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Week #1 – Fall Anime 2016

Week #1 has arrived with this Fall anime season. What’s in store this week?!

As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!

Bloodivores (Ep.1)
Bloodivores (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start off with a badass police chase with presumably our main character, Liu and his friend, Anji. However when a BST (basically a special task force for Bloodivores) tank approaches we get moved to another time where he’s at a cafe, watching the TV where it explains something about a drug possibly causing side effects that turn humans into vampires, aka Bloodivores. We see one do just that and the police suppressing him almost immediately after biting a woman. We then jump to two main characters and a friend, Chao breaking into a vault. Then along the way out, a kid finds them and Anji tries to keep Chao from shooting him, since the kid saw his face. Then her collar goes off, meaning she’s being tracked now, so the others don’t want her in the car with her, but Liu takes off with her and leaves the other two with the money. Now we resume the police chase where the tank and BST have caught the two of them and the other two part of the robbery were arrested as well. Being interrogated now, Liu is revealed to be the son of the director of the BST. He’s also well aware of how he can get out of jail time, but then it’s revealed that all the people in robbery, including the child are dead, which shocks Liu immensely. Now on trial, facing execution, Liu tries to figure out who could’ve done this, but none of the four could’ve possibly done it. They’re all sentenced to death. In the prison, he’s approached by his father who asks him why he did it, suggesting possibly Liu found his mother and grabs his father upon hearing those words. Then his father grabs his wrist and looks like he’s burning the fuck out of him. The episode ends with the four in a vehicle being transported to another prison when the BST approaches the car and shoots them all. 

THE GOOD

  • I really like the animation in this show
  • The police chase was pretty good for an anime
  • Nice reveal at the halfway point with the murders

THE BAD

  • I still have zero idea what’s going on, especially with that ending.

Episode Score: 3.5/5

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Brave Witches (Ep.1)
Brave Witches (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

For those unfamiliar with the “Witches” series, it takes place in WWII-era where instead of fighting that war, an alien threat known as the Neuroi attack and invade the world. When humanity’s normal weaponry can’t do much, they turn to witch clans to send young girls to do the fighting. Because of course only girls in their 10s can fight a massive alien threat, right? Also, pants aren’t a thing apparently.

This time around, we’re with the 502nd Joint Fighter Wing, the “Brave Witches”. We’re in September of 1944 now, with Hikari the new Yoshika aka the main character of this series. Naturally, she wears no pants and a school swimsuit are her bottoms, just like Yoshika (she just doesn’t look 12…she looks 13). She goes to visit her father, an radio engineer in the navy. A message comes in and the navy unit Hikari’s sister is on is returning home. She shows off her skills of skipping on water…before falling in on the third step. Something new we’re seeing too, there’s actual schools for Witches to train with the striker units they use to fly. When she tries to compete with a bitch witch (ha!), she crashes and burns hard, but the president of the school, Fumika notices her. No time to worry though, her sister’s back home…and has to save her when Hikari falls. Back home, they read the newspaper and see an article on the 501st, Mio and Yoshika in the picture. Together again, the sisters are bathing together when Takami tells Hikari she’s not staying, she’s being deployed to Europe, where the Neuroi threat is at its worst. The school announces they’ll be sending a volunteer to Europe as well and the bitch naturally raises her hand and so does Hikari. So the two will compete for that spot. At home, her parents are naturally worried about her because she’s nowhere near finished school, but she gets upset and runs off. She tells Takami who follows her that if she fails, she’ll quit because she’s too weak. The bitch girl of course is annoyed she’s even having to do this. Hikari tries to keep up, faltering here and there but staying afloat. The weather takes a turn for the worst, storming. But Hikari’s actually catching up now that it’s raining. Because the bitch stopped paying attention, they crash into each other. Hikari saves her from drowning without even realizing she crossed the sea for the first time without falling into the water. Either way, they both failed the exam. However, when seeing her father again, a message comes in saying that Hikari has still been chosen to be deployed to Europe with Takami. 

THE GOOD

  • I like that Hikari at least has had some training with the striker units while in Strike Witches, Yoshika had zero training and joined the Strike Witches anyway
  • It’s nice to see they’re still referencing the Strike Witches and not just tossing them aside completely
  • I would’ve like to see Misumi (the bitch) also join in the end, so Hikari has someone to slowly make up with, but oh well, someone already in the 502nd will get that role

THE BAD

  • If there’s anything that really bugs me about the show is that a lot of the new girls look too much like the original characters when you look at all of their pictures. Hikari looks like Yoshika and then when you look at the girls we’ll likely see next week, Naoe looks like Francesca, Nikka looks like Eila, Gundula looks like Charlotte and Fumika looks like Mio. They should’ve tried a little harder to make these girls all unique

Episode Score: 4/5

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Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start off seeing a wheelchair-using girl, Leticia fighting Buranki and destroying them, a man calling her a modern day Jeanne d’Arc. Then we’re back with the main cast, a half-month after the end of the first season. Kogane and Kinoa are getting a little too into their tour of Taiwan, while Shizuru is trying to read in peace and Hiiragi wants to kill all of them. Azuma meanwhile is at the airport still and also still gets very testy when people call his mother a witch. Hiiragi finally speaks up and reminds them they’re in Taiwan to find Oubu who fell into the ocean and then an alarm goes off, a Buranki wreaking havoc at the airport and they rush off to catch up with Azuma. However upon arrival, there are already Bubuki users there, new ones in fact. Leading them is Azuma’s sister, Kaoruko who’s almost as dumb as the American guy from last season with her dramatics. They create an Oubu of their own, but a black one. The first hit on Oubu is right in the breasts, which Kaoruko makes special note of. They do defeat the Buranki and upon hearing Azuma’s name, she starts freaking out, not wanting to be associated with him. After holding back Kinoa from smacking her (and Kogane grabbing her boobs), they all meet up at a restaurant, introduced to Chou (a real cutie), Lakshmi (my new favourite sexy girl in the series) and the other two boys that we don’t get the names of yet. She also loves to put down her teammates and no one on the team seems to care. When asked about the heart, she shows the black heart she got from a man named Guy, the president of Demokratia, an organization intending on destroying all evil Buranki. Walking around Taiwan, we note every character has someone to talk with, but Kaoruko has no one, since Azuma’s stuck in the air on a plane. She shows them a secret school for Bubuki users and reveals she was left there by her father, intending to train Azuma and not her. Then a man shows up demanding the limbs back, being the four users and they’re all very afraid of him. Haku and On are the two boys’ names. Hiiragi takes exception to this, grabbing the man, Ryuuki. He calls the limbs nothing more than servants, allowed to do whatever he pleases to them. Meanwhile, a light flashes in the sky and a Buranki has fusioned, Kaoruko and the others running off to defeat it. 

THE GOOD

  • I’m loving the over-cheesyness of the show, even more than last season
  • All the girls are fantastic so far, personalities are so over-the-top, it’s so great

THE BAD

  • A weird way to kick off the show, we’re not really sure as to what’s going on yet

Episode Score: 4/5

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Ep.13)

SYNOPSIS

Yay! Bungo’s back! We start off with a flashback to four years ago when Osamu was still a member of the Port Mafia. He was a suicidal dunce cap then too. He’s drinking with two friends from the Mafia, nothing spectacular about either of them, at least that we see. They however do toast to the stray dogs as a random reason to toast. Osamu wants them to take pictures together, leaving us to think this is when Osamu left the Mafia, but we’re told one of them died not long after that day. One of them, calling himself the lowest-ranking member, is called to headquarters. He knows he has no reason to be there, but the boss’ word is to be followed. He enters and the boss is there with his VERY YOUNG DAUGHTER WHO IS TOPLESS, trying to get her to try on a dress he bought for her. After forgetting that, the boss wants him to find someone, the other guy that isn’t Osamu that was with them in the bar, who has vanished. He’s given a paper that will allow him to order any member of the Mafia in order to help him find the man. Back with Osamu (who’s playing a Gameboy), he’s arrived to hear about a Mafia armory being attacked, three guards are dead. Seeing some photos from the security cameras, he recognizes a gun worn by one of the men who was killed in a gunfight Osamu had been in the night before. He deduces they have a traitor, as he believes the attack on him was a distraction. He talks about an organization, Mimic, a name he got out of an attacker before he killed himself with a suicide pill. The other man continues his search and finds a secret lockbox before nearly being sniped, his power being to sense seconds into the future, so he manages to avoid it. He calls up Osamu to tell him what’s going on and he helps out without the need of that paper (a Silver Oracle). He nearly dies again before Osamu and friends shoot the two men about to kill him. Osamu takes the lockbox and opens it with a paperclip and in the box is the same kind of old pistol the other members of Mimic carry. They begin to suspect this man is a traitor, but Osamu says it could’ve been a plant. However, through his memory, Osamu deduces this man didn’t go to a deal like he said at the bar that night, but met with someone before showing up. One of the men that we thought was dead stands up, full of holes and pointing a gun at Osamu. He thinks his death is finally here and the gun is fired and the man is killed. The bullet grazed Osamu, blood trickling down his face, but no real damage to speak of. He tells the man to find Ango, the man they’re looking for.

THE GOOD

  • I like seeing Osamu in Mafia form, he’s a lot more cunning and dangerous
  • The low-level man (I can’t recall his name) is an interesting character as well

THE BAD

  • It’s almost disappointing to be back with this show and other than Osamu, the entire cast from last season doesn’t show up this first week!

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Drifters (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We are in the year 1600 and a massive battle of swordsmanship is taking place. Our MC, Toyohisa is racking up quite the kill count. His side is losing greatly but he’s not stopping his kill count. He demands his uncle, the army’s commander to retreat so he doesn’t die in this battle and Toyohisa will take care of the rest, even it means he dies. The rest of his soldiers die, so it’s just him and the big wig of the force he’s fighting. He lunges into ten spears, getting impaled by several, but still manages to pull out a gun and fire it right at his head. The army retreats after this, much to Toyohisa’s frustration. Bleeding badly, he stumbles in the now pouring rain, a trail of dead bodies on his way home, not that he’ll make it with his injuries. He suddenly finds himself in a Matrix-like white room, presumably the moment he died, he was transported into this realm. The man writes something and he’s suddenly pulled into a portal-like door. Before returning to him, we see a soldier, likely from around the Vietnam War appear as the next person. Toyohisa arrives in a new world and two Elven boys find his body. He awakens for a moment to see them, calling them “Devils”, thinking he’s been sent to hell. They try to drag him to a deserted castle, but an archer stops them. The Elves call Toyohisa a Drifter, like the archer and leave him there, running away. A voice echoes from the castle ruins, telling the Archer to bring him inside. We now have another man who claims to be Oda Nobunaga, who has been dead for a long time. He tries to kill Nobunaga, but the archer puts a stop to that with…the task of plucking feathers? Nobunaga is curious about the details of his death, Toyohisa saying it’s been eighteen years since his death was rumoured. The archer laughs, claiming to be Yoichi, a 400 year-old legendary warrior. Upon learning Toyohisa’s lineage, they both laugh, his clan being a backwater farm clan of warriors. Hearing about Nobunaga’s journey into the white room, it appears he died in a fire and was not actually murdered. Yoichi also notes meeting that man in the white room. Nobunaga gets further pissed off when he hears what happens to Japan over the last eighteen years, especially with how his clan pretty much disappeared and his son dying in battle not long after. We see a girl watching from the distance outside, talking to someone through a crystal ball. That person seems to be a member of an organization called Octobrist and they appear to view the Drifters as world-ending figures.

THE GOOD

  • The curious concept of a place where those from multiple eras show up simultaneously brings out the multi-dimension theory, which I always love
  • The art design of this show is spectacular, just like Hellsing was
  • There are already three significantly unique characters in Toyohisa, Nobunaga and Yoichi and they’re all very interesting characters and have fantastic chemistry together

THE BAD

  • I literally have nothing bad to say about this so far
  • Well…other than no more Nazi’s being killed, hahaha!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Flip Flappers (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We’re in a quiet room for a mock exam when someone else starts running out of (I think) a secret headquarters of something. It’s a tiny girl carrying a giant surfboard. Her name’s Papika. She’s giving no fucks to those ordering her around right now. Also, this mock exam was going on at night…the hell?! Are kids being forced into midnight school?! We’re now with the blue-haired girl from the mock exam, Cocona. It’s hard to nail down this world, but my best description is it’s like 1980s San Francisco with slight Studio Ghibli influences. Cocona watches as Papika crashes above her but no one else seems to see her. Cocona is having trouble decide where she wants to go when she graduates. She doesn’t just want to randomly pick somewhere, but she doesn’t know what she wants to do. Along her walk she finds an opening in the forest that leads to a junkyard of sorts. And then Papika scares the shit out of her, being right behind her and then starts getting real close and sniffing her. Then a robot captures the both of them and the acid trip begins. They go through some sort of portal where colour doesn’t exist before emerging in a snowy world. Cocona is beyond confused (as am I) and they discover the snow is extremely sweet. But it breaks Cocona to the point of laughter, which the stoic girl tries to suppress. Spending the night there, Cocona asks what this world is, since they saw no one the entire day. Then a monster suddenly starts moving through the forest and in the commotion, she loses her glasses to the monster. So Papika takes charge and goes to get them. She takes a few hits and grabs the glasses but the monster dives into the icy cold sea with her in tow and the sea immediately turns to ice. Emotional, something awakens in Cocona and in one episode finds a new Super Saiyan level, now with purple hair. She creates a massive shockwave that breaks the ice and she grabs Papika. Papika also cracked her glasses anyway. Finally the robot sends them back into the portal and return to the normal world. Papika wants her to adventure with her again and Cocona’s all like “Hell naw!”. And then Papika is trapped in a net while robots kidnap Cocona.

