Worst examples of blatant fanservice

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One of the main reasons i watch anime is because of the fan service.

So one of the BEST blatant fan service ive seen is Highschool of the dead. The Japanese are amazing with fantasy boob physics, lol.

Fox12:

*sips Coffey*

I have genuinely never seen it spelt like that before.

Two particular anime irk me because of the fanservice aspect (one more than the other actually). The anime adaptation of Rosario+Vampire...disgusts me. It's typical fanservice trite involving a regular human dude getting sent to a high school for monsters and forming a harem consisting of a dual personality vampire girl, a succubus, two witches, and a snow fairy. Normally I wouldn't bat an eyelash towards this series if it weren't for the fact it bastardizes the source material down to basically "Panty Shots: the Anime." I love the manga. Read it from the start of high school and just finished a month or two ago. But the show is a stain on a rather good series.

Master of Martial Hearts is the other series that irks me. It's less the fanservice and more what it pulls in the final episode. What starts as a bunch of scantly clad woman fighting a tournament for whatever reason and ends with a grim, brutal, and just plain fucking disturbing reveal that comes out of nowhere...the losers are broken down to f*ck meat and become sex slaves.

I never understood the whole fan-service is bad thing deal. If a girl with big tits wearing skimpy clothing can prevent you from enjoying something that's you're business.

I guess To Love-Ru, since it is the only show I actually consider nothing but fan-service. You would need at least four hands to count all the panty shots and about ten to count all the awkward moments.

Ikki-fucking-tousen. The only anime I've ever tried to watch and went "Fuck this, I might aswell just go wank instead".
And it got 4 seasons (atleast) and all of them dubbed. Fucking how...

tippy2k2:

Yeah...that just happened. The entire show is basically that. It's actually a really cool idea for a show but I feel like it's doing a disservice to itself with all the freaking fan service in it. I can't really recommend this show to...well....anyone really unless I know them well enough that they know I'm not watching this show all day with my pants off...

I would normally agree with a statement like that, but I just can't with HotD. The difference between HotD and other shows that exhibit that kind of crap, is that HotD wasn't pretending to be anything else, it wasn't pretending to be a romance, or "save the world" anime. It set out to do "Zombies, Guns, and Tits" and did just that without any pretense, which is something I can admire.

Elfgore:
I never understood the whole fan-service is bad thing deal. If a girl with big tits wearing skimpy clothing can prevent you from enjoying something that's you're business.

It's only really bad when it's a bait and switch when you expect something else. Like a competent storyline or good characters, and find out it's really just a line up of scantily clad babes with super weak-ass excuses for such things. Or when it ruins dramatic moments or something to pander on the female cast in scenes and moments it's just uncalled for and detrimental to the overall creation.

Like the other guy said, Highschool of the Dead doesn't even pretend it's about anything else, and it's kinda awesome for that.

Only one comment about the manga fairy tail huh? Kinda surprised ._.
The more recent approach One Piece has taken with its new female characters is a pretty blatant example imo. The character named rebecca wearing that "armor".

Chaos Isaac:

Elfgore:
I never understood the whole fan-service is bad thing deal. If a girl with big tits wearing skimpy clothing can prevent you from enjoying something that's you're business.

It's only really bad when it's a bait and switch when you expect something else. Like a competent storyline or good characters, and find out it's really just a line up of scantily clad babes with super weak-ass excuses for such things. Or when it ruins dramatic moments or something to pander on the female cast in scenes and moments it's just uncalled for and detrimental to the overall creation.

Like the other guy said, Highschool of the Dead doesn't even pretend it's about anything else, and it's kinda awesome for that.

I won't debate you on HOTD. It knows what it is and tries to stick with that. But what about shows with stories that could be considered good that have a lot of fan-service? Shows like Freezing, Highschool DxD, and Sekirei, that have interesting stories, but happen to have an abundant amount of fan-service. Are they just bad for it?

