Strongest pilot: BBK/BRNK
Recommendations despite the fanservice
Most of the fanservice comes from the first female character we meet, Mai, but she is also confident, kind, unashamed of her body and unapologetic for her strength. She's one of my favourite characters of this season of anime, and the fact that she does not sexualise her fanservice actions and neither does Haruhiko makes them more tolerable to watch. There are still some cringeworthy moments, and the show probably could have benefited from fleshing out the more serious story arcs they touch on, but I really enjoyed watching this show and would happily watch a second season.
Plot-based recommendation: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash is one of the better structured anime of the season, with clearly motivated characters holding logical goals and developing in natural ways. The second half of the series is particularly high on quality and low on fanservice, and the series creates some genuinely moving moments. I don't blame anyone who decides the early fanservice is too hard to sit through, I had to seriously persuade myself to make it to episode two, but this is a strong and well-paced story with interesting themes, characters and relationships.
Most subversive fanservice: Girls Beyond the Wasteland
Anime I don't recommend
Most intrusive fanservice: Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Most pointless fanservice: Konosuba
Konosuba follows a similar premise to Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, only with one hardcore nerd and a goddess. It's a premise I really like, and there is some great subversion in the early episodes, but the one element they make no fun of is the fanservice. All other fantasy tropes are broken down and undermined for laughs, but being surrounded by large breasted women in impractical and/or revealing clothing was apparently not worth comment. By the time the nth large-breasted character to show up was gleefully submitting to being smacked in the boobs by flying cabbages I was done.