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What is anime without the over-sexualization of women's breasts?
Big breasts have become very popular in modern society amongst many men, to the point where some women pay for breast enhancement surgery--commonly known as a "Boob Job"--to increase their bust size to either appear more attractive or feel more confident in general. Contrary to popular belief though, not all men like large breasts, some even prefer a girl with a "Delicious Flat Chest".
The concept of big boobs in anime and manga goes as far back as the 1980s as anime began to gain popularity worldwide. Series such as Kotetsu Jeeg Robot and Shoten Doji presented female characters with sometimes oversized breasts. Though the shows with big breasted girls were few and far between in that decade, the concept started gaining popularity during the 90s, when mainstream shows such as Ghost Sweeper Mikami, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Ghost in the Shell featured big breasted women as major characters.
Big breasts usually don't play a large role in the overall plot, more often simply used as a source of jealousy (see the breast envy page) between female characters, or played up for fan service or comedy. However, some anime and manga incorporate big breasts into the plot much more prominently. See the notable examples below.
There are many cases where big boobs are simply part of character design and aren't given any special attention at all.
There are five major archetypes when it comes to characters with large breasts. Usually, a character falls under one type and stays there, though depending on the situation a character's view on her chest may change.
"Big boobs" has become en entire genre of its own in adult anime and manga and is easily one of the most popular themes. Large breasts play a big part of the story in movies like Milk Money, Milk Junkies and Mother Knows Breast. One of the earliest adult anime to feature big boobs was Cream Lemon, others include: Viper GTS, Taboo Charming Mother, Bible Black, Stepsister, Private Sessions, Booby Life, Immoral Sisters, Akiba Girls and many more.