I can agree with the bait and switch though, I have yet to experience that for myself, so I can't relate. The dramatic moment part has made me laugh from how stupid it is, but I've never been angered by it. I've only actually seen a few shows that do it.

tippy2k2:
Yah! Another chance to share the "not technically porn but you probably shouldn't watch this on your work computer and you'll feel a little dirty right afterwards" video!

Yeah...that just happened. The entire show is basically that. It's actually a really cool idea for a show but I feel like it's doing a disservice to itself with all the freaking fan service in it. I can't really recommend this show to...well....anyone really unless I know them well enough that they know I'm not watching this show all day with my pants off...

To be fair though "High School Of The Dead" is trying to be funny, and while that is one of the more extreme moments approaching the eventual finale, nobody was supposed to be taking that seriously to begin with. To be honest there is nothing wrong with some risqué comedy.

In a general sense, when it comes to "Fan Service" a big part of my problem with it when being critical is that most things that do it, especially when it comes to Japan, are being intentionally absurd about it. I mean sure, you can sit there and complain about something like "Agent Aika" (pretty dated now) but when you consider all the panty shots and how ridiculous they get is kind of the entire point in a deliberately absurd anime it's hard to make a serious criticism.

You can't even say this stuff is all the making of randy guys either, I mean when you look at some of the stuff Clamp has done, especially in their art books (and that's an all female team) it's pretty much co-ed. :)

My basic attitude is that if it bothers you, don't watch it/read it.

I can't comment on the Kenichi thing someone posted because I don't read that series, and thus do not get the tone. Besides I'll be honest in saying that I've seen far more ridiculous bust lines especially when it comes to comics, and especially Japanese comics when you start getting into characters in fetish comics who somehow manage to have breasts bigger than the torso supporting them.... sort of like DC's "Mighty Endowed" joke except with you able to see it and someone making porn about it as opposed to just having people comically paralyzed. Not quite my cup of tea personally as I'm not really into the whole freak-sex thing. Something like Kenichi seems to be more wish fulfillment fantasy, of course it does seem that the size does change between pictures.

That said, I will say that I do hope they do more "High School Of The Dead" at some point because I actually laughed pretty hard at some of the stuff in that one. It did a good job of going from fairly grim, to utter absurdity with a minimal of transition, very few series have managed to pull that off. On some levels it reminded me of what "The Slayers" pulled off successfully for many years in reverse (going from utterly absurd, to oddly serious and grim, while maintaining consistency and it's own basic logic).

Elfgore:

Chaos Isaac:

Elfgore:
I never understood the whole fan-service is bad thing deal. If a girl with big tits wearing skimpy clothing can prevent you from enjoying something that's you're business.

It's only really bad when it's a bait and switch when you expect something else. Like a competent storyline or good characters, and find out it's really just a line up of scantily clad babes with super weak-ass excuses for such things. Or when it ruins dramatic moments or something to pander on the female cast in scenes and moments it's just uncalled for and detrimental to the overall creation.

Like the other guy said, Highschool of the Dead doesn't even pretend it's about anything else, and it's kinda awesome for that.

I won't debate you on HOTD. It knows what it is and tries to stick with that. But what about shows with stories that could be considered good that have a lot of fan-service? Shows like Freezing, Highschool DxD, and Sekirei, that have interesting stories, but happen to have an abundant amount of fan-service. Are they just bad for it?

Come on now. Highschool DxD is basically porn, and Sekirei is just... Their stories and writing can in no way be considered anything remotely good. Their purpose is to tittilate.

I like anime girls, so i liked Highschool Dxd. But i could never even imply to another sentient being that it is a good piece of fiction. Good stories and good characters are bloody rare in anime, to be quite honest.

Go watch Ergo Proxy. That is the potential anime has as a fictional medium. It is high quality shit (With no tits in sight). IN an ideal world, booby anime and good anime can coexist. But unforunately for those who want to see anime taken seriously by "outsiders", booby anime has infiltrated serious anime. I'm not one of those people, though, so yay for booby anime.

Casual Shinji:
Asuka's plugsuit in Rebuild 2 was petty fucking ridiculous. It made it impossible for me to take the following dramatic scene in any way serious. 'Oh no, Asuka is in danger... while wearing a plugsuit with a conveniently transparent torso section, showing off he bra, the crack of her ass, and nearly her cootch. Oh the humanity!' That movie can go fuck itself just for that scene alone.

