Monday, June 7, 2021

Hand Holding

In anime, hand holding is an obscene act done by two impure, perverted characters by placing the palm of one's hand against that of another's. "Hand holding" in Japanese is called te-tsunagi 手つなぎ.

  • te wo tsunagu
    To link hands. (literally.)
    To hold hands.
Narumi Takayuki 鳴海孝之 and Suzumiya Haruka 涼宮遙 holding hands. Lewd.
Left: Narumi Takayuki 鳴海孝之
Right: Suzumiya Haruka 涼宮遙
Anime: Kimi ga Nozomu Eien 君が望む永遠 (Episode 2, Cropped, Censored)
  • Context: a boy and a girl hold hands in the second episode.
    • Lewd.

WARNING: this article contains obscene imagery. Viewer discretion advised.


In the anime fandom, hand holding is regarded as the single most hardcore act done by couples, the height of degeneracy. It really makes one wonder: what is anime teaching our children?

Anime: Saiki Kusuo no Ψ-nan 2 斉木楠雄のΨ難 2 (Episode 11, Censored)
  • Context: Kaidou Shun 海藤瞬, red-faced, says a thing that (depraved) couples do when dating.
  • hada to hada ga fure-au... sono... tee φ tsunagu-n-da yo!! iwasen-na!
    When skin and skin touch... [you know]... to hold hands!! Don't make [me] say it!
    • fureru
      To touch. To make contact, deliberately or by accident.
    • au
      To meet. To join together.
    • fure-au
      For two things to touch each other, in this case, for one's skin to touch someone else's skin and vice-versa.
      (compound verb.)
    • iwasen-na - contraction of iwaseru na.
    • iwaseru
      To make [someone] say [something].
      (causative form of iu 言う, "to say.")
Asumodeus Viole, アスモデウスヴィオレ and Asumodeus Lily, アスモデウスヴィオレ doing akanbee あかんべえ (pulling down her eyelid and sticking her tongue out), while handing hands.
Left: Asumodeus Viole, アスモデウスヴィオレ
Right: Asumodeus Lily, アスモデウスヴィオレ
Anime: Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 魔入りました!入間くん (Season 2) (Episode 12, Censored)

As with any disturbing fetish, it has its own subreddit, r/handholding, whose rules say:

r/handholding Rules: 1. All posts must contain handholding. 2. No nudity allowed. We're not into that vanilla shit.
Source:, accessed 2021-05-24

Fans of hand holding may try to justify themselves by saying things like "that's just a meme" and "there are worse things in anime." Please don't believe them. There are no worse things in anime.

Although the typical case of hand holding is heterosexual, there's also homosexual hand holding.

An example of "lilies," yuri 百合, used as a visual pun for lesbian romance.
Left: Moritani Hiyori 森谷ヒヨリ
Right: Kotoura Haruka 琴浦春香
Anime: Kotoura-san 琴浦さん (Episode 5, Censored)
Usui Kenta 雨水健太 and Maaka Ren 真紅煉 apparently having a gay relationship, example of rose background.
Left: Usui Kenta 雨水健太
Right: Maaka Ren 真紅煉
Anime: Karin かりん (Episode 12, Censored)

Holding one's own hand isn't lewd. I'm sure there's a very good, logical reason for this, I just haven't found it yet.

Ikari Gendō 碇ゲンドウ doing his iconic Gendō pose ゲンドウポーズ.
Character: Ikari Gendō 碇ゲンドウ
Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion, Shinseiki Evangerion 新世紀エヴァンゲリオン THE END OF EVANGELION (Movie)

Although I'm not aware of any examples of this, holding hands with one's clone however would be lewd as that counts as self-cest.


For reference, terms for types of hand holding.


The term koibito-tsunagi 恋人繋ぎ, "lovers' linking," or, since tsunagu means "hold" in the case of hands, "lovers' holding," refers to hold hands with fingers interlocked.(恋人つなぎ)

This is mathematically lewder than the normal hand holding since the surface area of contact is greater.

Azusagawa Sakuta 梓川咲太 holding hands with fingers interlocked with Sakurajima Mai 桜島麻衣, example of koibito-tsunagi 恋人繋ぎ. Lewd.
Left: Azusagawa Sakuta 梓川咲太
Right: Sakurajima Mai 桜島麻衣
Anime: Seishun Buta Yarou wa Bunny Girl Senpai no Yume wo Minai, 青春ブタ野郎はバニーガール先輩の夢を見ない (Episode 2, Censored)
  • Context: a couple of teenagers perform obscenities in public.
Yoshikawa Chinatsu 吉川ちなつ non-consensually hold hands with fingers interlocked with Akaza Akari 赤座あかり, example of koibito-tsunagi 恋人繋ぎ.
Attacker: Yoshikawa Chinatsu 吉川ちなつ
Victim: Akaza Akari 赤座あかり
Anime: Yuru Yuri ゆるゆり (Episode 5, Censored)
  • Context: non-consensual hand holding.


