What Animes Have No Fan Service

Fan service (AKA the ever so unsubtle art of shoehorning in scantily clad characters or other unnecessarily pervy plot points that don't serve the story into a show) is something you can't really escape in anime. In fact, its become so common that even an entire fan service sub-genre (called Ecchi) isn't enough to keep all the innuendo bottled up, with even the biggest anime shows bowing to the online pressure and writing in fan service more regularly than you'd think. But what if you could watch anime fan-service-free? Well, don't worry - we've got you. In order to ensure you can stay engrossed in the story without having to worry about confusing storylines or disconcerting camera angles, we've compiled a list of great anime series that are totally devoid of fan service. There are a few to choose from so we are going to skip over some of the more obvious ones you might have seen and also focus on the ones you can actually watch online easily. Moribito is an anime with some great action scenes that comes to us from director Kamiyama Kenji; director of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.

39;t pander to stereotypes and have character arcs that are surprisingly well fleshed out.

Moribito introduces Balsa, an accomplished spear wielding mercenary who takes the job of protecting a prince from assassins. These assassins have been sent by his own father - the emperor - who believes his son is the reincarnation of a water demon that will bring ruin to his empire. Chased across a fantasy world resembling feudal Japan, our duo comes across a nice variety of interesting characters. The real standouts though are Balsa and the other female characters, who refreshingly don't pander to stereotypes and have character arcs that are surprisingly well fleshed out. Even the villains of this show are much deeper than originally presented and crucially have understandable motives. The actions scenes are spectacular and use the picturesque settings to full effect, giving each fight its own individuality. With consistently top-notch animation, great characters and detailed world building this is one anime you need to check out. A staple classic in the anime genre, this Sci-Fi western centers around a sixty billion bounty on the head of a legendary gunslinger named Vash. Due to the bounty and his past life, Vash has spent years trying to hide from civilisation just to stay alive. Being plastered with a 60 Billion dollar bounty and being instantly recognizable, tends to lead to some tricky situations and A LOT of destruction. So much in fact that an insurance company decides it's more cost effective to have two of their employees accompany Vash full time and try to stop him getting into trouble. A large part of the comedy in Trigun comes from all three characters trying to stay out of danger and failing in a multitude of ways.

Added to this you have a gunslinger who now refuses to kill; a character quirk that slowly develops into a plot point providing key insights into Vash's beliefs. It's little touches like these throughout the show that help flesh out the characters and keep you watching. The animation is very 90s and doesn't hold up that well in the HD era, but if like me you enjoy some retro animation now and then this will be great for you. Natsume has the ability to see spirits, and upon the death of his Grandmother inherited a book. The Book of Friends has the names of spirits in it which grants Natsume power over them and the ability to release them from the bond of the book. Throughout the series, Natsume comes across spirits that need his help. Unfortunately for him though, not all are kind and some of the more malicious spirits attempt to kill Natsume and take The Book of Friends for themselves. The eccentric spirits give this anime a great amount of variety from episode to episode. Character development has rarely been done better in anime, with the spirits often being more complex than the humans they interact with. Each episode tackles touching and emotional subjects in relatable ways that may affect you just as much as the show's characters.

The artwork can be simple at times, but does the job well for an anime that is much less about flashy visuals and more about making you feel something. Now, something a bit different. Fate/Zero is a fantasy battle royale where teams of two fight to the death, with their prize being an all-powerful wish granted to each member of the winning team. The team members are all mages of one type or another, giving us some nice visual embellishments to go with their magic use. The other member of the team is the spirit of a legendary person; for example Alexander the Great, Gilgamesh or King Arthur. Yep, THAT King Arthur. Not all the characters in this are paragons of light, however. In fact, some of them are horrendously terrible people and the idea of ​​them getting an all-powerful wish gets prespine-chilling. The choice of a single wish in such a dark world is handled well. In a story built around killing everyone in sight, this was never going to be an uplifting romp, what's surprising though is how psychologically disturbing it is to both the characters and the viewer. Be warned, this show doesn't mind killing children. You won't actually see anything but a child whisked off screen by a demo, but the sounds that follow are grim enough. Luckily, this is quickly forgotten when a fight starts and you are drawn in by visual flourishes and an entertaining variety of fighting styles. The fantastic fights coupled with the character intentions make Fate / Zero a great dark anime you can watch without worrying about fan service cropping up.

