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5 Steps to Better Fanservice

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Not every anime series needs to be a subtle masterpiece of moving, insightful screenwriting. There's room on the shelf for risque pleasures and bawdy fun. Sometimes we all just want to ogle handsome dudes or hot ladies in skimpy outfits, or maybe we need to shout corny catchphrases as a giant robot goes through a ten-minute launch sequence.

A little populist entertainment is good for the soul, but that doesn't mean that we should be willing to put up with lousy anime in order to get it. To that end, we've put together a few modest requirements for the best animated comfort food of choice. For the sake of brevity, we'll be focusing on the most traditional (and most maligned) definition of fanservice: good-looking ladies or gentlemen in revealing outfits and suggestive situations.

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