8) Child Abuse and Sex Offenders Are Adorable
Case Study: Loveless
You may notice that much of this list concerns anime aimed at male viewers. Fan service for female viewers tends to be less visually obnoxious, but it can be just as disturbing. A good centerpiece is the manga and anime series Loveless, the story of a 12-year-old kid named Ritsuka and the grown man who loves him in the worst way. In the show's largely modern-day-Japan world, humans have cat ears as long as they're virgins, and there's a secret society centered on tag-team magical battles. Both matters weigh heavily on troubled, cat-eared Ritsuka after he meets Soubi, a 20-something secret warrior who just can't take no for an answer.
And remember, Ritsuka is 12 years old. When not being pawed by the creepy Soubi, Ritsuka is beaten by his mother and learns secrets about his seemingly deceased and equally creepy brother. Worse yet is the implication that Loveless fans like to see fragile catboys being broken and oh-so-cuuuuuute. Not to ruin anyone's fantasy, but men like Soubi are usually not lithe, pretty protectors in real life. They're panting, 40-ish loners who park their white vans too close to playgrounds.