For decades, nude service has been accepted as perfectly normal in mecha anime. Xebec’s Argevollen keeps with the tradition.
Shirogane no Ishi: Argevollen is a well produced, seriously told story that has a terrestrial ground-war take on the mecha genre. The first three episodes were almost entirely without sexy content, up until Jamie decides to give Tokimune an inspection.
And that was pretty much it, until about eight minutes into the fourth episode when a lengthy shower scene breaks out.
This is the most promising type of censorship. It does not even pretend to be steam.
The first blatant frontal censorship of the season.
The girl at the top joins in on the censorship fun.
I think it’s probably safe to say the streak of nudity in anime TV seasons will stay intact now.
I think my favorite thing about this scene was its length. There is almost as much (presumed) nude service in this one scene than Infinite Stratos 2 managed during its entire run.
It’s likely that we’ll get a couple more scenes like this before the anime is over. Obviously, this puts Argevollen in the pleasant surprise category, though I’d still like to see some non-nude service to compliment the R-rated stuff.