Angst Bathing

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Angst Bathing is a type of bathing scene where the character of focus seems to be in emotional distress. The tone of these scenes are most of the time not comical and the bather is mostly having a monologue in their head, reflecting back on something that is bothering them or crying. Sometimes when this goes to the extreme it could lead to a suicide or attempted suicide happening.

Fairy Tail

Black Lagoon

  • Black Lagoon: Roberta has one after her master, Diego Lovelace, is killed by a bomb at a political rally in the first chapter of El Baile de Muerte. She also shatters the bathroom mirror in anger.

Ai no Kusabi

  • Ai No Kusabi: In the OVA after Riki's gang is attacked Riki takes one, reminiscing about all that has happened.



  • Henry from Digimon Tamers after Terriermon digivolves, where he reflects on his duties as a Tamer and his pacifist beliefs


  • Higurashi has a few of these too. Keiichi finds a depressed Satoko passed out in the bathtub from being in the hot water for too long.

It's more complicated than that: She was hallucinating that her abusive uncle had told her to stand under the boiling hot water and count to 10,000, since moving into his house meant she stopped getting treatment for her Hinamizawa Syndrome. She went along with all of the horrible things he did to her because of a combination of guilt (blaming herself for Satochi's disappearance), blackmail (he constantly threatened to burn down Satoshi's room), and plain old fear. Yeah, Satoko has it rough.


  • Kaede Fuyou in SHUFFLE! goes Yandere on her friend Asa when the boy they both love, Rin, shows interest in her. She has one of these before climbing into Rin's bed naked to cuddle with him.

Elfen Lied

  • Elfen Lied: Lucy has one after she snaps and murders the cruel kids who beat her puppy to death.

Perfect Blue

  • Perfect Blue: After Mima endures a good deal of disturbing hardships, she partakes in a hot bath which she screams into as she hugs herself underwater.


  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX : During the aftermath of his traumatic loss to Edo and being demoted in the pro leagues, Kaiser Ryo Marufuji takes a shower after losing yet another duel, while reminiscing about being fired by his sponsor. He's freaked out by the end of the episode.


  • In Zeiram: The Animation, bounty-hunting heroine Iria takes two in a six-episode OAV.


  • Kozue Izumi from Infinite Ryvius is found taking one of these after she was assaulted by the other girls at the end of episode 18.


Averted in the manga, when the cartoonist behind it, Kotaro Mori, gives you a complete view of her naked body, with boobies clearly visible. Yeah, Mori, a good time to see a woman naked is when she's just had her heart BROKEN.


  • Berserk: After being raped by a newly-demonic Griffith, Casca is seen sitting fully-clothed under a waterfall. Also Griffith, after he becomes a prostitute to make money, complete with a wonderfully disturbing scene of him angsting while clawing at his arms until they bleed when washing himself. He only stops when Casca tearfully embraces him from behind.

Kara no Kyoukai

  • Done by Asagami Fujino in Kara no Kyoukai; in her case, she actually was raped. The value of this scene jumps to eleven when the film adaptation came out. Then again, she becomes a psychotic murderer who is simultaneously terrified of her powers and unconsciously leering at the horrid violence.


Utena has one in episode 37, after finding out about Anthy and Akio.


  • Mr. Magnificent Bastard Lelouch Lamperouge from Code Geass did this once, after Shirley's father's death really made him confront the consequences of his actions. It actually managed to humanize him after all the killing he did. (Of course, by the end of the shower he decided that the best way to ease his troubled conscience was more killing.)

You can also count Milly in as well, when she was in a depressed state for a while after Nina told her off in R2 (while everyone else during bath time were happy and giddy with their upcoming date with Lelouch). This happened near the beginning of episode 12.

Milly seemed more upset that so many girls had a date with Lelouch and she didn't as the Unlucky Childhood Friend.


  • Rin from Mnemosyne does this in episode 5 after her first genuine lover in centuries (she is an ever-young immortal, by the way) dies.


Later on, Ako Izumi has one after she finds out that the boy she loves doesn't actually exist.


  • Souichi from The Tyrant Falls In Love after every time he has sex with Morinaga.

Happens twice in Re: Cutie Honey (once after a shouting match with Natsuko and once after losing it in a battle aganst Black Claw). The first one turns into a

  • Shower of Awkward when Seiji decides to tag along with Natsuko in pulling her out of her rut.


  • Lucia angsted in the shower once in Venus Versus Virus.
  • In the manga version of Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl, Tomari angsted in the shower in one chapter after hearing that her crush, her best friend Hazumu, is said to die within a month.

Toward the Terra

  • Tony from Toward the Terra had one of these while in My God, What Have I Done? mode after he killed Matsuka.


