Does fan service make or break animes?
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Fan service can be the icing on the cake of a great anime. It's all up to personal preference, how much fan service is too much? Are anime that rely on fan service "bad"
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Posted 11/21/13
No such thing as "too" much fanservice...
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It depends on how it is pulled off.

If an anime uses fanservice scenes in moderation and skilfully integrates it within the scenario (such as well-placed/timed panty shots during a high-speed battle), then those kinds of fanservice could effectively spice up the scene.

If an anime, on the other hand, loads itself with a crap ton of fanservice scenes just for the sake of having fanservice and blatantly shoves it down your throat instead of executing it seamlessly, then it just tends to ruin the scene. Just like how you can't just randomly put fight scenes all over an episode and expect it to be good, you just can't put fanservice scenes randomly throughout an episode without thought and expect it to work.

As for me, anime relying on fanservice are only "bad" if they're not executed properly. Take High School DxD and Kanokon as an example. Both shows completely rely on fanservice as their driving factor, but in my opinion as a fanservice lover, High School DxD was an awesome show while Kanokon was just plain garbage. Why is that? It's because while both shows are loaded with explicit fanservice, High School DxD actually pulled it off skilfully and seamlessly, and backed it up with character development and a decent plot. Kanokon, on the other hand, just shoved mindless fanservice over and over towards the viewer's face and did not even give a damn about character development or substance.

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Depends, If I'm trying to enjoy a serious story then fanservice defiantly breaks it for me, but for shows that don't take themselves too seriously or rely heavily on fanservice then not really.
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Posted 11/22/13

mahoshojo03 wrote:


If an anime uses fanservice scenes in moderation and skilfully integrates it within the scenario (such as well-placed/timed panty shots during a high-speed battle), then those kinds of fanservice could effectively spice up the scene.


Ehh, I find ass shots very distracting in fights, it takes away any seriousness or jeopardy in my opinion.
Posted 11/22/13 , edited 11/22/13

AnimeKami wrote:

No such thing as "too" much fanservice...


holly balls, I actually agree with you on something.
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Fan service might be appropriate to the story, but that usually only holds trued in certain genres. I think a big problem with how fan service is presented in anime is that so many anime series are based on manga, but are severely shortened versions of the original story. Whereas the fan service might have made sense in the fuller manga version, its context is often lost in the production of the anime version--but don't think that will make the producers reconsider keeping it! A painfully recent example is Episode 7 of Ars Nova (Arpeggio of Blue Steel). Six solid episodes of story and character development and then--oops!--groping, grinding, and swimsuits! Yeah, that made perfect sense.

There's honestly nothing wrong with fan service, but it would be nice if it actually advanced or at least contributed to the story.
Posted 11/22/13
Sometimes it is just so out of place it ruins those great scenes.

Then there are times (WA2 Spoiler)


If a point of a show is simply for fan service it is fine. If a show is for the story and relationships between the characters - fan service is acceptable when used appropriately.
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I've dropped more than a few anime within the first 30 seconds due to most of the screentime belonging to panties, but that's usually just the anime that has no plot beyond pervert bait (simply would've taken a little longer to realize how bad it was). That's not to say there are none that are MADE because of the fan service, just few very good ones and a lot of mediocre ones. (If all One Piece women had flat chests, while it would be strange, I would still watch it)
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I don't think it makes it or breaks it. I personally don't mind an anime showing alot of fan service. Although when it gets put it front and center and the story and plot gets pushed aside, it becomes kind of predictable and boring at times.

However, I've watched a handful of anime with nothing but fan service all the way through and enjoyed them.
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Posted 11/22/13
it greatly depends on execution. there's a vast difference between anime that can pull off having fan service while providing the necessary components to still have an interesting and enjoyable show (High School DXD, Aesthetica of a rogue hero, Freezing, Yuushibu), and a show that is literally nothing more than fan service (IS2, Eiken, Dakara Boku wa H ga Dekinai, Girls Bravo!)
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Posted 11/22/13
Just so long as it isn't too much.
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Fan service only makes sense to me when an established and well-liked character shows off their swimsuit for the beach episode or what have you. Fairy Tail is a good example of actually getting the characters some fans before doling out the fan service.

Even when it makes sense to have it in the first place, though, it takes at least a little creativity to put it in without it being too random and distracting. Same as comic relief, preaching a moral, anything.
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Bouncy anime boobs and upskirt panty shots don't really do it for me, I accept that they're a part of shows the same as trees in the background. I just don't care very much. So shows that are too gratuitous in their portrayal of these things can break an anime for me to some extent if that's all it has to offer.

Honestly, for me, "Fan Service" is quirky anime girls with cute idiosyncrasies who can make me laugh. That pleases me FAR more than just seeing weirdly proportioned boobs over and over again for no reason. I'll gravitate more towards moe blob stuff than over the top harems any day.
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Posted 11/22/13

W2MANIME wrote:

Fan service can be the icing on the cake of a great anime. It's all up to personal preference, how much fan service is too much? Are anime that rely on fan service "bad"


Sorry, but I'm closing this as we already have a thread about this. Please add your thoughts there.

/forumtopic-813455/is-fan-service-a-bad-thing

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