13+ Clean Animes That Don’t Include Sex, Fan-Service Or Ecchi Content

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Written by Theo J Ellis

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Anime shows with sexual tendencies and fan-service is a cliche used even more than toilet paper.

And as the year 2018 begins to unfold, it’s doubtful this trend will slowdown.

It’s not that those types of anime are bad, but that most shows are badly executed.

So if you’re looking for a clean anime to watch without fan-service, I’ve got a list for you.

Check out these 10 anime shows that put quality before typical tropes and bad fan-service…


1. Sakura Quest

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This anime is about the revival of a once booming village, called: Manoyama.

In 2017, Sakura Quest is one of the stand-out animes I’ve watched.

Not only is there no fan-service (Ecchi, etc), but the character development is spot-on.

Even support characters get some love in a way that makes you care about each character.

It’s rare for anime these days to do that well-enough to get you interested.

And the level of attachment makes each character memorable.

Related: 11 Anime Characters You Can Relate To On An Emotional Level


2. Barakamon

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A calligrapher named: Seishuu Honda punches his director in the face after his work is criticized.

And so: Seishu’s sent off to an island to learn from his mistake and improve his attitude.

I loved Barakamon from the first episode, which is rare for the average anime.

If you never thought a slice of life without fan-service was possible, Barakamon does a beautiful job of it.

Despite there being a couple female characters and less males, Barakamon avoids fan-service at all costs.

And not in a way that’s obvious either. Which makes Barakamon one of the cleanest, most refreshing shows ever aired.


3. Tamako Market

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Tamako Market is about a small market-town, and their particular Japanese dish: Mochi!

I don’t hear many people singing recommendations for Tamako Market, which is why I was interested.

What you get from Tamako Market is a laid back, care-free anime with light comedy and a sense of calmness.

Even the romance elements don’t interfere with the story and pacing of each episode.

If you’ve watched Romance, you know how many anime get this one thing wrong. Most of the time.


4. Flying Witch

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Flying Witch is about a witch in training, who goes by the name of: Makoto Kowata.

She’s sent off to live with relatives in the countryside to develop independence and a range of skills.

If you know how a soft comfy pillow feels, this describes the feeling of Flying Witch.

Watching this anime will relax, calm, and soothe your soul down to its core.

I doubt there’s an anime series more nice or relaxing than Flying Witch.

Related: 7 Soothing Anime You Should Watch If You Want To Fall Asleep


5. Sunday Without God

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God decides to pack his bags and abandon the world on Sunday.

And the world is thrown into chaos because of his actions.

That’s the main concept behind Sunday Without God.

While it’s not as relaxing as the last few anime I mentioned, Sunday Without God tells a unique story.

You’ll also find no Ecchi, sex, or inappropriate content floating around in this anime series.

But what you’ll find is mysterious characters, a curious storyline, and some philosophical element that will grab your interest.


6. Alice & Zouroku

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Sana, a girl who has the power to create anything by imagining it is held prisoner in a laboratory.

In episode 1, she manages to escape and is hunted down by her captives (who are unsuccessful at first).

Eventually Sana meets an old man named Zouroku in a convenience shop, and that’s where the animes name comes from.

Similar to Sunday Without God, Alice & Zouroku is filled with a dark, mysterious storyline.

At the same time, this anime is like Flying Witch, as it has tender moments that feel relaxed and chilled.

And occasionally, you’ll get some good-action you’ll love as a fan of supernatural animes.

But one thing you WON’T get is fan-service, which is why I recommend it.

Related: 12 Alice To Zouroku Quotes That Will Hit You Right In The *Feels*


7. A Silent Voice

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Shouko Nishimiya is a deaf disabled girl who’s bullied by her classmates.

Years later there are consequences for a few of the bullies actions.

What “A Silent Voice” does well is highlight bullying in a realistic way.

Because let’s keep it real, this type of bullshit happens in schools every single day.

And it even happens to disabled children for no fault of their own.

You should watch A Silent Voice if you want an anime that will touch your heart and stir your emotions.


8. School Live

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School Live is about the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse.

Sounds unoriginal, doesn’t it? But originality is overrated.

How this anime executes its message, story, characters personalities and emotions is where it shines.

Like the main character: Yuki Takeya who has PTSD (Psychosis), a mental illness caused by emotional distress.

I’d watch it if you’re into horror/school shows with a dark, meaningful twist.


9. Hyouka

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Hyouka is a slice of life anime that focuses on storytelling and mysteries.

One thing that’s amazing about Hyouka is how it takes boring topics and gives them life.

