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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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What was the first anime to have a "please notice me senpai" moment?

In real-life Japanese culture, many people do hope to get and attempt to get the attention of their love interest without ever voicing it or being direct, so this is not an anime/manga-specific trope ...
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Where does the 'lewd' meme come from?

Etymology Etymologically speaking, the word takes its root from the Old English lǣwede : ignorant, unlearned. Then in the Middle English it got transformed into leud/lewed (found those two ways to ...
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Why do some people think that handholding should be censored in anime?

They don't. It's sort of a running joke in the anime community that holding hands is a lewd and explicit act, and this in turn has spawned jokes about how hand-holding should be censored. I'm unsure ...
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What exactly does "best girl" mean and where did the expression originate from?

When I first sat down to investigate "best girl", I was pretty sure that this was a fairly old lexical item - not pre-internet, by any means, but probably c. 2003-04. Alas, I had fallen victim to ...
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Why is it said that the Tsukihime anime "does not exist"?

It certainly comes from the fans who have played the visual novel (VN) and set the expectation too high for the anime adaptation. Some background, the original Tsukihime VN was stated as an ...
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What do people mean when they say "Notice me, senpai"?

This is a meme in the English-speaking internet anime community. This particular phrasing appears to have come into existence around December 2013 (according to Google Trends), though variants are ...
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What was the first anime to have a "please notice me senpai" moment?

To be perfectly honest there was no original "notice me senpai" moment in anime. The way it started is when a female character has feelings for a guy, but she never manages to tell him, and this just ...
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Do gangster-themed Madoka subtitles really exist?

So, after a while of researching this, it appears that someone had taken a subtitle file and run it through Gizoogle's Translation site. Gizoogle is a parody of Google based off of Snoop Dogg's ...
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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 Caramelldansen, and where does it originate from?

Take note that the dance and a song are two parts of a whole. Most familiar with the the meme would know that the title is Swedish for "Caramel Dance" and comes from the first track of the album ...
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Why do some people think that handholding should be censored in anime?

Warning: Text under spoiler tab contains NSFW terms It's satire to the whole absurd censorship rules in the anime industry (see this video to know more on these absurd rules). I did some digging and ...
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What exactly does "best girl" mean and where did the expression originate from?

'Best Girl' is usually used to refer to someone's favourite character in a series. For example, Toshinou Kyouko is best girl in Yuru Yuri. Generally, best girl is used to refer to a female ...
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What is Caramelldansen, and where does it originate from?

Carameldansen on Know your meme Caramelldansen (eng. The Caramel Dance) is a series of animated dance videos that use the dance track with the same title. Its original track was released in Supergott ...
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Rub a dub dub, Thanks for the grub

HamtaroWarrior's claims that it doesn't have much to do with anime and that "It just seems to be a way to translate "Itadakimsu"." [sic] miss the point. There is, in fact, a clear anime-related ...
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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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What does Piccolo telling Gohan to "dodge" mean?

This is a reference Team Four Star's DragonBall Z Abridged series. In it, Picollo is teaching Gohan to dodge. However, he ends up conditioned to freeze in fear of the word instead. This becomes one ...
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Can I watch the full 'Nice Boat' replacement episode anywhere?

The full 28-minute version of Nice Boat is apparently available on Nicovideo (you'll need to make an account or use a redirector like nicoviewer). I didn't see the original Nice Boat back when it ...
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Was there any canonical or production-related reason for the fights in Dragon Ball Z being dragged out?

I think there's largely two reasons for these fights being so long and dragged out: There were points when the anime was being released faster than the manga was being published. This is a common ...
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What are the original memes mentioned in Steins;Gate?

Some of the phrases are explained at the Steins;Gate wiki's Real-Life References and Glossary. Regarding the phrase「エル・プサイ・コングルゥ」(El Psy Congroo), according to Anime News Network, FutureGadgetLab is ...
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What are "sugoi kawaii desu!!!!!11" guys/girls?

The fourth point : will often use Japanese words like "Kawaii" to sound "cool" From A list of commonly used weeaboo words for normal people : Weeaboos are people who think they ...
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What does Piccolo telling Gohan to "dodge" mean?

It comes from the Team Four star parody of Dragon-Ball, and it occurs during the part where Piccolo trains Gohan to fight the Sayans One of the things Piccolo does is tells Gohan to dodge, and then ...
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Where did the "Not this shit again" bad sub meme originate from?

At about 21:00 in Season 2 Episode 20, there's the same scene: The plot: On the platform of the Sword of Akasha in the World of C, Charles zi Britannia is looking at the pillar-like object, ...
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What do people mean when they say "Notice me, senpai"?

If you know what senpai means you may understand. Senpai means upperclassman or someone you look up to. This phrase is quite common in anime which have a school background. It is generally used when ...
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Which anime did the pregnancy test meme come from?

Closest I could get to an answer. According to knowyourmeme: According to archived discussions[1] [2] from the Japanese imageboard site Futaba Channel (2chan), the photoshop meme originally began ...
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What does "padoru padoru" mean?

This all probably bogs down to Nero's whimsical nature and "padoru" is just some mumble jumbo that took on a life of its own as a meme. As some may not be aware the Saber-class servant Nero Claudius ...
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Who is that in Dark Twist Square and how are they related to Gen Urobuchi's work?

That's M. Night Shyamalan, a film director and screenwriter known for making films with supernatural plots and twist endings. Some examples of films he has created are The Sixth Sense, Signs, and The ...
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Which anime did the pregnancy test meme come from?

It is probably from the original ending of Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (Season 1 Episode 13), which aired in 2014. A clip of the scene can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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What was the first anime to have a "please notice me senpai" moment?

'Notice me senpai!' Really didn't originate from anywhere, it's more of a reference to when there's a romance in Animes that deal with school life. Before it somehow always was the girl chasing the ...
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What do people mean when they say "Notice me, senpai"?

A much shorter answer: in a lot of manga and anime there is a character that likes a senpai, an upper classmen, however, no matter what they do, they can't get noticed by the senpai. So, the line ...
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