When you watch anime or a movie or whatever, you happen to see a girl’s panty or her nudity. And that has nothing to do with the storyline, but you don’t complain nor ask why, do you? Because you could see her panty or nudity. If it is an eroge or ero-anime, that would be normal, but otherwise, it is going to be サービスカット, サービスシーン[service cut, service scene] or fanservice.
Basically, this term was born in the film industry in order to market a movie. Putting such a service cut, they seem to intend to get more audiences. They often show such a service cut on CM in advance as a preview, and we are going to watch it. Having said that, most audiences would be disappointed if they highlight a service cut too much. Because fans might expect it as such. And if they use too many service cuts, the story would be meaningless. So that is why the usage of service cut is not that simple.
But well, it seems like a service cut is not even necessarily such a nudity or a panty. For example, when a girl gets captured by the evil agents, she gets cuffed and chained…and she screams, “NOOOO!! STOP IIIT!” or else, a bishoujo(or a bishounen) licks ice cream like doing a blow jThis kind of thing would make fans imagine “something” unless it is porn. Whether the director intends or not, we are not sure, but fans would end up finding out such a service cut. Such a service cut shall be called オタ的サービスシーン[ota-teki service scene] or otakish fanservice.
Meanwhile, fujoshis are also good at finding out a service cut. For us guys, it is seemingly normal but they might think it is a service cut. Umm, I know they like to have a dellusion though. Let’s see some examples.
These cuts are from the Melancholy of Suzumiya Harhi. On the way back from the desserted island where Koizumi’s relative pocesses, Kyon and him are having a chat on the boat. While Koizumi is speaking to him, he gazes at a mole on Kyon’s neck(Kyon is not aware of this). What’s the point in this? Why is he doing this? And how come this cut has to be here? Anyway, this kind of service cut shall be called 腐的サービスシーン[fu-teki service scene] or fujoshish service scene.
Next, above is from a scene in which Koizumi guides Kyon a closed space. Koizumi grabs Kyon’s hand. I don’t see it anything particular, but for BL fangirls, it is not so. This shot is a split second, but the more it ends quickly, the more it turns fujoshis on! Oh no, please more!
This is an absolutely service scene, and the most famous scene in Neon Genesis Evangelion. If nothing else, it is. こんなあからさまなサービスシーンもないよなァ（笑）At any rate, Kaworu got a fame as a ガチホモ[gachihomo] with this scene.
No matter what, it is not a bad thing that they give us a fanservice. But sometimes it makes me laugh when I can see the director’s intention before it turns me on.