We live in a day and age where it feels like every anime we watch or engage with is riddled with fan service. This method is often employed in anime to drive fan engagement and is often used as a ‘reward’ incentive for loyal fans. It can be done quite tastefully or it can be done in a… less than tasteful way. This method of fan retention and product sales pushing has left a divide within the community and I can speak for myself when I say that I do enjoy fan service, but I believe it should not be pushed onto certain anime that don’t need it; period.
Shows like Non Non Biyori have needless fan service shoved into our faces. It makes you feel like the anime sold its soul for some petty gain from fans. It is just something that can make ones skin crawl or causes one to feel dirty. Shows like Kill la Kill are not shy from showing us how tasteful fan service can be, while also holding a certain cringe factor about it. It does what it does best and that is to be a show about half-naked ladies fighting. Pure and simple fan service at its core. Yet not all shows require fan service to be good, to be viewable.
Take the anime Laid-Back Camp (Yurucamp from here on out) as an example of anime without fan service. This delightful and dreamy anime runs on the fuel that is young high school aged girls having a swell time camping. While this is a new anime and it has time to rear its ugly head, I feel that fan service will be something that is lacking from this title and thats okay. It is a show that rides on the power of moe and it is a terribly awesome power. The ability to make fans fall in love with a character due to cuteness and personality is more than enough to make up for bare breasts and legs.
Other shows like Nichijou while over the top with its humor and character who draws yaoi the actual main cast doesn’t do anything risqué. They just live out their ‘normal’ lives with comedic fashion. Fan service is always in the back of the shows mind and that of the actual viewers. These two anime serve as simple examples of shows that do so well to not rely on fan service to fuel and keep their fan base invested. Shows with quality characters and story should never feel the need to insert fan service when it is absolutely not required. Turning a wonderful show into something needlessly smutty is always a quick way to angering fans.
Now of course this is but my humble opinion and I would enjoy hearing what you all have to say about this. Are you an individual who doesn’t really care one way or the other? Does having no fan service in a show make you a happy camper? Feel free to let me know down in the comments section below.
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