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Deep Stuff in Anime

Throughout my time of watching anime/reading manga, I've noticed a lot of symbols and allusions including: -religious allusions (L's feet washing scene in reference to Jesus, etc) in Death Note -hidden tarot card numbers in Tokyo Ghoul (the manga) -Roman/Greek god references in Mirai Nikki -German cryptograms in Madoka Magica -real life parallels in Steins Gate -Zankyou no Terror's many connections to Icelandic culture And that's only to name a few that I remember from the top of my mind.

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Steins; Gate

Motivating scientists everywhere

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Motivational Anime

It's amazing how some characters just never give up. We need to learn from them.

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The Harsh Reality of the Animation Industry

I was in for a rude awakening when I found my favorite anime series, Kara no Kyoukai, priced at $1000 on Amazon for a new set of the series’s six films. But in retrospect, the price makes quite a lot of sense. The anime industry itself has atrocious financial circulation, in which most of the income goes straight back into the production budget. Even large anime companies have only so much money flowing through to employees who work around twelve to fourteen hours a day or sometimes more, depending on deadlines. In producing anime, companies have to price the film so that not only does it cover the enormous expenditures necessary for quality animation, but also pay the production assistants, key animators, etc.

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Shizuo the pacifist

Durarara!!'s characters never fail to amuse.

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The world is cruel

Look at what it did to these poor souls

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Kaneki vs Eren

Who do you think is a more tragic character?

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Hair styles of doom

Thanks animators for the warning of any impending mother character deaths. Now we know.

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Enthusiastic test taking

If we all were as smart as Light...

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Why anime almost always has high school protagonists

It's true. Life seems to revolve around high school in anime.

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