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Week # 2 – Spring Anime 2018

Week # 2 has arrived with the 2018 spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

NOTE: I’m hoping to post these every Monday now instead of Wednesday, this way I can focus on finishing the weekly over the weekend, rather than rushing on Mondays and Tuesdays after work when I’m already exhausted.

Also, if any shows don’t start up by Sunday this week, I will still look at them like I’ve been these first two weeks.

Alrighty! Let’s get to it!

***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!***


Amanchu! Advance (Ep.2) *Already Keeping*

THOUGHTS

And there’s what I was talking about. An episode that while it wasn’t the saddest, it definitely threw in some sad themes and yet came out happy and beautiful as all hell. With the addition of Kokoro now, we appear to have a younger influence on things, which could be a great mix with the cast we already have, especially with Kokoro being quite the tomboy. She’ll meld perfectly with this group. But yeah, the episode as a whole was very sweet, with plenty of over-the-top Pikari moments inserted in between.

THE GOOD

  • Kokoro is potentially a fantastic addition to the cast
  • Pikari on point this episode

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Akkun to Kanojo (Ep.2) *Already Keeping*

THOUGHTS

Hehehe, this show is adorable. Originally I thought Atsuhiro would be the one who sells this show, but I think this episode proves that it’s more Non who is pushing things forward, as when she gets super happy when she receives affection, it’s the most adorable thing.

The question remains though, can I talk about this show every week without it getting pointless? The problem I’ve had with 3-minute shorts in the past is that I can’t make a weekly post every time because the show doesn’t do much different. So far, so good, but I will admit there’s a very good chance I remove it from this weekly post, just because I’ll have nothing else to add. There’s no point in just saying “It’s still good.”, y’know?

THE GOOD

  • Non really sells the show when it’s at its best

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5


Butlers X Battlers (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

Here’s another show I’m surprised by the low rating. I’m not saying the show is amazing, but I’m not seeing anything that really bothered me. Is it because it’s an all-boy show? Who knows, but from this first taste, I see nothing wrong, so much as just nothing was overly impressive. However, I think that’s due to the show trying to introduce you to so many people in one episode, you really didn’t get enough time to get into anyone. If anything though, I will say as of post-episode, the male lead is not the most interesting character, while characters like Haruto and Yuuki were very interesting. As of right now, I’m more than okay with this show and I’m curious to see where it leads. It has a feeling that Code:Realize gave me at first, though that show was even stronger in the beginning.

THE GOOD

  • A number of interesting characters
  • A show that’s male-dominated and I don’t feel overwhelmed by the lack of women

THE BAD

  • Main character is leaving a little to be desired

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Status: Likely Keeper

 

 

 


Caligula (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I’m curious enough and the imagery we’ve seen thus far is cool enough that even though I still have no real understanding of what’s going on, well I mean, I have an idea but it’s nothing confirmed, but either way the show is interesting enough that I want to find out what’s up with the world and the characters within them. The leads are still not as interesting as I’d like them (other than the glasses girl), but the story and the mystery of the world as of right now are interesting enough for me to want to see what’s next. Will this show last? Maybe, maybe not, but it’s got potential to be very interesting, or just a colossal waste of time.

THE GOOD

  • Curious concept continues on

THE BAD

  • Main characters are still very weak

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Status: Keeper

 

 

 


Comic Girls (Ep.2) *Already Keeping*

THOUGHTS

Another really fun episode, not quite as perfect as the first episode, but retaining the qualities that I really enjoyed the first time. With the girls all going back to school, we’re getting a better sense of who they are, though Kaoruko doesn’t count, as she’s being the unrealistic “I can’t talk to people except for the ones I live with!!!” weird girl. There was a lot to enjoy, the art supplies trip offered a number of good jokes especially, so good on the show for keeping up the pace.

THE GOOD

  • Hilarity continues on with little deviation
  • We’ve got two different levels of things with school now added to the mix

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


Crossing Time (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I can tell this show will be a quick paragraph because of it’s 3-minute time and the content. Regardless it was a nice episode about two girls at a train crossing just shooting the breeze until a playful prank by one of them gets the other to reveal that she’s actually in love with her. I don’t know if this will be the whole plot, but the interaction between the two was fine, nothing too special here. I might end up watching this on my own if it doesn’t get much more beyond this, but we’ll see. For now, it was a nice 3-minute sit down.

THE GOOD

  • Nice little love story developing

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Status: Likely Keeper (may watch on my own)


GeGeGe no Kitaro (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

Two episodes down and honestly I don’t really have any reason to continue. The show like I said last week, it’s freaking gorgeous, I absolutely adore the art style, but that’s really all it has going for it. I don’t find the cast that interesting, aside from Mana, these episodic stories have been extremely boring and non-chalant, but most of all, I get the sense that this show is designed almost like a children’s show that you’d see on a typical Saturday morning run. Jokes, jokes, jokes, meet the bad guy this episode, he does a bad thing, hero fights and eventually wins with a super OP ability or some bullshit shenanigans. I think mostly this show just isn’t designed for me, so I won’t say it’s a bad show, but it’s just not anything that’s generating a lot of interest from me, if any at all.

THE GOOD

  • Art style is still fantastic

THE BAD

  • Very boring, bad comedy and didn’t get anything to attach to

Episode Score: 2/5

Status: Dropped


Hinamatsuri (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

This show so far is staying away from the dark themes, so we’re good thus far. With Anzu coming into the fray, I thought we might get something a little more risky, a little more dangerous, but it turns out she’s just a friend for Hina to bounce off of and just add more to the cast we’ve got. This episode also introduces us to Hitomi a little more and hell, I hope we get to see that bartender, Utako more. She was really fun and interesting (and super hot) as well! I gotta say, if this show doesn’t delve too far into the serious, there is great potential here.

THE GOOD

  • Anzu really blends well with Hina
  • Utako is a hidden gem on this show

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Status: Keeper

 

 

 


Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I like this show and yet beyond just it’s light-hearted nature and vibrant animation, I’m not really sure why I like it so much. Maybe it reminds me a lot of Konosuba but going even deeper on a mobile MMORPG kind of deal here. The amount of fourth-wall breaking, over-the-top cheesy jokes and the cliche characters who are over-exaggerated in every single way, it’s just working really well. I wish I could put this into better words, but man oh man my brain is fried trying to to come up with a list here. I guess the easiest way of saying it, well…this show makes me smile uncontrollably. That’s a good start, right?

THE GOOD

  • Hysterical and whimsical
  • Random as hell
  • Super adorable

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

Status: Likely Keeper

 

 

 

 

 

 


Magical Girl Ore (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

I think based on how this show not only takes potshots at traditional anime, but is so unbelievably fucking weird that I think it automatically gets a free pass. Holy freaking hell this show is all over the place, but in a good way, an anime way. Cute magical girls? Nope, buff dudes. Over-the-top sparkly magical attacks? Nope, beating monsters to a bloody pulp with a blunt instrument. This show completely reverses everything you know and love about mahou shoujo and for a guy who normally cannot stand that genre, it’s a very welcome premise.

THE GOOD

  • So over-the-top random, I love it!
  • Reversal of traditional mahou shoujo anime makes for a better experience

THE BAD

  • I just hope the show doesn’t run out of jokes

Episode Score: 4/5

Status: Keeper

 

 

 


Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai (Ep.2)

THOUGHTS

It’s dumb

THE GOOD

  • Pfft!

THE BAD

  • It’s dumb. You heard me.

Episode Score: NOPE!/5

Status: I still don’t know, but…Dropped.


Space Battleship Tiramisu (Ep.2) *Already Keeping*

THOUGHTS

Same sillyness, little less space boy butt though. The dog section was funny and a little sad in a cheesy way, though I’ll admit the second half where he gets mad because some old mechanic lady screwed with his cockpit didn’t land as well as the bits before. The show is still certainly on a fantastic path, just nowhere near as strong as last week’s amazing episode.

THE GOOD

  • Dog section of the show was hysterical

THE BAD

  • Weaker second half

Episode Score: 4/5


Tachibanakan Triangle (Ep.2) *Already Keeping*

THOUGHTS

Yeah, I don’t care what anyone says, this show is hysterical. As someone who has zero issue with ecchi of any kind, this is exactly the kind of show I need after a shit day. It’s peppy, it’s cheerful and it’s stupid, in a good way. Yuu is your resident pervert, Iori is a nudist apparently and Hanabi basically falls into everything that involves a naked girl. It’s stupid fun, can we as an anime community stop raising our noses up just cause the show has ecchi in it?

THE GOOD

  • Still quite funny

THE BAD

  • The younger sister is kind of annoying

Episode Score: 4/5

Week # 1 – Spring Anime 2018

Week # 1 has arrived with the 2018 spring anime season. What’s in store this week?!

Just like every week, I’ll be watching my selected shows for the season and giving my brief feelings on the episode, along with things I liked and things I didn’t like. So let’s get a’watchin’!

NOTE: I’m going to be doing something a little different this season. Not in terms of posting, but I’m going to be a lot more selective with shows, because my time is growing more limited with the spring offering more sports that I play to stay (sort of) healthy, there’s more social events now that it’s not miserable leaving the warm comfort of my house and I’m also throwing more work onto myself again with YouTube becoming a more prominent part of the CSRadical brand, per se.

So what’s going to happen is that after Week #2 when I (should) have seen every show at least once, I will take at most the 10 best ones and those will be the shows that I talk about all season long, biding the need to drop a show or two down the line. Now this isn’t guaranteed to be 10, it may be more if there really isn’t a show or two I can’t convince myself to cut, or it may be less than 10 if I don’t feel there’s enough shows worth watching. Either way, I’m shooting for a 10-show maximum per season, so I don’t burn myself out. If there’s shows outside of Crunchyroll’s simulcasts that I’m interested in (there’s already a few from past seasons I STILL haven’t watched…), I’ll try to get around them and do a full review of that show’s season, if I ever get around to binge watching them. 

Alrighty! Let’s get to it!

***WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!***


Amanchu! Advance (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

If you never watched this show before and you’re into slice of life, you’re really missing out. This show during its first season, in all honestly was the show that really brought all the emotions out of me during a really tough time in my life. Amanchu has a great ability to be unbelievably cheerful and silly, yet retains some really sad, depressing and honestly very real feeling emotions that affected me in so many ways, a specific episode where a kitten is brought into the fray really hit me hard, to the point I cannot watch that episode anymore. That might sound bad, but at the time it’s what I needed and now I no longer need it.

This episode mostly revolves around more happier themes, though I will be expecting a little sadness again, however this season in my opinion will probably be more geared towards Futaba and Hikari developing an actual romantic relationship. Futaba has gotten over her “new live in a new town” feelings and is happy again, so the lonely kind of depression is no longer an issue either. So perhaps this will be a showing revolving around the hardships of a first teenage romance. Regardless, the show is clearly skewing happy right now, so I won’t complain one bit.

