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Aliens

Beings from another planet.

Androids

A type of robot or synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human.

Baseball

Baseball is a field sport played between two teams. The sport is very popular in the United States, Japan, and elsewhere throughout the world. It has also been a popular theme in anime and manga for more than 50 years.

Basketball

A sport where teams of five attempt to sink an orange ball into a hoop. It is a western sport in origin but is popular in Anime as well.

Bathing Scene

Bathing Scenes, while occasionally meaningful to plot or character development, are generally excuses for fan service.

Biker

A motorcycle enthusiast, who often rides in a group with other bikers, usually for recreation, occasionally for criminal reasons.

Birthday

A anniversary of the day on which a person was born (or the celebration of it).

Boxing

Boxing is a sport and form of martial arts, where people use nothing but there fist to fight.

Breaking the Fourth Wall

The act of Breaking the 4th Wall is when a character seem to show knowledge that they are in a fictional series. Normally by talking directly to the audience.

Cats

Feline animal with four legs and says "meow." Many are found hanging around animes and mangas.

Christmas

Christmas is a holiday that is celebrated on December the 25th where people often exchange presents.

Clone

A Clone is a biological copy of any organic creature. A Clone is mostly created through science and is sometimes abused to an extent.

Cross-Dressing

The act of wearing clothes commonly associated with the opposite gender.

Crossover

A concept where several characters from different, separate stories and series meet up.

Cyborgs

A fictional being that is part organic and part machine.

Dinosaur

A group of animals that went extinct 65 million years ago. They often appear in or influenced various manga/anime.

Fan Service

Fan Service is often a sexually provocative moment or pose that takes place in manga and anime. It usually has no real purpose to a story, and serves as a lurid visual.

Hunter

Certified individual who is hired to do a variety of things including finding people or treasure, capturing bounty heads, etc. Seen in the anime/manga Hunter X Hunter.

Kappa

A creature from Japanese folklore.

Kidnapping

Capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment .

Lecher

Characters who exercise their strong libidinous desires in unwholesome ways, such as peeping on the objects of their desire, making inappropriate comments, stealing underwear etc. Though typically middle-aged or elderly men with a penchant for young girls, there are probably a few dirty old women out there.

Maids & Butlers

Maids and Butlers are highly popular within anime and manga. They can simply be a job, or they can be a lifestyle for loyal servants to a master or mistress. Identified by a particular uniform. Also popular in cosplay.

Marriage

A couple who have made an official vow to stay together.

Martial Arts

Seen in just about every form of anime at least at one point. The key component that makes Shounen popular among boys. As well as Ancient art in itself

Mixed Bathing

When Male and Female characters are usually forced to bathe together. This usually happens at hot springs.

Oni

Oni are creatures from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres or trolls. They are popular characters in Japanese art, literature and theater.

Parody

Parody is a style of work that closely resembles or mocks preexisting material or genres for comedic effect.

Police

The Police are a form of law enforcement officers that work on the local levels. Uniforms are normally in either blue or black.

Pregnancy

A state of a female carrying a fertilized egg in her womb until gestation and a child is born. This entire process takes roughly nine months, and is broken into three-month periods known as trimesters.

Racing

A series of contests that tests the speed. Some of them include kart racing, Street Racing, NASCAR and many more.

Robot

An electro-mechanical machine which is guided by computer or electronic programming, and is thus able to do tasks on its own.

Robot Girl

Mechanical or electronic automatons that have identifiable female characteristics. They may or may not behave with human-like emotion.

School Clubs

A group gathering or activities that occurs after school is over.

Science!

Sometimes the pursuit of scientific knowledge goes far beyond what is accepted in polite society. When normal Science can't get the job done, we turn to "Science!" and the perverse minds that practice it.

Scientists

People who through a great pursuit of knowledge tends to make the impossible possible.

Shounen Tournament

Also referred to as the "Shounen Competitive" subgenre; the most popular shounen series generally fit into this action-oriented category

Smoker

A person who smokes tobacco.

Space Monsters

Monsters that inhabit space.

Sports

A common theme in many mangas and animes.

Talking Animals

Usually special animals that have the ability to speak to humans. Talking animals are a big part in several animes and mangas

Teachers

A Teacher is a type of person who is in charge of educating others in some form of higher learning or skill. The Japanese title is "Sensei".

Tennis

Tennis is a sport played on a normally green court separated into two halves by a waist high net. It is played with Tennis Rackets and a Tennis Ball. Played between two to four players at a time.

Time Travel

The ability to travel from one era to another, forward and/or backward.

Tournament

A battle between participants to see who is the strongest. It usually involves brackets and moving up the line, but it can also be in other formats such as a "survival of the fittest" format.

Training

Specialized strategies and methods of exercise used in various anime and manga series to develop characters and prepare them for performing in events.

Transfer Students

A new student who comes from another school, they typically come from a mysterious background or they arrive to spark some changes in the story.

Transformation

The Idea of a character transforming into a animal, monster, creature, demon, or other types of creatures.

Vampires

Blood sucking creatures of the night, although not always evil necessarily. They are a staple of countless anime and manga series.

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