Anime Lovers Have Mixed Feelings About Fan Service

Anime’s fan service can be a minefield. Some fans scroll through each season’s offerings looking for the show with the greatest ratio of panty shots to plot. Others will turn off an anime and bury their face in their hands after even one lingering shot of an ice skater’s butt.


But fan service means a lot of things—anything from references to Dragon Ball to making a popular fan ‘ship canon. And over time, it’s evolving.

At New York anime convention Anime NYC, we interviewed attendees about what they think fan service is, whether they dig it and what their personal fan service preferences are.

Senior reporter at Kotaku.

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For me, it’s about the comedy of it. If done right, like Kill la Kill, it can blend well and add a extra bit of humor. But then again, I liked Prison School. That anime is the best example of crappy slapstick-like comedy fan service in anime as a whole. I also liked Shimoneta. Which is pretty crude at times. (Love Nectar)

I’ve heard Food Wars has fan service. Anyone care to tell me how it is used?