It’s summertime, and you know what that means – fun in the sun with sexy anime boys! Even if we can’t go to the beach in real life for fear of catching or spreading a deadly, incurable virus (that’s just 2020 for you), we can still bask in the beauty of chiseled 2D masterpieces of men doing so in our stead. So, for all the ladies (and gay/bi men) out there, here are the top 5 manservice swimsuit scenes in anime!
5. Fairy Tail: Final Series - Episode 9
Fairy Tail’s final season unfortunately doesn’t have a lot going for it, but what it does have is a tropical island episode where Natsu and his team investigate the new Alvarez Empire threat while undercover as members of Wendy’s old guild Cait Shelter. Fairy Tail characters are almost always drawn as idealized caricatures of real people and the guys get just as many shirtless scenes as the girls get bikini shots, so there’s plenty of eye candy here for everyone. We think Natsu looks particularly nice in this episode with his scarf tied around his head and mysterious bandages covering his arm – the newly colorful art style really shows off his figure!
4. Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000% (Uta no Prince Sama) - Episode 8
A show about beautiful male idols simply demands a swimsuit scene or two, and Uta no Prince-sama’s first season delivers in a spectacular way. All of the students spend a day on the headmaster’s private island as they decide who to partner up with for their final assessment. We get plenty of lovingly crafted shots of the guys lounging shirtless in the sun, showering after swimming, and showing off their muscles while looking forlornly at the night sky. But actually, the highlight of this episode comes when Haruka admits that she loves Tokiya’s songs and begs him to sing once again as a lovely piano version of “Amazing Grace” plays in the background. Shirtless idol boys and emotional catharsis in one episode? Uta no Prince-sama, you spoil us!
3. Kamigami no Asobi - Episode 3
Kamigami no Asobi reimagines gods from several world religions as hot anime boys, so how about some divine swimsuit fanservice? Principal Zeus changes the season to summer, so it’s time for a vacation! Yui and Apollon convince the rest of the gods to come to the beach, where they throw off their clothes to reveal the various kinds of swimsuits that they heard humans like to wear. Unfortunately, Zeus decides to change the season again to fall, but the gang makes the best of it by watching fireworks instead. At least the swimsuit scene was entertaining while it lasted!
2. Boku no Hero Academia 3rd Season (My Hero Academia 3) - Episode 1
Boku no Hero Academia knows that the best way to start off an emotionally intense season is to lead with shirtless buff dudes using their superpowers to cheat at swimming contests! Denki and Minoru just wanted to see the Class 1-A girls in their bikinis, but somehow it turned into endurance training where all the guys spam their Quirks to beat each other’s lap records. Of course, for those of us who enjoy seeing scantily clad men just as much or more so than ladies (who all showed up in their school swimsuits, by the way), this isn’t such a bad thing.
1. Free! (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club) - Trailer
Free was also on the previous list of manservice swimsuit scenes, but it would be an actual crime not to include it again. This time, we’re highlighting the initial trailer for the series, which showed off Kyoto Animation’s gorgeous work with water and human body movement so well that every anime-boy-loving soul on Earth demanded to know when the full show would be released. Those incredibly detailed shots of water bursting off of tightly muscled chests and the reflected light dappling across their skin created a dedicated fanbase based on only 30 seconds of footage – can any other swimsuit scene claim that?
Be sure to check out the previous list for even more manservice swimsuit scenes! But are there any that we missed? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!
Beach and pool episodes are very common with any anime series. It’s a popular cliché in anime that we just can’t get enough of. But once in awhile, the ladies are treated to something very nice. Within recent years, manservice has gotten more attention thanks to a certain swimming anime. (More on that later.) And what’s wrong with that? If the guys can get an entire genre dedicated to showing off the female body, then we ladies deserve a little something in return. So sit back, scroll down, and enjoy the view.
10. Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! (Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu Love!) - Episode 7
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2015 to Mar 2015
You’ve heard of the mahou shoujo genre, or magical girl genre. But what about magical boys? All the tropes you love about the magical girl genre can be found in this hilarious comedy starring magical boys. From the cute animal mascot that gives them powers, to the magically fabulous transformation scenes, this anime has it all. Even better? There’s a canon gay couple! Complete with two seasons, you’re sure to have a fun time with Cute High Earth Defense Club Love!
In episode 7 of season 1, the colorful cast of Cute High Earth Defense Club Love took a trip to the beach. As always, the wacky antics of the gang follow them wherever they go. The lovable five have some much needed fun in the sun, with a few yaoi vibes thrown into the mix. The manservice isn’t the most attractive, but not all beach episodes are about the rockin’ bodies. In this case, the yaoi vibes shine and we freak out every time.
