I don’t make any bones about the fact that I love watching ecchi anime. Shows like Keijo!!!!!!!!, Infinite Stratos and OniAi, I adore those shows and I enjoy the flood of sexy anime girls parading around in the underwear or less. I don’t think there’s any problems with that, I don’t think there’s any reason why this kind of content shouldn’t be allowed to exist and I don’t think a show is any lesser for containing that kind of content, so long as that’s not the only thing it has going for it. That’s what hentai is for.
But at the same time, there’s something about shows that contain ecchi content in them that continue to drive me crazy and that’s the absolute lack of reality checking here, in that while there always seems to be a camera perfectly placed in a girl’s bedroom as she’s changing, thus exposing her pink lacy lingerie, there’s never any point in an anime where the same happens for any of the male characters. There’s no scenes where a guy is undressing (you’re lucky to see a shirt get pulled off), no scenes where a guy is showering or bathing aside from the hot springs episode and there’s no scenes where a guy ever has his underwear exposed.
Granted, there are some anime that do it, but generally speaking (at least from memory) when this happens, it’s designed as more of a comedy bit, where the guy drops into a room with a bunch of girls and he’s naked. It’s usually not animated properly, designed in a more cheesy style and it’s not designed to be something that is okay or normal. Instead, we’re to believe that in the context of a lot of these shows, it’s okay for girls to be seen undressing, showering and more, but it’s not okay for the male character(s) to be seen in the same way.
It really does beg the question of whether at least in Japan, there’s a bit of homophobia going on, whether it’s from the studio’s point of view or whether it’s the perception that the fans/viewers don’t want to see that kind of content. If it’s the studio just deciding they don’t want there to be a focus on the male body, then you know what? I can’t really argue with that, it is their piece of work, they’re allowed to write it however they’d like and I can’t judge them for that.
But if in any case it’s the latter, the idea that the presumed male-dominant viewership doesn’t want to have a scene where the male protagonist of a harem is walking around his bedroom in his boxer-briefs, then I will certainly take issue with that. I’ve stated before that while I have found male characters in anime I find myself being attracted to, there’s just nothing in real life that convinces me that I’m anything beyond a straight male when it comes to engaging in sexual behavior. There’s a clear majority preference in my head towards women, there are very few male characters that ever elicit any sort of reaction from me, so it’s safe to say that my preference towards ecchi content in anime would lean to that of female characters.
But going back to the notion of male viewers not wanting to see ecchi content with a male character in their shows, I don’t understand what the big deal is. When it comes to ecchi content with girls, depending on the rating you might actually see 100% bare breasts. For guys however, there’s just no way without the content being classified as hentai that you would see full-on dick. At best, you’d have to deal with bare boy butt. Oh no, not boy butt! Take it away! It burns my eyes!
Honestly, the majority of ecchi content with male characters that I have seen, it’s been with characters that I have no attraction to. Take the one above here, the shot of Itsuki from Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation. It’s a screencap I’ve used on several occasions now when it comes to this issue, a fantastic example of a scene in an anime where they don’t shy away from putting a male character under the same rules any female character would apply to when it comes to ecchi content. And in this show, I had Itsuki’s ass in the middle of my screen and I had zero attraction to the character and I didn’t get all offended or up in arms about seeing his butt on screen. Even if Aika didn’t show up not long after with her full naked body on display, this scene would’ve been fine regardless.
When it really comes to male nudity especially in anime, the only way it really throws me off, is due to the lack of that kind of content. It’s something you rarely see unless you’re actively searching for shows that are more geared to fans of yaoi anime, or anime that has a male-dominant cast, thus upping the chances of it being an anime featuring half-naked anime boys. When I’m thrown off seeing a scene like Itsuki in the hot spring, it’s not because I’m squeamish about seeing male nudity, it’s because with all the shows that I watch, guys are just never shown in that sort of context.
And it’s strange because well let’s be honest here, guys do the same things girls do in their daily lives. We also change our clothes, we also wear underwear and sometimes walk around the house in just that. We shower or bathe daily, we go to gym class in high school and change out of our normal clothes and into our gym clothes. Everything that we see girls doing in your average anime, guys do as well. The difference is that the writers, producers, whoever the fuck makes the call, they don’t ever insert a scene where a guy is shown in the same way. It’s like we’re left to assume that guys just magically change clothes, they stay clean all the time and don’t need to ever take care of their personal hygiene.
For a medium that is extremely unrealistic, there seems to be quite a lot of realism when it comes to the perception of men. What’s that, you ask? Well generally speaking, the average person in society just doesn’t talk about the male body. They don’t want to talk about it, they don’t want to see it, they don’t want to know it even exists. The only places we seem to be truly okay with guys taking their shirts off and wearing a little less than pants on, is at the pool or the beach. Now you’re probably thinking about other places as well, like the gym or at crazy college parties. The thing is that with those specific places, there’s circumstances behind the acceptance. At college parties, when the majority of people are drunk off their ass, you accept a lot more because your brain isn’t running at full capacity, so you tend to forget a few of the things you normally pay attention to. It’s like the classic moment you see in films and such, when two girls who claim to be straight get super drunk and kiss each other.
But the biggest circumstance when it comes to guys being “allowed” or “accepted” to wear less clothing in public aside from places like pools and beaches where it’s socially acceptable to do so, is that if you’re a hot guy. In anime, every girl under the sun gets shown in her underwear, no matter how big or small they are, though obviously it’s a rarity for an extremely obese woman to be in an anime unless she’s a comedy character, but that’s a conversation for another day. When it comes to male characters, is the normal looking nerdy guy ever shirtless? Nine times out of ten, it’s strictly the handsome boys who’ve got chiseled abs and are super athletic who get that luxury of being allowed to take their shirts off. In our society, we’re finally starting to push for plus-sized models with women, trying to convince everyone that all women are beautiful. But when it comes to guys, are we relaying that message? Because as far as I see it, we’re still in an age where if you want to be a male model, you gotta have a rockin’ body! There’s no plus-sized male models, at least not that we’re openly told about and having it shoved down our throats that they exist and it’s okay.
In anime, only three types of guys really get the proper ecchi treatment:
- The more normal-looking guys at first, but upon shirts coming off they have an athletic build. Because of course every protagonist has to look like he works out, no matter how lazy he is.
