10) Humiliation Shows Character, Breasts
Case Study: Code Geass
Code Geass really tries to set itself apart from other robot-filled dramas made in the studios of Sunrise. For starters, the main character isn't much of a hero. He's Lelouch, a ruthless, egotistical teenager gifted with godlike powers, not unlike the star of Death Note. In the alternate reality envisioned by Code Geass, a massive British-American empire invades poor innocent Japan, and only the manipulative Lelouch and his mind-controlling abilities can free the country (for completely selfish reasons, that is). Code Geass also gives the role of lead robot pilot, normally reserved for a male character in Sunrise shows, to Kallen, a young woman in a Japanese resistance cell.
Was Code Geass a huge hit in Japan? Yes. Yes, it was.