Fall 2021 ecchi preview

The big ecchi anime headliner of 2021 is almost upon us.  The rest of the season is decently interesting too.

 

I put each of the notable shows this season into tiers below:

  • Tier 1 is for series with possible mild fanservice.
  • Tier 2 is for series where nudity is conceivable (but still unlikely).
  • Tier 3 is for series that had nudity in the source material.
  • Tier 4 is for series where nudity in the anime is guaranteed.

 

 

Tier 1

 

Komi-san wa, Comyushou desu.

Getsuyoubi no Tawawa 2

 

Tier 2

 

 

Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru

SILVER LINK.
Source: Light Novel

 

This series is notable for sharing the same creator as Redo of Healer, and production is being handled by SILVER LINK who clearly don’t have any problem with nudity in their track record.  I personally haven’t read the novel or manga adaptation, so I can’t comment on the fanservice/eroticism level.  I assume it’s probably very low, but given the writer and the company involved, it wouldn’t be a complete shocker if they did something.

 

Sekai Saikou no Ansatsusha, Isekai Kizoku ni Tensei suru begins airing on October 6th.

 

 

Tier 3

 

 

Muv-Luv Alternative

FLAGSHIP LINE
Source: Visual Novel

 

The visual novel released way back in 2006, and the original series it was based on, Muv-Luv, debuted in 2003.  This is one of the bigger visual novel franchises of all time with a massive amount of media spinoffs, including two previous anime (Muv-Luv Alternative Total Eclipse and Schwarzesmarken, the former had nipples and even got a compilation video by yours truly many years back).

This series is famous for its mech battles and ballsy character kill offs, but it’s also well known for its erotic content.  Both Muv-Luv and Alternative had nudity/sex in the original source as well as many of the spinoff media (manga, etc).

I can’t say for sure if the anime will have nudity.  But the original source had it, and one of the two previous Muv-Luv animes had it, so it might be fair to say there’s a 50/50 chance here.  Though I wouldn’t expect a ton, maybe just a scene or two if we get it.

 

Muv-Luv Alternative begins airing on October 6th.

 

 

Tier 4

 

 

World’s End Harem

Studio Gokumi + AXsiZ
Source: Manga

 

World’s End Harem takes us to a dystopian future where nearly all the world’s men are dead (a bizarre side note: this isn’t even the only comic adapted show to be running the all men have died premise this fall).  Thankfully this isn’t the case as the world would surely be fucked if all men died off, but for the few surviving males it would be an enviable position as their livelihood and reproductive function would be held at a premium.

The manga version of this story obviously leans heavily on the sexual aspect.  Publisher Shounen Jump+ has kept a strong tradition of highly spankable, beautifully drawn nudey ecchi manga ever since To Love-Ru was a monster hit for them over a decade ago.  World’s End Harem was higher budget than most, with many colored panels including most of the ones with nudity.

The art of the manga was of very high quality, and quite frankly it will be hard for the anime to live up to that.  Early previews of the TV anime make the production values seem somewhat mediocre, relatively on par with a series like Masou Gakuen HxH.  At least it seems that way for now.

Hopefully that is a misconception, because this is the most spankable ecchi to get an anime in long time, probably since Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai back in 2017.  There is sex and nudity in basically every chapter (though the pure-hearted MC will surely annoy many viewers).

An uncensored AT-X broadcast has already been confirmed by a parental lock, as well as a screenshot from an AT-X advert that openly showed a nipple uncensored.  Of course, for a series like this, there was absolutely no doubt it would deliver.

While the broadcast will be uncensored and by the looks of it the first episode will have a ton of nudity, there will be some content that will have to wait for BD as added scenes, similar to High School DxD New or Shinmai Maou no Testament.  I personally think this is great, especially if this bumps the airtime of the episodes up to 24 or 25 minutes on BD (meaning that it is true added content, the same as a special would be).

Obviously, this series will be a MUST watch.

 

World’s End Harem begins airing on October 8th.

 

Showtime!: Uta no Oneesan datte Shitai

Studio Mausu + Suiseisha
Source: Manga

 

The R-18 short anime of the season, this one has an idol theme.

 

Showtime!: Uta no Oneesan datte Shitai began airing on October 4th.

 

 

Overall Thoughts:

 

Over the years the landscape of ecchi anime has really changed.  In some ways ecchi has never been better.  The erotic content we do get these days is often more explicit and edgy.  And while the art quality isn’t as good as it might have been in the heyday of Queen’s Blade, it does feel like art quality has been steadily improving over where it was 5+ years ago.  Most ecchi anime is made on the cheap, and cheap anime is looking better.

But… it seems like the last few years its usually just one show saving the whole season- every season- and that’s probably the case here as well.  Not only that but the number of shows that “surprise” with token nudity on BD is way down.  It used to be that there would be 5-10 shows a year that would do that, but this year so far it’s just one that I know of (BACK ARROW episode 8).  Not only that but ecchi OVA releases (e.g. Queen’s Blade, Bikini Warriors, etc) are WAY down lately.

It’s not only a sad decline, but it often makes these previews feel like they aren’t worth bothering with.  I’m still doing them for now, but if a season looks pretty dead I might not bother, just a heads up there.

Thankfully though, this season is decent enough.