Hey guys. Recently, an article on Kotaku, in which Cecilia D'Anastasio discusses fan service in anime and why it's not easy to flippant say it's all problematic, caught my attention:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyVKK87hYYM
I've been thinking over the content of the article, and honestly, I find myself incredibly conflicted. On one hand, I would say that I've definitely become more and more aware of, and critical towards, characters being objectified in anime than I have in the past. Back then, I could just ignore or let it pass me by without a second thought; now, unless it's meant to parody or be a commentary on fan service, or the whole "point" of the anime is that it's unabashed fan service (like Kill la Kill for the former, or Monster Musume for the latter), I can't see a shot of a female character being sexualized in some way without a niggling voice at the back of my mind going "ugh, did they have to include that shot?"
And yet...I would argue that part of the reason I got into anime in the first place, is specifically because of how puritanical american cartoons are. Let me explain: I'm not saying that Young Justice needs to have a dozen jiggling boobies, or Adventure Time needs 500% more panty shots in order to be more interesting; rather, I just find that overall attitude that American cartoons take towards everything that falls under the umbrella of "sex and sexuality" is that they basically don't exist - and I find that to be frustrating, and hard to relate to (there are exceptions, of course, but those are my general impressions). By comparison, I really appreciate how open Japanese animation is to featuring these sorts of topics - even if it occasionally manifests itself in ways that I find harder to stomach as I get more mature(?)
What are your thoughts?