Dealing with sick people occupies most of my day and since I am such a big anime fan, it’s impossible not to let the two topics get mixed up in my mind every now and then. After years of watching anime, I have come across many illnesses in anime that really amused me in so many ways. In this post, I am summarizing common health problems usually encountered in anime and I’ll try to give some fun discussion along the way. Enjoy!
Fatigue and frequent fainting especially in young female is nothing new both in reality and anime. We have all seen female anime characters that often skip class and go to the infirmary because of this condition. Some even undergo blood transfusion conspicuously. The symptom is usually the result of anemia (inadequate oxygen carrying in bloodstream). Many things can cause anemia. Let’s look at some of the most common causes.
In reality: for young women, blood loss especially through menstruation is the first thing that comes to mind. Other possibilities include hereditary disease, drug-induced, improper diet or leukemia
In anime: First and foremost, for your own safety, make sure the girl is not a blood-sucking vampire since vampirism is the most common cause of this condition in anime. For those who are not vampires, the exact cause is never clearly stated except that these girls have always been in poor health. From my experience, they always end up dead or kidnapped causing the hero of the show to go on an adventure or quest for revenge.
This is probably the only condition in anime that is not very different from reality. A character gets fever and runny nose after rainy day is a familiar situation. In fact, this is almost a must-have condition in any slice of life anime just like beach vacation or school festival. When one character gets sick, the others will have to pay a visit. That’s one or two episode worth of story!
Coughing up blood
Coughing up blood or hemoptysis in reality is not always fatal. Anyone with bleeding per gum or nosebleed can produce bloody mucus. True hemoptysis implies lung and airway disease such as infection or, in older people, lung cancer. In anime, if you cough up blood, you are doomed no matter how healthy you were. Curiously enough, this fatal condition often affects older character that is close to the show’s protagonist such as the protagonist’s mentor, supervisor or relative. Trauma is another common cause of coughing up blood but contrast to reality, coughing blood in anime can result from any type of injury to any part of the body.
We all know that headache is mostly not serious. Lack of sleep, excessive mental stress or alcohol consumption can cause headache. When it comes to headache in anime, supernatural or scientifically fictional factors are always the cause. For instance, sudden headache is very common in characters who have recently betrayed their comrades. These characters are possessed or mentally controlled by the villains of the show. When they are reminded of their previous lives or loved ones, the headache strikes. Wide ranges of other possibilities such as being attacked from super high frequency sound wave or recovering from a brainwash sporadically occur.
Nosebleed is another extremely common health problem in anime that requires lengthy discussion on the nature and possible cause. Luckily, I have already done that in another article published earlier this year. Make sure you read it here!
This is only the first part of this article. You wouldn’t believe how many more silly health-related conditions are waiting to be explored. Please stay tuned for part 2. I’m having fun!