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A lot of series these days have either some sort of ecchi scene or is made entirely of fan service.

While some use this for comedic moments and others for story purposes. But if I look at the Freezing, I don't see the ecchi bringing any added value.

What do ecchi scenes add to a series, if not for comedic or story purposes?

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    Well, i exactly don't know the reason but there are many people nowadays who only want to watch ecchi anime. You can google it out and find it yourself. You'll find many posts of people asking for anime of that genre. Their whole purpose of seeing anime is because of the ecchi parts in it! – marmikshah Nov 12 '13 at 11:57
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    I'm tired too of fan service scenes, so I'm courious about possible answers – mucio Nov 12 '13 at 15:35
  • @mucio It is not that I am tired of them. I gotta agree to the fact that the comedic value can be really high. And some ecchi scenes can really build up a character but some series just seem to use it just to show of partionaly nude characters. And I am curious what this add to the stories and also what this add for the viewers. as not evrybody likes ecchi stuff – Dimitri mx Nov 12 '13 at 15:43
  • It's an extra service to the fans. You could even give it a name... fanservice. – noko Nov 15 '13 at 23:23
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    It is a kind of fan service though. – noko Nov 15 '13 at 23:28
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(Note: I don't have any evidence or sources to back up these claims.)

The most straight-forward reason there is ecchi in some shows is simply because the animators like to draw scantily clad (or naked) girls. You see this in a lot of fan-art or random sketches by some directors, who were once animators (for example: Imaishi).

But a possible added value for ecchi scenes is sort of two fold. These are shows that are usually in the late-late-night time slots and are sometimes on satellite stations, where they can get away with a bit more. This is usually the time slot for some of the more "enthusiastic" fans of anime, the ones who spend lots of money on merchandise and physical media (DVD/BD).

Having this kind of customer base, although much smaller than some of the non-late-night popular shows, means studios are likely to hit certain sales minimums just by pandering to this demographic. Figures (often scantily clad, or with explicit nudity) are sold and the DVD/BD's with promised uncensoring (or even more graphic nudity) are bought up. So it's more or less "Sex Sells".

The added value to the viewer is probably more a matter of taste. If you don't like that kind of stuff, you're probably not going to watch these kinds of shows. Some of these kinds of shows is pure fan service, with none of the ecchi actually playing any role at all in the story or plot (e.g. "Najica", "Agent Aika", "Green Green", etc), and more recently, eventhough it can be argued whether the ecchi really does have to do with story or not, it's tied more closely to the show, where removing it actually devalues the show itself (e.g. "Queen's Blade").

There has even been quite a bit of backlash for these late-night time slot ecchi shows because a lot of them aren't very popular and it can seem that a lot of studios (at least between 2000-2010) sacrificed quality and writing to simply have ecchi and pander toward a small demographic who happens to spend a lot of money.

Just to be clear "fan service" doesn't necessarily have to be ecchi, and it's almost always inconsequential to the story or plot. It's just there to please the viewer (assuming the viewer is into the show). It doesn't add much value to the story/plot and isn't necessarily supposed to.

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Guess I was beating around the bush, so here comes the straight answer:

It's so viewers can engage in acts of onanism, treat their bodies like an amusement park, crown the king, play pocket pool, do arm aerobics, strum the banjo, stir the yogurt, charm the cobra, walk the dog, be lord of your manor, king of the castle, the master of your domain.

There.

  • Most likely a valid reason. Pretty sure it is not the only reason for them to add it. – Dimitri mx Nov 16 '13 at 0:13
  • Stir the yogurt :D – Toshinou Kyouko Nov 16 '13 at 18:33
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While it's conceivable that ecchi can be used to drive the story in a way, It almost never does add to the story.

The reason it's added is to draw people manga/anime, and some people do like the ecchi itself.

I find that ecchi doesn't really harm the story either. A good series with ecchi added is still a good series, and a bad series with ecchi is still a bad series.

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    I disagree on the harm part sometimes I find the half naked people running around quiet disturbing. allot of combat related anime these days have loads of ecchi in it with cloths flying everywhere. But not a single scratch to the body or maybe some sort of bruise. This (for me atleast) ruins it quiet a bit as i keep getting distracted by that fact – Dimitri mx Nov 12 '13 at 15:45

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