Let me start off with the fact that I'm a big fan of bromances in the things I watch like Shelock Holmes the movies or Supernatural with Sam and Dean or every guy Dean becomes friends with lol. So while this may just be my opinion, I believe Anime/Manga have too short a list of bromances actually in the story. Thankfully my favorite anime of all time One Piece is part of the small list that actually does have bromances, this mainly with Luffy and his older brother Ace. Sure it wasnt seen throughout the entire series but when the two were on screen together it was quite obvious how close they were. Why do so very few animes have such bonds between men?
Now before you say the power of friendship counts, let me just say that NO it doesnt. For starters let's take a look at my love/hate anime Fairy Tail. While I get the fact that they're all supposed to be like family, Natsu is in no way very close to Gray. Sure I get it brothers fight, but they dont fight like brothers, they fight like the obvious rivals they are, as well as anyone Natsu has met that's a guy or sometimes a even a girl (mostly Erza). But my point is that a bromance is a relationship between two guys who are so close they stick together through anything, are able to be there for their brother when they need them even after a bad fight. Gray is not like that with Natsu, they fight too much. Even when the two seemed to be getting closer, it was kindly ruined when the two went on a mission together alone and came back beaten and bruised... by each other. That's a shitty example of how brothers are, because they're not. I'm not going to get into the Naruto/Sauske relationship because it's obviously one sided and slightly gay.
Sorry for going on such a long rant, but I had to get it out of my system after a conversation with a friend on the subject. Do you think there should be more bromances? Do you think there shouldnt be and why is that? Give me your thoughts, because this is an interesting subject to me!
Here's a list of the (legit) bromances I know of:
Luffy and Ace
Black Star and Soul
Ichigo and Chad(shaky on this one but they were always super close from what I saw and Chad is literally one of three guys that he doesnt fight with on a regular basis)
I'm sure there's more but that's the ones I can think of off the top of my head