What is it about fanservice that I don’t like? I’ve been contemplating this for a while. I decided to blog about it after watching an episode of Ano Natsu Matteru. Why does it annoy me? Do I truly dislike it or is it just overload? It could also be I haven’t found my type of fanservice.
I think part of it, is that for me it can be completely unnecessary. It’s like having a conversation with a friend and she or he just decides to flash me out of nowhere. Or take my hand and rub it against a part of their body as in Elfin Lied. High School of the Dead was egregious in this regard. Hey, I like zombies and thought this will be really cool. But oh no, they just had to throw in the over the top fanservice. What happened to good storytelling? It’s not just anime where I really don’t enjoy fanservice. Even in watching live action, it annoys me especially when they only seem to show women’s body parts or panties. Why can’t we get a full frontal of a man? Can we see the camera zoom in on their butt cheeks? Can I get one in boxers? No? Why is fanservice so important in anime? It isn’t necessary to progress a story. There are a number of series that are great without the use of an overabundance of fanservice such as Trigun, Gintama, Cowboy Bebop, Another, Mirai Nikki, Level E, Steins; Gate, Noein, the list goes on.
If a show has a good enough story line, over the top fanservice is not needed to capture my attention. In fact, it is more often than not an annoying distraction. It makes me not want to continue to watch the show no matter how good people say the show to be. I’m not even a huge fan of the romance genre. I don’t mind a show with romance elements in it but if it’s completely mushy gushy romance, won’t watch it. Ok, I’m getting off track here. It seems to me that fanservice is being used more and more in shows. Personally, I’m not interested in seeing panty shots on little girls or adult women for that matter. I know there are many that enjoy fanservice and I’m not knocking your enjoyment. What I want to know is why do you enjoy it? What does it do for you? Why do you think fanservice is used?