THE GOOD

  • Papika is a lot like Hikari from Amanchu!, very upbeat and happy, love it!
  • This show is like Studio Ghibli and Dragon Ball Z mixed together to make one insane sci-fi fantasy anime

THE BAD

  • Holy fuck watching this sober and not high is confusing!
  • At no point is Cocona even noting about how y’know…she isn’t home

Episode Score: 4.5/5

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Girlish Number (Ep.1)

(Not available to me) ***DROPPED***


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Hagane Orchestra (Ep.1)

(Debuts on October 10th)


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Idol Memories (Ep.1)

(Not available to me) ***DROPPED***


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Izetta, The Last Witch (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

We start with Finé, a young girl on a train in a world similar to pre-WWII, Germania and Westria the countries involved thus far that we know of. The Germanian soldiers are looking for her and she along with two men run across the train to escape. We learn that Finé is a princess, likely travelling to negotiate with a neutral country. They fight on top of a train before ending up in a storage cart where she also finds a container of sorts. Inside it looks to be a person, likely the red-haired witch the show is named after. One of her guards gets shot and she makes a daring escape off the train into the river below. In the end, the soldiers are killed by an older man after seeing the top-secret container. After the jump, the guard with Finé dies from the bullet wound. We get more background on the potential war, very much reminiscent of Nazi Germany in 1939. Finé’s country is their next target to take over. In neutral territory now, the container is being carried further along, a young male noting to the older man that the girl in this tank took out an entire company on her own, or so the legends are being told. She tries to negotiate help from Britannia, even offering to take herself off as the heir to the throne and accept the Prince of Britannia’s hand in marriage. However, upon a message from the top, she learns Germania has just invaded her homeland. Even worse, they’re already there as well and kill her other guard and soon after, take her prisoner. On a plane with the container as well, it starts to generate readings. Magic starts to envelop the plane and deactivate it, starting to fall from the sky. The tank begins to open and a soldier shoots Finé in the arm. Izetta finally opens her eyes, recognizing Finé’s voice, apparently she saved Izetta once before when they were younger. The tank bursts open and she emerges from it, both recognizing each other before Finé passes out. Izetta snaps and the flood of power from her causes the plane to burst in half, Finé falling out. Using a fucking machine gun like a broom, Izetta catches her before she falls to her death. 

THE GOOD

  • The true horrors of war are on full display here, tank battles, bombings, all of it
  • Finé is a fantastic leading lady, very strong young woman
  • I’m loving the world and plot so far, very realistic (minus the whole witch thing) to what WWII was

THE BAD

  • Nothing to report this week on the bad front!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Keijo!!!!!!!! (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Yup! It’s a sport where girls use their boobs and butts to knock other girls off platforms over water. We’re introduced to Nozomi, an 18 year-old who plans to graduate high school and become a professional Keijo player. With her friend Sayaka, they’re entering a school for Keijo players together, but apparently Sayaka has some attention because she’s a famous judo athlete. A reporter, Shiomi approaches Nozomi but her boss tries to pull her away, saying she’s not worth reporting. We also meet another friend of Nozomi’s, Hanabi who got into the elite class. We also see Mio, the highest ranked person on the entrance exam. She looks Nozomi over and hugs the shit out of her, followed by grabbing her ass because she likes cute girls. We then see the qualifiers six months before where Nozomi, Sayaka and especially Hanabi really do some damage. However, after Hanabi knocks out everyone in one singe hit, Nozomi doesn’t falter and hangs in there with her, but eventually Hanabi knocks her out after a long fight. But Nozomi isn’t upset, in fact she’s happy there’s such a high level of competition. Back in the present, Nozomi asks Sayaka why she didn’t stick to judo, to which the simple response was “I wanted to wear cute swimsuits.”. At the dorms, they find out their roommates are each other, but they’re given the “empty room” with two other girls. The room is called that cause those who get put in that room are usually the weaker ones who run away and never finish their training. They’re names are Non who’s the clumsy one and Kazane who is the one who gives zero fucks. The room’s first task is to battle this massive woman.

THE GOOD

  • This show is so bad, it’s amazing!
  • The opening is the most hilarious thing ever
  • There’s so many butts I won’t even attempt to have a butt shot counter.

THE BAD

  • There were only like…20 butts and not 30 butts. For shame!

Episode Score: 5/5

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Long Riders! (Ep.1)

(Not available to me) ***DROPPED***


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March Comes in Like a Lion (Ep.1)

(Debuts on October 8th)


Miss Bernard Said (Ep.1)
Miss Bernard Said (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Endou spends a lot of time in the school library, but a girl who insists on being called “Miss Bernard” (real name is Sawako) always makes a ruckus, liking the smell of paper and ink, but hates books that are just words. She wants to be an avid reader, but hates reading. Another girl is sick of her acting like she knows everything about books and goes to give her a piece of her mind. But she doesn’t shut up about book revisions, so the other two get bored.

A 3-minute short, so it’s getting dropped because of its length, I don’t like trying to do weeklies for something so short. After the first episode though, I think the show has some potential, so check it out.

THE GOOD

  • It’s a silly little 3-minute short
  • I can sympathize, books are boring

THE BAD

  • I’m always turned off by the massive amount of text thrown on the screen

Episode Score: 3/5 ***DROPPED – ANIME SHORT***


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My Wife is the Student Council President: Season 2 (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

(Side note to those new to the series, I’m watching the ‘uncensored’ version of the show, which does contain some sexual content. There are both uncensored and censored options on Crunchyroll with this show.)

Also to those new to the series, the TL;DR of the first season is Ui and Izumi are the student council president and vice-president respectively. One day, Izumi finds Ui moved into his home, claiming their parents arrange a marriage between them when they were little. Sexy hijinks ensue for 12 episodes. And now we’re here with Season 2.

It appears that everything is still normal with Ui, she’s still lauded for her sexiness from the rest of the school as their student council president. But there appears to be a new face involved, someone’s stalking her, or at least that appears to be the case. With Izumi now, he notes that while they’ve managed to keep the secret that he and Ui have been living together (for the most part), Ui seems to be getting more and more needy nowadays. Back at home, Ui’s being very physical with him, wanting to be a wife he’ll give more attention to. So by allowing her five minutes of her time, she starts trying to please him with her foot and saying porn-like lines of dialogue, because fellow member of the student council Karen suggested that. Finally he gets out of there so he can go study. She doesn’t stop though, still teasing him a bit to which he gets a bit annoyed and leaves the room for a bath. We see Ui sticking around in his room afterwards, noting she’s still not getting enough attention with him. So she grabs Izumi’s blanket and starts masturbating…and gets caught by Izumi. She gets upset with him for not touching him lately and the devil side of him comes out in full force before being interrupted by his neighbour, who’s a bit drunk. Her younger sister is Rin, the president of the Disciplinary Committee. When Izumi gets a little cross with her, the older sister reminds him that she knows about him and Ui and better watch himself, otherwise everyone and especially Rin will know about it.

THE GOOD

  • Seeing Ui and Izumi back makes me happy, they’re an adorable couple
  • It’s nice to see that at least thus far they’re not overloading the second season with new characters
  • I’m glad the animation style hasn’t really changed, there’s the cheesy chibi facial expressions, along with the baby birds when Ui gets flustered

THE BAD

  • Ui is being a little over-the-top for sure
  • But more importantly, geez Izumi, you’ve got a hot girl living with you who wants your affection, just be done with it already!

Episode Score: 4/5

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Nanbaka (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

The highest-level prison, Nanba Prison, no one has ever successfully escaped from the prison…until now, by four sexy boys with ridiculous hair. These four boys have escaped a ton of prisons before and continue to deal with each trap that comes their way during their escape, including the classic Indiana Jones rolling ball of death. Apparently the deputy supervisor joins the four for “night training” and starts chasing them happily. The androgynous looking boy, Nico, he gets shot (by a tranquilizer) but the drugs have the opposite effect on him. He also literally turns guard Dobermans into furry puffballs of happiness. At the final big door, the hacker, Jyugo fucks up big time, initiating a self-destruct, but stopping it with one second left. The big guard, Hajime remains outside, waiting for them. He beats two of them, causes Nico to faint and then he finishes the last one off. So back to their cell they go. Apparently they’ve already tried several times that day to escape. The pretty boy guard, Seitarou tells Hajime than Jyugo wants to speak with him, but only cause he’s bored. We’re then given the names of Uno, the genius of the group and Rock, the muscle. After learning another murderer is coming to the prison, they beg Hajime not to bring him into the cell with them, like a bunch of children not wanting to play with a certain person. Apparently this prison though is pretty good to its inmates, so Jyugo considers just making this his home, since he doesn’t have one. Though he tries to escape again, but gets caught quickly…BUT HE SAW A GIRL!!! HOLY SHIT!!! Oh dear, the girl sounds like a boy. Never mind, false alarm! Sure enough, it’s Hajime’s younger brother. But there is a lady coming…the warden, Momoko. Because the brother is bored (and Jyugo escaped again), he asks if Jyugo can be his visitor instead so he has some to talk to, since Hajime left him real quick to go see Momoko. She tells Hajime not to underestimate the four, in particular Jyugo, who’s the son of a famous inmate at the prison. Back with Jyugo, the brother asks about Jyugo’s ability to unlock anything, yet keeps the shackles around his neck and wrist, which turn out to be an unknown kind of shackles, no one knows how they unlock. He does remember the guard who gave it to him though, at least from a unique scar on his neck (that looks like it’s a 3-star Kill la Kill character) and says he will find this man.

THE GOOD

  • The comedic number of ridiculous traps was hilarious!
  • The animation style is so fucking vibrant and over-the-top!
  • I love the the randomness of Jyugo’s eyes, how the anime even states his heterochromia eyes change colour at various angles
  • Nico’s my favourite, he’s an anime lover too!

THE BAD

  • If it’s intentional then it’s fine, but all the bleeping out of curse words is kind of annoying

Episode Score: 5/5

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Poco’s Udon World (Ep.1)

(Debuts on October 9th)


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Scorching Ping Pong Girls (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

A nine-years straight championship school lost in straight sets in the first round to an unknown school. At another school which is our main school, their best player being Agari, who plays in bloomers instead of shorts, because of course she does. She’s so happy being the ace, so you know a new girl’s about to show up and beat her. Their club hears about that tournament result, not able to participate in that very tournament themselves. The next day, Agari comes across a strange red-haired girl sitting on top of the gates of the school, who is too scared to get down. Upon hearing that Agari plays ping-pong, this girl wants to join as well, Koyori is her name. She gets to see the room for the first time and is a little too freaked out about it. Agari offers to play with her until the club shows up and during this, Koyori shows some shockingly fast reflexes. So Agari starts playing serious and Koyori can more than keep up with her, but before they can truly find out who’s better, the rest of the club shows up. We’re officially introduced to Hanabi, Hokuto and Mune, the other big shots of the club. Koyori is very shy to everyone, though is okay with Agari. She gets pulled away however for an interview and comments that while team isn’t weak, they’re missing their X-factor. Meanwhile, Koyori is beating everyone on the team, one-by-one and without surrendering a point. She’s already earned the #10 spot in the club. Because of the attention on her, Agari’s now a little annoyed and jealous, being the ace of the club. Later in the day, Mune challenges Koyori, so it’s #10 against #4. Koyori loses her first point right away. She continues to struggle, down 3-0 but then she adjusts to Mune and starts to beat her and eventually wins 11-8. Mune also notes that Koyori has made it further in tournaments than Agari so now the attention is fully off her now, believing she’s the ace now. Agari is not impressed.

I’m not convinced yet that this show is all that good, however I’m not convinced it’s bad either. So I will give it one more episode to impress me or cause me to drop it.

THE GOOD

  • I like the attention to detail with the girls sweating over time in the match
  • The main cast is designed pretty well

THE BAD

  • That intro was horrendous, the show seems to come off as funny and that was as serious and cringeworthy as it could’ve possibly been
  • The hairpins on Agari, Hokuto and Koyori are dumb as fuck. Seriously? An arrow, carrot and a bone? Come on!