- The extremely muscular guys who have muscles on muscles. For some reason a lot of them seem to have “bubble butts” as well. It’s kinda weird…
- The very feminine-looking guys, the ones who could pass as a girl in the right light, unless they’re already dressing as girls to fool you, aka a “trap”. These are the rare cases where they’re usually designed as comedy characters, yet when ecchi moments come up, they’re still animated like hot girls, rather than the usual male ecchi moment, where it’s more comically designed.
As a guy who is relatively thin, I’m a slender build, 5’11”, just over 150 pounds, it’s kind of annoying to think that even characters who have what looks to be my build or very similar, they end up having abs and look like a million bucks regardless. Granted, I accept it because generally speaking the majority of anime characters are designed to be perfect, but it’s a little ridiculous when both male and female characters are portrayed as the laziest people on the planet, eat terribly and yet they still retain a model-like frame. I want some of this anime magic for my body, man!
Which makes it even more frustrating to think that the majority of anime guys are designed to be male models and they still don’t get shown off anywhere close to the same way all female characters in anime are.
So in the end, if this kind of stuff bothers you, I mean…wow! To think that a fictional male character in their underwear grosses you out that much, there’s definitely some deep-rooted stuff going on there. Because none of the pictures I’ve thrown into this article bother me in the slightest, I don’t feel like anything wrong has taken place by talking about this topic, nor from searching through image galleries to find all these pictures. Oh! By the way, also along with all these pictures I’ve posted, none of them are characters that I’m attracted to in any way whatsoever, these are literally just random pieces of artwork I’ve pulled specifically for this topic. I can admit that all the boys pictured in this article are good-looking, but that’s not necessarily indicative of me being attracted to them. The same goes for women, there are plenty of cases where I can see a girl, think she’s pretty, but not necessarily think I want to bed her. You can look at a person and think they’re good-looking without wanting to fuck them, folks! It’s a thing, it happens.
We need to move away from this notion as guys that if you’re straight, it’s weird or wrong to think another guy is good-looking. Girls all the time who are straight will talk about other girls, especially amongst their friends when they look pretty in an outfit they’re wearing and all that jazz. Guys just don’t do that and while I’m not saying we need a cultural and/or social shift where guys just start complimenting each other, I think at the very least we need to stop feeling like it’s a bad thing if we do and judge another guy if he does that.
And honestly, I think fictional material is a great way to start that, especially anime. Because like I’ve said before, anime is a medium of perfection, it’s where characters go to be sculpted like gods. And to use a cast of perfect male anime characters to slowly help other guys accept that yes, we can and do look good with a few articles of clothing off, not to mention by seeing other guys in that light, we can show that we’re not going to just suddenly to turn gay and have a sudden desire to suck a dick just because we see another guy in his underwear.
Because I’ve heard guys in real life talk like that’s a thing…and that’s absolutely fucking ridiculous.
It’s just a butt guys, you’ll be fine.
So the fall anime season has ended (or at least every show has had their 12-13 episodes), so an awards show is in order! These awards will be for both the good and the bad of this season’s anime, nothing I watched this season gets a free pass!
NOTE: So because I ended up watching less shows after the first week, a lot of the ‘Worst’ categories may have less than the usual 5 nominees in them.
“NENTEN” by Mili – Bloodivores
“Ashita no Tsubasa” by Yoko Ishida – Brave Witches
“Serendipity” by ZAQ – Flip Flappers
Winner: Brave Witches
The problem with the Brave Witches OP isn’t even that it’s bad per se, it’s just so unoriginal, it sounds like every other cliche anime song ever written. There’s nothing unique about it, there’s nothing catchy about it, it’s just your standard run-of-the-mill anime opening. Which I guess fits for an anime that I found extremely boring this season for the few episodes I watched of it.
Izetta, The Last Witch
While I’d love to nail Izetta for being non-sensical towards the point I dropped it and Flip Flappers for making zero sense all the time, Bloodivores literally at no point ever made any sense to me and as an added bonus, wasn’t even that interesting. At least Flip Flappers was cool to watch! Bloodivores on the other hand just throws random shit at you, doesn’t explain a damn thing about it and just expects you to go with it. I don’t care if everything got explained in say…Episode 8 or something (I don’t know what happens beyond the episode I dropped it at), you can’t take that long to explain major plot points in an anime, especially when it’s not that interesting to begin with.
Izetta, The Last Witch
Tiger Mask W
Winner: Brave Witches
I was really looking forward to this show as I loved the Strike Witches series. So when every single character in the show had what I felt was zero personality, I was beyond disappointed by the show. Not only that, but they write the main character as being a placeholder and completely useless for the first quarter of the entire show. At least Yoshika in Brave Witches was capable early on, she had the magical power to make up for her lack of experience. Hikari literally has nothing.
Best Start, Shit Finish
Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
I know this show was more of a comedy anime, but when a major plot point in the show never gets remotely closed, I’m a little annoyed by that. While Drifters’ ending was a bit light on closure and Bubuki’s ending just got stitched together, Nanbaka literally turns around and walks away from the story they were telling at the start of the final episode. Sure, it was a nice moment watching the four break out of prison together again, but what happened to the elf and the man with the scar? Completely bypassed at the end.
Worst Male Character
Liu Mi – Bloodivores
Azuma Kazuki – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
Jyugo – Nanbaka
Winner: Azuma Kazuki
Last season, the award when to Bubuki as well, but with Hiiragi. This time around, Azuma’s getting hit for just being so boring and not really offering anything beyond being the character who is always depressed and needs the quirky females and the jackass male to get him back to reality. Azuma literally could be replaced by anyone and you wouldn’t notice he was gone. Man! This show has such great characters, why are the bad male ones only the main two?!
Worst Female Character
Naoe Kanno – Brave Witches
Laetitia – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
Cocona – Flip Flappers
Usagi Tsukishita – Keijo!!!!!!!!
Koyori Tsumujikaze – Scorching Ping Pong Girls
Winner: Koyori Tsumujikaze
Koyori isn’t necessarily a bad person, but she’s a kind of character I absolutely cannot stand in anime anymore. She’s the character that is apparently really good at whatever she does, but only when she’s about to lose and then she stumbles her way into winning, like she’s the best ping pong player ever. I’m so sick and tired of this, either have her be a really good player from the start, or have her on the path of getting better as the show moves on. Stop it with the whole “Oh no, I’m about to get destroyed in this match, better start playing for realsies now!” bullshit! It’s not interesting at all.
