There are two types of fanservice. First there's the one that essentially stops the plot so the audience can gawk at whatever the artists have cooked up. Sometimes with that obnoxious "Oh, yeah!" Stock Sound Effect
tacked on. This is usually just annoying. Most frequent in fanservice comedies, often harem series.
Second there's the type that happens alongside the plot. It's just there in the background, or foreground, sometimes incidental and sometimes relevant to the plot. However, the plot keep trotting ahead like it usually does. I think one of the best examples is Agent Aika
. There's barely a frame (okay, maybe half as an honest estimate
) without some kind of fanservice, and yet that doesn't stop the plot from happening (not saying anything about whether the plot is good
Many series go from using mainly the first to using the second once the real plot kicks in. This happened one or two episodes ago in this series, and it's all the much better for it. So, if you give up after just an episode or two, you're giving it up for the wrong reason.
edited 31st Aug '12 6:36:34 PM by AnotherDuck