Seventh wrote:I dunno, doesn't it depend?
Haven't seen the show, probably won't, and may even not like it for the same reasons, but to me, that just comes with the territory. I mean, to an extent, that's... sort of the idea with satire and parody and so on. How would you go about doing that sort of thing for violence, gore, and zombies, without showing any of that or even hinting at it like the suggestion seems to be for sexual content?
Off the top of my head, I recall a scene from FLCL in which Naota and the gang are playing a game of airsoft. They take it incredibly seriously, parodying war without being graphically violent. There is obviously a hell of a lot more going on in that sequence than just a parody played for laughs (FLCL is amazing in this way, being so richly layered), but that's one thing that comes to mind as making fun of violence without being violent.
It seems to me like sex/fanservice is just this weird hot topic that people hold to a special standard compared to other things. Violence and gore can get away with it these days for whatever reason, but the second sex comes into it - nope! It could be, to be fair, also because fanservice and cookie cutter anime have become a lot more common in recent years, but I don't think that's the only factor here.
Oh no, don't misunderstand. I have no problem with fanservice whatsoever. I have a problem with fanservice that pretends it isn't fanservice
. Creators that try to have their cake and eat it, too. "Hey guys, isn't fanservice just ridiculous, lol! We're way too good for that, we're different. We're holding the whole concept up to mockery. With a pair of huge anime tiddies." You could have a show like Kill la Kill
which is full of blatant and obvious fanservice that owns
this rather than trying to hide it and ends up having a much more honest message.
It reminds me of an awful
movie called God Bless America
. It mocks people for for being stupid, obsessed with sex and violence, and enjoying mindless entertainment...by being a stupid, violent, sexual, and mindless movie. Its characters are obvious mouthpieces for the creators and are incessantly pretentious. It irritated the hell out of me.