Have you noticed that in anime many characters jump off a bridge in the river to overcome something, let go of sadness or become an adult? In this article, we're going to talk a little about this tale of jumping into the river, clothes and all.
Searching for any information on this subject didn't lead me to any results, but I don't believe it's just an anime cliché. Several Japanese stories show teenagers in school clothes jumping into the river and getting wet.
Why do anime characters jump into the river?
Perhaps these events and legends of children jumping into the river from a bridge, happen due to the large number of rivers that circulate all cities in Japan. Animes portray this thousands of times with characters on the banks of urban rivers.
In the 60's the government invested in several infrastructure projects and beautification of the city and the rivers with their sloping banks along with a footpath trail spread all over Japan.
When we don't see 2 characters talking on the bank of the river, we see them entering the water with clothes and all, or simply jumping off a bridge as in Shigatsu wa kimi nouso.
This scene also happens in Koe no Katachi, non non biyori and recently in Nande Koko ni Sensei ga. It was exactly because of the scene I saw n
Do Japanese people also jump into the river from a bridge?
The mayor of Osaka warned football/soccer fans not to jump off the bridge in Dōtonbori just because the football/soccer team won the game. There were occasions when 500 people jumped into the river at once for a victory.
Jumping in the river is kind of a Japanese tradition that not even they themselves know about. Since childhood, college students probably hear rumors and legends about jumping into the river with their clothes on and everything makes them an adult or helps to overcome problems.
These tales and scenes in anime end up influencing some children who have already jumped into the river out of nowhere, putting their lives in danger and making their parents super worried.
It was difficult to find any information about this cliché in anime or legends, since when searching for jumping into the river from a bridge in Japanese I only found information regarding accidents and suicides.
The fact is, I've watched scenes of characters jumping off a bridge into the river, wearing clothes and all, many times. Have you also observed this scene in other movies and anime? Remember, don't forget to comment and share the article.