THE GOOD

  • Seeing all the friendly faces again
  • I still adore the animation style with the facial expressions

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4.5/5

Status: Definite Keeper

 

 

 

 

 

 


Akkun to Kanojo (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

Oh dear god the absurdity is hilarious! Now it wasn’t nearly as funny as other shorts you’ll see further down the list, but this one definitely has a lot of charm going on for it, and in a short amount of time, so it’s not too demanding. Just the silliness of the boyfriend absolutely adoring her, but for whatever reason not wanting to get too close, so he talks down to her, but she’s okay with whatever cause she loves him so much…it’s so dumb that it works. Like, really well.

THE GOOD

  • Absurd premise, well put together anyway

THE BAD

  • We’ll see how it goes as the season progresses, but I kinda wish this show was a 6 or 7-minute short, not 3

Episode Score: 4/5

Status: Definite Keeper


Caligula (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I’m very unsure about this show. Why? BECAUSE I HAVE ZERO CLUE WHAT’S GOING ON!!! Okay, that’s sort of a lie, I understand there’s some weird alien-like conspiracy thing going on here, where people are either living in a world created to be like a “peaceful version” of the real world, or they’re aliens infiltrating the real world and making time repeat itself. Etiher way, I kinda need an explanation to really grasp what I’m grabbing at. I will admit though that unless the show really kicks ass next week, I probably won’t keep it anyway, for the sole reason that the main character is boring as fuck and none of the others so far have been interesting either. But we shall see

THE GOOD

  • Curious concept

THE BAD

  • EXTREMELY boring lead character
  • No clue what’s going on really

Episode Score: 2.5/5

Status: Possible Drop


Comic Girls (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

Dear god if this show can keep this up, we’ve got a show of the season potential winner here, goddamn was that an entertaining show! The voices are what really do it for me, holy freaking hell the over-the-top sounds Kaoruko makes are absolutely ridiculous and I love it. Good blend of silliness, the downright absurd and enough moe and ecchi to balance things out. This is definitely looking like a show I can shut my brain off and just have a massive smile on my face all the way through. So we’ll see if it does that all season long, because this show will definitely make the cut.

THE GOOD

  • Some of the most entertaining voices I’ve heard in quite some time
  • Great balance of comedy, moe and ecchi

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about this week

Episode Score: 5/5

Status: Definite Keeper

 

 

 

 

 

 


GeGeGe no Kitaro (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

What a weird case. I’m told this is a comedy, quite light-hearted in fact. Yet some of the imagery was pretty horrifying, not to mention we see the main character forced to turn into a tree and now shot in the back with an arrow, not the most comedic then ever. The show as a whole was okay at best, I wasn’t wow’d by anything aside from Mana being super cute in the way that a lot of female characters in 90s anime really hit me, there’s definitely an old-school animation kind of vibe going on here, it’s just super crisp and HD now that it’s 2018. The characters were decent, the action was cliche cheesy 90s Saturday morning cartoon style, it was a fun little watch. Will it be one of the shows I pick next week? It’s possible, but this one’s definitely looking like it’s gonna have to squeak in there.

THE GOOD

  • I really REALLY like Mana
  • Art style is fantastic

THE BAD

  • Very dark for a light-hearted comedy
  • Nothing really grabbed me apart from Mana and the art style

Episode Score: 3/5

Status: Possible Keeper

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hinamatsuri (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

Pretty fun first episode. While this show isn’t perfect, what will give it a pretty good shot at staying after the second week is it’s two leads and the ridiculous premise. A girl with psychic powers and a yakuza soldier, that alone is silly enough, but she’s a expressionless young girl who just non-chalantly throws things around without any care in the world. It’s going to be interesting how this show works as a slice of life comedy, given the yakuza background and the violent nature of her powers. But for the time being, I’d say it has a strong chance of being a show I see through to the end.

THE GOOD

  • Hina is fucking amazing
  • Ridiculous concept able to balance out with comedy

THE BAD

  • I worry this show will be very easy to make a wrong turn, given the yakuza angle

Episode Score: 4/5

Status: Likely Keeper

 

 

 


Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I gave it the full episode and this one really just doesn’t do anything for me. It’s already at a disadvantage with the yokai, spiritual world sort of plot, then double that with it being a show certainly geared towards a female audience AND on top of that, it was just really boring, uneventful and had really one joke the whole time with the “torture” Aoi was subjected to. I can definitely see this show interesting the people this is designed for, but for me, it’s nothing worth going after.

THE GOOD

  • Honestly, there wasn’t anything that great, it just wasn’t offensively bad

THE BAD

  • Boring show with a concept that already doesn’t work with me

Episode Score: 2/5

Status: Dropped


Magical Girl Ore (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

Well that show was a hell of a mixed bag. Look, magical girl shows tend to be absolute trash, but this was really, REALLY funny trash, so I’m unsure where I stand with it. Maybe another episode would help? I do like the concept of the show, the absurdity of the show and well, Saki sells it pretty well, her voice actress is spot fucking on! So yeah, watch this show at your own discretion, as it’s all kinds of fucked up. But in a good way. Well, as good a way that anime can be without being SUPER illegal.

THE GOOD

  • Saki is fucking hysterical
  • Concept is bat shit crazy

THE BAD

  • Magical girl anime is still pretty trash

Episode Score: 3.5/5

Status: Possible Keeper

 

 

 

 

 

 


Omae wa Mada Gunma wo Shiranai (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I don’t know what’s going on yet, the show literally tells you nothing. Watch it, I’m being serious.

So…I’ll let you know next week, okay?

THE GOOD

  • Um…

THE BAD

  • …I got nothing

Episode Score: What?/5

Status: I don’t know…


Persona 5 The Animation (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

I’ll keep this short. I will be watching this, the show is good, but I’m not going to do this one on the weeklies, since I know everything that will happen, thus really defeats the point of talking about it. I could review the episode by the animation, voice acting, accuracy and such, but that’s not how I review on the weeklies, nor am I honestly that good at it. If you’re interested in a really cool anime featuring school kids fighting monsters and dealing with VERY SERIOUS real life issues, this is a badass show.

THE GOOD

  • N/A

THE BAD

  • N/A

Episode Score: N/A

Status: Will watch on my own time


Space Battleship Tiramisu (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

…This is my favourite show ever. He’s a space mech pilot who loves eating food and when he gets mad he strips naked and kills everything. WHAT THE FUCK ELSE DO YOU WANT?!!!

On a serious note though, HE FUCKING EATS AND FIGHTS SHIT WHILE NAKED, AGAIN WHAT ELSE DO YOU FUCKING WANT?!!!

THE GOOD

  • See above

THE BAD

  • DID YOU NOT UNDERSTAND ME?!!!

Episode Score: ∞/5

Status: Best Show Ever (Also a Definite Keeper)

 

 

 

 

 

 


Tachibanakan Triangle (Ep.1)

THOUGHTS

Sigh…I can’t help but get annoyed when an ecchi show just automatically gets downvoted by anime purists. This show as I’m typing this is at a 5.73 on MAL and while I’m not bothered necessarily by the score, I’m annoyed that it’s downvoted obviously just because it has naked girls relatively early on. This is only accentuated by the fact that after watching this 3-minute short, I was smiling all the way through because it was just being silly and having fun with a concept that’s slightly different. It’s like a harem, except the main is also female. I’m curious to see where it goes and it’s easier to consume when it’s a short, doesn’t demand too much time.

THE GOOD

  • Very funny introduction to the show
  • God damn that naked silver-haired girl…

THE BAD

  • Nothing to complain about

Episode Score: 4/5

Status: Definite Keeper

Top 10 Harem Anime

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of harem anime. As a consumer of ecchi content, there’s very few shows that can be as good with that type of content as harems. However that’s not the only reason I love those types of shows, as harems tend to be extremely cheesy, over-the-top and honestly, full of life. It’s hard to come across an extremely depressing and sad harem, at least in terms of the entirety of the show. So for me, an anime watcher who prefers the comical, lively kinds of anime, harems fit in perfectly to that mold.

So this week, it’s my Top 10 harem anime!

10

Okusama ga Seitokaichou! (My Wife is the Student Council President) is the only non-full episode show on this list, but what it lacks in length, it certainly makes up for it in charm and well…a lot of ecchi. Out of all the shows on this list, this is certainly the one that pushes the limits the furthest. How this show is televised in Japan is incredible to me when the show is literally the tiniest step away from being a hentai anime. But despite its constant pushing of the boundaries, the show goes beyond just that of an over-sexualized show. The characters are all very charming, the comedy is on point at times and the show just does a fantastic job of taking a traditional slice of life anime and turning it on its head, or in this case, completely bare breasts.

09

This is actually the first harem anime I watched in full. I’m not even sure how I came across Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou (Demon King Daimao) in the first place, but all I know is once I started watching that show, my fate was sealed, I was forever destined to enjoy harems. With a diverse cast of characters, a badass intro song and an over-the-top magical school premise that makes the show feel like what you’d get if you took Harry Potter and turned it into an ecchi anime. And come on, if you’ve watched the show, you know just how amazing Korone is. She makes that show.

08

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (Haganai) like Okusama at #10 is another one of those shows I’m amazed was aired on television, but then again it’s Japan, so why does anything surprise me anymore? While the show doesn’t go as far in terms of visible nudity and softcore as Okusama, this show is particularly known and in some cases blacklisted by anime fans because of the couple of girls on the show that are VERY underage and are naked or damn near close at times in the show. But if you can get past that, there’s an extremely funny show to be watching. With a cast of characters that go beyond the traditional over-the-top tropes, a constant barrage of jokes, puns and smacks in the face and a disregard for all morality, Haganai ends up being an extremely entertaining show, one that I went through really fast after I started watching it.

07

Like Daimao, Shuffle! is an early harem anime that I came across in my early days of watching anime. While Daimao was all comedy, Shuffle! on the other hand mixed that with some extremely serious themes, particularly toward the second half of the show. All the usual harem fodder is there, lots of ecchi, a rainbow hair cast of beautiful girls, but the show also has moments where they pull away the comedy and bring in the heavy doses of serious and downright frightening material. Take Kaede for example, a girl who seems like she’s playing the role of the perfect waifu trope, when out of nowhere she can turn super-yandere because of a mental disorder that began in her childhood. The show does the impossible, being very lively at times but also able to mix in the moments of sadness, depression and downright horror.

06

It’s very possible that Rosario + Vampire is at #6 solely on the perfection that is Mizore’s butt in striped panties. I’m half-kidding when I say this. All I can say is if that you’re looking for panty shots galore in an anime, this is the show you want to be watching. Basically a high school for monsters with the MC being the only human there, the show is a constant barrage of over-the-top fights, followed immediately by panties and butts, usually at the same time. Throw a couple of sexy vampires, a witch, a succubus, a snow woman into the cast of characters and you’ve got yourself an entertaining harem anime, one of I’ve gone through and watched a number of times over the years.

