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I was just told

August 6th, 2011 (01:28 pm)

Fan Service is just panty shots and boobs.

I was like: 'um no it isn't." but really couldn't come up with a good definition. This is why I hate using these "terms" on certain places, no one has got a clue.

Clearly I have a different take on what fan service is. So anyone got a description for me? Anyone?


Posted by: We're only several miles from the sun (animegoil)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 06:39 pm (UTC)

I'd say fanservice is really anything the writers/artists put in more because it will please the fans than because it's necessary. I think the thing is that it's most obvious (because it's the most gratuitous) with sexual things like panty shots and boobs, but even a male character taking his shirt off for no good reason is fan-service for the girls.

But I bet there's smaller instances of fan service, we just don't know it's such because the writer/artist never straight up says it. For example, omakes and other extras are usually fanservice in the sense that they're unnecessary, but they show the fans things they want to see: the characters in their downtime, or hanging out together, or doing something cute.... there's an episode of Saiyuki where Sanzo and Co. find a cat and Sanzo's allergic to it. I'd call that fanservice. There's kittens and sneezing and flustered!Sanzo, and that episode was just a filler, so there was no real need for it whatsoever.

Posted by: dark-alone (dark_alone)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 07:15 pm (UTC)
Nezumi content

I did try to say fanservice wa giving fans what they want to see. But it was taken as 'well duh. That's what they always do.' But I also think certain people just don't see things the way others do, and especially when they are guys. They seem to just see sexual things as fanservice. XD

Thanks for your example. ^^

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 07:16 pm (UTC)
Allen ponder

"Fan Service is just panty shots and boobs."
No, as animegoil already wrote out. But the above "definition" I'd say is what likely comes to most people's minds on first thought (even me), since it's the most common type: anime is still (Japan) a mostly male audience and T&A is what to pander to.

PS: Ao no Exorcist poster collection pre-order saw (amiami and amazon) but no image. 16 (8 kinds, 2 versions). Tempted but I'd better not order it.

Edited at 2011-08-06 07:18 pm (UTC)

Posted by: dark-alone (dark_alone)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 07:22 pm (UTC)
Natsume: omg... wierdo

My issue is when ever i see the term, it's for shows w/o panty shots or boobs, so obviously no one is relating it to that. XD

Wiki said this: "Long full shots of robots in mecha shows, sexual elements, long fight scenes or violence, all can be considered fan service as they are specifically aimed to please the fans of any given show."

And I thought that was a good explanation.

Posted by: dark-alone (dark_alone)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC)
you're kidding

yeah the chara collection thingy.. i think i pre-ordered that already. Randomly. Just actually made my first purchase/payment on amiami. I know I'm so slow. XD

I'm also melting... 37c w humidex. why or why?

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 7th, 2011 05:16 am (UTC)

Mid 20s is giving me enough grief. Hope the heat doesn't last long! :(

If you did order it, I may be buying a few (depending on art). ^^

Wiki def is great. If I didn't know a series and someone said it has fanservice (without specifying) my inclination would be T&A for the guys.

Any word if you got the new position??

Posted by: dark-alone (dark_alone)
Posted at: August 7th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)

if i could just get rid of this humidex... i'd be so happy! 35 w humidex just before 10am

No clue. she said she was gonna give me little projects to do over the next couple of weeks over a week ago, but I haven't heard about any projects and now she's on vacation for 2 weeks, and we have a blitz in the store this week, that I know nothing about. And on top of that kids/lingerie is exploding w unopened stock. And we get 4 trucks this week too. *fails over dead*

Posted by: Because loving ONE Seki-sama isn't good enough! (sekitx2)
Posted at: August 8th, 2011 12:06 am (UTC)

That's horrid :[ No cooldown insight?

Ungh, work sounds nuts too. Hope you don't get stuck doing more than your share :/

Posted by: Angela (anjichan)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 07:24 pm (UTC)

Here is the wiki link fanservice.

I always associate fanservice with giving the fans what they want. Much like what animegoil said. ^^

Posted by: dark-alone (dark_alone)
Posted at: August 6th, 2011 07:29 pm (UTC)
Hotsuma burn

lol that's what I read before making the comment on the forum, but he still "attacked" me for it. -___- One reason I don't really like certain types of forums, the types of people who must be right no matter what.

Posted by: heldi (hiroki_chan)
Posted at: August 7th, 2011 05:01 am (UTC)
kouichi - swt

panty shots and boobs aren't fanservice for me, definitely.

ummm... fanservice is... when they give you something that makes you unexpectedly happy? like something that isn't supposed to be there? xD

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