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Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist (originally Shimoneta to Iu Gainen ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu na Sekai) takes place sixteen years after Japan passed severe censorship laws making it illegal to talk about anything obscene. This means that any foul language, pornography, sexually explicit images, or even mention of the correct medical terms for certain "obscene" body parts have been outlawed.

The story proper follows Tanukichi Okuma, a young man who has gone from a middle school with one of the poorest public decency ratings to one of the most morally upstanding high schools in the country in pursuit of a young woman he admires, Anna Nishikinomiya, the standing student council president. Amazingly, he gets the chance to be closer to her when she recruits him into the council in the hopes of tracking down Blue Snow, an Obscenity Terrorist. Anna suspects that Blue Snow may be hiding within the school, and she needs Okuma's help to find her.

Things take a turn for the wacky when the normally reserved Ayame Kajou, a fellow student council member, turns out to be Blue Snow, and blackmails Okuma into aiding her and founding SOX, an organization dedicated to abolishing the censorship laws.

One of the three excellence awards at the 6th Shogakukan light novel prize in 2011, the series was adapted into a 12-episode anime by JC Staff in the summer of 2015, and it was licensed by FUNimation for English-subtitled streaming; they later released the series in a box set with an English dub. There is also a manga version that ran from 2014 to 2016.


Shimoneta: A Troping World Where the Concept of Tropes Exists:

  • Above the Influence:
    • At first, one might think having a hot girl like Anna wanting to have sex with you would be a guy's dream come true. Yet, Tanukichi doesn't because he's aware that Anna's inability to distinguish love from lust means she can't give proper consent.
    • Also, despite his growing attraction to Ayame, he never tries to peek at her body when she's in her Blue Snow disguise.
    • Deliberately invoked by Matsukage, who conditioned Oboro to think and dress as a female at all times while protecting Anna, to ensure Oboro doesn't develop feelings toward her.
  • Accidental Kiss: Tanukichi and Anna after the former accidentally falls on the latter after being hit by one of Anna's stalkers. It all goes downhill from there.
  • Adults Are Useless: In more ways than one: they're the reason why Japan's legislation has successfully passed and enforce oppressive censorship on anything they've deemed obscene. While other adults are too scared to speak out against them and, if they rebel, they'll be branded as "ero terrorists" and face imprisonment.
  • Affectionate Parody: SOX is a deliberate parody of the SOS Brigade. In the manga it's even explained in a footnote when Ayame first names their group in the third chapter.
  • All Love Is Unrequited:
    • Tanukichi starts off regarding Anna as a "perfect angel", but soon realizes how wrong he is once she becomes fixated on him. Then he begins to develop a romantic interest in Ayame, who only sees him as a fellow SOX member and a friend, at best.
    • Ayame's case varies between the manga and anime. In the former, she has no romantic interest in anyone, but will gladly tease Tanukichi about Gouriki's obvious crush on him. In the latter, she gives Tanukichi a Love Confession that is not explicitly rejected, but the series doesn't show any further development after that.
    • Anna, of course, is head-over-heels for Tanukichi, who begins avoiding her like the plague after learning how terrifying she can be.
    • Gouriki goes from being antagonistic toward Tanukichi, to crushing on him after seeing him disguised as a girl. But being sexually repressed by their society, Gouriki doesn't recognize his feelings for what they are.
    • And by chapter 13 (episode 12 in the anime) Kosuri develops a full-blown girl crush on Ayame, which doesn't go unnoticed, nor is it reciprocated.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: Tanukichi's father was an open opponent of Japan's rampant censorship, which led to his arrest and to Tanukichi being ostracized by everyone who knew him. His admiration of Anna comes from meeting her as a kid and her being the first person since then to treat him with anything but contempt or distrust.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: The students are clueless about how to express sexual attraction, due to being denied basic sex education. Ayame points out that it's unnatural and potentially problematic, something that becomes all too clear when Anna nearly rapes Tanukichi. Later, after Hyouka finds the dirty pictures Tanukichi was going to hide around the school, she distributes them and manipulates the students into storming the forest to uncover contraband pornography.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: In episode 3, Tanukichi crossdresses to protect Anna from a group of stalkers. Gouriki immediately recognizes him through the disguise and becomes attracted to him. By the following episode, he's dropped all animosity towards Tanukichi and tries to get closer to him.
  • Big Brother Is Watching You:
    • People are forced to wear special chokers and wristbands called 'Peace Makers' to monitor what they say for obscene words and alert the authorities (and can even track arm and finger movements for anything written or drawn.) Blue Snow has a special function on her phone to disable her PM (and presumably any nearby PMs) for three minutes a day.
    • Anna's mother is also trying to pass a law to make this even worse, by allowing the active monitoring and recording of PM for underage citizens, And making them wear the newest Peace Makers that are shaped like Chastity Belts.
