Post Reply Eromanga Sensei from a socio/psychological standpoint
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Now, I know this anime is very niche and is obviously meant for a very specific crowd, and there have been much racier, much more controversial shows in past seasons, and cultural differences aside, I'm very interested in hearing the opinions of fans of this show and this particular niche genre.

So, here's my take, and then a few general questions regarding the show and genre at large:

The positive:
I never thought I'd actually enjoy an Anime with such a creepy plot device, so I have to hand it to the crew and writers for, so far, making this a pretty well written and well paced anime. Also, I like the fact that there's no super annoying overzealous characters like in most harem shows. So far it's actually a pretty well rounded and well paced show that's much more chill than I personally ever expected. The art and general feel of the anime is also pretty well curated, so there's that.

Now, the sociologist/ psychologist in me (I'm studying in both fields, and I've recently taken an interest in understanding the general appeal in shows such as this) sees that there are obvious Freudian/subconscious and also overtly sexual/ and sexually deviant (by American Societal standards) aspects to this shows appeal.

All this being said, For me, it feels like much more than just "kind of a guilty pleasure" watching "big bro" fantasize about being with his sexually pervetted, obviously far too matured little sister- who looks all of 10 years old.

I know there's been much racier, much more controversial sister complex shows, but I can't help imagining that if this show was live action, it would totally be falling into what could only be seen as emotionally sick, borderline pedo territory.

With that being said, I'm honestly curious for your opinions, from a purely sociological/ psychological study standpoint. There are no judgements here, just a curiousity to understand the nature of the viewer base a little better. Aspects of this show can be found almost everywhere in Modern mainstream anime, too, but this show is literally centered around taboo subject matter, so it's a good place to ask these sort of questions:

1. What attracts you to this type of anime
2. What's your age range, and what age range do you think this show was targeted to? What age range SHOULD the show have as the target audience?
3. Do you ever feel bad relating to shows like this, especially when the love interest looks like a legitimate child?
4. If you had to disclose the fact that you watched this show to your family, would you still watch It?
5. What attracts you to incestuous relationships in Anime?
6. If you are aware of the history of shows with similar subject matter, can you explain why incestuous/ taboo familiar relationships are so popular in anime?
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Posted 4/24/17 , edited 4/28/17
This is more "I live with a girl without any parents around to stop me from getting my horny on" situation, which is common enough. That being said, the stepsister thing is probably what allowed this to happen, and avoid the incestuous applications, both of the psychological something something Westermarck effect something something else.

Of course, it is still loliconriffic, and imoutoriffic, two things I greatly enjoy.
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Things that I see as unethical or illogical I would ignore in anime, and all other fantasy-based works. This is probably the way many creators(in Japan at least) see the anime/manga/game industry and so arguments like incest rises. As long as fantasy has no apparent impact on reality, there is no reason to set a limit. In the past, when certain topics were suggested to be banned in Japan, there was never sufficient decisive statistical evidence to help so. In the end, I just draw a clear line between fantasy and reality when it comes to hurting people/crimes, through common sense. This anime is just a comedy for me.

Edit: What this anime attract me apart of being hilarious, is that as an illustrator I can relate myself to what Sagiri does, small things such as the wacom tablet/anime studio/artists' work of the novels in the anime, and to know more what a novel writer does for future reference. I think I'm not helping with your analysis sorry~
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Here's my take on it these stories derive their drama or in this case comdey from the, as one blog described it, squicky ( squemish/icky) situation and this author just like to up that squick factor by making the girls involved in situations that would normally be inappropriate for their age ( in Oreimo it was the games she played here it's her drawing). I can't say I an a fan or if I'll even finish this ( I never did finish Oreimo), I just can't really decide if I could laugh at this let alone if I should. Stuff like that teacher abducting his 15 year old student recently bothered me but who knows maybe that's why we have that stuff over here in real life because we take it too seriously and don't laugh at it.
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This probably isn't all that helpful towards your analysis since it's geared towards fans of the show, although it might be of some use to hear from someone who is usually not a viewer of this kind of show. I passed up on watching Oreimo because, "ew, he wants to date his sister". You know, that sort of thing. I decided to watch Eromanga-Sensei, though, for two reasons: 1, some people I knew recommended it, and they got me more interested in anime lately, so I figured I'd try it out; and 2, I did not know that the creator of Oreimo created this show as well; I thought it was just a common plot both shows shared, and they had completely different authors.

After watching all the episodes available, I don't hate it. I don't really enjoy it as much as I hoped, but my issues are irrelevant to the thread's topic.

