9 Famous Japanese Anime Films That Are Basically Just Porn

Close your eyes Studio Ghibli fans, things are about to get super nasty.

To say that Japanese customs seem somewhat strange to those in the western world is a drastic understatement. Kids spending fortunes at the dentist getting their teeth knocked wonky (a bizarre current fashion trend) and buying underwear from vending machines (pretty handy, you must admit), to the suicide forrest, which is exactly what it sounds like - life in Japan is so far removed from life as we know it that most of us simply can€™t believe what we read. But even the existence of the aforementioned forrest seems less crazy when you consider that suicide has been engrained in Japanese culture since the days of the samurai and their hara-kiri rituals, and you have to look at the art form that is Japanese anime in much the same way. Adult themes have been slowly working their way into anime since Japanese artists started experimenting with the medium, with the government using animators to create propaganda films during WWII. Once the War was lost, Japanese film makers were free to take their anime in any direction they wanted. Animators like Hayao Miyazaki went on to create some of the best anime ever made with his ground-breaking, family friendly Studio Ghibli, while others set out to entertain adults. Materials deemed €œinjurious to public morals€ (porn, basically) had been censored in Japan since the Meiji Era, and when post-War American occupation authorities changed many of Japan€™s laws to guarantee freedom of speech and expression they didn't bother with the law that blurred out the naughty bits in adult films. Enter anime. For every penis the government blurred, another would be drawn, and here was a home-grown alternative to highly censored pornography. Not that it ever truly markets itself as such, especially in the west, and it shouldn't, as not every anime made is packed with explicit sex and violence. The following 9 films, however, are full of exactly that...

 
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