Hey, Aren't They Related?
Anime also manages to present taboo sexuality with breadth, depth, and subtlety. The focus of this article is on a taboo shared on both sides of the Pacific—incest. At first it may seem odd to focus on this rather uncomfortable facet of the anime sexual spectrum. After all, how common can incest be in a medium which finds its way onto television sets and merchandising counters all across Japan and North America? Short of an anime equivalent to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, where might the viewer find stories of consanguinity?
The short answer is that incest is both everywhere and nowhere in anime. The long answer is that "incest" is too simple a term. Can Ayame and Shigure Sohma of Fruits Basket be called incestuous simply because they flirt audaciously, despite being cousins? Is it incestuous for a brother to desire his sister sexually, when both are possessed by the spirits of past lovers, as happens in Ceres: Celestial Legend? Does Shinji Ikari have an "incestuous" affection for Rei Ayanami, given that she is a clone of his mother—with a few special modifications—in Neon Genesis Evangelion?
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