Big Boobs And Miniskirts: There’s More To Japanese Anime Shows Than Their Perverted Sense Of Humor!

Like a lot of other Indian kids, my first introduction to the magical world of Japanese anime was back at the start of the new millennium, when Cartoon Network began airing Dragon Ball Z. It was love at first sight.

Infamous for their ahem…adult jokes and adult themes, these anime shows were a breath of fresh air. Unlike the other mindless cartoons playing on TV back then, they actually catered to an adolescent audience. The story lines and characters were so intriguing and realistic and relatable! Okay, maybe not the characters with ridiculously huge assets, but no one’s complaining, because they were funny AF!

I even picked out 6 scenes from some of my favourite shows to prove my point.
Laugh, okay?

#1. Dragon Ball

When Goku realises that Bulma’s balls are missing, but she assumes he’s talking about the Dragon Balls.

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#2. InuYasha

InuYasha isn’t used to hot baths in a tub. It “shows.”

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#3. Naruto

Naruto is all about some good ninja action. And some pretty interesting fight techniques, as demonstrated.

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#4. Full Metal Alchemist

Winry is basically all of us, taking off her clothes at the end of a tiring day in the sanctity of her bedroom. Of course, she doesn’t realise Edward’s in the room, eating his sandwich…until she does.

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#5. Black Bullet

In a classic but hilarious case of misunderstanding, 10-year-old Tina wakes up under Rentaro’s blanket and thanks him for teaching her “new things” the night before, much to the horror of everyone present.

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#6. Rewrite

Kotarou succeeds in proving the existence of the supernatural, and wants to make good on his deal with Akane: That he be allowed to touch her. But Akane thinks he’s crazy for thinking about boobs in a crisis. To which he responds-

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Years down the line, I still go back and binge-watch my favourite shows when I’m in need of a little cheering up.
Because while big boobs and miniskirts and the occasional inappropriate contact with private bits make for an entertaining watch – they’ve always been just a part of the package.  Japanese anime is so much more than that.  It’s about beautiful storytelling that weaves culture and action and romance into a fascinating plot that still leaves you laughing at the end. 

It’s also wonderfully comforting, like coming home.

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