For the Love of Ecchi: A List of Modern Marvels, Beloved Classics, and Hidden Gems

If you’re reading this article right now, there is little doubt that your web search landed you here for one reason: a love for 2D girls.  The previous articles I have written about ecchi anime have had mixed results; some fans became enraged that I did not include one of their favorite shows in the lists, or simply became upset with the manner in which I “ranked” them.  But every now and then a reader would come out with words of praise for introducing them to an anime they have not known about.  This article is for those kinds of people.  Manly men (and maybe some women out there?) with a thirst for cute girls, bouncy boobs, striped panties, over the top harem fantasies, and all the other wonders that can only be realized in glorious 2D.  The following list of ecchi anime is a handful of shows I enjoyed, both old and new, along with a few suggestions from previous readers included for good measure; all in hopes that someone out there may find a show they have never seen before for their enjoyment.

Asobi ni iko Yo!  (Let’s go Play!)
AKA: Cat Planet Cuties (Really, Funimation?)
I would gladly submit to a Catian invasion.

Here is a sci-fi/comedy that tends to be overlooked by anime fans.  The story is about a boy named Kio that becomes involved with an alien from the planet Catia, and the adventures that follow.  The important thing to mention is that the alien he meets is a sexy cat girl named Eris, and his other love interests include a busty CIA agent in training and an ex-government agent with teleportation abilities.  This show follows typical harem antics while exploring the entire cat girl fetish, and there is some awesome action to tie everything together.

Futari Ecchi
AKA: Step up Love Story
Yes, this is a manga to help you get girls.

This series is one I have hesitated to place in previous ecchi articles because I pretty much classify it as softcore porn.  I decided to include it in this article this time around because of reader feedback and the fact that this has a rather interesting history.  Futari Ecchi started off as a manga with a two-fold purpose.  It was meant to be a “how-to” guide for people starting romantic endeavors for the first time, while also telling an entertaining story.   The original manga even included real-life facts, techniques, and statistics, and eventually spun off into a 4 episode anime OVA and several live-action series.  Despite the very heavy-handed erotic content, the anime presents an entertaining, romantic, and dare I say it, cute story of the beginnings of a married couple.

Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (The Great Demon King in the Back Row)
AKA:  Demon King Daimao (Another bad English name, because Daimaou already means “demon king”)
It’s good to be king.

The world of this anime is a fairly interesting one, taking place in an era where magic and technology have become one and the same.  This sort of thing has been done before, but never with such sexy results.  The story centers on Akuto Sai, a student entering a prestigious Clergy academy in hopes of making the world a better place.  When one of the sages in the school predicts that Akuto’s future profession is that of a Demon King, his life is turned upside down.  While this seems like a bad thing, he actually ends up gathering a group of sexy magical girls of assorted abilites that follow him, a cute android girl that watches over him, and a really badass dragon.  This anime is one my favorite harem comedies of all time, so it’s worth checking out if this is your thing.

Kanokon
Fox deities are the best deities.

Stories of deities and other assorted spirits and gods are nothing new to anime.  Kanokon dares to ask the question: why can’t they be sexy?  Kanokon is about a student named Kouta that is constantly chased by his classmate, Chizuru.  Chizuru not only has a pretty big rack for a high-school girl, she also happens to be a powerful fox spirit.  The anime is full of mysticism and oddities, but the highlight is in the fact that Chizuru will attempt to force herself on Kouta ANYTIME, and ANYWHERE.  The anime was done by studio Xebec, a studio known for having a knack for animating voluptuous girls.

Koe de Oshigoto
How lewd!

Just as Hollywood has made a few films that look into the inner workings of the porn industry, Koe de Oshigoto is a story about Japan’s eroge (erotic video game) industry.  On her 16th birthday, Kanna Aoyagi is approached by her sister to do some voice acting work at the game company she works for.  The catch is, her sister is in the business of making erotic video games.  This isn’t technically considered to be an ecchi anime, but the sexual content in this short pair of OVA’s can put an entire ecchi series to shame.  This show is short, sweet, and fun for ecchi fans, and a must see for eroge players.