  • Bleached Underpants: The manga version is drawn by Yuzuki N', a well-known ero-artist (who's made regular manga before, like for Photo Kano). Yet despite this, the anime manages to be lewder in parts.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Tanukichi is the Tsukkomi to Ayame's Boke when those two are up to their SOX shenanigans.
  • Book Burning: One of the first scenes of the series is the burning of dirty magazines.
    • While a stylized insignia/badge was shown early on, the full insignia for the Public Morals Committee is two people praying over a burning book.
  • Bullethole Door: A knife variation of this is used when Anna discovers Kosuri sleeping next to an oblivious Tanukichi. He tries to pass her off as his half-sister, and Kosuri plays up the part, which initially relieves Anna. However, she takes it a bit too far, prompting Anna to knock her down on the floor, then repeatedly stabbing the floorspace around her before leaving. She then falls through the Kosuri-shaped hole that Anna just "stabbed/shot up" with the knife.
  • Censored for Comedy: While much of what Ayame says and does and the pictures she shares in her Blue Snow persona do have to be censored in order to meet real-life Japanese (and American, for that matter) broadcast standards, the anime's production staff decided to take advantage of this by using "stickers" with cartoonish caricatures of her and strategic bleeps to go for this. The same applies for other characters. Even the name of SOX comes from the way Japanese writing is censored by using circles, in this case replacing the E in sex.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Early in episode 3, Ayame tries to warn Tanukichi about Anna's mental state and says it could be bad for him, if she were to snap. He dismisses it as Ayame being a drama queen. It comes back to haunt him in a big way.
    • In episode 4. Tanukichi glimpses a shadow outside his door, but when he opens it to see who it is, all he finds is a small puddle. Later, he begins receiving love letters from a potential stalker, which he shows Ayame. She notices one of them is damp and sticks her hand inside it. When she pulls it out, her fingers are covered in strands of vaginal fluid. Both of them fail to recognize what it is, until the "cookie" scene in the following episode.
    • The last thing anyone expected to reuse from the otherwise epic episode 10 - Gouriki in women's underwear, which gets weaponised in #12.
  • The Chikan: Subverted. One of the first things Tanukichi does is save one of the student council members from a girl falsely accusing him of groping her on the railway so that she could turn him in for a reward. Said girl then turns around and accuses Tanukichi of groping her.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl:
    • Anna makes it clear that she will not accept competition from Ayame, who quickly escapes from the situation by claiming that she totally supports Tanukichi and Anna together.
    • Kosuri can't stand the fact that Tanukichi is so close to Ayame, so she tries to usurp his position in SOX in order to be closer to her. When her attempt fails, she quits SOX in a fit of jealousy and retaliates by joining Gathered Fabric.
  • Close-Call Haircut: Done with a knife when Anna tosses one at Kosuri in Tanukichi's apartment after the latter gets too close to him for her liking.
  • Cloudcuckoolander:
    • Fuwa's introductory scene has her appear from under Tanukichi's desk, right between his legs. Her fixation with wanting to know where babies come fromnote  and her constant gloom faced expression, makes her "weird" even by Ayame's standards.
    • Oboro is the head of the school's Decency Prefects and seems level-headed, but has an unusual way of thinking as far as what's perceived to be lewd. Such as confiscating all ping pong balls and toilet paper, or the gym's basketball hoop. All done with a perfectly straight face and monotone.
  • Covert Pervert: Tanukichi initially bemoans Ayame's penchant for lewd puns and humor, but eventually comes to accept and admire her for the way she is. It's also thanks to his interactions with Ayame that he's finally able to admit that he likes dirty jokes himself.
  • Crapsack World: This is set in a dystopia 20 Minutes into the Future, where Big Brother Is Watching to make sure nothing lewd ever occurs. On top of SWAT teams busting people for looking at porn, there's no sex education (meaning almost none of the current generation know how to reproduce, nor do they know the names of their genitalia), and The Dragon to the Big Bad is a Nymphomaniac rapist who thinks what she's doing to her victim is love.
  • Dancing Theme: The ED ("Inner Urge") starts with Blue Snow doing a dance routine, interspersed with being chased offscreen by Anna and Gouriki. Tanukichi and the others gradually join in, 'til they're all doing it; including Anna.
  • Darkest Hour: In episode 11, Ayame tells Tanukichi the worst case scenario. Gathered Fabric ends up tarnishing the SOX name, giving politicians an excuse to crack down even more on lewdness, not to mention bringing down Kosuri's father who's secretly supporting them. And they can't even do much for the school because they're vastly outnumbered by the terrorists. Fortunately Hyouka tells them they still have a chance.