March Comes in Like a Lion
Scorching Ping Pong Girls
Tiger Mask W
Winner: Tiger Mask W
I wanted a wrestling anime. Instead what I got was a shitty Saturday morning cartoon level of wrestling anime that made no fucking sense whatsoever, had terrible writing, terrible characters and a terrible overall feeling around it. Not even New Japan Pro Wrestling characters can save this show in my opinion, it’s beyond bad.
“Gospel of the Throttle” by Minutes Til Midnight – Drifters
“DREAM×SCRAMBLE!” by AiRI – Keijo!!!!!!!!
“Answer” by BUMP OF CHICKEN – March Comes in Like a Lion
“Rin! Rin! Hi! Hi!” by Hashiguchikanaderiya hugs The Super Ball – Nanbaka
“S.O.S.” by WEAVER – Poco’s Udon World
This is actually the first opening theme music for an anime that after the moment I heard it, I tried to Google how to play it on my guitar. The opening guitar riff is just so damn good and once the vocals kick in, the song becomes very light-hearted and bouncy and on top of that, super catchy. Couple that with the vibrant colours and animation in the OP and you’ve got a fantastic winner this season for Best OP!
Best Art Direction
Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
Bungo Stray Dogs
Look, I’d love to give this to the other four shows because all of them have great art styles and animation, but I have to be completely biased and give this to Kouta Hirano for Drifters. I absolutely adore this art style and had missed it dearly since Hellsing Ultimate, so upon Drifters finally coming out, I was sold on it from day one and enjoyed it all the way through. It also made me attracted to a male character (Yoichi) and that doesn’t happen very often!
Best Character Design
Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
Bungo Stray Dogs
When it comes to unique character design however, I do have to give the award to Nanbaka for its vibrant, colourful, wacky over-the-top character designs. Hair that defies gravity so well, Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII would be proud. Every character looked unique, no one felt like a copy of another. It’s very rare to find that in anime, most characters tend to be loosely copied from one another, in Nanbaka however, there’s just no one close to each other. And I love it! Even if there’s literally only one female character in the entire show!
Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
Bungo Stray Dogs
Poco’s Udon World
Winner: Poco’s Udon World
It’s really the only show where I was fully invested in the story it was telling all the way through the show’s season. Each show otherwise had moments where I drifted off and just watched it for the entertainment value, in the case of Poco’s Udon World, I never strayed away from the emotional story it was telling the entire way through. Almost cried a few times during the season as well.
My Wife is the Student Council President
Poco’s Udon World
Look, if I made a list of all the butt and boob puns throughout the season, you’d understand why. “Shoryucans”?! I’m done.
Most WTF?! Inducing Show
Bungo Stray Dogs
Winner: Flip Flappers
Sometimes a WTF moment is shocking, story-related, or just really funny. But in Flip Flappers’ case, the WTF is literally just that, what the fuck?! I don’t know what the hell I was watching the majority of the time, all I knew was that it looked cool and beautiful, that’s all.
Izetta, The Last Witch
My Wife is the Student Council President
Winner: My Wife is the Student Council President
It’s a show that’s basically one step away from just being hentai, of course it’s going to have the best ecchi. Keijo!!!!!!!! came close, but you just can’t compete with actual bare breasts and loads of sexual tension.
— No. That, is, CTHULHU!!! — Bungo Stray Dogs
— The greatest anime villain ever: BDSM Midna — Flip Flappers
— Do I even need to say anything? — Keijo!!!!!!!!
— How all cats are, let’s be honest — March Comes in Like a Lion
— It’s a badass black cat with a badass scar and a badass hat. What else do you want?! – Nanbaka
Winner: March Comes in Like a Lion
I’m a cat lover so that picture really says a lot about what’s really going on with cats. While the show bored me, this moment was one I’ve shown to a lot of friends and they all loved it too and fully agree with it. It’s just such a great display of realism mixed with comedy.
— The younger sister TOTALLY just checking out the scar under her breasts and nothing else… — Brave Witches
— What I’ve been waiting so long for with Kinoa and Shizuru! — Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
— Apparently even in a professional match, you gotta save time for pleasuring twin sisters — Keijo!!!!!!!!
— Nozomi asking a question I’d need a fortnight to answer fully — Keijo!!!!!!!!
— There’s just so much to stare at… — Keijo!!!!!!!!
Winner: Keijo!!!!!!!! (Locker Room)
It’s a show about butts, so naturally I am picking the best picture that had butts from the Keijo!!!!!!!! girls. Granted, it’s mostly just Non and Kazane, but holy shit it’s Non and Kazane! You may not get Rin or Hanabi but in this picture, but they’re still looking gorgeous as well. This image most importantly though, got me looking at Kazane when I hadn’t been before this. That’s not foreshadowing anything…
Nobunaga/Toyohisa – Drifters
Cocona/Papika – Flip Flappers
Finé/Izetta – Izetta, The Last Witch
Nozomi/Sayaka – Keijo!!!!!!!!
Hayato/Ui – My Wife is the Student Council President
While the show itself got really bad by the time I dropped it, the relationship between Finé and Izetta remained unchanged, easily my favourite of the season. They really brought the best out of each other and the relationship felt very realistic as being childhood friends that were separated for many years, tied by one saving the other. Granted, there’s clearly some yuri/lesbian hinting going on between the two, which only adds onto things, but taking that aside, their relationship looking the most natural and is a real joy to watch on screen when the show’s writing isn’t digging itself into a deeper hole.
Sexiest Female Character
Kinoa Ougi – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
Olminu – Drifters
Nozomi Kaminashi – Keijo!!!!!!!!
Sayaka Miyata – Keijo!!!!!!!!
Honoka Saijou – My Wife is the Student Council President
Winner: Kinoa Ougi
Yes, this is literally just because I finally got to see her in a bikini this season. That picture alone sold me on Kinoa for good. She really is that perfect body type and on top of that she has unique hair and glasses to boot. So put that gorgeous young woman in a fiery red bikini and I’ve got an image in my head that’s not going away anytime soon!
Sexiest Female Character (in secret)
Akiko Yosano – Bungo Stray Dogs
Kaoruko Kazuki – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
Bianca – Izetta, The Last Witch
Kazane Aoba – Keijo!!!!!!!!
