Post Reply [Disc]Does a harem have to be ecchi to be a success?
Maxwell
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Posted 1/2/16
Harems are ten to a penny most only lasting 13 episodes but for a Harem to succeed does it have to be ecchi or can it entertain us in other ways?
Posted 1/9/16
Well, it depends on the terminology, To Western culture, 'Harem' is multiple romances, and often 'ecchi' comes alongside it, Eastern Culture however Ecchi is a term not used to describe a genre and simply expresses this with just 'harem' therefore it comes down to the culture and person circumstances. Personally I feel Ecchi (if done right) can be a nice touch to anime, however there's a fine line of it being nice and being pure 'fan-service' and becoming repetitive and annoying.

I mean Harems Like To-Love Ru and Shinmai Maou no Testament I'd say yes it does require a heavy aspect as that's its focus point, however anime like Clannad / Shuffle! which has multiple relationship possibilities I believe is less relevant.
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Posted 1/9/16
I don't mind Ecchi in a Harem and it can make you lust after the character in question making you want to watch more, however it can become stale as you can only repackage the same thing so many times (such as panty shots or awkward situations with accidental groping). Ecchi can also mask weak plot development under the disguise of "fan service". For me a fine example of a harem without Ecchi that has stood the test of time and has triggered many universes from the original is "Tenchi Muyo" It started as far back as 1992 and each character has been crafted to a degree that we relate to them and want them to succeed without ecchi. Most harem use Ecchi as there characters are two dimensional. Im not against ecchi in harems but a strong plot comes first. So to answer the question no Ecchi isn't necessary for a harem to work in my opinion.
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Posted 2/27/16
Doesn't have to be ecchi for me as long as there is enough comedy and cuteness to not make it boring.
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nope it doesn't. an interesting idea for an anime like that would be to create an anime where the main character plays a game with someone else where you have to make a harem with the most girls. then the style could be way different. something like an animation style more similar to watamote (i couldn't think of anything else) and the story could be writen in such a way that the character realises more and more how wrong this is.
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Posted 7/12/16

ravenpath wrote:

nope it doesn't. an interesting idea for an anime like that would be to create an anime where the main character plays a game with someone else where you have to make a harem with the most girls. then the style could be way different. something like an animation style more similar to watamote (i couldn't think of anything else) and the story could be writen in such a way that the character realises more and more how wrong this is.


Seeing the character evolve and come to realize that women are not objects would be a good premise but for me to connect to him he would have to have some redeeming quality or have gone through an ordeal that has warped his perspective but nice reply
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Posted 7/12/16

dirtysoundboy wrote:


ravenpath wrote:

nope it doesn't. an interesting idea for an anime like that would be to create an anime where the main character plays a game with someone else where you have to make a harem with the most girls. then the style could be way different. something like an animation style more similar to watamote (i couldn't think of anything else) and the story could be writen in such a way that the character realises more and more how wrong this is.


Seeing the character evolve and come to realize that women are not objects would be a good premise but for me to connect to him he would have to have some redeeming quality or have gone through an ordeal that has warped his perspective but nice reply


thanks man *fistbumps*
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