  • Dating Catwoman: Anna loves Tanukichi, sort of, but views his SOX persona as her enemy. However, she can subconsciously tell it's him and still gets aroused, much to her shame. She considers her own reaction unfaithful.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Blue Snow goes around barefoot as part of her nudity. Also, when not dressed as Still Undecided, Tanukichi sometimes performs his missions in socks or barefoot as well.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Tanukichi stumbled into a cave that resembles the shape of a vagina in episode 5.
    • The shape and color of Kosuri's hair resembles the head of a penis, which Ayame notes shortly after meeting her. It's later used as a sight gag.
  • Dénouement Episode: The 12th episode takes place sometime after SOX's victory over Gathered Fabric and has them face a new villain called "Black Base". But there's no follow-up to Ayame's confession to Tanukichi from the previous episode, and he's seemingly reverted to freaking out over her puns again. It ends with Black Base leaving the "treasure" in SOX's hands, though Ayame decides it's best to leave it hidden, for now.
  • Double Entendre: Blue Snow uses a lot of these shamelessly during her rampages. Even when not in her Blue Snow persona, she's still able to disable her PM for three minutes a day, during which she unleashes all her pent-up frustration in a flurry of obscene comments and dirty puns.
  • Double Standard: In-Universe.
    • Otome is romantically attracted to another girl? Tanukichi doesn't bat an eye. He finds a stash of Homoerotic manga in the woods? He's incredulous.
    • Kajou enthusiastically makes lube and devices meant as self-pleasuring aids for the male students, but she gets flustered when Okuma suggests they make some for the girls as well. When he points out they're building vibrators she brushes it off since guys can use them too. Earlier it's implied she's never done it herself, despite ribbing Okuma about it all the time.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: Averted. Anna's assault on Tanukichi is shown in a negative light, made worse by the fact that neither the assailant nor the person watched from the sidelines have any understanding of consent. The assailant doesn't even recognize it as lewdness.
  • Dystopian Edict: The "Law for Public Order and Morals in Healthy Child-Raising", which prohibits any form of obscenity, no matter the context or reason.
  • Emotionless Girl:
    • Hyouka's perpetually tired face never changes and her voice basically never emotes, no matter what she's talking about. Even Ayame is weirded out by her.
    • Subverted with Oboro, who looks and sounds the part, but is really a guy.
  • Enemy Mine: SOX ends up teaming up with the student council and Oboro to bring down Gathered Fabric. Though in the latter's case it was mostly because of Tanukichi using "recovery of his underwear" as an incentive for Anna to go along with it.
  • Evil Counterpart:
    • Kosuri is all for the sex revolution, she's just primarily motivated by finding it entertaining and emotionally abuses her victims in the process because it's easier.
    • Gathered Fabric, a group of underwear thieves led by White Peak, a panty-fetishist covered head to toe in panties. While SOX combines the promotion of sexual awareness with pranks, they never go as far as to hurt people. Ayame is concerned about them ruining the revolution's image, especially since they claim solidarity with SOX.
  • Evolving Credits: Every episode adds more characters to Kajou's dance. In episode 4, not only is the shadow figure during the credits revealed to be Anna, Anna is also shown running with her arms reaching out, to reflecting her sexual awakening. Additionally, the third "bubble" picture in the credits changes per episode.
  • Expecting Someone Taller: Literally Tanukichi's reaction when he sees what the double award-winning artist of the school Saotome Otome actually looks like.
  • Expy:
    • Ayame shares a lot in common with Haruhi Suzumiya in that both initially seem pushy, but generally mean well. Likewise, she's the founder of SOX and its leader, just as Haruhi created and leads the SOS Brigade, and both draft Tanukichi and Kyon as their first club members. She also shares Haruhi's perverse nature, albeit to a much greater extreme.
    • Tanukichi fills Kyon's role as the series' Supporting Protagonist, who often provides commentary on Ayame's actions. Which also makes him the designated Only Sane Man of the group, whenever he thinks she's going too far. Despite both their complaints, however, he and Kyon both eventually admit to themselves that they actually enjoy the weirdness surrounding Ayame and Haruhi, and even prefer it that way. His name also evokes Taniguchi, Kyon's perverted friend.
    • Hyouka is equivalent to Yuki Nagato. Both of them are emotionless, scientifically-mined girls with cold colored hair (purple in Nagato and green in Hyouka) who have a professional interest in the main protagonist (Yuki due to Kyon's influence on Haruhi and Hyouka for her interest in reproduction), rarely leave their respective school clubs (literature and science), and occasionally save the day for the brigade. Yuki even has a small arc of the Suzumiya Haruhi light novels focused on her trying to understand human love relationships.
    • Oboro's case is likely unintentional, but still looks, sounds, and acts like a gender bent version of Azumanga Daioh's Sakaki. Made moreso in the anime version thanks to Sumire Uesaka (Oboro's JP seiyuu) sounding similar to Yuu Asakawa (Sakaki's JP seiyuu).
