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Old 2004-12-12, 17:16   Link #1
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Significance of bandage wraps on female characters?

What is the significance of all the various types of female characters you see in anime, That have bandaging wrapped rather tightly over their upper abdomen and chest?


I mean, If I were to speculate, I would guess its a way to supress the characters femininity [ By mashing down her chest so it is not prominate ], and this would also fit with the fact that you generally see it on Warrior or Boyish types of women.


However, that's just m speculation, I don't know if I'm on the right track, or if I'm totally offbase.... So can anyone answer this for me? What the significance of bandaging is on female characters?
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Old 2004-12-12, 18:23   Link #2
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Yeah probably just to hold them down when you are fighting. You really don't need your breast all over the place DOA style.
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Old 2004-12-12, 18:46   Link #3
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It's called binding, and yes, it's used to hide/restrain the breasts.

Women do it to this day for various reasons, none of which I'm familiar with
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Old 2004-12-12, 19:33   Link #4
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Well, not being a woman I'm going on what I've been told, but from my understanding that binding is used to basically lock the brests in place and keep them from moving at all because you don't want all that extra mass swinging around and bouncing up and down while you're doing things. The women in my army unit made mention of something similar when they were jogging that if they didn't bind them, it hurt a lot, which I can understand sort of now that I've got a gut. Probubly not the same thing, but when you run it does hurt when it bounces.
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Old 2004-12-12, 19:49   Link #5
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I actually read that in Kochi-kame that women did that in archery, so that the cord of the bow wouldn't hurt them when they released it.
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Old 2004-12-12, 23:23   Link #6
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When it comes down to it, it's just the character. If the woman is trying to pose as a man, a la Mulan, then that's why. Otherwise, I would imagine it's because she doesn't want them to get in the way. Like a jogging bra offers more support, by keeping the breasts closer to the chest.
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Old 2004-12-13, 18:55   Link #7
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So I was pretty much right in my guess.. Not completly, but pretty much.

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I rather think it is usually used for battle wounds and such. Beside older fashion anime girls, who use it such as a bra. Humm.... aetoo.....
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Old 2004-12-14, 00:40   Link #9
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Well, obviously it's what women would do long before brassieres were invented, I'm not sure if it's just a Japanese thing or if it's international. It might also have some sort of samurai connotation, since the characters who use these bindings tend to be archaic, martial artist-types.
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In anime it used as a sexy 21 century Bra made to appeal the male speceis and boost sales and profits. ^_^
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Old 2004-12-15, 00:50   Link #11
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And it's a lot less drastic than cutting one off to use a bow properly, which the mythical Amazons were supposed to do....
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Old 2004-12-15, 02:48   Link #12
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yeah but binding them stops them from getting in the way of the bow's string i have always found that shooting an arrow from a bow in a horizontal postion stops this but hey that's not cool. but also doing heavy activity with no support hurts, it also streches them (not a good look).

Another point would be it would attract less attention from men if they were traveling or fighting, so it could be for safety reasons too.

what anime did u see this in?
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And Sometimes, in those fantasy/mythical one with spells, they use those wrapping for like laser whip, smack!^_^.

Amazons, dont they use leathery like material, unless they quite modern with Polo and TagLess Ts, from Hanes or something. That's quite cool, Long white Ts, that's pretty sexy.
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Old 2004-12-15, 11:55   Link #14
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what anime did u see this in?
Not sure where he saw them, but off the top of my head I can name Motoko and her sister from Love Hina who wore it everytime she rocked her kendo outfit. Then there's Akira from Mai-Hime. I've seen more, but I can't think of them.
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Old 2004-12-15, 13:03   Link #15
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i think Kaoru from Samurai X wore one too.
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Old 2004-12-15, 14:14   Link #16
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I believe a big strip of cloth was universally the traditional alternative to a brassiere, which "was invented by a New York socialite named Mary Phelps Jacob in 1913." (about.com) If you aren't that big, it's probably still just as comfortable. I'm guessing that today many Japanese women still use the old method, especially when they're dressing traditionally, like for martial arts.
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Ya dont watch enough chinese movies ^_^, some chinese movie use cloth for weapons. Fong Sai Yoh ^_^
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Old 2004-12-15, 21:32   Link #18
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The cloth was indeed a sort of pre-bra. In olden times most women would spend 99% of their time with their breasts "unbound" (god that sounds like a bad porn) however when formal atire was to be worn, the breasts and torso were wrapped tightly in cloth, much like a corset. A light wrap was used when a woman undertook physical activity (i.e. working fields, battle, etc.) this could be looked upon as a sports bra. Dancers would also wrap themselves to preven men from becoming to...grabby...
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Old 2005-12-26, 18:33   Link #19
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http://www.pooshlmer.com/touhouwiki/...ms_of_the_Miko

Read the "Gap of Miko" ones. Pretty funny. I guess all you'd need to know in advance is that the names "Karin" and "Rinnosuke" are the same people, just Karin is a nickname. And that's him in the final panel of the last page.

So anyway, yeah, Sarashi were just pre-invetion bras. They're still used today and many women who are poor also use them becauswe a good bra is really expensive. Theyt can be used to stunt growth over long periods of time (common if cancer runs in the family) and just as an alternative to wearing a bra. Not very useful if you have large breasts apparently. I just asked several female friends about this over the last few days. One even hit me!

The concept is far too old to know which civilization started as but we know the ancient egyptians and ancient chinese both did it.
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