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About the artworks used in the Elfen Lied opening scenes (contains nudity)

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 ...
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Why do some anime not have an opening in the first episode?

Several reasons: Production cost, first impression, spoilers. Theme songs are commonly used to save money on production. Draw that opening once and show 90 seconds of a roughly 22-minute episode ...
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Was Lilium written or composed solely for Elfen Lied?

The answer is yes. According to the pamphlet included in the Elfen Lied OST, the melody of Lilium just surfaced to MOKA, the two-person musician group who was appointed the music producer staff of ...
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What was the first anime that uses different ending/opening songs in every episode?

tl;dr Shōnan Bakusōzoku, an OAV from 1986 with 12 episodes and 12 endings (ended only in 1999). Intro I took up Gao WeiWei's suggestion and used ANN's API to create a duplicate of their database and ...
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Is the English Pokemon theme song more well known than the Japanese version?

The following answer is based on the results I got on Google [from my country (France)]. Keeping the following elements in mind, one can say that their popularity level is more or less the same. The ...
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Was this really the original American/English-language opening/intro to Sailor Moon? If so, why was it so heavily changed?

I'll preface this answer by admitting that I couldn't find any interviews in which DiC (the company responsible for the original English-language dub) explained why they changed the opening so much. I'...
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Is it common for seiyū's to also be singers?

For the first question, the answer is yes. This is especially true with female seiyuu. As you noted, Nana Mizuki is also a singer other than a seiyuu. You can check her discography here. She even went ...
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Anime song (I think Naruto)

I hummed the song in Soundhound and it recognized it thanks a lot guys! It's Aqua Times - ALONES It's the 6th Bleach opening theme song.
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Is it common for a character to sing in OP/ED?

The simplest way to answer this question is to take a look at a sample of anime and see how many of them have OPs/EDs sung by the show's voice actors. For the sake of argument, I will look at all ...
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Do the symbols that appear in the OP of Sasami-san@Ganbaranai mean anything?

The characters look very similar to Jindai moji (Encyclopedia of Shinto link) (Japanese Wikipedia link). (Image taken from Talk:Jindai moji page on Wikipedia) These characters are theorized to have ...
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Was Lilium written or composed solely for Elfen Lied?

As is almost always the case with anime music, Lilium was composed just for Elfen Lied. KONISHI Kayo and KONDO Yukio collectively handled the composition, arrangement, and lyricwriting (and also did ...
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Why do some anime not have an opening in the first episode?

The anime Kotoura-san is like this as well. It starts off showing you a type of introduction. From my point of view I feel that animes do this in order to tell a story more thoroughly without the ...
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Ladybug theme song identification

You are right. The anime is indeed Miraculous Ladybug. Now, there's a little issue with the title and the lyrics of the song. According to the Ladybug PV wiki site, The song that plays with it is ...
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What is the name of the theme song at the end of episode 12 of Tokyo Ghoul?

The song that plays at the end of episode 12 is the same as the opening theme song. It is called "Unravel", and is by TK. Lyrics and more information can be found on the Tokyo Ghoul Wiki. The full ...
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Is it common for a character to sing in OP/ED?

Yes, it is common for most of anime to user their seiyu to sing the opening and/or ending theme. Why? According to this link which explains why Anime Theme Songs are created: Another reason this ...
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Are there any prominent non-fan dubs of "A Cruel Angel's Thesis" in other languages?

There's also an OP sung in Mandarin, but it looks like my old link to that has been removed from Youtube by Bandai. There's this Spanish Full Opening that I believe is sung by Jessica Toledo. And ...
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Has there been a anime that used its OP as ED and/or vice versa?

This is not uncommon - a number of shows will have a first episode with no song at the beginning, and with the OP at the end of the episode. I'll pull in some examples of this later. There are also ...
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Gender of person who sings Bleach's eleventh opening (Anima Rossa)?

According to Wikipedia Porno Graffitti (ポルノグラフィティ Poruno Gurafiti), also known as Porno (ポルノ Poruno) is a Japanese male rock band from Innoshima, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Current and Past ...
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Was this really the original American/English-language opening/intro to Sailor Moon? If so, why was it so heavily changed?

what appears to be the English/American version of the intro. I almost wonder if this can really be the original intro, or if it's consistently mislabeled, and this is for season three or something ...
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What does the black-and-white fish symbolize in the opening credits for 'Jujutsu Kaisen'?

I was also wondering this, and also thought the fish could represent Sukuna or Junpei, but after watching the series over again, I've found that about 43-45 seconds into the opening it shows the black/...
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Has there been a anime that used its OP as ED and/or vice versa?

This questions seems answered to me, but since it isn't accepted yet, maybe I can add some more info. From this question I have a local copy of the database powering ANN's encyclopedia. So with this ...
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Does anybody recognise this song from Princess Kaguya?

I'm pretty familiar with the Clannad anime, and I can tell you with 99.9999% confidence that this song never appears in it. As I said in my comment, and as Toshinou-san and senshin reaffirmed in ...
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Anime song (I think Naruto)

This tune is from Bleach, Opening 6 here.
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Why are some anime OP/ED theme songs sung by Kpop/Korean Artist?

I think this is related to the Korean Wave in Japan. In the early 2000s, Korean live action dramas and KPop started to come into Japan and quickly became massively popular. From Korea.net's article ...
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What is the woman saying in Itachi's theme song?

From Google, I found that Itachi's theme song is titled Senya (千夜, lit. Thousand Nights) and is part of Naruto Shippuuden Original Soundtrack 2. This song has no lyric. The woman voice there is part ...
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Was the Tokyo Ghoul OP made before the Anime or specifically for the anime?

I do not know if it was made specifically for the Anime, but the Anime was the debut of the song. The first episode of the Anime having aired on July 4th, 2014 and the single containing the song being ...
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What is this song from Naruto song sung in Korean?

The song's name is Gliding by Buzz.
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Was this really the original American/English-language opening/intro to Sailor Moon? If so, why was it so heavily changed?

Considering the stance they have on dubbing, Nordic countries are probably the outliers here. This is the Italian intro for comparison, which is pretty similar in techniques (though I always found it ...
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What is the meaning of these lines in the opening of Elfen Lied?

To give you some context, this song is sung in Latin and "Kyrie" is the a common prayer in Christian liturgy. "Kyrie eleison" pretty much equates to "lord, have mercy". ...
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