|Watermelon faces : 3|
The first thing people may notice is that there is a TON of fanservice in most beach episodes. Even in series with little to no fanservice, the episode is a convenient excuse for shirtless guys and girls in bikinis.
So we can see that a beach episode could be assumed to just be an easy way to add fanservice to a series, but there are other reasons to have beach episodes. The episode can serve as a good way to develop relationships between characters. This is particularly useful if the show takes place in a world much different from our own, since it lends a bit of familiarity to the setting. Heartfelt discussions and confessions also happen during beach episodes, as the characters feel a sense of connection from spending time with each other.
Beach episodes can also allow characters to enjoy some light-hearted fun. Smashing watermelons, playing with fireworks, or having a cookout can all be a way for a group to release tension and relax before the PLOT returns.
Summer Specials can also take place at festivals, which can be an interesting location for a date, for friends to hang out, or for some PLOT to ruin a fun evening out. This also involves girls dressing up, snacking on food, and playing carnival games. Fireworks are a popular way to end a night.
|A typical festival scene|
Overall summer episodes are often lighthearted and fun. They allow for relationship development between characters, and offer a convenient opportunity for fanservice. One of the most interesting things about them is the similarities in episodes from different genres and ages. Do you have a favorite beach episode? A favorite summertime activity? Comment below!
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