Slapstick humour is one of the key elements of Anime comedy. It brings out our inner sadist and can even bring life to a dreary show. All the more if it involves blood! Honestly, what could be better than seeing the protagonist make a fool out of himself, especially if he’s making a move on our waifus (serves them right, hahaha).
So if your day is like a loli’s chest (flat and boring) and you’re in need of a pick-me-up, fret not friend! For here is a list of our top 10 anime nosebleeds, to make you feel much better ‘cause someone else has it worse!
10. Gurren Lagann
- Episodes: 27
- Aired: Apr 2007 – Sep 2007
In a faraway future, mankind lives underground in huge caves, unknowing of a world above. Each day brings about the threat of an attack from the beastman, humanid henchman of the evil alien Spiral King, Lordgenome. Hope appears in the form of a group of misfits who one day hijack a bunch of giant mecha. So begins the journey of the newly formed Gurren Brigade as they launch an attack against Lordgenome for the fate of mankind.
A high paced show where emotions run high and action comes in spades, it’s hard to imagine much fan service. Well, that’s the magic of Gainax! And somehow, they’ve even managed to fit in a beach episode. And what happens when you add cute girls in swimsuits and hentai boys? Epic and ever-funny multi-nosebleeds courtesy of the guys from the Gurren Brigade!
9. Naruto Shippuden
- Episodes: -
- Aired: Feb 2007
This is the story of our favourite orphan ninja from the Hidden Leaf village who, despite his seeming lack of talent, is the host of the nine-tailed fox and holds immense power. One of the biggest and most popular manga and anime series ever, the story follows his journey as he chases his dream of becoming the Hokage.
There is no real need to explain Naruto’s best nosebleeds, as we all know his infamous sexy-no-jutsu and its many victims. Just in case, lets recap. The sexy-no-jutsu is a move that is aimed at defeating an opponent by nosebleed. The ninja transforms into a naked girl, making the opponent nosebleed so much that he can’t fight! Needless to say, the sheer length of the anime gives rise to more epic nosebleeds than you can count!
8. Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: Apr 2008 – Mar 2009
Our story is set in Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school run by Death himself. The school serves as a training facility for humans with the ability to transform into weapons, as well as the wielders of those weapons, called meisters. Soul Eater revolves around Maka & Soul Eater, Black Star & Tsubaki, and Death the Kid with Patty & Liz as they go about gathering the souls of evildoers and protect the world from evil.
A wonderful story with bouts of well-placed comedy, the show starts off with one of the most unexpected nosebleed scenes. The main character, Soul, while on a mission unexpectedly ends up dropping in on a busty witch while she’s taking a bath. Blood, comedy, and fanservice ensues!
7. Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr 2014 – Jun 2014
Manga author Yūki Aito is an incredibly perverted man whose main loves and desires is to draw panties. His assistant, Ashisu, is constantly put into awkward situations and is forced to cope with Aito's shenanigans. The story follows their daily work-life as they try to balance deadlines, fun, and panties!
A light hearted show full of slapstick comedy and plenty of ecchi elements, nosebleeds are almost common place. Occurring in all forms and usually paired with Aito’s humorous one-liners, the running gag never gets old!
6. Strike the blood
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Mar 2014
It takes place in the Demon District in Itogami City, a man-made island off the coast of Japan that has a freely mingling monster populace. The story follows the adventures of Kojou Akatsuki, a vampire in high school who is a bit reluctant to show his powers, and Yukina Himeragi, a teenage Sword Shaman apprentice who is sent to observe him. Kojou is suspected of being the Fourth Progenitor, a powerful vampire that could potentially disrupt the balance of power among the ruling three Progenitors.
Throughout the show, Kojou befriends various other monsters, some of whom become a tad over attracted to him. Throw in some awkward ecchi situations, coupled with the fact that Kojou’s powers are primarily fueled by his sex-drive, and you can guess what will happen. In the words of a wise shiba doge: Much ecchi, very nosebleed.