Episode Score: 2.5/5 ***ON NOTICE***

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Tiger Mask W (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Naoto and his brother watch as their father is beaten to…death(?) in a wrestling match by a man known as the Yellow Devil. Both brothers claim they will end this man one day. We see Naoto training…WHY IS THERE A BEAR?! Naoto also suplexes the bear. A man drives up afterwards, saying the Tiger’s Den wrestlers are coming. Then guys are climbing a mountain and the other brother, Fujii throws one man to his death? He’s greeted at the top by Miss X, an agent? She gives him a black Tiger Mask, saying he will now be known as Tiger the Dark in the ring. Back in Japan, Naoto hears of a tournament featuring his brother, who he doesn’t know is Tiger the Dark, along with the man who was with the Yellow Devil during that match. Apparently it’s the first event by Global Wrestling Monopoly (stupid name) in Japan since that match. Now in New Japan, Naoto is talking with star of the promotion, Kazuchika Okada about the GMW event and Naoto decides to go see his father, who is alive but bound to a wheelchair. He tells his father he will end GMW, but his father is not happy to hear that. At the event, his trainer convinces the man supposed to be fighting the man who was with Yellow Devil to switch out with Naoto, who has taken the helm of Tiger Mask. Odin doesn’t want to fight him, but Miss X forces him to, demanding he beat the everloving shit out of Tiger Mask. He dislocates Odin’s shoulder with a suplex and Miss X tells him if he doesn’t get up and fight, he will be given a Tiger’s execution. But for some reason, after knocking Odin out, Naoto just leaves the ring and gets counted out, though it’s noted Tiger Mask clearly won the battle. 

This show is being dropped on the basis of A, not being what I wanted from the show and B, not being a good show at all.

THE GOOD

  • Seeing Okada in there was cool
  • Haruna was the one bright spot of the main cast

THE BAD

  • This is not the kind of wrestling anime I was hoping for… *sadface*
  • I think Wanna Be The Strongest In The World had better wrestling than this show did
  • The two brothers are so boring and bland
  • Everything about the show is so 80s/90s Saturday morning cartoonish and it doesn’t translate well here.

Episode Score: 1.5/5 ***DROPPED***

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Trickster (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

Wow, kicking things off with attempted rape, suicide and murder, eh? While a guy fights off two men attempting to rape a girl, another guy tries to kill himself by falling off a building, no luck…and then tries to stab himself in the throat with a piece of shattered glass, but it breaks into tiny pieces and vanishes before the shard reaches his throat. Then we jump to a robot landing in the city and two older detectives take the job to deal with it. Meanwhile the guy who saved the girl earlier is running around with an owl talking to him, or at least one controlled by a girl who appears to a master hacker as well. One of the older guys gets into a building and confronts a man on the computers, calling him by a certain criminal name, but before he can capture him, he vanishes. Back with the younger savior, he comes across the suicidal kid after chasing a dog around the city. When the dog tries to get close to the suicidal kid, the dog is killed by a barrier of sorts. They play the chase game for a while, but even though this suicidal kid can’t die from long falls, the other kid’s able to keep up with him somehow. After talking with him for a bit, the nice kid leaves, though his wallet is left behind. The suicidal kid follows him to a burning building where he’s saving lives and while he can’t physically pull them out, his ability also seemingly blows holes in walls, so that comes in handy. The savior kid then offers the suicidal kid to join him and the other detectives he works with and promises in return when he can figure out how, he’ll kill him. 

THE GOOD

  • The owl girl was kinda interesting…

THE BAD

  • The show is all over the place, it reminds me a lot like Active Raid, too much trying to fit in one episode at a time
  • I absolutely do not enjoy the themes of suicide
  • I think the anime’s trying too hard to be rich in personality, so much that it’s overblown

Episode Score: 1.5/5 ***DROPPED***


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Vivid Strike! (Ep.1)

(Not available to me) ***DROPPED***


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Young Kiitarou and His Youkai Picture Diary (Ep.1)

SYNOPSIS

A great war will soon begin with Yokai split down the middle, fighting each other with a human at the helm of each side, children nonetheless. Turns out they’re fighting because the boy ate something of hers and she hasn’t been doing her chores. They also didn’t tell the yokai to actually fight like it was a literal war. They both admit it was a dumb thing to fight over.

Also this is a 4-minute short, so I’m not going to keep covering it on the weeklies. It’s too short to do a proper synopsis. But it’s a nice little show, doesn’t require much of your time. Go watch it.

THE GOOD

  • The animation looks really good, especially with the yokai theme

THE BAD

  • Not enough time to have anything bad to talk about

Episode Score: 3.5/5 ***DROPPED – ANIME SHORT***

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#AllButtsMatter

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It’s been no secret over the course of the near year now that this page has been up and running that I am a fan and consumer of ecchi content. I’ve watched a lot of harem anime and a lot of anime that will go out of its way to find room for a couple extra seconds of butts, boobs, sexual tension, underwear, showers, baths and anything else in between. What’s also no secret is that my level of fandom for this content in particular lies in that of a female persuasion. Take this current summer season for example, I’m watching shows like New Game! and Taboo Tattoo and they don’t shy away from showing off how drop dead gorgeous and sexy their female characters are.

But what may come as a surprise to some is that I actually have a problem with shows like these. However while most just have a problem with the fact it’s endless parading of half-naked girls and subjecting them to sexual objectification time and time again, my problem actually lies in a lack of a particular thing. And that very thing is something that few shows ever bother with and that’s employing the same principals on their male characters, having them be eye candy just as much as the girls are shown to be, having them put into similar situations that get them caught with their pants down (literally), have them wearing swimwear that shows more skin than the average person of the same gender would ever dare to wear.

Which is why through a play on words with a much more serious cause currently going on in the world (so please, don’t take this like I’m turning the #BlackLivesMatter movement into a joke, I am well aware how serious an issue this is and how much more serious it becomes every single day), I am fighting my own fight, specifically with anime:

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This movement is very simple. We understand that not every show out there should employ this, but for a large number of shows that have a male protagonist (especially harems) and contains a ton of ecchi moments specifically with the various female characters, the male MC and other male characters should also be subjected to the same level of sexual objectification as the girls are.

Now of course there are a lot of cliches with anime that make it far easier for women to be put in these kinds of spots rather than guys. Naturally, the camera will have a harder time finding easy shots to take of male characters, like boob and panty shots easily do for women, the average guy doesn’t have much to show off in the way your average girl does and men also tend to wear less revealing and tight-fitting clothing, so getting good butt shots aren’t as easy as the average girl who wears tight jeans, yoga pants, shorts, all that jazz. So from a realistic perspective, putting guys in the same light as women is not as easy as it looks.

But then again, this is anime and realism is thrown out the window right from day one.

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There so many moments in anime that I can think of that are easily reversible onto guys in the exact same shows that these moments will happen to the girls. A major number of these moments are simple “while they’re thinking/talking to themselves” scenes, take a classic scene where a girl is taking a shower after a major moment in the show that requires her some time alone to think things over, perhaps a confession, a fight, an argument, a loss, anything thought-provoking. It’s very common for these scenes to occur, the camera starting on the wall with the sounds of the shower echoing in the background. Then the camera starts at her feet, slowly moves up to catch her bare butt and then a little sideboob as well to really heat things up. But how come this rarely ever happens with the male characters, ESPECIALLY the male MCs of harem anime?! I know they’re usually thick-headed idiots, but they have to be needing time alone to think about something!

It’s kind of funny that in a lot of different anime series, there’s a lot of time spent with girls undressing, showering/bathing and walking around their house naked with just a towel on, sometimes just on their head depending on the show’s rating. But at no point do these shows have their male counterparts doing the same thing. Do men never change their clothes? Do they ever take baths? How about walking around the house in various states of undress? As a fellow male, I’ll let you kids in on a little secret: We do wear different clothes which requires us to undress, we (thankfully) do take baths and showers (which by the way, showers suck, baths are so much better, comfy as shit!) and depending on the situation, we absolutely do walk around the house either naked or in just our underwear. I would more often in my own home, but since I have roommates, kinda gotta respect privacy and all that shit, y’know?

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Beyond that, there’s other little things that these shows rarely ever do with the guys. Whenever there’s a swimsuit episode, how often is the lone guy or two guys always in the baggiest board shorts while every single girl, including the shyest, most nerdy girl is still wearing a super revealing bikini that you know a girl of a similar personality in real life, she would never wear?! Of course, I’m not saying every single male character from now on in any anime should be solely wearing swimwear like speedos and fundoshis, but if you’re going to make almost every single girl regardless of their personalities wear extremely revealing swimwear, why do the men always have the state of mind to cover up as much as possible? Make some of them wear swimsuits that show off their butts just as well as the girls’ swimsuits do.

Because remember, while I said guys don’t have the easily noticeable “goods” that girls have like their breasts, when it’s pool or beach time and swimsuits are on, a lot of guys now have something to offer: their butts. While guys don’t have the hips girls have, a lot of us still have butts more than worthy of the eyes of those who are attracted to men. That’s why when the moment can call for such moments, there’s no excuse for showing off the men as well. Obviously the camera’s not going to be centering on a guy’s crotch, that’s for hentai, but when a guy’s in his underwear or a swimsuit, show off that boy butt! And if they’re well-built as well, show off those abs!

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And another thing. Like I said, anime throws all realism out the window from the very beginning. There are so many completely unrealistic moments that will happen to girls that lead to ecchi scenes. Obviously there are moments that are hard to write guys into, like falling over and exposing their underwear, guys don’t wear skirts so that’s not an option. But take something like the guy walking in on a girl changing, how many fucking times does this happen in anime?! It’s like in the anime world, there is no such thing as a lock on a door! Either that, or girls apparently don’t know how to use them, but I digress. How in the blue hell am I supposed to believe that this kind of situation will happen all the time with a girl being the one caught undressing, but it never happens to a guy? Why is it so hard for anime to think it’s possible for a girl (even a sister, since anime loves that implied incest so much) to open the door to his room and catch him just as he’s pulling his underwear up to cover the one part they’d have to censor? If it can happen so easily to a girl, in a lot of these cases it shouldn’t be that much harder for it to happen to a guy.

Now of course I understand that a lot of the shows that employ these ecchi scenes with girls are targeting a male audience, in particular those of a young adult age who are attracted to women, that’s a given. But at the same time, I’m not so sure I can accept that as a legitimate reason when you take something pretty key into consideration:

The majority of men who watch harem anime or any kind of ecchi anime specifically targeting them, they also watch pornographic material. What happens in your standard porn scene? A male has sexual intercourse with a woman. In order for such an act to happen, what has to take place? Take a guess. Yep, the guy has to be naked, or at least from the waist down. Make any excuse you want, that when watching porn you don’t pay attention to the guy. Bullshit! Try watching a full porn scene and not glance down just a little bit, good luck trying! So for these shows to try and hide the fact that men also undress and get naked at some points in their daily lives, it’s actually extremely unrealistic, not in anime standards, but in logical standards. To hide the fact that the male characters ever remove pieces of clothing, it almost dehumanizes them in a way.

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It begs the question: Is this just a careless oversight on the writers and producers of these various anime shows that fail to show the realities of human life, or could there be some homophobia going on here? As a heterosexual male, allow me to put my two cents in briefly on the whole homophobia issue. It’s one thing if you have a legitimate psychological condition that has you fear the naked male human body, but if you’re just an Average Joe and you have the opinion that if you look at the naked body of another man, you risk becoming gay or whatever ridiculous bullshit thought going through your head, you’re being extremely childish. Remember when I said right at the top of the article that I have no issue with shows that show off the female body? Well to add onto that, I have literally no issues whatsoever with the sexual objectification of ANY human body, regardless of gender, race or sexual disposition. It’s absolutely okay to be shy from seeing people in public naked, to avert your gaze from people, that’s a normal reaction. But to the idiots who genuinely think that seeing someone of the same gender will elicit the response of turning gay, you might want to do some soul searching, because you might be repressing some feelings that you’re not accepting or listening to.

Like I said, I’m a heterosexual male and I have no problems with any anime I’ve watched that does contain male nudity, I have no problems with watching porn where the male genitalia is out in full force. Why? It’s quite simple, actually. I know what I’m into in real life and watching something, especially that of fictional content, that won’t affect how I am in real life, or the kinds of people I look for in real life for an intimate relationship. And even if it did, would that bother me? No, because I’m comfortable in myself and my tastes, regardless of what they are and what they may evolve into. So seeing a male character in an anime completely butt naked, that doesn’t bother me in the slightest and it shouldn’t really bother anyone either, unless like I said there’s an actual deep-rooted psychological cause for a negative reaction to it.