05

This is a recent addition to my anime library, so it’s very possible this show wins points due to the freshness of it. However, I can’t sell this anime short on its entertainment value and downright near perfection with ecchi content. Oniichan dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne! (OniAi) is a show that people will know for teasing an incestual relationship between the MC and his sister, but the show large in part does a good job of identifying that it’s only the girl who’s interested, not to mention it doesn’t matter when they’re three other girls fighting just as hard to gain his affection (and get into his pants) and one lovely redhead in particular REALLY fights hard for it. The show is littered with great comedy, a fantastic cast of girls and some really good ecchi scenes, everything I look for in a harem anime.

04

Out of all the shows on this list, Jitsu wa Watashi wa (Actually, I Am) easily has the least amount of ecchi in it, but it makes that up with an incredible amount of charm and adorability. There is no show on this list that I enjoyed more from being cute and adorable than Actually, I Am. With girls like Youko, Nagisa and Mikan, there’s such a pretty cast of girls that are all very interesting, along with their quirks, since like Rosario + Vampire, all the girls in the show are either monsters or have some sort of paranormal quirk to them. The show is chalk full of comedy, has a really nice romantic story to it and does a great job of not having one girl completely overshadow another. It’s a harem anime that anyone can watch, so long as Shiho’s not trying to play the role of sexual tension.

03

I’ve said it a few times already here, but I can never stop saying it about this show. When I started watching the simulcast of Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou (Monster Musume), I went in with the full expectation that I was not going to like it, for multiple reasons. I figured that a show with characters of that design would just not interest me at all and while in a way that was still true, there isn’t a girl in that show beyond Smith, the only notable human girl in the entire show that I actually have an attraction to. However, all the girls in the main cast have personalities that make it damn near impossible to not like them. While the show tries its damnedest to be just as sexy as any other harem, it’s not the ecchi that kept me interested, it was the amazing attention to detail and impeccable comedic timing that the show had that really sucked me in. I went into the show thinking it would be dumb, yet I left extremely entertained. And most of all, I tell people about how smart the show was with its characters, like for example I told friends about the task force they had where the four girls were placed perfectly, the ogre as a tank, the doppelganger as a spy, the cyclops as a sniper and the zombie as the charging soldier who takes all the bullets. Someone spent time thinking about this! I was impressed!

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I was suggested this show so many times, I’d read so many posts online about how good the show was. Admittedly, I went into watching Nisekoi with the usual expectations I had of a show getting a lot of praise: not much. Generally speaking when a majority of people like something in terms of anime, it’s less likely to be something I’ll give high marks to. I might still like it, but it won’t be the most amazing thing in the world to me. But Nisekoi ended up being beyond better than I thought it was ever going to be. There’s no show that I enjoyed more in terms of a harem anime for its story and its cast of characters. In a show where you usually gravitate to one girl in particular as the one you want to ship with the MC, I had three that I just couldn’t choose from, Chitoge, Kosaki and Seishirou, all three of them were fantastic characters, I couldn’t bear to see any of the three get rejected. The comedy is so damn good in this anime, when the ecchi hits, it’s done very well and timed perfectly and the opening theme of Season 1 is perhaps one of the best songs I’ve ever listened to (I think I just found my next list…). There’s almost nothing bad I can say about the show, it’s essentially 99.9% perfect.

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But even though Nisekoi is as close to perfect as it is, it just can’t beat my biased opinion of my personal favourite harem anime I’ve ever watched, Infinite Stratos. I look at this show and Nisekoi the same way I look at Final Fantasy X and VI, I know FFVI is the better game, but FFX is still my personal favourite. Infinite Stratos is definitely not a better anime overall than Nisekoi, however there is just so much about Infinite Stratos that hits my personal tastes more than Nisekoi does that I just can’t help but place this show at #1 instead.

Infinite Stratos does something no other harem anime has done for me, it’s created characters that are constantly in my head, they don’t leave my thoughts for very long. Specifically Charlotte, Laura and Houki, they’re three girls that are constantly sticking in my memories as three of the prettiest anime girls I’ve ever seen on-screen. It’s not even like I saw this show early on, this show is about right smack in the middle of my anime history, it’s not something new and it’s not one of my firsts either. That’s just how memorable to show was for me. For me, this is one of the best animated harems I’ve ever watched and manages to go beyond that of just having extremely sexy girls doing extremely sexy things, they’re also capable of having some really well-designed and animated mech fights (not full mechs, like specialized suits) that I also really enjoyed. The show just isn’t about girls in skin-tight suits showing off their butts, they have some really damn good fight scenes too!

But I would be lying if I said the ecchi content wasn’t a large part in why I love the show so much. I think it also helps that there is no anime I’ve watched where the list of girls I left that show loving is larger. Because it’s not just the main cast, it’s almost the entire supporting cast as well. Teachers, students that have less than ten voice lines the entire show, hell even a certain red-haired girl who is the sister of the MC’s best friend and shows up for maybe…three episodes the entire two seasons the show has run for. So many of the characters are beautifully designed and have just enough uniqueness and charm to make themselves memorable. Hell, even the villains are a bit interesting too and I usually don’t attach to female villains much in anime.

So the show has a fantastic set of characters, some fantastic ecchi scenes and some fantastic fight scenes. It’s a show that is impossible for me to ever forget, I still remember a ton of various scenes from the show ranging from Houki and Charlotte fighting over Ichika on a couples waterslide in Season 2 and Laura “lovingly” putting Ichika in a Fujiwara Armbar while naked in Season 1. There’s so many awesome things in this show that I can’t help but love and that’s why it’s my favourite harem anime of all-time!


So thank you very much for checking out this week’s Top 10, I hope you enjoyed it! Don’t forget to leave your favourite harems in the comments below and don’t forget to share this post with all your fellow anime fans!

Hey Anime! Guys Undress and Shower Too!

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I don’t make any bones about the fact that I love watching ecchi anime. Shows like Keijo!!!!!!!!Infinite Stratos and OniAi, I adore those shows and I enjoy the flood of sexy anime girls parading around in the underwear or less. I don’t think there’s any problems with that, I don’t think there’s any reason why this kind of content shouldn’t be allowed to exist and I don’t think a show is any lesser for containing that kind of content, so long as that’s not the only thing it has going for it. That’s what hentai is for.

But at the same time, there’s something about shows that contain ecchi content in them that continue to drive me crazy and that’s the absolute lack of reality checking here, in that while there always seems to be a camera perfectly placed in a girl’s bedroom as she’s changing, thus exposing her pink lacy lingerie, there’s never any point in an anime where the same happens for any of the male characters. There’s no scenes where a guy is undressing (you’re lucky to see a shirt get pulled off), no scenes where a guy is showering or bathing aside from the hot springs episode and there’s no scenes where a guy ever has his underwear exposed.

Granted, there are some anime that do it, but generally speaking (at least from memory) when this happens, it’s designed as more of a comedy bit, where the guy drops into a room with a bunch of girls and he’s naked. It’s usually not animated properly, designed in a more cheesy style and it’s not designed to be something that is okay or normal. Instead, we’re to believe that in the context of a lot of these shows, it’s okay for girls to be seen undressing, showering and more, but it’s not okay for the male character(s) to be seen in the same way.

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It really does beg the question of whether at least in Japan, there’s a bit of homophobia going on, whether it’s from the studio’s point of view or whether it’s the perception that the fans/viewers don’t want to see that kind of content. If it’s the studio just deciding they don’t want there to be a focus on the male body, then you know what? I can’t really argue with that, it is their piece of work, they’re allowed to write it however they’d like and I can’t judge them for that.

But if in any case it’s the latter, the idea that the presumed male-dominant viewership doesn’t want to have a scene where the male protagonist of a harem is walking around his bedroom in his boxer-briefs, then I will certainly take issue with that. I’ve stated before that while I have found male characters in anime I find myself being attracted to, there’s just nothing in real life that convinces me that I’m anything beyond a straight male when it comes to engaging in sexual behavior. There’s a clear majority preference in my head towards women, there are very few male characters that ever elicit any sort of reaction from me, so it’s safe to say that my preference towards ecchi content in anime would lean to that of female characters.

But going back to the notion of male viewers not wanting to see ecchi content with a male character in their shows, I don’t understand what the big deal is. When it comes to ecchi content with girls, depending on the rating you might actually see 100% bare breasts. For guys however, there’s just no way without the content being classified as hentai that you would see full-on dick. At best, you’d have to deal with bare boy butt. Oh no, not boy butt! Take it away! It burns my eyes!

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Honestly, the majority of ecchi content with male characters that I have seen, it’s been with characters that I have no attraction to. Take the one above here, the shot of Itsuki from Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation. It’s a screencap I’ve used on several occasions now when it comes to this issue, a fantastic example of a scene in an anime where they don’t shy away from putting a male character under the same rules any female character would apply to when it comes to ecchi content. And in this show, I had Itsuki’s ass in the middle of my screen and I had zero attraction to the character and I didn’t get all offended or up in arms about seeing his butt on screen. Even if Aika didn’t show up not long after with her full naked body on display, this scene would’ve been fine regardless.

When it really comes to male nudity especially in anime, the only way it really throws me off, is due to the lack of that kind of content. It’s something you rarely see unless you’re actively searching for shows that are more geared to fans of yaoi anime, or anime that has a male-dominant cast, thus upping the chances of it being an anime featuring half-naked anime boys. When I’m thrown off seeing a scene like Itsuki in the hot spring, it’s not because I’m squeamish about seeing male nudity, it’s because with all the shows that I watch, guys are just never shown in that sort of context.

And it’s strange because well let’s be honest here, guys do the same things girls do in their daily lives. We also change our clothes, we also wear underwear and sometimes walk around the house in just that. We shower or bathe daily, we go to gym class in high school and change out of our normal clothes and into our gym clothes. Everything that we see girls doing in your average anime, guys do as well. The difference is that the writers, producers, whoever the fuck makes the call, they don’t ever insert a scene where a guy is shown in the same way. It’s like we’re left to assume that guys just magically change clothes, they stay clean all the time and don’t need to ever take care of their personal hygiene.

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For a medium that is extremely unrealistic, there seems to be quite a lot of realism when it comes to the perception of men. What’s that, you ask? Well generally speaking, the average person in society just doesn’t talk about the male body. They don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want to see it, they don’t want to know it even exists. The only places we seem to be truly okay with guys taking their shirts off and wearing a little less than pants on, is at the pool or the beach. Now you’re probably thinking about other places as well, like the gym or at crazy college parties. The thing is that with those specific places, there’s circumstances behind the acceptance. At college parties, when the majority of people are drunk off their ass, you accept a lot more because your brain isn’t running at full capacity, so you tend to forget a few of the things you normally pay attention to. It’s like the classic moment you see in films and such, when two girls who claim to be straight get super drunk and kiss each other.

