Vice in Paradise: Fanservice Edition

Topic started by gia on March 2, 2009. Last post by dagas 5 years, 6 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Fanservice: love it or hate it, it's a significant part of many major anime series (and it's not just fanservice for guys, either. Ahem!).

  


What do you think?
Post by Black_Rose (1,204 posts) See mini bio Level 11
I love my fanservice in any type of anime when it's not too much or too exaggerated. In dramas, Evangelion is a perfect example of how I like it, not too extreme and not as often, Misato and Asuka...*drools*, Gurren Lagann is another great example.

On comedies is almost the same, I don't mind if they come more regularly though (Ichigo 100%, Kodomo no Jikan), but when shows live only for fanservice, like you can spend two seconds without a panty shot it bores me, that's the thing I dislike the most about Girl's High (or High School Girls), it was good fun but it relied too much on those moments to get an audience and in the end it just seemed desperate. 

Post by Calaveras (79 posts) See mini bio Level 1
i can't even hear the sound of the video.
Post by Black_Rose (1,204 posts) See mini bio Level 11
Calaveras said:
"i can't even hear the sound of the video.
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Must be a problem on your end, I can hear it just fine.
Post by Sonata (35,387 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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I'm not a big fan of heavy duty Fanservice ( Like Agent Aika), I'm sorta at a moderate level, I Like Ikki Tousen but I would have loved it so much more if they cut down the fanservice just a little bit.
Post by Niko (865 posts) See mini bio Level 8
Fanservice? In our Vice?!

I like a medium to medium high in some shows, but it obviously doesn't belong in all shows. I also don't tend to like all the moe romance shows. Some are fine, but for example, I couldn't get into Kanon.
Post by otakureview (47 posts) See mini bio Level 1
Oooh nice topic choice, wish I had done it first ^_^

I like fan service that serves a purpose much like what you stated. When it is a romantic/harem comedy, I expect there to be mid to high levels of fan service and will actually enjoy it to a point. When it become gratuitous is where I draw the line there though. If the staff can come up with clever ways to insert the fan service than I'm all for it. When it becomes a repetitive action (i.e. Yoichi grabbing someone's breasts on accident in every other episode of Asu no Yoichi) it starts to get annoying.

As for fan service in dramas, I can deal with it and don't have an issue with it as long as once again it is inserted in something that resembles a clever way.

Post by RedRoses (1,437 posts) See mini bio Level 14
Oh snaps Gia oppai / tanima! I think I'm about to faint ;P (I think I spend too much time on Danny Choo's site because I just instantly thought of those random Japanese vocab words when ~bam~ fan service shot :P)

I also only like fan service for comedic values. When there's fanservice every two seconds, I get tired and bored of whatever I'm watching quite fast. Like I really love Ouran High School Host Club because it's fanservice was hilarious. I was rolling on the floor dying of laughter in some of its scenes because of how stupidly funny the fanservice is.

I prefer my fanservice to stay away from my dramatic animes. When something with high tension is involved and a fanservice shot appears, I'm just -_- because it ruins the mood. Action is fine, it makes perfect sense to add fanservice there since it almost practically begs to have fanservice panty shots and whatever.
Post by OkazukiIchigo (350 posts) See mini bio Level 11
To be honest, I'm not into harem/comedy fanservice. It's too overrated to me personally, since that joke keeps on getting used. Like Rosario + Vampire, on how much panty shots you get to see in Capu2 in within a few minutes no less. It just annoys me when, they have their skirts so short that people can generally see them and having a reaction on calling them "perverts". I really hate the aspect of "fanservice" towards anime fandom because everyone assumes its generally "panty-shots" to oppai.

Ouran Host Club can be a example of fanservice, yes but they do it in a way that represents like a parody. Making it overexegerate like Hikaru and Kaoru's love confessions.

In the end, its all about marketing. They generally use these concepts as an advantage so that people will see their show.

Post by jlrm01 (198 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I generally don't prefer series whose main purpose is the provide fan service or have a great deal of it. The fan service itself is cool with me, but I rather spend my time watching something else. If I had infinite time I would watch them, too, but I don't. However, having said that, I loved Agent Aika, despite the panty overload. On Ikki Tousen, I found myself fast-forwarding the anime... something I almost never do. After a while, I just stopped watching it (but I love the fan art and the official art is quite awesome, too, hehehe).
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Fanservice...meh... normally I don't care since in about 80% of shows it seems to only really distract you from what's going on, and tends to be pretty shallow.

I DO like however what is called "service to the fans", where the production seems to acknowledge their fans and their tastes by doing something actually original that they know their fans will get ("fanservice" seems more like just a buzzword nowadays). Example, Kagami doing Rin/Miku Hatsune cosplay, Minoru Shiraishi singing "wa-wa-wa-wasuremono" which originally became popular purely as a meme on Nico^2 douga, Sayonara Zetsubou sensei parodying anime quotes with things written on the chalkboard sometimes..... that kind of stuff. Although all the ones I just mentioned are from comedy shows, there are several instances of this kind of stuff in more normal and serious shows as well (like cameo characters in the background from other shows a particular production company has done).
Post by jlrm01 (198 posts) See mini bio Level 7
HeeroYuy said:
"Fanservice...meh... normally I don't care since in about 80% of shows it seems to only really distract you from what's going on, and tends to be pretty shallow.

