So, i was thinking about it and i have a major bone to pick with fanservice in anime. I’m disappointed in fanservice in anime , because it is lazy and the kinds of fanservice that the typical anime indulges in has oversaturated the genre. The kinds can be boiled down into two categories: wish fulfilment fanservice and sexual fanservice.
The former is more prevalent now and days , having bland main characters with zero personalities who are only there to serve as a self insert character for the audience and i can (at least begrudgingly) understand the appeal of such characters. Everyone wants to feel powerful, important or even like the smartest guy in the room, but it’s just so hollow. What good does it do to self-insert when you have no influence over the events happening in the story? None at all.
The latter is more complex. I find that sexual fanservice is like gravy; if it is good and on a good dish it makes it better , but if the gravy is bad or is on a bad dish, it doesn’t really help all that much. Furthermore, if all you get for a meal is gravy i’d imagine (most)people would be upset. More to the point this kind of fanservice is sexual, but not sexy. To be more accurate this comparison comes down to a matter of presentation and the nature of a character. Basically if a character is well written and hot then they’re sexy , but if they are just a bland and /or poorly written and only seem to be in the plot for the purpose of titillation than they’re just sexual. Having either or both isn’t a problem , but again most characters fall into the sexual category and it’s become a problem of oversaturation because a poorly written character is an original character and now they’re everywhere.
In all honesty, i don’t know why i wrote this. I’m not saying anything that hasn’t been said and i just needed to get this off my chest. Thanks, bye.
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