But the biggest circumstance when it comes to guys being “allowed” or “accepted” to wear less clothing in public aside from places like pools and beaches where it’s socially acceptable to do so, is that if you’re a hot guy. In anime, every girl under the sun gets shown in her underwear, no matter how big or small they are, though obviously it’s a rarity for an extremely obese woman to be in an anime unless she’s a comedy character, but that’s a conversation for another day. When it comes to male characters, is the normal looking nerdy guy ever shirtless? Nine times out of ten, it’s strictly the handsome boys who’ve got chiseled abs and are super athletic who get that luxury of being allowed to take their shirts off. In our society, we’re finally starting to push for plus-sized models with women, trying to convince everyone that all women are beautiful. But when it comes to guys, are we relaying that message? Because as far as I see it, we’re still in an age where if you want to be a male model, you gotta have a rockin’ body! There’s no plus-sized male models, at least not that we’re openly told about and having it shoved down our throats that they exist and it’s okay.

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In anime, only three types of guys really get the proper ecchi treatment:

  1. The more normal-looking guys at first, but upon shirts coming off they have an athletic build. Because of course every protagonist has to look like he works out, no matter how lazy he is.
  2. The extremely muscular guys who have muscles on muscles. For some reason a lot of them seem to have “bubble butts” as well. It’s kinda weird…
  3. The very feminine-looking guys, the ones who could pass as a girl in the right light, unless they’re already dressing as girls to fool you, aka a “trap”. These are the rare cases where they’re usually designed as comedy characters, yet when ecchi moments come up, they’re still animated like hot girls, rather than the usual male ecchi moment, where it’s more comically designed.

As a guy who is relatively thin, I’m a slender build, 5’11”, just over 150 pounds, it’s kind of annoying to think that even characters who have what looks to be my build or very similar, they end up having abs and look like a million bucks regardless. Granted, I accept it because generally speaking the majority of anime characters are designed to be perfect, but it’s a little ridiculous when both male and female characters are portrayed as the laziest people on the planet, eat terribly and yet they still retain a model-like frame. I want some of this anime magic for my body, man!

Which makes it even more frustrating to think that the majority of anime guys are designed to be male models and they still don’t get shown off anywhere close to the same way all female characters in anime are.

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So in the end, if this kind of stuff bothers you, I mean…wow! To think that a fictional male character in their underwear grosses you out that much, there’s definitely some deep-rooted stuff going on there. Because none of the pictures I’ve thrown into this article bother me in the slightest, I don’t feel like anything wrong has taken place by talking about this topic, nor from searching through image galleries to find all these pictures. Oh! By the way, also along with all these pictures I’ve posted, none of them are characters that I’m attracted to in any way whatsoever, these are literally just random pieces of artwork I’ve pulled specifically for this topic. I can admit that all the boys pictured in this article are good-looking, but that’s not necessarily indicative of me being attracted to them. The same goes for women, there are plenty of cases where I can see a girl, think she’s pretty, but not necessarily think I want to bed her. You can look at a person and think they’re good-looking without wanting to fuck them, folks! It’s a thing, it happens.

We need to move away from this notion as guys that if you’re straight, it’s weird or wrong to think another guy is good-looking. Girls all the time who are straight will talk about other girls, especially amongst their friends when they look pretty in an outfit they’re wearing and all that jazz. Guys just don’t do that and while I’m not saying we need a cultural and/or social shift where guys just start complimenting each other, I think at the very least we need to stop feeling like it’s a bad thing if we do and judge another guy if he does that.

And honestly, I think fictional material is a great way to start that, especially anime. Because like I’ve said before, anime is a medium of perfection, it’s where characters go to be sculpted like gods. And to use a cast of perfect male anime characters to slowly help other guys accept that yes, we can and do look good with a few articles of clothing off, not to mention by seeing other guys in that light, we can show that we’re not going to just suddenly to turn gay and have a sudden desire to suck a dick just because we see another guy in his underwear.

Because I’ve heard guys in real life talk like that’s a thing…and that’s absolutely fucking ridiculous.

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It’s just a butt guys, you’ll be fine.

Top 10 Ecchi Christmas Pics

I wasn’t planning on doing a Top 10, because after all, today’s Christmas!

But then I had a silly idea. And you know that I don’t really filter a lot of the ideas I have on this site. I figured, what a way to celebrate Christmas then to have a Top 10 where I feature my favourite ecchi Christmas-related pictures. Naturally, this is my own personal tastes making this list, so a lot of the pictures will likely be shows I really like, so there’s some bias.

So ladies, put on your Christmas outfits where the skirt is a little too short and guys, put on your Santa outfits with the top completely undone, let’s get to it!

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I’ve never watched Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha, but this picture of Signum is absolutely drop dead fucking gorgeous. The classic Santa dress and thigh-high socks, along with the excessive cleavage, there’s a lot for anyone who’s attracted to the many lovely anime girls out there to love. Couple that with the seductive pose and blush, there really isn’t much more you could want!

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Everyone loves a little Hatsune Miku. On top of that, we also love a little Miku butt in those classic striped panties of hers. So couple that with the Christmas theme and what could possibly go wrong? You’re right, absolutely nothing!

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Grisaia no Kajitsu was a show I couldn’t get into, but holy shit do they know how to do ecchi well! So naturally it makes sense that they’re able to take the Christmas theme and sexy it up. I mean, poor Sachi being left in the background while Michiru and Amane have a good ol’ time feeding each other strawberries with whipped cream and of course making a mess of it, specifically all over their breasts. Because as all anime fans know, boobs are magnets for EVERYTHING!

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It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t include at least one picture where anime boys take center stage. I was expecting Free! to have something good, but wow, that show shockingly doesn’t have a fantastic Christmas-themed picture, least in my opinion. So instead, you guys get Ciel, Raven and Add from Elsword doing their best Christmas crossdressing just for you. I think they pulled it off a little too well…

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I loved Outbreak Company, I think it’s a really underrated show, despite its clear ecchi nature. So the bias is in full swing when I get a picture of Anne riding horseback on Myucel while they both are wearing…I guess Christmas bikinis? Ah, who cares, it’s two butts and Myucel looks freaking adorable. Which is easy to say because let’s be honest, pretty much every anime elf is super hot.

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Anyone who watched Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai knows that what you are looking at is a Christmas miracle. Sena actually getting Kobato to cuddle up with her really is the greatest Christmas present she could ever get. Just please Sena, don’t suffocate Kobato in your chest.

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It really wouldn’t be festive without our favourite little sister, Kirino from Ore no Imouto ga Konni ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai being a part of it. Clearly, someone bought a Santa dress a size or two too small, or she didn’t pay attention to how short the skirt is on it. It looks like Kirino should’ve bought tights, pantyhose, long socks, or maybe she ought to have put something else on underneath, cause it appears that skirt isn’t going to do a great job hiding her panties. Ruri doesn’t seem to mind though.

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Let’s just go through what’s in this picture, shall we? I mean, other than the fact it’s Rory, Yao and Tuka from GATE, one of my favourite shows in the last couple years, so the bias is there…THERE ARE THREE GIRLS IN CHRISTMAS BIKINIS, TWO OF THEM ARE ELVES AND ONE OF THEM HAS DARK SKIN!!! The only thing missing is a red-haired girl and I would’ve put this at 1 through 10. That Tuka butt too. Glorious!

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Yep! An Infinite Stratos picture is on the list. Aren’t we all so shocked I put one on here? Though maybe it’s more surprising that it’s not #1. But this picture is perfect, other than Rin (who I can easily ignore) you’ve got Laura, Charlotte, Houki and Cecilia all looking absolutely fantastic in their very sexy Christmas lingerie (I’m assuming this isn’t more like a swimsuit), especially Houki though, she’s got it going on in this picture for sure. For whoever is taking this picture, it’s going to be a very merry Christmas for them!

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It’s unusual for me to have to have a different sized picture on the list, but this one is so good that I accepted the fact that this wasn’t an easy Photoshop job and let it be as is. I know nothing about Clarice and Granblue Fantasy, but I know how I reacted the first time I came across this picture. I was absolutely mesmerized by her, everything was so perfect. The outfit is just sexy enough without giving too much away, her dimensions aren’t over the top and I’m such a sucker for a well-drawn stomach in anime. There’s just so much for me to love here and for me, there just isn’t a hotter anime girl in a Christmas-related piece of artwork.


Thanks for checking out this special Top 10, hope you guys are enjoying the holidays if you’re checking this out during then!

Fan Service Anime That’s Actually Really Good

In response to Cecilia D’Anastasio’s article on Kotaku about the “wasteland” that is fan service anime (you can read it here), I thought it’d be a great idea to post a few shows that I actually think are really good and transcend beyond the single title of a fan service anime. These shows still have the many cliches out there, panty shots, shower scenes, breast size comparisons, falling on the protagonist while naked or damn near close, all these shows have a good majority of these things and even more. But what they also have, at least in my opinion is more than just sexual content, innuendo and tension, they have either good stories, characters, action, comedy and much more that makes me feel like it’s more than just a show full of boobs and butts.

So let’s take a look at some of these shows, shall we?

Bakemonogatari
Bakemonogatari

I’ve only watched the first season of the Monogatari series, aka Bakemonogatari, something I’ve really got to get on top of by the way, but holy hell is this series amazing and yet it does this with possibly one of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever seen in anime, of course that being what’s pictured above, Hitagi coming out of the shower and dressing right before our very eyes. The show is a great example of having zero issue with sexuality and saying to all viewers “We’re going to have fan service in this whether you like it or not AND THEN we’re going to make you love this show anyway!” and actually accomplishes this.

Bakemonogatari and likely the following seasons of the show (once I get off my lazy ass and start watching them) is a supernatural anime where many gods and demons take form, usually as curses upon another character in the show. For example, the first couple episodes are devoted to Hitagi and the “heavy crab” where due to some personal problems in her life, she comes into contact with a demon that takes the literal weight off her shoulder, making her almost weightless (5kg or 11lbs) until the problem is overcome. The show is part creepy, part dark and depressing and then part completely realistic, minus the gods and demons of course. But the many characters throughout the show have their own demons and personal issues that they need to overcome and no one is exempt from this.

While sure, the show makes use of a female-dominated male cast so the sexual content of the show strays away from guys walking around in their underwear, this doesn’t mean the many girls aren’t unique and interesting. Quite frankly, the show goes out of its way to make each character in the show extremely unique and it’s not even just limited to personalities. One girl is an open lesbian and one is arguably bisexual, something very unusual in anime, as most anime writers try to keep every female straight so there is a 100% guarantee that their male viewers have “a shot at them”, as you notice in almost every anime, no girl is ever in a relationship.

