You know what I hate about anime – modern anime. There is so much shit. I don’t even keep track of what comes out anymore because 99% of it is pure crap. I can hear all the sad otaku now. “You’re just one of those hipster anime fans who say they only like old stuff!” “Lemme guess, you only like artsy anime?” Please. I’m looking at one of the most thematically uncomfortable anime on the planet right now – Koi Kaze. Am I a hipster? I guess. I long for the days when anime was made by fantastic people and was willing to take some risks. I miss the days of mecha anime. No shit, what happened to that? I haven’t heard about an interesting mecha series in forever. I hear they are making a third season to Code Geass, and I’m like – why? The plot was wrapped up pretty nicely. There wasn’t a single loose end. Brittania was destroyed. Lelouch united the world in hating him. He canonized Zero as a hero of the people. The truth about Geass was now gone and everyone who had heard it was dead or had been forcibly put under Zero’s control. Where does the plot go from here? Wait, what was I talking about?
Oh, right, anime needs more sex too. I’m not talking about porn. I’m talking about intimacy. I’m talking about intimate relationships between characters that has them doing the deed and making it not gratuitous but instead a look at the strength of their connection. I am so tired of anime that treats any form of romantic expression as if it’s the most daring and insane thing ever. Maybe it’s because almost all anime have a protagonist whose balls haven’t dropped yet. At least not that you could tell. So many relationships in so many anime could have been made better if we got to see some romantic expression in the form of intimacy between characters.
I can already hear the counterargument – “but Lucien, it’s about the thematic elements! You can feel the connection but it doesn’t need to be shoved in your face!” Sometimes, sure. I mean, FLCL had a romantic connection between the main protagonist and his roommate. He was romantically interested in her. There even is an episode where him and her do the metaphorical deed. You don’t see anything, but the theme at play with two people coming together and doing it is right there. It works especially there because the protagonists is underage. Seeing him actually pursuining his roomie romantically would have been weird. But other series could use more of it.
Here’s the thing, I absolutely hated the Rahxephon movie, save for one truly stand-out part – where Kamina is absolutely losing it and Haruka decides to comfort him. There is a moment of genuine intimacy where he decides that he can’t hold back, and so he actually does it with her. They even have a conversation after having sex and you really feel the two bonding. I love that. How I wish that more anime was able to just have two characters lounging around after fucking and musing about whatever. Sharing a sexual moment and bonding afterwards. How many of us have actually been there? Some of the best conversations I have had were with someone I was in bed with. Or in the back of a girl’s car. Wherever.
It’s becoming such an overused trope where every time a boy sees a girl in an anime that he is interested in or even dating in their underwear it is treated like the most scandalous thing. Why? I mean, if it’s some girl you aren’t dating, that makes some sense. But when I see it done with characters who are couples, that drives me up on the wall. What if she wants him to see her in her underwear? Why do all the women in these series act like being seen in their fun clothes as such an insult? If the guy is being a perv, absolutely. If the dude just happened up on it, though, how is that on him? I see all these beta males getting fucked up by the females all for seeing something completely on accident, often with them making apologies for their actions because they do feel ashamed for it.
I’m not saying that every series need to have characters fucking. Since so much of anime is about teenagers, that is kinda weird. But when I was watching the first (and only good) season of Darker Than Black, I got to thinking – wouldn’t it make more sense for these two characters actually liking each other if they were hooking up? I mean, she’s a police officer, he’s a college student. It would make sense if they went out and hooked up and maybe got to talking. We are supposed to buy a relationship between them out of them going out and playing in the batting cages? I don’t think so. Call it my American sensibilities, but are we really going to say the Japanese don’t have any kind of casual sex culture? Well, given that the population is starting to drop there and how the males of that culture are terrified of females, maybe. Shit. That’s grim.
Or like in Stein’s Gate, where you have Okarin and his companion making out. It’s a great scene (aside from the TERRIBLE music in it. It honestly would have been better without it), but I kinda would have liked to see maybe the two having a heart-to-heart after getting physical. There was a running line up ’til then about both of them being virgins. How touching would it have been if they lost their virginity to one-another, right before Okarin has to sacrifice her to save his best friend? I can see them just laying in bed, with that witty dialogue between the two about the cruel nature of life and how they have this one chance to bridge the gap between them and must savor it forever. There is some subtle implication that that is what happened between the scene with them making out and later that evening as she is leaving, but I don’t know. Kinda wanna know what those two talk about post-sex. Bet it would be fascinating.
My point is can we have some more mature relationships, and get to see some of that be expressed? I don’t want it to be obscene. Unless that is being used to make a point. Like a couple who has a very untethered and violent relationship. Kind of the Joker and Harley sort of deal. That could be interesting. But can we not treat every kiss or seeing of a female in underwear like it is the end of the world? I cannot wait to see the comments I get about how I am insulting Japanese culture or some dumb thing.
Until next time, a quote,
“Intimacy brings understanding. And passion is nice wherever you can find it.” – Yeoman Kelly Chambers, Mass Effect 2