When Did Beach Episodes Become an Anime Tradition?

Maho Girls Precure! (episode 25)

Maho Girls Precure! (episode 25)

Though summer may have already come and gone this year, the (in?)famous tradition of the anime beach episode is something we can probably talk about year-round, considering that it’s something of an annual tradition in Japanese media.

While its existence is something we all kind of take for granted now, it’s sometimes worthwhile to stop and take a look back at the history of the medium and ask why things are the way they are, and how we got here. Why, for example, do we have anime beach episodes? And when did they start?

These are the questions I’ll be taking a look at today. I hope you join along!

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Why Does Naruto Run With His Arms Out?

Just don't trip...

Just don’t trip…

While I’m certainly not an expert at running, nor am I even all that good at it myself, I do feel relatively comfortable saying that I can’t imagine that throwing your arms out to your sides is the most practical way to run. Despite the fact that we have been running for sport for centuries and pretty much nailed down the “ideal running form,” anime and manga seems to like to buck the trend and often shows characters in this rather unique running pose, with their arms thrown out to the side, like airplane wings.

Today we’re going to take a look at this running style, where it came from, and why characters are still depicted running that way. I hope you stick around!

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Is Ranma and Akane’s Engagement Legally Binding?

Perfect couple, or bitter rivals?

Perfect couple, or bitter rivals?

Aah, the excitement of young love. If you spend a lot of time watching romantic anime or reading¬†shojo manga, you’re quite familiar with the concept of two young people falling madly in love, dating, and (assuming the series runs long enough), getting married. Where¬†Ranma 1/2 differs from this stereotype, though, is that the two parties to the relationship happen to hate each other. Since their parents had already decided that the two are to be betrothed, does that really mean that they have no say in the matter?

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