Fan Service… Or Sexual Assault?

This should go without saying, but trigger warning.

There’s a series I watched last year called The Seven Deadly Sins, and I’m not even going to try to make an excuse for why I watched it. We all know why.

Obviously for Hawk “Captain Leftovers” the Pig…Obviously.

I expected fan service, but the amount of sexual assault that happens in that show is nauseating. Meliodas gropes Elizabeth’s breasts like 2x an episode. It’s not accidental. It is completely on purpose. Elizabeth, who is about as sharp as a balloon, constantly gets tricked into situations where Meliodas fondles her breasts, and she has no clue what is happening.

Honestly, it’s a trope I remember in a lot of anime, and one I’ll never understand. Even as a 10-year-old watching Lupin the 3rd, I felt uncomfortable watching Lupin sneak up from behind and grab Fujiko’s breasts.

And it’s not just male-on-female, there’s plenty of female-on-female sexual assault as well. Keijo!!!!!!!! did such an amazing job of creating an explicitly fan service centered show, but there are way too many scenes where a character named Mio gropes her teammates and does so in a sexually charged way.

I have not seen a man be non-consensually groped in an anime, but I highly expect those shows are out there. That is sure as hell not okay either.

These occurrences never cease to make me feel unclean. I highly doubt I’m the one who feels this way, so why is this so prevalent?

The weirdest part is I think that it’s supposed to be played off as a laugh. Or in the female-on-female case, as a sexy, lesbian scene. The woman deservedly gets furious and hits the man or woman into the stratosphere. I know anime itself stretches the boundaries of what is possible in real life, but sexual assault is never funny or sexy.

Let me note, I am not averse to fan service in any way. Male, female, alternate-dimension dragon, what have you—throw it all out there. But non-consensual groping in any fashion has no place in real life or in anime. It is creepy. It is revolting. It is Sexual Assault. And it is time this stopped, dammit.


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2 Comments

  • I’m not sure what the point of this article was. I guess the gist of it was some anime series you watched last year had more “sexual assault” in it than the other ones you usually watch. There wasn’t a thesis to this piece other than seeing a cartoon girl having her boobs played with without “consenting” is somehow disturbing. Cartoons can’t give consent because they’re not real, but that’s beside the point.

    If you had the opinion that this “non-consensual” sexually-charged activity was somehow detrimental to whoever, and you expressed this in a way other than, “it makes me feel unclean,” I could at least get behind it as having some sort of logic or fact behind it. As it stands, this piece is juvenile and senselessly puritanical with no actual attempt of cultural or critical analysis of the subject matter.

    I’m assuming this is your first writing job and you’re just parroting what you see on Twitter in some ill-conceived attempt to cash in on the social justice craze. The fact that you might want to “help people” is admirable, but the fact is that you’ve not taken the time to analyze the situation and parse it into a form other than “it makes me feel icky.” There is no explanation why you feel this way or why the audience should agree with you.

    It’s overall a piss-poor piece, and it’s not even good clickbait because the title is too vague. You should have gone with, “When is fan service just sexual assault?,” or, “What makes the difference between fanservice or sexual assault?” For extra SEO you could have thrown the name of a popular anime at the start. The Pokémon TV show hot take is the same. No critical analysis, no real reason that it sucks. Opinion pieces are only successful when they have a firm objective basis that you can reinforce with your experience with the subject. You’re not enough of a name to just say, “This sucks!” and that be a good enough reason for anyone to care.

    I’m not sure who your editor is, but they really need to work with you on this stuff.

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