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Ecchi in Anime, Written by a Female.

When people hear the word ‘ecchi’, I already know the first thing that popped into their head. It probably came into your head, too. And it was probably something similar to this:

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Yep. Big, physics defying boobs are probably ecchi’s most defining characteristic. So you’re not entirely wrong when this is the first thing that comes to mind. But, hold on one second. I’m a female. So what appeal do big bouncing boobies have for me?

None, honestly. I can’t say I’ve ever picked up an anime because it said there was ecchi. But yet, as I’ve watched more and more anime, I’ve found myself enjoying more and more anime that is tagged with ecchi. Heck, High School of the Dead (the anime where the infamous boob-gun gif originates) is one of my favourite anime ever.

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So why do I continue to watch it if there’s nothing in it for me? In my opinion, I think there are 3 reasons why I, someone who is not the target audience for the typical ecchi anime (female orientated ecchi when?), continue to consume and enjoy ecchi anime.

  1. COMEDIC ECCHI

The most common use of ecchi, and the most obvious reason as to why I like it. Lets just embrace our inner pre-pubescent selves for one moment: boob and dick jokes are funny. They are. Make a joke about a guys dick looking like an alien? Funny. A pun involving nipples? Funny. There’s a reason why sex-orientated movies continue to be popular globally, and its because it’s funny.

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Comedy is of course subjective, and indeed, you can’t just throw out any old joke and hope that it works just because you made a reference to a tit. Take, for example, Prison School, a show BURSTING with female fanservice. Of course it would be, the main characters are 5 horny teenage boys. Yet, every joke fell perfectly. Whilst there were a few jokes that were made for an obvious panty-shot, most of the ecchi only really made a big focus when they wanted to create a really great punchline. Like this wonderful misunderstanding:

2. ECCHI AS AN ACTUAL PLOT-ENHANCING DEVICE

Yes, this can happen. Sometimes ecchi can actually be crucial to the plot, and without it, a great anime could fall to…terrible. True, a terrible anime can also be terrible by using ecchi for the plot: Seikon no Qwaser  is a wonderful example of this. It so desperately wanted some ecchi to save its horrendously boring plot, that it used breast-milk (or as it was known in the show, ‘Qwaser’) as a form of power up to get through the fight. Really? Boobs can’t hard carry a horrible show, despite popular opinion.

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On the other hand, we have shows such as Shokugeki no Souma (Food Wars!). Who’d of thought a show about cooking showdowns would involve so much nakedness? But it works, really well. It’s hard to imagine just how great this food could be. I mean, sure, you can see a picture of food, and the characters say its delicious…but does that really demonstrate just how delicious it is? What about the characters having an orgasm as the food hits their tongue? Paints a better picture, don’t you think? Shokugeki is also unique, since unlike a lot of anime that use ecchi, it truly is secondary to the actual plot – which is food. But it definitely makes it memorable!

3. ECCHI ANIME…BUT WITH A GOOD PLOT?

Watching ecchi for the plot? I hear you all say. Am I lying? No, actually I’m not. Sometimes, amidst all the boobs, butts and dicks, there’s actually some fun stories hidden in the mix. I’m not saying we’re going to find Death Note levels of storytelling, but a coherent and fun plot? For sure! If anything, the dirty jokes and over-characterised anatomy adds to the fun of the show. Referring back to High School of The Dead, I mentioned it was one of my favourite anime. The show is notorious for its gratuitous fanservice and ‘boob physics’, and often gets written off by many fans because of this.

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Yet by looking past this, High School of the Dead is probably one of the best ‘survival horror’ anime made, and easily the best zombie anime to date. Whilst there is a heavy focus on the fanservice, the show never forgets the main plot, which is the ever-present threat of flesh eating zombies, and treats us to as much gore and storytelling as it does scantily dressed females. Plus… Takashi is kind of hot, right, girls? Right?! The same also goes for the ever famous and popular High School DxD, which whilst I did not enjoy it as much as I enjoyed HOTD, I appreciate that it continues to keep a solid, interesting plot, aside from the riveting quest of Issei becoming the Harem King.

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Overall, I do think ecchi has a unwarranted bad reputation. Yes, the shows can be trashy. No, you probably won’t find the next Full Metal Alchemist here (boosted gear doesn’t count). But…having fun, whilst watching anime? Just plain old enjoyment? Sure, why not. I for one, love to throw all my expectations and logic out of the window, switch my brain down to 0 and just watch some anime teens thinking some realistic teen things.