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I truly do believe that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with an even playing field in terms of anime nudity and it’s really sad that the majority of shows can’t be bothered to play fairly with both genders because writers and producers of some of these shows believe that because their target audience is a young male demographic, that in turn there should never be a naked male on-screen because that’s not what they want to see. True, a heterosexual male wouldn’t turn on Queen’s Blade expecting to see some random guy’s bare ass, but does that heterosexual male not want to see it, period? That I think is up for debate, I’d really like to believe that the majority of anime watchers are mature enough and not so insecure that the sight of a naked male character in the same show as 5+ naked female characters would completely ruin the “sanctity” of the show.

The picture above of Itsuki from Phantasy Star Online 2 The Animation is a great example of simple booking causing fairness in the nudity of both genders in an ecchi scene. The intention of this scene was clearly to have Aika show up completely naked and get all the boys turned on by her absolute beauty, which for me admittedly worked, she looked absolutely gorgeous in that scene. But before she shows up and gives us the closest look we’ll ever see of her naked body without needing a black censor bar, Itsuki had to be alone in the hot spring, after all it was the men’s bath. Normally, your average anime would just have him already sitting in the water, only able to see from halfway down his chest. Instead, the show takes the time to have him walking into the spring, bare butt and all before finding his spot to sit down in the spring. It only took at most 10 seconds, but in that 10 seconds the anime took the time to be realistic and fair to both genders, not just making it so the women are the only thing to ogle at.

And after watching that scene, did I go throw up or question my sexuality because I saw a FICTIONAL boy’s bare ass? No, of course not! You know what my reaction was to that scene? I thought “Whoa! They actually showed boy butt! How often does that actually happen in anime?!” and that’s it! I didn’t think about how disgusting it was, about how the show was not delivering what I wanted to see, or anything of that sort. In fact, I was happy to see that, not in a sexual way, but in terms of the anime actually having the guts (which shouldn’t be a thing I have to say about anime!) to show such a “controversial” thing. We seem to have no problem in real life showing off the female naked body, but men? That’s a different story and it’s really weird and stupid when you think about it.

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So in the future, anime truly needs to evolve and grow up a little more. In order to do so, it’s such a minor change to me, but for some it’s a tall order: Anime needs to accept the fact that if it’s going to throw realism out the window and have the women in their shows be overly-sexualized and wearing skimpy clothes, being caught undressed or naked all the time, focusing the camera on their bodies when either naked or damn near close too and in any other situation that is considered ecchi, it needs to start being applied to their male counterparts as well, wherever it can work in a reasonable manner. There’s absolutely no logical reason that at no point any male character in an anime is ever seen without clothes on, is not walked in on while undressing and is not ever wearing anything that could be considered a little more revealing than what the average person would wear in the same situation. This happens all the time with female characters, it’s ridiculous for shows to omit the exact same things from all their male characters.

And quite frankly, while feminists and SJWs alike would rather than ecchi content in not just anime, but mature and sexual content to be eliminated from video games and other forms of media as well, I believe the real solution lies in not the eradication of this content, but the addition of more of this kind of content, just on the male side. I believe in freedom and equality, so by that logic, the elimination of sexual content doesn’t fit that belief, but making male characters just as sexually objectified and shown off as girls are, that’s the best option for both sides. It evens out the playing field, it makes it so that everyone can enjoy this level of content, not just specifically those that are attracted to the female body.

Currently, the majority of anime is devoted to the many screenshots of girls’ boobs and butts, I think it’s time we started seeing more abs and boy butts on-screen and this is coming from someone who isn’t going to dream of Soma from Food Wars standing around in a fundoshi. Regardless of my sexuality, regardless of my tastes, it’s very obvious that in anime, all butts should matter, not just girl butts.

So if you agree, share this article and start getting the hashtag #AllButtsMatter trending in your circle of anime loving friends. Because we shouldn’t be reducing the amount of sexual content, we should be branching out further to include more people. Excluding is never the answer. Everyone should be allowed to enjoy anime butts!

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Top 10 EXTRA – Trails of Cold Steel Girls

This week has been a heavy Trails of Cold Steel week with both the Game and Character Spotlights being given to this great JRPG. So I really wanted to do a Top 10 with the game as well, but I already have the anime hair Top 10s in full swing.

Then my dumb ass realized…I can just release two Top 10s this week! What a novel idea!

So here it is, folks. The Top 10 girls from Trails of Cold Steel! But this isn’t just going to be based on who’s the hottest, this list is devoted to which girls I liked the most in terms of looks, personality and their overall usefulness in the game.

Now! Let’s hop to it, shall we?

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Kicking off our list is the super bouncy 13 year-old “White Rabbit”, aka a secret agent and member of Ironblood, Millium Orion. While her voice actress didn’t exactly sell the whole 13 years young part of Millium, she’s still a fun girl throughout the game, usually home to a lot of the comic relief where she nearly destroys everything with her puppet, Airgetlam or “Lammy”. She’s a tough little one, certainly capable of being a threat on the battlefield and yet meanwhile can balance being a bit of a dunce cap. It’s a strange mixture, one that kind of holds her back on this list. But she’s still an enjoyable girl at times.

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The “Icy Maiden” of the Railway Military Police, Claire is a fantastic badass character in the game and a character I can’t wait to see more of (and I assume I’ll be fighting alongside) in the second game. She easily pulls off double-duty in the first game by being the tough as nails, one step ahead of everyone else commanding officer of the RMP and yet in the few moments we get of her outside of that, she’s a very calm, gentle woman who is just looking out for people she cares about. Can’t wait to see a lot more of her during the second game, so I can get a lot more of her personality out into the open.

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Absolutely stunning, but I have Alfin on this list strictly because it is absolutely hilarious to me watching this girl who’s supposed to be an elegant, perfect princess, go and completely fuck with Rean’s sister Elise, because she knows that Elise totally has the hots for her adopted brother (Rean and Elise aren’t related by blood), so she spends every moment possible teasing her about him, which sends Elise into a mad blush. And it’s hilarious every time. I hope in the second game I get to see a lot more of her as well.

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The lowest on this list out of the original Class VII girls, Alisa’s actually not that bad, but she suffers from a very bad first impression. She really comes off as a real bratty bitch in the early-going of the game, but eventually shifts to a tolerable bratty bitch who has skills that I would be dead if it wasn’t for her. There’s no denying the girl is very pretty as well, she’s certainly in the most situations pertaining to a potential relationship with Rean (not that I cared), but again a bad first impression for who’s one of the more useful party members.

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I love Angelica. Everything that came out of her mouth was gold. We’re always so used to male characters who are super perverted, but Angelica trumps them all, having zero issue flirting with girls in front of everyone, talking about girls in front of everyone and honestly if she wasn’t a noble, I feel like she’d be going around just groping girls whenever she could. Also, she’s always in a badass leather biking suit (except at the very end, where it’s really weird to see her in a dress) and has an Orbal motorcycle! She’s so freaking badass! I really hope she’s a party member in the second game. The banter, I want more of that banter!

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Sometimes girls just wanna have fun. Sara is no exception to this fact. She’s the homeroom teacher for Class VII, yet possibly one of the most powerful fighters in the entire game, as we hear throughout the first game, given the moniker of “Purple Lightning”. An ex-Bracer, Sara is constantly shown as the girl you don’t wanna mess with on the battlefield, but outside of that she’s probably the coolest person in the entire game, especially when she’s had a couple drinks. How a fun-loving, prankster like herself ends up being one of the most dangerous characters in the game is a feat in itself and then she also ends up being one of the hottest girls in the game too. Quite the resume, Miss Valestine.

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Out of all the girls in the game, Laura’s the one I used the most in battle. She’s an absolute powerhouse, the character I relied on to do the most damage and boy did she ever when I needed her to. But aside from her battle prowess, she also gets a huge unfair advantage being the girl you see the most out of her uniform, the lone party member to be a part of the Swim Club at Thors Military Academy. Her personality is hit and miss, sometimes she works really well as a more reserved girl, but other times she comes off a little too serious for my liking. Either way, a girl as beautiful as her and as high-damage as she can be in battle, she’s still a fantastic character.

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I love Emma, but man oh man does it drive me insane that after spending 100+ hours in the first game, I’m still totally unsure as to who this girl actually is, as we don’t know her origins or really what part of her personality is real and what’s more of an act. As we’re left to wonder in the game, she may actually not be a normal student, perhaps placed into Class VII to watch over Rean, as she (and her cat friend, Celine) seem to know a lot more about Rean’s hidden power and other magical phenomena than anyone else seems to know. But aside from that, what we do get from her is a very intelligent mage who I relied upon heavily when I didn’t have my core healer in Eliot available, though Emma is much better on the offensive side of magic anyways, though I wish she’d had a little more healing potential as well. And out of all the girls, Emma is easily the hottest of them all, including the adults. And no, it’s not just because of her chest, I love her hairstyle and I do find intelligence sexy, so the glasses are a nice addition too. Hopefully in game #2 we get a lot more information on this girl, which it’d be stupid if there was nothing new about her added in.

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I think it’s safe to say after reading tons of forum posts about the game, Towa’s the #1 choice as a waifu-level of girl in the first Trails of Cold Steel game. She’s absolutely adorable, extremely intelligent and very responsible as the Academy’s student council president. She’s so good at her job that in the game at the age of 18, she’s being pulled from the school into the big city to help out political officials with various things. She’s super dependable, which makes it very easy to accept a few tasks from her as sidequests in the game, you don’t feel you’re doing her work for her, you feel like you’re taking a few minuscule tasks off he plate because even she can’t get them all done in the period of time she has. All that’s left now is to see what this sweetheart can really do in the battlefield, which I imagine we will see in the second game.

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If I didn’t select my choice at the campfire dance in the #1 spot, I wouldn’t be doing this list properly. I love Fie so goddamn much, she was a fantastic party member, my second damage dealer who when paired with Laura made me unstoppable, she’s tiny and adorable, especially when I put the cat ears and tail on her halfway through the game, the best decision I ever made, it worked perfectly! My favourite thing about her is the silly face she makes when holding up the peace sign with Rean when they win a battle through a linked attack, she’s so freaking cute! And then she also checks that major checkbox I have with female characters with her generally expressionless speaking. I can’t help it, I love tiny girls and Fie is such a fantastic character that falls into this category, easily the girl I choice to have a terrible slow dance with at the tail end of the game. Can’t wait to have her back in my party, looking badass in her non-uniform getup.


Thanks for checking out this extra Top 10, folks! If you haven’t played the game before, I highly suggest you do. And if you’re further interested in the games, also check out my Game Spotlight and Character Spotlight relating to the game!

Top 10 Sexiest Girls – Winter Anime 2016

It’s no secret that I have zero issue putting over girls for being cute, beautiful, sexy, all that jazz. So I figured it’d be a great idea now that the winter anime season for this year has ended, to do a Top 10 list for the sexiest girls that were in all the shows I watched this season. So remember, these are my picks from only shows I watched and they are pertaining to my own personal tastes. So to all the Mai lovers out there who watched Myriad Phantom Colors World, I’m not sorry!

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It’s funny to me that Pina makes this list after her being not even on my mind after Season 1, I was mostly into Tuka cause y’know how can you not love sexy blonde elf girls? But over time in Season 2, Pina’s really grown on me, large in part to her natural beauty mixed with the elegance she carries with her as a Princess. She also has the unfair advantage of having red hair, which never stops working on me. I think most of all though, it’s because every few episodes we’d get a scene of her naked in the bath and then for the end of the season she was only in a prisoner’s garb, which as terrible as the situation was, allowed her skin a little more airtime. But no matter how you slice it, Pina Co Lada, the dumbest name for a character ever in anime, she’s drop dead gorgeous.

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Yeah! How you like them apples, Mai fans?! I didn’t even pick Reina, the other girl who gets a little sexy air time during the show, I pick the one we pretty much see nothing of the entire series. Koito gains ground on the two with her tomboyish look (I’m aware Mai can be considered one too, but I’m sorry the giant breasts don’t do it for me) and her shorter hair compared to the rest of the girls. She has the kind of hair I’d expect my girlfriend to have back when we were first dating, so that also makes me a little biased. She’s also got a wonderful singing voice, which strikes a few chords in me. Ha, chords…cords…did you get the music pun? Did’ja? All right, I’ll stop. But most of all, the artwork for the show that doesn’t appear in the anime actually completely turns me in favour of Koito. This picture pretty much cemented her for me as my favourite girl of the series, she looks absolutely stunning in that picture. Not that Reina isn’t just as gorgeous in that picture too, but Koito’s got my heart here.

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This might be the one that surprises the most. Why? Because this girl has pretty much zero meaningful airtime and has zero airtime where she’s in anything over than her ALCA uniform. A couple of the girls got some undressing time in the series (and Chloe’s battle attire is pretty much straps and a thong), but Valkyrie always stood out to me. She has a very unique look to her, the red hair and the cut she has add onto it. She’s also the one goddess (other than Menace) who isn’t designed like a large-chested beauty queen, again the tomboy effect on me is in full swing (makes sense given who her partner is) and works as well as it always does. And lastly, she has a underrated kind of appeal to her that most people never mention: The fact that you never see her in anything other than one outfit makes you use your imagination to create all kinds of possibilities, which is always far better than being given all the keys right off the bat.

