1. This looks like a normal gag for normies to me. I saw "worse" (e.g. a child's penis) in children's shows.Yeah, I've been watching anime since the late 90s, renting VHS from Hollywood videos and joining my anime club since that was the only way back then
This was typical OVAs back then and they've softened up to appeal to normies who'll abandoned the hobby in a few years
2. This is (1) an OVA, not a typical anime, which (2) started out as porn but was softened up to appeal to normies during production, and (3) was released in 1986.
3. I said "Jap normies". While I admire and can relate* to your commitment to pantsu, your experience as an (1) American (2) hobbyist is not relevant. For normies, it isn't even a hobby in the first place - they turn on the tv, see a cartoon, and either keep watching or change the channel. I'm talking about the animation industry of the second-largest first-world country. It can't possibly be entirely or largely sustained by perverts and outcasts, whether foreign or domestic.
*I was a fantasy geek growing up. Game of Thrones went so mainstream there were billboards all over my city with streaming service ads saying "find out if Jon lives" and the name of the service. But when I was growing up, you had to be a gold star autist to have even heard of the books. I did because I read Dragon Magazine, which I fucking imported.
We really need a Jap's expert opinion to settle this. Which is it - could you talk cartoons around a water cooler or reminisce about watching them growing up, or would you draw wild stares like you talked about armor class from a Solamnic Plate + Boots of Speed combo?