Ayane Niikura – My Wife is the Student Council President
Winner: Kazane Aoba
What? No, I didn’t foreshadow this award winner at all earlier! You’re crazy! But in all seriousness, Kazane was a real sleeper for a while this season, hints of her being really hot here and there. But it wasn’t until her battle in the East-West War that I got a really good look at her and realized that holy hell she’s a lot hotter than she looks the majority of the show! A lot of it has to do with how conservative she dressed outside of Keijo and you can only look so gorgeous in a one-piece (in my opinion), so when you finally get to see her in a bikini, she really hits you hard with the beauty she’s been hiding.
Prettiest Female Character
Kyouka Izumi – Bungo Stray Dogs
Lucy Maud Montgomery – Bungo Stray Dogs
Bianca – Izetta, The Last Witch
Ortfiné Fredericka von Eylstadt – Izetta, The Last Witch
Rin Misumi – My Wife is the Student Council President
Winner: Lucy Maud Montgomery
I love me some Lucy, I can’t help myself when it comes to red-haired girls. But what really gets me with Lucy is how she looks very much like a real girl, she actually appears to have imperfections in her design, which in my eyes is a rarity if there ever was one. She’s not overly sexualized, she’s not overly prettied up, she’s just a more normal (for anime) looking girl, one that’s crazy as shit, but god damn does she look pretty!
Best Male Character
Sakunosuke Oda – Bungo Stray Dogs
Osamu Dazai – Bungo Stray Dogs
Oda Nobunaga – Drifters
Yoichi Suketaka Nasu – Drifters
Poco – Poco’s Udon World
Winner: Yoichi Suketaka Nasu
I’m still struggling to fully call Yoichi a male character, but hey that’s his gender and thus he’s the easy pick this season. He’s such a beautiful badass, what can I say? He brings out the best in people, especially during the few times he actually brings out the comedic side of himself. Literally every scene he’s in, he looks like the biggest badass of them all and that’s saying something when you’ve got Toyohisa, Oda and JOAN OF FUCKING ARC ON FIRE!!!
Best Female Character
Shizuru Taneomi – Bubuki Buranki: Hoshi no Kyojin
Kyouka Izumi – Bungo Stray Dogs
Ortfiné Fredericka von Eylstadt – Izetta, The Last Witch
Nozomi Kaminashi – Keijo!!!!!!!!
Momoko Hyakushiki – Nanbaka
Winner: Momoko Hyakushiki
She is the scariest and yet the most adorable character this season. I was nearly in tears laughing so hard the first time Momoko changed from her “I will fuck you…” scary personality to her “Omigosh, Hajime! Fuck me!” cliche anime schoolgirl personality who’s completely enamoured with Hajime and wants every inch of him to herself. Every time she was on screen I was smiling and soon laughing my ass off.
Bungo Stray Dogs
Poco’s Udon World
I know a lot of people will think that it’s because I love ecchi content and the show is literally a walking, breathing ecchi monster, but this show to me is so much more than that. It has some of the most cleverly written comedy, actually has a good story with extremely unique and interesting characters and knows exactly what it is and doesn’t hide it. Keijo!!!!!!!!! doesn’t use ecchi as a crutch, it uses it as the basis of its show and revels in what it is. And if you have a problem with that, then Keijo!!!!!!!! just isn’t for you, that’s all. For me, it was easily the most entertaining show out of them all and it wasn’t just the ecchi that got this reaction out of me. It was far more than just boobs and butts.
And there you have it, that’s my best of this season’s anime at the three-quarter mark. If you’ve got your own lists, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments below!
Week #3 has arrived with this Fall anime season. What’s in store this week?!
As always I’m live reacting (though typing it out to be posted later) to each episode I watch and going over what happens in each episode with the occasional quip and joke here and there. So for those trying to avoid spoilers, this entire article is full of them!
Liu a week later (episode-wise) finally falls to the ground and Shin actually manages to fight off one of the monsters so Anji and Ifen can run away. Other prisoners are still trying to survive, dynamite being added into the mix. Fong is still alive, not moving really until he finally throws a clump of dynamite at the door of the building, causing part of the building to collapse, but does open a hole in the prison. Liu saves Anji again and Ifen as well, seemingly having the ability to leap like the gravity is low. They escape in a vent while Shin continues to fight them off and lead them away. The exit they found is a dead end still and more prisoners continue to die while Chao and Fong’s fates are still up in the air. Liu reveals what a hemomancer is, essentially a super-powered Bloodivore. He’s also sure this isn’t some random occurrence, there’s some experimentation going on here and he’s sure he’s not the only hemomancer there. Sure enough there are more with abilities and together, they build a wall with the pods to keep the monsters from coming into the opened wall. The three finally exit into the vent into what looks like an office and the building is certainly abandoned. They look around for anything useful to scavenge and he finds on the wall a floor map that says the building is to be finished two years from now, yet it looks like a very old building. The name on the map is something he recalls from his childhood, a time when at school the BST showed up and he was left in the classroom while the rest were evacuated. We return to the present in time to see the girls changing and Ifen messing with Anji a little bit. She reveals that she was sentenced because she killed her husband, apparently married five time already at this point. Back in the flashback, we see a Bloodivore took him hostage that day and his father did nothing to help him. Not only that but the teacher left him there and told the Bloodivore where he was, like he was nothing more than a sacrifice. As he falls to his death, the windows around him shatter and we return to the present where he’s very much alive and something on his wrist begins to glow.
The anime will remain on notice, only because it’s still keeping me intrigued, but just barely.