On the possibility that Sagiri and Masamune were to get together, I'd still watch it to see how the show does it. I'd probably be a bit uncomfortable, considering that they're still siblings by law, but I'd still want to see it how it progresses to see if the show at least does the romance well. I don't really watch anime (or really any show) to have my own personal beliefs repeated in my face over and over, I watch it to see a story that someone else made, and how their characters interpret different aspects of life.. And what better way to do that than with a show like this?

Hopefully that wasn't too long or full of unnecessary information.
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1. What attracts you to this type of anime - Nothing other than its Comedy even then it became nothing more than memes then I stopped caring for the show, but I will watch it because im following a review podcast on the show in order to comment my thoughts along with the audience

2. What's your age range, and what age range do you think this show was targeted to? What age range SHOULD the show have as the target audience? My age range is `19+ idk really know not lil gurls for sure; teens and young adults male and female ; Teens of all ages, young adults

3. Do you ever feel bad relating to shows like this, especially when the love interest looks like a legitimate child? Feel bad? No? Should I? I have a older sister so I can relate living with one but she was outgoing and the acted the exact opposite, thats as far as I can relate, we always annoyed each other until we got older then we were cool we each other.

4. If you had to disclose the fact that you watched this show to your family, would you still watch It? Yes, I would. I don't got a fetish for it or anything if thats the problem. Heck my own brother recommended me to watch Oreimo because it was so interesting and outside the box anime(now we both know better that incest trope is quite common smh)

5. What attracts you to incestuous relationships in Anime? It doesn't. But I guess I can say thats its a interesting thing to watch unfold and to see why "said' characters find their own sisters or brother attractive, does the other share same feelings? Do the parents know? Is it some kinda setup? Is it even legal in Japan?? DO they do everything a normal relationship do like date and hold hands? To me its just such an exotic topic into the unknow.

6. If you are aware of the history of shows with similar subject matter, can you explain why incestuous/ taboo familiar relationships are so popular in anime? I'm really not aware of it but I'll say what I know; I only ever watched a incest show knowingly was Oreimo, but back then when it was so mainstream what I gathered from the audience was curiosity and excitement like, " Are they really going to fall for each other, how far will the show go, are they going to get married, omg they really into each other, the parents know idk!?!?".
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Posted 4/28/17

Ketamigo wrote:


1. What attracts you to this type of anime
2. What's your age range, and what age range do you think this show was targeted to? What age range SHOULD the show have as the target audience?
3. Do you ever feel bad relating to shows like this, especially when the love interest looks like a legitimate child?
4. If you had to disclose the fact that you watched this show to your family, would you still watch It?
5. What attracts you to incestuous relationships in Anime?
6. If you are aware of the history of shows with similar subject matter, can you explain why incestuous/ taboo familiar relationships are so popular in anime?


1. As someone who aspires to publish, I'm more interested in the light novel approach.

2. I"m so not the demo for this

a. It was probably targeted to fans of Oreimo(which this author wrote)

b. Siscons.

c. I have no idea. I mean, it's not really offensive yet other than a few suggestive shots of Sagiri and Elf naked.


3. I feel like a perv watching this....and even reading this. But...*small voice* I actually like this series...at least what I read so far.


4. My family don't even know or care I watch anime. I'm grown.

5. I avoid incest like I avoid Trumpsters. Like I said, I like the BTS stuff in regards to light novels.

6. Obviously there's an audience for Sibcon in Japan....


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Thanks to everyone for replying seriously to my inquiry on the show!

Regarding what KKMENCHI said (about actual incest happening more in America, even though our media avoids the topic like the plauge, there has been much research around the subject, and i find that very interesting.

To expand on the subject: anime is obviously a healthy outlet for fantasy, and releasing those darker, less societally acceptable thoughts through anime and videogames may actually help people to get relief from those feelings, rather than to actually eventually carry out their fantasy in real life instead.

The same thing can be said for violence. Anime in general is far more graphically violent than most western media- hell, even shounen is more violent then most adult shows here in the US. HOWEVER, japan has one of the lowest rates of violence and murder in the world.

So, the argument that visualizing and getting catharsis by creating and watching taboo subject matter in Anime might actually benefit society more than it hurts it.

Of course, some people have argued the opposite- that by exposing one self to things like incest and violence in Anime, they are simply normalizing it. But, there has never been data to substantiate those claims. In fact, it seems that with violence especially, its better to alleviate it through media .
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Ketamigo wrote:

...about actual incest happening more in America, even though our media avoids the topic like the plauge, ...


Do you have stats to support that? just curious.
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