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For every anime series, there's usually at least one beach episode or pool episode included. And with these summer time episodes comes a big wave of fan service in the form of the anime swimsuit. From sensual to humorous, here are the top 10 anime bikini babes.
We still have a long time to go before summer time. In the meantime though, why not warm up with some good old anime beach fun? Here are some anime swimsuit shots - some cute, some sexy, some hilarious - that are sure to take you to the tropical paradise that you can't help but fantasize about in this summer season.
#1 Mio Akiyama from K-on!
The usually timid bassist Mio Akiyama looks stunning in her anime bikini. Mio need not feel insecure today because with this sexy swimsuit complementing her long, black hair and slender figure perfectly, she is definitely one of the hottest babes at the beach.
#2 Natsumi Tsujimoto and Miyuki Kobayakawa from You’re Under Arrest!
Never let criminals forget who's boss. Police officers Natsumi Tsujimoto and Miyuki Kobayakawa are so good at their job, they can wear anime swimsuits and convey authority, at the same time. Besides, everything they need to detain a criminal is stored safely in their patrol car.
#3 Asuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online
Ever notice that tsundere girls tend to look great in anime swimsuits? Asuna Yuuki takes a dip in the pool after escaping the Sword Art Online's digital battlefield. After years of wearing different uniforms into battle (and even different faces in the form of various in-game avatars), the anime bikini girl look is a welcome change of pace. Kirito, her in-game husband and real life boyfriend, certainly appreciates it.
#4 Kousaka Honoka and Umi Sonoda from Love Live! School Idol Project
Ever since they were little girls, these two have had distinct personalities - Kousaka was the pushy one while Umi was the shy one. Even years later, the defining aspects of these two childhood friends' personalities shine through during a day at the pool. Though their idol group is the only thing standing in the way of their beloved school closing forever, these two hardworking friends definitely deserve a little R&R between practicing and performing at concerts.
#5 Asuka Langley Souryuu from Neon Genesis Evangelion
Asuka is sure bummed to hear that she can't go on the class trip to Okinawa, especially after spending so long picking out a swimsuit with her crush, Kaji. Oh well, at least she gets to use it to practice scuba diving at the NERV pool, endlessly teasing Shinji with her good looks.
#6 Kojirou (James) and Musashi (Jessie) from Pokemon
Though not an anime bikini babe per se, James's desire to win the Beach Beauty and Pokemon Costume Contest forces him to do a little gender bending. The final effect gives him a more generous figure than his sister, Jessie.
#7 Riko Matsumoto from Girls und Panzer Specials
Even tank commanders need a swim break. For Riko Matsumoto, she accessorizes her anime bikini with a commander's hat resembling Erwin Rommel's. As Riko explains, the Germans invented her "special" anime swimsuit, which apparently dissolves in water. Too bad she doesn't wear it long enough for viewers to find out if that was true or not.
#8 Suzutsuki from Mayo Chiki
Mayo Chiki makes a lot of fun about one of the staples of the anime medium and especially comedies as a whole. That is the sudden occurrence of a male character getting a nosebleed when in contact with an attractive female. Mayo Chiki’s protagonist, Jiro, has the unfortunate condition of torrential nosebleeds and blackouts whenever he makes contact with a female, a condition that entices the most beautiful richest girl in the school, Suzutsuki, to attempt to cure him. While the central story involves gender misidentity with Suzutsuki’s cute butler Kanoe, Suzutsuki takes on the role of mischievous deviant, complete with Lolita style attire.
One group excursion in an attempt to ‘treat’ poor Jiro’s condition sees them hang out at a local out door swimming pool. Cute Suzutsuki shocking the blood straight from the nose of Jiro by suddenly appearing in a very low cute and revealing black bikini, in stark contrast to her usual ruffles and high neck lines. This is both attention grabbing and surprising but also makes logical sense in terms of the narrative. By exposing Jiro to attractive girls in a natural and non threatening environment, they hope to cure him of his affliction and allow him to move onto a meaningful relationship with the reserved Kanoe.
#9 Chie Satonaka from Persona 4 The Animation
Amongst the likes of idol sensation, Rise, and refined Japanese beauty, Yukiko, Chie fills the role of at crude but loyal tomboy. Fiercely protective of her friends in particular the demure Yukiko, Chie is the first to join Yosuku and Yu’s investigation team and enter the TV world to rescue their friend. Chie hasn’t had many friends previously, instead taking on the roll of guardian to Yukiko and accepting this as her primary identity. Throughout the investigations teams growth and the social bonds they form, Chie changes, from an angry adolescent into a budding young women.
This is epitomized when the investigation team complete with mascot teddy venture outside of the confines of Inaba and travel to the nearest beach. While the focus may likely be on the beautiful Yukiko and the sexy Rise, Chie’s character development and the surprise shown by the males that, ‘hey, Chie looks kinda awesome in a bikini too’ makes Chie one of the best anime bikini girls. Always having to be tough and having others really on you can be a burden, and to see Chie acting as any teenage girl should and looking perfectly cute while doing so makes her the most honest and appealing female character in the show.
#10 Nami from One Piece
Nami is the third member to officially join Luffy’s straw hat pirate’s crew after he aids Nami in her long term struggle with the leader of the fish men Arlong. Nami is an expert map reader and navigation specialist with a dream to map all of the seas beyond the grand line. Nami is a borderline kleptomaniac with a habit for stealing and betraying her friends. However, once she understands how far Luffy will go for his friends, Nami becomes a loyal and trustworthy ally. While rarely involved in combat early on in the series, Usopp eventually creates her famous weather rod so she can help her friends in battle without the need for any devil fruit powers.
Nami’s design has undergone a number of changes throughout both the manga and anime series more than 10 year run. While she may have developed substantially in the chest measurement department since the first story arc, one thing remains constant and that is in wearing a bikini top as her primary costume. This is important for two reasons, firstly as it displays Nami’s unabashed confidence in herself, despite being embroiled in conflicts between a largely male pirate cast. So is it a little exploitative to have one of the primary female protagonists wear a bikini for the best part of 700+ episodes? Of course not, she spends her whole life on the high seas and visiting tropical paradises, wouldn’t you spend a lot of time in a swimsuit too?