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What is the name of an "interrruption screen" element in the middle of an anime episode?

In Japan, the term is called eyecatch, which is also known as bumper. As the question has mentioned, it's usually to indicate the start and end of the commercial break. In broadcasting, a commercial ...
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Doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference?

TLDR; Doujin: Fandom created works Doujinshi: a (Broader)category of Doujin Doujinshika: A very, very limited form of Doujinka Doujinka: A Doujin creator Now In more details A Doujin A Doujin, ...
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What is COMITIA? Is it different than Comiket?

Both Comiket and COMITIA are doujinshi conventions held in Japan. Both conventions are generally the same event with several differences. See What events usually happen at Comiket? Main Focus While ...
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Just what does the word "canon" mean when referring to anime?

Something being canon essentially means it's true to the primary1 storyline. A good example of this would be when talking about fanfiction - if a fanfiction has two people dating in it, it would be ...
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Why is "bioroide/bioroido/bioroid" used in different animes?

Bioroid is a word depicting a artificially created, cybernetic or biologically organism. Where the roid stands for android and bio for bio. This term is mainly used within the sci-fi genres, one ...
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When did otaku become a derogatory term?

According to the first paragraph of the Wikipedia article (emphasis mine): Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese term for people with obsessive interests, particularly in anime and manga. Its contemporary ...
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What does "anime franchises" mean?

Definition #11 of "franchise" at en.wiktionary is what you want: The loose collection of fictional works pertaining to a particular universe, including literary, film or television series from ...
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When do you classify an AMV as an ASMV?

This seems like an awfully fuzzy thing to try to delineate. I'm going to claim that the answer to your question is "you classify an AMV as an ASMV whenever you think that sounds like the right thing ...
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Is there any equivalent to the "fujoshi"/"fudanshi" descriptors for yuri fans?

There is the term 姫男子 hime-danshi lit. "princess-boy" for a male person who enjoys lesbian/yuri media. I think this is a relatively recent coining - the Nicopedia article on this term dates to 2012, ...
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Why do characters repeatedly say other characters names?

While the Japanese language does have various words that are second person pronouns, the most natural way that doesn't have any hidden meaning behind it of referring to the other person is using their ...
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What is the Japanese term for the CGDCT tag/genre?

I'm not aware of the Japanese having a word for this. It's overlapping a fair bit with healing or in Japanese Iyashikei 癒し系 ( いやしけい ). But it is not the same thing. Not sure about today, but years ago ...
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What is the simplified art style called that is often used when a character is emotional?

The so-called "simple background" is essentially a montage of a particular mental landscape. Sometimes referred to as "kouka haike" (効果背景, lit. effect background) or "kouka back" (効果バック, lit. effect ...
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Is chuunibyou syndrome real?

As for medical term or more common term for chuunibyou, they actually show it on first episode. eight grader syndrome, pubescent crisis, fourteen sick, hebephrenic schizophrenia, 8th grader ...
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What does "anime franchises" mean?

Franchise an authorization granted by a government or company to an individual or group enabling them to carry out specified commercial activities, e.g., providing a broadcasting service or acting ...
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What is it called when an anime character is emotionless on the inside and sweet/kind on the outisde?

I don't think there will be any satisfactory answer here. This answer itself is almost better suited as a comment, but there is too much to cover in a comment or two. Most importantly, this is ...
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Do Shojo and Bishonen overlap, or are they separate?

Shoujo is a genre of manga/anime targeted at girls. There's an explanation here that covers it, but basically, it's manga/anime where the target demographic is 8-17-year-old girls. Bishonen is an ...
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What's the term for the bullied kid who delivers bread and sandwiches to the bullies?

Bread Shuttles. Korean. Not Japanese. 빵셔틀 [ppang-syeoteul] Term literally meaning ‘bread shuttle.’ Usually used at school, where one student is picked on and/or bullied to do the errands for people ...
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Doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference?

Ka in Dojinshi-ka have two corresponding Japanese. I'm not sure which one you talk. I want to describe literal meaning. Doujin(同人) : 同=same 人=person, so 同人mean people/group who have same interest. ...
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What is a 通信{つうしん} from a manga publisher?

According to a search on jisho.org, 通信{つうしん} by itself can mean "correspondence," "communication," "transmission," "news," "signal," or "telecommunications." However, further down the page (the third ...
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Filler episodes

A simple answer taken from the internet. A filler arc is a storyline (often, though not always, shorter than the regular arcs) in which, over a number of episodes, an adventure is detailed that is ...
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Why are romantic events sometimes called "flags"?

In the visual novel/RPG Megadimension Neptunia VII, the in-game codex, Nepedia has the following entries: 1 Flag (Programming Term) The term "Flags," from their use as landmarks, is used in ...
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What does "tsukkomi" mean?

"Tsukkomi" has multiple definitions. In its comedic sense, which is probably the only case where you may see it untranslated, it can mean one of two things: The act of pointing out that something is ...
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Why are there different words for "manga" and "manhwa"?

As senshin's answer said: though the medium might be the same, many things like processes, styles, story writing, country, etc. are different. Conveying different art/writing styles In my opinion, it'...
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What does 'production minutes' mean?

Based on the quotients of the production minutes over number of works and given the context that these numbers are referring to increasing numbers of theatrical anime releases, I believe the term "...
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Filler episodes

Filler episodes are entries in a generally continuous serial that are unrelated to the main plot, don't significantly alter the relations between the characters, and generally serve only to take up ...
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Is there any equivalent to the "fujoshi"/"fudanshi" descriptors for yuri fans?

Yuriko (百合 子) means children of the lily. It's the official name given to Latin American fans of yuri. I know that fans from other countries also call themselves this way, but I'm not sure it's ...
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What does "anime franchises" mean?

The more general term for this is "media franchise" which is also famously known as "media mix" in Japan. Quoting Wikipedia, A media franchise is a collection of related media in which several ...
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Why MAL (MyAnimeList) is putting light novel and comic together?

I wouldn't say comics and light novels are the same thing. To be even more precise, I think there's even a big difference between Comics and Manga but more about that can be read over here. This ...
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What is the Japanese term for an old man/grandpa who is into anime/is otaku?

Kitanai rōjin is what I have found about from your question. It means dirty old man too if you want to translate.
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Why did Ruby call Kana "Loli-senpai"?

I don't know the series well, but from here (mostly literally translating) Loli-senpai is a nickname for Kana Arima. It suits her because of her image as a genius child actress and her height being ...
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