    • Ichinose aka, 'White Peak' is basically Makoto Shishio in a stiched bodysuit of white panties instead of bandages, and both serve as their respective series' main antagonist.
  • Faceless Goons: The obscenity police corps have hats with brims covering the eyes and part of the face. Just like the faceless protagonists of erogames.
  • Fair Weather Friend: Ayame is prone to ditching Tanukichi if he gets in trouble with Anna, though she does attempt to sacrifice herself to keep him out of legal trouble once.
  • Fan Disservice:
    • When Anna assaults Tanukichi, you get to see an aroused naked girl, but the T&A is offset by how absolutely terrified he is, as it's happening.
    • Gouriki is forced to strip, during the hijacking incident in episode 10, which causes all the other passengers and gunman to vomit when they see he's wearing his kid sister's bra and panties.
    • The sight of Oboro in lingerie might also qualify for some, during episode 12, but for an entirely different reason.
  • Felony Misdemeanor: Ayame complains that Japan's moral decency laws treat obscenity as if it were worse than murdernote . Anyone who violates said laws is labelled an "ero terrorist", with the opening scene showing the Public Decency Squad cracking down on students and other offenders for possession of pornography, h-dounjins, and even pvc figurines. The items are confiscated and summarily burned on the spot and any resistance is met with Police Brutality.
  • Foil: Ayame and Anna are polar opposites in several ways:
    • Ayame's understanding of sex is general enough to make dirty jokes and lewd puns, and says she wants to live in a world where people are free to partake in all the raunchy media and behavior they want. But it's as far as her deviancy goes, as she failed to recognize vaginal fluid when she first saw it and the sight of an actual erection caused her to panic. Thereby implying she's still a virgin.
    • By contrast, Anna is clueless about sex and was brought up to despise all lewd behavior. Yet, she turns out to be a nymphomaniac who mistakes her lust for Tanukichi, as love. Her pent-up libido is such, that just the thought of being with him literally brings her to orgasm.
    • Anna is also SOX's chief opposition at the school, beliving it'll bring her closer to Tanukichi. But she fails to realize he's one of them, along with her best friend, Ayame.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: There's several between the show's OP and ED animations:
    • The most noticeable one during the OP is the brief profile shot of Ayame as she poses back-to-back with Tanukichi. It lasts just long enough for the viewer to see she really is naked while in her Blue Snow disguise.
    • During the chorus, there's a brief still frame of Bikin-chan that shows her cupping her hands between her thighs to hold her skirt down, right as a member of Gathered Fabric has pulled her panties completely off her legs.
    • And the ED of episode 9 has one of Oboro that confirms he really does look like a lady, even when fully nude. Despite not having breasts, he's seen crossing his arms over his chest the same way a woman does, when topless.
  • Freudian Excuse: The other recurring theme of this show. To wit:
    • Tanukichi probably would have turned out all right if his father wasn't arrested for obscenity terrorism, leading to him being shunned for half a lifetime.
    • Ayame's father was framed up in a sex scandal for his beliefs, but not before passing them down to her, which she's out to revive with a vengeance.
    • Anna has it pretty bad too, her own mother being in charge of the Dystopian Edict has led to lifetime repression that is breaking her from the inside once she starts experiencing lust having no clue on how to properly deal with it thanks to that repression.
    • Kosuri's father sold out to the government, leading her to start spreading mistrust herself.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: You get a twofer during the same scene in episode 5:
    • Pause the screen during the close-up of Anna's eye, right as she tells Tanukichi what she put in his cookies and you'll notice her iris is arranged in the shape of three hearts instead of one.
    • Look closely at the same frame and you'll also notice they're shaped to look like spread labia, with the sparkles in her eye being her "Love Nectar". It literally amounts to, 'blink and you'll miss it'.
    • A later episode has Ayame sit on Kosuri as she squirms around on a bench, causing Kosuri to inadvertently crush a milk carton with her head. Except Ayame's sitting position, along with Kosuri's legs extending from beneath her skirt, makes it appear Ayame has a huge penis and is ejaculating on Tanukichi's lap.
  • Godzilla Threshold: After Hyouka mentions it, Tanukichi decides to "defile" himself by getting Anna and her crew to help them get rid of the terrorists holding the students and others hostage in their school. He does it by promising her his underwear. Hilariously he has to repeatedly scrub himself down with soap to mask his scent and prevent Anna from realizing it's him.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: In episode 12, Black Base lures SOX, Oboro, Anna, and her mother, to an outdoor onsen. Once they arrive, he either steals their clothes while they're in the changing room, or sets traps to soak their clothing, and only leaves black swimwear and lingerie for them to wear.
  • Going Commando:
    • Ayame does it any time she's disguised as Blue Snow, since she actually uses her own panties as a mask. It's also the reason the Decency Squad can't touch her, because it'd risk exposing her naked body in public.