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Okay, come on! How could anyone not fall for a super hot assassin version of Velma Dinkley? Super old cartoon references aside, Barbara is impossible to ignore even with really only two episodes of screen time. She’s easily the most sexually designed character on this list and that’s saying something when several characters on this list are actually naked at some point in their respective shows. But pretty much everything Barbara does is shot with sexual tension, her clothes pretty much do nothing to hide the assets she has, and come on…the entire time we see her training Haruhiro, it looks more like she’s trying to get rid of some excess hormones rather than training him to fight. I mean look, so long as she doesn’t break my arm during the process, I’d have zero issue getting some training in with her.

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Two Grimgar characters back to back, we have the #6 spot given to the character who caused a gimmick to be added to the show’s weekly review. And almost every week, the “Official Yume Ass Shot Counter” did not disappoint, hence why I couldn’t help myself using one of those butt shots for Yume’s photo here. Aside from her presenting her ass to the camera every time it’s pointed at her, Yume truly is a beautiful young woman, again the red hair knocking her up a few spots, but the reason she’s above Barbara when she clearly doesn’t have the assets Barbara has (and that includes her butt!), Yume comes off a lot more like someone you could share a relationship with, rather than a one-night stand with Barbara, cause I’m pretty sure that’s all you’d ever get. Yume truly comes off like a friend, a partner and to me that adds on to a girl’s sexiness. It’s not just about the body to me, the knowledge that not only is a girl gorgeous, but I’ll be happy hanging around her does make a girl even more sexy to me and Yume gives off that feeling in spades.

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Long silver hair, gorgeous body and you rarely get to see her that much so you don’t get too comfortable with her. That really puts the ball in Sylvia’s court. Like a couple other girls on this list, it took me a little while to get into Sylvia, likely because I had to get past all the incest innuendo. But this soldier is absolutely stunning, an extremely brave woman who you know if the war wasn’t a thing and hadn’t caused all the mental trauma she likely had over the course of the show, she’d be an absolute wonderful person to be around. And yes, a large part of her sexiness is in fact due to that it looks like she doesn’t wear a bra under her uniform and she had the zipper of her top down pretty far. You looked too, don’t judge me!

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Everything about Kinoa is a plus for me, her body is perfectly designed, her unique hair works wonders, she wears glasses which actually adds onto her beauty for me, she dresses so well for her frame and her personality when she’s not a pissed off young woman has her as the perfect girl to fall for when you were around that high school age again. You’re probably thinking well if she’s that perfect, why’s she only #4 and not even in the top 3. Well other than me preferring the next three girls above her, I think her hot-headed attitude can be a little much at times. But then again she did seem to be into older guys, not that I’m crazy old. But if the shaved head had anything to do with it, fuck that I’m out!

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I had zero intention of even listing Aika at all during the entire season. Then getting the hot spring scene with her completely turned my attention around on her and really started noticing just how absolutely perfect this girl’s body is. I’m also not crazy into blonde hair, but because of how unique her hairstyle is and just how perfectly it matches her frame and fashion style, I was more than willing to accept that over a lot of the redheads on this list. Something that might perplex a few people reading this, probably the biggest thing that brings my attention to her however is that cluelessness to the real world that this game NPC has. I really entertain the idea of being the person to really accommodate a girl who knows nothing of the world she’s in, including basic societal customs like I don’t know…entering the men’s bath completely naked. It’s that silly trope that never gets old for me, it always creates great ecchi moments where she doesn’t even flinch at the idea of the MC looking at her full naked body, which every other girl would kill him if it happened to them. It’s a shame she can’t stay in the real world because of her work, she comes off like the kind of girl that over time, you know she’d be a perfect fit as your partner forever. And again, man…that body. Come on!

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sometimes the sexiest of all are the crazy evil ones. Before even being aware of Reoko’s immortality, the moment I saw this woman who should be in her 40s, I was hooked, regardless of how downright batshit crazy this woman is. Red hair: Check. Small, slim body: Check. Having the opportunity to fantasize about the main villain taking a momentary break from her craziness to share a lovely night with you: Double fucking check! I knew from day one that this girl would be a nominee for the Sexiest Girl of the Season award and at no point did I ever second guess that. And most of all, come on…if she stays immortal, that perfect body’s there as long as you can go. Like you wouldn’t be salivating at that opportunity.

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The #1 spot through the entire season flip-flopped between three girls: Kinoa, Reoko and this girl, Misaki. In the end what pushed Misaki over the other two was honestly the unfair advantage of being constantly presented as a purely drop dead sexy girl. Pretty much every episode she’s in her Flying Circus attire, which does nothing but show off her assets. Like come on, I don’t care how much they portray Asuka as the best girl, Misaki’s got the butt to put her above all the female characters in that show combined. When you match that up with her perfect figure in a tight bikini and a bathing scene where you’re left to visualize Reiko giving her quite the hot massage, it’s impossible to not have this girl on your mind the entire time. And most of all, minus her super sleepy mornings, she’s pretty much just your average run of the mill kind of girl. Which when combined with that body, it’s a knockout punch for me.


Hope you enjoyed this top 10 list, I have to apologize for not posting these in a while. Honestly, it’s for the most part a time issue and a lazy issue. These articles take longer than any of the other weeklies I post and because of that (and partially because I was running out of topics I could actually gush about without stopping) I didn’t have the desire to do them. That should be changing soon, with my potential new job having me work at home as well, giving me a little extra time to work on other things and not leaving me physically tired like my current job does.

Anyways, as always if you have any comments or perhaps your own lists, don’t hesitate to post them in the comments below. Cheers!

 

Character Spotlight: Tali’Zorah vas Neema

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You know a game has a good set of characters when while picking the #1 choice was easy, there’s several #2s right behind her. I could go heavily into detail about other lovely ladies like Liara, Kasumi Goto and Jack, but for this week, I have to start with the Queen of Mass Effect: Tali’Zorah. Which is really saying something when you consider you spend almost three entire games not knowing what her face looks like.

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For those unfamiliar of the series (in which case, HOW HAVE YOU NOT PLAYED THIS SERIES?!), Tali is a member of the Quarian race, a small race of environmental suit wearing engineers that can build anything, especially using just junk parts. They have no homeworld and live on their ships, in particular the Migrant Fleet, a massive collection of ships, ranging from heavy-gunned ships to basic refugee crafts. The lack of a homeworld is also having to do with why they are always wearing environmental suits, their immune systems are extremely weak compared to other races, just being exposed to untreated air for a second can cause them to get sick. As we’re told over the series, if a soldier doesn’t die from a wound sustained they will likely die from the infection following. To get to our first time meeting Tali, we have to also note how she got where she did. Very few Quarians left the Migrant Fleet, but when the young ones reach a certain age, they’re sent out on a Pilgrimage. Their goal is to find something in the universe that will benefit the Migrant Fleet, whether it’s technology, or even another ship. In Tali’s case, she seeks to find a way to defeat the Geth, the artificially created race that the Quarians built and turned on them, kicking them out of their homeworld.

When we first meet her, she’s as innocent as can be. She’s also very naive, almost getting killed before being saved by Shepard. Given that she’s been only living with her own race at the Migrant Fleet, she’s not very sociable around other races at first. It’s when Shepard and company take her aboard as a member of their crew that we begin to see Tali mold into the perfect woman she is by the end of the series.

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Once she gets comfortable with everyone, the game is over. In the first Mass Effect game, there are only two female options to romance: Ashley and Liara. Tali is not among them. A lot of people were disappointed with this, feeling Tali was the best girl in the game. I don’t know how I didn’t see this the first time I played through the game, I just went with Ashley. Now that I’ve gone through the entire series, she’s at the bottom of the list. But in Mass Effect 2, she becomes a romantic option and that’s when we really start to see her in a different light. She’s very shy and stumbles over her words a lot in the first game, by the second game she’s got a bit of a mouth on her. And that’s when we get to my favourite word in the entire series: Bosh’tet. There’s no direction translation for the word, but it’s essentially used in place of where you’d say shit, bitch, bastard, whatever insult you’d like. And Tali pulls it off flawlessly, sometimes out of nowhere, other times when you don’t want to fuck with her. And no matter how pissed off she is, it’s adorable to me every single time.

She’s definitely got the most real personality in the entire game. Ashley is a total bitch, Jack is fucking crazy, Liara’s very goody two-shoes (at least until the Shadow Broker DLC), Miranda’s got a great ass and Kasumi’s not an option, another disappointment for me. Samara’s also not an option, but she’s boring as fuck. And I’m never taking Morinth, so there’s no point mentioning her. I guess I could include Kelly Chambers and Samantha Traynor, but their roles are so minor, it’s hard to. But Tali is very real, she fluctuates from innocent, to shy, to downright pissed off. And when it’s hard enough to make her that real, you have to worry about the environmental suit. How she stumbles through her words with Shepard is adorable, and just watching how paranoid she gets when thinking about “linking her suit” with Shepard and the probably hundred different drugs and antibiotics she takes before it is just hilarious.

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Which brings us to what would be the hardest part about pursuing a relationship with her if she was a real person. So many questions arise from the fact Quarians are so susceptible to infections. Aside from getting fevers and such, something the game never mentions, obviously cause it’s not something you really go in-depth on it the game, but I ask the questions no one else does! Think about it, all the sexually transmitted diseases we can get in real life. What would the risks actually be having sexual intercourse with a Quarian, ESPECIALLY if it’s a gay relationship between two males. We know Tali gets pretty sick from just taking her helmet off and presumably making out with Shepard. What would happen if the entire suit came off, even if it was in a treated environment? Anyways, I’m asking too many questions here, I think.

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To our surprise, near the end of Mass Effect 3, we actually get to see Tali’s face and in the end get an idea what the Quarians look like. Generally speaking, they are human with a few noted differences. One, their hands have only three fingers. Two, their feet only have two long toes. Three, from what we can tell from the photograph there are some odd marks on their bodies, they look almost like wires running along their skin. We have no way of knowing if these marks are on their entire body or just the neck and up. But in terms of everything else, they’re very much an altered human race. Because Tali’s the only example we have, we don’t know things like skin colour within the Quarian race, if their frames are built differently, if the bone structure and placement of organs is any different.

A lot of people felt like this was a major cop out on Bioware’s part, but I fail to see the problem here. How would have we all reacted if Tali took her helmet off and turned out to be some hideous tentacle face. The Quarian race could’ve looked a lot like the Covenant from the HALO series for all we knew, so unlike a lot of people out there who didn’t like the Photoshop’d version of a Shutterstock photo (I believe it was), I didn’t mind because it made me more into Tali. I would’ve been absolutely heartbroken if she was an ugly alien. I’ve already got enough to look at with the Turians, Salarians and Krogan. At least the Asari make us perceive them as what we prefer.

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art by brinx-II

Tali is one of the most memorable female characters I’ve ever played alongside in a video game. After all she’s #3 on the Video Game Girls I’d Marry list. There’s so much to her character that makes her so interesting and so irresistible and this is all happening before I even have any idea what she looks like under that helmet! She’s cute, funny, strong and most important, your best friend. Regardless of whether you choose her romantically or not in the series, she’s like your best friend or a sister to you the entire way through. She’s a total sweetheart and I love everything about her.

She’s also got a great ass. You’re not the only one, Miranda.

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[NSFW] Character Spotlight: Asa Shigure

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Our first character spotlight that’s originally from a hentai visual novel! Woooooo! When a character is from that kind of media and is worthy of being one of the many lovely ladies featured in this series, you know she’s something special. Granted, there are actually a number of girls in visual novels that will be in this series at some point (Angela from Princess Waltz, you’re next!), but out of all of them, Asa’s the shining example. After all, she is #4 on the anime waifu list.

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It’s crazy to think that out of all the girls in the entire Shuffle! series, I essentially picked the one who is the only one without a gimmick. Think about it. Lisianthus, Nerine, they’re sweet girls but they’re also a God or a Devil. Kareha is a god, but also has the “head way too high in the clouds” personality. Primula is the tiny, quiet girl…who may also be severely underage. Kaede seems normal, except she’s given the “perfect wife” treatment and oh, SHE SNAPS INTO A VIOLENT RAGE SOMETIMES! No, thank you! Mayumi’s probably the closest thing we have to a normal girl, except she’s got the anime distinction of being the girl with heterochromia (two different coloured eyes).

While Asa is indeed half-human, half-devil, there’s nothing physically that shows that and personality-wise, she’s a normal as you can get in the series. She’s very energetic, that happy-all-the-time kind of girl that you just can’t help but smile when you’re around her. But the biggest feather in her cap is that she’s a tomboy, which is an immediately plus for me and a giant one at that. I absolutely adore tomboys (need to make an article on this), almost every major tomboy character in an anime or video game (and is at the very least decently good-looking) I’m an absolute fan of and Asa is no exception. The upside though with her, is she’s not the cliche “I only like manly stuff” kind of tomboy, she still dresses very much like a normal girl, hell she’s still super good at cooking, though that’s not exactly reserved as a girly skill anymore, we’re finally getting past the woman stays in the kitchen bullshit. She doesn’t sacrifice her looks because she’s a tomboy, she dresses how she wants and acts how she wants.