- I’m still intrigued with what’s going on in this show
- Shin was a badass this week
- I’m still confused as to what’s going on here, why the monsters are there and what they are, what a Bloodivore truly is, there’s so much information I really need to make sense of what I’m watching
Episode Score: 3/5 ***ON NOTICE***
We’re officially introduced to the other 502nd members. Along with Gundula at the command, there’s Aleksandra who seems relatively normal so far, Waltrud who sounds like she’s 40, yet is probably only 19 or something, Edytha who’s their instructor, Georgette who’s the shy one, Sadako who’s also normal so far and finally Nikka, who looks a lot like Eila from Strike Witches and also introduces Naoe, the girl who already hates Hikari. During dinner, Hikari’s beyond tired and passes out, waking up in her room. That cold morning, Naoe and Nikka find Hikari running outside, so of course Naoe starts competing, but Hikari’s got more stamina. She yells at Hikari for being in Takami’s place because she was weak and forced Takami to use her hidden power. In a meeting, they are aware of three major Neuroi nests they’ll have to deal with, but the new one that formed over the sea takes priority. Nikka shows Hikari around the base including the now deserted town of Petersburg which used to home two million people. Also, Naoe’s training extra hard after losing to Hikari. They then make Hikari get into Chidori again, however upon research, Hikari lacks the magical power to control Chidori. So they plan to send her back when she reveals she could see Neuroi cores. So when one appears, they send her out with the unit, to see what happens. However when fighting, she can’t see the core now and takes a hit. But she refuses to run and nearly gets killed, if not for Naoe saving her. The girls destroy the Neuroi and Hikari’s really in trouble now. Again, they’re about to send her home when they’re told Nikka crashed, her unit getting damaged. So they send her with Naoe to find her and Hikari actually finds her. Naoe for a moment isn’t a bitch and they take her home, until a Neuroi appears. However, because she’s too high up, Naoe’s unit starts to fail. So of course, even though there’s no way she should be able to help, especially while carrying Nikka, Hikari insists on helping and they’re able to distract the Neuroi long enough for Naoe to destroy it. On the way back they’re all punished for damaging their units as Hikari also crashes because she sneezed. But because she helped out, they’re giving Hikari a week with Edytha to see if they can get something out of her.
- I really appreciate how Hikari is pretty much starting from the ground up, in Strike Witches Yoshika had some skills already, whereas Hikari pretty much is incapable of fighting at this time
- This cast of characters after this episode makes me wonder if they’re as diverse as Strike Witches, I’m worried they won’t be as unique
Episode Score: 3/5
We begin with the flashback of Kogane’s father’s murder at the hands of Shuusaku. As it turns out though, we see more and Shuusaku did not kill him, it was a grunt soldier who fired the bullet that killed him, but he took the blame for Kogane to have someone specific to vent her anger out on when she grew up. Back in the present, the fights between the Bubuki users begins. Azuma’s team easily deal with them, understanding the proper usage of their Bubuki, while the others fight with fear and a need for power. Lakshmi specifically asks Hiiragi how they can fight like they’re enjoying themselves, but he says they don’t, but with Azuma at the helm being the airhead that he is, they can at least enjoy their time together. Azuma is the only one to not truly defeat his opponent, just running from Kaoruko’s attacks, not wanting to fight her. Switching to America, we see the Americans have their Buranki in full form now fighting rogue Buranki. We flip to Guy and it appears they’ve been doing research on Reoko and Entei, learning someone else could potentially be the new heart of Entei, which is worrisome considering Reoko’s life is literally attached to Entei as the heart. Back with Azuma and Kogane, turns out they did meet each other as kids, including when Kaoruko was still with the family before being left in Taiwan by their father. When asked about him, Azuma says he died a year ago when venturing up to treasure island. Then suddenly Shuusaku returns, Kogane still looking pissed as ever upon the sight of him. Instead, he asks for their help…to save Reoko, so she’s still alive and imprisoned. Kogane fights him, but he offers no resistance now to her, instead telling her what actually happened the day of his murder. Shuusaku actually tried to save him after the shot was fired, but was unable to, with no power left in her father, there was no way to save him. In fact, we see more, that Righty activated on its own and attached to Kogane and started trying to kill everyone and nearly killed Kogane in the process, almost draining all her power. In the end, he fires a shot at Righty, causing that scar on it and it fled with Kogane. Frustrated, she refused to forgive him in the present, Shuusaku more than accepting of that. He adds that his intention was to destroy Righty so she wouldn’t have the burden of being a Bubuki user. He tells her to allow him to protect her for the remainder of his life and also reveals that now having a child, his powers are no more. In fact, Migiwa is the only user whose powers have remained since having children. In the end, Kogane while close, cannot kill him, no matter how badly she wants to and she finally breaks down and lets out years of emotions with her tears. Facing him once more, she allows him to do as he wants, but will never forgive him regardless. Guy makes the decision that Kaoruko will be the one to try and become Entei’s heart.
- Wow this episode was emotional, the whole Shuusaku/Kogane conflict has come to an tearful end
- Knowing that Reoko is not only alive but now technically a good guy makes me so happy
- Does Kaoruko know who Entei and its owner was and did to her mother? If so, she’s the biggest idiot in all of anime
Episode Score: 5/5
So Odasaku is not dead and according to Osamu, the guys Ango left with weren’t Mimic either. When finding out the Mafia and Mimic are going all out against each other, he gets out of his hospital bed and leaves. Akutagawa takes on the leader, Gida and is about to be easily killed by the Mimic leader when Odasaku shows up and runs off with the injured Akutagawa in tow, though he’s not happy with him, since he’s jealous that Osamu pays attention to Odasaku and not him. Gide goes after Odasaku as well and can see his own predictions and adjust to them. He claims that Odasaku is the only person who could kill him, but his lack of interest in fighting drives Gide mad. He also reveals the reason he doesn’t want to kill is because of his dream to become a writer, feeling like a person who takes lives shouldn’t be allowed to write about them. He gets shot four times, but is wearing a bulletproof vest. In the end, Gide leaves, not killing him because in the end Odasaku will have to do what he doesn’t want to eventually, Gide’s end goal dying on the battlefield and since Odasaku is the one worthy of doing so, he won’t ever kill him. Back with Osamu, neither are sure what to do next. All they have to go on, is Ango once again. And because nothing’s changed for some reason, Ango’s at the bar they frequent. As it turns out, Ango was a mole in the Mafia that became a mole in Mimic. His mission was to monitor the Mafia and that Mimic encroaching on the Mafia would’ve made things hell, so to try and reduce casualties he became a Mafia spy in Mimic as well. Ango leaves their photo behind as he leaves the bar. Odasaku returns home to find the cook shot and killed and the kids in a van that blows up. We see Odasaku screaming as it’s clear his no-kill policy is now gone forever.
