Japanese culture has taken the world by storm. Anime, has become wildly popular over the last century. But just like anything, anime has both it’s good, and bad sides. For awhile now, girls, especially very young girls, have been overly sexualized, and has become the norm in many anime. Girls are given unrealistic over sized breasts at a young age. Most times, they’re in highschool.But this shouldn’t really be tolerated in anime, or in media in general.
Lolis, are anime girls that have more of a child-like appearance, and most times are either sexualized, or extremely close to crossing the line to being erotic, but this is not always the case. For example, Shiro from ‘No Game No Life’ is six years old, yet is continuously shown in the nude, in sexual positions, and doing sexual things to other people. In the first scene where the audience meets our two main characters, Shiro’s panties are shown. As in the camera was directly focusing on her panties. One of the most common defenses of young, child-like anime girls like this is, “It’s not real, it’s just a drawing.” An argument like this just seems like a “loophole” to continuing to watch underage girls in the nude. And why would anyone want to watch an underage child be sexualized?
Also, some loli characters are extremely close to crossing the line. Kanna, from “Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid” is one of those characters. She does tease sexual things to her friend, who looks just as young as she is. There was even a scene where she implies wanting to be sexual with that friend, and they got close to doing so until they were interrupted. This is further proven when Kanna left that friend’s house, and she said “Dragon-Style” (Meaning Doggy-Style). Kanna is a dragon, so they age just as quickly as humans, but look younger because they live longer. Since she’s not the age of an actual child the argument is that it’s ok, and it’s not pedophila, which is, yet another loophole. Kanna is a child. She still has the mind of a child. She acts like a child, she plays and speaks like a child too. Therefore, she is a child.
If the people who created these characters wanted to sexualize underaged anime girls, then why not keep their age how they look instead of changing it to the age of an adult? It’s because they know it’s wrong, otherwise they wouldn’t try changing their ages to the age of consent. Even though the age of consent in Japan is 13 years old, and that’s apart of their culture that still doesn’t make it ok. Almost all people agree that pedophila is wrong, sexualizing young girls is wrong, and that children need to be protected, but why is it ok in anime? It just seems like a double standard.
The sexualiztion of young girls in anime has been a continuous problem that seems to always get swept under the rug. No one really talks about it. It’s just that elephant in the room that people willfully ignore. But since anime is becoming more and more popular, more and more people are being exposed to this. And people shouldn’t be desensitized to the sexualization of girls.