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Asa plays both sides as well when it comes to how she dresses and acts. She can be very innocent, beautiful and elegant. She’ll look nice and pretty when she has to, after all she clearly spends a little time with her hair and makeup. But she can also be a little cheeky, a little sexy, she has no problem showing herself off to the one she loves. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, in fact it’s freaking fantastic to have a girl that can nail both sides of the coin without hating either side. When it comes to her attitude, it’s no different. While she’s very energetic and sometimes a little too straightforward, she can be very polite when she has to be. But when it’s time to get serious and you’ve got a man you want to nab before the infinite amount of sexy Gods and Devils get to him, you’re willing to wrap your arms around him from behind and hug your topless body right up against him and be just a little flirtatious. While wearing this weird…jean bikini bottom? Oh, and you never intended for your bikini top to fall off, shit just happened. Perhaps it was a sign? I don’t think Rin gave a shit at that point, he had the best pair of breasts in the entire series against his back.

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And that’s the thing about Asa that really sets her apart from the rest of the girls. While most of the rest have visual gimmicks like the long, pointy ears, Asa is as pretty as the rest of them without having something extra to set her apart physically from the rest of them. There’s a lot of emphasis on the rest of them as being drop dead gorgeous, though unless you pick Asa’s story arc in the visual novel, you don’t get that from her nearly as much. She’s just cute the majority of the time, until you get to the sexy scenes with her, where she shines brighter than all. She pretty much has the perfect body, I love her hairstyle and colour, beautiful violet eyes, the perfect bust size, not too big and not too small, and of course that perfect ass of hers. And with all that, she still comes off like a best friend, she’s not a bitch, she’s not a princess, she’s just a girl. And she isn’t held down to one style. Like I said earlier with her elegant to sexy traits, she’ll wear odd stuff like the jean bikini bottoms and the overalls kind of looking dress, to well…super cute panties like these:

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The most shocking thing with Asa though is how the anime handles her, specifically the plot. Honestly when it comes to the girls in the first half of the anime, Asa feels like #5 on the totem pole underneath Primula, then Lisianthus and Nerine, with Kaede on top as the girls destined to be with Rin. And then out of nowhere, she’s the one picked to be the love interest of the anime, which is actually even more surprising, given most harem anime never show their hand at the end, you’re left with no clear winner. Not only does Asa win, but she wins outright and crazy shit happens, which I’ll discuss in the Anime Spotlight tomorrow, which just happens to be the Shuffle! anime.

Y’know I feel like this article is a little light on words, like there’s nothing too special about Asa. I think that’s the beauty of her, she is just that, normal. She’s super pretty, a tomboy and just feels like your best friend in life. And when it all comes down to it, the girl you end up spending the rest of your life with (or guy, whatever you’re into) should be just that, your best friend.

And if he/she’s this damn sexy too, that’s a major freaking bonus!

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[NSFW] This Week in Sexy Games: The Witcher 3

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Triss Merigold

Now I know that there are two other games in The Witcher’s series, but I’ve tried both and never really got into either them, which is crazy to think of now when I enjoyed Witcher 3 as much as I did. But because of my playing experience with the series, expect nothing but content related to anything happening in Witcher 3. So Triss’ bath scene and stuff like that in the past two games will not be here. Sorry!

Anyways, when I picked up my copy of The Witcher 3, I expected a lot from it. I had to. It was a game being touted as the best game of the year by a massive margin, yet it’s a game that belongs to a series of games I’d had a mostly negative experience with. But as I picked up the game and began playing through it, I got addicted and I wanted to see how far I could go.

It turns out I would go to the brothel a bunch of times at least.

I won't lie, I visited Amrynn several times before the game ended
I won’t lie, I visited Amrynn several times before the game ended

I knew ahead of time that The Witcher series was not afraid to have a little sex in it. The game’s made in Europe, another place in the world that has far less problems with sex in media than North America. So I went in fully aware of what I was walking into. I just had no idea how many choices I’d have that I’d be legitimately attracted to. Generally speaking in any video game or anime, especially ones centered on romance, sexuality, or fan service, there’d be two or three girls I’d be super into out of say six or more. But in some cases, the number is far higher than two or three and The Witcher 3 fell into that category. Both of Geralt’s love interests in Triss and Yennifer caught my eye, two of the prostitutes you can go after caught my eye and of course, Ciri REALLY caught my eye.

So before I go in-depth about the sexual content, let’s talk about the girls.

Same sex scene, but with Narcissa
Same sex scene, but with Narcissa

Starting off with the ones we see the least of, Amrynn and Narcissa are both courtesans from the Passiflora brothel in Novigrad. These two were the ones that actually caught my eye, while the rest were just tits and ass, nothing more. Narcissa specifically, I didn’t think anything of when I first walked through the brothel, she just looked like, well…a whore. While there’s nothing personality-wise that caught my attention with her, getting her down to her bare essentials really opened up my eyes. I figure it’s two things, the thigh-highs, cause I’m a sucker for those and oddly enough her hair. When done right, short hair for me is super sexy on a woman. Amrynn on the other hand has an unfair advantage from the get-go: She’s a freaking blonde-haired elf! Is it even possible to design an ugly blonde elf without actually going out of your way to do it? But she has a little something personality-wise that caught my attention too. She carries extra confidence with her and really doesn’t care what people think of her because she’s an elf. I like that about her. So both of them got extra visits, especially Amrynn.

The best view of Yennefer
The best view of Yennefer

Yennefer’s the odd one out in this game, but saying you’re the odd girl out of a Witcher game in terms of sex appeal is like saying you’re the odd piece of bacon out of a batch in terms of pure deliciousness. While some of the girls in The Witcher are dead sexy, Yennefer manages to hold down the elegant beauty fort while she’s secretly just as sexy as the rest of them. Though in terms of her personality, she drifted from good to bad with me at times during the course of the game. Sometimes she’s just a total bitch, but when you get her when she’s vulnerable, she brings out a much calmer, beautiful side to her. Just don’t piss her off. Also, special note to the unicorn scene with her and Geralt. Classic.

You said it, Triss
You said it, Triss!

Triss is easily the sexiest of all the girls and like Amrynn, she has a very unfair advantage over the rest of the field: She’s a freaking redhead! There are two things in real-life that grab my attention the quickest in terms of attractive girls: One, being Asian and two, red freaking hair. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Triss’ primary outfit in The Witcher 3, but when you’re that gorgeous and it’s easier to keep my eyes up at her eye level due to her hair, it’s hard to take any points off her for it. Personality-wise, she’s in pretty decent shape, she can be a bit of a bitch at times, but she has a damn good reason for it when she is. Otherwise, she’s very strong like Yennefer is, though she has a little more open ground for you to tread on, while Yennefer tends to come off as someone you’d back down from more often. Triss is a far more enjoyable date it seems, you can see yourself having a lot more fun (and I’m not even talking about sex) with her wherever you may go. And come on, red goddamn hair!

Ciri, beautiful no matter how many scar she gets
Ciri, beautiful no matter how many scars she gets

There is nothing in Witcher 3 that holds a candle to Ciri. Not Triss with her red hair, not Yennefer with her unicorn, not Amrynn with her elven hotness, not a thing. Ciri is leaps and bounds the best girl in the game and one of the best female characters on the entire 2015 game scene. She is the best personality the game offers, she’s can be cute, she can be funny, she can be serious, she can be downright dangerous. And the fact that she remains as pretty as she is even with the scars all over her body and the large one across her left cheek. It then came as a huge shock to me that we actually got to see her undressed during the sauna bath scene, though without PC mods, you don’t get the nudity with her that you get with the rest of the female cast, which is a shame but at the same time preserves her innocence, which kind of makes sense when you think about it. The game is centered around Geralt and his story, it would be odd to see his daughter naked. But she is damn beautiful and through mods, you can really get a feel (not literally of course) of just how pretty she is.

Sex scene with Triss
Sex scene with Triss

The way Witcher 3 handles sex is perfect. How you may ask? By not giving a fuck, that’s how. Geralt has multiple ways to get laid, he either puts in the work with Yennefer or Triss and has a loving relationship with either of them, or both which leads to a hilarious “threesome” scene towards the end of the game. He gets rewarded with a quick fuck like he does with Keira. Or he goes to the nearest brothel, throws some coin and gets whatever piece of ass he wants at the time, whether it’s a blonde elf, a short-haired vixen…or a blonde elf. I can’t count how many times I replayed Amrynn’s sex scene. But the player has the choice to enjoy their fantasy sex life however they wish, they could fuck until their dicks fall off at the brothel, or pick one girl, in particular Triss or Yennefer and stick to just the one they pick (though I think you’ll have to show Keira a good time no matter what). Granted, you can’t change sides and find a nice man to bed, but keep in mind this isn’t a character you created, you’re playing Geralt, who is safe to assume as a straight male. But in terms of how he lives his life, you have free reign to do whatever you please.

The scenes themselves are a little copy and paste for the majority of them, but they don’t shy away regardless. You get almost full nudity, minus the genitalia around the pelvic area. You get full on bare ass and bare breasts and they don’t even shy away from the thrusting, not to mention the girls moan in pleasure, something that honestly isn’t done often. It’s a weird issue we have with sexual content in media, a lot of the time while we may see the girls enjoying it, we don’t often hear it.

And is there a problem with these scenes? I’m sure you’re surprised by my answer, but ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Once again, there should be far less issue with sex than violence and a game like Witcher 3, which is made in Europe, shows that side of the spectrum. And like I said earlier, CD Projekt Red handles sex very maturely in the sense that they don’t pull their punches. Everything in this game in terms of sexual content comes off natural and normal.

Sometimes you just want a quick fuck. Unfortunately, there’s no Amrynn in our world. *sadface*

This Week in Sexy Games: Persona 4

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Teddie crossdressing (if you didn’t know the series, I bet you thought he was a she!)

Eight potential love interests (counting Marie in Persona 4: Golden), two questionably bisexual males, one who really fights with his gay side, multiple swimsuit sections, hot springs section, alternate outfits. Yep, Persona 4 is really everything anime offers packed into a video game. And I haven’t even gotten to the fighting, fucked up looking universe and badass music.

Persona 4 is in my top 3 games of all time, not just JRPGs (thought most of a top 10 best games of all time list would be mostly JRPGs). The world is incredible, the mechanics are nearly flawless and the characters you deal with, whether playable or not are designed extremely well and have interesting story arcs and backstories that really flesh them out.

And when we’re talking about the sexy stuff in video games, Persona 4 has a pretty decent supply of that, whatever you’re into.

The group reacting to Kanji’s speedo – Persona 4 Golden: The Animation

Like I said, Persona 4 is very much an anime-like video game in terms of all the adventures and hijinks they go through over the course of the game. And what’s the biggest cliché in anime? You guessed it, none other than the trope I wrote an article specifically about over a week ago, the beach and/or pool so everyone has to slide on their best looking swimwear! There are several occasions where this takes place if you take the PS Vita addition of Persona 4: Golden into account. The only two vanilla P4 I can remember are the swimwear competition (that Naoto backs out on, god damn it!) and the camping trip.

I gotta say too, I’ve seen a ton of characters in swimwear from various anime and video games, Chie’s swimsuit that Yosuke gets for her as a part of that camping trip favour, it’s probably one of my favourites of all-time. It fits her and her character perfectly (this is the one with shorts, not the bikini bottoms from the swimsuit competition), it doesn’t overly sexualize her, nor feminize her as much as the others get with theirs. Yukiko has a skirt, Rise is of course super-sexualized, Marie’s bikini top is open in the middle and from what we got to see from Naoto in the competition, the only image we have is a full bikini. Where Chie is made to look exactly as her character is, a tomboy. In the Golden anime, they have different swimwear than the game, but most of them are tamer than their game counterparts. Chie, if I remember correctly had more of a skirt bottom that time around.

(left to right) Nanako, Yukiko, Naoto, Rise and Chie at the hot springs

Another sexy addition in Golden was the hot springs, including a full anime cutscene (before the anime came out). It’s then we resume another anime trope that at times can drive me a little crazy. I’m sure this isn’t as common a thing, but apparently when girls hang out together in various states of undress, especially if they’re naked (or with just a towel on), they compare each others’ breast sizes. Now normally I’m not a huge fan of these moments (see my Rikku article), but in this case it worked for me, mainly because we get to see Naoto in a different light than we’re used to. Of course it’s a little cruel for all the girls to be noting that somehow the girl dressing like a guy has the largest bust of them all and try to cop a feel, but in turn we see Naoto at her most embarrassed and at her cutest. It’s also when the boys knock over the fence and give away their peeping location that we see just how perfect both Chie and Naoto’s bodies actually are, given they’re not presented to us as such the majority of the time.

