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Why is it that many anime and manga depict being a virgin male as something embarrassing?

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 ...
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What is gap moe?

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 ...
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Why are there so many perverted virgins in anime?

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 ...
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Check and circle marks in test papers

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 ...
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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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Why is there so much reluctant sex in hentai?

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. ...
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What are the swastikas on the car's navigation supposed to represent?

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 ...
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What is spinning a girl in yukata like a top a reference to?

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,...
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Why do most anime have field trips to Kyoto?

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 ...
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In SAO 2 did Asuna break up with Kirito?

There is no reason to think so. When Kirito introduced Shino to Asuna and Liz at the Dicey Cafe, the three of them were preparing to bring Shino back to her hometown, where she encountered the gunman ...
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How much do mangaka profit from anime or merchandise sales?

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 ...
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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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When did people start putting anime characters on vehicles?

These type of otaku-owned car are called Itasha 痛車?, literally "painful car" (painfully embarrassing / painful for the wallet) and started with decoration of cars in the 80s when Japan ...
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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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Why did they break their cups after a toast?

It's from a Russian tradition that went back to Peter the Great and now it's done after important toasts. From the Table-glass Wikipedia page (bold emphasis added): A legend says that the first known ...
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Why do first, second, and third grade of Japanese students wear different uniform in Anime?

In my country (Indonesia), our school uniform has a badge that indicates what grade we are. It was not just my school, other schools here also have it like this. Thus, this is not/no longer (since ...
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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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What should a university-level course about manga and anime culture cover as part of its curriculum?

Some Notes Before Reading This is an imaginary course that I have created. I think it gives a broad enough overview of the subject for a single term, but I think it could be extended easily to a two ...
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What events usually happen at Comiket?

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 ...
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Why are post offices always a target for robbers in anime?

Japan's post offices are banks. And the Japanese postal banking system is nothing to sneeze at. In fact, in 2008, Japan Post Bank held more deposits than any other bank in the whole world! It is ...
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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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Why did they break their cups after a toast?

I'm sure Jon Lin is correct about the background, but here is a more in-universe answer: As user1306322 stated in a comment, it's likely based on a ritual done before going into a battle you don't ...
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Was Kodomo no Jikan controversial in Japan?

At least for anime version, there are some discussion and some TV station cancelled the series. From Wikipedia: [...] two television stations — TV Saitama and Mie TV — removed it from their ...
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Why do many visual novels contain erotic content?

Because visual novels are spinoff of eroge games. According to wikipedia: The eroge game (or H-game, hentai game) are introduced into the market (no pun intended) in the 1980's as a means to attract ...
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What are the anime censorship laws in the United States?

The FCC, the government body responsible for broadcasting media, does not have any specific laws against animation that comes from Japan, otherwise known as anime. Because the 1st amendment protects ...
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Why do Aya and Youko consider going to a ramen shop alone so amazing?

Shall I assume that these characters are in high school or younger? In that case, yes, it not so common for high schoolers to hang out at a ramen restaurant compared to a fast food place like McDonald'...
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Why do the Human-looking Youkai obscure their eyes?

From this article on Japanese masks and their meanings: In ancient times, masks were used to portray creatures and characters during plays and rituals. It seems that that carried over into 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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Does anime really account for 60% of the world’s animation-based entertainment?

It comes from this document published by JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) where it says (page 7): International sales data is not exact, but around 60% of the anime shown worldwide is ...
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