Bakemonogatari is a series that is able to mix the dark and creepiness of the supernatural into a show that just happens to feature girls that sometimes are in compromising positions. However, unlike your typical fan service anime, they’re not actively getting into situations where they’re one step away from a full-on hentai scene. And unlike most anime, this show actually has the protagonist fall in love and actually begin a relationship with a character…HALFWAY INTO THE FIRST SEASON!!! Now that’s unique!

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai
Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai

If you know this show, I have a rough idea of what you’re thinking and yes, I am aware that this show does at times feature a 10 year-old girl (Maria) frolicking around naked. For those thinking Kobato is part of this as well, she’s actually 13-14 in the series, which surprised me cause I always thought she was even younger.

But what this anime does to surpass the excessive nudity is have such a diverse cast of characters and some of the best comedy I have ever seen in anime. I’m sure if there’s anything that “feminists” will think doesn’t transcend an anime past its fan service label, it’s comedy, but let’s be honest, these people don’t exactly have the best sense of humour, so what do they know about comedy? As far as I see it, if I’m spending more time of the show laughing my ass off than anything else, the show is a comedy first and a fan service anime second. And the show isn’t just making boob jokes (though it’s not above that either), there’s some really clever humour in there, some that really take some potshots at the usual anime tropes out there.

What really sells this anime for me is a single character, Yozora Mikazuki. This will be a bit of a spoiler, but honestly if you’ve watched even just a little anime, you could’ve figured this out very early on. Yozora ends up being the childhood friend of the protagonist who moved away for some time. The catch though is that when they were friends at a young age, Yozora was not a girl, at least she didn’t look like one, she was dressed like a boy and was in fact going to reveal this fact to the protagonist on the day he was moving away, but chickened out. She also didn’t know he was moving away so because she didn’t confront him, she never saw him again until they met at school once more. So now dressed like a girl again at school (and a gorgeous one at that!), she sees him at her school and in her class and decides to not miss this chance and makes a club specifically to have the two of them alone (Sena ruins that real quick) as she’s always been in love with him. She’s one of my favourite tomboy characters of all-time, she really steals the scene whenever she’s a part of it and by the end of the series, you can’t not fall in love with her as well and her looks have absolutely nothing (maybe 1%…) to do with it.

And then on top of that, you have that diverse cast of girls of different sizes, ages and backgrounds. Hell, you have one girl who for a good chunk of the anime you firmly believe is a cross-dressing guy, but in actuality is just a flat-chested girl with a bit of a gender confusion, which is caused by a family who raised her as a boy because they really wanted a son. Along with her, there’s a brainiac with the biggest libido I’ve ever seen in a female character, your stereotypical busty blonde girl that instead of the usual personality is a girl with a massive fondness of visual novels, including the 18+ ones, hell there’s a girl with chuunibyo syndrome, aka the girl that dresses and acts like an anime character the majority of the time. The anime is one of the best comedies out there, calling it a fan service anime only really taints what is actually a really good show.

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Chu-Bra!!

I am fully aware how this is going to be the hardest one to sell, because it’s literally a show about high school girls and underwear. But what the show, at least in my opinion offers is a show that takes a very real look into the transition many girls go through as their bodies begin to develop when they hit puberty, the particular change the anime goes into is the transition between kiddie underwear and women’s underwear, especially once girls’ breasts begin to develop.

Yes, the anime is chock full of undressing scenes, panty shots, boob groping and all the trimmings you’d expect from a fan service anime. What I feel the anime does however to make it worthy of watching, is how it handles the many problems many girls do face during their teens and in particular, when they hit puberty. There’s a lot of realism in the show, despite how it constantly goes over the top to make in entertaining. The show handles topics like the fear of being considered a slut for wearing certain kinds of underwear, being comfortable with your own body and even dealing with “weird feelings” about another girl. Granted, it handles these topics with a little bit of comedy and sexuality, but the issues are real and matter.

This is easily the hardest anime I’ll sell in this article, because even I can admit that a major part of this show is literally an endless supply of panty shots. But in my honest opinion, the show has enough realism and a legitimate message that while it doesn’t override the fan service, at the very least it makes it bearable.

SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn't Exist
SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist

This show is literally about how dull, boring and absolutely ridiculous the world would be if SJWs and feminists got their way and all sexual material was basically removed. Need I say more?

What this show offers is some of the best sexual comedy I’ve ever seen in anime, some of the best characters, both good and evil I’ve ever seen in anime, some of the most insane, ridiculously random shit I’ve ever seen in anime and yet one of the best plots I’ve ever seen in anime. While the show is concentrated on the resurgence and liberation of sexuality and sexual content in basic society, Shimoneta is able to balance that along with some of the most clever jokes I may ever see in anything, let alone anime. The amount of innuendo is downright insane, there are more puns than you can shake a dick–I mean stick at!

As a commentary on the overly regressive nature of the left nowadays when it comes to the censorship of sexual content as it’s either demeaning to women, barbaric, disgusting, worthless and all the other shit these “intelligent people” spew constantly about this kind of content, Shimoneta never stops bashing the regressive left and the idiocy that is the world that they seek to create with their endless campaigns to ban everything rather than ignore it. The Japan we see where all sexual material is banned isn’t even remotely close to the ends of these people’s battles. As any level-headed individual knows, once you give these people an inch, they’ll seek to take a mile. After all erotic material is collected and either hidden away or burned, it doesn’t stop there, it goes as far as all the kids are re-taught about how babies are formed, aka they’re not actually taught. The concept of sex isn’t an existent thing in this show, except for the few people out there who are considered “terrorists” by this regressive left party. The only thing I wish the show had gotten into was how low birth rates had to have been in Japan during this time.

If there was ever a show to showcase the ridiculousness of the fight against sexual material, this show has the best commentary on it and does it with the utmost of insanity. For those who think you have to be classy to get your message across, grow the fuck up. Not only that, but your tactics and words are far from classy either.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma
Shokugeki no Souma

Lastly, there’s the myth, the legend, the foodgasm. Food Wars aka Shokugeki no Souma is the show that takes fan service and completely turns it onto its head. Normally, a fan service anime is a more basic high school premise that features a cast of girls in short skirts that often fall over and reveal their panties. Or maybe it’s a sci-fi show with girls in skin-tight battle suits who often get caught changing in and out of them. Nope! It’s a show based around the concept of COOKING SO GOOD YOUR CLOTHES BLOW OFF!!!

I mean, I could talk about how this show has quite possibly the best drawn food you will ever seen in anime, maybe for the rest of eternity. The show actually has made me want to learn to cook more and try things I’ve never thought of trying before. Granted, I don’t expect my clothes to blow off in a single stream of orgasmic taste, but what this show has done has certainly awakened a desire to cook when I’ve never had that before.

What the show really does though is completely take off the chains of a traditional anime and tread its own path. The show mixes various elements and melds it into an entirely new kind of anime, one that is able to successfully take the over-the-top fighting prowess of a show like Dragon Ball Z, the classic shounen anime story of a show like Naruto and then extreme sexuality of a show like Highschool DxD and apply all these elements and meld them into a single show and of all things, it’s about cooking!

The characters are of all different walks of life, some from rich families and some from poor small town families, some from Western countries, some from Eastern countries. They have different looks, personalities, tastes, interests, even their abilities are different. For example, one girl is a meat-only cook, while one guy has the gimmick of cooking with the ultimate skill in the sense of smell. There are a few characters who are forgettable, but they usually act as the background cast, or an easy foil for either the protagonists or the main villains. The characters who actually matter in the grand scheme of things are all treated with the utmost importance, get their screen time, use it well and continue to stay fresh. Not only that, but the show isn’t afraid to have the main character who you expect to win all the time, constantly lose or come damn near close.

Food Wars is the show that I use as the ultimate example of a show that transcends the fan service label. I’ve gotten so many people into this show as it’s not the nudity that gets their attention, it’s the pure insanity and uniqueness of the show. They’ve never seen something like this before, you can’t help but be interested in it.


So that’s the article, thank you very much for reading this. I could’ve gone with so many more shows, but this was the five shows I felt fit the best for this, at least the shows I’ve actually watched.

Here’s a list of shows that I feel also are better than just a fan service label, but just don’t make as strong as case as the five shows listed in the article:

  • Anne Happy
  • Bakuon!!
  • Demon King Daimao
  • GATE
  • Highschool of the Dead
  • Himegoto
  • Hundred
  • Infinite Stratos
  • Konosuba
  • Monster Musume
  • Outbreak Company
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

You’re probably wondering why I’m not listing Keijo!!!!!!!!, a show that I’ve talked about extensively as not being sexist. Here’s the thing, while I do feel that the show is above the fan service label, there’s no denying that what the show is, is 100% fan service and the show makes no bones about it either. By putting it on the list, I feel like I’m mislabeling and misrepresenting the show, because honestly Keijo is a fan service show. And I’m okay with that.

So what shows do you think transcend the fan service label? Do you think I’m right in defending the shows I picked and the topic as well? Let me know in the comments below!

Character Spotlight: Kou Yagami

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Last week, we shined the spotlight on my favourite character from the recent anime, New Game!, Hifumi. This week, we take a look at the girl above Hifumi and the other character designers and my second favourite character from the show, Kou Yagami.

So take off your pants, get comfortable and let’s talk about this blonde beauty!

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At the start of the series, we look at Kou in the same way main character Aoba does, as a legendary character designer well-known for being a part of some major JRPGs released over the years. She also looks like a very normal, nice girl, the kind of boss you wish you had. If we left it at that, she’d be a fine character, a nice, caring boss who while wants to be strict with her employees, has a tough time doing so.

Instead, she gets a gimmick that really fleshes out her character (pun intended) and makes her an extremely memorable character, not just in the series, but throughout all anime. What’s that gimmick, you say? She doesn’t like to wear pants.

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While she understands that you don’t do this kind of shit in public, Kou is the kind of girl that wants to feel comfortable and liberated whenever she can. So it’s safe to say that at home, pants are not an option. But in the studio, she puts up with it and wears pants or a skirt. But when she’s staying overnight to get more work done and it’s just her in the office, those pants come right off. As she explains to her best friend and producer of the game they’re working on, Rin, she really does feel liberated when able to work and walk around in her underwear and as we see later on when Rin takes her advice and tries it, it’s certainly the case.

