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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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Toshio Maeda, the manga artist who did Urotsukidoji, one of the first shows to use tentacles, said in an interview that he used tentacles to circumvent the Japanese censorship laws which prohibit the depiction of male genitalia. Why tentacles? For some reason there were some issues about censorship about the sex scenes. When I was drawing sex scenes, ...


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I ran a college anime club for a couple of months with around 200 members (I was not the president, but our president was new so he had me handle most of the operations), and I was the treasurer for over 2 years. Over the course of any given year, we had around a couple dozen events, as well as weekly anime showings. I'm no longer a member of the club since ...


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It's a culture thing, and it's kinda like a fixed phrase, which is not translated accurately into English. If you can understand a little Chinese, its true meaning is 我饶不了你, in which 我(means I) 饶不了(means won't forgive) 你(means you), and the meaning is perfectly translated. Its true meaning in English is more like this: I will not absolve you from guilt or I ...


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The media depicts being a virgin as embarrassing because it reflects how teenagers feel about being a virgin. As for why authors choose to reflect this particular part of society, that would be a bigger discussion. The short answer is to evoke empathy from their audience. This is not exclusively a Japanese thing. A study cited in Psychology Today found: ...


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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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Currently, nearly 50% of Japanese adults are not sexually active. This has been reported in international news such as the Washington Post, the Telegraph, the Guardian, the Daily Mail, and Japan's own English-language news source, the Japan Times. Anime characters are a reflection of the real situation. Not all of the adults who are not currently sexually ...


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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 a Japanese thing. Actually, I would argue that it came in origin from American media that were exported to Japan. In the US, large breasts are often considered ...


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Overview Blood type carries a significant weight in Japanese culture, so much so that Japanese are often surprised when people of other origins are not familiar with their blood type. In their culture, they associate every blood type with a certain personality and demeanor. There is an interesting history behind blood types; in 1900, A, B, and O were ...


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Yes, this does mirror how Japan marks the test papers of students. Let's see an example each of a marked test paper in anime and in real life Japan: Circles and crosses indicate right and wrong answers, but you'll often see check marks used in place of crosses to save time and effort. Check marks are sometimes called reten for bearing resemblance to the ...


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No, not at all. As looper mentioned, the amount of Christianity in Japan is around 1% which is a really small percentage. Evangelion assistant director mentioned that they originally used Christian symbolism only to give the project a unique edge against other giant robot shows, and that it had no particular meaning: "There are a lot of giant robot ...


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Blood type in Japan is associated with temperance or personality. On Facebook in Japan, as well as Wikipedia and matchmaking sites, blood type can be listed. Many horoscopes and matchmaking services also use blood type to match people together. According to Wikipedia: It is common among anime and manga authors to mention their character's blood types, ...


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Let's look at the meaning of the words separately. A quick google search tells us that a gap is a space or interval; a break in continuity. It can also mean to be a difference. Here is a post that addresses what moe is. If I were to describe it myself, it is the feeling you get when you see someone/something so cute you just want to hug them and take them ...


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The Nazis did a great job at stigmatizing swastikas but the symbol has been used for other purposes before and still is. You can verify that this isn't particular to the anime by looking at the respective area on Google Maps for example. Or any other major Japanese city for that matter. Due to it's use in Hinduism, you will likely find it associated with ...


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Cherry blossoms are very prominent in Japanese culture. From Wikipedia: In Japan, cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhistic influence, and which is embodied in the ...


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Note: Some references have been excluded here for PG reasons. There's a few layers to this question. Firstly, this isn't a hentai-specific thing. Lots of Japanese non-animated porn contains rape. This is a cultural thing spanning more than just anime. The main reason as some people have pointed out to you is that it sells. But let's go a little further ...


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The name of this meme is Obi spin, from the Japanese term 帯回し obi-mawashi. An old jidaigeki-related meme wherein someone (usually a middle-aged man) pulls on the obi of a young woman wearing a kimono, causing her to spin around as it unravels. Usually accompanied by the tugger saying "It's fine, isn't it? (よいではないか、よいではないか)" in a sexually suggestive tone, ...


