Anime: Colorful

Colorful!

Roses are red.
Violets are blue.
This show's about panties.

Colorful is a short series (16 episodes, each about seven minutes long) about males and their obsession with panties (and sometimes breasts). It's quick paced with little to nothing in the way of actual plot, focusing instead on delivering ecchi humor in whatever way it can.

Not many characters show up more than once, and those that do lack depth. Among the recurring ones are Hirokawa and Itani (two college students), Yamamoto (a cute athletic girl), Yamamoto's coach, the English teacher, Steve (an American transfer student obsessed with photography), and Shimoi (a TV reporter).

As The Other Wiki says, "Anime fanatics tend to either love or hate the series as it is considered either wildly funny, or tasteless and depraved."

Not to be confused with the Japanese animated film also titled Colorful.

This series provides examples of:

  • ADV Films: nowhere is their mythical "studio culture" better exemplified than in the DVD extras for this series.
  • Kotatsu: Neatly serves up the standard ecchi treatment.
  • Male Gaze: The point of the series, both for the audience and as far as the male characters are concerned.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Nearly every female in the entire show.
  • Panty Shot: Pretty much the whole point.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Steve (an American exchange student) and the school's English teacher are both blond-haired and blue-eyed.
  • Running Gag: Japan's exotic upside-down Fuji. Also, "L... R... L... R..."
  • Shaggy Dog Story: The last episode plays out as a fanservice-free Out-of-Genre Experience, with the reporter character Shimoi presenting a special about a mysterious psychic, who appears at the end to display his powers. The psychic chants and gestures dramatically, there's an uncomfortable pause... and Shimoi's skirt falls down. Cue close-up of her underwear.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Subverted, in that only the Prize B girl (who is a sentient, animate cutout of an anime character) has an unnatural hair color.