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  • Played with to horrifying and comical effect in Attack on Titan. The Female Titan has quite the nice figure, and Reiner refers to her as "the one with the nice ass". Said nice ass is only partially covered in skin, and since she's a giant the characters naturally focus on her rear end when pursuing her on horseback. One of the 4-koma parodies runs with this, with Armin accused of having looked at the Female Titan "like that" with numerous shots of him staring at her body.
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  • Two of these show up in Azumanga Daioh, oddly enough. One is the series's sole Panty Shot, tho done in such closeup that you can't really tell what it is until it's over and others are reacting. Both are primarily due to the subject (Sakaki, sadly) being the focus of the gaze in both cases—the shot is supposed to be that of the staring character. Only one is an actual male, though.
  • In Baccano!, one of the first hints Ennis is a love interest of Firo is a subtle use of this trope: The moment they bump into each other, the "camera" starts on her chest for a split second.
  • Many moments in Bakemonogatari, but most obviously, the very beginning. In this line of thought, a citation from Kizumonogatari:
    Hanekawa: "Am I imagining things, or does it feel like the details regarding my skirt would span about four pages?"
  • Berserk:
    • In chapter 312 Isidro meets the enthusiastic Isma, who leans over to talk to him with her chest standing on the height of his eyes. There's even an arrow pointing from his eyes to her breasts.
    • Later in the manga, post-Eclipse, it's disturbingly implied that Guts has In Love with Your Carnage feelings toward insane Casca when he finds her naked and soaked in the blood of the men who tried to gang-rape her after she killed all of them. Various panel shots have the Male Gaze over Casca's body, and it's implicated that despite the disturbing scenario of both Casca's insanity and her near-assault, Guts is turned on by this display (possibly due to years of being desensitized to violence and being emotionally depraved after so much trauma), which leads him to nearly rape Casca himself soon after finding her. Guts just barely stops himself from going through, but it leaves him SEVERELY fucked up and EXTREMELY aware how far off the deep end he's been going.
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    • Chapter 359 gives particular focus to newly cured Casca's backside. While the two former examples are just Fanservice on Miura's part, the third example is likely intenionally framing Casca's curves in a sexual fashion to highlight how vulnerable she is to Guts, during her Eclipse-induced panic attack.
  • Black Lagoon has a more than a few random shots of Revy's butt, which is in line with how she mostly gets depicted in the manga.
  • The almost supernaturally endowed Rangiku Matsumoto on Bleach is constantly subjected to this.
    • Interestingly, the similarly well-endowed Orihime Inoue is very rarely shown in a fanservicey way - unlike Matsumoto, she never even wears revealing clothes, but the camera still frequently zooms in on her chest. Especially when Kon is talking nearby.
    • This whole trope made Rangiku's choices on the 'fashion show' episode 228 that much more interesting. With one possible exception - all her outfit choices were surprisingly tasteful and classy. The sixth one, the exception? No more or less revealing than an outfit you might see being worn by say, your average woman wearing a tank top and pants.
    • Yoruichi Shihōin gets a lot of this, as the camera and panels will never let you forget how curvaceous she is during fightscenes. Yourchi’s Love Interest, Urahara shamelessly lampshades it several times In-Universe.
  • Happens in Bodacious Space Pirates, largely with Marika, especially in the first ending credits.
  • In Buso Renkin, Kazuki is walking behind Tokiku up some stairs. We get the expected shot from his point of view, followed by a shot of his blushing face. In light of what Tokiku's telling him at the time, the shot feels highly random. There's also the 2nd Beach Episode where Tokiko complains at the camera for lingering too long on her navel.
  • Cage of Eden. Even in the scenes in which the protagonists are attacked by beasts, the author does not forget to frame the backside of the girls with many Panty Shot.
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: a perfect example in Chapter 47 of the manga, when Touma meets Shokohou Misaki, he can't help but stare at her assets.
    Mikoto: Just now...I felt his gaze dropping thirty centimeters for a moment!!
  • The third episode of Code Geass had a blatant one of these during Kallen's shower scene. The shower curtain gets accidentally pulled aside, and we see her standing in the shower with a Toplessness from the Back shot. Then the camera drops about 3 feet, perfectly framing her behind.
    • R2 did this constantly, especially during its first half, to every attractive female character. Some of the most egregious examples occurred whenever Kallen or C.C. piloted a Knightmare, including gratuitous buttocks shots. Kallen is by far the biggest culprit though
  • When Faye Valentine's top is cut open in the Cowboy Bebop movie, the camera shows nothing above or below her breasts. The TV series also has several lingering shots of Faye's legs and breasts.
