Lewd Anime in a Post-Tumblr World - The Top 7 Ecchi Crunchyroll Anime

Tumblr is deleting all adult content, so here's the best of Crunchyroll's ecchi content

As of Dec. 17, 2018, the popular blog hosting website Tumblr will be officially banning all “adult content” from the platform, removing countless blogs that included nudity for one reason or another.


As a result, it seems like a perfect time to look for some alternatives. Here’s a list of the highest rated ecchi shows available on Crunchyroll. For those who don’t know, “ecchi” is the genre of anime focused on fanservice. In other words, the shows with nudity and other such content no longer allowed on Tumblr.


This list was calculated based on the 5-star rating system available for all shows on Crunchyroll.


Enjoy!


7. A Bridge to the Starry Skies - Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi


Based on: Light Novel

Original creator: Feng (also created: Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka)

Studio: Doga

Director: Takenori Mihara (episode director (2,6,11) for Genshiken)


Kazuma and his little brother Ayumu move to the countryside because Ayumu is sickly. On their way to the inn they’ll be staying at, a monkey steals Ayumu’s hat. While getting it back, Kazuma runs in to a girl, and in true ecchi fashion, the show shows off her skirt and chest before even revealing her face. While jumping on rocks to cross a river, Kazuma crashes in to the girl, knocking them both over and leading to them accidentally kissing. Somehow, the girl’s friend catches them kissing, but failed to notice any of the lead up. In general, the show seems to have lots of panty shots, but otherwise is simply a high school romance slice of life show.


6. Dragon Crisis


Based on: Light Novel

Original creator: Kaya Kizaki (also created: Nagisa Fortissimo, Joshiryou no Ryouchou ni Natta Ore wa, Gotouchi Joshi to Seishun Dekiru darou ka, D.Gray-man: Reverse)

Studio: Deen

Director: Hideki Tachibana (Armed Girls Machiavellianism, Imawa no Kuni no Alice, BlazBlue: Alter Memory, many non-directorial staff positions and episode director credits)


Ryugi, a high school boy, goes to school without saying a word, meeting his classmates and looking out the window during class. Then an attractive woman, Eriko (his second cousin) whisks him away to steal treasure, which turns out to be a girl in a box. Rose, as they begin calling her, is a dragon, and they start caring for her while deciding how to proceed. This show has some good visual storytelling and surprising amount of detail (after Rose goes wild because Ryuji is gone, the damage stays through multiple scenes). However, the actual ecchi content is pretty low. Aside from the aforementioned rampage scene which included Rose and Eriko coming out of the bath, Eriko wearing a tight-fitting tank top and not seeming to know about personal space is pretty much the only ecchi content.


5. Demon King Daimao


Based on: Light Novel

Original Creator: Shoutarou Mizuki (only work)

Studio: Artland

Director: Takashi Watanabe (Senran Kagura, Ikki Tousen, Slayers, among many other directorial credits)


Sai Akuta just transferred to a new magic school in the Imperial Capital. When he goes in for a physical exam, his occupancy divination results say that he will become a Demon Lord, turning almost all of the other students against him, even the one friend he made on his way to school, Hattori Junko. Aside from Junko showing off her panties and receiving two different clothing damage scenes, there is surprisingly little ecchi in this show, but the premise seems fun enough to keep watching for a while.


4. Kanokon


Based on: Light Novel

Original Creator: Katsumi Nishino (also created: Juukinzoku Kanojo)

Studio: Xebec

Director: Atsushi Ootsuki (BanG Dream!, Ladies versus Butlers!, To Love-Ru Darkness/2nd)


A timid, underdeveloped high school transfer student, Kota, gets a love letter from his extremely clingy female friend Chizuru. When she kisses him as her confession, she turns in to a kitsune. Chizuru’s brother Saku walks in before they can begin having sex, which leads to Chizuru possessing Kota and turning him in to a kitsune-like creature with magic power that gets stronger the more the two are in love. This is the first entry on this list that is almost purely ecchi. Practically every scene has something that is supposed to titillate, including outright nudity that the opening suggests may become less censored in future episodes, and if not for Saku conveniently walking in on Chizuru and Kota the show might have gone fully in to hentai territory.


3. Koihime Musou / Shin Koihime Musou / Shin Koihime Musou - Otome Tairan

(from left: Koihime Musou, Shin Koihime Musou, Shin Koihime Musou - Otome Tairan)


Based on: Visual Novel

Original Creator: BaseSon (also created: Harukoi Otome)

Studio: Doga

Director: None Listed


Note: The three series pictured above ended up in a block from rank 5 to 3, so have been consolidated due to being parts of the same franchise.


Based on the first episode of the first season, the series seems to be highly rated less because of its ecchi content and more because of narrative recognition, since the show it tagged with “romance of the three kingdoms filled with girls” (for those that don’t know, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is one of the four great classic novels of Chinese literature). As of the beginning of the series, the ecchi content is at a bare minimum, kept to scenes where it makes sense, such as a bathing scene and revealing sleepwear.


2. Food Wars! Shoukugeki no Soma


Based on: Manga

Original Creator: Yuuto Tsukuda (only work)

Studio: J.C. Staff

Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani (Betterman, Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up, Yuusha-Ou GaoGaiGar)


Whenever Food Wars! has a new season, it is one of the most popular shows, even contending with heavy hitters like My Hero Academia. The basic premise is that Soma’s dad shuts down their family restaurant to go travelling, and leaves Soma to join Totsuki Academy, a prestigious cooking academy with a 10 percent graduation rate. The show centers on Shokugeki, the titular “Food Wars” where (normally) two chefs settle disputes ranging from petty grudges to the fate of the entire school by preparing dishes with a specific ingredient for a panel of three judges. The most extreme ecchi comes from whenever people eat the dishes, since the more impressive the dish, the most ludicrously over the top the person’s clothes explode, leaving them nude in a dreamscape showcasing how good the food is. The show tends to be highly rated because while the character designs are attractive and has fanservice for male and female audiences, the characters are also well written and the story can hold tension better than most others in the ecchi genre.


1. Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up

Based on: Manga

Original Creator: Go Nagai (also created: Devilman, Abashiri Ikka, Cutie Honey)

Studio: Brain’s Base

Director: Yoshitomo Yonetani (Food Wars, see previous entry)


With the only perfect 5-star rating of any ecchi show on Crunchyroll, Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up was originally created by Go Nagai, the same creator as Devilman / Devilman Crybaby and Cutie Honey / Cutie Honey Universe. As with Nagai’s more modern adaptations, Enma has various ecchi moments strewn throughout along with nudity that isn’t intended to be titillating, but rather is either simply understandable for the scene or weird and humorous, such as kids naked in the public bath and an old lady swinging her breasts around like helicopter blade, respectively.


Those were the best ecchi anime on Crunchyroll, according to the viewers' ratings. Some were more story driven, others seemed to exist to give excuses for their ecchi scenes, and the best managed to combine their stories and ecchi components.


How many did you guess going in, and what ones did you think were going to make the cut but didn't show up? Want to see any other top anime lists? Let us know in the comments!

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Kevin Matyi is a freelance features writer for Crunchyroll. He's been watching anime for as long as he can remember, and his favorite shows tend to be shonen and other action series.

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