5. Kill la Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Mar 2014
Ryuuko Matoi is a vagrant schoolgirl traveling from place to place searching for clues to the truth behind her father's death and his killer, the "woman with the scissor blade." The journey leds Ryuuko to Honnouji Academy where the student body president, Satsuki Kiryuin, rules the students with unquestioned power and fear. Satsuki holds the secret to the "scissor blade", and Ryuuko will do anything to obtain it. The clash between the two soon consumes the whole academy, and reveals an even bigger plot, with darker powers at play!
A brilliant work by trigger, the show pulls no punches. Great animation, an incredible script and wonderful characters, the show lives up to it’s hype! A key element of the show is it’s in-your-face fanservice. The shameless use of fanservice hence brings the shameless use of nosebleeds! Even Mako, Ryuuko’s best friend, isn’t immune to it!
4. Ore no Nounai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Comedy wo Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Oct 2013 – Dec 2013
Kanade Amakusa is a high school student who is suffering from a curse called "Absolute Choices." This curse requires him to select an action from a list of two or three options that appear before him at any time, and has no control over what choices appear. Many of them are weird or perverse and as a result, the curse has tainted his reputation everyone around him, making his life very difficult. However, one day, a choice he makes on his way home from school causes a mysterious, beautiful young girl to fall from the sky, changing his life forever.
Despite being a classic harem anime full of cute girls, high school puppy love and awkward situations, Noucome’s comedy factor is exceedingly high. Slap stick humour drives much of the plot and no doubt, nosebleeds receive VIP treatment. They happen so often, ecchi situations don’t even need to be present!
3. One Piece
- Episodes: -
- Aired: Oct 1999 –
Probably the most popular anime to ever be produced, our story follows Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy that defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked heartless man who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder. Exciting adventures, meeting new and intriguing people, and finding the legendary treasure One Piece, are his reasons of becoming a pirate. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, the Pirate King Gol D Roger, Luffy and his crew travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece.
With a wide variety of characters and over 700 episodes, One Piece shows no signs of stopping. A great story balanced with well-timed comedic moments, it hosts one of the biggest nosebleeds of all time. After years of not seeing a single woman, Sanji, the cook of Luffy’s crew soon finds himself in a mermaid harem. Pressed against the bosoms of one of the oceanic beauties, his pent-up manliness bursts forth in a nosebleed fountain that is visible for miles.
2. Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jan 2010 – Apr 2010
The story is set in Fumizuki Academy, a school where the staff rigidly divides the students based on the results of their academic scores. The higher the grades, the higher the class, and the better the benefits and amenities. Students are allowed to battle each other with summoned beasts, in order to steal the benefits of other classes. The story centers around a boy named Akihisa Yoshii, who is in the worst class, and his classmates as they battle tests, love, friendship, in an all out war for school supremacy!
A true comedy classic, the anime goes all out in the nosebleed gags. For the first time, characters actually need emergency blood transfusions! The pool episode no doubt brought about one of the biggest nosebleeds of the show, who knew two boys could bleed enough to fill half a pool with blood?
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2015 – Sep 2015
Set in a world where certain adolescents develop special abilities, Yuu Otosaka is a boy who just wants to be ordinary. When the enigmatic Nao Tomori catches Yuu using his power, she coerces him and his sister Ayumi into transferring to Hoshinoumi Academy, a school for students with supernatural abilities. The student council of the school, led by Nao, is tasked with secretly tracking down adolescents who abuse their powers. Yuu is forced to join the student council and together, they try to make the world safer for ability users.
From the creator of the tear jerking Angel Beats and Clannad comes another heart wrenching work of art. The deepness of the story makes the comedic elements all the more appreciated. The most unexpected nosebleed of the series happens when the sister of the main character meets her idol. It’s surprising how even the girls aren’t spared from our favourite gag!
That concludes our picks of the top ten anime nosebleeds! The nosebleeds gag stems from the old-wives tale that “boys get nosebleeds when they get too excited over a pretty girl”. From turning white, falling over in shock and getting hit with a paper fan, slapstick humour and gags will always have a place in our funny bones.
What other iconic nosebleed scenes do you know of? If you feel like we’re missing out on your favourite one, tell us about her comments below!