I was just going to say that.

I believe Anno was quoted as saying that Evangelion 2.22 was made to "destroy Evangelion" (which perfectly explains a lot of choices and the existence of Mari) by giving the fans who didn't understand what NGE was about what they wanted, so he could tear it all down again even harder with Evangelion 3.33 (while drinking otaku tears like he normally does) which is the even more NGE than, uh, NGE. I'll see if I can find the citation on that quote.

So if "destroying Evangelion" was the reason for the stupid ass plugsuit, it certainly succeeded.

Directionless:
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Oh trust me. I must certainly agree Highschool DxD is pretty much porn. I can only think of one anime that tops it, but whoever said (and man does this pain me to say it) near-porn can't have an interesting story? Highschool DxD, has demons, fallen angels, angels, and dragons. I'm not going to pretend and say the characters are deep, but the story is somewhat fleshed out, especially as the series goes on. Sekirei starts out generic then becomes a story involving a race of unknown humans that have super powers, floating islands, and an corporation trying to do something. Story fleshed out, characters not so much.

I would consider telling others to watch them, but stop just because of the fan-service. I know good stories and characters are hard to find out of a hundred and fifteen series I've watched, I would only consider about sixteen of them to be any good. The three I mentioned would be on there for story.

I'll add it to my watch list, but I've got about two-hundred plus in front of it.

prpshrt:

The more recent approach One Piece has taken with its new female characters is a pretty blatant example imo. The character named rebecca wearing that "armor".

To be fair that's pretty much the author paying homage to Red Sonja rather than pure fan service.

Anyone ever see this movie? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0339288/

It's supposed to be a horror movie about these mutated leeches that are literally on steroids. There was so much male fan service that it was one sex scene from being a gay porno, holy crap. When I first watched it I had no idea what i was watching because I was like 12 but it was on again and finally understood why I thought it was such a strange horror movie. Now I just find it bloody funny because it's so bad.

Sword Art Online, that scene where Kirito goes to Asuna's house and Asuna assumes due to the way he phrased it, wanted a shag, so she strips down completely naked until Kirito clears up the misunderstanding and she goes full on TSUUUUUUUN.

Its strange, she was perfectly fine to strip naked for a guy she barely knew (at least I assume barely knew, they were in 2-3 scenes togther before then) but when he clears it up, Then it becomes awkward? Definitely the most blatant example of inputting fanservice.

Queen Michael:
Okay, guys and gals and everyone in between: I raise you one Gantz, the manga.

The chapter title pages often feature a sexy woman who's not in the chapter at all, wearing either very few (if any) clothes, or a skintight outfit. Though to be fair, I need to mention that the skintight outfits are what every character, male and female, wears in the actual manga.

But in one chapter in volume 12, the title page girl is bikini-clad and on the beach. See, the title page is also a poster that appears in one panel where we can see it hanging on a wall.

Quoted for truth, I don't exaggerate when I say EVERY chapter title has a scantily clad women in it (usually holding the series supah gun) although on time the chapter title page was a panda, that was...different.

There is also Highschool DxD which is very blatant with its fanservice (panty shot in every page caused my brain to go numb) but the series also features (or so I am told) a lactating titty cannon, so its obvious the writer is doing it for the lulz.

TizzytheTormentor:
Sword Art Online, that scene where Kirito goes to Asuna's house and Asuna assumes due to the way he phrased it, wanted a shag, so she strips down completely naked until Kirito clears up the misunderstanding and she goes full on TSUUUUUUUN.

Its strange, she was perfectly fine to strip naked for a guy she barely knew (at least I assume barely knew, they were in 2-3 scenes togther before then) but when he clears it up, Then it becomes awkward? Definitely the most blatant example of inputting fanservice.

This scene in the anime was poorly done. They had a two year time-skip between when they first met and when we see them meet again. Both are fighters on the front-line, so it is assumed they have had two years to grow this relationship, even if it was one made on rivalry. This in no way forgives that scene though, that was just bleh.