Queen’s Blade
Would you let them rule your kingdom?

Queen’s Blade started off as a series of “game books” that work something like a “choose your own adventure” kind of book, a sort of combination of a novel and a tabletop game.  The overall story surrounds a land where a tournament known as “Queen’s Blade” is held every 4 years in order to pick the new ruler of the kingdom.  This franchise has spawned a multimedia empire of books, anime, manga, and video games.  Queen’s Blade combines high fantasy, awesome fighting, and exploration of a wide variety of 2D fetishes to create a guilty pleasure few can resist.  Clearly a must see for any ecchi fan, but it is so good I’d go far enough to say any anime fan with an open mind should check it out.   There are 3 TV series and a handful of OVA’s and even a few crossover specials, so there is plenty of content for anime viewers.

Sekirei
Gotta catch ‘em all!

Sekirei combines the idea of harem anime with Pokémon.  The “sekirei” are girls with superhuman abilities born from alien technology, forced to fight in a tournament by a madman who runs a powerful conglomerate.  Humans known as “Ashikabi” are able to gather Sekirei to serve them while empowering their abilities, in other words, Ashikabi have a harem of hot girls battle for them.   Sekirei puts an interesting twist on many of the typical tropes found in harem comedies, and the awesome fights almost never stop coming.  The anime is a blast to watch, but fans of the manga clearly hold the advantage considering how little of the story the two anime seasons cover.

Senran Kagura
Ninjas+Boobs= Awesome

This anime aired very recently, and was featured in my weekly anime article here at Varms.  Senran Kagura is based on a series of video games that unfortunately have yet to make it to the west, despite a growing demand for them.  The story is about a group of high-school girls undergoing ninja training in secret, and the battles between the factions of light and darkness.  The games and the anime present a simple but effective formula of sexy, busty ninja girls fighting each other for various reasons, and the result is nothing but purified awesomeness.  The anime is loaded with action, comedy, and clothes that easily rip during battle.  The only drawback to getting into this anime is the fact that you will want the video games to come over to the west, something that isn’t likely to happen.

Softenni
Maybe I should start watching Tennis…

Softenni is about cute girls in a “soft” tennis club.  Before you think this is the typical sports anime, you would do well to know that this is a sports anime that is filled with comedy and perversion, and that is why it is great.  Softenni never takes itself seriously; this show is full of just about every flavor of anime humor, ranging from perverse to parody.  While this show is filled to the brim with ecchi content, the comedy is the real charm of this show.  This anime is completely depraved and ridiculously hilarious, a winning combination.

Vividred Operation
Cute girls, cute butts, alternative energy.  What more could you want?

Vividred is another show that I featured in my weekly anime round-up.  This show is about a group of girls that transform into “Palette Suits” to battle giant aliens known as “Alone”; beings determined to destroy the world’s revolutionary power supply, the Incarnate Engine.   Vividred is all about fanservice, and not just the sexy kind.  No other anime offers the opportunity to see high-tech magical girls fighting alongside fighter jets and naval fleets.  This show’s adorable character designs, incredible action scenes, light-hearted comedy, and truckloads of fanservice aimed at ecchi otaku and military otaku combine together to make one of the most fun shows of 2013.

5 More Ecchi Anime Series That Push the Limits

If the website traffic of Varms.net has taught me anything, it is that the internet is a gathering of depraved perverts.  It seems my first handful of ecchi shows was not enough to satisfy my fellow fans of boobies and pantsu, so this time I have scoured the earth looking for some seriously depraved anime.  Also, be sure to check out my weekly Anime-Round up, where I talk about the currently airing shows I’m watching.  This fall I will be covering To Love Ru Darkness as it airs, a show that is guaranteed to be a treasure trove of ecchi-harem goodness.  I would also like to mention that if you have any suggestions for ecchi shows you would like to see in this feature, post ‘em in the comments section, and I will check them out when I get the chance!

