Top 10 Anime Cliches That Are Completely Annoying
Talking about anime, it probably doesn’t need to rely on the particular tropes and clichés more than any other media or genre, but man, it feels like it. It seems like every show, movie or OVA are the same, and the people making them are just following a pre-ordained checklist.
Here are 10 of the most prevalent anime clichés out there.
10. Parental Guidance Suggested
More than 50% of all high school aged children in Japan are completely parent-less, and another 35% only have one parent remaining.
Basically, if you’re Japanese and have a kid, you are signing your own death warrant. Goku from Dragon Ball Z? No parents. Naruto? No parents. Ichigo from Bleach? Dead mom, living dad. Tohru from Fruits Basket? No parents. The three main kids from Evangelion? Only one of them has a parent, Shinji’s dad, and Shinji would have been way better off if he had died.
The amount of middle-school and high school aged kids who are living without any kind of adult supervision is, frankly, absurd.
9. Me So Hungry
Are you the protagonist in an action anime? Then guess what? You have a terrible eating disorder. For some reason, being the star in any shonen/boys-type manga or show means you like eating all the time, and this is somehow supposed to be hilarious.
Goku eats everything, One Piece’s Monkey D.Luffy is obsessed with meat, Death Note’s L must constantly be feeding himself sugar, and yellowtail tuna is Zatch Bell’s heroin. Even the few fat anime characters are less obsessed with food than these guys.
There are some anime heroines obsessed with food — usually fighters, like Ikki Tousen’s Sonsaku — but more of them seem to be obsessed with booze, like Evangelion’s Misato, Ran of Tsukikage Ran, Karula from Utawarerumono, and Yukari from Azumanga Daioh.
8. Girls, Girls, Girls
You know what happens when you have a country effectively without adult supervision? High school kids living together in sin! And not just regular sin — harem sin, because invariably one guy will end up living with four or more hot girls, all of whom desperately love/want to bone him.
The “harem” is such a common cliché in anime that it’s actually it’s own genre, encompassing Love Hina, Hayate the Combat Butler, High School DxD, Shuffle, Tenchi Muyo and oh, more then 160 others. And those are just the non-porn harem anime. If I listed the hentai harem series, we’d be here all day.