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Most likely it happens because it looks cool and unique. Here's what tvtropes say about anime hair: Usually, the most important characters of the story will have wild spikes or a cool-looking hairdo in order to stand out among the crowd. It may be one or more different colors that don't appear naturally in real humans (blue is a popular choice). ...


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The hand seals in Naruto are based in Mudra, which are symbolic/ritual gestures associated to Hinduism and Buddhism. Mudra are used in everyday life, from religious practices to dances, going through martial arts as well. The most well-known Mudra is probably Añjali Mudrā, which often accompanies the greeting Namaste. In the French version of the Mudra ...


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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 in a maid uniform were put in a maid uniform. In this chiebukuro question, one user reports that they will be running a maid cafe at their school festival, ...


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The Costume Fandom: All Dressed Up with Some Place to Go! written by By Dr. John L. Flynn says that it goes as far back as: At the First World Science Fiction Con­vention in New York in 1939, a 22-year-old Forrest J Ackerman and his friend Myrtle R. Jones appeared in the first SF costumes among the 185 attendees. The future editor of Famous Monsters of ...


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It really comes down to awkward translation. 許さない (yurusanai) is the word being used. This is the negative form of the Japanese verb for "to forgive", which also has other nuances and can mean to permit or accept something. Despite it seeming odd this is a natural enough expression in Japanese; however, it presents a bit of a dilemma for translators. Some ...


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For one thing, the image of Totoro is part of Studio Ghibli's (one of the most famous and critically acclaimed animation studios) logo: The second thing is that the movie appeals highly to both children and adults. In a paper by Rieko Okuhara titled "Walking Along With Nature: A Psychological Interpretation of My Neighbor Totoro", she starts with: Why ...


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Hanami (lit. "flower viewing") being one of the nation-wide festivals would help. Note that the school year starts in April (graduation in late March), while depending on the location, cherry blossoms are prevalent from the end of March to early May. Everyone knows romance is all about love at first sight on the first day of school and confessions during ...


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This is very dependant per mangaka. And all tough there is a thriving independent market for manga, it is rarely a solo effort. Hence most of the mangaka start off as either an assistant, or manage to get a contract at a well known publisher. Now, as for how much they earn, lets take Eiichiro Oda as an example. He has been estimated to earn around 2 billion ...


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Actually it's not only Kyoto. Depending on the manga's theme, the field trip could be anywhere, but yes, most of the time it'd be Okinawa, Hokkaido, Kyoto and Osaka. As a side note, most of the manga I read has the school trip to Okinawa and Hokkaido instead of Kyoto like yours. Okinawa is usually visited during winter because due to its geographical ...


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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 aspects taken directly from his inspiration the Monkey King along with his name, and the fact that he turns into a giant ape is also a callback to his simian ...


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There's a Manga Censorship panel at Comic con that talks a bit about habits in Manga, of note: Fujimoto also pointed out the particular demographic stratification of manga into shonen, shojo, seinen and josei (boys, girls, men and women) genres, resulting in a product range that spans all ages. Each of the various manga magazines published in Japan is ...


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Japanese speakers may remember numbers by taking the prominent syllable from how they read numbers (語呂合わせ goroawase). There are more than one way on how to count: one that descended from Old Japanese (大和言葉 Yamato kotoba) and one borrowed from Chinese (漢語 kango). In the order of Yamato / Kango: ひとつ hitotsu / いち ichi ふたつ futatsu / に ni みっつ mittsu / さん san よっつ ...


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You are correct: Comiket is the world's largest convention for selling/buying doujinshi, and includes cosplayers. However, it is not an anime/manga convention and as an experience is pretty much nothing like Comic Con or similar conventions to Comic Con such as Anime Expo. Yes, Comiket only exists in Japan, as over 550,000 Japanese doujinshika (a.k.a. ...


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