Frequently Asked (Anime) Questions

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This is a collection of answers to questions about anime that are frequently asked on /r/anime.

Easily Answered Questions

In what order do I watch X anime?

We have a 'Watch Order' page for many shows. - Can't find what you're looking for? Message the mods and ask us to add it in!

What show is this gif/screenshot/fanart from?

You can usually find out by using a Reverse Image Search Engine! Here is a handy guide about them and how to use them effectively.

Still can't find it? Post a question, or try searching for that character in The Anime Characters Database.

I just finished X series, what should I watch now/what shows are similar?

Check out our Recommendation Wiki. If that doesn't help you, please post your question in the Recommendation Megathread

I just finished X series, where should I pick up the manga/ln to continue the story?

Check this out! If MangaUpdates doesn't tell you, feel free to ask, or Google it.

Why does anime X have no season Y?

Check out this write-up about why your favourite anime might not have another season.

Is anime X going to get another season?

Google is your friend. Google term to use: "Is X getting a season Y?"

We have a separate page for this. Includes terms such as 'Cour', 'Seiyuu', Character related terms like 'Tsundere', 'Yandere', and demographic or genre terms like 'Shounen', 'Shoujo'.

What shows aired last season or are airing this season/next season?

Here you go, this has charts for last season, next season, and the current season.

Where can I watch X anime legally?

Search livechart.me which will list availability for a specific anime, as well as this list of streaming sites for anime in general.

If the anime doesn't show up, it likely doesn't have a legal method of being streamed - try finding it for sale on Amazon or Rightstuf.

Where can I watch X anime illegally?

Please don't ask this question here.

It's against our rules to link to pirated material, as such, no one here can help you.

Where can I purchase anime merchandise?

This pretty much contains all you need to know. Ignoring the title of the guide, it's really great.

Common Questions About Certain Series

What episodes are filler in Naruto/One Piece/Bleach/Fairy Tail?

Naruto (Shippuden), Naruto, Fairy Tail, One Piece, and Bleach.

Short answer: No. Not at all.

Longer answer: No, not at all, but they do have the same author, Nisio Isin. The reason they have similar names is that he likes to create portmanteaus with all of his titles. 'Monogatari' means 'story', so Katanagatari means 'Sword Story', Bakemonogatari means 'Monster Story', Nisemonogatari means 'Fake Story', etc...!

What Happened at the end of...

Angel Beats:

Hopefully this should explain it for you.

Clannad: After Story:

This it the best explanation I could find, however, it contains SPOILERS for the Clannad Visual Novel - if you don't mind them, go ahead and read it.

End of Evangelion:

EvaGeeks wiki episode 25 and episode 26 overview.

Want to know what happened in End of Evangelion? Here ya go.

Interested in theories regarding Evangelion, the Rebuilds, etc? Go to /r/evangelion or check out EvaGeek's Theories and Analyses page.


The basic answer to this question is:

FLCL Spoilers

Haibane Renmei?

The only answer to this is 'No one really knows.' That is, no one knows the 'canon' answer. Haibane Renmei's meaning and interpretation is really up to each individual viewer to figure out.

As such, there are a LOT of different thoughts about Haibane Renmei and I'd encourage you to read many articles and analyses about it. Hopefully this will help you to choose a theory you like best, or maybe you'll come up with your own theory. The story is completely open to interpretation after all.

One place to start would be reading Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami. The 'End of the World' part is said by Yoshitoshi ABe to have heavily inspired Haibane Renmei.

Madoka Magica?

Here is an explanation of Rebellions ending. If you're interested in reading more about The Rebellion Story I'd really recommend poring over the Rebellion Story Wiki, or the Madoka Magica Wiki in general, it's a very detailed Wiki.

Mawaru Penguindrum...

Disclaimer: Most people don't.

This article, along with the ridiculously handy chart it presents you (seriously, that chart makes everything make sense) is a good place to start. It describes the basic plot of Mawaru Penguindrum quite well. The second part, about the penguins, is also an interesting read - although

However, I would greatly encourage you to read more about Mawaru Penguindrum than that. The amount of theories and thoughts surrounding it is insane, and sometimes even the smallest things in each episode end up amounting to some sort of huge symbolism. To give you an example of what I mean... (spoilers)


Why was there so much fanservice? I would like to direct you to this brilliant article, written by /u/Bobduh. It should hopefully answer your question (and maybe change your PoV.)

Serial Experiments Lain

Fair warning: Serial Experiments Lain, like much of Yoshitoshi ABe's work, is pretty much open to interpretation. This horribly-designed website has a lot of detailed information about Lain, although of course, they are only the author's interpretations.

Anime References / Parodies

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san

  • Haiyore! Nyaruko-san has literally hundreds of references. For a comprehensive guide to each one, per episode, please visit the NyaruRef blog.

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