By the way... Mizumachi, what are you doing? Mizumachi:
Eh? What do you mean? When you're in a public bath, you either swim or peep, right? Everyone:
YOU DO NEITHER!
When people are seen going to and bathing in a public bath. Public baths have appeared in many cultures, from the ancient Romans to the Russians and Japanese. Usually gender segregated, everyone spends their time washing off and relaxing with their fellow sex.
This is very common in Japanese media since the country still has many public baths. They are usually used by lower class citizens who don't have a bathtub in their home (just a shower), or when the household's bathtub is not working. When going to and from one, expect everyone to be wearing a really plain yukata
and carrying a bath pan with shampoo and conditioner... which can be used as a weapon if needed.
A Japanese bath house (referred to as a Sento
) will always have a large wall painting of Mt Fuji in the background, as bathing in the shadow of Mt Fuji is good luck. Scenes come in two types: washing up (with extremely high chance of Fanservice
) and then relaxing in the bath talking. Chances of "skinship
" or Les Yay
subtext are very high; guaranteed, in fact, if a female Loveable Sex Maniac
is around. If a male Loveable Sex Maniac
is present on the male side, expect him to try to sneak a peek at the girls' side. (Or expect the baths to be coed.) Censor Steam
is usually on, as well as conveniently placed soap bubbles
(at least in the TV version - if there is a Too Hot for TV
version then these will be removed.) You may also see characters carrying a Modesty Towel
into the actual bath (in Real Life
towels are never allowed in, same as in Hot Springs)
Related to Hot Springs Episode
and Furo Scene
Anime & Manga
- Busou Renkin
- The male characters go to a bathhouse, and, since they're bored, decide to compare the sizes of their "XXXXX". The protagonist's is about average, while the nearby captain of the kendo team is so beautiful that it appears as a cloud of sparkles and reduces them all to tears. Humourously, Papillion is there, and his is the biggest.
- We don't know if Pappillion is the biggest, as it was comparative and he was wearing a bucket on it as he was walking outside. (He's just weird like that).
- While in the manga the girls go to a teahouse at this point, this is switched in the anime so that they go to a bathhouse too — with all the usual Fanservice, Skinship and Les Yay that usually goes with it.
- A public bath is the source of, or setting for, humourous antics (as well as Fanservice) in several espisodes of Chobits.
- In Code Geass, one of the Picture Dramas features a group of Ashford girls (Milly, Shirley, Kallen and Nina) taking a bath together in the Ashford Academy's bath house.
- Dog Days: The Hero goes to the one in the castle and of course walks in on the princess.
- As quoted above, Eyeshield 21 has Monta, Sena, Mamori, and Suzuna meet their old enemies, the Poseidons, at a bath house. While Monta and Sena try to get intel on their next opponent, the Bando Spiders, the No Social Skills Mizumachi tries to peek on a not-quite-Skinship Grope between Mamori and Suzuna.
- Rushuna and Yajiro both visited a public bath in the 4th episode of Grenadier even though both sides were empty and they were the only ones on both sides.
- Rushuna visits another public bath in the 10th episode.
- Hidamari Sketch: season one and season 2 each have a trip there, Yuno being shy wraps a towel around her breasts.
- Several times in Ranma ½: either because the Tendo home's bath breaks, or the scene involves Ryoga, who tends to visit public bathhouses during his travels. More often than not, a fight breaks out. Usually on the male side.
- An extended scene in Hell Teacher Nube, when all of Doumori was haunted by a bath-based Obake and no one could take baths or even shower for days. Fed up, Nube's entire class decided to go to a public bathhouse together, as did Nube, Ritsuko (who is a long-time client) and Yukime... and the Obake. This is because the sento owner was about to close the baths down, so said Obake invaded the nearby homes to help her gather money. With some help of Nube, they punish some bad guys who were blackmailing the old lady, and the bath house recovered its popularity even after the house baths were back to normal.
- During the class trip in Girl Friends. A self-conscious Akko tries to see Mari without letting Mari see her. Unfortunately, Akko passes out in the bathwater, prompting Mari to carry her out of the bathhouse, dry her off, put on her underwear and pajamas, and tuck her into bed.
Akko: Just kill me now.
- Lyrical Nanoha
- Tenchi Muyo! had two episodes set in a hotel with a public bathhouse. The first episode (episode 4) had Ryoko and Ayeka having their first major fight, leading to Mihoshi being stranded on Earth when she attempts to find the criminal Kagato and wrecking the place. The second episode (episode 9) had the gang invited back... to fix this mess, leading to the gang learning the secret connection between Sasami and Tsunami.
- Tiberius and Drusus have a conversation in a bath in I, Claudius.
- On August 21, 1995, the hardcore wrestling promotion IWA Japan held a Bath House Death Match. The rules seemed to involve the baths being equivalent to the tag ropes, and, as time passes, logs are added to the fire. Leaving the pool draws a warning ("yellow card") and can lead to a wrestler being disqualified. The first match was the IWA Japan World Tag Team Champions the Head Hunters (A&B) vs. Shin-FMW (Tarzan Goto and Mr. Gannosuke)note . They actually wrestled around while naked women tried to stay out of the way. Shin-FMW won when Head Hunter B couldn't stand the heat and rolled out of the bath. The second match was Goto and Gannosuke vs. Shoji Nakamaki & Keisuke Yamada. Goto/Gannosuke won via Goto dunking Yamada's head under water for a 5 count.