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Noucome

I've noticed that in some Anime, the teachers are very short/little, I mean they look like elementary school kids. The anime I'm talking about are:

  • Strike the Blood
  • Noucome
  • Toaru Majutsu no Index

I've heard same is the case with Doki Doki School Hours and Pani Poni Dash but haven't watched them so can't say for sure. My question is, why is it so? Is it to appeal to a larger audience, specifically lolicons? Or is there some other reason, because from where I stand, I haven't seen how their being small has had a role in moving the story forward in any way.

Strike the Blood Toaru Majutsu no Index

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    Well, they being abnormal makes it normal for them to get involved with abnormal things, especially in manga where physically unrealistic elements are involved. – nhahtdh Mar 15 '15 at 14:11
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    You can add Ranma 1/2 to the mix. Ranma's homeroom teacher has a strange disease that keeps her in infant body. Then Happosai teaches her how to grow to adult body (temporarily) by stealing the chi of a fighter. – Mindwin Mar 16 '15 at 0:03
  • And Negima, although he’s more shota than loli … – Jan May 31 '15 at 15:43
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Ok, wall of text, so take your time to read.

First, these shows are aimed at teens. Since our society delegates the act of teaching children mostly to women (changing, but still), we have that the teacher is the grown female outside the teenager family circle that said teenager have the longest contact with.

In anime/manga this romantic/sexual tension is explored in several titles, like Onegai Sensei, KissXsis, and others.

So we can infer that several teenager boys have the hots for the teacher. Teenage girls ALSO have the hots for the male teacher, but I will restrain the answer to the boys' universe.

One sub-genre of anime characters regarding teachers is the Sensei-chan:

A common Japanese media character type, the female high school teacher who is fairly young, attractive, even cute, and on friendly terms with her students.

On the other hand, she is still unmarried, and very conscious about it, as well as about the lack of respect she gets.

Then we get another genre of anime characters, the Token Mini Moe:

The Token Mini Moe is a young or young-looking member of a cast designed to appeal to one of two predominant demographics. The first is those who simply find the character absolutely adorable and/or endearing and feel protective towards him or her. The character allows this sort of fan to act as and live out the role as an idealized older brother or sister (or parent) cheering their little sister on and helping her achieve whatever goals the setting deems important. The second are the Lolicons/Shotacons, who take an erotic or romantic interest in the character. Needless to say, these two groups are often at each other's throats over the character.

When the two (Sensei-chan and Token Mini-Moe) overlap, you get the kind of teacher you are asking about.

So it is a character designed to fill two roles at the same time. Depending on the needs, the Loli Teacher can appeal more to the Moe side or the Lolicon side

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