It’s the closest thing you’ll get to “detective work” dressed up as an innocent, light-hearted anime series.

If you’re the philosophical type who loves to think about the anime you’re watching, Hyouka’s perfect.

And of course – fan-service (except 1 special episode) doesn’t exist here.


10. The Royal Tutor

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The Royal Tutor, released in 2017, focuses on 4 young princes living in a palace.

Heine Wittgenstein (main character) is hired to tutor all 4 princes to prepare them to become king in future.

If you’ve watched Assassination Classroom or Denpa Kyoushi, this anime has a similar concept.

You’ll learn about philosophy, self-improvement, how to improve your confidence, communicate with others, etc.

And by time you’re finished with The Royal Tutor, you’ll have a new appreciation for animation and storytelling.

Related: 14 Anime Quotes From “The Royal Tutor”


11. Kemono Friends

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Kemono Friends is an anime about humans and the animal kingdom.

Or put another way: a depiction of wild animals who can talk.

I thought it was strange at first, but the anime warmed on me. And it’s one of the cleanest, nicest anime you can watch with family, friends, or anyone without worrying.

Under the surface there’s a deep message about what it means to be human, how we fit into the world, the role of the animal kingdom and a little more.


12. Mitsuboshi Colors

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Mitsuboshi Colors is about 3 little kids who protect the “peace” within their city.

It’s a cute series that represents what it means to be a kid of this age. Where your imagination runs wild, you’re full of energy, and everything in the world seems fascinating.

This is part of the charm that makes this anime so clean, pure and clean enough to watch with anyone!


13. Hanayamata 

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Hanayamata is about Naru Sekiya, a shy, introverted girl. And Hana, a foreign student who persuades Naru into forming a group of girls who do “Yosakoi”.

Yosakoi is a type of freestyle Japanese dance (in real life) that has its own style and rythm. And Hanayamata, produced by Madhouse is based around it.

It’s about as clean and simple as you can get.


Other Clean Anime Shows Without Fan-service:

  • Squid Girl.
  • Gunslinger Girl.
  • Non Non Byori.
  • If It’s For My Daughter.
  • Mob Psycho 100.
  • Saiki K.
  • K-On.



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Thank u for making the research, I personally do not like fan service , Ecchi, abusive relationships romanticized.


Your list is wrong. Tamako Market has a lot of bathing scenes. Sunday Without God and School Live have one episode dedicated almost entirely to fanservice. So does Hyouka, but it’s an OVA.

Bethany Bierer
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Reply to  DmonHiro

Ok. I still don’t understand what fan service is, but all those that you say have fan service are not fun, so I think I agree with you on anime preference. I do like Hyouka.
Is Air a good one? I liked it, but not enough to watch it again.

Reply to  Theo J Ellis

No, he knows what he’s talking about. That is fanservice. And lolis themselves are fanservice. It gets a lot of perverts off and the creators know it and get off on it as well.


Thank you so much for this List, I hate Fanservice and Ecchi but Love Anime

Alexis Tripler
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Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Thank u soooooo much

Abel Vato
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Reply to  Alexis Tripler

There are some anime shows like Hyouka, that I hadn’t watched but had felt from heart that they don’t contain any vulgar content that could be similar to anime shows like Fairytail.


saiki k has fanservice, and so does the royal tutor. it isn’t as much as other animes, but it still has them


Thank you so much for this list! It really got me started on some good, clean anime. And since then, I have found a number of other good stuff with little to no fanservice or ecchi. Here is a list of some of them: Kimi ni Todoke – From Me To You (mild innuendos. one of my favorites!) My Roommate is a Cat (completely clean) Natsume’s Book of Friends (some mild innuendos. One of my favorites!) Poco’s Udon World (has an innocent slightly revealing bath scene and mild, inappropriate comments) Snow White with the Red Hair (mild innuendos and mild… Read more »


I think Kobato is a good one. The only part I’d say might be fan service, as some call it, is when it shows her naked as a spirit. I don’t think it is fan service because it shows that part, I think, out of necessity and it doesn’t show anything.


I also like Beast Tamer Erin, Ascendance of a bookworm, and avatar the last airbender. Those are all great clean anime too.


A lot of these actually do have fan service. Just because lolis don’t have tits or an ass, doesn’t mean they can’t be fanservice. Lolis themselves are fanservice. Also, all of these anime are really boring. Not to say that some of them aren’t good, but this list doesn’t show a variety of different genres. They’re basically all the same with the same feel to them.

Reply to  Zaikahal

By that logic you’re saying the mere existence of characters around that age are inherently sexual.


I think yuru camp might be a great add on that list. Insanely relaxing.

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