I DO like however what is called "service to the fans", where the production seems to acknowledge their fans and their tastes by doing something actually original that they know their fans will get ("fanservice" seems more like just a buzzword nowadays). Example, Kagami doing Rin/Miku Hatsune cosplay, Minoru Shiraishi singing "wa-wa-wa-wasuremono" which originally became popular purely as a meme on Nico^2 douga, Sayonara Zetsubou sensei parodying anime quotes with things written on the chalkboard sometimes..... that kind of stuff. Although all the ones I just mentioned are from comedy shows, there are several instances of this kind of stuff in more normal and serious shows as well (like cameo characters in the background from other shows a particular production company has done).
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Aren't they all "fanservice"?. Fanservice on a mecha show might be the robots or explanations of how they work, or whatever. I just automatically think of panties and stuff when I think of fanservice, but it doesn't have to be... Or is there actually more than one phrase / word to describe the different types?
Post by Nebs (106 posts) See mini bio Level 2

Gia fan-service!

I love fan-service in my anime, but only if it's done right.  & not shown ALL the time.  I HATED Naga in the Slayers movies because she wore nothing but that skimpy outfit that showed off her goods all the freaking time.  I had similar feelings about Yoko in Gurren Lagann at first as well.  Fan-service should be a treat, not something flaunted in every frame.  How is it enjoyable if we're exposed to it constantly?

Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Nebs: On Naga, I think that was part of the joke...Yoko too, on some point. Like when they had her put on a swimsuit and the guys were like "wtf, it covers up more than your regular clothes!" and she tried to explain why.

That said, I like Yoko as much for her personality as her hot bod. ;)
Post by rocketbomber (226 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Any level of fan service is acceptable.  Hell, I liked *Girls Bravo* for gods' sakes.

Does fan service ever get in the way?  Sure it does.  But not if the point is fan service to begin with.  It's kind of like playing a trump card, though.  Once the full-blown full-monty is out there, plot, characterization, and any semblance of drama are usually out the window (as noted, it works best in comedies)

My Complaint About Fan Service is the bait-and-switch -- so many shows have a first episode that is so full of fan service that it bears repeated watching... [*cough*] just so that one can compile proper statistics for eventual reporting to the proper authorities, of course -- but the Grand Potential (for fanservice) demonstrated in the first episode suddenly evaporates, until mid-season anyway with the beach and/or hotsprings episode. They do it on purpose, methinks. 
Post by jlrm01 (198 posts) See mini bio Level 7
gia said:
"Nebs: On Naga, I think that was part of the joke...Yoko too, on some point. Like when they had her put on a swimsuit and the guys were like "wtf, it covers up more than your regular clothes!" and she tried to explain why.

That said, I like Yoko as much for her personality as her hot bod. ;)
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I loved both Naga and Yoko for their hot bods... and I really digged Naga after a while, too, for other reasons. I actually missed Naga in the TV series, as I wanted to see her boo... eh, her fights / rivalry against Lina. ^_^;
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I love fanservice for the most part. I love the type of fanservice that is in shows like Shuffle!, Rosario + Vampire, Zero no Tsukaima, and even Strike Witches. Full Metal Panic keeps a good job overall on just having the fanservice there but not detracting from the story. Fanservice goes with the Shuffle! anime so it makes sense to be there. The main time I hate fanservice is if the character designs are unattractive and/or the anime sucks and they try to cover that up with fanservice. Example Boobnaut(Dragonaut) and Sekirei(I hate the designs and basically everything).
Post by ComradeCrash (152 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I think its okay in small doses...but overall most of the time the fanservice doesn't add anything that just suggesting would (In the anime that I watch).  I feel that fanservice is the reason that I can't sit with non anime fans and watch a show with them.  With people that watch anime, they understand why its there (Japanese people are just wierd :P ) but non anime people think that its pornographic and bad.
Post by Devilly (5,329 posts) See mini bio Level 10
00:50 well that`s kinda Gonzo`s fault that`s why i always prefered the manga over the anime ^^ more gore, blood and less pantsu next season please >> and just around the To Love Ru level is still kinda my limit XD but yeah only in comedy`s and not in drama or action series :)
Post by MoonStorm (360 posts) See mini bio Level 9
Low level of fan service. I hate to much fan service exempt in a comedy like Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. Other than than not that big of a fan serve guy in other shows.

What I don't get is whay no one have a normal reaction to some naked like a sarcastic remark or something. I mean have the character do someting than just have nosebleeds every dam time.
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