As something of a pallet cleanser after an intense list, we have Mushishi, a beautiful show that explores nature and humanity in a way that will make you think. The show follows Ginko as he travels around tackling a variety of problems thrown up by life forms called Mushi. Mushi appear in increasing fantastical forms and affect humanity unwittingly in a myriad of ways. Surprisingly, no two incidents are alike and the creators play around with a variety of ideas that keep the series feeling fresh throughout. Protagonist Ginko himself mirrors the artwork, simple on the surface yet increasing wonder as you watch more. The Mushi are beautifully drawn, with no two ever feeling alike. The countryside is enchanting too, and shots linger on stunning scenery in order to pull you ever deeper into this charming world. As you glide through the series each episode introduces you to new characters that are thoughtfully fleshed out and believable; a hard feat to achieve when you are starting from scratch at the beginning of every episode. If you want something a little slower and more thought-provoking than your average anime romp, this is the best way to round out a viewing session of anime without any pesky fan service. FANDOM is the ultimate destination for celebrating your love of anime. Visit the link below for all of FANDOM's anime coverage!

The Quintessential Quintuplets (Japanese:, Hepburn: Go-Tōbun no Hanayome, lit. Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba. It was serialized in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020, with its chapters collected into fourteen tankōbon volumes. The series follows the daily life of a high school student Futaro Uesugi, who is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets: Ichika, Nino, Miku, Yotsuba, and Itsuki Nakano. At the very beginning of the story, it is shown that the events are being told in a flashback, while an adult Futaro prepares to marry one of the Nakano Quintuplets whose identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The series is published in English by Kodansha USA under the Kodansha Comics imprint. The anime series is licensed in North America under a Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership. An anime television series adaptation produced by Tezuka Productions aired from January to March 2019 on TBS and other channels. The series is a commercial success, being the 5th best-selling manga in 2019, and the 3rd best-selling manga in the first half of 2020 in Japan. In 2019, the manga won the award for the shnen category at the 43rd annual Kodansha Manga Awards. High school student Futaro Uesugi is an academically gifted student that leads a difficult life-his mother has died, he has no friends, and on top of all that, his father has incurred a large amount of debt. An opportunity presents itself when the rich Nakano family transfers to his school.

Futaro is promptly hired as a highly paid tutor. However, much to Futaro's dismay, he discovers that his five charges-identical quintuplet sisters of varied personalities-have no interest in studying at all and have abysmal grades. Some of the quintuplets are against having Futaro, whom they view as a stranger, in their apartment, but Futaro's diligent tenacity gradually convinces those girls to accept him and to improve their grades. Throughout the series, Futaro develops special relationships with each of the quintuplets. Through a flashforward, it is revealed that he eventually marries one of them, but her true identity is only revealed near the end of the series. The idea of ​​"a group of quintuplets falling in love with the same person" existed even before the serialization of Haruba's previous work, Karma of Purgatory (2014-2015), but was very simple at that time. The idea was denied by his editor-in-charge. A year after, after the end of Karma of Purgatory, he discussed with his editor-in-charge what to serialize next.

Among the few ideas being come up with, the "quintuplets" idea was included again, which was accepted by the editor this time. After failures in two to three serialization committees, finally, it was decided to have a one-shot manga published first. The one-shot received positive reviews and therefore went on to serialization. It was decided the protagonist should be quintuplets at the very beginning. When later the idea of ​​quadruplets and sextuplets was raised, it was rejected very quickly, around 30 seconds. Haruba said it might be a reference to Super Sentai when he came up with this idea. Similar to Super Sentai, Ichika (yellow), Nino (black), Miku (blue), Yotsuba (green), and Itsuki (red) are all represented by a color. The design of the quintuplets started from his favorite existing female characters from "some slice-of-life works only with girls", around 15 to 20 of them. The idea of ​​adding numbers in their names was after the design was almost confirmed.


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