How Do You Feel About Anime Fan Service?


When it comes to fan service, we all draw our lines differently. Where are yours? We want to hear from you. Do you seek it out? Avoid it?

It’s almost impossible to wrap hard moral rules around anime consumption. And we all have our own ways of dealing with it.


Bakemonogatari is one of my favorite anime, but in it, an 11-year-old girl is regularly subject to harassment. Despite sirens going off in my head, I keep watching. It’s just such a well-crafted show—from its architecture to its wit.

But you couldn’t get me to watch Monstser Musume or Keijo!!!!! if you paid me in double dark chocolate cake. That’s because, in their entirety, they feel crafted to turn on straight dudes, of which I am not one. Admittedly, it makes me mad that women’s body parts are plot devices. Commenters on Kotaku have disagreed, arguing that there’s no issue with marketing female sexuality to an audience who wants it.

What do you think? What’s your line, if you have one at all? Tell me in the comments.

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