9. Ouran High School Host Club (Ouran Koukou Host Club) - Episode 8
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Apr 2006 to Sept 2006
Haruhi is not like the other students at Ouran High School. Ouran is a prestigious academy for the rich, but Haruhi attends on a scholarship. Haruhi can’t even afford the uniforms, and wears bummy clothes. One odd day, Haruhi stumbles into the school’s host club and breaks a very expensive vase. To pay off the debt, Haruhi must work for the host club and romance their clients. That might be difficult since Haruhi is a girl.
Episode 8’s The Sun, The Sea, and the Host Club, shocked it’s viewers. For the very first time, the ladies were treated to a beach episode with no busty girls. Instead, the handsome boys of Ouran High School Host Club, showed off their bodies at the beach. An episode prior, the host club were seen shirtless at a pool in the jungle. However, we’ve decided to choose this episode because the characters reveal a little more skin. Also, who could forget that famous scene with Kyouya and Haruhi in the bedroom? This may not be the best manservice filled episode, as the characters’ shirtless bodies aren’t detailed with abs or muscles, but it’s the first step down the sexy road to hot swimsuit scenes for women!
8. Assassination Classroom (Ansatsu Kyoushitsu) - Episode 14
- Episodes: 22
- Aired: Jan 2015 to Jun 2015
We all get that feeling of wanting to kill your mean teacher at least once. For these students, that’s their number one assignment to ace if they want to graduate. A class of outcasts are tasked with killing their teacher, Koro-sensei, before he destroys the planet. The students gave him the name Koro-sensei for being unkillable, as he is a tentacle monster that can move at the speed of Mach 20. How can a bunch of misfits with no experience in killing ever hope to defeat an unkillable beast?
One of the most beloved characters in Assassination Classroom is Karma Akabane, and it’s not hard to see why. Karma is an absolute badass, a total tease, flaming hot with his red hair, and his voice makes every girl’s heart melt. In episode 14, Koro-sensei takes the students of class D on a field trip to a homemade pool. Class D strips down to their swimsuits and enjoys their new pool. We also have a great view of a wet and shirtless Karma. Even when having fun in the pool, Karma still makes an attempt at killing Koro-sensei. But hey, that’s why we love him!
7. Kuroko no Basket (Kuroko’s Basketball) - Episode 14
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Apr 2012 to Sept 2012
The Generation of Miracles were superstars in middle school. Each member had their own unique talent for playing basketball, and together, they never lost. When high school came around, the team split up and went to different schools. Kuroko, one of the secret members of the Generation of Miracles, runs into Kagami while signing up for Seirin High School’s basketball team. Kuroko notices that Kagami’s skills are on par with the Generation of Miracles. The two pair up to become the best team in Japan.
Sports anime, although usually catering to the male audience, has a large female fanbase. Kuroko no Basket is no exception. What’s not to love about hot basketball players with huge biceps, and sweat that makes their skin glisten? We’re sure that this was unintentional, as Kuroko no Basket is a shounen, but episode 14 of season one had girls squealing.
We’ve seen team Seirin shirtless before, when Riko wanted to examine their specs. And we’ve seen the team soaking wet when playing an intense match. But episode 14 gave us the best of both worlds, with the boys being both wet and topless. The only thing that tops this scene is in season two, when we get some booty shots at the hot springs. Remember, this is a swimsuit list.
6. High Speed!: Free! Starting Days - Kirishima Natsuya’s Introduction
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: Dec 2015
The prequel film to the smash hit series Free Iwatobi Swim Club. Makoto and Haru decide to sign up for their middle school’s swim club team. There, they make new friends and learn to work together. But each member has their own personal baggage that brings the entire team down. Can they learn to overcome their problems and win the next relay?
Makoto drags Haru along to the first swim club practice. Haru was reluctant at first, but gets motivated when he sees their captain, Kirishima Natsuya. Haru and Makoto are first years in middle school, and have a lot of growing to do. Natsuya, however, is a third year and is already packing something nice. For a middle schooler, Natsuya already has abs and back muscles. We hope to see Natsuya in season 3 of Free, and maybe get a good shot of his grown-up body.
5. Prince of Stride: Alternative - Episode 9
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jan 2016 to Mar 2016
Nana Sakurai is a huge fangirl of stride, a mix between a relay race and parkour. She attends Honan Academy, a school famous for their stride team. But is shocked to see the club shut down due to lack of members. Befriending another stride fan, the two find more members and a coach to revive the stride club. Can this new club win the End of Summer stride tournament?
