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Manga Iconography

Common visual conventions seen in manga and anime to convey emotions, often for comical effect.

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

Mother

A woman who has given birth to or raised a child.

Murder

The act of taking another person's life.

Nurses

A Nurse is a regular hospital worker and Doctor's assistant. Assisting in the day to day care of patients, they can be male or female.

Omake

An Omake is extra content that is often added to the end of manga volumes and some anime episodes for comedic effect.

Organized Crime

A group of people who work in secret to organize criminal activity, most common examples being the mafia and yakuza in Japan.

Origin Story

The tale of how a hero or villain came to be who they are.

Orphan

A child without parents.

Police

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

Pop Idol

Pop Idols in Japan are classically females in their teens to early twenties. Not only are they singers, but they can also be models and general media personalities.

Protagonist

The main character of a story or plot. Most forms of fiction have the protagonist as a hero but there are rare occasions with an evil or not-so-noble protagonist.

Pwnage

Pwnage isn't just losing a fight. These are situations where one opponent significantly outclasses the other to the point of embarrassment.

Rage

Often when a character needs to grow stronger in battle, they find this strength through anger. A character being overwhelmed with rage can give them great power or even let them grow to a new level.

Romantic Drama

Romantic Drama is a concept used in series to create tensions of highs and lows in order to leave the audience in suspense over an outcome in a romance based series.

Secret Identity

A secret identity is an element of fiction wherein a character develops a separate persona, while keeping their true identity hidden. The character also may wear a disguise. A character may have several types of secret identities simultaneously.

Secret Past

A list of people who won't reveal their past even though it might be revealed later. Who knows, it could either be an extrordinary timeframe, an emberassing childhood or an shockingly dark chain of events.

Shyness

When one character has trouble expressing themselves and is very reserved. Usually used in Anime as an endearing quality.

Sisters

Female members of a family that share the same parents.

Smoker

A person who smokes tobacco.

Sniper

A sniper is an individual who supports the front from distance. They use ranged weapons to shoot from very long distances with great accuracy. The snipers are famous for their precision and to attack from unexpected directions.

Strong Women

Anime has long been known for having many strong male protagonist and depicting women as being weaker and in need of protection, but there are many female characters out there fighting this stereotype. These are women who possess strength not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well and are often the heroes of a series.

Students

A Student is one who is enrolled or attends classes at a school, college, or university. A popular theme among many manga and animes.

Suspicious Smile

Characters that are most noted for smiling a certain way. No matter how cute said smiles are, they're never good.

Tattoos

Tattoos are permanent forms of body art that are created by injecting an ink or dye into the skin with a needle.

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".

Tragedy

A story or event centered around human misery. Characters in the story face suffering, dread, and destruction.

Training

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

Tsundere

"Tsundere" is a portmanteau of two Japanese phrases: "tsuntsun" and "deredere" and refers to characters who act hostile to the object of their affections, but secretly (or not-so-secretly) harbor feelings for them.

Unreal Hair/Eye Color

A popular design choice for characters in anime is to give them natural hair and/or eye colors that do not occur in real nature.

V for Victory

A common form of expressing oneself in an anime where someone makes the piece sign in order to show spunky and cheery youthfulness.

Vigilante

A person taking justice in his/her hands

Yakuza

The Yakuza are crime syndicates of Japan. Members are often marked with elaborate tattoos.

Yuri

A genre of anime/manga featuring girl-on-girl relationships. Although the genre originated in female-targeted works, today it is featured in many male-targeted works as well.

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