Summer 2021 ecchi preview

This season is perfectly average for ecchi, which isn’t a bad thing.

 

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

 

Bokutachi no Remake

Shinigami Bocchan to Kuro Maid

Jahy-sama wa Kujikenai!

Meikyuu Black Company

Peach Boy Riverside

 

 

Tier 2

 

Kanojo mo Kanojo

Tezuka Productions
Source: Manga

 

The manga has several bathing scenes that were drawn without modesty, and then censored after the fact.  I have little doubt the original manga creator has the original panels uncensored somewhere for his own enjoyment, but alas, either he or the publisher chickened out and ended up censoring those scenes in the manga.

The first episode of the anime is already out and seems to continue this trend.  As much as I enjoy being hopeful, the track record of Tezuka productions strongly suggests changes won’t be coming on BD (Go-toubun no Hanayome, Isekai Maou to Shoukan Shoujo no Dorei Majutsu Ω, Dagashi Kashi).

 

Kanojo mo Kanojo began airing on July 3rd.

 

 

Tier 3

 

Deatte 5-byou de Battle

SynergySP x VEGA entertainment
Source: Manga

Source nudity: Areola are partially shown in volumes four and ten.

As the name directly states, this is an action series.  So if nudity does happen, it will be rare and brief.

 

Deatte 5-byou de Battle begins airing on July 13th.

 

 

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S

Kyoto Animation
Source: Manga

Source nudity: Brief but fully shown nipple sightings in volume four, plus some partially obscured nipple sightings in other volumes.  An anthology spinoff had full nudity as well, though that is probably meaningless for the anime.

The “tit”ular heroine of the series, as well as many other supporting characters have absolutely enormous breasts for some reason.  Given the cartoony art style, the huge breasts, and the presence of nudity, this series would be a serious contender for ecchi series of the year in the hands of a studio like Passione or TNK.  But unfortunately, the studio involved is Kyoto animation, which isn’t above fanservice, but has stayed away from nipple sightings for almost 20 years.

Sometimes with a series like this, the TV show will be non-nude but an OVA after the series might do a little something.  Fingers crossed.

 

Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon S begins airing on July 8th.

 

 

Tier 4

 

Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun.

asread.
Source: Manga

If I made a power rankings of the top 50 best ecchi manga currently running right now, I’m fairly sure that this one would not have made the cut. There’s barely any nipple sightings and the few we get aren’t drawn in much detail. It’s a little surprising that it got an anime at all, much less one with solid production values, much less one that could prop up an entire season for ecchi fans.

But when I noticed that production was being done by asread., it all made sense.  This company tends to choose anime projects that are hidden gems, and they have an ability to create ecchi anime (with nudity) that can still cross appeal to mainstream audiences in a way that is very rare in the industry.

Generally though, asread. has shied away from super lighthearted harem series with nudity, the only previous such effort was Yuushibu way back in 2013 when Fapservice was in its infancy.  Yuushibu is a little gem of an ecchi series and we should be so lucky if this series can match that quality.

Also like Yuushibu, there will be a “parental lock” airing of Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun. on AT-X, which virtually guarantees an airing with at least some nudity. For what it’s worth, Yuushibu had what was effectively a partially uncensored AT-X broadcast with some nipple sightings and then a fully uncensored BD release later.  That might be the blueprint asread. follows again.

 

Megami-ryou no Ryoubo-kun. begins airing on July 15th.

 

 

Yubisaki kara Honki no Netsujou 2: Koibito wa Shouboushi

Studio Mausu
Source: Manga

R-18 show for the season.  A rare case of a previous R-18 show getting a sequel.

 

Yubisaki kara Honki no Netsujou 2: Koibito wa Shouboushi began airing on July 5th.

 

 

Overall Thoughts:

 

While this season lacks a true headliner, we did get a rare asread. ecchi series.  The rest is just interesting enough to keep tabs on, albeit as super longshots.  All things considered, that makes this season solidly middle of the pack.  The only bad thing about this season is that there is a total lack of ecchi OVAs for the first time in a long while.

Meanwhile, World’s End Harem still hasn’t been announced for an airing date.  The promise of a 2021 release is starting to look suspect, as there is only one season left this year, so an announcement would need to come fairly soon if they want to keep good on their promise.

Something that has surprised me a little is that there hasn’t yet been any sequel announcement for either Interspecies Reviewers or Redo of Healer, both of which appeared to be strong commercial successes.

I never really bought into the idea that the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics would impact ecchi anime, but if there actually was an impact from it then we’ll get to look forward to being on the other side of it next season.