Now a lot of people probably looked at this as a sad excuse to have a girl in her underwear a lot, like Kou was decided as the girl who would get the majority of ecchi scenes in the show. But in my opinion, I don’t think that’s true, especially the latter part. Yes, Kou during many points of the show has the camera focused on her butt when her pants come off and yes, she has a shower scene, but there are other opportunities that she doesn’t get involved in. She could’ve easily been with the girls when they went to a bath house, but she wasn’t there, she could’ve been seen changing when they were getting their checkups, but she wasn’t. Her ecchi moments are the majority of the time, tailored to her specific gimmick and desire to not wear pants and as far as I’m concerned, that makes her character not a source of ecchi material, but a legitimate character with a real-life desire. She’s not the only person in the world who enjoys being able to walk around without pants on, hell I said it in my New Game! spotlight, if I lived alone, I’d totally do that in my own house as well!

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Kou also plays a major part in the entire series, she’s not just the token panty shot character. She fleshes out three separate characters for sure in the lead, Aoba, her best friend, Rin and even the girl she loves to piss off, Umiko. While Umiko’s isn’t too major, as realistically their relationship serves and comic relief (and Kou getting shot several times with a pellet gun), her relationship with Aoba and Rin both really have a lot of significance to the show.

With Aoba, Kou serves like a mentor to her. Granted, it’s a mentor that scares the hell out of her sometimes, as for some weird reason Aoba has a fear of being forced to take her pants off while at work because of Kou’s lack of hesitation in taking hers off and often being found asleep with the blankets failing to cover up what they needed to. When not freaking Aoba out with panty nightmares, she serves as the guiding hand for Aoba in her new career as a character designer. She’s very tough on her in the early going, making her redo several 3D models again and again so she doesn’t pick up any bad habits from the start and also so her transition later on is smoother for her and she doesn’t have to worry about any issues when that happens. It’s nice to see Kou in almost a big sister sort of role with Aoba, though it’s arguable that at some points Aoba looks at her as far more than just a mentor and an idol.

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But when it comes to a potential love interest, the only one that for sure has some merit to it is with her relationship with producer Rin Tooyama. Taking away the scene where the two of them were caught by Aoba both without pants on (Aoba’s worst nightmare), there are a ton of moments where there’s hints here and there of these two being more than just friends and colleagues at work. They’re constantly around each other, both taking care of each other when the other’s down, as Rin happily takes good care of Kou when she gets sick. What really grabs my attention though is just how comfortable they are with each other, especially Rin when it comes to Kou and her pantsless shenanigans. You could argue that it’s because she knowingly doesn’t feel any sexual attraction to Kou that causes Rin to deal with her gimmick with ease, but I think it’s more due to her seeing it so many times before that it’s not a surprise to her anymore. I truly do think that off-camera and in the future of the series beyond the show’s existence, these two will become a couple, if they aren’t already secretly.

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Kou is a fantastic character in not just New Game!, but anime in general. Despite what the average feminist or SJW may think about her character, I truly do look and Kou and think she’s not a subject of ecchi content and an endless supply of panty shots. She’s a real-life representation of a young woman who transcends the average girl who’s just supposed to look pretty and be a strong girl. She has those two things, but she’s also her own person, she’s a free-spirited girl who doesn’t shackle herself with what society expects from her. She’s living in a time where anything sexual is now suddenly offensive and yet she doesn’t care. While she doesn’t view herself as a sexual character, she does enjoy a kind of lifestyle that the idiots out there would look at as being overly sexual, when in reality she just thinks pants aren’t that comfortable and would rather not wear them.

Which I can get behind, jeans fucking suck!

What Is Fanservice And What Is Reality?

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I don’t hide the fact that I watch a ton of anime that people file under the subjects of ‘ecchi’ and ‘harem’, why would I? As I’ve said time and time again, I don’t feel like watching any of these shows does any harm to anyone who is able to distinguish the differences between fantasy and reality. If there are truly people out there who watch this content and bring those views into real-life, there’s already something askew with this person. Don’t look into the fictional content they consume, take a look into their childhood, their history.

But aside from the usual feminist and SJW bullshit thrown in the direction of content like this, there’s one specific term that I want to talk about and define it in the way I truly believe it should be defined, rather than how I perceive it to be viewed as in this present day.

That term of course for those familiar with anime, is fanservice.

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from Bakemonogatari

This is the definition of the term fanservice on Urban Dictionary:

“In general, fan service refers to scenes designed to excite or titillate the viewer. This can include scantily-clad outfits, cleavage shots, panty shots, nude scenes (shower scenes especially), etc. Some broader definitions also include things like cool mecha, big explosions, battle scenes, etc. Basically, if it has little plot-redeaming value, but makes the viewer sit up and take notice, it’s probably fan service in one form or another.”

Now the definition here extends to beyond sexual content, but that’s going to be where my focus lies, since no one really gets offended by mechs, explosions, battle scenes and more. I could also argue that people shouldn’t be getting offended by sexual content, but I’ve said my piece about this over and over again and that’s not the aim of this post, so let’s move on from that.

So essentially, the definition of fanservice is extended towards anything that is considered sexually enticing, exciting or titillating for the viewers, regardless of gender and sexuality. So this means things ranging from shower scenes and undressing/dressing scenes all the way to extremes like the various girls in a harem grabbing each others’ boobs and the classic girl falls on a guy so perfectly that her panty-covered butt is mere inches from his face. Now why am I setting one side of the spectrum the extremes like boob grabbing and the other side being showering and getting dressed?

This is where my own personal definition of fanservice comes into play. While I understand that the intention of a lot of these scenes is simply to elicit a reaction from the audience, my personal view of what is fanservice is just a little different. So here’s my version of the definition of fanservice, specifically for anime:

Fanservice in anime refers to scenes where the actions on screen cannot be perceived as natural or realistic to what could conceivably happen in real life. For example, in terms of scenes labeled as ‘ecchi’, a shower scene does not qualify as fanservice because it’s something that is a normal, everyday action in life. However, something like a girl falling on top of a male character in a compromising position such as her butt directly in front of the male’s face (especially when wearing a skirt) would be considered fanservice as it’s an extremely unlikely event that for the average person would not happen once in their entire lives, let alone every day. 

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from Keijo!!!!!!!!

A moment like the one pictured above from Keijo!!!!!!!!, where a “Vacuum Butt Cannon” strike from Nozomi causes the swimsuits of Sayaka, Non and Kazane to rip right off of them and rendering them topless, that’s fanservice, without a shadow of a doubt. Under no circumstances could a single girl’s butt be so powerful that she could create a gust of a wind so hard that it could rip the swimsuits off of other girls. Maybe if they were made of paper, but fabric don’t rip that easily!

And that’s where my definition lies with fanservice. Again, I’m not denying that a lot of scenes in anime that people consider to be fanservice, they are designed to elicit a sexual reaction from the viewer. What I want to do however, is separate the scenes that I think are plausible and realistic and separate them from the fanservice term, because I think there are moments in anime that yes they can be considered sexual, but they’re normal things that we all do in real life, there just happens to be a camera on it.

So just for some clarity, here’s three cases from the last two seasons that I consider fanservice:

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Here’s a scene from New Game! where initially I would not have considered this fanservice. In the very beginning, it’s just Kou expresses her desire of not wanting to wear pants when she’s alone and expresses this to Rin. The following morning, thinking she has some time before people show up at the office where the two stayed overnight, she does the same. But when Aoba shows up early, instead of doing the smart thing and hiding in her sleeping bag, she tries to shut up Kou and this is how they’re found. They’re both pantsless and they look almost like they were making out. It’s an unlikely situation, not because two girls making out is abnormal, but at work and in this state of attire, it is abnormal, thus I consider this scene fanservice.

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In this scene from Hundred, Claire after getting her battle suit all dirty during a fight, she decides to wash herself off in a lake nearby. Now normally, this wouldn’t be so abnormal, but there are factors that make this extremely abnormal. One, this is in the middle of a battle going on where friends and colleagues of hers are still fighting. Second, her battle attire got dirty, as far as we know that dirt didn’t get onto her skin. Third and most important, HAYATO IS THERE WITH HER WHEN SHE STRIPS NAKED AND TAKES A SKINNY DIP IN THE LAKE. For those unfamiliar with the show, at this time while there are hints that she’s attracted to him, she’s still very combative with him. Thus, another fanservice moment.

01Lastly, here’s a moment from the second season of Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma. In this scene, two of the judges during the Autumnal Elections tournament are subjected to one of the major gimmicks of the show, the food is so good it’s literally orgasmic. In this picture, I don’t think the outfits, while ridiculous and unlikely to ever be worn, they’re not fanservice-worthy, because it could just be a Monster Musume cosplay. However, because the scene revolves around these girls moaning and groaning like they’re having an all-night sexcapade by just eating a well-prepared food dish, this scene is extremely unlikely because the average girl doesn’t eat something and sound like she’s climaxing. Thus, it’s fanservice.

from Nisekoi
from Nisekoi

It’s a slippery slope and a tough one to nail down, but I truly think we need to be a little more specific as to what makes a scene fanservice. It honestly has nothing to do with the definition itself, the definition Urban Dictionary gives makes perfect sense as to what it actually is, the problem is that the term is now being used as a word feminists and SJWs alike can pull out of their back pocket to win an argument (at least in their opinion) whenever they’re losing on a logical standpoint. So regardless of what I said earlier where I gave a slightly different definition of anime-specific fanservice when it comes to sexual content, what I really want to do is separate the kinds of content that I think should be labelled with the term now, since it’s abused by feminists and SJWs in the present day.

Anything that we can conceivably believe could happen in real life, that in my opinion shouldn’t be labelled with the fanservice moniker that is used as a source of offense to various people who have become too easily offended. I don’t know what kind of word to use as a new label though, the term ‘ecchi‘ also refers to not just nudity and panty shots, but perverted situations as well, so that’s not an option. So here’s an idea, let’s just not call it anything but ‘real‘, because that’s what the content I’m fighting for in the article is.

from Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation
from Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation

Here’s a great example of the difference between what I’d consider fanservice and what I’d consider to be real. Here’s a scene from Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation. At the beginning of this scene, lead character Itsuki is just taking a bath in a hot spring, a classic scene in anime, except for once, we’re getting some boy butt instead of the usual 5+ girls comparing breast sizes. At the beginning of this scene, under no circumstance would I consider this to be fanservice and since this is a boy naked in a hot spring, I actually wonder if a feminist would consider this as such as well. Why isn’t this fanservice? Because this is normal, you usually get naked when you are in a hot spring, just like you’re usually naked if you’re taking a bath or a shower.

