Are you FOR or AGAINST Fanservice?

“Fanservice” has become a very familiar, widely used word in the dictionary of JPOP entertainment, in the same way as the words“fangirl” and “fandom” are heard in practically every conversation. Kinda makes you wonder what else can people affix with the word “fan.”

Well, fanservice is not known so much as word, but is more understood really when it is seen or watched “in action.” But for a change, let’s take some time off just watching and look at it in a different light.

DISCLAIMER. As you may have noticed, the theme of my posts usually follow the principle of “tough love,” or “the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.” So there’s no serious hating here, otherwise I wouldn’t waste a second of my time scavenging for pictures until my eyes and nose bleed.

And in the philosophy of comedy master-slash-guru Ashton Kutcher: YOU AIN’T FAMOUS, UNTIL YOU GET PUNKED. Oh, and the song “Stripper” by Soho Dolls will be playing, just because… it’s so appropriate.

Usually, fanservice is better recognized in JE pairs. Famous pairings get their names attached, as in Hollywood couples BrAngelina and TomKat – Tom&Jerry, Mickey&Minnie Mouse, and Paris Hilton and uh, herself. Well, not really the last ones, but you get the picture.

In true JE fashion of inventing odd song titles or weird group names (*cough* Kis-My-Ft.2, Kitty GYM, the hell) popular pairings get endearing names such as RyoPi, AKame, KoyaShige, TegoMass, OhYass, OhMiya, etc., etc. Sort of like high school Math where you do “Permutations” with numbers.

Anyway on to the topic…

It all starts with getting close… Little boys having some pure, innocent fun..


KoyaShige goofing around, making amateur audition videos so that old Johnny will debut them as a duo that will erase sappy cutesy patootsy TegoMass out of the picture.


Then there are those meaningful glances…

RyoShige? Quite an unlikely pair, but we all know that Ryo NEVER discriminates when it comes to showing boys love.

Inch by inch…


Ah, the famous OhMiya tandem…

Ohno preparing a romantic dinner for two and gets distracted by Nino’s presence (and with that I mean *touching-massaging-tickling-stroking*).


Little Tegoshi likes sharing food, well, more accurately, OTHER people’s food…

Bite me. Rawr.

Tego: Babycakes, feed me.
Massu: Sure, anything for you, my sugarpiehunnybunch.

Then they share a few drinks here and there… WITH ONE GLASS….

Nothing tastes sweeter. Or maybe… It’s a Johnny’s way of keeping skinny.
I mean, sharing food/ drinks = FEWER CALORIES.

Now on to the more juicy stuff…

If TegoMass wants to share an umbrella under the rain, these guys want to share the microphone, singing romantic and racy ero ero songs…



Tsubasa: I forgot the lyrics, so cover up for me, will ya?
Takky: Dude… What perfume are you wearing? Smells damn gooood.

Even in their junior days…

TomaPi forgot there were people watching.

What the hell is going down with SubaRyo and AKame?
Kame: Is that something in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Ryo sings: Why do birds, suddenly appear? Every time, you are near… Just like me, they long to be, close to you..

FANSERVICE CONS:


Con #1 – A few show of skin now and then, a little hip grinding during concerts is okay…
but fanservice on each other, under the watchful eyes of an all-female audience whose ages range from as young as 6-7 to women as old as 50 year-old grannies?



Massu: Hey, what about me??!




NEWS fanservice overload: If you can’t beat them, join them!

Con#2 – Fanservice as either an overt or covert show of affection may contain (most of the time) sexual undertones. In other words, there’s a tendency for the boys to get objectified or portray scenes/photos of sexual nature.


Then there are those GROPING moments in places where the sun don’t shine…



Too much booty in the pants needs some good spanking.

Con#3 – Role models defying the boundaries of decency and bordering on obscenity?


Minors playing a dirty game of Truth or dare: Strip poker. Anyone who loses strips and arm wrestles. *Nino getting jealous*


When opportunity comes, “GRAB” it!


Eito rangers at play: Watch where you put those hands buddy!
Ohkura: Hey you guys! What about me???!



Let’s all pretend we didn’t see anything.

Who knew there was such a thing as NakaJin?

Friendship “ties?”

Con#4: And yes, there is such a thing as “too much” fanservice.

They are performers. Dancing and singing is more than enough. We can be entertained without it.


Little Johnnys sitting on the tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G



KoKame’s public displays of affection.
Kame: Stop it my gangsta daddykins! You’re making me blush!


THEY. ARE. AT. IT. AGAIN.



Ohmiya sure can’t get their hands (and lips) off each other. They’re like milk and coffee, sushi and wasabi, peanut butter and jelly. Oh whatever.


Pi: You know you want it!
Massu: Whoaaa! We can’t let my mum know!

RyoUchi… The good old days…


Will never happen again…

TegoPi rompy video circulating around the net?

Told ya Tegoshi loves sharing food! He’s not called “ERO PRINCE” for nothing. That flirty little mynx.


Speaking of FLIRTY…

RyoMaru… GOT CARRIED AWAY MUCH?




SubaRyo backstage after the steamy, wet kiss:
Ryo: Ano,,, uh, about what happened…
Subaru: *stammers, looks at feet*
Yoko eavesdropping: Cheezes get a room already!!

RYO = TEASE.


Nagase and Koichi? Maybe Tsuyoshi didn’t get the memo that day.


Even the oldies want in on the action too!


LASTLY… Comes theBED scenes..


KoyaShige having one vodka and rum coke too many.

The morning after… Too drunk to remember.


FANSERVICE PROS:

Pro #1 – Fanservice adds more entertainment.


Pro #2 – Let’s face it. They’ve grown into mature, young men already. We can’t expect them to be kids forever.


Pro #3 – It’s just part of their jobs. If anything, it means that the boys are secure about their sexuality that they’re not homophobics going, “Eww,,,, gross.. I don’t wanna…” when their manager tells them to grope each others’ asses.


Yes. This is strictly business.

It’s not just JE guys… Even Taiwanese hotties Fahrenheit “did it” too..


Jiro plants a big, wet one on Calvin

Can you imagine these guys doing the same thing?


Justin: I am He-Man.

No?


Pro#4: Stop the double-standard. If men can find two women kissing hot, why can’t fangirls feel the same way with boys liplocking too?


LASTLY… FANDOM WILL BE UTTERLY BORING WITHOUT IT.


It’s BROKEBACK TIME.

It can be cute… in an unconventional sort of way…


Just don’t let them get caught fanservicing wearing this shimmery spandex with feather headband…


And let’s hope little Hey Say Jump or other minor-aged Juniors won’t follow suit just yet…

As they say, TOO MUCH OF SOMETHING IS BAD ENOUGH… BUT TOO MUCH OF NOTHING IS JUST AS TOUGH…

So, dear reader… What are your thoughts on Fanservice? Is it HOT? Or NOT?


PHOTOS NOT MINE.
CREDITS/ MAJOR THANKS TO:
ARASHI, KAT-TUN, NEWS, KANJANI8
LJ COMMUNITIES
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One Response

  1. I dont know any JPOP artists nor do i listen to JPOP but I think Japanese males are so HOT! So if I seen it, I’ll go crazy, I think it is sucha turn-on! I love it when Heechul[SuJu] do it, it is so SEXY! I dont see no type of fanservice in the states, males arent to comfortable with their ‘bromance’ here. I am all for fanservice!

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