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User Info: spooky96

8 years ago#1
I've heard this word loads of times but I never really knew what it means. Can anyone explain to me? A DBZ example would be very helpful too.
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User Info: Undead587

8 years ago#2
It means something actually happened in the original story and isn't filler.

For instance, if there's a beach episode in an anime and the manga didn't have a beach chapter and instead continued with the main story, the beach episode isn't canon. It's filler.

User Info: reptyle101

8 years ago#3
In terms of anime adaptions, people mostly use it to mean anime original content.

In DBZ, the part near the beginning where Goku fell off Snake Way and met the two ogres was filler, since it wasn't in the manga.

Accidentally read the topic as filler. Basically this is what filler is. If it did happen in the manga it's canon.
Of course you 'canon filler' as well, which means chapters/arcs that did happen in the original story but serve no purpose aside from padding and could be skipped entirely without missing anything.
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User Info: pokedude900

8 years ago#4
reptyle101 posted...
In terms of anime adaptions, people mostly use it means anime original content.

No. It's the exact opposite. <_<

Canon is anything that actually happened in the original story, and not an adaptation. Or anything officially stated by the creator(s) through some other means.

Basically, it's what actually counts when having a discussion of the story or characters.
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User Info: The_Bones

8 years ago#5
It just means its part of the original story. The DBZ movies for example are not canon as they don't really tie in with the original story.
"Canon" in fictional stories typically refers to material related to the story that is considered "official", either by the story creator(s) or the audience. The flipside is something being non-canon: this happens when something is created for a series that ends up being not official. For instance, in one episode of DBZ, Goku learns how to drive. This doesn't happen in the manga, though, so it could theoretically be possible that some point later in the manga, it becomes a plot point that Goku can't drive. This is resolved when we realize that the episode is non-canon: Toriyama (likely) had no input on the creation of the episode, (likely) had little idea of its existence, and (likely) paid no mind to it when creating the rest of his story, so it's not a real part of the story. It's non-canon.
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User Info: spooky96

8 years ago#7
Ah so that's it. Thanks a lot! Finally understood what it means.
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User Info: Haohmaru_Windy

8 years ago#8
What happened in the true story and unedited.
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User Info: Village Idiot

Village Idiot
8 years ago#9
An interesting example of this is the To Aru series, mainly due to having numerous adaptations, but with the author directly working on all of it.

Its a light novel series, but have spawned numerous adaptions (anime, manga, and even a spin-off based on one of the main female protagonists).

The light novels is considered prime canon, where any contradictions in the anime/manga is overridden.

However, any "filler" or new material added in the anime/manga that doesn't contradict the light novels is considered canon.

Two examples:

1) In the light novels, Touma stopped calling Mikoto "BiriBiri" after volume 1, but the anime and Railgun manga still had Touma call her this. Due to this contradiction, the light novels overrides the anime/manga since Touma doesn't call her BiriBiri anymore.

2) The Railgun anime filler arcs is considered canon, but since the Railgun manga came first, any contradictions made in the anime is overridden by the manga, and any contradictions to the original light novel is overridden as well. An example of this is Saten being in ep1 and the reason why Mikoto decided to get involved being different than the manga. The events of the manga overrides the contradiction in the anime.
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User Info: HCE

8 years ago#10
It means whoever talks about it is shot out of a cannon into the sun.
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