  • Digimon:
    • During Lalamon's evolution sequence to Rosemon in Digimon Data Squad, the camera makes sure to pan up her behind and directly into a cleavage shot. When the time came for the dub, this part of the sequence was cut out.
    • In Digimon Frontier, when Izumi/Zoe gains her Beast Spirit evolution, Shutumon/Zephyrmon, the camera does a slow pan up her body to show off her... features, complete with Calmarimon's jealous reaction. The male characters were worried that her Beast Spirit would be hideous like Calmarimon's, but Izumi sets off to prove them wrong.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Bulma and virtually every beautiful girl in Dragon Ball is subjected to the camera lovingly exploring their figure from time to time. The manga even showed Bulma’s nipples three times. Another example is when Master Roshi, in a filler scene, tries to grope Launch while she's cooking; the scene holds the visual on Launch's butt.
    • Can’t forget Launch’s introduction to Roshi where there’s two panels consisting of her breasts and buttocks.
    • Dragon Ball: The Path to Power almost makes the original manga look tame in how much the camera pays close attention to Bulma’s breasts, legs, butt and especially her crotch. It probably helps the director had a crush on Bulma.
    • In Dragon Ball Z there's Maron, Krillin's ex-girlfriend. Might be Playing with a Trope, since the camera leers along with the male characters... an explicitly "male gaze."
    • The first opening sequence, featuring the world renowned Cha-la Head Cha-la, has the third line of the chorus open up with a shot of Bulma's cleavage. Likely also a Visual Pun, considering the shot immediately follows the word "mune", i.e. "chest".
    • Cheelai the latest Toriyama beauty from Dragon Ball Super: Broly has lingering camera shots that solely consists of her shapely ass which gets more screen time than some major characters. Earlier on in the film Cheelai showed off the elasticity of the battle armor to Broly by pulling it down over her breasts.
    • Minor character Ranfan is extremely beautiful as she's actually shown stripping down to hot lingerie to distract Nam, with several closeups of her butt and breasts.
    • In Dragon Ball GT, there is at least one awkward close-up of Pan's butt. The fact that she might be as young as ten didn't stop the crew.
  • In Durarara!!, whenever Professor Nasujima is in the scene, you can bet that a very large portion of the screentime will be dedicated to his favorite set of twins
  • The Electric Tale of Pikachu had a scene in Chapter Two where Ash couldn't take his eyes off Misty at the start of the gym challenge, as she was wearing a form-fitting wetsuit (which was a more revealing swimsuit in the original uncensored publications). She belts him with a Shellder for gawking.
  • Parodied in Excel Saga: When Misaki first appears, the camera begins to pan up her body. It then does a Jump Cut to her rear before resuming the pan and stopping again at her chest. She then asks why the camera keeps stopping. When the camera attempts this again later, she grabs the camera and demands that it cease. Cut to a written apology from the director.
  • Ultear from Fairy Tail gets at least many shots of her backside as her face, especially in the Tenrou Island arc when she is wearing Sensual Spandex. It even gets involuntarily hilarious when she appears in a Dream Sequence of Gray's. All we see is the naked butt and legs of a woman, and we only find out it's Ultear because Gray says her name.
    • Lucy gets the same treatment, only with her breasts. It's getting harder and harder to find a panel with her where you can only see her face.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • It's not unusual to focus shots on the Homunculi's ouroborus tattoos. Lust's tattoo is right above her cleavage. Maes Hughes lampshades this one for us.
    • Used as foreshadowing in "The Philosopher's Stone" episode of the 2003 anime. A delivery woman is warned about a Serial Killer who goes after pretty, young women. Then there's a nice body shot of Winry when she meets the woman at her refrigerated van. Turns out that woman staring at Winry isn't.
  • Weird example from the Get Backers manga. Ban, Ginji, Kazuki and Juubei are taking a bath in a hot spring. Ban, Ginji, and Juubei generally stay submerged below the shoulders—but Kazuki, who only looks like a girl, gets some very obvious Toplessness from the Back and buttocks shots, to the point where Ban is kind enough to cover up his guy-parts at one point for the intended audience and tell us all how hot a girl Kazuki would be.
  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex is comparably blatant. The Major wouldn't have it any other way. Witness for example the second episode of the first season. The Major is driving a Tachikoma, stops and opens the hatch to get out... and the camera gives us an ''extreme'' close-up butt shot from below.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Kyon is the cameraman for the Brigade's movie; with the buxom and beautiful Mikuru the main character of said movie, the camera's view... dips... on occasion. In chronology, the first thing we see of Haruhi is her chest.