Shadow Rise portrayed as a stripper

However, the most important sexual content in Persona 4 is none of the things I’ve listed earlier. It’s not Kanji’s ass in a speedo, it’s not the girls in their swimwear, hell it’s not even seeing Chie and Naoto naked at the hot springs. It’s specifically three characters and their storylines, as explained through their respective dungeons: Rise, Kanji and Naoto. So let’s start with Rise.

Rise outside of her school life and hanging out with the Investigation Team is a pop idol, or at the very least a pop idol on-hiatus. She is constantly talked about, the adulation of many fans, especially male because of how sexy she is (it’s the red hair and pigtails for sure). She eventually gets sick of the lifestyle and runs home to Inaba where the whole game is taking place. She questions whether the idol Rise is even her at all, or just a façade she puts on specifically for her performances. So when in her personal dungeon, the Shadow version of herself is even more flirtatious and over-sexualized than her real self has been the entire game. The Shadow specifically wears the skimpiest swimsuit (I’m actually amazed they didn’t go further and have the bottoms more like a thong) and the stripper pole is a major part of the décor. Why? Because Rise believes all her idol character really represents is a girl flaunting her body around for everyone to see. So when she refuses to acknowledge the Shadow, it transforms into a crazy multi-coloured silhouette and specifically hangs from the stripper pole the entire fight.

It’s a very interesting manifestation of what a lot of young girls probably go through during the adolescence. Think about it, how many girls can you remember (or currently see) that were dressed way too much to be eye candy, they’re wearing those yoga pants that are clearly not being used specifically for exercising (that’s an article for another day…) and their tops are either so tight you can see the full shape of their chest and/or has enough cleavage to bury your whole head in there. I’m sure some of these girls never thought about it, but you gotta think some of them at one point or another wondered if this person they’re being in the tight and skimpy clothes is really their real form or just one that’s an attention seeker (and the many personal and mental problems that stem from this attitude), nothing more.

Shadow Kanji revealing some of Kanji’s true feelings

Kanji is the most serious one of them all. Why? Because it’s an issue that very few games (let alone when Persona 4 was released) to this day have really conquered as responsibly and clearly as Persona 4 has. Because of his relationship he develops with Naoto and the nosebleed from seeing Chie/Yukiko in their swimsuits, I’m pretty sure Kanji is bisexual, but it’s his gay side that seems to take him over constantly in his own mind.

Kanji is the tough guy of the group, or at least that’s how he portrays himself. We see as the game progresses he’s a very talented creative mind, particularly with sewing. I’m sure he is also the rebellious badass in a way, but that part of his persona is large in part a way for him to mask the person he also is that he doesn’t want people to see. In his dungeon, his Shadow is a clearly gay (and most likely bara) character, wearing only a fundoshi and spitting out sexual innuendos one after another. He comments as to why he has to be manly to be called a man and what being a man really means. Essentially the question is raised of why men are always stereotyped as the muscular beer-guzzling, chest-beating dudes that talk constantly about banging chicks.

And it’s a very curious question, one that today we’re still very much in the process of changing the answer to. In 2016 we’re certainly far more accepting of gay people (depending on where you are in the world), but when it comes to advertising towards men, it’s always sex appeal done with women and men are portrayed as tough, badasses or the classic frat boy look where it’s all about getting pussy. It’s still extremely rare to see advertising where there is the notation of a gay relationship, ESPECIALLY if it’s two men. Honestly, when it comes to men and women who associate themselves as either bisexual or homosexual, I couldn’t care less, as long as it’s not being shoved down my throat. It’s like anything else in life, do whatever you want, just don’t smack me over the head with your lifestyle.

Naoto confronting her Shadow self

Naoto’s case is my personal favourite due to a clear bias over female characters that start off dressing like males to hide their actual gender. When you first meet Naoto, again like most of these characters, I can point it out right away that they are not male, rather they’re female. Usually the voice acting and sometimes the facial structure gives it away.

Naoto’s reasoning behind her disguising of her gender is due large in part to her job as a detective. She’s arguably one of the best in her field wherever she goes and belongs to a good family known for being very good detectives, but she’s the first of her family (if I remember correctly) who reaches this level of success, but is female. And she’s well aware of the realities of life, there are a lot of occupations out there where certain genders are expected only in that field. Like the general expectations that nurses are women, detectives are generally thought out to be male, see all the detective movies out there, the majority of them are men. So she knows that if she walks in, blatantly obvious as a female, she’ll be looked at as a lesser detective, regardless of her skills. She’ll be treated differently and will likely receive less respect from her colleagues, not to mention some will hit on her, it’s not even a question of if, it’s when and how many times. Most importantly, Naoto’s aware that she’d hit a glass ceiling before getting remotely close to where she wants to be. Thus she hides her true gender, which has to be a giant hassle (pun intended) given her bust size.

This is a huge issue currently in our society. While women are slowly beginning to make strides in the world of business, this still fully exists. Women are still expected to be beautiful AND be good at their job, I’ve heard of female journalists getting floods of hate mail just because she changed her hairstyle. Notice the majority of female journalists in sports, the ones who appear on TV. They’re almost all super attractive, because that’s what stations feel is the right way to go to keep their predominantly male audiences happy. You know they believe that if they put an “ugly” woman on-screen, they’ll get hate mail up the ass with “Why’re you puttin’ that ugly broad on the TV?!” kind of shit. The simpletons out there are far more forgiving of a girl on TV if she’s hot.

Naoto & Chie – Persona 4: Dancing All Night

A notable thing before I close off is the controversy that came from the alternate outfits in Persona 4: Golden. A lot of people got into a frenzy about misogyny and sexism about the outfits the girls wear (because when Persona 3: FES did it, this wasn’t that big a deal then apparently), specifically the ones like seen in the picture above here.

Here’s the thing to all you non-Japanese-centric gamers out there: This is par for the course when it comes to Japanese properties, take the skimpy outfits in the newest Fatal Frame that didn’t make it to Western markets for example. Generally speaking, the majority of games in Japan do this sort of thing, whether through DLC, expansions and whatnot. Japan is super comfortable with sex (minus the censoring in porn) and has zero issues parading that fact around. And they also recognize that these outfits have nothing to do with the character except that they’re the ones chosen to wear them. It has nothing to do with their personality, it has nothing to do with any storylines, it’s pure fan service. Just like all the swimwear the guys wear too, including Kanji’s speedo, it’s just fan service. If you can’t handle sexual content, you’re gonna have a problem with the majority of Japanese content out there, it’s just how it is. If you don’t like it, don’t consume it. Clearly enough people didn’t mind it as I’m sure Persona 5 will be similar in some respects, either in the default game or a future expansive re-release if it gets one.

(left to right) Naoto, Rise, Chie, Yukiko

So there you have it, Persona 4. One of my favourite games of all-time and in terms of sexual content, probably one of the more realistic and responsible with said content. If you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out, you have to. I strongly suggest the Golden version on PS Vita (or PS Vita TV), but the PS2 original is still fine on its own. Also the two season of anime are great too. Hopefully the series receives a PS2 on PS4 digital release sometime soon!

Character Spotlight: Rikku

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Welcome to the weekly Fantasy Girls article, where I go back into the hundreds upon hundreds of games, anime and any other kind of fictional media and pull out some of my favourite female characters, who are beautiful in both body and mind.

This week we’re starting off with my original fictional crush, Rikku from Final Fantasy X/X-2.

There’s so many ways I could start this article off, but in the spirit of things, I figured I’d speak a little Al Bhed for this cutie.

Rikku ec uha uv so sucd vyjuineda vasyma lrynyldanc uv ymm desa. Cra’c uha uv dra lidacd kenmc E lyh drehg uv, ran bancuhymedo ec ypcumidamo luhdykeuic, oui lyhhud ramb pid csema ynuiht ran yht frah ran juela yldun ec dra makahtyno Tara Strong, oui geht uv ymcu kad y meddma ped uv yh ihvyen ytjyhdyka ykyehcd ajanouha amca. – Rikku is one of my most favourite female characters of all time. She’s one of the cutest girls I can think of, her personality is absolutely contagious, you cannot help but smile around her and when her voice actor is the legendary Tara Strong, you kind of also get a little bit of an unfair advantage against everyone else.

It was almost perfect timing when it came to Rikku and her character. FFX was released in North America in December 2001, though because I was little behind the times (was still playing N64, though who’d complain with Perfect Dark, Goldeneye, Super Smash Bros, etc.), so I didn’t end up getting a PlayStation 2 and playing Final Fantasy X for another few years. I was 15 when I first played the game, which is ridiculously coincidental when my first video game crush just happens to be 15 as well.

Rikku in her Al Bhed outfit

She already had my attention right from the start. The first time Tidus came across her after she and the Al Bhed came storming into those ruins, I was glued to her. Admittedly that’s because since the graphics weren’t the great (while phenomenal for the time), it really did look like the tan-coloured parts of her suit were actually skin. So yes, it looked like the only thing covering her genitalia was a single strap (which even knowing now it wasn’t skin, it looks kinda painful) and that the game was giving me constant bare ass shots. But after the initial boss battle with her in my party, the first real conversations with her were very meaningful. I mean think about it, you’ve fallen into this random world you don’t recognize (for the time being) and after nearly dying, the first group of human beings you come across are very aggressive and seem scary as fuck. But at its bleakest, the goggles come off and those pretty eyes of hers make their first appearance. Her voice is so soothing as well, you really calm down afterwards and then like I said earlier, you can’t help but smile around her.

Which makes it really saddening when you lose her for an extended period of time after falling into a whirlpool or whatever plot device separates the two of you and brings you to Besaid Island.

Full truth, I spent the entirety of the downtime between Besaid and the Moonflow wondering when I’d see Rikku again. I was 99.9% sure I’d see her again, but there’s always that doubt when sometimes there are just throw away characters at the start of a story. I did not like Lulu at all, I’m not crazy into large breasts, also being 15 at the time didn’t help when Lulu’s 22 at the time. Though even now being 27, I’m still not a fan of her. The same went for Yuna, she was pretty don’t get me wrong, but I hated her personality, she seemed boring to me. Which is why I far prefer her FFX-2 version above the original. But the entire journey leading up to the shoopuf, no other female character could divert my attention, not Lulu’s massive amount of cleavage, not Yuna’s sideboob, not Dona’s thong-covered ass, not Lucil, not Elma, not any female character of any real significance. Of course the brief moment you thought you might come across her in Luca only added onto it.

Mercilessly after going to hell and back, losing a ton of people in the battle against Sin at Mushroom Rock Road (including either Luzzu or Gatta), you finally reach the Moonflow and you see a Shoopuf for the first time (I still can’t say it without the driver’s accent “Riiiiide ze shoopuf?”). Then begins a crazy underwater boss battle with a giant mech. After defeating it, you reach the end of the crossing and start walking again. Then you see a familiar figure lying on the ground. And thus began the FMV that will probably never leave the depths of my memories.

Rikku undressing into her normal clothes - Moonflow
Rikku undressing into her normal clothes @ Moonflow

It easy to call this memorable for a ton of reasons, but the most obvious one is it’s the earliest bit of fan service material that I can recall where the graphics were good enough as well. Looking back now, holy shit was this tame compared to what we get now, hell even in the rest of the game itself. Lulu’s breasts nearly pop out every victory pose she does, Dona forgot to finish the back part of her pants to hide the thong she’s wearing, there’s so much more sexual material in the game yet Rikku’s undressing FMV is the most obvious piece of fan service in the game, regardless of the levels.

Now with Rikku back in your party, she was a mainstay, regardless of the fact there were just better choices. Lulu’s black magic, Yuna’s summons, Wakka’s status effects, there were better options. But my beginning 3 was always Tidus, Auron, Rikku. If I needed anything else, I’d switch out Rikku then, but only then. The pure enjoyment of moving her to Auron’s sphere grid in the second half of the game and turning her into an alchemic juggernaut was so great. Not as hilarious as a moogle doll doing 9999 damage, but still!

Rikku & Tidus, alternate scene - Macalania
Rikku & Tidus, alternate scene – Macalania

The times I wanted to give this lovely young lady a giant hug fell after you left Guadosalam for the temple in Macalania. You reach the Thunder Plains, still one of the coolest areas in any game I’ve ever seen. And it’s when you arrive there that you realized that Rikku absolutely hates thunder and lightning, she essentially has astraphobia. She cowers immediately, to the point Auron pretty much starts treating her like a child the rest of the way through the plains. She reveals that as a child her brother tried to save her when she was being attacked by a fiend…”But he missed and hit me instead! It was a Thunder spell – ‘Bzzzzzzt!’ I’ve been scared of lightning ever since.” as Rikku would tell the story. If I remember correctly, the next time she gets hit by a Thunder spell she freaks out, but I may be mixing it up with something else. You felt so bad for her as she slowly dragged herself forward after being nearly left behind. The way she walked and cowered was so cartoonish, it was perfectly done.

