Why do the characters in anime get nose bleeds?


Have you ever wondered why most anime characters bleed through their noses? In today’s article we will talk about one of the greatest clichés of all time, Nasal bleeding or Nasal Hemorrhage called hanaji [鼻血].

In most animes this happens to act out when an anime character feels excited and has perverted thoughts, but how does this happen? Why does it happen? Who created that cliché? Let’s try to find out in this article.

In most works it happens more with male characters, but it can also happen with female ones. And it doesn’t always mean that the person is excited or thinking rubbish, simply because something may have made an impact on their eyes or embarrassment, it’s easy to notice that not even from the person’s time to think and the nose already starts bleeding.

Of course, this visual cliché is just a way of demonstrating what the character is feeling and thinking, but there are also some origins and curiosities behind this story.

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What is the origin of the bleeding nose cliché?

The nosebleed is like a Japanese superstition, like if you sneeze once someone is saying something good about you, 2 something bad, 3 you have a cold.

Authors often use this cliché because they find it funny, no other reason in particular, just as all Japanese traits are similar, so are the customs in history.

Some claim that the idea is that sexual arousal causes an increase in blood pressure, which in turn triggers a nosebleed. It’s even true that blood pressure rises, but that has nothing to do with nose.

Some believe that this custom came about because in the past professional fighters made small cuts in their foreheads in order to build a tension and atmosphere during a match.

Probably the authors had the same idea to create this exaggeration and represent this feeling. In other words, there is no story behind this custom of bleeding your nose because of an excitement in the anime.

Why do the characters in anime get nose bleeds?

Characters of Animes bleeding from the nose

Making a list of anime that have scenes with nosebleeds is very difficult. Almost all anime have those scenes even once. One of the anime with the most nasal scenes is Baka to Test to Shōkanjū.

Other famous anime like Naruto, One Piece, Punchiline, Dragon Ball, Gurren Laggan, Charlotte and many others have famous nosebleed scenes. Almost all anime have at least one such scene.

See below some vídeos showing these absurd nosebleeds:

What Really Causes Nasal Bleeding

Nosebleed can be caused by:

  • Irritation due to allergies, colds, sneezing or sinus problems.
  • Very cold or dry air.
  • Blowing your nose too hard.
  • Hurting the nose.
  • Septum deviation.
  • Chemical irritants.
  • Excessive use of decongestant nasal sprays.
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