- Very emotional episode
- Having someone countering Odasaku’s ability brings a sense of unease to every moment between him and Gide
- Dead kids. Not a fan
Episode Score: 4/5
The Octobrists worry about this new dark enemy coming further towards them, while the soldiers think nothing’s wrong. The leader believes they won’t last even two days, that the Drifters’ power still won’t be enough to help them, even if the Drifters were fully on their side. So they try to convince the army to let those two older Drifters who were fighting each their last week lead them in the upcoming battle. One of them is Hannibal Barca, a legendary Carthaginian tactician, the other is Scipio Africanus, the Roman adversary of Hannibal during what was the Second Punic War (218-201 BC). However, when the soldiers won’t listen, Octobrist decides they all need to escape before the Black King shows up. We see during the soldiers running, there’s two Wild West men in this world now as well. The Black King and his army have arrived, dragons, orcs, many monsters in the world on his side. He also has Drifters on his side, most notably Joan of Arc, who does not look like a nice lady. When the battle looks lost, it appears that man opened the portal once more and a fighter jet coming roaring through, the Japanese pilot from 1945. One of the Black King’s men, Hijikata enters are going on a killing spree, like a ghost with how quick his strikes are. Joan of Arc really loves fire, how ironic. Anastasia has ice powers. The city goes up in flames, thousands upon thousands of innocents are killed. The fighter pilot has flashbacks to his own home being bombed and freaks out on them. The Wild West guys are given Hannibal and Scipio and are told to flee. But they have hope that if they can join up with Toyohisa and his crew, there’s a chance they could live through this. The two Wild West guys by the way, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Fuck yeah! They make their escape and before a dragon can defeat them, the fighter pilot attacks it head on and kills it, going after the others in the sky. The Black King intends to erase humanity from this world and to make the Drifters extinct. In the post credits, the girl spying on the three is finally caught by them. She finally explains to them what Drifters are and that they were brought to this world to fight the Black King and the “Ends”, but the three could care less.
- More new badass characters
- Why is Joan of Arc a villain?!
- An episode without the main three isn’t as fun (post-credits doesn’t count)
Episode Score: 4/5
It appears the two got separated after whatever happened to them at the end of last week’s episode. Papika passes out in this desert world and is found and imprisoned by a race of anime Jawas. There’s one girl though who isn’t afraid of her and breaks the chain of the ball around her ankle. And then the world goes full Mad Max crazy as the village is attacked by a bunch of muscleheaded masked man who Papika deal with easily. However, Cocona is their leader?! The village elder says it’s not her. She starts attacking the village as well and the two start fighting. Papika goes Super Saiyan and the Dragon Ball Z-style fight begins. Though Papika is sure it’s Cocona and she headbutts themak until it breaks, revealing it is indeed Cocona. Then the girl who helped Papika in the beginning reveals herself as this creepy Midna-looking girl that Cocona came across (with her harem of BDSM girls) and put the mask on her that made her fight Papika. Though according to this girl, the mask only amplifies feelings the person has. The Jawa-like people take Papika back while this girl looks to be taking Cocona once again. But when Cocona refuses her, the girl aims to take her fragment (which apparently requires a loving caress to the inside of her thigh) before Papika awakens and attacks the girl. Apparently eating a potato in this world makes them go Super Duper Saiyan, which is actually a Sailor Moon transformation. The girl of course hasn’t reached her final form yet and does so, a giant tentacle monster, because anime. They’re hit so hard they orbit the planet before returning. The momentum though damages the monster so they can create some giant rainbow cannon and defeat the monster. Cocona apologizes for hitting Papika, who also apologizes for kicking the shit out of her too. The monster however returns before another few Illusion members deal with it…AND ONE OF THEM IS YAYAKA! She and two others take the fragment and Papika tries to follow, seeing these three are under a different authority, one far more cult-like, so Yayaka’s a villain now.
This may just be the best episode of anything I’ve ever watched. Oh my god it had everything!!!
- Mad Max mixed with Dragon Ball Z mixed with Sailor Moon mixed with a ton of other crazy shit! That was incredible!
- The fighting in this show far exceeds any expectations I could’ve had
- Yayaka being revealed as a potential villain is a crazy twist I never would’ve expected
- WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO SAY?! IT WAS FUCKING AWESOME!!!
Episode Score: 5+/5
Chitose has already developed the biggest head since learning she has a leading role. Heading to a meeting with the main cast, she sees a colleague she worked with in her first project and the ego is in full display at this point. Then she learns that she’s not the lead role, she’s one of five heroines in a harem show. Not only that but they’ll be releasing a CD, even though none of the three girls really have singing experience. The other two girls will be Momoko and Kazuha, the two stars from Chitose’s last project.
And at this point I couldn’t take it anymore. At about the 11:30 mark, I’d completely lost my interest in the show and decided to turn it off. The problem I have with this show is that quite frankly, the lead character is no unlikable, it’s painful to watch her, not to mention a lot of the other characters are extremely unlikable as well. It’s almost like this show is trying to maybe be too real and by doing so, really reduces the entertainment value of it. This show is terrible!
Episode Score: 1/5 ***DROPPED***
The Germanian takeover continues, Eylstadt standing no chance against their blitzkrieg tactics. We’re with a couple of soldiers talking about their chances of winning and they have hope. It’s too bad that hope doesn’t really put a dent in planes and tanks. Back with Izetta an Finé, she announces that she will fight to protect the country. Back with the young soldier from earlier, he awakens from a bombing to see his commanding officer died protecting him and he stands to her the cries and screams of the dying. Finé is horrified knowing all they’re doing now is buying time for civilians to evacuate. The soldier’s name we learn is Jonas, we’ll see if it matters by the end of the episode. The soldiers with Finé demand to join their friends who are being slaughtered, but she refuses, as they can’t protect anything by running into battle just to die. Jonas is still alive and watches as it looks like they’re all about to die in bombings when Izetta using medieval lances from the castle stronghold as weapons to destroy the planes and succeeds…and then hits a tree cause she wasn’t paying attention. She recovers and starts flipping tanks, using a shield of swords to protect herself from tank shells. Finé through morse code tells the soldiers that Izetta is an ally and to fight with her. They join the battle and aid her for the remainder. The Germanian commander cannot believe what he’s hearing, how both a tank unit and air force unit couldn’t defeat an army that had zero tanks of their own. Finé is upset with her, but happy she’s alive. In the end, the soldiers sing (assuming their anthem) upon the Princess’ arrival to them, via Izetta and her flying machine gun. We’re left seeing Finé’s father dying after hearing the news of the White Witch being with his daughter.
- Man this episode was a horror episode for what World War II was like
- Jonas survived!!!
