Anime Cliché Corner: The Beach Episode!

Today on the Anime Cliché Corner, I’ll be discussing one of the most prominent of filler episodes: The Beach Episode!

Almost every anime has filler episodes: The episode where nothing meaningful happens as the animators wait for the manga source to be finished. Although some filler episodes can be interesting, most of the time they draw from a pool (pun!) of cliché scenarios. The Beach Episode is usually just an excuse to show the females of the series in bathing suits (not that I’m complaining!).

The Beach Episode has been so refined that I can simply explain what happens without ever mentioning a particular series. Pretty much every Beach Episode is the same (with different characters of course), so here is a brief rundown of a typical Beach Episode:

Today on the Anime Cliché Corner, I’ll be discussing one of the most prominent of filler episodes: The Beach Episode!

Almost every anime has filler episodes: The episode where nothing meaningful happens as the animators wait for the manga source to be finished. Although some filler episodes can be interesting, most of the time they draw from a pool (pun!) of cliché scenarios. The Beach Episode is usually just an excuse to show the females of the series in bathing suits (not that I’m complaining!).

The Beach Episode has been so refined that I can simply explain what happens without ever mentioning a particular series. Pretty much every Beach Episode is the same (with different characters of course), so here is a brief rundown of a typical Beach Episode:

Character A (finds out that a new pool is opening)/(Summer vacation has started)/(wins tickets the the beach/new pool) so he invites a bunch of classmates (usually just girls) to the Beach/Pool.
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Character B, usually a rival of A, overhears and (somehow forces himself on the trip)/(shows up in secret!).
The Beach Episode 01.jpgThe Beach Episode 09.jpgThe Beach Episode 15.jpgThe Beach Episode 22.jpg

Character C, a (loli)/(weirdo) wears a school swimming suit. Everyone else is like, "what the!?"
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Character D shows off her secret watermelon-smashing skills.
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Character E can’t swim and has to wear a floatation device!
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And finally, Character F falls asleep on in the middle of the ocean and gets a sunburn!
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If I forgot any other clichés, let me know and I’ll try to add them.

23 thoughts on “Anime Cliché Corner: The Beach Episode!”

  1. Lol, you’ve hit bullseye on this. The Beach Episode filler ep is probably one of the most disguised of them all though. Compare this with the oh-so-obvious fillers from long series like Bleach and Naruto and the results are obvious.

  2. So, so true.

    I was thinking.. okay.. smashed watermelons isnt listed, then i saw it..

    im thinking azumanga.. perhaps mahou sensei negima also?

    Not sure

    I love your site

  3. you are missing a lot more lol
    -big breast girl wears the most skimpiest bikini, laughs a lot.
    -at some point EVERYONE will be in a kimono or yukata, complete with panup from feet to head.
    -some kind of beach game between two rival girls.
    -someone almost drowns.
    =loli girl picks up some kind of strange sea creature, other girls freak out.
    -at some point icecream is bought.
    -SWIMSUIT CONTEST

  4. i have a new harem anime idea that features is set in the year of 2222 after a new deadly world war killed millions of people humans are replaced by amazons, banshees, basilisks, brownies, centaurs, chimeras, cupids, cyclopes, dragons, dwarfs, dryads, elves, fairies, ghouls, giants, gnomes, goblins, gorgons, griffins, harpies, hydras, genies, leprechauns, nymphs, ogres, phoenixes, pixies, satyrs, sirens, sphinxes, titans, trolls, unicorns, Valkyries, witches, wizards, 3 headed dogs, half cow half human beasts, and winged horses have taken over the world.

  5. the world of 2222 also has other monsters like angels, yeti, sea monsters, kappa, living umbrellas, fox like shape changing spirits, crow like people, cat like people, living snowmen and snow girls, spider like people, long necked people, raccoon dogs, werewolves, lizard like people, demons, gargoyles, living shadows, living skeletons, ghosts, grim reapers, necromancers, mermaids, orcs, mummies, vampires, zombies, living beings made from chance, luck, fortune, flowers, fury, vengeance, beauty, charm, joy, epic poems, history, love poems, lyric poems, tragedy, sacred songs, dance, comedy, astronomy,and fates of past. present,and future.

  6. we also see robots, mutants, aliens, giant crabs, giant squid, mad scientists, half snake half human beasts, child eating cannibals, half human half frog toad like beasts, evil living dolls, psychotic children, pirates, vikings, female ninjas who serves as maids and slaves, cursed princesses , clones of dead television and movie celebrities and clones of dead former presidents or world leaders from the past. there is are also naughty nurses, nuns, super human heroes and heroines from past, present, and future.

  7. we also have a group of sexy female Santa clauses who deliver gifts and fight bad guys led by a cool mentor named Nicholas the original Santa Claus who is friends with a white European father time, an African tribal princess representing nature, a half dragon half human girl, a Latino priest who can transform into the Easter bunny, an young handsome Jewish rabbi who is actually Jesus himself , has an army of living snowmen, red nosed reindeer, his enemy is a demonic beast covered in a goat fur jacket and has bear like claws, long horns, and a long tongue. this demonic beast is a hybrid between Ebeneezer Scrooge and the Grinch. Saint Nicholas is shown to have married a half elf half human sorceress.

  8. in the year 2222 we also have mad doctors, psycho psychologists, battle ax nurses, fools, willy wonk mad hatters, creepy orderlies, a exhibitionist female slave who wears only a maid dress or a ragged short skirted school uniform with a collar around the neck she is 19 years old she also has an old t shirt, a vest, torn and pantyhose thigh high stockings or knee high stockings. her name is Lilith she is also seen wearing 3 pink adhesive heart shaped pasties underneath her clothes. Lilith is shown to raised by a powerful talking silver gray pale dragon.

  9. we also see a special school where people learn about magic in the year 2222 here all the legendary figures i mentioned all attend or have attended there are also a slave school where slavery is taught and a school for royalty and nobles. plus a school for insane criminals and other dysfunctional people. in the year 2222 magic consists of earth, fire, wind/ air, water, lightning/ electricity, ice/ snow, weather/ storm, holy light, shadows and darkness, nature, wood, plants, animal beast magic, machine magic, crystal magic, life magic, death magic, heart or love magic, steel or metal magic, soul, spirit, and aura magic, pure energy based magic, poison magic, lava magic, sun magic, moon magic, star magic, sound magic, radiation magic, time magic, space magic, gravity magic, and void magic.

  10. the main human characters of my harem anime are Amos, Daniel, Elijah, Elisha, Ezekiel, Ezra, Habakkuk, Haggai, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Jonah, Malachi, Micah, Nahum, Nehemiah, Obadiah, Ruth, Samuel, Solomon, Zechariah, Zephaniah, Aaron, Abel, Adam, Ahab, Bathsheba, Benjamin, Cain, David, Deborah, Delilah, Esau, Gideon, Goliath, Hezekiah, Isaac, Ishmael, Jacob, Joseph, Joshua, Josiah, Judah, Judith, lot, eve, Methuselah, Moses, Noah, Rachel, Samson, Saul, Sennacherib, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Jude, Peter, Philemon, Andrew, Bartholomew, James, Judas Iscariot, Matthias, Philip, Simon , Thomas, Barnabas, Herod. Joseph, Lazarus, Mary, Paul, Salome, Stephen, Timothy, and Titus.

  11. we also have a half fish half human guy named James Jerome and a hunchbacked butler named William Tyndale and multiple personality disorder plagued man named John Wycliffe there is also an invisible naked girl named Silurian Potts. we also have a blob monster girl named Sue Smith who wears only a raincoat and a pair of boots.

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