Ecchi Anime Cliches: Panty Shots

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from Punch Line

It’s a staple of any anime where ecchi content is contained within. It’s almost impossible to find a show that falls into that section of anime and doesn’t have a single one of these cliché, yet classic moments in its entire run.

Yes, of course we’re talking about the ever-so common event in ecchi and harem anime: The panty shot.

from Rail Wars

from Rail Wars

Panty shots come in many different ways/situations. There’s the classic wind picking up the girl’s skirt, either all the way or just enough to catch just a bit of the bottom of either side. She could be showing them off herself, whether by pulling her skirt up, sliding her pants/shorts down a bit, anything to get a reaction from the (usually dunce cap) male MC. She could’ve fallen either on the ground or in some cases on top of the MC and usually with her butt inches in front of his face. She could’ve gotten stuck climbing into something so the back half is out there for the whole world to see, shouldn’t have worn a skirt that day, sweetheart! Could be hanging upside down, the skirt seems to cause anime girls a ton of problems. And after all those coincidental situations and many more, it’s just a ton more ways to have her standing there without pants, shorts, a skirt or anything at all on to cover them so the camera has nothing but that fabric-covered butt in the center of the frame.

from Shuffle!

from Shuffle!

It’s the absurdity of the circumstances that lead to these panty-ridden moments that make them so memorable, which is why I find it so hilarious and stupid when people get on their SJW high horses about it shouting about how much that’s demeaning to women and blah blah blah, you know the drill. Like…do any of these people realize that 99.9% of the situations that cause these underwear revelations will never be seen by any one person. That picture above from Shuffle!, how many guys do you think this ever happens to? How in the blue fuck do you even fall into such a pose?! Yeah, that’s from a fall, he didn’t get knocked over and then she proceeded to position herself so she could shove her crotch right in his face, she fell into him and somehow pirouetted in mid-air into that position. How graceful.

I can count on one hand how many times in person I’ve seen the panties (in full, seeing the top lining because her jeans are hanging down a bit doesn’t count) of a girl who isn’t my girlfriend and. Wanna know what that number is? ZERO! I’m not walking around and seeing girls hanging upside down from trees, I’m not accidentally walking in on girls changing, I’m not following the wind properly to catch upskirts and I’m certainly not bumping into a schoolgirl who’s able to do a 180 in mid-air so she can shove her panty-covered crotch right in my face.

from Rosario + Vampire

from Rosario + Vampire

To the average person, the panty shots in anime are not and should not be viewed as a device for dehumanizing women, making them look slutty, or really what they all think, showing how perverted men are. Which once again, I have to just say in response: “If it’s not directly affecting you, who the fuck cares?!”, it’s not like because we see anime girls walking around and bending over so you can see their ass in plain slight, we expect all girls to be like that. And of course, just because we see that, we’re not going to go out of our way to try and see some panties. Of course there will always be the guys standing at the bottoms of stairwells and watching a bedroom window with binoculars on, but don’t lump the average male, including anime viewers with those disgusting people.

The average anime viewer is more than aware of the differences between reality and fantasy, we’re very aware that most girls are not going to be parading sex symbols constantly wearing sexy clothes, showing off their bodies and getting themselves into constant situations where their underwear and possibly more is being exposed. It’s just not a common occurrence in life and society! That’s what fictional material and pornography is for! So we can get that fix for our imaginations, y’know that thing we do inside our own heads that no one else knows about. Stop trying to control every single moment of our lives including our own thoughts, just shut the fuck up and deal with the fact that men will occasionally fantasize about women in a sexual manner. Oh and in case you’ve forgotten, WOMEN DO THE SAME WITH MEN!!! And don’t forget about homosexual men and women as well. We all at some point, most of us every single day will either look at someone in real life or the image of someone, whether in a movie, TV show, video game, anime, etc. and wonder A, what they look like in their underwear, B, what they look like naked, and C, what it’d look like if they’re riding cowgirl or the other way around, depending on where you want to be in this daydream.

from Demon King Daimao

from Demon King Daimao

There’s nothing inherently wrong with having panty shots in the show, so long as it doesn’t break away from the narrative you’re looking for. A show like Erased (not just because it’s children) would lose its focus if Airi bent over and the camera caught a hint of pink panties. When the show is meant to be serious, be serious. If your show is meant to be funny and/or sexual, there’s no harm in it, so long as it’s used properly within the constructs of the show it’s being featured in. If the show’s about five girls fighting for one guy’s love and it’s a goofy style of show, have all the panty shots you want. But if that show’s an emotional tear-jerking narrative, maybe panty shots aren’t the best option. It’s all about sticking within the parameters you set from the start.

So relax, folks. Panty shots are nothing more than a five-second max camera angle so all the wonderful girls and boys who are attracted to cute, pretty, beautiful, hot, sexy and downright fuckable anime girls have something to take to bed with them so they can have a good night sleep.

And if that’s still a problem with you, there’s hot anime guy package shots too:

from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

 

from Free!

from Free!

No? That still didn’t work for you? Then clearly anime is not for you. Now kindly fuck off.

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