I rather enjoy reading this gentleman’s articles, and his rant on fanservice struck me as particularly apt. Basically, he makes a strong case that true anime fans actually are those least into so-called fanservice.
No, this won’t be about how “fanservice” used to have a broader definition before it got limited to ecchi scenes. I have no reason to hate it because of that, words change their meanings all the time. My problem is with the “fan-” part, and it applies to both definitions.
When did we, as a fandom, decide that what fans what is the shallowest, most pavlovian, most inconsequential elements of a story? You certainly wouldn’t get that picture just from listening to us. When was the last time you heard a fan declaring that they want more fanservice? Not just “tolerating it in moderation”, or “not particularly minding it”, but actively demanding that a certain show needs more fanservice?
And when was the last time when you heard a fan complaining about too much fanservice? Or rather, how many times did you hear it today?
Even in our day and…
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