However, it’s when Aika suddenly appears in the same hot spring as Itsuki that the context of this scene changes. Now if this was the only hot spring and there wasn’t a set schedule for when the men/women use the facility, this would not be fanservice, because in that case you would have to expect there to be moments where both an attractive male and female could be together in the hot spring. However in this scene there are two separate hot springs, one for men, one for women. There is an expectation that males and females obey that and not mix together in either of the baths. By Aika disregarding this, by also being naked with Itsuki in the hot spring, the scene has transitioned into a fanservice scene, because this moment is no longer plausible. In my opinion, I almost feel like this scene was designed as if the creators wanted to be fair and have both naked male and female characters, but felt like having a scene where just having a single boy naked in the hot spring would be “too much” for their straight male viewers and opted to solve that problem by adding a sexy naked Aika into the mix to even things out. But that’s a conversation for another time.

from Izetta, The Last Witch
from Izetta, The Last Witch

So what should make a scene separate from the feminist version of the fanservice moniker? Like I said before, anything that could be considered a normal everyday action should not be looked at on the same level as scenes like Highschool of the Dead where the girls grope each other while bathing together, because how often in life do multiple girls not only share the same bath at the same time, but also decide to take the time to fondle each other? It really bothers me that a moment like a girl taking a shower or a girl undressing is considered as offensive and as sexual as a scene where girls are touching each other in a sexual manner. The last time I checked, a normal solo shower is not as sexual as two girls grabbing each other’s breasts and sliding their hands in between their legs.

So like I did before with what should be considered fanservice, here’s three pictures that while look like fanservice moments, they shouldn’t be considered as such:

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Here’s a scene from Brave Witches where sisters Hikari (left) and Takami (right) are bathing together. Now granted, at their current ages (14 and 17), it’s not as likely that the two would be bathing together as they would be if they were younger than 10, but because the two are sisters, it’s not out of the question that they could still share a bath together, whether it’s at home, a bathhouse, hot spring, etc. Also, during this scene, at no point are they grabbing each other’s breasts, they’re not comparing their sizes, there’s nothing of a sexual manner going on. In fact, while the picture looks like Hikari is fixated on her older sister’s chest, it’s actually because of the scar underneath that she suffered in battle. This is plausible and normal, so it’s not fanservice.

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In this scene from Dagashi Kashi, Hotaru being Hotaru falls into a rice field and gets beyond muddy. When found by Saya, she brings Hotaru to her house so she can shower off while her clothes are washed. Upon exiting the shower, Saya’s brother Tou walks in on Hotaru while she’s still naked drying off. While Hotaru and possibly Saya are stupid for not locking the bathroom door and while Tou is a fucking moron for walking towards the bathroom and going on when if I remember correctly he could hear the shower running while he was walking down the hall, this scene still isn’t fanservice, no matter how ridiculous the situation was. Why? Because all that happened was Hotaru taking a shower, which is perfectly normal. The latter part of the scene was simply a matter of circumstance.

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This is a tough one to judge, but I think this isn’t fanservice. This episode from Shimoneta: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist pits the main cast in a building after being kidnapped and left in their underwear (minus Raiki, who underneath is wearing women’s underwear, cause the show is insane) upon waking up. Granted, there’s a lot of half-naked girls in this episode and girls like Kosuri (pink hair) and Otome (tiny black-haired girl) are wearing some pretty unique and skimpy underwear, but as far as I see it this isn’t actually fanservice, despite the show being large in part a show that revolves around sexuality and a lot of panties. Why? Because these girls are allowed to wear whatever they want and the fact they’re standing before us half-naked isn’t of their own volition, rather it’s been forced upon them. While yes, this isn’t a normal situation under any circumstances, this also isn’t a situation under their control like say a scene where you have several girls together undressing around each other and comparing breast sizes by staring and grabbing.

from Demon King Daimao
from Demon King Daimao

I think the key thing I want to stress out in this article is that I firmly believe that while yes, shows that are synonymous with being ecchi and fanservice contain a lot of scenes with girls changing, showering, bathing, walking around naked or in their underwear and all that jazz, I don’t think that scenes like these should be painted with the same brush as scenes where far more sexual actions are taking place. I don’t think that a scene of a girl showering should be on the same level as a scene where a girl walks in on a guy bathing and starts washing his back with her breasts, I don’t think a scene where a girl is undressing or getting dressed alone should be on the same level as a scene where a girl starts stripping in front of a guy or girl and starts to climb on top of him/her, trying to bed the person they’re on top of.

We need to start taking a different look at scenes like the one pictured above. The scene in question is from Demon King Daimao where Fujiko is undressing in a school changeroom. While again, yes this scene is designed to grab the attention of those watching who have an attraction to the female body, but when you really sit down and think about it, is a girl undressing in a changeroom really a sexual-related occurrence. If not for the camera being there, this is just a normal thing that happens every single day. Girls go to school. Girls have gym class. Girls don’t go to school in their gym clothes, so they have to change from their normal clothes into their gym clothes. That’s something that happens every day, why is this offensive and overly sexual? The same goes for shower, bath and hot spring scenes, what’s so offensive about that? The majority of us shower and bathe naked, that’s just something that happens. The only real difference between real life and what happens here in anime is that there’s a camera handy to record these moments so that we can watch them.

from World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
from World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman

The one thing I will concede to a little bit has to do with when the camera closes in on certain body parts, specifically breasts, butts and in some shows, a panty-covered vagina. In some shows this does happen to men as well, a focus on the butt and sometimes the bulge in their pants or underwear, but obviously this is more of an “issue” with it being used on female characters. Again, this is where I will make a slight concession to the fanservice moniker, however this still happens during scenes that I would consider a normal occurrence. Thus, when moments like this happen, I personally refer to them as “camera-based fanservice”, moments that normally I wouldn’t consider fanservice, but because the camera moves and/or zooms in on a specific part of the human body to emphasize how sexy the character in question is.

Camera-based fanservice is usually most specific to girls’ breasts, as there’s a common emphasis on cleavage and bouncing breasts when they’re larger than a B-cup. If a girl is leaning forward just enough, the camera zooms in to their cleavage, as if we’re the male protagonist taking a peek. Sometimes as well, the camera will just focus on the breasts when they’re real big, so we can be mesmerized as they jiggle. Other times the camera will focus on the butt, usually in upskirt shots and perfect views of a girl’s ass when she bends over or is adjusting her panties, just so we can get a great idea of the exact shape of that very butt. In a really rare case (usually only done in 18+ rated shows), the camera will decide to skip out on the two easy shots and go to the front of a girl’s panties, just so you can get the perfect view of the area where your fingers or if you have one, your dick will not ever enter into. But generally speaking the usage of camera-based fanservice is based solely on the boobs or the butt.

from And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?
from And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?

As far as I’m concerned, while I personally think all fanservice should be acceptable, because the idea that sexual content in non-hentai anime is offensive is absolutely ridiculous to me (granted there are cases against that *cough cough* Sword Art Online…), I think that out of anything I attach the fanservice moniker to, camera-based fanservice is the most acceptable, because the majority of the time it happens, it’s to scenes that are normally a realistic, plausible occurrence. What camera-based fanservice does is really the same thing that we all do with pictures we download online and zoom into with MS Paint or Adobe Photoshop. The scene isn’t harmful or offensive, it’s just someone behind the camera zooming in on that shot and focusing only on a specific body part than the actual normal scene going on.

So in summary, what do I consider fanservice, at least in a sexual sense? Anything that happens in the show that is beyond a normal everyday action we all take in life. Something like a shower scene, changing clothes and choosing to walk around without pants on, those are extremely normal, or in the case of the latter option, something plausible that could happen in real life. Something however like girls changing at school and starting a grope session, or a girl rubbing her bare breasts on a guy who she isn’t in a relationship with in the bath, those are situations that are abnormal, things that you don’t normally see every day. Those to me are considered fanservice. You can make the argument that panty shots and cleavage shots are fanservice, but I still think there’s some realism to them, it’s really just a realistic scene with someone zooming in on the specific body part they want to drool over.

from The Asterisk War
from The Asterisk War

We also need to keep in mind that there are scenes that blur the lines as well. The most common ones are when one or more characters are caught in a compromising position, whether they’re getting dressed, undressing, only in their underwear, only wearing a towel, or even naked. In a sense, the scene is fanservice because it’s an unlikely event, I can count on one hand how many times I saw someone of the opposite sex naked or in their underwear by accident and I can count on zero hands how many times that happened after I hit puberty and reached my teens, y’know the age of those who this happens to in anime. However, we also have to keep in mind that in reality, a girl undressing isn’t abnormal, so the character being half-naked isn’t what is fanservice, it’s the unlikely action of another character walking in on that character that makes it fanservice.

So to summarize that in the simplest terms, a girl in her underwear isn’t fanservice, the male character walking in on her and making her embarrassed is fanservice. Because a girl in her underwear is a normal thing, the reaction of her covering up her body with her face bright red, that isn’t normal.

from Black Lagoon
from Black Lagoon

I understand that there are some people who aren’t comfortable watching shows where girls are parading around in their underwear or they’re naked in a bathtub, shower, hot spring, whatever they’re looking sexy as all hell in. There is nothing wrong with being uncomfortable with sexual content, under no circumstance will I ever say that it’s wrong to feel uncomfortable watching any form of entertainment media where a man or a woman are naked. However, to say the content itself is offensive, insensitive and wrong, that is absolutely wrong of all counts. We need to stop getting in a tizzy about content that contains images of naked women, because apparently naked men is okay, you never hear feminists and SJWs getting upset about that! Especially when we seem to have almost no problem with content where innocent lives are murdered in the most grotesque ways possible. Can we get on the correct path and agree the act that causes death is maybe a little more offensive than the act that turns someone on?

The key term that people throw at anime that they have a problem with sexual content in is fanservice. As in “This disgusting anime is nothing but fanservice!” or “The story is good, but the anime suffers from too much fanservice.”. The idea that someone could possibly think that a half-naked girl causes a show’s story to “suffer” is pathetic to me, clearly you don’t actually like the show that much, because if a butt is enough to make you stop watching it, it must not have grabbed you all that well. I hate excessive gore in anime, yet shows like Hellsing, Highschool of the Dead, the new anime Drifters and especially Gakkou Gurashi!, a show where I potentially could’ve watched tiny schoolgirls die horrible deaths to zombies, yet I don’t have a problem watching them even with all the gore, because it’s that good to me. I cannot stand depressing anime, yet shows like Anohana, Your Lie in April and Charlotte were so good, I could look past that.

