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I have two asian friends who, like me, are into anime, comics and games. One is Chinese and one is Vietnamese.

One day, I found them both in front of a whiteboard, arguing intensively. They weren't speaking english, so I had no clue what they were saying.

My only clue was the board, where the following was written:

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Remy - Pixar
Train Heartnet - Kentaro Yabuki
Sailor Moon - Naoko Takeuchi
Luffy - Eiichiro Oda
Orochimaru - Masashi Kishimoto
Hol Horse - Hirohiko Araki
Chi Chi - Akira Toriyama
Hobbes - Bill Watterson
Ryoga Hibiki - Rumiko Takahashi
Ryu - Capcom
Capricorn - Hiro Mashima
Arf - Akiyuki Shinbo
Foghorn Leghorn - Robert McKimson

I quickly realized that there are 13 characters here and not 12, which I supposed is what they are arguing about.

What are the criteria of the list, which characters are they arguing about, and why?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not knowledgeable enough about the characters to know why they were arguing, but I know enough to recognize the probable relation to this if that helps anyone. I don't care to Google/read right now. $\endgroup$ – Will May 3 '16 at 19:48
  • $\begingroup$ Your puzzles have been consistently good - they clearly have a lot of thought put into them! Keep it up! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi May 3 '16 at 20:24
  • $\begingroup$ This involved a lot of speed-Googling... $\endgroup$ – mbomb007 May 3 '16 at 20:30
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The answer is:

They are arguing about which animal should be included based on the Chinese or Vietnamese zodiacs.
- Cat versus Rabbit. Arguing between Train Heartnet and Sailor Moon.

Clues:

1. Remy is a rat in the Pixar movie Ratatouille -> rat
2. Train Heartnet is a character in the series Black Cat. -> cat
3. Sailor Moon. The main character Usagi has a name that means "rabbit" -> rabbit
4. Luffy (full name Monkey D. Luffy) is the main character in One Piece, a Manga by Eiichiro Oda -> monkey
5. Orochimaru is a villian in the manga Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto and is known for his use of snakes as weapons (jutsus) as well as being overall personified as a snake -> snakes
6. Hol Horse is a villain in the manga JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 3 by Hirohiko Araki-> horse
7. Chi-Chi is main character in the Dragon Ball series (the wife of Goku) by Akira Toriyama. She is the Ox-Princess -> ox
8. Hobbes is a tiger and a main character in the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes -> tiger
9. Ryoga Hibiki is the main rival of the main character in Ranma ½, and is also known as Pig Boy. He turns into a piglet, -> pig
10. Ryu is a fighter in the Capcom game Street Fighter. One of his moves is Dragon Punch. His very name can mean "dragon" -> dragon
11. Capricorn is a member of the zodiac with the appearance of a goat. -> goat
12. Arf is the familar of Fate, and in her previous animal life was a puppy in a wolf pack. She turns into a small dog when wounded. -> wolf/puppy
13. Foghorn Leghorn is a rooster in the Looney Toons cartoons. -> rooster

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  • $\begingroup$ I added some more information to your answer (still working on the rest) so people not knowledgeable in manga, comics, etc.. can still understand the answer $\endgroup$ – Gordon Allocman May 3 '16 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ You're on the right path, but your answer's not complete yet. Please note also that I said which characters (plural). $\endgroup$ – Seraviel May 3 '16 at 20:04
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    $\begingroup$ The missing part is probably related to the differences between the Chinese and Vietnamese zodiacs. $\endgroup$ – ffao May 3 '16 at 20:17
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    $\begingroup$ @mbomb007 about Capricorn, he is literally one of the zodiacs in the show Fairy Tail, used by Lucy Heartfilia, except that Fairy Tail is written by Hiro Mashima, not Jenzu Wong $\endgroup$ – Gordon Allocman May 3 '16 at 20:23
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    $\begingroup$ And a cat replaces the rabbit in the Vietnamese zodiac. $\endgroup$ – ffao May 3 '16 at 20:24

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