    • Also played less subtly for laughs. Itsuki jokes that Kyon and Haruhi are now Adam and Eve. Cut to a still camera shot of Haruhi walking down stairs... with the shot starting around her waist and eventually working up to her head. Less subtle indeed.
    Koizumi: Go forth, procreate.
    • Haruhi's butt also gets a lot of emphasis during the Endless Eight arc.
  • In Hellsing when the camera isn’t focused on the glorious Gorn it will pay loving attention to Seras’s large bosom (especially when she gets groped by a creepy vampire at the start). Later on when Seras is a vampire herself we get a several wonderful shots of her backside and when facing Zorin Blitz, the camera pans down to Seras’s breasts which flex and the BFG's straps literally blow off her torso. Which is both sexy and awesome.
  • Played for laughs in Hetalia: Axis Powers with Ukraine's introduction to emphasize her large tracts of land. This comes up again later when Prussia sees his Childhood Friend Hungary's shirt ripped to Absolute Cleavage levels, focusing in on her breasts. However, this is more because this is the case of an Unsettling Gender Reveal as both had thought that Hungary was a man.
  • In Highschool of the Dead, you'll be seeing so many close-ups of the female form that if we noted even half the time it happens, it'd need its own page. It's one the main reasons that the series is Best Known for the Fanservice.
  • The iDOLM@STER: The cameraman of the Ribbit Ribbit Kitchen certainly knows where he's aiming the camera.
  • Is the Order a Rabbit?: The trope is used extensively in episode 8, when first showing off the girls in their swimsuits.
  • Halkara's introductory segment in Episode 3 of I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level has the camera aiming at the more... curvy parts of her body, firmly establishing her as a Ms. Fanservice. Different points in the episode continue showing off her "assets", solidifying her status.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • In K well-endowed Seri Awashima is constantly subjected to camera angles that focus on her posterior and breasts.
    • This gets taken to the near-extremes in Return Of Kings, where almost every shot Seri appears in has the camera pointed directly at her chest.
  • Frequently, for all the female characters of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, especially Miu and Shigure with man close ups of their chest and butt.
    • An example. In chapter 559, Takeda complains about not being able to see anything happening in front of him because Freya and Kisara are lying in the boat in front of him.
  • Kill la Kill plays with this for drama. While the show has a lot of close ups of some of the female characters breasts, butts and Panty Shots, the whole show's revealing outfits are actually there as a plot point to give Ryuko more confidence in her body which gives her an enormous power boost. The show is also a Female Coming-of-Age Story about puberty, with Senketsu's skimpy outfit sucking Ryuko's blood akin to menstruation. This effectively flips the whole trope on it's head, showing that the female characters are not just objectifized even if they are overly sexualized. In addition, every male is also sexualized too. Quite a few feminists actually defended this show on its use of the trope.
  • In episode 5 of The King's Avatar, when Su Mucheng joins the party she gets a loving close-up from the camera, starting from her Zettai Ryouiki.
  • In the first episode of K-On!, Yui slips and falls on her bottom in her rush to get ready for school. The camera goes in for an extended close-up on her rear as she scrambles to her feet.
  • One can't really blame people for remembering the exploding panties in the first season of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. The first season's Transformation Sequence had a lot of panning shots of the underaged title character's naked body and it was used often. Though they were still present, these were toned down in later seasons.
    • In the first two seasons, Arf's very round butt gets plenty of close-ups.
  • Played gently in A Silent Voice, the protagonist Shoya meets up with Shouko the deaf girl he used to bully in elementary school who's grown up and the notebook she treasures gets dropped into the koi river and she jumps in after it and Shoya follows her in. Submerged we see from Shoya's POV as he stares at her legs and her short skirt billowing in water before embarrassed he closes his eyes and looks away, signifying he's becoming attracted to her. In the manga it's more blatant that Shoya is trying not look up skirt as Shouko is bent over searching.
  • Sorcerer Hunters runs on this trope, being a kind of pervy comedy show where the two female leads are S&M queens, but the opening sequence has numerous T&A close-ups. There's a short sequence of a lady who doesn't seem to appear anywhere in the actual show, touching her thighs and red-painted lips, but we never see her face: her only distinct feature is a lot of long, black hair, so she might be Marron.
  • Soul Eater:
    • Soul Eater has a really strange example. When the weapon characters are in weapon form their Meisters can still talk to them, and a reflection of their human form is shown somewhere somewhere on the weapon's surface. The female weapons' reflections are always naked, but the male weapons are fully clothed. This changes in later chapters.