If you can’t look past an anime because of a butt or a pair of breasts, that’s just sad to me. If a show is as good as you say it is, a little sexual content shouldn’t be enough to tarnish the fantastic storyline and diverse cast of well thought out characters that the anime contains. But instead, you likely fabricate your opinions that the anime was really good, but the fanservice ruined it in order to hide the fact that you didn’t watch it with an open mind and you have a serious lack of comfort with either the human body or maybe just your own. I don’t pretend to be a psychiatrist, but is you’re bothered by a fictional character being naked, there’s something going on in your head that might need someone to help you out with.

from Monster Musume
from Monster Musume no Iro Nichijou

One of the greatest examples I can ever pull out of being a show that I could look past something I hated about it is Monster Musume no Iro Nichijou. From the very beginning when I saw this anime on the list of the Summer 2015 anime shows to be simulcasted, I looked at it as a show I was going to drop right from the very start. I assumed after the first minute of the show I’d want to drop it. Why? Because the concept of monster girls really doesn’t tickle my fancy, as still doesn’t even after watching the entire season of the show. The sight of Rachnera, a girl whose top half is human (mostly) but the bottom half is all spider, I was like “Fuck that!” upon the idea that I was going to enjoy a show with a character like that not only existing but being displayed in a show littered with fanservice, the kind I consider to be fanservice. Even worse, she’s a bondage lover, another thing that I am beyond against and do not enjoy watching. Then you have a lamia, a slime girl, a centaur, and many other monster girls, there should’ve been absolutely no way I was going to like this show.

And yet despite all the things I was against, when the show started and I watched the first episode…I loved it. Despite the majority of the cast being monster girls, despite there being a spider girl with a penchant for bondage, a slime girl who caused other girls to orgasm and a lamia with one of the most annoying voices I’ve ever had to listen to in an anime, I still enjoyed the hell out of the show and kept looking forward to the next episode. That’s how entertaining it was, despite all the things I was uncomfortable with, the humour was spot-on, the characters were all very unique (not counting their looks) and interesting and the absurdity of the show kept ramping up to the point I couldn’t help but laugh my ass off. There was stuff even by the end of the show’s season that I still hated, the image of Rachnera still doesn’t sit well in my brain, the voice of Miia will haunt me forever, but the anime itself was so good, it surpassed the things I hated about it. It didn’t matter how much I hated something, the anime trumped that hatred.

from Highschool DxD
from Highschool DxD

If simple fanservice turns you off of a show, just admit the show wasn’t that good. I can do that with shows like Highschool DxD, Queen’s Blade and Masou Gakuen HxH. It’s not specifically because of the sheer amount of fanservice that those shows do offer, rather the quality of the show beyond the fanservice wasn’t that good. When I think a show isn’t that good, I give legitimate reasons why, whether it’s things like the story doesn’t make sense, the characters are unlikable, the animation quality bothers me, or maybe I just don’t like the concept. I don’t enjoy magical girl anime and I don’t hide that, I don’t make excuses about it, I bluntly say it.

Just say to your viewers and those who come across your post, video, tweet, whatever it may be, just say you don’t like fanservice anime. Don’t say it’s disgusting, offensive, insensitive or whatever insults you throw at it, because it’s not those things, come up with a legitimate reason. Maybe you prefer more clean anime, maybe you prefer shows that are more story-based than comedy based, like most fanservice anime are. Or here’s a novel idea, just say you’re not attracted to women, so the majority of fanservice anime doesn’t suit you, because it depicts mostly sexual content with female characters and not male characters. I have no problem with you not enjoying extreme fanservice shows like To Love-Ru, Chu-Bra and Keijo!!!!!!!!, I have no problem with you not enjoying harem anime like Infinite Stratos, Rosario + Vampire and Date A Live, but what I have a problem with is you talking about it like it’s offensive, like it harms societal and cultural values and I have a problem with you saying that fanservice is disgusting and does not belong in media. That’s not your decision to make, you are not the arbiter of all things anime, everything is allowed to exist. I don’t like anime with rape in it, but Sword Art Online exists! I don’t like it, but I don’t think it shouldn’t exist.

I’ve said it a million times but if you want something to dwindle, if you want something to go away, don’t acknowledge it. By talking about fanservice anime, you inadvertently advertise it to your own audience. Someone who follows you will inevitably take a look at it and probably enjoy it, that’s one more viewer for that show and that kind of content. Even if they don’t watch it, they might talk about it too, which in turn exposes the show to even more people. If you think Keijo!!!!!!!! is truly disgusting and shouldn’t be a thing, don’t say a word about it. The chances of it disappearing increase exponentially if less people are talking about it.

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from Infinite Stratos

Fanservice is not a bad thing, nor should it be considered a slight against an anime. But because it is, I think we need to make an adjustment to what the term truly means. Fanservice should not describe something that we also do in our daily lives, just because a camera happens to catch Haruko from Maken-Ki! showering the same way we all shower, that shouldn’t be considered as dirty as a scene like in Freezing where Satellizer is being sexually assaulted by Cleo and Ingrid while Arnett watches on. They are not remotely the same, thus they shouldn’t be painted with the same brush. A girl showering is normal, a girl being sexually assaulted by two other girls is not, let’s not act like they are one in the same.

It shouldn’t be a dirty word to anime fans to begin with, but since it is, we need to make that distinction between what is truly designed to be nothing more than fanservice and what isn’t. Because I think it’s time that we stopped acting immature and getting all offended over a girl drying her hair and she’s just wearing panties.

We’re supposed to be grown adults, how about we start acting like one?

Anime Spotlight: New Game!

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There were a lot of really good shows this past summer season. You had a few close to the #1 spot in Sweetness & Lightning, Amanchu!, Alderamin on the Sky, and Tales of Zestiria The X. But at the end, there was no doubt. The best show from the summer season was without question, New Game!

I was really curious about this show when I was watching the previews. It was one of five shows that got a 4/5 rating in the previews, one of three shows to survive till the very end of the season and the only one to crack the top 5 at the end of the season. In fact, taking all the top 5 shows into account, it’s the show I rated the highest going into the start of the season. So it’s really saying something for the show to not only pique my curiosity, but also follow through when the show actually aired. A lot of shows in this season fell way under my expectations, while this was the lone show that not only reinforced what I had expected from the show, but still exceeded them as well.

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New Game! is a slice of life comedy featuring the ridiculous concept of a high-profile video game developer being a company only inhabited by not only girls, but girls under the age of 30. The realities of getting a job in the game industry aside, the show doesn’t hide what it is, it’s a moe anime featuring a ton of young girls that end up in various ecchi situations throughout the show (though not quite the levels of harem anime) and they all happen to be game designers. You’re pretty much getting your standard ecchi moe anime, just with the added bonus of getting a surprisingly realistic representation of the process of designing and producing a video game.

The realism of the process is actually an extra draw for me, I loved how much attention to detail was spent with this. Obviously it’s no secret that a lot of people working in the game industry end up pulling all-nighters, especially during crunch times. But what the show also does is not half-ass on things like showing programming code, showing the detailed bug reports that happen during QA testing and more basic stuff, like the programs being used in development, producing demos and trailers, going to promotional events and even being at the stores on release day to watch people excited to buy what they created. It’s actually really cool watching though moments in the show, you feel by the end of the series that you have a better sense of what it’s like working for game developer, regardless of the absurdities that the show also contains.

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The wide cast of characters really sells the series though. There really isn’t a single character on that show I hate (though Nene could’ve used just a slight change to her character, she can be annoying at times), all of them are not only enjoyable characters, but unique in various ways. You have Aoba who’s your classic proper Japanese girl, Hajime who’s a tomboy and loves collecting figures and props, Yun who’s a more gothic otaku girl, Hifumi (best girl) who’s extremely shy and aversive, Kou who’s super casual and doesn’t wear pants if she can get away with it, Rin who’s very dependable and almost like a motherly figure to the group, Shizuru who’s a bit of a slacker and a personal space invader, Umiko who’s scary and collects weapons and Nene is extremely childish and hyper.

All the girls have something different to offer, they’re all uniquely designed and while there’s no way they should be able to mesh together cohesively, over the entire show, there’s never really a time where it feels like anything is forced, there’s no classic “they learn to co-exist” story arc or anything like that, they just work together. Because they’re professionals, they’re at work, they ensure that they’ll work together, regardless of whether their personalities mix or not.

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Because I have no shame in admitting it though, a large part of why the show really stuck with me too, was all the great ecchi content the show has as well. It’s not like the show is going around having girls grabbing each other’s breasts or teasing make out sessions, or being caught naked or undressing, or any other classic moments that harem anime loves to do, but the show also doesn’t hide the fact that these are normal girls and sometimes girls change their clothes, take showers, go to a bathhouse together or in Kou’s specific case, enjoy walking around without pants on when she’s alone.

It’s why if not for Hifumi being the best girl ever in anime, Kou would’ve been the easy runaway favourite the entire season. She comes off so real, not an over-exaggeration of any cliched anime character. I live with two friends right now and I’m planning on moving into my own apartment next year, you know what I honestly cannot wait to be able to do when I move out? Walk around my apartment however I’d like to. Especially in the summer time when it’s hot outside, I want to wear the least I can so I can stay cool and comfortable. So I can sympathize with Kou, I cannot wait to be able to walk around in my apartment without jeans or shorts on. It really is liberating and it is very comfortable, you should try it sometime.

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The show is chalk full of great ecchi moments, obviously the most memorable being the scene pictured above. To those unfamiliar with what’s going on here, no Rin is not raping Kou. Actually, given how their relationship goes over the course of the anime, it’s not out of the question to think that maybe in the future these two actually become a couple. But what actually is happening is that Kou stays overnight at the studio a lot and because most of the time she’s also alone, she has a habit of working in her panties when this happens. Rin thinks it’s very unladylike of her doing this, but Kou tells her to try it sometime. So when one night both of them stay over, Rin wakes up early that morning, seeing the pantsless Kou again with the blanket off of her. But Rin out of curiosity decides to try Kou’s strategy as well and takes her pants off and notes that it really does feel liberating. However, Kou wakes up and teases her about this and Aoba has shown up early to work. So instead of rushing back to her sleeping bag and putting her pants on underneath, she tries to shut Kou up, while on top of her. So naturally what we see in the picture is what Aoba walks into. That’s just one great example of good ecchi done in New Game!

Another fantastic example is through the company’s medical checkup where we see the girls changing into their gowns, something that would normally happen. Then there’s a point where they get their waists measured and everyone takes a moment to marvel at Hajime’s well-toned stomach, including Yun getting a little too close. There’s also the main four girls taking a late night trip to the bathhouse together and Aoba coming out of nowhere, looking sexy as fuck!

And that’s what I like about New Game!, yes there is a lot of ecchi content, but in actuality, how much of it happens through ridiculous, unrealistic means like harem animes are common for? The majority of ecchi takes place through normal, everyday things, like undressing, showering, bathing and a somewhat rare but plausible occurrence in a girl like Kou enjoying walking around without pants on. It’s arguable that the only slightly over-the-top moment was the Kou/Rin scene pictured above, that’s about it. Everything else is normal, it’s not forced.

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New Game! is a great show, I don’t care what anyone says about the ridiculousness of its concept, it’s ecchi, or whatever else they have a problem with the show. I enjoyed it for its humour, its variety of characters and yes, its ecchi.

I’m into what I’m into, deal with it.