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Fanservice :3

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Maantijger, Jan 5, 2016.

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  1. Maantijger

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    Anyone's who's watched any amount of anime knows that fanservice is pretty much a staple. There's even a couple series that revolve around it, the infamous ecchi series.
    What's your opinion on fanservice? Do you like it, find it distracting?
    I'm gonna be honest here, I love fanservice. Call me a pervert, but I think it makes a series more enjoyable to watch, for obvious reasons. Then again, if there's no plot at all and the characters are annoying the series will still fail for me. Prime example of this is Kanokon, probably my least favorite anime. While the animation wasn't bad, the main character was despicable and the girls never gave up on him even though he treated them like trash for no reason. It was painful to watch. The series that blended fanservice in the best, in my opinion, are Shokugeki no Souma and Kill la Kill because having the fanservice there added to the experience and/or the plot too and it made sense that it was there, instead of just throwing it in for no reason like some other series, like in Rakudai Kishi no Eiyuutan for example. I think it's also annoying when it's not timed well, like during an emotional or serious scene. For me fanservice is a nice bonus but it's not an excuse for a series to throw all sense and plot out of the window. Shame on you, Kanokon >_>
     
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  2. mweep

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    Honestly, it depends on the show, intended audience, and character. I'm fine with some, and yes, it does add flavor(sometimes), but excessive fanservice is annoying. And when it becomes nothing but fanservice, I'm out.

    For video games and such(specifically mmorpg's), just stop. Sure, some fanservice is fine. But every time I play a female character, whether for a specific class or for roleplaying or some other reason, I want reasonable armour, and something that looks functional, at least. Female video game armour is the worst, sometimes. It caters entirely to male(hetero) population, and is frustrating sometimes.

    Yes, if my character looks sexy I'm fine with that. But I should be able to have options for that. And where are my sexy male avatars?
     
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    What makes a game/show great should be its plot, character development, or its gameplay. To me at least. So i don't really give a crap about graphics. I love a good art style and if its really well done, then great. But I have no problem playing a game with N64 graphics if its more fun to play. Shows, i don't hardly watch any, but whatever. As far as fanservice falls in, I just try not to focus on it much. I don't need the distraction of half-naked girls when I'm playing an amazing game. The shantae series comes to mind- character development in that game is phenomenal, and yet it has quite the sketchy outfits on almost every character. Everyone makes fun of me for playing a game centered around a belly dancer but I honestly don't spend much time looking at these costumes, I love the series for its story and characters. Fan service is going to happen... i just try not to look at it much. I need a real girlfriend xD
     
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    To me, "Fanservice" is synonymous with "Satan".

    It's terrible. It destroys character integrity, promotes unnecessary sexualization, and is a cheap way to gain approval by appealing to the fans that can't get their minds out of the gutter. (Which are usually 90% of fans)

    Please don't take offense, this is only my opinion and not the absolute truth.
     
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    I sometimes like it, under two conditions.

    1: It's done in a (relatively) classy and responsible way. Constant upskirts and shirts coming unbuttoned and every lady's clothes being ripped to shreds at every available moment is not cool by my tastes. However, the occasional gratuitous angle of view or a character who is very confident with their own body is okay by me. I'm just advising moderation (and that they keep it on adults).

    2: They don't put it on only one sex. Yeah, I'm a hetero man, but it feels negatively objectifying if every lady has triple-D breasts that are constantly falling out of their shirts and are awkwardly and accidentally almost-naked all the time. But if there's also chiseled-abs guys with sparkly eyes who sometimes end up in these "where are my clothes" situations and having their shirts ripped off, then it feels more balanced. Like I said, I'm hetero, but I won't exactly die if I see a man with more sexyness than me and with less clothes than me.
     
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    I'm not against it as long as it doesn't take away from the show itself. It can even bring humor in, such as how some characters teleport foot first into other characters' faces if they even try to mention it. Part of my thought is that there are different body sizes. Not everyone is average, some are below, some are above. So if there's a few fan service sized characters, that is just showing That end. No one complains about the below average characters (except the characters on the recieving end of a "Don't judge me" rant), and while they aren't used for extra profit, it is just showing a non average person like the fan service ones. Clothing, if kept realistic can be revealing. I mean, have you seen the people of Walmart videos? I also agree that it should be kept fair and balanced for both genders, even if I personally don't enjoy seeing a half naked man, it won't kill me. So while I don't love fanservice, I am not completely against it.
     