    • White Peak wears an entire bodysuit of panties that cover every area, except his junk which is censored in mosaic for comedic effect.
    • It was revealed in episode 10 that there are female Decency Squad members that actually don't wear any panties on-duty.
  • Good Bad Girl: Ayame at least thinks and talks like one, firmly believing that Sex Is Good and the government's repression of it is wrong, hence her efforts to confound their obscenity laws and spread sexual knowledge among the students.
  • Groin Attack:
    • Used to setup a gender reveal in episode 9, when Tanukichi mistakes Oboro for a panty thief. Tanukichi grabs his legs and stomps directly between them... which is when he realizes Oboro is really a guy.
    • Anna does it to a member of Gathered Fabric, during the bus hijacking incident. She beats the poor bastard senseless, then stamps the heel of her shoe right on his nuts. Several male passengers wince and cover their own out of sympathy.
  • Hollywood Density: Averted when Hyouka notices a woman single-handedly waving a massive gun around and concludes, accurately, that it must be fake.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Despite all Ayame's 'P in V'note  and masturbation jokes, she can't handle exposure to the real thing. The show's OP has her panic at the sight of Tanukichi's morning erection and clock him with her schoolbag. And she has a similar reaction when she sees it fully exposed near the end of episode 4.
    • In similar fashion, Anna insists that her actions toward Tanukichi are "pure and just", because her sheltered upbringing has left her unable to property distinguish between what is, and isn't, proper sexual behavior. She simply assumes she's done nothing wrong by virtue of being a representative of the Public Morals Committee.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Done intentionally and unintentionally by Ayame.
    • In episode 2, Ayame tells Tanukichi about the first time she defied the Public Decency police, and said she got so excited that she had to air out her panties with a blowdryer, while standing over a trashcan. Yet, she fails to recognize vaginal fluid when she first sees it in episode 4.
    • And, despite her penchant for lewd puns and teasing Tanukichi for allegedly having pent-up desires for Anna's body, the sight of an actual erection made Ayame flee the room in panic. Both suggests that she's likely still a virgin herself.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Anna brings in cookies she made for Ayame and Tanukichi. Ayame's are normal, but Tanukichi's taste a little odd. Anna quickly reveals that she put her 'overflowing love nectar' into them. Tanukichi is not exactly thrilled.
  • Incompatible Orientation:
    • Gouriki starts to develop crush on Tanukichi, beginning in episode 3, after seeing him crossdress as a girl. It remains one-sided, since Tanukichi is straight and becomes increasingly attracted to Ayame.
    • On the girls' side, Kosuri develops a canonical girl-crush on Ayame by episode 12, which Ayame is shown to be uncomfortable with.
  • Instant Turn-Off: Tanukichi met Anna when they were children and he always admired her pureness, especially when they go to the same High School in the present and both are being part of the School Council. After an Accidental Kiss between them, Anna converts into Yandere Nynphomaniac after Tanukichi, at the point of almost raping him in several times, which makes him stop to develop any feelings for her (he was in love of her pureness, converting into the opposite was his turn-off).
  • La Résistance: SOX is only one of several cultural rebel groups who were formed due to the obscenity laws.
  • Last Episode, New Character: In a blink-and-you-missed-it moment during the last episode's credits, two characters from the novels that appear much later in the storyline can be seen. Yutori Nuregoromo (with the purple hair in a ponytail; cover character in the sixth book) and Annie Brown (the blonde with glasses; cover character in the eighth book).
  • Let's Get Dangerous!:
    • Anna seems ineffectual at first, until it's shown that she's capable of extreme physical feats when motivated. In episode 2, Anna was able to rapidly hoist Tanukichi up a rope without having to brace herself, lept down a flight of stairs, and smashed a steel door completely off its hinges.
    • Oboro initially doesn't seem like much of a bodyguard either, to where Sophia questions his ability to protect her daughter. The very next scene shows Anna is in safe hands.
  • Likes Clark Kent, Hates Superman: Anna has the hots for Tanukichi, yet she hates his SOX alter-ego; not knowing that it's him. But she instinctively recognizes his scent, which causes Anna to react against her will when she tries to unmask him. She becomes so distraught over her body betraying her feelings for Tanukichi, that she leaps off the cliff in tears.
  • Literally Falling in Love: Subverted. Tanukichi falling on Anna and accidentally kissing her causes her not only to fall in love but to go batshit crazy.
  • Loveable Sex Maniacs: SOX and other ero terrorist groups oppose the Public Morals Committee so the people of Japan can re-educate themselves about sex, and for the simple right to engage in dirty jokes now and then. It's more serious than you think.
  • Love Confession: From Ayame to Tanukichi, though at different points in the anime and light novel. In the former, she does it after they defeat Gathered Fabric; in the latter, it happens much later, just before Ayame is captured and sent to the Hellsound prison. Both of them lack a direct answer by Tanukichi, although he does show feelings for her (particularly in the light novel, where it reaches a point of Everyone Can See It). Also, in the light novels, Anna and Annie both confess their love to Tanukichi before, but they are rejected.
