Fashion in anime is like trying to find a good pair of shoes that are comfortable, dandy-looking, and inexpensive; however, it doesn’t have to be that way, does it?
The fashion industry in anime seems to be risky at best since most of the characters seem to wear the same clothes day after day, or in some cases no clothes at all! Tsk, tsk, getting their clothes ripped off by tentacles or having some guy randomly pull their skirts down, anime girls do have it rough compared to their real life counterparts. I just want to point out that most anime girls do wear the same things day after day after day, and at some point, I start to wonder whether the characters are aware that they wear the same uniforms, but that would be breaking the fourth wall, and etc.
Most anime do fall under the “too-lazy-to-change-clothes” category, but really, it doesn’t take that much time or money to animate another outfit, and at this point, I’d like to see an anime that has at least three different outfits for the same season. Sure, a suit for work, and some casual clothes when not working is a step up from just wearing one outfit, but it’s not a huge improvement.
A quality anime should have at least a different outfit in every episode, unless there is a good reason that they can’t change clothes, ie: the characters are camping in a forest, and they didn’t pack a change of clothes. That is the least of what I would expect in a quality anime. Eden of the East doesn’t fail my artistic expectations when they feature Saki in a different outfit in almost every episode. Perhaps the directors of other anime believe that the audience won’t recognize the characters in a different outfit, who knows?
Let’s look at another anime, perhaps the famous Naruto? Alas, but it does not meet my expectations either. Supposedly, Naruto only wears 3 outfits in this whole anime: one is casual when he isn’t ninja’ing something, and the other two outfits are for his serious business ninja time. For reference, I’ve only included the two serious business ninja time outfits, but you can only imagine what the other characters’ outfits are like.
I can safely declare that Naruto is a fashion disaster, not only because of its ridiculous anime outfits, but because orange is not a good color to sneak around in. Why do you think cyclists wear those neon-orange vests when they bike at night? It’s because the color orange draws attention to your eyes. If I saw a ninja clad in orange trying to sneak around my front yard, I’d shoot him to protect my pumpkins.
Thankfully, there are other anime besides Eden of the East that do change their characters’ outfits once in a while, which goes to show there are other quality anime besides that one. Stay tuned for more to find out why I went to jail for protecting my pumpkins.