- Izetta looking badass as usual
Episode Score: 4.5/5
Apparently after that Vacuum Butt Cannon, Nozomi seriously injured her hips. Later though she returns in okay condition again and learns what she missed, that there’s three types of Keijo fighters. An “infighter” is a close-range power fighter, an “outfighter” uses their speed to stay away from their opponent while striking and a “counter” fighter basically uses their opponent’s own momentum against them. The three girls have to go get new swimsuits, Nozomi’s still unsure why when Hanabi and Mio show up. Hanabi talks about the Vacuum Butt Cannon, how it’s so strong, it can use air to slice through things. Another elite girl, Rin enters the fray, claiming because Nozomi is capable of such a move, she shouldn’t be in the regular class. Rin is even faster than Sayaka, possibly the fastest out of all the girls. She also gropes Non till she faints. She also claims none of the regular class are different in level, so Nozomi’s wasting her time in that class and should join them in the elite class. She leaves while mentioning a “class-change race” but doesn’t get specific about it. The girls get their classes and Nozomi is asked to see Nagisa about her Vacuum Butt Cannon and is told to not use it again, because the risk of it had girls retire early because of hip problems, which makes me positive that this happened to Nagisa, causing her to become the giant girl she is now, because of the depression she sank into after missing her chance to make her mark in the sport. However, Nozomi begs her to teach her more about it, so she makes Nozomi wear a super tight full-body that makes it impossible for her to stand straight. It makes it impossible for her to train, let alone eating and sleeping, as she’s not allowed to take it off. Meanwhile, Sayaka is training really hard, trying to be as fast as Rin was that day. At the baths, apparently Kazane can read people’s strengths by massaging their butts. During this time, Kazane telling Nozomi she needs to relax her muscles, gives her the idea that helps her learn to use that full-body suit properly. Days later, the schedule for the class-change race comes, which is a four-person battle with one elite member per battle. In order to get into the elite class, you have to defeat that elite member. Nozomi’s elite member is a new girl, Kotone, who wears headphones for some reason. Sayaka of course gets Rin in her battle, Non gets some muscle girl named Atsuko and Kazane has Mio. So next week will be these battles.
- Nozomi continues to get better and better
- Meanwhile, Sayaka and especially Kazane are making their own marks
- They don’t really explain how Nagisa’s rubber suit works, we’re just expected to accept whatever it is
Episode Score: 4.5/5
So the fat idiot is the opponent in Rei’s next match…and boy oh boy is he an idiot. He follows Rei all the way up to his room and keeps trying to talk strategies with him, much to Rei’s frustration. The next day, Rei talks about how much he likes the river and goes to a shrine to pay his respects before a qualifying match and at game time his opponent Issa (who isn’t the fat kid, why aren’t they playing?) is an even bigger idiot. Either way, Rei wins, but he’s forced to treat him and another as a hostess bar…and the hostess is Akari. We see they met through the exact same circumstances, he was left by the two after one night at the bar and she took him home with her. So after I thought they were family, that’s not actually the case. He notes the next day that it was meeting Akari and her sisters that really got him out of a dark place, having people to visit. At the supermarket he runs into the three girls who get upset with him for not visiting for dinner and just buying instant noodles and sweet buns. Through this, they sucker him into helping them and in turn, coming with them for dinner again. During Rei’s internal thinking during this time, we briefly see a car wreck, likely how his parents were killed.
I really want to like this show, but it’s so boring and depressing, not to mention it runs along with shogi, which I know nothing about, so it’s even more confusing to watch. So unfortunately, I’m going to have to drop the show.
- The cats and Momo are literally the only fun things about the show, everything else falls so flat
- I feel like the show tries so hard to make characters likable, but they fail miserably
- The facial expressions in this show are so bad and easily depressing
Episode Score: 2/5 ***DROPPED***
Hayato is approached by a boy who claims to be his best friend. He’s also there to show off the underground site of the school’s photography club, aka HOT, SEXY TOTALLY ILLEGAL PHOTOS!!! Hearing this, Ui and the gang go to the club room, but Rin’s already there causing a ruckus. The president, Honoka waves her off, saying humans pursue beauty, that’s just how it is. Obviously Rin’s not a fan, but Ui interrupts as well. However, Honoka lets Rin and Hayato know that she saw what happened at the festival, so she’s essentially blackmailing them so they can keep doing what they’re doing. The next day, they stop by again and it appears that Rin and Ui have also been added onto the gallery. However, a picture of Rin confuses her, as she knows she doesn’t wear any bras like what’s in the photo. Then for some reason, Honoka starts stripping and the others as well and they start posing for more pictures. Turns out, they photoshopped photos of the girls, hoping to make enough money to get cameras that could work to get the real thing. During the whole exchange though, Ui switched the SD cards and now holds the one with the festival pictures on them. And then she bites the card and ruins it. She offers the club a chance of redemption, to work for them as photographers.
- It’s always fun when there’s more girls making Ui jealous
- The idea of girls making sexy photos of other girls for guys to buy is genius, you know it would totally work
- That is the biggest cocktease I have ever seen, I feel so bad for Hayato this episode
Episode Score: 4/5
A new convict is being brought into Cell 13. As Hajime prepares for him, Seitarou complains that the four prisoners don’t take him seriously, because as we find out, he’s so easily scared that the four pretty much mess with him constantly. So Hajime teaches him how to distract the guys and make them behave, which is actually really easy when Hajime spells it all out. Finally, he reaches the warden who tells him that he’ll be taken to Cell 13, as this prisoner also has a massive jail-breaking record. The new inmate is Tsukumo who looks like he was pulled out of an episode of Naruto and slapped onto this show. Everyone other than Jyugo loves him automatically cause they’re interested in ninjas. Apparently he was arrested for trespassing and has been breaking out ever since. But he gets back to work and challenges Jyugo to see who’s better at breaking out of prison. Hajime naturally catches them real quick and as we find out, Tsukumo’s ninja skills are essentially useless. As it turns out, he’s a missing movie star, not that it’s officially revealed, but if you paid attention, that’s what’s happening. It’s New Year’s Eve so everyone’s cleaning. Naturally Hajime gets Momoko’s office and that goes as hilariously well as you’d expect. Afterwards, all the head guards meet up for some sort of competition between the blocks, but Hajime doesn’t want to bother this year with those five idiots. But Momoko since she thinks he’s so cool, signs up Cell 13 anyway without him knowing yet. The episode ends as the four decide to make a New Year’s jailbreak.