  • Love Makes You Crazy:
    • Anna's lust for Tanukichi makes her go completely over the top with her behavior, including increasing the severity of moral policing in the school, trying to rape him, and baking him cookies with her vaginal fluids.
    • Her mother, Sophia, is implied to support the extreme moral laws out of a twisted sense of love for her daughter, because she doesn't want to see Anna's purity sullied.
  • Loving a Shadow:
    • Tanukichi is initially attracted to Anna, believing her to be pure and innocent. Ayame tries to warn him about the dangers of idealizing others, but he doesn't listen until he finally sees Anna's hidden side.
    • By episode 7, Ayame realizes he's begun to idealize her as well, because of her commitment to SOX. So she reminds him that he shouldn't by telling him her goals are selfish.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Ayame's a nubile 17 year old girl. All it takes is one look at the shows's OP and it becomes clear why she's the one featured on the DVD cover and why her Blue Snow persona is used in all the series' marketing material.
  • Nailed To The Wagon: Anna develops an addiction for Tanukichi's scent, and we do mean "addiction" in a very clinical sense of the word. It gets so bad that after he manages to keep her from stealing his underwear for a week, she begins to suffer clear withdrawal symptoms, up and including getting "the shakes".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Despite their intentions, the laws put in place by Sophia and her husband have done more harm than good to Japan's citizens, especially where their daughter is concerned. By attempting to shelter Anna from all obscenity, she's been left unable to distinguish love from lust, nor is she able to give proper consent. All of which has left her confused and sexually frustrated, resulting in Anna becoming a sexual predator without her, or her parents, realizing it.
    • Kosuri setting off the sprinklers ended up ruining Ayame's plans. It's only after Ayame explains to her that SOX is meant to be a peaceful protest, and seeing Gathered Fabric's leader, that she understands what they were attempting to accomplish. Unfortunately she does a Face–Heel Turn when she offers to join Gathered Fabric, thinking their way of doing things was "more interesting".
  • Nipple and Dimed: All girls' nipples are edited out in the broadcast verion. Averted by the Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD boxset, which is completely uncensored.
  • Noblewoman's Laugh: Used as Blue Snow's calling card. Tanukichi tries to imitate it whenever he's playing decoy for her.
  • No-Paper Future: While paper is still being used for forms and what-not, it has been mostly rendered obsolete by the PMs. This caused porn on paper to become nearly extinct in Japan - all dirty magazines that the government could find have been destroyed and if someone tries to draw or write new ones, their PM will immediately detect that and alert the authorities. Trying to look up some porn on the net is also impossible, since the PMs are also able scanning all the online activity. During the time the show takes place, finding some dirty magazines is equal to discovering a cache of treasure.
  • No Romantic Resolution: Played with. As with many light novel series that preserve the Status Quo Is God until the end, there's no official coupling at the end of Shimoneta. However, with Ayame having confessed to Tanukichi in the last volumes and Tanukichi clearly reciprocating, the road for them is implicitly paved.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy:
    • As a SOX member, Tanukichi is almost always by Ayame's side. Yet, not once does it ever occur to him that she's naked while in her Blue Snow disguise - despite his growing attraction to her.
    • The same applies to the old man who runs the FERLESIO diner. Seen when Ayame celebrates by dancing naked atop one of the tables (episode 2), the shopkeeper merrily strums his ukulele for her, instead of perving on her.
  • Not What It Looks Like: In chapter 10, Ayame walks in on Tanukichi and Oboro in the girls locker-room and finds Oboro disheveled on the floor, with Takuckichi holding "her" legs open. Made more incriminating since Oboro's skirt was bunched around her waist and her panties were visibly soaked. Ayame jumps to the obvious conclusion and ducks back outside without saying a word. Naturally, she doesn't believe him when tries to explain what really happened.
  • Overly Long Title: The original Japanese title, so it's sometimes abbreviated to Shimoseka there.
  • Perverted Drooling:
    • In the show's OP, Ayame is shown drooling during the scene where she's using a pair of panties to jerk off a metal bar.
    • Anna usually does it whenever she'e lusting after Tanukichi, usually with a Luminescent Blush. She also drools whenever she facesits him.
  • Phenotype Stereotype: Going by their names (and the order in which they are written), Anna and her mother are of foreign descent… if their clear blue eyes and platinum hair didn't clue you in. They stand out among the mostly dark hair of the other characters.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Runs on this. The setting is Japan with exaggerated obscenity laws where everything vulgar from Fanservice to medical terms is censored, virtually no-one in the current generation knows how babies are born, nor do they know the concepts of Lust and Lewdness. The chief architect of this system makes it her goal in life to "remove all that is dirty from the world."
