The latest edition of WTF Japan?!? covers the taboo topic of incest and it’s prevalence in anime. While incest is nothing new to the entertainment medium, like the traps in anime that I discussed previously, incest and it’s varying iterations has become something of an unhealthy presence in anime.
As I’m sure all are aware, incest involves romantic or sexual relationships between closely related persons, most often family members. With respect to anime, these illicit relationships can run the gamut from the more extreme parent/child or blood-related siblings to the slightly more tame step-siblings, cousins or brother/sister complexes. The degree to which a relationship is taken or how seriously it is treated is all dependent on the anime.