anime link of the day
Susanna kindly emailed me about this Stephen den Beste post on "fan service." Mr. Oni kindly emailed me to mention that he'd submitted my own definition from back in February to Untold Millions' post (scroll down to July 15) critical of SDB's description; I'm flattered that UM called mine "much more satisfactory."
By the way, the image is from the hilarious anime movie Project A-Ko (fan site), which positively drips with fan service. Indeed, it almost doesn't count, as its origins as a hentai anime are revealed in plenty of racy images (let's face it; panty shots don't count for much in a movie in which two of the princlipal characters are shown topless). Still, the numerous parodies, anime in-jokes and various mecha also count as fan service.