ball alludes to Journey to the West. Remember your Chinese fairy tales? You don't? Not even the impish Monkey King and his magic staff,...
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What is with kimono that makes Japanese guys to fall for the girls in many anime?

It's a similar trope to one you see in Western media, where the normally un-feminine (or dorky, or nerdy, or otherwise not stereotypically attractive) female character dresses up for some kind of ...
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Is Cheese-kun real?

So I am wondering, does Cheese-kun exist in Japan? If so, did it exist before or after Code Geass? Yes, Cheese-kun exists IRL and predates Code Geass. See, for example, this 13 Aug 2006 Wayback ...
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Why are train scenes so common in anime movies?

As senshin mentioned, train rides are a huge part of the average Japanese person's daily life. Scanning the average daily ridership column on Wikipedia's list of urban rail systems in Japan, you can ...
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Is there such a thing as an 'Indie'/Alternative anime scene?

There's Voices of a Distant Star, which was "directed, written, produced, character designed, storyboarded, cinematographed, edited, and animated by Makoto Shinkai". Essentially an individual effort ...
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Is it common to tell people how you spell your name in Japan?

Telling someone how to spell your name is probably pretty common in Japan, especially if your name has an uncommon spelling. Even just from watching anime, you see it happen pretty often. For instance,...
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What did Uesugi mean by his hand gesture?

This sign is known as the T-Sign in ASL. It's used to indicate a time-out or pause, and is often used in the context of sports. In this particular scenario, it is used as an indication of pause. ...
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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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Is there such a thing as an 'Indie'/Alternative anime scene?

As Euphoric mentioned in the comment, what is the definition of "anime" in here? Because in Japan, "anime" is anything animated, whether it's: a 3-episode 2D anime (45 minutes total): 1 (5 minutes), ...
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Why all the "Re" in titles?

For the meaning of the word "Re:" in the title, depends on the Anime (there seems to be a lot of explanation in the comment section of your answer). But the reason on why there's an influx of it ...
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Is there a local folktale regarding underwater palace and tamate box in Japan?

This is the story of Urashima Taro. It's a famous old Japanese folktale from the Nara period about a man who saves the Emperor of the Sea's daughter, Otohime. He is invited to live in the underwater ...
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Does "Evening Get" correspond to a real-life television show?

Yes, ゆうがたGet! (Yuugata Get!, Evening Get!) is a real-life TV show. It's broadcasted by TV. Shinshu located in Nagano prefecture since April 5, 1999. Based on the broadcast schedule list on the ...
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What is a "fangirl moment"?

Fangirls have been around for quite a while. The term having it's first recorded use in 1934 in the novel by humorist A. P. Herbert called Holy Deadlock which is about the struggles of a divorce. The ...
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Why are most isekai happening in a medieval world?

I think you might have landed in a category of Isekai novels where Medieval influence is more prevalent. As a avid reader of Isekai's myself, I can confirm that there are also plenty of Isekai's ...
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Are there any anime/manga that have caused outrage to the point of them being banned in any culture?

Ha ha ha ha ha OH YES. China: Death Note, Code Geass (temporarily), Blood-C, Psycho-Pass, Attack on Titan, Deadman Wonderland and more and anything with yaoi content France: Temporarily banned ...
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