Cat96 wrote:To be honest, the big reason why I don't watch Code Geass is because of the fanservice that I hear is in it in a couple of episodes. I seriously do want to watch it because I hear that the story is awesome, but I'm afraid of skipping the problematic episodes and then missing important content.
I'm not sure you could skip any of the CG episodes without missing important stuff, but I'm over a dozen episodes in and haven't noticed much (if any) fanservice. There's a scene where a character is naked in the shower, but it isn't done in a fanservice-y way.
IIRC, there is fanservice, but like skreyola said it's more of the shower scene/volumptuous girls type. There is one sexual-ish scene later on though that might be what you've been hearing of? I think there's specifics in the reviews on this site.
I just finished a rewatch of Ouran Highschool Host Club, and now I'm really in the mood for another anime along those lines. Can anyone suggest a series with good, well-rounded characters and strong friendship themes? (Preferably with minimal romance, or at least with romance taking a back seat to friendship.) I love the humor in Ouran, but that's not really necessary--I'm just in the mood to have emotions about fictional friends, if that makes sense.
Oh man I love friendship themes as well.
Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun. It's new and it's really the only show I've seen that compares to Ouran in terms of humor and how fun it is to watch. There are romantic plots but they're not overkill and are played for a laughs a lot. There's a number of friendships in the series and they're great as well.
Also, if you're looking for anime with strong friendship themes and minimal romance, sports anime in general are usually a good bet. I recently finished Haikyuu and really enjoyed it, it's also pretty funny. I personally adore Free and find it really funny, although it is rather fanservicy (but never lewd). Chihayafuru is also a lovely series and since you mentioned shoujo it's a josei so I think you'd like it (it has some light romance to it too). Kuroko no Basket is pretty good. Cross Game is fantastic, but I don't remember it focusing on friendship as much.
Sakamichi no Apollon. Drama/musicians. There's friendship as well as a love triangle. Jazz music, 1960's, etc.
tsuritama. Slice of life. Friendship and fishing. Starts out a bit slow but speeds up partway through (it's only 12 episodes long anyway)
Hyouka. Mystery/slice of life anime. Has friendship with some light romantic plots. One of my favorite anime ever.
Natsume's Book of Friends is also a favorite of mine, and like it's name it contains some really sweet friendship stuff. However, you did mention you don't like supernatural stuff and it does deal heavily with that kind of thing; Natsume can see youkai, or Japanese spirits (sometimes translated as "demons" but they're nothing like Western demons.) I don't know if that would be any better or worse than zodiac stuff.
AnoHana. Drama. Six childhood friends, one dies, friends go separate ways, end up meeting up again years later. Dead girl comes back as a ghost (not spoilers) and is visible to one of the friends, but other than that no supernatural themes.