What do you guys think of ecchi? Are you for or against? Also, have any favourites? Send them my way!

Until next time!

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51 thoughts on “Ecchi in Anime, Written by a Female.”

  1. Well, it was a nice article, but in my honest opinion, anyone who holds Highschool of the Dead with such high regard has shit taste in anime. I couldn’t help it, but that is one anime I cannot stand. Even the manga is dogshit. Anyways, I look forward to the next article

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      1. I love his way of thinking. “I dislike A, therefore everyone should dislike A, if someone likes A that means they are wrong and I’m right”

        Seriously wtf?

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  2. This is my first time ever posting on someone’s blog, let alone someone I’ve never met, but I had to share how much I enjoyed your article cause of my experience with ecchi.

    One of the first animes I ever watched about 5 years ago (I’m 26) was Heaven’s Lost Property. And while, like most guys, I do enjoy big boobs and such, the character development of Ikaros as she tried to figure out emotion was really what really drew me in. However, if you try to tell anyone this, they all say the same thing, “Sure…you just like the “plot”, huh? The ecchi genre definitely has a lot more to offer than people realize.

    Anyway, just wanted to say thanks for the article and for sharing your insights, despite some people’s negative outlooks on your tastes (Personally, I enjoyed HOTD). Keep up the posts and I’ll check back again!

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  3. Thank you for writing this. Ecchi anime seems to be my favorite anime for the reasons you listed here. No one believes me when I say I watch it for the comedy and story (22yo guy lol). It helps greatly to have a female write this and feel the same way.

    In addition, if any of us really wanted to see books and explicit content wouldnt we just watch hentai? (Even some of that has story)

    This is the first entry of yours I’ve read but because of this I’m going to be a regular here from now on. Nice work:D

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    1. Heaven’s lost property seems to fall somewhere between 2 and 3 for me, the fact that Sakurai was raised by his bleacher grandfather moreso then his parents, inspired a level of chilary and debauchery into Tomoki. it goes without saying that he treasures his friends and still manages to be a great individual despite his shortcomings. I’ve had groups of mixed friends wanting more after I showed them under the unbecoming premise. Note these were close fiends, not strangers.
      I have nothing profound to say, I wish I was better with words, but shows like these can be an emotional roller-coaster.

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  4. Nice post! It totally agree with your ‘ echi as a plot device point’. Another example is how Kill La Kill uses fan service as something that is not only the driving force for the plot, but it also ties into its themes about sexual freedom and free will in general. And even outside of that sometimes schlocky b-movie stuff(HOTD) can be super fun, even if it always feels like fan service is creeping into thing it doesn’t belong.

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  5. Nice article! I haven’t seen HOTD so I can’t comment on your shit taste, but it’s cool to see a woman’s perspective on a genre marketed towards men.

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    1. Thank you!

      You would not believe the frustration of my friends when they give me a great anime recommendation, and I tell them I enjoyed watching [insert generic battle harem here] instead.

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      1. I’m the opposite!

        All my friends are shounen trash, and battle harem/combat butler lovers.

        I can never convince them to sit down and watch Clannad or something, hahaha.

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  6. What the fuck does being a chick have to do with anything?
    There are plenty of women who enjoy tits and ecchi anime.
    Being a chick doesn’t mean you don’t like tits.
    Get your shit together Ahoge Girl.

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      1. I’d say it takes DxD way (which I see as a better approach to using ecchi for intensifying the display of character relationships than HotD for example), and goes too far with it.
        In my opinion anyway.

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  7. Have you seen Keijo!!!!!!!!?

    I’m kinda disappointed it wasn’t included in this list, because it have all the elements you’re talking about. The ecchi is there to set some jokes (at it’s core, Keijo!!!!!!!! is a shonen sports parody so every other character develops and uses secret special techniques to defeat the opponent… with their butts), there’s an interesting plot (although it starts as your generic underdog story, it really delivers on their final episodes), and there’s an actual message about working in team without forgetting to pursue your own goals. And unlike every other ecchi show, the girls aren’t drooling over a generic bland male MC, they are working to achieve their dreams and that’s it.

    Seriously underrated show.

    (Yes, the 8 exclamation signs are very important, don’t forget them)

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  8. I personally think that ecchi in anime is a mixed bag. In a number of cases, it’s clear that they added it for the sake of fanservice, but I still appreciate it in general, as I usually find it so stupid that it becomes funny. Rarely have I seen some sort of fanservice in a series and been 100% against it’s inclusion, as it usually can have a point, even if as you said, that point happens to be comedy. I think that people should stop getting so angry about ecchi and just accept it, especially if it actually has relevance beyond comedy, which people usually still whine about.

