ForumRelationships and Stuff ► Is it ok to watch anime with fan service?
Is it ok to watch anime with fan service when you have a gf? We are both weebs.
  
Offer to watch the anime with your gf. If she objects, then talk about it with her and see what her limits are. If she doesn't, you're probably fine.

It feels like there's a broader implied question here, about watching erotica or porn when you're in a closed relationship. I've never been in one so someone else will have to comment.
  
WEEB#1 said:
Is it ok to watch anime with fan service when you have a gf? We are both weebs.

No but this is a question to ask her, not strangers.
  
Yeah what she feels is more important than what is 'right'. Relationships are far from objective.
  
What is Fan service?
  
Doing something or showing something for the sake of the audience...mostly in the icky(gore or barely censoring or some torture sessions?) department.
  
So... not even watching porn, basically? How could that be bad?
  
So the question is "Is it okay to watch graphic cartoons when you have a girlfriend?".

Yes. At least, no less so than when you're single.
  
Usually when talking about anime, "fanservice" means things put in there to make a middle-school boy (or otakus of any age) horny.
From urban dictionary:
This can include scantily-clad outfits, cleavage shots, panty shots, nude scenes (shower scenes especially), etc
Honestly, it's mostly just embarrassing to watch. I haven't ever heard it used to refer to gore, but perhaps that's a newer usage of the word?

Here is a quick youtube video that explains the term and gives some video examples. Warning: probably not safe to watch at work.
  
Fwip said:
Usually when talking about anime, "fanservice" means things put in there to make a middle-school boy (or otakus of any age) horny.
Omg that’s hilarious. I laughed a lot ‘cause this part. Wouldn’t that be most all popular anime then?
  
I mean, yeah, a lot of anime is popular because it makes people horny for it. :P A lot of western media does the same thing - what would a James Bond film be without sexy women?

Where the line is drawn between "too much" fan service is hard to say and pretty personal. Even serious anime "classics" often have immersion-breaking scenes or characters designed mainly to titillate their male audiences, that cause some people to stop watching series they otherwise enjoyed. (Cowboy Bebop's Faye comes to mind here). On the other hand, a lot of watchers love it - that's why creators put it in, after all. You can find a lot of lists of "top 10 best fan service animes," written for viewers who just want to be horny.

There's also a lot of good anime without little to no fanservice. Obviously the Miyazaki films are a safe bet, as are a bunch of classics and lesser-known series. I know a lot of people here liked Mushishi and Monster for serious choices, Nichijou and Hands Off! Eizoken! are great mood boosters, etc.
  
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