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In Japan, cicadas are symbolic of summer, and possibly symbolize reincarnation as well, based on summer being the time when the cicada comes out to sing.[1] As per their role in anime, according to Wikipedia, The songs of the cicada are often used in Japanese film and television to indicate the scene is taking place in the summer.   — Cicada, Wikipedia I ...


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The Elfen Lied OP Code This original analysis is built on previous works by Anime Afterglow, 莉露兜 and 知日部屋. For the meaning of Kaede's hand gesture that was once popular in manga, see What's the significance of the 'w' finger position in Elfen Lied and In the opening of the Elfen Lied anime why does Nyu/Lucy have her fingers positioned in a certain way? All ...


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The reason why the author uses the different languages with different groups is because he feels that will attach uniqueness to that group. In one of his interviews I have read, he stresses that for him, characters are very important and he draws the characters first. In his interview in Germany, when he was asked the same question he replied as below "...


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I grew up in an area that was close to sea level (a bit further south than Japan) and in the Spring and Summer I recall hearing cicadas just about every time I went outside. I suspect the effect in anime is to improve immersion or accurately reflect the reality of the situation that the anime is trying to portray.


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Those chairs are a direct reference to Bokurano, understanding which actually adds depth to the scene (if you've seen Bokurano). Bokurano huge spoilers:


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According to a tweet from @anime_photokano (the official Photokano twitter account): 「フォトカノ」EDアニメーションのイントロで映る花ですが、順にリンドウ、ガーベラ、ヒマワリ、シロツメクサ、タンポポ、コスモス、スイートピーです(どの花がどのヒロインに対応しているかは以降のカットでご確認を)。本編でも、花のカットの使われ方にご注目ください! #photokano Loosely translated, Regarding the flowers at the beginning of the Photokano ED - in order, they are Japanese gentian, gerbera, ...


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It's likely to be a homage to the work of El Greco, who used this hand symbol in his various works. Like this one titled The Gentleman with His Hand at His Breast or Christ Carrying the Cross The meaning of this gesture is subject to much debate... Some hypothesis indicate that: The hand gesture is a secret sign indicating that the gentleman is a Marrano -...


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This song, being sung by the 3 main heroines, was especially made for the anime. The song uses the metaphor of an orange, likening the girls to an unripen, not yet matured, orange. This blog entry offers a much in-depth look into the meaning behind the song. Though the translations may differ between people, the general meaning stays intact. The blog article ...


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While the anime is never explicit about it's visual intentions, there are some potential implications for these two paintings: Most obviously, they both feature naked or semi-naked women, quite appropriate for an anime named "Lesbian Bear Storm"! More subtly, in both paintings the women are in a 'primal' state, whether in the wilds of the jungle, or leading ...


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Steins;Gate sort of uses the many-worlds time travel theory referenced by John Titor. There are many discrete worldlines, like parallel universes. When Okarin leaps to the past, he is moving from one worldline to another; his actions do not affect the future in the worldline he leaped from, only the future of the one he is currently in. The worldlines exist ...


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I believe this refers to the saying "like a moth to a flame". The saying indicates that something/someone is irresistibly attractive (not necessarily as in human attraction), but that it will ultimately lead to downfall. Remember, at the end, the flame engulfs the moth, and it dies. So, Bradley and Mustang are fighting for peace/freedom/a good future. They ...


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I haven't seen it myself, but apples can often symbolize sexuality, temptation ("forbidden fruit") , fertility ("bearing fruit" as in your screenshot). Connections can also be made to the stories of Adam & Eve and Sleeping Beauty. The circular shape of an apple can also be a depiction of loops, or eternity - which is what it appears to be in ...


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Fun Facts About Sebastian Michaelis' Symbol written by aneir on DeviantArt stated: Fact 2: Pentagram The Pentagram is a five-sided star, usually made with a single continuous line, with the points equally spaced. It is often depicted within a circle. This is one of several geometric star designs representing the mysteries of creation and redemption, ...


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It has something to do with the term Mother Ocean, the fact that Japanese islands are made of several volcanoes linked together, their work ethics and custom. Mother Ocean Mother Ocean is a term used to refer to the fact that all lives on earth starts from the sea/ocean as described in Nagi no Asukara. Even after leaving the sea and becoming land creature, ...