  • Potty Emergency: After Oboro says that toilet paper is potentially lewd, Anna is trying very hard to hold back her pee. Once she knocks out a Gathered Fabric terrorist and it's listed as okay again, she grabs a roll and runs off, presumably to a toilet.
  • P.O.V. Boy, Poster Girl: One look at the page imagenote  and you'll notice Ayame is front and center, while Tanukichi is in the background, sandwiched between Fuwa and Anna. It's one of the few times you'll see him at all, as most promotional art features Ayame by herself.
  • Punny Name:
    • The heavyset student council treasurer Raiki Gouriki resembles a gorilla, and others call him that to his chagrin.
    • The first part of Tanukichi's name sounds similar to "tanooki", a mythical raccoon-like animal that's usually depicted as having huge testicles. Of course, Ayame doesn't fail to point that out.
    • Also, if you replace the first "A" in Anna's name with an "o," it becomes "onna," the Japanese word for "woman." But it's also the slang term for a particular sex toynote  and her name is phonetically similar (AHN-na). Which makes it a stealth pun, given her extreme desire for Tanukichi to have sex with her.
  • Questionable Consent: Discussed between Ayame and Tanukichi, during episode 5, when Ayame says he should be happy now that he knows Anna wants him to screw her. Tanukichi retorts that he doesn't want Anna just for her body, especially since she's clueless about sex, nor can she tell what her real feelings are.
  • Reality Ensues: Starts off as a giant comedy series. Around Episode 4 do we start to see the issues that would crop up in such a system.
    • Anna's sheltered upbringing, along with her newly awakened hormones, has left her unable to recognize her body's desires for what they really are, or how to properly vent her urges. Which has caused her to become a sexual predator without realizing it.
    • Japan's youth no longer has any understanding of how human reproduction works, since their government has prohibited even basic Sex-Ed from being taught at schools, for almost two decades.
  • Rewatch Bonus: The sudden awakening of Anna's hormones is usually attributed to the accidental kiss between her and Tanukichi. But by rewatching the scene, you'll notice it wasn't the kiss alone that did it. It was caused by his knee brushing against her nether region, which causes Ana's thigh to twitch in response. After Tanukichi runs away, Anna is seen lightly rubbing herself in the same spot, though her hand motion is obscured by the folds of her dress.
  • Rescue Romance: A minor one in episode 3, after Tanukichi instinctively rushes out to protect Anna from one of her stalkers. They then share an Accidental Kiss, and she starts developing all sorts of weird feelings for him, and begins pursuing him so aggressively that it actually turns him off.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Ayame occasionally does this when her true self shows through while she's acting her part as the Vice President of the school.
  • Secret Identity Change Trick: Ayame has a variation where she doesn't even change into Blue Snow. She just has Tanukichi crossdress and pretend to be her while Ayame acts as a distraction to the student council.
  • Series Mascot:
    • Ayame is the face of the series, as seen in the anime's cover art and its promotional material; usually in her Blue Snow disguise.
    • The closest they have, in-universe, would be the coral snake eel-thing - the other one we've seen, the orange dog in a white uniform, is actually the Decency Squad's own mascot!
  • Serious Business: While the show's premise is mainly played for laughs, considering all sex related material (including basic Sex-Ed) has been banned for the last 16 years, leaving the average citizen ignorant about how to reproduce and, in light of Japan's steadily declining birth rate, it's no wonder the ero terrorists are so passionate about reclaiming the right to sex related material.
  • Sex Is Evil and I Am Horny: Of the oblivious variety, as the suppression of sexual expression leads to people acting out. Some do so innocently (Ayame), while others go yandere (Anna).
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Ayame in her Blue Snow persona. She only wears a sheet with nothing under it and a pair of panties as a mask. Justified in that her lack of clothes makes the police unwilling to touch her, because if she winds up exposed they'd be breaking even more obscenity laws.
  • Share the Male Pain: After Anna does a Groin Attack on the Gathered Fabric terrorist on the bus, several of the men on the bus immediately wince in pain and grab their crotch as well.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Saotome used to have a crush on Anna, but after seeing her sexually assault Tanukichi, Saotome would much rather see them together. It gives her live models and new sex positions to work with for her drawings. So she fully supports Anna bagging him and will even rat him out when he's trying to hide from her.
    • Ayame often teases Tanukichi about Gouriki's obvious crush on him and gets excited at the prospect of them going all the way, though he vehemently objects each time.
    • In episode 9, he's shocked to learn that Saotome and Ayame have collaborated on a doujinshi series about them. It becomes so popular with the female students, that it quickly spawns 9 Vols.