  • Nodoka of Saki had one of these in the second episode of the anime after her loss and subsequent argument with Saki.


Yami no Matsuei

  • Tsuzuki in Yami no Matsuei has a private Shower of Angst after being possessed by the demon Sargantanas in the Devil's Trill Arc.

Double points for the shower drowning out his vocalizations of misery while losing to the Enemy Within.

Captain Tsubasa

  • In the newest Captain Tsubasa series, Koujirou Hyuga has a shower of rage after clashing with Willem violently in his first training session in Italy.

Fushigi Yuugi

  • Fushigi Yuugi doesn't actually feature Miaka in a shower (she's in a lake), but it still has that same effect as she furiously scrubs herself with twigs to the point of bleeding in the hopes that it would purify her after Nakago had raped her. Of course, he didn't really get to do that.

Trinity Blood

  • How Esther is introduced in Trinity Blood, with touches of Out, Damned Spot!.


  • Gundam SEED was fond of these, providing shower scenes for Kira, Athrun and Cagalli (if memory serves). Oddly enough, the TV episodes had Cagalli moping in a bathtub, while the movie compilations changed it into a shower scene for no apparent reason other than to show a little more skin.

Kaleido Star

  • Sora Naegino of Kaleido Star has several showers of angst.


  • More a Shower of Painful Memories than of Angst, but Riza Hawkeye is shown doing this in Fullmetal Alchemist:Brotherhood, complete with a very significant Toplessness From the Back shot.


  • In RahXephon, Elvy has one after one of her fellow pilots is killed. Ayato also evokes this trope by stumbling into a bathroom during one very angsty scene and getting wet by breaking the shower faucet.
  • Simoun likes this trope a lot. Paraietta had an attack of guilt or two in the shower while reflecting on her attempted rape of Neveril.

Real Drive

  • Occurs in Real Drive. For a male character, even.


  • Ichise from Texhnolyze takes one in the first episode.

Under Grand Hotel

  • Occurs several times in the yaoi manga Under Grand Hotel mostly because whenever someone's taking a shower there's a chance they'll either end up getting raped or beaten up and then left there for a bit under the running shower.


  • Sukisho: Sora takes one in the first episode.

Strawberry Panic

  • Occurs in Strawberry Panic! as a result of rampant unrequited love and general Fanservice.


  • Happiness!: Yuuma after he almost kills Sumomo.


Samurai Deeper Kyo

  • Yuya of Samurai Deeper Kyo has a few of these.


  • Gankutsuou: Albert takes one in episode 8. (Sitting in the tub while the shower is running with his head bowed.)

He takes another one in episode 14, musing over the threat "disaster will befall your house as well!" Peppo even states "you've been in there for a while." Legend Of The Blue Wolves has a particularly chilling example. Jonathan is shoved fully clothed under a running shower for a moment before being approached by a nude Captain Continental who intends to rape him.


A variation exists in Naruto. Orochimaru is desperately waiting for Sasuke to arrive and provide a new body but his arms have finally reached their breaking point. As he stands in a shower, they begin to flake off and crumble. Despite his agony, Orochimaru is driven to rage when he must finally accept he needs a new body now and can't wait for Sasuke.


  • D.Gray-man: Lenalee takes one on the ship to Japan, highly upset by Allen's "death".


  • In Future GPX Cyber Formula, Miki Jounouchi has one in an episode of Double-One when she thinks that Clair is a better worker in the Sugo team than her. In fact, this is a recurring theme in the OVA series, as evidenced by Asuka Sugo in SAGA and Kyoko Aoi in SIN.


  • In Noir, Mireille takes a shower when she decides to kill her uncle, who raised her after her parents were killed in order to protect Kirika.

Tira takes one in one of the Sorcerer Hunters side novels after a big fight with Carrot.


  • Akiko Aoshika from Wolf Guy Wolfen Crest is seen more than once taking showers. Then again, considering the Crapsack World she lives in, no wonder she does so.

Angel Links

  • In Angel Links, Meifon Li has one while she bangs her head against the wall.

Haou Airen: Kurumi, after she has sex with Fuuron and then learns about Reilan's Thanatos Gambit.


  • Karakuridouji Ultimo: Yamato has one in chapter 4 when Sayama mistakes him for being a child molester.

Skip Beat

  • Skip Beat! gives us Fuwa Sho at one point, angsting when he learns that Kyouko is dating a rival of his. Turns out to be untrue though.

Oniisama e

  • In Oniisama e..., Mariko doesn't necessarily take a shower, but she does have a bath (and it has the same effect of this trope) after the incident with Nanako. Rei also has her moments of these more than once. Considering that she is a Broken Bird, it's pretty understandable.


  • In Teacher's Pet Misuzu takes a Shower of Angst after she's raped by Masahiro.

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