Jason’s runaway generalizations

April 29th, 2008 by Author

Owen was messaging me with “that‘s the most intelligent thing I’ve ever heard Jason say, ever”. I guess I have no choice but to quote Jason then.

I’m going to devote the next few weeks to subtle and not-so-subtle digs at the “plot is more important than fanservice” people. You know what’s really important? Entertainment. I think there’s a huge fallacy in shunning fanservice as fanservice is something unique to anime and is something that really distinguishes anime from other mediums. The ridiculousness of fanservice in anime is one thing that really sets it apart, and for a lot of people, why they ventured into the land of oversized eyeballs in the first place. I feel really dirty in shunning fanservice… it’ll be like Obama shoving his pastor under a bus.

I agree with the primacy of entertainment. But I don’t give two shits about fanservice in anime, I extract my entertainment from other facets of the medium. I don’t know how prevalent my view is; Steven loves fanservice, so that makes two of them. But as far as I’m concerned, shunning fanservice is entirely legitimate. There’s no fallacy in it at all.

Instead of dancing with generalities, let’s get specific and consider Kamichu with the beach episode and disgusting exploitation of Mitsue by Geneon removed. The show would still be vying with H&C for the top honours of the year. So much for fanservice setting anime apart. It does so in the same way tentacle rape does — just a small element and not “one thing which sets [anime] apart … from other mediums”.