  • Short Title: Long, Elaborate Subtitle: For the English version, hence why the fanbase just calls it Shimoneta. The subtitle is actually the translation of the full title in Japanese, as shimoneta means dirty jokes.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Something Else Also Rises: If not censored, sexual arousal is usually represented with a visual metaphor, like a seal or (in episode 1) during Blue Snow "show" a breaking dam, an erupting volcano, a launching rocket and a fire-spitting godzilla.
  • Spit Take: This happens to Tanukichi when there are dirty punchlines involved in the show:
    Ayame: Just as I thought, you're a boy great at taking big bullshits! (Episode 1)
    Hyouka: Can children be created by a man thrusting his cucumber into another man's discharge pipe? (Episode 4)
  • Spoiler Opening: The opening reveals that SOX will fight White Peak and his followers, but they're not introduced until after several episodes.
  • Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Anna's relentless pursuit of Tanukichi is one of the series' main sources of comedy. She's done everything from staking out his apartment, to quite literally chasing him around the halls at school, because she fails to realize she terrifies him.
  • Theme Music Powerup: The 11th episode culminates in SOX teaming up with Anna and Oboro to fight White Peak. He seems unbeatable, until Tanukichi suggests attacking "area B" to get through his defenses, just as the show's theme song kicks in.
  • Too Hot for TV: Much of the dialog and nudity in the broadcast version is heavily censored for comedy and to meet Japanese/US television standards. The Special Edition Blu-ray/DVD set is not, showing all nipples, expletives, and Anna's "Love Nectar".
  • Underestimating Badassery: Tanukichi, Ayame, and Sophia have all made the mistake of assuming Oboro is clueless, but he has his job as head of the Decency Prefects and as Anna's personal bodyguard for a reason.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: Tanukichi used to be in love with Anna when he thought she was unattainable. But after she discovers her hormones and starts pursuing him, it shatters his ideal image of her. Now he's terrified.
  • Unusual Euphemism: To get around the censorship on their speech, students have come up with a number of creative ways to refer to anything sexual.
  • Vomit Chain Reaction: In episode 10, when the buses are hijacked, Raiki puts off his clothes and we see his very womanly lingerie, which was hiding underneath. This causes the whole bus to vomit one by one, even the driver.
  • We Have Become Complacent: The Decency Squad wasn't prepared for Gathered Fabric terrorists hijacking 42 buses after keeping a peaceful public order for at least a decade.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Gathered Fabric attempts to view themselves this way, saying that their actions are in support of what SOX is doing. But SOX members view what they're doing as just being perverted instead of the peaceful protesting they've been doing, as Ayame doesn't go so far as to hurt people.
  • Wham Episode: At the end of Episode 4 Anna snaps and tries to rape Tanukichi.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser:
    • Tanukichi occasionally has to play decoy for Ayame by wearing a wig and nurse's uniform. He also wound up having to disguise himself as a girl, while undercover to protect Anna from a group of stalkers.
    • Played straight with Oboro, since he's been ordered to do so by Anna's parents, as part of his job to protect their daughter.
  • Weirdness Censor: Nobody seemed to bat an eye when Tanukichi got knocked out by fainting gas from his shoe locker.
  • Wingding Eyes: When Anna and Tanukichi accidentally kiss, her eyes get five different hearts in them.
  • Word Salad Title: Next to SOX, there are some other ero-terrorist organisations, one of which is called the "Bacon Lettuce Moms", which seems to be just a random combination of words (though BL stands for Boy's Love/Yaoi).
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Used when the students go to the forest to look for the printed porn material during the voting in episode 5. The Decency Squad has quite a few guards at the forest. They seem to initially stop the students, until Hyouka tells the girls to initiate the plan she covered with them. The girls all immediately approach the guards, claiming that the boys were being indecent. Once the guards all chase away after the boys, the girls then proceed to look for the porn.
  • Yandere: Anna turns into a stalker in episode four. Episode five makes it worse with her rather disturbing advances and threats against Ayame, who manages to survive the situation by making it worse for Tanukichi.
  • Yaoi Fangirl:
    • In one episode, Fuwa and the student body appear in Big Damn Heroes fashion in search of a porn stash hidden in a forest. They had been alerted to its existence by a bunch of lewd material distributed by SOX. Amongst the students are some girls hoping to find more yaoi like those in the materials spread around the school.
    • Fuwa herself turns out to be one later on, desperately begging Tanukichi not to burn a yaoi doujin she found.
    • Another female Obscenity Terrorist Ayame allies herself with shares her stash of Yaoi with Ayame and co. The group's name is Bacon Lettuce Moms.
    • Many of the girls at the school admit that seeing how friendly Goriki has become with Tanukichi makes their hearts flutter.
  • Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters: The government dubs "Blue Snow" and the SOX organization as Obscenity Terrorists, whereas the students fully support the SOX organization for liberating them from repressive sexual laws.

Alternative Title(s): Shimoneta To Iu Gainen Ga Sonzai Shinai Taikutsu Na Sekai

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