This isn't a dick measuring contest between the east and west, FoxxFireArt. Yeah, we can be pretty bad about this stuff as well, but Anime has got the art of sexualizing teenagers down to a cinch. Its inescapable. Its not a few borderline cases here and there, its like, whenever I pick up an anime 9/10 times it will probably have this stuff.
Also, bringing up Toddlers & Tiaras is, well.....disingenuous at best. Its target audience is not pedophiles, but starry-eyed woman. You're right in that its incredibly gross, either way, but claiming its intended to be sexually provocative is super silly.
@Babylonian said:if you weren't made at least a little bit uncomfortable by the slow, lingering pan up Chie and Yukiko's bikini-clad bodies during the field trip episode, our standards for the appropriate depiction of 16-year-old girls are apparently pretty different.
I'll take that on gladly. It's less me being ok with pedophilia as it is me not giving a damn when the character is a 2d fictional character in a setting where their actual age is not given any focus at all.
So if Nanako would have gotten the same treatment you would have been OK with it as long as the characters drooling over her were of similar ages and did not do so because she was underage? Good to know.
@PewPewLazers: The Soejima Official Works got a nice little interview with the man at the end of the book, but it mostly consist of images and concept art. Nice to look at if you're a big Soejima fan, but probably not worth it if you own the Japanese version already.