The latest anime to generate Twitter drama is My Tiny Senpai, aka Uchi no Kaisha no Chiisai Senpai no Hanashi, a love story set in a Japanese office between a normal Japanese employee and his diminutive but busty female superior. Why are some Twitter users up in arms about — gasp! — a short woman with an adult-sized chest working in an office? Let’s find out!
Why is Twitter Angry About My Tiny Senpai?
My Tiny Senpai is a “sugar-sweet office love comedy” based on a manga by Hajime Sai. It tells the story of Takuma Shinozaki, an ordinary company employee, and Shiori Katase, his height-challenged super-cute senpai, and the love that blooms between them. It’s basically the same concept as Senpai ga Uzai, but instead of being flat-chested, the short main female lead is busty.
Oh, and there’s sexy fan service. Yay!
So why are some users on Twitter saying that Shiori’s character design goes out of its way to portray her in a childlike manner, or complaining that her body is shown more than her face in the trailer? Is it the usual Twitter bandwagon again?
What Did J-List Customers Say About Twitter’s Reaction to The Anime?
Twitter dogs barking be like: “If you watch this anime, you’re a pedo.”
Typical anime tourist behavior, and a prime example of why some people need to screw off out of the hobby.
Oh shit, here we go again.
Twitter: “Actually, everything is children.”
This makes me want to blog episodes of My Tiny Senpai for J-List even more. Short stacks like Uzaki-chan are precious and to be celebrated like choco-mint ice cream!
Honestly, I’m just too tired to argue with people on social media.
That reaction is quite ridiculous because I’ve met women who are 5′ and even 4′. In fact, the average height for a woman is 5’5″. So, how is that considered to be a child?
It’s fucking stupid, basically Uzaki all over again except now the characters are literally working-age, as far as the actual story is concerned.
Gee, I wonder if an anime featuring a short male character would ever get made…
Have people never met short adults in real life? I’m 5 ft and in my late 20s.
This new Twitter drama has guaranteed my interest in the series.
What Does Peter Think About This Twitter Drama?
The latest Twitter drama over the perceived age of a short adult female character reminds me of something that happened a dozen years or so ago. J-List was at a convention in Las Vegas and a cool cosplayer who liked our store came over to check out our booth. She was cosplaying Francesca Lucchini from Strike Witches and had a pair of the character’s trademark blue-and-white shimapan on. (They were for cosplay, and she had underwear on underneath them.)
When we posted the image to Twitter, some respondents fretted about this young girl who was displaying her panties proudly for the Internet, and how misguided she must be, and what must her parents think? It seemed that because the character is twelve years old in-universe, they assumed the cosplayer must also be very young. Happily she was following us on Twitter, and replied that she was “29, going on 30.” But the knee-jerk reaction by these Twitter users was really interesting to observe.
I get that there are themes in many anime that some people might not want to watch, and anime and manga aimed at males won’t always be appreciated by other target audiences the same way. Happily, anime is a “big tent” with something for everyone, and there are literally 50+ new anime series to choose from each season. If you don’t like an office romance featuring a busty female character, there are about 4,999 other shows to check out instead. Problem solved!
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