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  9. I thought this was great post and I really liked your writing style. I actually agree with everything you said. I also like how you take the good comments with the bad. Keep writing, I’m sure I’ll keep enjoying it.

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  10. I’m pretty ambivalent when it comes to ecchi.

    On one hand, I hate (battle) harems and ecchi romcoms because of the cookie-cutter characters and lame jokes and for being so prevalent in anime seasons. I also despise Takashi from HSotD (and most of the other characters too, as well as the anime itself) for being such a bland character and think Food Wars is just a poor man’s Yakitate Ja-pan with fanservice sprinkled on top for shock value.

    On the other hand, I love panty fighter shows like Ikkitousen, Freezing, Sekirei, Queen’s Blade, Cutie Honey for showing badass female characters showing off their curves or how fit they are by fighting. I also love absurdist ecchi comedy anime like Keijo, Golden Boy, Manyuu Hikenchou, Shimoneta and of course Prison School.

    Have you watched any of them? Any panty fighter? What do you think of them?

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    1. Heh, I’m starting to see I really am in the minority for my love of HSoTD. I’ve seen Golden Boy (or half of it, I have it on hold for some reason…) and was weeping with laughter. I haven’t seen any of the ‘panty fighters’ though – which would you recommend?

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      1. Ikkitousen and Agent Aika (1997) are panty fighter classics, while Queen’s Blade and Kill la Kill are the modern ones (some equal opportunities for the ladies as well for the latter). Actually, some say that HSotD, HS DxD, Rosario Vampire and To Love-Ru also qualify, though I like my panty fighters free of harem tropes and the male MC to get a backseat in favor of the female characters. That said, I do like and recommend Sekirei and Freezing, even though they’re harems, because the male MCs are just sidekicks. Finally, Valkyrie Drive as an honorable mention. It’s yuri, though not hentai yet, so if you don’t mind that, you should give it a try.

        Also, another niche subgenre worth mentioning is the ecchi female superheroes, which are like panty fighters, except it’s usually one girl (maybe two if the villain is female) and they usually make fun of magical girl and superheroes tropes. Cutie Honey (series are all stand-alone, I recommend Re:Cutie Honey first and don’t touch Universe and F is just a standard shoujo magical girl show, replacing Sailor Moon in its timeslot), Devil Hunter Youko, Gautaman, Kekkou Kamen.

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  11. I’ve seen most of the notable ecchi anime there are and I do enjoy (mainstream) shounen too.

    You should try sekirei,demon king daimao,strike the blood,freezing,hagure yuusha no aesthetica. These are my personal favourites along with DxD and HSOD. All have solid story and overall are very entertaining.

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  12. Just saw your MAL profile.

    Some of the important ones missing in your list are Darker than black,Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei,Beelzbub,Bleach.

    Hope your profile name changes to some Bleach character’s waifu (Chrollo just doesn’t have it, Zeno owned him easily).

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  13. Really comprehensive blog post! You’re my first blog, and I’m definitely going to check in on this blog now that I’ve found it. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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      1. Never heard of it. I was thinking of the original Wordsworth and Blood Shadow. They won’t win any outstanding awards, but I thought the plots were good for their genres.

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  14. If you like ecchi that’s fine but don’t bother defending it. Ecchi is an excuse for writers to put any effort they could make into writing a good story or fleshed out characters into over the top ridiculousness and cramming as much titshots/pantyshots/nude shots as they can. Anime that are actually worth watching don’t need to pander to the sexual frustrations of teenage boys every 3 minutes.

    I forced myself to sit through an episode of HOTD and that was my limit. The ridiculous ecchi and the cookie-cutter characters made me feel like I lost 20 minutes of my life that I don’t get back. I have a friend who swears by HSDxD and I read as much as the manga as I could stand but stopped because it sucked. It wasn’t funny, it wasn’t well written, and the characters have all the originality of a can of paint. Shougeki no Soma. Could that series be any more overrated? Food and nakedness is pretty much all there is in every episode. At first it’s funny, then ou t quickly looses it’s flavor. I saw 8 episodes of that damn show and saw liitle else. No plot, no character devopment. Just the same thing. If these three “anime” got any more overrated one would think they would ejaculate all over the fans.

    If you like ecchi, you like ecchi and that is fine. What is bullshit is pretending ecchi has substance when there is none.

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