5. Freezing

This show is probably the tamest entry on this list, so I will get it out of the way for now.  Freezing is an ecchi action show about specially trained/engineered girls called Pandora’s, created to fight an alien menace known as the Nova.  In the end, this is all just an excuse to have a bunch of schoolgirls with superhuman abilities beat each other up so their clothes will rip apart.  Each and every fight means there will be nudity, as it seems the uniforms of the “Genetics” academies are made out of tissue paper.  One word of caution, however, the fights between these girls get rather brutal, so be prepared to see cute girls tearing each other’s limbs off as well as their clothes (don’t worry, they can regenerate body parts).  This show delivers heavy doses of action and fan service, and is more fun that it should be.

4. Ladies Versus Butlers

This delicious title is produced by studio Xebec, and is famous for having a super-moe art style featuring voluptuous girls.  The story is about a school that has students training to become the servants of the upper-class students, in order to ensure the audience will get to see some of the girls in maid outfits whenever possible.  There is a fairly balanced cast of girls to satisfy a wide variety of 2D fetishes, with everything from clumsy, busty maids, to reverse traps.  The fan service can get fairly extreme at times during the regular show, but things get cranked up a notch during the “specials” that come with the Blu-ray/DVD.  These special episodes are only a few minutes long, but each one features one or two of the girls doing the equivalent of a playboy-style video shoot.

3. Asa Made Jugyou Chu!

It’s kind of unfair to put this in an article about ecchi series when it is only a one episode OVA, but this one episode packs in so much ecchi content; some consider it to be a hentai anime.  This is the story of a boy named Yuuki that ends up having to stay in the girl’s dormitory of his school and live with his super-busty teacher, because that is how school works.  Yuuki’s teacher decides to “take responsibility” for him, which somehow turns into a series of very sexy situations while they are living together.  One review for this OVA on an anime forum named this, “Viagra: The Anime”, and rightfully so.

2. Kiss x Sis

Keita has a problem that most men could only dream of.  He has older, non-blood related, twin stepsisters that live with him, and they are madly in love with him.  Not only are they in love with him, they are also devilishly perverted and horny.  This is one of the most extreme ecchi shows I have ever seen.  This is probably the only TV anime to feature handjobs AND footjobs, along with massive amounts of very creative perverted situations.  While the TV show seemed very extreme, there is an ongoing series of OVAs that come with special editions of the manga that takes things up another level.  If you love ecchi, this show is a MUST SEE.

1. Seikon no Qwaser

Seikon no Qwaser is about “Qwasers”, individuals that can control a single element of the periodic table to fight.  While this seems like a fairly basic sci-fi anime plot, this is where the ecchi comes in.  Qwasers get their power from a woman’s life force, called “soma”, and there is only one way to get it: by suckling on some titties.  No, I’m not making this up.  Whenever the heroes (or bad guys) need to power up, they find a girl and suck on some super-powered breast milk.  This anime was created with the breast fanatic in mind- there are girls with boobs in every shape and size, ranging from massive cow tits to DFC, and all of them shall be tasted.  As ridiculous as the plot of this show sounds, it is actually really entertaining, and the constant, over-the-top ecchi content is guaranteed to keep any lover of breasts occupied.  There are two seasons of this show, but it should be noted that the second season isn’t quite as good as the first, though it still has some decent ecchi scenes.

Penny-Arcade Asks Cosplayer to Stop Being So Hot

Don’t you hate it when you are hanging out with an attractive woman, who just happens to be dressed like someone from a video game/anime—making her ten times more attractive, and she is quickly asked to leave the convention floor?  While this might not ever happen to any of us, it did to Jessica Nigri – just sans the understanding nerd who is going to take her home later.  All joking aside, PAX was totally in the right to ask her to leave, writing this article is hard enough with her pictures up—I can’t imagine what it would have done to sweaty nerds in Boston.

Listens of the pod will know my story about booth babes, and in all honesty I think that it is best that they are removed from conventions.  I may not have anything against hot women wearing clothing that makes me want to be around them more; it is just that I don’t really feel like a video game trade show is the time or the place to create massive lines just to have a picture taken and generate interest in something that just isn’t the game it was designed to promote.  Also, the guys at Penny-Arcade really are trying to make the entire show something that you can take your children to, and this is something that may make that weird for some parents—and I don’t really want to be around the ones that it isn’t weird for.