The light novels just explain everything so much better than the anime.

Elfgore:

TizzytheTormentor:
Sword Art Online, that scene where Kirito goes to Asuna's house and Asuna assumes due to the way he phrased it, wanted a shag, so she strips down completely naked until Kirito clears up the misunderstanding and she goes full on TSUUUUUUUN.

Its strange, she was perfectly fine to strip naked for a guy she barely knew (at least I assume barely knew, they were in 2-3 scenes togther before then) but when he clears it up, Then it becomes awkward? Definitely the most blatant example of inputting fanservice.

This scene in the anime was poorly done. They had a two year time-skip between when they first met and when we see them meet again. Both are fighters on the front-line, so it is assumed they have had two years to grow this relationship, even if it was one made on rivalry. This in no way forgives that scene though, that was just bleh.

The light novels just explain everything so much better than the anime.

I think the anime's biggest weakness was rushing the first half so they could move onto Alfhiem and rush that too, I am not a fan of the series (never read the novels) but if they had dedicated more time to the Sword Art Online part of the series instead of rushing it, it would have been much better. I found it strange that it was rushed despite being green-lighted for 25 episodes (which is almost double what most adaptations get, which is 12 or 13) If they hadn't tried to squeeze Alfheim in there and actually explored the 2 years skimmed over and showed us more characters (seriously, most characters appeared for one episode and show up for the finale) But alas...we are getting off topic XD

I have hopes for Gun Gale if they don't rush that, since I heard its the best of the SAO novels and the premise is pretty cool. Wonder if that will feature awkward fanservice as well.

I think that the level of fanservice is a matter of personal taste. Sure Ikkitousen and Seikon no Qwaser might look somewhat sleezy on the sheer amount of fanservice alone but I guess one should not throw stones. My main bone with service is when its inappropriate enough to detract from the scene or storytelling. For example in a recent Fairy Tail chapter the character Flare had an emotional reunion with the people who raised her. She had fallen into bad company since leaving and was very aware that she had lost her way. Her surrogate parents showed her that they still loved her very much even though they were not even the same species. Her tearful face from this emotional moment was depicted from a low angle shot to display her ample cleavage. Sure fanservice has its time and place but when its ruining what was otherwise supposed to be a poignant moment, then its gone too far.

TizzytheTormentor:
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Oh yeah, VanQ just told me they tried to cram four light novels into twenty-five episodes. You saw the result. They probably did it to wither rush to GGO, or they were scared Alfheim couldn't hold up to Aincrad. I actually complained about that when I reviwed it, the characters and forced pacing. I love the show to death, but it has a shit-ton of problems. And nothing bad about going off-topic. A SAO thread wouldn't be noticed at all, better here than never. XD

And GGO is looking good so far. Only two light novels with one smaller volume coming with it. They could easily fit that into twenty-four episodes. The fan-service may still exist. Sinon, the girl at the end of my avatar, has very short shorts. I'm talking riding your ass-crack short. Hopefully, that's as far as it goes.

ultramarine486:

prpshrt:

The more recent approach One Piece has taken with its new female characters is a pretty blatant example imo. The character named rebecca wearing that "armor".

To be fair that's pretty much the author paying homage to Red Sonja rather than pure fan service.

Huh. Had no idea who that was. Just googled Red Sonja and saw that she was wearing the exact same armor. Thanks for clarifying that! Still though, made it a little difficult for me to watch more recent episodes without tilting my screen away in fear of someone thinking I was watching porn or something.

Soviet Heavy:

Casual Shinji:
Except in Ghost in the Shell (the movie) it's not sexualized at all. There's nudity, yes, but it's not for the sake of titillation. It's actually very sterilzed and cold. Kind of like a mannequin or robot.

In the film, at least. In SAC, it was really jarring to see the Major wandering around the office without pants on. And no, I don't buy the excuse that in the future, nobody really cares about modesty standards in cybernetic bodies. She's the only one who really does it, and there is no reason other than to show off her legs. It also doesn't help that her tactical armor looks way better.

