->''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 TheOtherWiki says, "Anime fanatics tend to either [[LoveItOrHateIt 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 ''Film/{{Colorful}}''.
!!This series provides examples of:

* AccidentalPervert: Jamie
%%* ActuallyPrettyFunny
* Creator/ADVFilms: nowhere is their mythical "studio culture" better exemplified than in the DVD extras for this series.
%%* AffectionateParody
* AllMenArePerverts: This is "All Men Are Perverts: The Series".
%%* AmusingInjuries
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: In one episode, there is a movie about a giant man with a camera. [[spoiler: He shrinks back to normal when he spots a [[PantyShot pantyshot]].]] In a later episode, there's a [[HugeSchoolgirl 50 foot]] [[{{joshikousei}} high school girl]].
%%* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
%%* BilingualBonus
* {{Butterface}}: One of the running gags, frequently done by a DiscretionShot.
%%* CatchPhrase
%%* [[TheChikan Chikan]]
%%* DerangedAnimation
%%* {{Dojikko}}
%%* {{Ecchi}}
%%* FanDisservice
%%* {{Fanservice}}
* FunnyForeigner: Steve
%%* {{Gainaxing}}
%%* GenericCuteness
%%* GettingCrapPastTheRadar
* GirlInABox: Connie[=/=]Prize B
%%* {{Gonk}}
* GratuitousEnglish: Some of which is [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish surprisingly good]].
%%* HandOrObjectUnderwear
* HotLibrarian: Actually a hot English teacher.
%%* ImagineSpot
%%* {{Joshikousei}}
* {{Kotatsu}}: Neatly serves up the standard ecchi treatment.
* MaleGaze: The point of the series, both for the audience and as far as the male characters are concerned.
* MsFanservice: Nearly every female in the entire show.
%%* NegativeContinuity
%%* {{Nosebleed}}
%%* OcularGushers
* PantyShot: Pretty much the whole point.
* PhenotypeStereotype: Steve (an American exchange student) and the school's English teacher are both blond-haired and blue-eyed.
%%* {{Pixellation}}
%%* PoorPredictableRock
%%* RapidFireComedy
* RunningGag: Japan's exotic upside-down Fuji. Also, "L... R... L... R..."
* ShaggyDogStory: The last episode plays out as a fanservice-free OutOfGenreExperience, 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... [[spoiler:and Shimoi's skirt falls down. Cue [[MaleGaze close-up of her underwear]].]]
%%* ShoutOut
%%* ShowWithinAShow
%%* StockFootage
%%* SuperDeformed
* ThemeTuneCameo: The theme song plays on TV in one episode.
* WidgetSeries: Thanks in no small part to the outrageous animation and numerous insane {{Eye Catch}}es.
%%* WingdingEyes
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Subverted, in that only the Prize B girl (who is a sentient, animate cutout of an anime character) has an unnatural hair color.
%%* ZettaiRyouiki