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What is the first ever produced anime and manga?

The First Anime Astroboy's Claim to Fame Astroboy (1963) is often thought to be the "first anime", but that's false. It does merit some firsts though: it was the first anime to be broadcast ...
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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 was the first Hentai ever made?

The history of Japanese hentai manga is very, very old. For example, The Dream of the Fisherman's Wife (NSFW) was drawn in 1814. The work is also known as the earliest tentacle erotica. In 1722, the ...
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Did manga from North Korea undergo the same audience changes as in the rest of Asia?

Of course, North Korea is pretty secretive so not much information is out there in the open - but I did contact the owner of this North Korean manhwa collection and he gave me some insight of his own. ...
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Are there anime named after a manga, but totally different from it?

Sorry, this is not manga, but I'd like to mention The Idolmaster. The original game of The Idolmaster is an arcade game about producing girls as idols. However, the first anime series Idolmaster: ...
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Why are manga black and white?

As an artist, I can say that coloring with high quality really requires a LOT of time and effort even for anime art styles. It is nothing like a coloring book, because you really have to make it ...
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How did "other world" or "isekai" stories gain so much popularity and where do they have their roots?

Isekai: The genre that took over modern anime is a video by Gigguk that, while amusing, also covers a lot of the actual history. Essentially, the idea of being pulled into another world is at least as ...
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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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Whats the origin of Harem genre

The first anime or manga to have all the elements of the harem genre is Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (OVA anime: 1992). It has multiple female characters pursuing the same male lead, a constant presence in ...
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Origins of the nose-bleed in anime/manga

As Beska notes in useful comments at the related question Does the “bloody nose” trope necessarily imply a sexual situation?, I think it steps around the question: whether there is a difference ...
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Why do females always run like this?

Looking at a WARNING! TvTropes WARNING! One thing is clear, this kind of running is an exageration. So you will not probably find examples in real world. But what is it exageration of? That character ...
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What was the first iyashikei series?

(This was originally going to be a comment, but I'm going to go ahead and make this an answer and explain why I'm not sure it is possible to effectively answer this question. I could well be convinced ...
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Before the era of Naruto, One Piece and Bleach being published simultaneously, was there ever another well-defined "Holy Trinity" of Manga?

The concept of Big 3 is really vague. Some say it's just a made up word for the current popular manga in the West, which is One Piece, Naruto and Bleach during the early 2000s. At the same time, ...
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What is the longest-running manga series that has already ended before september 2016?

The series mentioned by senshin in the comments are hard to beat. But here is a new record: Chiisana Koi no Monogatari (小さな恋のものがたり) ran for 52 years, from 1962 to 2014. It was created by Chikako ...
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Rather then a company published manga, can a self-published manga become an adapted anime?

There are a few anime adaptations of doujins and Artist CGs, like Z-Ton's "A Beautiful Greed" and Maron Maron's "Yareruko! Densha Ecchi", both of these are NSFW. Also that short anime "Getsuyoubi no ...
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Why Japan makes most of Manga's which supplied to the world?

Japan makes the world's manga because, manga is, by English-language definitions, Japanese​. In reference to manga published in the United States, Wikipedia states: [T]he original parent loan word, ...
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What's the meaning behind the rarity item's classified in Anime/manga?

It not generally used in reallife. It is originally come from Japanese Animation & Games, is generally come from games. In real life school ranking mark only A, B, C is credit marks, this will ...
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Why are most mainstream comic books about superheroes while mainstream manga covers multiple genres?

You're comparing apples with Ferraris here. Western comics as we consume them place more of an emphasis on the characters themselves as their selling point and charm, which is the chief reason that ...
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Is there a complete physical archive of Weekly Shounen Jump (or Shounen Sunday or Shounen Magazine)?

At least, It should be in National Diet Library. Under Japan's law, all publishers need to submit 1 copy of all of their books and magazines to that library. Some people succeed to read Jump in ...
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Has a manga series ever affected Jump or similar magazines sales a lot?

I've found you an article that show some graphs about Jump sales, and data about their best selling mangas that I think you'll find useful : source And some date from best selling mangas to help you ...
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Why is shonen manga's goriness these days abundant?

I haven't seen firsthand proof that shounen manga are getting more violent, but let's say it's true. It does happen; popular media seem to follow weird cycles where the average level of violence rises ...
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How does a series go from manga to anime?

Anime might be produced based from many types of different stuff, not limited to manga, but also other stuff, like light novels. There are also some anime that aren't based on any manga. From my ...
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Are there anime named after a manga, but totally different from it?

I’m not sure whether this pair fully conforms with your request but there is no doubt that these works share the same name but have nothing (not even the genre) connecting them. You may have heard of ...
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Significance of "cross" on cover page?

The uses of crosses is purely stylistic for different reasons, except for the right most one. There's no reason to imply that they (the first two at least) have any set or additional meaning beyond ...
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What was the first Hentai ever made?

This is just additional information with regards to the previous answer. The first hentai OVA is credited to Lolita Anime, which was first released in February 21, 1984, not to Cream Lemon, which was ...
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What defines the art-style of Japanese manga?

I'm not sure there is a specific answer to this. As you acknowledge, different artists have different styles. Both Japanese and western books vary from "cartoony" to "realistic". There are cultural ...
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What percentage of hentai manga artists are female?

Comiket is the largest fan convention in the world where many of those hentai artists sell their doujinshis. From the official introduction to Comiket (PDF, updated 2014), Conventional wisdom tends ...
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What percentage of hentai manga artists are female?

The answer is "we do not know". Now, as others have pointed out, there is the issue of Mangaka using (multiple) pen names for their erotic stuff, but the other half of the story is that Mangaka like ...
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How did Japonism, if at all, affect manga/anime?

Short answer is no. Beyond making the world aware of the early, pre-war concept of manga, there is little to nothing to do with modern post-war manga. The influences are just a footnote in history in ...
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What are those lines under some anime characters eyes supposed to be / mean?

I was wondering what it represents? I've been researching and I could not find any information or reason regarding what they are exactly or why they are placed underneath the eyes. This, however, ...
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