The term akushu 握手 translates to "handshake." It literally means "to grasp," "to grip," "to hold," nigiru 握る, hands. A handshake occurs when two people hold hands temporarily and shake them to signify agreement or approval. It's a ritual customary of decadent societies.

Alex Louis Armstrong, アレックス・ルイ・アームストロング and Sig Curtis シグ・カーティス doing a "handshake," akushu 握手.
Left: Sig Curtis シグ・カーティス
Right: Alex Louis Armstrong, アレックス・ルイ・アームストロング
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist, Hagane no Renkinjutsushi 鋼の錬金術師 (2003) (Episode 30, Censored)
  • Context: two men remove their clothes and touch each other.
Mio 澪 witnesses the guy she likes holding hands with someone else and becomes jealous.
Character: Mio
Anime: Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu 月が導く異世界道中 (Episode 10, Censored)


The term yubi-kiri 指切り, meaning literally "finger cutting," refers to a pinky promise, also called a pinky swear: the act of making a promise by interlacing only the little finger (the pinky finger). It's also known as yubi-kiri-genman 指切りげんまん, due to a phrase commonly said when doing it:

  • yubi-kiri-genman, {uso φ tsuitara} hari φ senbon nomasu
    Finger-cutting, a hundred punches, {if [you] spew lies}, [I] will make [you] swallow a hundred needles.
Makise Kurisu 牧瀬紅莉栖 and Okabe Rintarou 岡部倫太郎 make a "[pinky promise]," yubi-kiri genman 指切りげんまん.
Left: Makise Kurisu 牧瀬紅莉栖
Right: Okabe Rintarou 岡部倫太郎
Anime: Steins;Gate 0 (Episode 8, Censored)
  • Context: a smol but nonetheless lewd hand hold.

By the way, in the past, yubi 指, "finger," could refer to "hand," te 手, so yubi-kiri meant te-kiri 手切り, "hand-cutting," which is said to have become another word when corrupted: chigiri 契, "pact," "promise."(日本大百科全書:指切り)


The term "high five" in Japanese is hai tacchi ハイタッチ, a katakanization for "high touch." This is a wasei-eigo 和製英語, since "high touch" doesn't mean "high five" in English. A high five occurs when two people slap the palms of their hands together at head height or higher.

Left: Senkuu 千空
Right: Chrome, クロム
Anime: Dr. Stone, ドクターストーン (Episode 23, Censored)
  • Context: a quick hand hold.


A "fist bump" in Japanese is called a guu tacchi グータッチ. Unlike the high five, the palms don't touch in a fist bump, so it's not lewd, and not hand holding.

  • guu
    The act of making a fist.
    (mimetic word.)
    • guu, paa, choki
      Rock, paper, scissors.
    • janken
      How to say "rock, paper, scissors" in Japanese, like in "to decide using rock, paper, scissors," janken de kimeru じゃんけん決める.


Not all hand holding is premeditated. Sometimes, hand holding is accidental. It's a depraved act nonetheless, and it's often just blatant fanservice for yuri and BL shippers.

See also: fujoshi 腐女子.

Katarina Claes カタリナ・クラエス and Maria Campbell マリア・キャンベル holding hands. Lewd.
Left: Katarina Claes カタリナ・クラエス
Right: Maria Campbell マリア・キャンベル
Anime: Otome Game no Hametsu Flag Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei Shiteshimatta…, 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった… (Episode 4, Censored)
  • Context: the protagonist accidentally hold hands with her rival..
Shindou Hikaru 進藤ヒカル and Touya Akira 塔矢アキラ holding hands. Lewd.
Top: Shindou Hikaru 進藤ヒカル
Bottom: Touya Akira 塔矢アキラ
Anime: Hikaru no Go ヒカルの碁 (Episode 3, Censored)
  • Context: the protagonist accidentally hold hands with his rival.


Exceptionally, some characters have managed to protect themselves against hand holding.

Ichii Tooru 一井透 and Momoki Run 百木るん holding hands using overly long sleeves (moe-sode 萌え袖) as protection.
Left: Ichii Tooru 一井透
Right: Momoki Run 百木るん
Anime: A-Channel, Aチャンネル (Episode 4)
Left: Gojou Satoru 五条悟
Right: Jougo 漏瑚
Anime: Jujutsu Kaisen 呪術廻戦 (Episode 7)
  • Context: Gojou's special ability is that he can stop enemies from holding his hand.
    • Begone thot.


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  1. LMAO. I love how this post looks dead serious, but it's just an elaborate joke. Gotta love Gojo's special technique that prevents this kind of immoral act!
    Thank you, I laughed hard