Comedy, Carnivalesque, and the Naked Body in Anime: Why the issue of ‘Fanservice’ is more complex than it first appears


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Japanese culture has long been viewed as a curiosity, from the period of European colonialism when The Orient was a place of exotic otherness, to modern day society where Japanese popular culture is viewed as extreme, perhaps hedonistic, as opposed to the more refined tastes of the west. When viewing anime, it is possible to see how it, as a cultural medium, promotes an orientalist view of Japan with its astonishing visuals, along with the numerous exotic and strange creatures and creations. Part of the exoticism within anime is the explicit use of nudity, and more revealing situations where male and female characters are seen in their underwear, or in a more exposed, even fetishistic light. Read more of this post

High School DxD First Impressions – Angles, Demons and a naked Red-Head


Well High School DxD kicked off and made it perfectly clear what this show was going to be about, breasts, lots and lots of breasts, with some demons and fallen angles mixed in of course. To be fair, there is a little more to this show than simple breasts, there is comedy, and a potentially interesting little story, but the major draw will always be the fanservice. And I really enjoyed the first episode, as a show it knows exactly what it is about and delivers some wonderful entertainment; more importantly, the male lead gets killed not once, but twice within the first episode.

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