Talking about anime, it probably doesn’t need to rely on the particular tropes and clichés more than any other media or genre, but man, it feels like it. It seems like every show, movie or OVA are the same, and the people making them are just following a pre-ordained checklist.

10. Born to Run

Born to Run

There is nothing I can say that will illustrate this cliché, found in the opening credits of pretty much every anime ever, better than this video will, so enjoy.

9. Hot Springs Eternal

Hot Springs Eternal

When you want to titllate your viewer but are tired of boobfalls, it’s time to hit the baths — specifically, the bathhouse or the hot springs.

This is basically an excuse to get your main female characters naked, and then provide more boobfalls. These are common enough in anime that they can be reasonably predicted to occur at the 6th, 7th or 8th episode. Even young kids' series like Pokémon and Mega Man: NT Warrior have them.

The only difference between the kids' shows and the older-skewing shows is that when you buy the more adult shows on DVD, you get to see the nipples censored that were in the TV broadcast. Whee.

8. Child Soldiers

Child Soldiers

When trouble comes, we don’t need the army, the air force, superheroes, or even Godzilla. All we need are a few teens.

The amount of anime heroes over the age of 22 is shockingly low, especially when you consider that these kids are doing everything from fighting alien invasions, waging wars, piloting giant robots, hunting demons, battling ninjas, whatever. Evangelion, Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Code Geass, every Gundam series… the list goes on and on and on.

It’s like people in Japan disappear at the age of 24. Or maybe that’s when they become salarymen and start groping high school girls on subways trains.