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Spitz’s Incoherent Rambles: Fan-Service

October 11, 2013

Vividred20Operation20-200120-20Larg I think I’ll start off right up-front and remind anyone reading this that a male is writing this article, and as such, I’m not going to try and sit here and hide the fact that the female body is appealing to me, sometimes even in an animated form.
But while I imagine just about any guy out there isn’t immune to fan-service in some shape or form, I can most certainly say with confidence that it’s a part of anime that, more often than not, feels completely unnecessary to me.

My opinion on fan-service isn’t complicated, really, and just like everything else found within the medium, it can be done well, and it can be done terribly.
One of my biggest guilty pleasures as far as anime series go, is Strike Witches. While I found its younger cousin, Vividred Operation (see the behind above)’s fan-service overbearing because it was fan-service just for the sake of fan-service; Strike Witches didn’t bother me all that much because the fan-service on show generally made sense within the context of the world in which that anime takes place (save for the excessive amount of bath scenes found in that series, which I have no excuses to make for).
I think series like Haiyore! Nyaruko-san and Mayo Chiki! can be tolerable as well, for while they more-or-less revolve around fan-service, they embrace it and build a lot of their comedy around it.
Vividred and something like 11 Eyes (ugh) on the other hand, seemingly go to lengths to shove excessive amounts of fan-service in your face for no real reason.
In a nutshell, if it makes sense from a story standpoint in some weird way, by all means, have your fan-service; but if it’s just there to be eye-candy, it feels like a waste of time. We live in the internet age. If you want to see birthday suits, they’re but a mouse click away. Anime run-times are generally pretty short, so wasting any portion of that on fan-service when it could’ve been used on something more beneficial to the story or characterization seems like a crime to me.

At the end of the day though, while I generally feel like fan-service is almost always unnecessary and often obnoxious, I love the fact that if a creator wants it in their series, they’re allowed to have it. It’s another one of those things that, as someone living in the U.S. (where people would flip their tables in outrage at it), is refreshing to see in a weird way. While I don’t always welcome it, I hope it is allowed to continue to exist.
It’s perfectly fine to dislike something which someone has created, but it’s only fine so long as you’ve let them do what they feel they want to do with it before you start trying to pass judgement.

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