Fictional characters can make good role models, as their existence is as a set of boiled-down concepts, making them free from the many intricate shortcomings of being human.
In addition to being the story of the original “Amagami Challenge”, Amagami SS is also the story of one young man’s shift from a mentality of scarcity to one of abundance.
To understand fanservice and truly answer the question of what makes fanservice work, it’s necessary to break things down to a structural level and work from there.
In an era where anime is trivially easy to get, it’s no longer enough to simply have a communal space where people get together and watch anime.
Leaving the fun, welcoming environment of a convention for the harsh, unforgiving real world can be a downer, and Post-Con Depression can hit pretty hard.
It’s the feeling of knowing you’re not alone, and having someone who understands even that tiniest part of you is like a reassuring pat on the back.