Pool episode incoming! In episode 9, the stride team of Honan Academy went to the waterpark to relieve some stress. Takeru and Riku have been arguing with each other, and continue to do so at the pool. Sakurai steps in to bring the crew together by participating in an eating contest. All is well, and the team is ready for the big match. Prince of Stride does something that a lot of anime tend to forget when showing manservice; the V-lines. V-lines are the ultimate tease, yet we can’t get enough of them. A very special thanks to Prince of Stride for adding that.
4. Dive!! - Episode 1
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul 2017 to Sept 2017
Mizuki Diving Club (MDC) hasn’t been doing so hot. If the students want to keep the club afloat, at least two of the members have to make it to the 2020 Olympics. But something doesn’t seem right. For whatever reason, no one is motivated. Does anyone care? Does the team even like diving? In fact, why do they dive in the first place?
At the very beginning of episode 1, we get a flashback of Tomoki walking past the MDC. He stands in awe as he sees Youichi dive off the highest platform. Youichi is without a doubt, the best diver at the MDC, and one of the best in the prefecture in general. We see the water reflect off of Youichi’s skin, making him glow like an angel. With a slow pan of his body, we see Youichi’s toned thighs, tight butt, v-line, a six pack of abs, and rippling biceps. You just can’t help but pause the episode and question how a man can look this perfect? And then you take a few screenshots for your manservice folder.
3. Kiss Him, Not Me! (Watashi ga Motete Dousunda) - Episode 9
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2016 to Dec 2016
Serinuma Kae is the type of fujoshi who not only ships anime characters, but also her classmates. One day, Kae’s number one husbando dies, so she starves herself for a week and suddenly turns beautiful. With her new gorgeous body, Kae gains the attention of four boys at her school. But Kae doesn’t want to live the otome game life, she wants the boys to be with each other!
Episode 9 of Kiss Him, Not Me was a real doozy, even for a beach episode. You had the boys of Kae’s reverse harem in eye-pleasing swimsuits. But what makes this episode so high on the list are the activities the gang engage in while at the beach. Every girl has dreamt of her prince saving them from a dangerous situation. Kae was bothered by a couple of jerks at a tiki bar, so five princes came in to rescue her. What makes this scene stand out, is that the boys rescued Kae while in their swimsuits. They looked good, and were badass at the same time.
2. Yuri On Ice!!! - Episode 10
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Oct 2016 to Dec 2016
Yuri Katsuki lost a major figure skating tournament, and decided to retire. But after a figure skating practice video of him goes viral, Yuri has caught the attention of the champion; Victor Nikiforov. Victor chooses to take a break from figure skating to help Yuri become the next champion. But with the rise of the junior champion, Yuri Plisetsky making his senior debut, can Yuri Katsuki even pass the first round?
Last year, Yuri On Ice!!! made waves all around the world. With its mature gay romance, and beautiful figure skating performances, no one could turn away from the series. A bonus to Yuri On Ice is the various manservice we get from episode to episode. In this case, episode 10 brings a very sexy scene from the sex God himself, Chris. Chris is a very flashy skater, known for his erotic performances. So of course he’d wear a tiny speedo to the pool. Victor and Chris have a little fun by taking sexy selfies and playing around in the hotel pool. Honestly, we’re surprised that scenes like this were allowed to air on TV. Is it getting hot in here all of a sudden?
1. Free! Eternal Summer - Episode 1
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul 2014 to Sept 2014
It’s been a year since the Iwatobi Swim Club was founded. Rin is now friends with Haru and the gang, new characters arrive at the scene, and everyone’s planning out their futures. What does Haru want to do? Does Haru still want to swim free, or does he feel pressured to swim? What’s going to happen to the swim club when Makoto and Haru graduate? Time’s running out, and decisions have to be made fast.
You all saw this coming. How can the anime that made manservice popular, not be number one? Now, there are numerous scenes we could’ve chose from, but we decided to go with the hilarious and famous stage introduction from season 2 of Free. The swim club try to recruit new members by showing off their skill set and bodies. This is in front of a large audience, all fully clothed in their school uniforms. The awkwardness of the swim team is way too funny. But through all that, the boys sure put on a show by jumping on stage, stripping down, and showing us what they’re made of.
As the years go by, we hope to update this list with even more sexy swimsuit scenes for women. There’s a clear demand for more manservice-filled anime, so we’re sure to get many more in the near future. But for now, what did you think of our list? Is there another scene you would’ve preferred? And let us know which swimsuit manservice scene is your favorite. Till next time!