Why I stopped watching ecchi

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(Art by: Kantoku)

NOTE: This is post is primarily about ecchi-harem Anime.

I have been an anime fan for many years, and in those years I’ve seen hundreds of Anime. In my early years, I use to enjoy and crave ecchi harem Anime. I use to love watching panty shots, nude scenes and the main male character making several screw ups that look like sexual harassment and sexual assault and his reaction to said incidents. But after a while, I started to realize just how ridiculous it was and I started watch it less and less and now it’s rare for me to watch such Anime. Why? The reason might not be what you think it is.

You see, a large majority of ecchi Anime, especially ecchi harem Anime, are the same. Now, it’s not the hyper-sexual situations that bugs the living hell out of me, far from it. There’s only one thing that bugs me: The main male character(MMC). 9 times out of 10, that character is a spineless little shit that freaks out every time he sees a girls panties, accidentally touches her boobs, or is approached by another girl in a sexual or romantic manner. You expect a guy that encounters an “ecchi” or romantic situation to be a tower of strength, but instead we almost always get a pillar of jelly.

It’s also annoying how an average-looking and boring main male character that doesn’t stand out or have any redeeming qualities managed to get the attention, love, and affection of some of the cutest and sexiest girl a man could ask for. Most guys would be happy, remain calm but pleased, and ultimately accept the advances of one(or even all) the girls. Hell, they might even be a little embarrassed….but not an ecchi MMC’s! Not all of them anyway.

Ooooh no, typically if they see a cute girl’s panties, see her nude, or is even spoken to by a girl, they flip their lid and become overly embarrassed. The cover their eyes like a 5 year old, run away, or screams louder than the girl. You may find the outrageous situations in such Anime funny, but I find them annoying and repetitive. Sometimes, I even find myself hoping the MMC gets NTR’d, despite the fact that I hate that kind of crap.

And before you tell me “not all of them are like that,” I’d like to tell you I already know. So, I’d like to go into further details if your attention span can tolerate it.

There are 3 kinds of ecchi/harem MMC’s: The child, the extreme pervert, and the normal guy.

1) THE CHILD:

This kind of character is shy around girls. As a result, he is easily embarrassed and difficult to “hit on.” Often, he is exposed to a nude girl(typically by accident) or catches a glimpse of her panties or of her in a bikini, but instead of accepting it, calmly apologizing or even complimenting the girl, this kind of character elects FREAKS THE FUCK OUT and acts like he just saw a murder taking place. He screams, wildly apologizes whilst losing his goddamn mind, closes his eyes and then runs away like a fucking sissy. I was actually considering naming this kind of character “the gay” but more often than not, the guy blushes. A gay guy wouldn’t lose his goddamn mind or blush if he saw a naked girl. And besides that, last thing I need, is some sensitive liberal misusing words and ultimately calling me a homophobe.

So as I was saying, a perfect example of this kind of gutless snot is Rito from To Love-Ru. Rito is pansy that seems to act like girls have cooties and goes nuts when he sees one in a sexually interesting situation(e.g. Accidentally seeing her panties) or ends up being physically involved in a sexually suggestive situation(e.g. Falling on a girls chest). You call him and characters like him shy and innocent, I call them spineless and pathetic.

Now it doesn’t happen often, but the character does sometime mature sexually. For example, Keita from Kiss x Sis is starts off like Rito but slowly warms up to the idea of having sexual contact with the girls around him and that becomes more obvious(and explicit) in the OVA and further in the manga.

Sticking to this king of character briefly, there is another version of this kind of pickle loser and that version is a Gynophobic MMC. Now, one could argue that Rito and every character that falls under “the child” category would qualify as Gynophobic but I’m not here to argue about who’s the bigger dick-less loser. A great example of a Gynophobic character is Yukinari from Girls Bravo. That sad son of a bitch breaks out in hives if a girl touches him.

Next is…

2) THE EXTREME PERVERT:

This kind of character is the exact opposite of “the child” – The polar fucking opposite. Instead of being extremely shy and having an overly-exaggerated reaction, this kind of son of a bitch doesn’t know the meaning of “stop.” This character will attempt to sexually harass and sexually assault girls every chance he gets. In ecchi, the girl RARELY welcomes or accepts his forceful actions and often she knocks the shit out of him.

I acknowledge that happen to the childish MMC’s too but they are hit due to a misunderstanding, while this(perv) kind of MMC is justifiably beat the hell out of

Now to be fair, the level of perversion from this kind of character isn’t always at the level where you wonder if he’s going to rape the girl in question. Actually. rarely will the character go beyond lifting up the girls skirt, or squeezing the girls breast(which often starts off as an accident). The perverted MC could be childish and just take girls panties or they could go head-on and attempt to sexually assault the girl.

A perfect example of this kind of perverted fuck is Sakurai from Sora no Otoshimono. He often initiate’s the sexual assault but he also steals panties and crap. He’s immature and over-perverted. Overall, the boy is a giant dick in the ass, and that’s that what he will be getting if he continues to sexually assault girls.

And finally the least common MMC…

3) THE NORMAL GUY:

Call me sexist if you want, I don’t care, but this is the way a guy should behave. If he sees a nude girl, he’ll apologize calmly, maybe be a little embarrassed, or he’ll enjoy what he sees. He’ll do anything except what a childish MMC would do. This kind of MCC typically isn’t violently attacked by the girl he runs into either. The kind of reaction this character has is tolerable.

A great example of this kind of character is Haruka from Yosuga no Sora. His reactions are that of a typical civilized teenage guy and young adult. He doesn’t lose his goddamn mind after a girl approaches him or if he sees her nude and he doesn’t try to sexually assault girls when ever he pleases.

As I said earlier, Keita from Kiss x Sis gradually becomes “normal” and he even starts to do sexual things with the girls around him, but he didn’t start off with a backbone, so it doesn’t matter much.

Well, there you have it. To the three of you that actually decided to read this entire post, I hope you understand where I’m coming from when I said I hate ecchi(primarily ecchi harem). Hopefully the two most common kinds of ecchi/harem MMC’s becomes less common as time goes on, but as long as that kind of garbage continues to sell, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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