Link: Kotaku

Let Me Tell You About: Atelier Totori

Oddly this series, and all of its off-shoots, have really enjoyed finding as many hard to pronounce words as they can and forcing people to say them back to back when they are talking about the series. To make matters even worse the series pretty much has tendrils of spin-offs that stretch in amazingly confusing ways, to the point that there are 13 games that fall under the “core” category and several “side” series as well—not to mention the fact that enough of the elements fall into other titles by the same company that they could almost be considered part of the series.  Although, for most of the core games, there are a couple of things that break them apart from the others—namely:

You can pretty much do what you want

The game is based around an alchemist that wants to become an adventurer, oddly combining probably the two most dangerous jobs known to fantasy based man –mixing items to make other items, the results of which can and will randomly explode, and hunting and killing monsters.  If that wasn’t enough, because it is from Japan, there is a large social element in it where the player gains gameplay bonuses for impressing their friends by how fantastic they are at life –which is great, because I know that when I am taking down a giant and possibly demon possessed jelly blob I love listening to my friends talk about robot cats on the way out of town.   All that said the game is pretty good about letting you progress through it exactly how you want; want to make Totori out to be a reclusive “herbal” expert there is a way to do that and still beat it, want to make her some battle-hardened veteran—there isn’t anything besides common sense and her genetic disposition to breaking easily stopping you. While that sounds great there really is a sweet spot between those things, mainly making battle/healing items and exploring dangerous areas for better material to make better items for battle.

Although it should be brought up that while doing this:

There is a massive time constraint

After the tutorial ends the player is directly told that they have three, in game, years to achieve the highest ranking of adventurer that they can or their license—and right to explore things, I guess—will be revoked.  That said everything done in the game takes an allotted amount of time, using the alchemy the series is based on requires a set amount of time, traveling from place to place takes time, and even some random events that happen in towns take time.  The odd thing is that while the game is still rather easy and gives way more time than is needed, without the time limit the game would be impossibly easy.  It basically asks if the player is going to spend the in-game time grinding experience from easier monster, or if that time instead be used to make a massive bomb that could take out some vastly higher level creatures for ten times the experience instead—mainly because most of the items in the game are stupidly powerful enough that there is always a way to make a bigger bomb to take out an enemy in one attack—which makes time management one of Japanese quickest growing sub-genres.

That taken into account; most people are going to miss something on the first play through, which makes sense because:

You aren’t supposed to beat it just once

Ignoring the time constraint reasoning, the game has a crazy amount of endings—several of which I believe Stark referred to as “mega yuri”, which I took to meaning the “good ones”.  A surprising amount of things aren’t carried over to the start of the new game, boiling down to equipment and money—although that kind of is the “progress” in the game the same way that experience is in other games.  While this isn’t the same as allowing the characters to carry the various weapons of mass destruction that the items become in the late game over with them, or even the means to make them, it comes pretty close to that—and could even be considered a significant speeding towards that.  Sure, there are ways to min max the entire experience on the first play, but that seems more like sticking strictly to someone else’s schedule so closely that it feels more like watching some else’s game than anything.  Also, most of that type of play is supposed to be earned, so learn your place.

This isn’t a terrible thing because:

It is a rather short RPG

I love role playing, even more when it is in game format.  My main problem is that most of these games seem to like taking 40 hours to complete a single story arch, which is great when I only have one thing to play, but when eight of them are coming out a year I normally have other things to do instead of playing them all, like eat – a lot.  The concept of the a game with new game + is that people are probably going to miss something in the game while play it, even if it is a small side story arch, and most of the audience is going to want to go and see that somehow.  The time limit makes it hard because it makes missing things entirely possible, but the replay means that most of these things can be found and exploited to the fullest in a relatively easy manner, much like most of my high school girlfriends.  This is awesome, because in the time it takes to beat a middling RPG Totori can be played about three times–each of them way better than most other games peak at.