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That's the currency symbol for the Yen, the Japanese currency. The Wikipedia article you have linked to in your question has this to say: Maris' obsession with money is demonstrated by her hair ornaments, in the shape of the symbol for Yen (Japanese money).


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This is primarily a homage to Freddy Mercury, most notably the one song with the same name as the title of the series. Freddy Mercury also owned many cats and had a very close relationship with them on top of being influences for his works. It's a very fitting tribute.


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James wrote, Steins;Gate sort of uses the many-worlds time travel theory referenced by John Titor. There are many discrete worldlines, like parallel universes. When Okarin leaps to the past, he is moving from one worldline to another; his actions do not affect the future in the worldline he leaped from, only the future of the one he is currently in. The ...


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I don't know if this story was the basis of the appearance of the moth but I know a story about it from our country Philippines. I don't know if this story is already known around the world but it was a story told by the mother of our national hero Jose Rizal. It was Jose Rizal's Mother who told him about the story of the moth. One night, her mother ...


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It's a peach. As Aki Tanaka commented, this is a reference to the story of Momotaro, in which an old woman finds a peach floating down a river. When she and her husband attempt to eat it, they find a boy inside.


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The movie is symbolic of Tokyo in a post world war environment, which is obvious from the first few minutes. Note, though, how it starts with a massive nuclear explosion, forcing Japan to start over and rebuild. Over the next thirty years, Tokyo becomes a hub of technological advancement, and a breeding ground for new businesses and capitalist opportunities. ...


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I think the orange personifies the characters of the Toradora, mostly the girls (Taiga, Ami & Minori). The lyrics says, ORENJI iro ni hayaku naritai kajitsu kimi no hikari wo abite which translates to: The fruit wants to hurry up And turn orange-colored Basking in your light means that the girls want to be more matured, like a still unripe ...


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Madoka's mother is drinking from a faceted glass and what your screenshot shows are two edges of it and the Michelangelo's painting behind the glass. The dialogue between two women doesn't really correspond with the painting's theme, as far as I'm concerned. The painting seems to be part of the entourage of the bar. With studio Shaft in charge of ...


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As I haven't read the Japanese edition, and don't have a copy laying around to reference with. I can't say it with 100% certainty. But it seems to be a play of words. Mugem Mamiya (無限 間宮) Infinite Momentum Kudan Kumiko (件 久美子) Matter Forever Touge Miroku (峠 みろく) pass (to) Maitreya Which would turn the sentence into This world may be bizarre, but it has ...


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I guess you could describe this as calligraphic. I don't know enough to say whether this is what a calligrapher would consider genuine art vs. just being writing with bold and swishy brush strokes. This writing doesn't "symbolize" anything, though - it's just the lyrics of the first verse of the OP theme as they're being sung. 混ぜんな mazen na 危険な kiken-na ...


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The easiest answer is: Cat burglar (i.e. thief etc). Makes sense for an anime about swindlers. It could also be a suitable comment on the phrase "Great Pretender." Have you ever heard that cats roam for miles away from their house when they are not at home? They could lead a double life and you might never know. At least 1 cat in my life has done ...


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No, you're right, that is absolutely the double integral sign. There's a trend of indicating follow-on seasons of shows with indicators like random punctuation marks or letters (see, e.g. this question about Nisekoi: or this one about Dragon Ball Z), and this is almost normal by comparison since it does actually look a bit like a stylised II rather than, for ...


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"A normal zip or cable tie is borrowed. A participant firmly cables the performers two thumbs together, making it impossible for the performer's hands to separate" (wonderwizards.com). So my understanding is that by pinning the thumbs together, separating the hands becomes impossible and thus, minimal hand movements restrict leverage to pull on the ...


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The numbers of the shells used in the show were 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 19, along with a shell that was unnumbered. The Outlaw Star Wikia has a nice page all about Caster shells. Caster shells are numbered by the wizards who create them. Their numbers appear to define the varied effects of each shell. Shells that are numbered #4, #9, and #13 are the ...


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I'm a native Hebrew speaker, and "Yesod" (יסוד) literally means foundation or an element (like the table of elements). I'm not an expert when it come to Judaism (FYI that's because not all Jews are religious, Judaism is also a nationality), but in the Kabbalah Yesod is one the ten "Sfirot" (plural, ספירות). "Sfira" (singular, ספירה) literally means a count ...


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