, fan service is supposed to reward loyal fans
for watching the show by giving them panty shots
that may lack detail
, and suggestive poses
. However, the example already noted regarding Evangelion
disproves this, because if it was a real gift
to the fans, Misato
would not warn us ahead of time
that there would be fan service in the next episode.
Then again, I'm not aware of any other examples of the fan service warning, so maybe it's just that one show.