In the manga it's even worse. Masamune Shirow sure does like his bronzed, gleaning female bodies.

Queen Michael:
Okay, guys and gals and everyone in between: I raise you one Gantz, the manga.

The chapter title pages often feature a sexy woman who's not in the chapter at all, wearing either very few (if any) clothes, or a skintight outfit. Though to be fair, I need to mention that the skintight outfits are what every character, male and female, wears in the actual manga.

But in one chapter in volume 12, the title page girl is bikini-clad and on the beach. See, the title page is also a poster that appears in one panel where we can see it hanging on a wall.

This is interesting to me because I've only ever seen the anime, and none of it came off as fanservice. All the nudity in that show always came off as "uncomfortable" which I thought was how the anime was trying to make me feel the entire time. Even the full on sex scene in the anime wasn't "sexy" at all, it was akward and kind of sad.

Was the manga that different? or am I just not remembering the anime well?

Elfgore:
The fan-service may still exist. Sinon, the girl at the end of my avatar, has very short shorts. I'm talking riding your ass-crack short. Hopefully, that's as far as it goes.

*Does a quick Google search*

O-Oh god, If you think there isn't going to be crazy ass fanservice focusing on her short shorts, you are mistaken!

Japan: You think that is as far as it goes!? We got to go further!!

Also, Alfheim couldn't hold up to Aincrad because Alfheim was total wank...

Elfgore:

TizzytheTormentor:
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Sinon, the girl at the end of my avatar, has very short shorts. I'm talking riding your ass-crack short. Hopefully, that's as far as it goes.

I was going to say about that when you guys were talking, but yeah, good that you brought that up. I'll also hop on the wagon that they won't show anymore of that.

Hopefully.
I don't want this arc go downhill like the last! (At least in my opinion)

Saltyk:

No, I think Harem Anime are the worst. Just any Harem Anime. They generally have little plot, annoying characters, and are basically there just to ogle the female characters who often get into fan service scenarios. Action anime usually have actual plot and conflict. But I can't stand Harem anime.

Someone just like me.
My eyes cannot believe it!
Ditto everything you have said. Harem Anime, to me, are just the worst. The story and characters are bad as you said, the whole genre seems to just fill the desire of men to have women all over them. It makes me sick, especially when there are actual anime that have a good romance out there.

First season of Full Metal Panic! Some serious checkbox fanservice moments detracted quite a bit from an otherwise good season.

I cannot believe no one has brought up Strike Witches yet. It is an anime in which prepubescent witches, their powers start fading when they hit puberty, fight aliens, who appear as shape shifting space ships, who can only be harmed by magic. To reach the aliens in the sky they use what are basically miniature airplane fuselages on their feet. This footwear apparently makes them unable to wear pants, at any time. Also when they activate their magic they gain animal tails and ears.

The first season was not to bad but the second season got so bad with the fan service that i stopped watching.

Casual Shinji already took mine with Asuka's plugsuit; that thing was just made for merchandising lol.

Arqus_Zed:
Worst examples of blatant fanservice?

Uhm... Pfff, I don't know, maybe just 75% of EVERYTHING coming from Japan?
Be it game, manga or anime - Japan will find a way.

Please, tell me more about this 'Japan' place. Sounds like you know a thing or two!

Dont have any examples saved to post but fanservice is pretty much why I don't bother with anime. Granted i've only seen a dozen or so shows and a similar amount of stand alone movies but I hate having to explain i'm really not watching porn. The upskirts, F cup boobs short short shorts or skirts, camera angles to highlight those.

Directionless:

Fox12:

*sips Coffey*

I have genuinely never seen it spelt like that before.

"I have no respect for a man that can only spell a word one way."
-Mark Twain. : P

Although not visual fan service;

The relationship between the Kirito and Asuna in Sword Art Online felt like a sort of mental fanservice. The anime was always a self insert nerd-loner power fantasy and then suddenly they have the main character playing house, even adopting a child. That part really put me off on the anime. Also, in season two, the ridiculous 'love-triangle' thing between Kirito, Asuna and his sister, playing right into the Japanese imouto fetish. His little sister was also exploited graphically for fan service, so I guess that this bit ties in with the thread at hand?

