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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.
The Beach Episode 00.jpgThe Beach Episode 03.jpgThe Beach Episode 14.jpgThe Beach Episode 16.jpgThe Beach Episode 18.jpgThe Beach Episode 21.jpg

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!?"
The Beach Episode 04.jpgThe Beach Episode 10.jpgThe Beach Episode 11.jpgThe Beach Episode 17.jpg

Character D shows off her secret watermelon-smashing skills.
The Beach Episode 05.jpgThe Beach Episode 19.jpgThe Beach Episode 20.jpg

Character E can’t swim and has to wear a floatation device!
The Beach Episode 07.jpgThe Beach Episode 12.jpgThe Beach Episode 23.jpg

And finally, Character F falls asleep on in the middle of the ocean and gets a sunburn!
The Beach Episode 08.jpgThe Beach Episode 13.jpg

If I forgot any other clichés, let me know and I’ll try to add them.

19 replies on “Anime Cliché Corner: The Beach Episode!”

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.

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

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

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