I don’t think I need to tell you fan service can saturate a story to the point of distraction it makes a person only see a character as ass and tits so when a big emotional event comes along for them you feel nothing for them because they are simply boiled down to ass and tit’s and whatever characterisation (if they have any at all) they have is buried underneath that, but that also depends on what kind of story your trying to tell as well and how the story is meant to go along with it. 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 partially 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 such as Panty and Stocking, Re:Creators, Koybashi Dragon Maid Ova and Shimoneta, in that demonstrates the use of this and is consistent with the narrative of the story, 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 S.O.X , the Decency Squad and the Student Council team up to defeat Gathered Fabric. In the principles office where Blue Snow and Tanukichi go to confront White Peak, Anna comes out like a bat out of hell cutting down White Peaks goons.
Her skirt fly’s up and we see her white panties which is the first instance of her wearing those coloured panties in the series. The first time the audience get’s a solid look of Anna’s under garments is in the dim light of Tanukichi’s apartment where we clearly see she is wearing aqua coloured panties.
But this underwear changes in certain light as aqua is both green and blue, giving the same piece of underwear two different meanings. For the Japanese the colour green expresses, freshness, youth, a strong sense of right and wrong, someone who is new and inexperienced in certain ways and safety, these are prevalent traits that Tanukichi who is crushing on Anna see’s in her but the deepest of these quality’s which he finds attractive is the aurora of safety the she exudes. In episode 2 when describing his past and how he was ignored by everyone due to his fathers actions of erotic terrorisim, the moment when Anna approached him with her arms outstretched with a wide beaming smile asking him to play ball at least by the gestures that she gives him during the flashback, this gave him a sliver of hope that things could get better and he describes that she was like a guardian angel helping him in his darkest hour, telling us he feels safe in her presence but all to soon his world view is flipped. When Anna breaks into his house and assault’s him putting her panties on his (this is the first time her panties are shown) head they look blue meaning villainy and are no longer green, foreshadowing the intense evil that is about to dawn on Tanukichi and those that surround him but once he takes them off and has a look at them the damp part which you can defiantly tell is green looks like it’s slowly disappearing into nothingness, signalling that evil is starting to take over in Anna and her main characteristic that Tanukichi fell for, the comforting safety in her sweet smile is no longer and the angel he thought she was is now a demon, with her previous mentioned mannerisms that were once seen in a positive light have taken on a villainous tone. After the act of violation at his apartment when you see her panties in the clear light of day again they no longer have a green tint and instead look light blue telling us the sweet safe Anna we once knew is gone and replaced by crazy villain Anna who believe she’s doing everything for pure reason when in fact they are still villainous making this once nuisance character to our protagonists one of the main antagonist in the series and whenever we see her panties again they are always a light blue.
So for her to be wearing white a color of purity is strange even in this instance because the reason she’s fighting Gathered Fabric at all is to obtain Tanukichi’s dirty undies hence there is light blue bows on the underwear to show her villainy.
But these are light blue indicating pure but villainous intentions and while Anna fits that mind set, in this circumstance those blue bows look out of place on otherwise pure white panties as she mentions when talking to White Peak, “don’t get me wrong the only reason I’m helping out S.O.X because your the more disgusting threat also I desperately want to get my hands on the bag of underwear you stole from my lover Mr. Okuma.” She still views S.O.X as evil so her panties should not be coloured like this but that is where you missed the right pipe and gone up fudge mountain.
While Anna’s reasoning for defeating Gathered Fabric is soiled by her own desires. Blue Snow’s intentions in this situation are not as her determination 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 adding to the fact that we could see this scene as Blue Snow kicking those utopians who want a boring world in which dirty jokes don’t exist. White Peak is a man who believes so certainly that he is right in his endeavours that he has become like those utopians hence the blue bow to show his evil to the world, while on the other hand Blue Snow which roughly translates to pure villian making her self aware in her actions, openly admitting that she is not the hero to keep perspective on herself because every action she takes may seem wrong in the society of Shimoneta and if she acts rationally because she is so certain she’s right she will become another White Peak, a person using dirty terrorism to fulfil there fetish. With the metaphor in place I am assured that someday Blue Snow can repeal those anti-dirty laws and change society. Though the most impressive part of this fan service scene is the grab moment.
Gathered Fabric’s main objective was to obtain used panties with a prevalent fetish for white as White Peak loves even dressing himself in them. with Anna cutting down his goons with ease throwing them across the room as they try to stop her in that moment where her panties are on display one of them lurches and it looks like he’s trying to grab her panties but the moment he try’s he’s cut down. 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 Anna’s wearing appropriate under garments for the funeral with the colour white also meaning mourning. Oh White Peak you dressed appropriate too, how thoughtful.
Shimoneta is a satire on censorship in Japanese media and it’s fairly good but in the terms of fan service it goes above and beyond for the narrative of the story.