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Posted 4/7/15

ReadingTheStars95 wrote:

Personally.. I can understand some of the dislike it gets.. But if I am going to be watching a show simply for fan service, more than likely I would be watching an Ecchi.. I'm somewhat indifferent about it in your everyday anime, as long as it doesn't get in the way of the story. To put it simply, It is welcome if it isn't overdone.


This. If it gets in the way or isn't tastefully done, get it out of my face.
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I think"fan service" detracts from animes credibility as an art medium and limits it's appeal to a narrower demographic.
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I really don't mind it. I probably enjoy those action-harem shows the most when done right and has a strong MC. (i.e. Trinity Seven, Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, Testament of Sister New Devil)
But I am not a fan of every single girl needs to have F-cup or larger breasts. One or two in the show is ok. But it isn't as interesting if they all do.
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pirththee wrote:

I think"fan service" detracts from animes credibility as an art medium and limits it's appeal to a narrower demographic.


I think you're right about the demographic part, but I also think art and entertainment media can be 2 different things and don't really agree on that point
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Posted 4/7/15 , edited 4/8/15

BradleyDMC wrote:


pirththee wrote:

I think"fan service" detracts from animes credibility as an art medium and limits it's appeal to a narrower demographic.


I think you're right about the demographic part, but I also think art and entertainment media can be 2 different things and don't really agree on that point


Art for Art's sake?Possibly.If a tree falls in the forrest ,and there's nobody around to hear it,does it make a sound?
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I don't mind fan service. Mainly because to me, fan service isn't restricted to panties and other such things. Fan service is about things the fans wants to see, so i don't understand how people have come to view fan service exclusively to be about stuff like panties and breasts.

Well, with the amount of shows putting their main attraction as these things lately, i guess i can see where they are coming from...but still.
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Some shows it works for, such as Highschool of the dead, and the boob physics are laughable, but for the most part I just can't take an anime serious if they rely on fanservice for pretty much anything.

Subtle fanservice can be good (giggity) like naruto does it really well in my opinion.
The "I tripped and landed with my head inbetween your legs and with my hands on your boobs" kind of fanservice makes me cringe.
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Fan Service is awesome when its treated with comical elements or dark moments which deepen the story rather than just pandering to those going through puberty. The likes of Cross Ange is how you do it right in my opinion - its a serious anime with loads of actions, thats beyond question and its mature storytelling is dark in places yet on the flipside its full of fan service all of which doesnt feature fan service for the sake of it but because its proper LOL moments or as a i touched on before to further develop sections of the plot (like the scene with her female captain).

As such i really enjoy fan service in my anime where its appropriate and im not phased by it when done right... fan service and humour go hand and hand as long as its not too OTT i can overlook it and in fact enjoy the humour it brings to comedy anime - there is a lot of fanservice in How to raise a boring girlfriend but its not offensive by any means. Its when its a bit TOO much that i sometimes feel a bit... well i have to turn down the volume thats for sure when i see Testement of sister new devil or My sister has begun to act unusual because some of those scenes are borderline hentai.
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Fan service is shit. That's all.
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I don't mind at all that fan service exists in anime. I just really wish it wasn't the majority of series being produced.

Good series get passed by because they're viewed as things that won't sell as well, vs very fetishy series that get multiple seasons . I mean, obviously, this is a problem as much in the industry as it is in the fanbases..piracy and things of that nature are playing a pretty big role in some of that. I want to say here that everyone should support the creators as much as possible, but not everyone (including myself) has the money or means to do that.
I obviously don't mean series can't have attractive or cute characters, but when shots are done in such a way that you're specifically meant to be viewing them sexually...are kind of uncomfortable when it is in virtually every series.
Like, I'm not saying there shouldn't be T&A series, or whatever Free! counts as (pecs and ass? shoulders and thighs?).......but I would like ..say...70% of series to be just well done, and avoid a lot of the really terrible fanservice-y cliches (falling, hand on boob, constant upskirts, gay baiting two male characters, harem, etc)...and then, hey, that left over 30% ....go wild. But, the majority of producers, I'd like to see focus on good stories and interesting characters instead of focusing on how many dakimakuras they can sell.

This is obviously a pipe dream, because I don't think a majority of good vs a minority of bad exists in any media or art form. movies, western series, written word..most is not very good, with a few exceptions.
But I do agree with Miyazaki, and other voices that the way the anime industry is now, it's reputation and credibility as a story telling and art format has gone down.
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I think that fan-service should take the back seat for character development and plot. It works better that way because it will make you care more about those moments. I've seen a fair share of fan-service but a favorite of mine has to be the panty shot scene in the first WUG movie. I think it made my heart skip a beat.
Fan-service should also be reserved enough not to be annoying or uncomfortable. It gets annoying when about 50% of the shots in a scene is pointless fanservice and it's uncomfortable when the character is too young or situation doesn't call for it. That episode where the cousin is introduced in Saekano had many talking scenes filled with pointless fan-service. It got to the point of annoyance since these scenes were essentially just talking head but with fan-service shots.
Posted 4/7/15 , edited 4/7/15
It really gets on my nerves when I'm watching a serious type anime and then they put in unnecessary fan service, tbh it kinda puts me off the anime completely.
For example I've heard a lot of good things about Gurren Lagann but the fan service put me off it totally ( plus someone spoilt the ending anyway).

A good anime shouldn't really need fan service in my opinion.
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I understand that fan-service is a hook at the start of many shows, or for the whole show, and it doesn't usually bother me. If I liked the show despite the fan-service, and it is being voyeuristic where the subject is not being violated I don't mind.

However, there are some shows that go too far with groping and molestation. If it's a crime and it's only purpose is for titillation and isn't integral to the story I don't like it. If the crime is significant to the story it gets complicated. I question why the situation was crafted for arousal. If it seems contrived to give the main protagonist motivation to do some heroic thing I don't like that whole plot-line. I'd prefer for the writing to be more subtle and less revenge fantasy.
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I don't mind it as long as it's not the main sustenance for a series or franchise. Fan service should be like icing on the cake. Cake is great without icing but it's superb with it.
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Generally I don't mind, but it always depends on the situation (things like how serious the rest of the show is, or what type of fan-service we're talking about) I mean its just a case of time and place really, just like any other aspect of storytelling.
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