    • The trope actually also applies to the main character, Maka, at least in the anime. The camera really seems to enjoy showing off her extremely short skirt and long legs while she's fighting.
  • Street Fighter:
    • In Street Fighter Alpha: The Animation, the camera has so many random close ups of Chun Li's and, to a much lesser extent, Sakura's pelvic region, that it makes for a rather entertaining drinking game.
    • In Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie, during Chun-Li's famous Shower Scene, there's a close up on her butt, and another, much more zoomed in with Gainaxing of her buttocks, and in the uncensored version a full shot Chun-Li's swaying naked breasts as she washes her hair.
    • At another one point, one of Bison's Monitor Cyborgs spies on Guile and Chun Li, during which, it shifts its focus from her face, to her breasts, and finally lingers on the junction between her thighs. Bison is seen enjoying the view.
    • It's strongly implied Vega was getting an eyeful of Chunners in her aforementioned shower. Interestingly Vega was courteous enough to try and kill Chun-Li only when she was slightly more clothed.
  • Strike Witches. None of the girls wear pants or skirts. The camera makes sure that we're aware of this.
  • Sword Art Online: You know, that girl just watched her friend get brutally murdered. Is this really the best time to dangle the camera next to her impossibly tightly-clothed butt? (Asuna gets an unusual amount of this in the same episode, so that episode's director is most likely to blame...)
    • The camera seems to have quite the thing for Suguha's boobs. Whether it's in the shower, in pajamas, changing, or in the Opening Sequence, it's as if the show has to remind us of how stacked she is.
    • As demonstrated in the second season in GGO, if you're gonna wear tight shorts and a combination of skimpy top with leather jacket and chaps like Sinon, you're gonna get people enjoying the view of your framed butt and thighs. It may or may not have been calculated by Asada Shino so that people would not focus on her face instead. In later episodes, when she ports her character data to Alfheim Online, her Cait Sith avatar wears a skirt with contours and slits that draws people's attentions to her thighs and tail and butt.
  • In Tenchi Muyo! GXP, the view seems to settle on Lady Seto's chest whenever she appears.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
    • In the eighth episode, Thymilph is seen watching the heroes on a Wall Of Monitors. One of them has a close-up of Kiyoh's breasts. There are also instances of Gainaxing which the camera sometimes gives particular focus to. Simon's or Kamina's gaze does linger on early in the show, and getting a "good look" at the girls is even a plot point during the sixth episode.
    • The camera is specifically Kamina's gaze on first meeting Yoko. She even looks into it mildly irked, but his eye keeps roving.
  • Used regularly in the anime for The Testament of Sister New Devil, such as showing off Mio from really low angles.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Mutsuki of the sequel manga is revealed to be terrified of being looked at this way, revealed in a Fan Disservice flashback where we see a shot of his father leering at Mutsuki who's shirt is sodden with water after he tried to drown him implying that he raped him.
  • In To Love-Ru and his sequel Darkness you'll lose count of how many times the camera is placed in "convenient" angles.
  • Yo-Kai Watch:
    • One episode starts with Nate and his friends gawking over a woman passing by. The camera makes sure to zoom in on her chest and legs.
    • Dirty Old Man Manjimutt once pretended to be a professional photographer. He got in trouble when he started focusing on the woman's chest.
  • Your Name has unique variation as Mitsuha‘s breasts get focus but only when Taki (a boy) is in her body. Humorously when he wakes up in his own body, Taki instinctively looks down at his now disappointingly flat chest. Mitsuha probably senses this trope, as some of the many of rules she leaves for Taki while he’s living as her include: ”NO PEEKING” along with ”NO BATHING”.
    • Ironically it’s also inverted as Mitsuha is shyly curious about Taki’s boy parts when she’s in his body.
  • Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest: The local Hot Teacher gets this, sometimes by perverted men who mean to rape her because of her beauty.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh!, used on Anzu/Tea while she was playing a Dance Dance Revolution-like game. Whether intentionally or not, it gives the impression this is where Yami's gaze is focused. Hmmm...
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's: Carly's transformation to a Dark Signer is one long focus at her body from her legs up. Also, Fortune Lady Lighty gets this on her first appearance. Also in 5Ds, when Aki dons her outfit for riding duels, which is a bright red leather bodysuit cut low on her breasts. The pan up from her feet to her head is complete with Crow whistling at her. To top it off, Aki notes the outfit doesn't feel like her (compared to her Victorian-style influenced outfit), and Yusei assures her she looks fine.


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