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Hey Everybody,

I recently joined crunchyroll premium because I have always loved anime, ever since watching Dragon Ball z and pokemon as a kid. I've really been enjoying the selection here and its great to be part of a community that watches anime on a licensed site.
But I have been concerned about what appears to be a growing area of sexualization in anime. I don't mean that sexualizaton has never been there, goodness no. There have been popular anime with nudity and stuff since before the age of Tenchi Muyo.
But I think that theres this new trend going on, to include boobie shots, awkward conversations, and shower scenes in almost every anime. (except the really dark or horror ones, wierd, its like they only focus on one vice in these shows).
Its really awkward, I'm a guy, and I really want to respect girls and not be lusting after them. I recently had to stop watching No Game No Life, it was by far my favorite story on here. But I felt like I couldn't respect women and watch a show that seems to take every opportunity to portray them as sex objects and make them strip.
And lately it seems like every new shonen show I've tried to watch, Nanana's buried treasure, Railwars, even SAO II has had these really awkward moments every now and then.
I mean if its about money, sure they say sex sells, but integrity also sells. G rated films still sell the best of any category. Just saying.

Kudos to Aldnoah Zero and Sailor Moon for being more modest.

Maybe we should have a rating system here on crunchy roll.
Anyways, thoughts?
Just so you know, I'm not trying to start any kind of arguing or anything, everybody please just share your own opinion.
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Posted 7/14/14 , edited 7/14/14
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Fan Service.

It's true that the sexualization in anime has been increasing recently,
but a big part of that is tending to what the viewers (majority wise) want.
After all, an anime won't be successful if it doesn't sell,
and right now in this generation,
sexualization seems to be key.
That and people are getting lazy.
So many anime are coming out that originality is pretty much like a hay in the needlestack.
Why go through the effort to make something stand out in integrity,
when you can make the same (if not similar) sales with a few panty shots?



...or something like that?
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Posted 7/14/14
*blink* You should finish NGNL, its awesome *blink*

Otherwise I dont have much to say here.
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I generally enjoy harem's and anime where a lot of the humour is focused on sexual situations or characters being perverted. However, I do agree that on occasion some anime take it too far where the comedic (or in general just gentle fan service) factor is lost and it ruins the integrity of the show. Overall, as long as the fan-service isn't too explicit and isn't a detriment to the show or a character then I have no problem with it.

ps. I heavily disagree with you when it comes to No Game No Life. Yes there is a lot of sexual humour on the show but at the same time the show has a predominately female cast (there are only two male characters). The show does use these characters for sexual humour and fan-service but at the same time highlights their actual personality. For example, Steph is actually very organised and is acknowledged for her ability to manage the country while Sora and Shiro plan their victory. Shiro is a straight-up genius who's tactical knowledge is un-matched even by her brother Sora. Personally I have no problem with a show using characters for sexual purposes as long as it doesn't define who the characters are.
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Today I read a comment on... I think YouTube, about something like this. It's to mainly sell the figurines of the female characters. As it stands right now the only people buying are the otaku whose lives are dedicated to anime (of course you could argue that stuff like AoT/One Piece are non-otaku aimed material that is a cash cow but that's beside the point) and who are willing to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars on merchandise of their favorite females. What other money grabber for them other than hug pillows? Figures.

It's pretty frustrating to witness, but at the same time I get where the creators are coming from. They need money to continue making other great shows, and there really isn't any other alternative than to resort to digging into the otaku's wallets.

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Posted 7/14/14

Sacae89 wrote:

*blink* You should finish NGNL, its awesome *blink*

Otherwise I dont have much to say here.


How can you not love it?
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Oh yea, I hate when they don't show fanservice too. I am deeply concerned about the level of sexualization in anime.
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I personally believe in artistic freedom over objectification issues.

Sometimes it's crucial to the plot to sexualise a particular gender; whether male or female; like in flowers in evil, they show a girl's bra when shirt was soaked in rain, and the guy getting turned on by that; it's important to the character development.

In NGNL, the sexualisation is totally pointless... But I don't feel like I look at women as objects (even if the animators thought that way). I'm not bothered by it, I just appreciate the female form... If you aren't objectifying them in your head, you shouldn't feel guilty about it.
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It sells :T

I could do without it, and unless it's all the show contains, it's fine.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:
Sometimes it's crucial to the plot to sexualise a particular gender; whether male or female; like in flowers in evil, they show a girl's bra when shirt was soaked in rain, and the guy getting turned on by that; it's important to the character development.

Or in Kill la Kill when clothing turned out to be aliens.
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You ever sit down and actually watch some of those G or PG rated things you are letting your kids watch? Writers for a show can get by with SO MUCH SHIT because the kids they are selling to don't know a thing they are actually hearing!

Sexualisation of both male and female has existed in Anime (and other parts of the entertainment sector) since... well pretty much since it started. If you can't deal with the amount you see now, best either get used to it fast, or find something new to be interested in. It isn't going away, it's always been there.
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Posted 7/14/14 , edited 7/14/14

Charlieandthetrollingfactory wrote:


Sacae89 wrote:

*blink* You should finish NGNL, its awesome *blink*

Otherwise I dont have much to say here.


How can you not love it?


EXACTLY
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You can't reslly stop it since majority of anime viewers in Japan (where it matters) are basement dwellers who need their constant fap material in their entertainment. I'm also concerned about the constant fanservice in anime and it makes ne feel ashamed to have anime as a hobby sometimes when I see things like that and even more when I see the fanbase asking for more. Very sad.
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Posted 7/14/14 , edited 7/14/14
There's good fanservice and there's bad fanservice when it comes to anime.
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Posted 7/14/14

bathroom64 wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:
Sometimes it's crucial to the plot to sexualise a particular gender; whether male or female; like in flowers in evil, they show a girl's bra when shirt was soaked in rain, and the guy getting turned on by that; it's important to the character development.

Or in Kill la Kill when clothing turned out to be aliens.


Would def join nudist beach
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