Toshinou Kyouko
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Where do the Naruto movies fall in the timeline?
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Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow Sakura's hair is short in the movie. She cut it during the chunin exams. The limited opportunity team 7 has to go on a mission together between the chunin exams and ...

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Why are anime girls drawn without pubic hair?
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I believe Japan's obscenity laws have some particular rules regarding pubic hair. Also, often hentai artists prefer a hairless body for their particular demographic / fetish / etc. Up until the mid ...

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What is the longest anime title?
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Okay, so I have been able to find a definitive answer! Naruto Narutimate Hero 3: Finally a Clash! Jonin VS Genin!! Indescriminate Grand Melee Tournament Meeting!! is the longest titled anime with ...

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Are there any anime suggestion engines?
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Anime-Planet and MyAnimeList have user submitted suggestions for shows on a "if you liked X, you might like Y" setup. As a developer myself, this is something I've wanted to look into making, and ...

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What is the first ever produced anime and manga?
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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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How to start the .hack series and its viewing order?
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The release order of .hack is: .hack//Sign .hack//Liminality [OVA] .hack//Legend of Twilight (Tasogare no Udewa Densetsu) .hack//Gift [OVA] .hack//Roots .hack//G.U. Trilogy [Movie] .hack//G.U. ...

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Why isn't anime critically analyzed like other forms of literature or entertainment?
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There are critically analyzed works. It is indeed a much newer and nicher area than traditional film, but there are communities around it. There is just much less of it (as @Arcane states) due to ...

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Why are most people in anime white or European-looking (instead of Japanese)?
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If we look back to Astroboy, the first regularly broadcast tv-length animated series, we can see that characters are still not necessarily Asian-looking Astroboy started off as a show targeted mostly ...

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Is Avatar: the Last Airbender an anime?
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Anime basically translates to animation, so the Japanese don't really have a distinction. Claymation for example could qualify as 'anime' in the East. From a Western perspective, 'anime' is a looser ...

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What are the cats watching?
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The anime the cats are watching is Black Butler (Extract from the linked wikipedia page) The series follows Ciel Phantomhive, the thirteen-year-old head of the Phantomhive noble family and the ...

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Why is it that the swordsman's attacks appear to do nothing until they click the sword back into its sheath?
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This trope is usually attributed to Fist of The North Star, after Kenshiro attacks someone he pauses and says "You are already dead". It is only then that they realise their defeat and the attacks are ...

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Why do the racoons in pompoko have such large genitalia?
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The racoons in this film aren't the usual ones the West would know of. They are in fact Tanuki and are better know as Racoon Dogs in English. Still, you can see from the picture above that they aren'...

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Why is there so much reluctant sex in hentai?
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Note: Some references have been excluded here for PG reasons. There's a few layers to this question. Firstly, this isn't a hentai-specific thing. Lots of Japanese non-animated porn contains rape. ...

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What is a vocaloid?
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Vocaloid is a piece of software used to model a human singing voice. Users can create music with the software by putting in a backing track and giving the Vocaloid program a set of lyrics to sing. ...

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Why do people tend to think anime is weird porno?
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In the 90s, Anime (formerly called Japanimation in some magazines and sources) became the latest target of alarmist conservative media due to a set of OVAs titled "Urotsukidōji" or "The Overfiend" in ...

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Why is Megumin a weird name?
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I think there are two possibilities: #1 Different to the world's normal names As @ton.yeung mentioned in their comment, it's because it's so different to the other names of the fantasy world. Look ...

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Are there censored or discarded Pokemon creatures and what are the motives behind it?
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Censored creatures: Likely little. As @Torisuda has mentioned, there's no incentive for them to create pokemon that toe the line - it's a show for kids, they will want innocent monsters. Sexual ...

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How can I identify child-appropriate manga?
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On the back of a lot of US manga there's an age guide. Y – Youth, Age 10+ Similar to a "PG" movie rating, the "Y – Youth, Age 10+" rating means that the title may contain mild violence and/or cursing....

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Where is "See you Space Cowboy" from?
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It's definitely Cowboy Bebop. The background character is Spike Spiegel: The phrase is taken from one of the ending credits: However, the song on that website doesn't match the song entitled "See ...

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Why do almost all anime series have a "going to the beach" episode?
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Is is just for fan service (showing boobs and bikinis)? Mostly yes. Occasionally there are plot points or setting circumstances that require a scene be on a beach (legitimate reasons that is, like a ...

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How did maids get popular in anime?
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Most of this is a summary of the paper Maid in Japan: An Ethnographic Account of Alternative Intimacy by Patrick W. Galbraith (author of 'the otaku encyclopaedia') The first maid costume in ...

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What happened to Launch?
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According to the DragonBall wikia and TvTropes, Akira Toriyama gave a statement saying that the reason Lunch stopped appearing during Dragon Ball Z was because he simply forgot about her and that her ...

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Who was the first tsundere character?
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According to The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insider's Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan, Lum Invader from Urusei Yatsura is possibly the first tsundere to exist (and also potentially the source of all ...

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What is the text in the intro of Cowboy Bebop
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It seems to be a blurb of some sorts Once upon a time, in New York City in 1941... at this club open to all comers to play, night after night, at a club named "Minston's Play House" in Harlem, they ...

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Social etiquette in anime/manga/pop culture Japan conventions
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One rule that is heavily emphasized at the cons I've been to is: please, please, please Observe basic hygiene practises Conventions can smell really, really bad: Lots of people --> Heat to enduce ...

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When did people start putting anime characters on vehicles?
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These type of otaku-owned car are called Itasha 痛車?, literally "painful car" (painfully embarrassing / painful for the wallet) and started with decoration of cars in the 80s when Japan ...

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What's up with Nami's breast size?
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I doubt there is a legitimate plot based reason for this, and it's more to do with giving more fanservice to the audience and perhaps the animators refining the character design over time.

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What is the significance of anime characters' catch phrases?
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Usually they're puns or just included for character. I think the aim behind it is to make characters more memorable. Some of these pay off quite nicely for the series - Squid Girl's de-geso~ is ...

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Which of the character quirks are based on real life, and which are purely fictional?
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This is all I've been able to find: Yuudachi ~poi According to the Kancolle Wikia and a few other sources, ~poi can roughly be translated as 'supposedly', 'seems like', 'perhaps' - all words of ...

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How did the lolicon genre begin in anime/manga?
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Adding onto @Angelo's answer, the rise of the trend seems to coincide with the rise of idol culture in Japan. The idol phenomenon began during the early 1970s, reflecting a boom in Japan for the ...

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