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    @[member='Zero Sifr'], That's a huge thing for me as well. If anyone's heard of 'The Electric Tale of Pikachu' manga, everyone has been fanserviced in the manga. For example, Misty, what, 12-14 years old?, has been extremely sexualized, as has been every other woman in the manga other than that one 4 year old girl
     
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    I.... can't stand fanservice. Most of the time it will have the exact opposite of the intended effect on me, and an otherwise fun anime or game will just not work for me. I'm pretty sure I've given up on playing through some games purely because of the fanservice.



    There, are, however, ways to make fanservice tolerable. I think I may have a bishonen fetish which causes me to really like it when a cute anime dude is topless (Gray Fullbuster being the first to come to mind.) Honestly, I think I only like Fairy Tail because of Gray Fullbuster, and I really appreciate that, even if there's a lot of fanservice, it's aimed at both genders.

    I could make a list of my top sexy anime characters though, and most of them have never gone for fanservice. Bakura from YuGiOh for example, I don't think he's ever had any actual fanservice but OH MY GOD he's probably my #1
     
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    Pardon me for saying this, but I'm quite not fond of fanservice very much, and I find that it hinders me from enjoying anime that I watched. Besides, it clashes with my country's custom because in my country, it is forbidden to see such things (which leads to the ban of certain anime, or at least, censored to make sure it fits the custom in where I live). Even though I know some may enjoy fanservice, it should be noted that fanservice is not for everyone.
     
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    I enjoy it, honestly. To me, it usually adds humor to a situation. There are times where it's unnecessary, but for the most part, it gives me a good laugh every now and then.

    I don't think I've ever watched an anime with excessive fanservice, but I also believe that it'd be debatable and would depend on each person's definition of "excessive". Although 2 notable mentions would be K Project (debatable) and No Game No Life.
    Some people have actually disliked Neko because of how much fanservice they gave her in the 1st season. To me, it just made things funny and it honestly made sense most of the time. She's a cat, and cats don't really wear clothes, so you can kinda guess why she was naked a lot. In season 2, the fanservice was more focused on Seri from Scepter 4. This one I'd agree on that it was pretty unnecessary at times. The boob physics, upskirts, shirt rips, and etc. were all increased in season 2, and sometimes it just didn't make sense.
    In No Game No Life... yeah, it gets a bit crazy sometimes. Especially episode 6. If you don't like fanservice but want to watch No Game No Life (which I'd highly recommend, it's pretty damn good), then skip episode 6. You won't be missing out on much. Buuuuut, if you do enjoy fanservice, then episode 6 will be a treat for you. :P

    All in all, I enjoy fanservice, but I don't really see it as fanservice. I just see it as part of the anime itself and don't think twice about it, if that makes any sense.
     
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    I feel very uncomfortable when watching something with fanservice. Lucky for me, that has only happened to me twice so far. It's not like it made my opinion on the anime in general drop, but I certainly don't like it if it returns too much. If I would ever hear about a great anime with a lot of fanservice, I might consider watching it though if the story sounds appealing enough to me. Until then, I prefer to stay away from anime with fanservice in it.
     
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    I'm not into character sexualization that much, if at all, but I totally see why anime do it. It attracts more people typically, and that's what anime seems to want to do. Getting offended by the fanservice isn't going to help me as a person, so I deal with it, and in some cases, although I hate to admit it, I enjoy it to some extent, but I try not to. Just the right amount seems to make a good difference in an anime. However, if you're like Asterisk War, then all fanservice that is attempted is an instant fail. It is unnecessary in most cases, but if used right, it works and adds to humor and such.
     
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    Everyone one of you is slightly wrong about fanservice. It doesn't equal ass and titties, even though it is the most common form of it. Fanservice's job is to please the fans with (usually) non-plot related things. This can include some unnecessary well detailed trees, cars, air planes, buildings. These can be hard to notice, since I think that not many of us pay attention to trees in anime for example. Kissing also counts as fanservice, since quite often, they please the fans, at least the ones who ship the characters who are kissing.

    Though, that I said, I kinda enjoy fanservice, all forms of it, even in Ranpo Kitan, though it just made me laugh. I can understand why some people don't like it, and I can agree that sometimes, that there's just too much ass in the anime and that it can ruin some scenes, but overall, I don't have too many problems with it.

    Also it seems that I, [member='blast'] and [member='sanctuary'] have the courage to accept the label of a pervert.
     
