If you watch anime, you’ve probably come across the word ‘ecchi’. So what is it? In short, it’s an anime genre that contains things that are very perverted, and includes suggestive themes without being overly explicit. You may see nudity (like with High School DxD) or just really large breasts and panty shots.

Ecchi doesn’t always have to be really in-your-face about it either, it can be very subtle that you won’t notice it at all, like in Code Geass (which is ecchi – something I always forget). This is the sort of ecchi I don’t mind. I like it subtle or funny (I love Heaven’s Lost Property). However, I dislike ecchi that focuses on that aspect too much to the point it has no story, or the story is ruined by too many breasts and panty shots, like High School of the Dead and High School DxD.

 

Where did the word ecchi come from? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’ve read that it’s another way for pronouncing ‘h’ (which is short for hentai). So it’s another word for pervert, and the content contains everything you may expect, but is much cleaner than what you would expect to find in hentai.

Ecchi is easy to find too, and there are a lot of series too. Examples of ecchi series include Monster Musume, Samurai Harem and Shimoneta (highly recommend this one, it’s really funny).

 

Ecchi can also include other genres, such as romance and comedy. It can also involve a story (as I have mentioned above),or no story at all (nothing but plenty of plot, if you know what I’m talking about ;)).

If you’ve seen a lot of anime then chances are you’ve probably already seen an Ecchi series without realising it. I saw my first ecchi when I was 14 (which was Heaven’s Lost Property) and at the time I had no idea that it was ecchi, I assumed that most anime series were like it and didn’t think anything of it.

 

Sometimes ecchi are super funny but have a serious storyline, like Kill La Kill. I can’t take that anime seriously, even though the story is pretty serious. But can you take it seriously when people are practically naked and there’s a dude that won’t stop stripping randomly?

Now you know what ecchi is, so what is your opinion on it? Leave a comment below!

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