I don’t think I need to tell you fan service saturates anime to the point of distraction, it comes in and generally without saying anything other than ‘here fap to this’ but that depends on what kind of story your trying to tell as well. A action/martial arts anime I don’t want to see a chicks panties I want to get back to the fighting, a story about a girl trying to loose her virginity I’m okay with the fan service it makes sense here and it would be strange without it but it still boils down to fap material and while it goes with the story it’s not being smart about it and that’s what erks me the most. Now many of you have probably never seen smart fan service as I have found only 4 anime (Panty and Stocking, Re:Creators, Koybashi Dragon Maid Ova and Shimoneta) in total that demonstrates the use of this, but the most outstanding fan service is done in Shimoneta A World In Which Dirty Jokes Don’t Exist, which has given a proper execution of how fan service should be used and how it can deliver a meaningful impact to a scene while still giving a forbidden look underneath a girls skirt in the most provocative of ways.
Throughout the series of Shimoneta the best bit of fan service is done in episode 11 where Blue Snow and Anna team up to defeat Gathered Fabric.
Placing a torrid of kicks on the goons Anna’s skirt fly’s up and we she her white panties, typically whenever the audience get’s a peak of her under garments the color is a Aqua (a combination of green and blue as Aqua does not exist in the Japanese colour wheel) expressing, money, freshness, confidence and strength but these characteristics eventually become sullied by herself as her ignorance about sex and her actions towards Tanukichi shifts the focus to of her being good and pure to the other meaning of the color villainy.
As she commits many heinous acts all for what she deems is love, for her to be wearing white a color of purity is strange and almost seems like a mistake but the error is thinking that this purity is hers.
While Anna’s reasoning for defeating them is soiled by her own desires of obtaining Tanukichi’s dirty undies. Blue Snow’s intentions are not as her desire for a world where information is no longer constricted and people are able to express there desires in a healthy way is pure and so her purity is transferred to Anna as she has essentially became S.O.X’s weapon, we are seeing Blue Snow’s Panties not Anna’s. Though the most impressive part of this fan service scene is the triple meaning.
Gathered Fabric’s main objective was to obtain used panties with a prevalent fetish for white as White Peak loves to roll in them, with Anna cutting down his goons with ease throwing them across the room as they try to stop her, the closer they try to take them the harder it is to reach them. There filthy intentions will not soil S.O.X’s purity and the moment they try to reach them all it does is cause an early death for the organisation, luckily she’s wearing appropriate under garments for the funeral.
Shimoneta is a satire on censorship in Japanese media and it’s fairly good despite the errors it presents me every time I re-watch it but the fan service can never become one of these errors, as it’s amusing, witty and extremely smart in it’s actions, I just wish all fan service was as smart as how Shimoneta presents itself.