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    Well, if we're talking about non-perverted fanservice, then the generation 6 Pokémon games are filled with the stuff.

    The return or a remix of a popular song from previous seasons or games can be considered fanservice. Listen to the Hyrule Warriors soundtrack, there's a bunch of it.
     
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    [member='Nauris'] is right, but we're talking about anime here. Some series make an extra episode or special dedicated entirely to fanservice, as a bonus. Pokémon the Origin is essentially 4 episodes of pure fanservice. Another example of fanservice in the Pokémon anime would be the return of Ash's Charizard during the Best Wishes season.
     
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    I haven't seen any of that sort of fanservice in anime, or at least none that I can remember. Pokémon Origins, I guess. Though I wasn't aware Charizard returned in BW, I'd dropped the Pokémon anime long before that.
    The public display sort of fanservice is MUCH more common in anime than any other sort of fanservice. I think.
     
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    I dunno, I have no objection to fanservice if it's done right, and that's the issue. Fanservice isn't at all a turn off (it certainly used to be) for me, it's just that it has to be done right. I think that The Anime Man did a good job of explaining it, it has to be reasonably consistent throughout a show at the same level, not suddenly out of nowhere have things that grind the story to a halt.

    I'd say two instances when Fanservice is done well (just examples) are No Game no Life and the first run of Fairy Tail (prior to 2014, especially after the GMG arc). No Game No Life is a comedy, and it always makes sure that we know that the fanservice is over the top, unrealistic and comedic. It always keeps the same level of fanservice, and makes certain that you know it's there and there for comedic intent (although sometimes it also falls into Sora and Shiro's bizzare plans). Fairy Tail on the other hand (up to the point where it's pretty much just all the girls past GMG) they had clothing damage for the girls, but Natsu was constantly showing his chest with his outfit, Gajeel sometimes, and Gray's gimmick was that he stripped randomly (which even he never did after GMG, and it has backstory significance). FT had equal guy and girl fanservice, and (again up till after it got shit in GMG) it was at a consistent level of weird or battle damage.

    On the other hand, there are some where it just feels wrong. Example I can think of are Sword Art Online and Shinami Maou no Testament. The reasons are that the fanservice feels like the level is all over the place in level, they are covering up a shit story (I'm sorry SAO fans, but I'm referring to that) or it grinds the story to a halt. So, the first one refers to both, as ShiMaou has weird levels of fanservice at different points of the story, while SAO just can't make up it's mind whether it's soft fanservice or Mirai Nikki with rape scenes (that almost counts since to some weird people that's a fetish). They have no consistency and all of a sudden they drop something extremely bizzare out of nowhere for no reason. SAO keeps fans involved with the Phantom Bullet arc by constantly showing Sinon's rear end and the Fairy Dance arc with Leafa's design (and in turn Suguha's) as well as weird scenes with a scantily dressed Asuna (I still can't believe I ever though Fairy Dance was good and I have a figuring of Titania Asuna). Seriously, see Digibro's YAS on SAO II when he gets to the cave scene, just... you'll see what I mean... On the other hand, some of ShiMaou's fanservice just grinds the story to a halt, especially a scene involving honey and a bit of other stuff that comes out of nowhere as well as any time Marie's curse comes into play (seriously, screw that Succubus, her fanservice curse ruins the show), they just suddenly take whatever was happening in the previous scene and grind it to a screeching halt for the sake of fanservice.

    TL;DR: I have no problem with fanservice if it's done right. For a better explaination of what I'm trying to say, The Anime Man has a video that pretty much says the same thing.
     
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    Considering I am a huge lover of Ecchi I actually like fanservice. I am quite a fan of it. Considering some of my top animes are Highschool DxD and Seikon no Qwaser (Although by top these go in a category of their own). I know a lot of people are really against it but when there's a lot of serious atmosphere in an anime it can be quite the relief from it. I mean as long as it's reasonable fanservice unlike others I've seen where they go extremely overboard with it I like it. I do watch anime based on pure fanservice at times because it's what I like. Although I usually don't notice the fanservice unless I am watching animes solely based on fanservice. So I have no objection to it and I actually quite like it.
     
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    I hate it. It just doesn't appeal to me. It's a bit distracting, and when it's used for comedic effect, it's not really in good taste.
    Maybe since most fan service aims towards men, specifically in anime I've seen, but it just doesn't click.
     
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