Or why Day can’t fap to this.
No, really, I can’t – and this is coming from someone who drooled all over her keyboard while watching the OVA… although, admittedly, that probably had more to do with the copious amounts of animated blood rather than the attractiveness of the characters themselves… but we’re not gonna analyze that one too much, alright?
2D vs. 3D isn’t, admittedly, one of the more prominent arguments within fandom – yeah, its definitely there, but generally people would rather scream back and forth about moé, or fansubs, or whether K-ON! is the end of civilization. It ultimately is an issue that is more of a live and let live thing than is generally allowed in the community, which is shocking considering the fact that Naruto fans think Bleach fans are really fucking stupid and just don’t know what quality is. At the very least, it is less contentious than a lot of things.
I myself prefer 3D. I can recognize the attractiveness of an anime character, and perhaps I’ll even declare, “I’d hit that.”, but I do not actually find anime characters sexually attractive. To me, it would be akin to being attracted to a fence post, which is to say, I can’t interact with it, so I can’t be attracted to it. But I also think there may be another thing at work here, one a bit less illustrious than the defense that I’m not attracted to that which is ultimately inanimate (ha, animated characters are inanimate).
Quite simply, those physical attributes emphasized or highlighted by animation and art teams are not ones I really find all that important. Boobs, butts? Meh. Bring me some legs, dammit.
The lack of good legs in anime is, I believe, due simply to shortcomings of the form, in this case the form being specifically the animation produced by Japanese companies for the TV market. In other words, its not that you can’t have good legs in animation, its just that good legs require more effort than Japanese TV animation can really afford to pay for/pay attention to.
Think about it – here’s a girl character. How does an animator/artist go about making her more attractive? Well, there are a couple of obvious options, and they involve her butt and boobs. Bigger boobs? Ok, well, just pull the lines out further, curve them a bit more. But maybe you want a flat-chested girl. Just pull those lines back in, eliminate the curvature. It isn’t too difficult or time-consuming. The same essential principle applies to the butt, although butts are only really focused on when there’s a close-up shot, when suddenly the effort triples on them; and even here it mainly just has to do with making the clothing look tighter or smaller.
It is much more difficult to render good legs. This is why anime characters basically have Barbie legs – very shiny, fairly uniform, not well-defined. Even on male characters who are supposed to be manly and buff, not much attention is paid to those legs – just slap some six-pack lines on the guy’s chest, widen the arms a bit. One of the few exceptions I can think of for legs was the female lead in Ride Back, and even that only lasted about an episode.
This is all terribly disappointing to someone like me. I love legs. I really do. I love them from the standpoint of a former athlete; there is something so beautiful to me about an athletic leg. When I go to the ballet, I’m looking mainly at their legs. When I watch figure skating, my eyes are drawn to the legs. And I can have my breath taken away. It really isn’t a sexual thing, at least not inherently – and I say ‘inherently’ because it can become a sexual thing, although that isn’t where it starts. It’s this complicated admiration of the effort I know it takes to have such a leg, and a kind of… well, artistic appreciation of it. And, yeah, it all can bleed into something more case which results in the, “I’d hit that.” sentiment.
So, yes, I find it difficult to find anime characters to be sexually attractive because they aren’t actually animate, but if they had a good pair of legs on then, who knows?
Now, as an aside, I would like to note that the idea of what constitutes a ‘good’ leg is obviously fairly subjective. Maybe people find those Barbie doll legs attractive.
EDIT: I feel like this post reads as rushed… but my fingers keep sticking to the keyboard because I just painted my nails, so I’ve reached the point where I’m feeling too frustrated to go back and edit it… its too humid here, they aren’t drying >_<