Fanservice is one of the most common tropes in anime, and it basically constitutes highly suggestive or sexualized animation for the benefit of fans. Since fanservice largely caters to people attracted to women, the best manservice anime is a great alternative for those more interested in looking at men. What is manservice? The short answer: Free! - the anime series directed by Hiroko Utsumi.
The longer, more comprehensive answer: it's like the best fanservice anime, but featuring the assets of male characters rather than female ones. Manservice isn't exclusively focused on a character's body. While an attractive physique is a component, there's no male equivalent of panty shots or outlined private areas. The audience, which primarily consists of straight females - but can include anyone - is not drawn to such visuals. Instead, a character might appear shirtless or simply strike an alluring pose.
Besides good-looking characters showing off their bodies, characters in a manservice anime also display romantic interests in other male characters. It's not the same as BL, which means "boy's love," a genre with its own established tropes where male characters actually form relationships; yaoi, the more developed version of boy's love; or actual queer representation. On the contrary, characters in a manservice anime build tight bonds interpreted as friendship, but are close enough to encourage fantasies of a romantic or sexual relationship.
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