Today while reading "Mushoku Tensei" I once again got confronted with a character with (in my opinion) an insanely large chest. It even got mentioned that it could easily be a J size chest.

I understand that there will off course be some difference per person in their preference in size. But seeing as a D cup is already considered "big" where I live, a J size would be considered insane. Hence my question: Why are anime girls often depicted with a huge chest?

Is this just another part of the culture gap between western countries and Japan? Or does it maybe serve as an additional sales point towards a specific fandom?

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    J size = Japan size. – 絢瀬絵里 Aug 11 '16 at 12:44
  • Boobs are just a substitute for butts! When asked if I prefer the original or substitute OF COURSE I PREFER THE ORIGINAL! – Callat Mar 7 '17 at 8:05
  • @AyaseEri Yeah, most people don't understand that there are different clothing/shoe/undergarment sizes for USA/Europe/Japan/other areas. That said, there are a few Japanese women in the AV industry nowadays that look as if their genetic code was anime based. Hitomi Tanaka being a good example. – NZKshatriya Mar 8 '17 at 11:19

Because some people like women with big breasts. As usual, anime exaggerates; it can't just have a woman with big breasts, it has to have a woman with ridiculously gigantic breasts.

This isn't purely a Japanese thing. Actually, I would argue that it came in origin from American media that were exported to Japan. In the US, large breasts are often considered more attractive. The supposed ideal of American young men's fantasies is 36D-24-36: 36 inches around the chest, cup size D, 24 inches around the waist, 36 inches around the hips (the "hourglass" shape). There are even articles using these three-sizes as a shorthand for the tyranny of societal beauty standards.

The epitome of this standard of beauty in American media is Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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Women with large breasts are also common in American comics:

American comics women

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Anime and American comics both tend to exaggerate everything, so essentially they took a preference for large breasts and massively exaggerated it, to the point that characters have J-cup breasts. (US readers, keep in mind a Japanese J cup is an American H cup.)

Japan gets a ton of American media, so there have been ample opportunities for this American love of big boobs to seep into their culture. My theory is that it started during the US occupation with pinup posters brought over by the servicemen:

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Then it was refreshed with every Hollywood movie that came in showing men lusting after women with big breasts.

Speaking of Jessica Rabbit, Cracked has an interesting theory on psychological and evolutionary reasons why animated women with ridiculously exaggerated boobs appeal to viewers. They're obviously a humor website and not a peer-reviewed scientific journal, so take it with a grain of salt.

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    Wow, this is an unexpectedly quality answer for a question about boobs – wcarhart Aug 11 '16 at 17:33
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    @ThePickleTickler I strive for the highest possible quality on all of my answers. Even the ones about boobs. Especially the ones about boobs. I take boobs very seriously, and strive for the highest quality of discourse when boobs are the topic. – Torisuda Aug 12 '16 at 1:23
  • All hail Oppai-sensei!! – NZKshatriya Mar 8 '17 at 11:22
  • @NZKshatriya I guess now that my highest-voted answer on the site is about boobs, I have to own that title. – Torisuda Mar 26 '17 at 15:32
  • @Torisuda Oh dear gods I cannot stop laughing. – NZKshatriya Mar 26 '17 at 19:08

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