Foreign words and their possible meanings

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Post by sadie » Sun Nov 05, 2006 3:19 pm


Nudity or revealing clothing.

Broadly speaking, fanservice is anything which is included in a story because it makes the fans happy, but doesn't advance the plot or reveal anything about the characters. This could be catchphrases ("Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu!" - Mahoro), repetative humour, or awsome kickass fighting scenes (Naruto). But in practise, the word is almost exclusively used to mean female nudity.

Examples: Chobits, Love Hina, Ranma 1/2, Mahoromatic and Hanaukyo Maid Tai are known for having copious fanservice.

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