Continuing on this kind of fan service; pretty much all of Log Horizon.

Nouw:
Casual Shinji already took mine with Asuka's plugsuit; that thing was just made for merchandising lol.

Arqus_Zed:
Worst examples of blatant fanservice?

Uhm... Pfff, I don't know, maybe just 75% of EVERYTHING coming from Japan?
Be it game, manga or anime - Japan will find a way.

Please, tell me more about this 'Japan' place. Sounds like you know a thing or two!

Hardie har har.

New Zealand guy with the Japanese name is going to act condescending because someone from Western Europe has got an opinion.

I just call them as I see them - and when it comes to exported products like video games and anime, I don't think what I just said is that far off. Every game made by Compile Heart, Idea Factory, Team Ninja (and other Tecmo Koei subsidiaries), Gust, Platinum Games, Tri-Ace, Square-Enix (more restrained, but still - same goes for Tri-Ace), etc. The only major exception I can think of is Nintendo and their 'family friendly' mindset. See also: just about every shounen (shonen?) anime ever.

Not saying they can't make good games (well, okay, Compile Heart and Idea Factory can't), but that's not what this thread is about - it's about blatant fanservice. Personal experience tells me that exported media from Japan has everyone else beat on that field, so that's what I'm writing down.

And yeah, I know, different cultures, but that's not the point, it's about the cheesecake factor. (Though, now that I think about it, North American comics should also get a mention!)

Auron225:
The beach filler episode of Bleach; they couldn't have made it any more fan-servicey if they'd tried. All of a sudden the vast majority of the female cast is at the beach, in bikinis, and I swear they slow-pan the camera from foot to head up every single one of them. It's so shameless it's almost funny.

I'm sorry, but the minute you say "beach", letalone "filler", you know it's going to be there solely for the sake of fanservice. There is no "if they tried", because they did - the more anime I watch that go anywhere near the beach, the less hope I hold of anyone ever telling an interesting story on one.

Closest was Elfen Lied, and that's already been mentioned for its vast quantities of nudity (I'll let other people argue about whether it's fanservice or not).

CelestDaer:
I'm going to go with Ninja Scroll, personally. I mean, yes, it's a sort of 'coming of age' thing for anime geeks, but it's clearly just fan service for fan service's sake. Let's make her naked and have a rock version of Colossus rape her! So our hero can just walk right up and kill the guy, to prove he's a badass!
Me: "What the shit am I watching?"

Sorry are you talking about the series or the movie?
Because in the movie it's not actually Jubei that kills him at all. He just gets in the way for a while.

But that aside, there's a fairly hefty chunk of nudity in there and most of the women seem to only be there for sex (let's not forget the concubine scene).

I normally don't have a problem with fanservice, as long as the series knows what it is and what it's trying to do and stuff. However, the worst example of fanservice that I've ever had the displeasure of experiencing is probably Vividred Operation. The reviews on Crunchyroll were all over the place, with practically the same amount of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 star reviews, so I knew that something was up and I felt curious as to what it was. The fanservice wasn't as extreme as you might think; in terms of subject matter, it's decently tame. It's like they tried to be a little bit subtle with it. However, they completely failed at that, since the whole thing was just ass shot after ass shot after ass shot of a 12, maybe 13-year-old girl in those gym uniform bottoms and bike shorts. Hell, the series opens on an ass shot; a girl is standing, facing the sunrise, and the camera focuses on her posterior such that you can see the sun shining between her legs. And the worst part is, it's all lovingly rendered; all of these ass shots have all of the relevant curves and contours, including between the legs, drawn in impressive detail. I found that it got really intrusive. Doesn't help that the premise and story (sci-fi mahou shoujo) didn't really make up for anything.

Also, no one should be able to put so much mayonnaise on anything. Seeing the main character put a gigantic freaking pile of mayonnaise on her rice made me gag.

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