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Post Reply Why Is Incest Such A Common Topic In Anime?
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Why Is Incest Such A Common Topic In Anime? by Justin Sevakis, Mar 1st 2017
John asks:

In a recent episode of Hand Shakers a character revealed that had romantic feelings for their biological sibling. This is nothing new with series like Oreimo, Boku wa Imōto ni Koi o Suru, and the classic Koi Kaze to name a few. Which got me to wonder about why incest is such a prevalent subject in anime and manga. Is this because incest was common practice in Japan's history or is it just trope similar to the beach trip to add another dimension to the story? And if incest was practiced what is its history in Japan and how accepted is the practice today in Japanese society?

Since Japanese media is so much more open about incest (and incest sexual fetishes) than the Western world, I think it's crossed all of our minds at one point or another: why does this topic come up so much? Does it have something to do with Japan's history or culture that we just don't get as Westerners?

The truth is, historically Japan has not had any real problem with incest -- in fact, clans would traditionally encourage relationships among cousins (or second cousins) to perpetuate family dynasties. If a father was widowed, he would often marry his daughter. Practices like this continued well into the 20th century, especially in very traditional rural families. Indeed, incestuous relationships were so common in olden days -- between siblings, cousins, aunts/nephews, uncles/nieces and the like, that genetics experts say this has introduced all sorts of problems into Japan's DNA.

By the postwar era, most people's attitudes towards incest had turned to complete disapproval, likely due to the introduction of genetic science (and probably a moral influence from the West). It's now common wisdom that Japan's bloodline is a mess due to all the in-breeding. A few Japanese friends and co-workers of mine were actually surprised to find out that Westerners have allergies too, since they thought that was one of the genetic problems introduced to Japan that way. But incest is not illegal there, and as piles and piles of Japanese media can attest to, its forbidden nature has turned it into a fetish.

In more recent times, there have been reports that counselors in Japan have seen a lot of mothers who have been having sexual relationships with their teenaged sons.
The reports were that the mothers were lonely housewives whose husbands were essentially always at work, and rationalized the relationship by saying they were keeping them clear-headed and focused on their studies rather than girls. If the household is one in which everyone sleeps in the same room, the father is always gone, and it's just the lonely mother and the hormonal teenaged son there most nights... well, oedipal complexes are a thing.
This sort of thing is not talked about in Japan. Studies are difficult to come by, because many officials deny that something as shameful as incest ever occurs. There have been a handful of books on the subject (I got most of my information from this article from 1991), but how much or how little this taboo affects modern day Japan is simply not something that can easily be measured. But with centuries of incestuous history, it seems that simply acknowledging its fantasy potential will never be as shocking or taboo as it is in the Christianity-influenced West.
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2017-03-01/.112826



Incest was also popular among European royalty and almost all of the current royals are related.
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Incest is the best! Better than rest! Imoutos are so cute, one thing you cannot refute! I want to love imoutos, and to take their naughty photos!


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I guess because IT'S NOT REAL.
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Incest is the best! Better than rest! Imoutos are so cute, one thing you cannot refute! I want to love imoutos, and to take their naughty photos!


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I'm not reading that fucking long ass article

I'll just say this - because there's something in a lot of people's mind that makes taboo subjects interesting, especially sexually. It's just a thing that's there, idk. Like even people who have no brothers or sisters can be interested by incest.

Not that i'm talking from experience I'm just saying is alll
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b/c it's like being gay or something , you want to show what u like out like a bar of gold. Incest in anime isnt wrong b/c its fake and its better to be loving ur bro/sis then trying to beat the living shet out of them everytime u see them, i dont have any bro/sis so i get somewhat why sis and bros might get further then " family love" its like experiment if it fails thats it u can go on. Poeple thinks its bad b/c its "wrong" in there eyes.
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Well in Japan, parents tend to work a lot and and eldest are consider an adult or a role model and take on the roles that the parent would take on, cooking, bathing, etc. Which leaves room for the eldest and younger sibling for a closer relationship than just an brother and sister relationship. Which is why its more common in japan.
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cause it's an interesting topic to hit on the head being taboo or not.

Incest is wrong because it can lead to genetic defects if it didn't then incest wouldn't be taboo.
knowing Anime is not the real world it makes it less taboo and a subject that's more approachable of the love between family members that extends to romance.

Personally i would never do that kinda shit but if someone i knew had an incestuous relationship and didn't have kids nor planned to i wouldn't judge them much to be honest as i have no problem with it unlike others if it does not cause genetic defects (Aka having a child)

The topic is very interesting to approach.
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PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Incest is the best! Better than rest! Imoutos are so cute, one thing you cannot refute! I want to love imoutos, and to take their naughty photos!


YAY, INCEST INCEST!



PV That's not appropriate Stop that right now [/quote


Appropriate that is funny come from you lmao

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Incest is the best! Better than rest! Imoutos are so cute, one thing you cannot refute! I want to love imoutos, and to take their naughty photos!


YAY, INCEST INCEST!


You made your self so much more disturbing, congrats.

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I guess people like forbidden love?
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Most incest situations are adults abusing minors. That's why I hate it.

If both parties are adults and no one is manipulated or raped, then I could care less if people want to sleep with their mom/dad or siblings even though I would never do it...

To answer the question, I think incest is part of humanity and it is how humanity survived in the beginning, you can see incest even in the Bible, Abraham married is half-sister. Lot had sex with his daughters to continue the line since his whole town and wife were destroyed and many others.I t is said that asians existed way before the bible was written so it is understandable that they had an incest history too XD

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TheAngryLittleAlchemist wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Incest is the best! Better than rest! Imoutos are so cute, one thing you cannot refute! I want to love imoutos, and to take their naughty photos!


YAY, INCEST INCEST!



PV That's not appropriate Stop that right now [/quote


Appropriate that is funny come from you lmao



"come from you"

Bruh you can't even quote right lmao shut up

Besides our love is different We're both inappropriate
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Some Japanese people just get a feeling so complicated.
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Nothing better than a little mother son bonding ;)
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