The second time was an alternate scene that you actually had to do a little bit of work for. You had to talk to Rikku whenever you could and use potions on her and such during battles to increase her affection. Which you’d have to go out of your way to do unless you simply never acknowledged Lulu’s existence the entire game. Everyone already started with a ton of affection points and the gap between getting Rikku back in your party and the point in the game where this scene comes into play is VERY short. So I ended up grinding a lot more at the Moonflow beforehand to try and turn the tides. It’s definitely worth it, the time you spend with her is very meaningful. Before even reaching the Macalania scene, you can talk to Rikku about Yuna’s potential marriage to Maester Seymour and instead talk to her about marrying her instead of even thinking about Yuna. To which at that point Rikku utters the Al Bhed phrase that Tidus x Rikku fans use as their banner, “Syopa Cusatyo”, which translates to “Maybe Someday”. But the scene in Macalania, while not as adorable is just as nice. While it was mostly Rikku being depressed after dealing with Wakka’s discovery of her being Al Bhed and talking about saving Yuna, the hug at the very end is very cute.

Once the game gets past the Tidus/Yuna kiss, Rikku sort of starts to fall into the background with the rest of the characters. There are moments and quotable lines here and there, but by this point in the game she’s just another party member. But since Yuna and Lulu are for the most part semi-forgettable to me, Rikku always remained a constant for me, at least in my party.

Rikku getting caught by guards – FFX-2 opening sequence

I was waiting for what felt like an eternity for Final Fantasy X-2. I even bought Unlimited SaGa just to see the debut trailer for it (the game was all right). I wasn’t sure how I felt about Rikku’s new look right off the bat, I knew Yuna looked a hell of a lot better (not even counting the hot pants, but Paine was a giant ‘meh’ for me. When the game arrived,  was happy to see at least in terms of her personality, Rikku hadn’t changed a bit. The real difference was in her outfit.

Even to this day I’m not a huge fan of the bikini set with a miniskirt. I’ve gotten past the hairstyle, but the clothes just don’t do it for me. Does she look hot as hell, you bet she does! But I didn’t like that to be her primary figure, I adored the cute Rikku from the first game, I felt like in FFX-2 they had slut-ed her up a little bit.

(left to right) Yuna, Rikku, Paine - Hot springs scene @ Mt. Gagazet
(left to right) Yuna, Rikku, Paine – Hot springs scene @ Mt. Gagazet

The secret hot springs scene really did it for me not liking her FFX-2 character. After scaring off Leblanc’s guards, the three of them decide to stop for a while to take “a little dip” in the hot springs themselves. Because y’know they just happened to pack their swimsuits with them for some reason, they do make it seem like a sporadic moment, no one on the ship knew what they were doing until they mentioned it. And another thing, Rikku’s already wearing a bikini! What was the point of completely changing into what looks like a really weird looking one-piece (all of their swimwear is a little odd to me, apparently Spira has some really unique swimwear makers) when all she has to do is slide off her mini-skirt and the many accessories she’s wearing? And then to make matters worse, she spends the entire scene comparing breasts sizes to the other two because “Haha! She’s got the smallest ones! She’s sooo jealous!”. While it was just fan service, it’s one of those cases that at least to me I felt it hurt her character just a little bit.

I don’t recall a whole lot story-wise from FFX-2, most of it was forgettable, I really don’t treat it like a full-fledged Final Fantasy game, it was more like an homage to the first game for the fans. And it was a fun game, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not like I can recall scene after scene involving Rikku and key dialogue that isn’t that hot springs scene.

Rikku is without a shadow of a doubt in my top 10 of not just video game girls, but fictional girls of all-time. She has everything I look for in a girl. She’s pretty, not too too hot. She’s absolutely adorable, but not to the point of it being overwhelming. She’s one of the nicest girls around, even when things are at its worst. And come on, Tara Strong voices her, that’s automatically putting you high on the list! I can only hope that if holographic technology really evolves, I’ll somehow be able to talk to her.

Syopa cusatyo.

The Swimsuit Episode

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from Episode 9 – Outbreak Company

Ahhh, the swimsuit episode, also known as the beach episode, or the fan service episode, or the first or second fan service episode if the show also has a hot spring episode along with it. It’s a staple of anime, an episode devoted to really bad and/or cheesy excuses to have all the main characters and the majority of side characters to strip off their outfits that have way too much fabric on them and slip into something a little more comfortable, which for the majority of characters are very skimpy.

Generally speaking, the episode adds nothing to the plot of the series. In some cases, the villain(s) might show up just to cause trouble, but there’s nothing of real significance in the entirety of the episode. In reality, it serves mostly just as an excuse of getting the cast together to be at their friendliest and most embarrassed the entire series. At the same time, depending on the nature of the show, the episode will try and further develop attractions between characters and quite possibly cement a couple for the rest of the series.

But all that stuff’s boring, let’s talk about the real points of the swimsuit episodes!

from Season 2, Episode 9 – Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions

Almost every swimsuit episode serves the same purpose. It takes all the female and male characters (the numbers will vary depending on the show) of any real significance and strips them of their normal attire and replaces it with one-pieces, bikinis and swim trunks. The majority of the time, it’s only the girls who really wear anything skimpy, the guys generally wear basic swim trunks, there’s not a lot of speedo action going on. While the girls on the other hand will wear the majority of the time bikinis that leave little to the imagination. If a character has large breasts, you bet there’s going to be a ton of cleavage. If they have smaller breasts, don’t worry, they make up for it with the bottoms, usually showing a little bit of buttcrack and if you’re really lucky, they’ll be wearing something akin to a thong or just bikini briefs that are probably a size or two too small. There are exceptions of course, some shows are a little more conservative or are for at least a couple characters. Less bikini bottoms and more shorts and skirts. But the likelihood of these characters (especially the girls) being designed to be pure eye candy in their swimwear is far higher.

The levels of blushing and covering up are greatly increased as well in these episodes, which can sometimes be cute, others it can be very aggravating. Harem anime is terrible for these kinds of reactions. A girl can be caught in her underwear, only a towel or nothing at all (stupid sexy Flanders!) as many times as possible, yet they are very bashful when the male protagonist sees them in a bikini that is sometimes even more conservative than the many pairs of underwear they’ve been caught wearing. And it’s even more annoying when that same character who’s blushing over the fact she’s being looked at in a bikini when she’s been constantly pressing her breasts against the main character’s back and essentially doing whatever she can to get into his pants. If you’re going to write a character to be very flirty, don’t have her suddenly change to “Omigosh! Stop staring at me!” just because she’s in a swimsuit. If she’s clearly trying to fuck the guy without any morality, why is her attitude changing at the activity that girls wear the least amount of clothing without being overtly shy about it (that’s another article I gotta write someday…)?

from Episode 12 – Yuyushiki

Now I guess the real question I should be answering is whether or not I accept, understand or just plain enjoy these episodes. The answer is yes and no. It really depends on the series itself. Pretty much any harem anime I would expect to have some sort of swimsuit episode, it’s par for the course. Absolutely it makes sense to have an episode devoted specifically to fan service when the series in itself was built for fan service. Harem anime is generally running off the idea of many girls vying for the love of one male (and sometimes vice-versa). So an episode devoted to them strutting their stuff to get his/her attention makes sense to the story they’re telling.

However when the series is built to be a more serious story-driven show, unless you can write a really good reason for the characters to be taking a break from the constant fighting, war, drama, whatever it may be that’s making the show more serious and less comedy, there’s zero point to a swimsuit episode, regardless of how many beautiful women are contained within the show. I would have zero issue with a show like Love Hina having a swimsuit episode, it’s a harem anime. But if a show like say Hellsing had an episode that had Seras Victoria in a skimpy bikini and us seeing Integra actually looking more like a women in a sultry one-piece or something, while Alucard is fighting a wave of beach babe vampires in a blood red speedo would make zero sense whatsoever (but it’d be funny and entertaining as hell to watch, I bet). Some shows can kind of write an episode in as a break from the intensity altogether, while others just shoehorn it in without any depth and/or sensibility to it. It’s just there.

Lastly, in terms of the actual sexuality of these episodes, it doesn’t really bother me, unless like I said earlier, if it doesn’t fit the vibe of the show. If you’ve been reading my stuff for a while now, this’ll make me sound like a broken record, but to those who haven’t been, I don’t have a problem at all with sexual content in anything. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous that we are less worried about kids seeing all this gun violence when they have easy access to weapons (in the U.S.) than how much we freak the fuck out over a bare breast being on TV. It’s a little odd to me that we think someone getting shot and killed can be put into a PG-13 movie, but if you’re gonna show a topless girl, it’s gotta be R-rated. So in the case of anime, Japan shows it’s opposite side of the spectrum by having far less gore and violence and more sexual content in their shows. Most anime incorporate both into their shows, but a lot of them don’t feature a lot of blood, if any at all. But most shows have more of a focus on beauty and sexuality than Western shows do, large in part to the simple fact it’s all drawn material. You can make any character as beautiful as you want and make them wear and do anything you want, there’s no ability from these characters to say no.

from OVA – Highschool of the Dead

Now that brings up the sexist argument that you’ll see a lot of SJWs and feminists pull out of their pocket and in some cases I’ll actually give them some rope. But here’s the thing, the characters featured in these “overly sexualized male fantasy” shows are not real and I’m not just talking “duh, it’s fiction”. These girls are not proper representations of real-life women, their looks are far too perfect, very few women in the entire world look as good as these anime girls do, a product of the sheer endless boundaries of how pretty you can draw them. Their personalities are over the top and with the way they swing back and forth emotionally is also completely unrealistic. You can try to argue that there should be more realistic representations of women in anime, but honestly if we want to watch realistic looking and acting women in media, we’d just watch something that isn’t anime! It’s fiction, it’s a fantasy, why would we just dream up something exactly like our current world, what’s the fun in that?!

And another thing, stop acting like it’s only girls that get this treatment, especially in anime. Don’t talk like there aren’t any male characters that are also done the same way, because y’know there are zero male characters in anime who are overly handsome with perfect hair and chisel-cut abs with that oh so sweet perfect ass. It’s the same thing, the only reason you see more girls in this light than guys is because the people who create anime market towards males because that’s the prime demographic for it.

from Free! Eternal Summer (don’t know the episode)

Also, dear feminists, you also talk like only guys are into this stuff. What about the millions of girls who are attracted to other girls? Are they sexist for enjoying the extremely attractive ladies of anime? Are they sexist for wanting to see Asuna from Sword Art Online in a bikini? If you’re going to play the sexist card, don’t forget to include everyone who consumes the content you criticize.

If there’s anything I’d tweak just a little with the swimsuit episodes in anime, there’s two things I can think of off the top of my head.

One, if your show isn’t blatantly a sexual content kind of show, write a better reason for why they’re at the beach or the pool, don’t just have ’em show up or randomly come across one and they just happened to pack a skimpy swimsuit. The same goes for their skimpy attire, try to design that characters swimsuit based on who they are in terms of their personality and not based on how big their breasts are. If they’re really shy, maybe a bikini top and shorts/skirt is the way to go, maybe a one-piece. If the character is really flirty and whatnot, then awesome, go for the skimpy bikini. At the same time though, it’s okay if the shy girl wears a slightly revealing bikini, some girls just end up buying a swimsuit you wouldn’t expect them wearing. It happens. Sometimes that cute nerdy girl with glasses pulls out that bikini that shows off that really nice butt you never thought she had.

And two, I’d adjust the protagonist in terms of what they wear, specifically the males. The average male protagonist in a swimsuit episode is designed to be like the average male in real life, maybe a little more slender and a handsome face. But once in a while, have them trade the baggy board shorts for something tighter and a little shorter. I’m not saying every male character should be in a speedo, because that’s unrealistic, but if some of the girls are wearing unrealistic swimwear, so should the guys once in a while. Make it fair. If the guys watching the shows complain cause they don’t want to look at some guys’ junk in a speedo, tell them to grow up, it’s not like they have several other women to look at it instead of the ONE guy.

from OVA – Highschool of the Dead (Who’s wearing the skimpier swimsuit, eh? Takashi or Saya?)

Is the swimsuit episode a bit much? Some of the time, yes. But most of the time, it fits where it’s being used. Are the girls a little underdressed? Most of the time, yes. But the characters are unrealistic anyways, so is it really excessive or is it just a product of anime by design being overly beautiful?

And finally, should swimsuit episodes belong in anime, especially as a common thing? I think so. Given how Japan is as a culture taking into account the clothes, the marketing and all the content they have in all types of media, a swimsuit episode in anime is nothing different than an explosion in a Michael Bay film. It’s normal.

from Season 2, Episode 1 – Infinite Stratos