- Momoko has thrusted herself forward as the best character in the show and quite possibly the entire season of anime thus far
- The addition of Tsukumo brings an opportunity for sudden screw-ups
- Nothing to complain about this week
Episode Score: 5/5
Souta ran off after seeing the tanuki and hides at home, yet Poco remains outside, sad, but waiting for him to return. In the morning, Souta goes outside thinking it’s gone, but it’s right back at latches onto his back. Turns out it got caught tearing up the fields nearby. Giving up, he tells the tanuki that he can come to his home when he’s hungry. He feeds him and bathes him after he gets all muddy, as if he was the father of a toddler now. He also makes Poco promise not to show his tail and ears in public. So they go to a store to buy him some actual clothes. Along the way, he reminisces about how things used to be when he was younger and it’s possible on the train he’s sitting near a girl he liked back in high school, but doesn’t say anything to her, just in case it’s not her. At the store, some brat girl knocks over Poco and the mother is ACTUALLY that girl he liked in high school. Officially he has to pick a name for Poco as he’s asked about the tanuki boy’s name. They catch up at a coffee shop, where we learn Souta has a job making videos for online pages. The little girl continues being bratty until Poco calms her down. During this, the mother notes that the two almost look like they’re family. On the way back though, he turns into a tanuki again, too tired to keep his appearance up.
- Poco gets cuter and cuter each episode
- It’s nice to see they’re not spending the anime lamenting on Souta’s parents being deceased
- I’m assuming it’s some mystical legend in Japan, but not really knowing how or why Poco has come to exist really frustrates me
Episode Score: 4/5
Throughout all of Agari’s childhood she strove to be the best, but was always average at best at anything she did. So when ping pong became that thing she was good at, now we understand why it’s such a soft spot for her. But now it’s time for the match for the #1 spot. Once again, everyone assumes Koyori is going to win and have completely thrown Agari away. She takes the first point, but as we know it just makes Koyori happier. She goes up 8-0 at one point, so cue the comeback. And when Agari gets the adulation from the club again, she loses her focus. And the points for Koyori start coming, now tied 8-8. The other girls note this is only happening because Agari won’t play her normal game anymore, instead trying to fight Koyori smash for smash and letting her emotions get the best of her. But out of nowhere, she starts playing her forehand again and takes a 9-8 lead on Koyori. She’s playing the game the way she likes to, not the way that allows her to win. But the game suddenly ends with Koyori winning 11-9, never giving us that moment. But Agari isn’t upset, in the end playing to have fun and not to win. The club members are however a fan of her again and not just devoting all their attention to Koyori.
So I know I took the show off notice last week, but in the end, I’ve decided to drop it after this episode anyways. However, it’s not because it’s a bad show per se, I’ve just come to the conclusion after this week that the show is going to follow a format I know I’m not going to enjoy. I know it’s going to be the same as AOKANA with how Asuka keeps winning matches she shouldn’t be winning (after all, Koyori went from 0-8 to winning 11-9, come on!) and unlike AOKANA having Misaki, there’s no one on this show I’m interested in at all to really keep me invested in the show. I think for those this anime is designed for, they’ll love it. But for me, given my tastes and interests, this show as it moves forward will not be where I want it to be.
- It’s nice to see a less angry Agari for once
- Koyori isn’t losing yet and that really bothers me, you have to lose at some point and I know she won’t lose anything really important as the series goes forward
Episode Score: 3/5 ***DROPPED***
So many of my Top 10s have been about girls and how sexy they are. Whether it’s girls in swimsuits, different sexy anime girls based on their hair colour, anime-specific girls, I’ve made a lot of Top 10s using this kind of topic. So after eleven straight weeks of sexy anime girls with the various hair colour Top 10s, I decided to do something just a little different.
I’m gonna make a Top 10 about good looking anime boys. And I’m gonna do it with 100% comfort!
I’d put a buffer in with this article, but I think yesterday’s post covered that already. So let’s just get to the list!
It’s the body markings, definitely the body markings. Zaveid from Tales of Zestiria, specifically for me the recent anime Tales of Zestiria The X caught my eye for the five minutes of the entire series that we see him. Tall guy, jacked, tanned skin with silver hair (that’s a guarantee A+ look when it comes to female characters for me), that cocky smile of his making him look more badass and then like I said at the start, the body markings are a nice finishing touch to also give him a real unique look to him. I’m sure some of you are thinking right now if there’s any more markings that the pants are hiding. Don’t you lie, if you weren’t thinking about it then, you sure as shit are now!
I’ve never watched Uta no Prince-sama, but I’m come across quite a bit of artwork of Ittoki and he’s a pretty good looking guy. He has both that sexy male charm that would attract a parade of women to come his way, but at the same time there’s a little bit of effeminacy as well that if you’re into more feminine looking boys, he carries just enough of that to grab your attention as well. Also that hair is just awesome, you just want to mess it up over and over again.
Out of all the main characters of Free!, Nagisa’s the one that grabs my attention the most, mainly cause the other guys are all pretty same-y in terms of looks, they’re all tall and jacked to the gills, it really just becomes a preference of hair colour. Where Nagisa being the lone short guy of the group, he’s a bit easier to spot and his size also acts as a way to make him look a little cuter than handsome. Couple that with a speedo and he could almost pass off for an athletic girl who lost her bikini top. Works for me!
While in some cases there is an attraction there, in Archer’s case, there’s none, but goddamn I can’t deny that he is well-designed and I have a full understanding of why girls and boys alike both want to jump this dark-skinned Servant and ride him all night long. Like Zaveid earlier, the dark skin and silver hair is just such a fan-fucking-tastic pairing of colours and Archer carries an even larger amount of swagger and badassery around than Zaveid does. Rin is one hell of a lucky girl!
Y’know all this time I thought Rin from Ao no Exorcist had a tattoo, but it was just hit tail wrapped around him. Sheesh, this is what happens when I learn about characters through just artwork and not actually watching the damn show! He’s a great example of fan art increasing his appearance a ton, as screencaps I’ve seen from the anime doesn’t grab my attention remotely as well. He’s not too jacked to the point he looks like he’ll crush you and he’s also got a bit of cuteness too him. You just want to give him a hug!
I have no idea who this Free! character is, I’m assuming he’s a side character in Free!: Eternal Summer or something, cause I haven’t seen him yet in Octopimp‘s amazing parody series, 50% Off! yet. But when I came across this image of Kisumi, I couldn’t deny just how perfectly designed this swimmer is. Perfect amount of muscle, mixed with the slight feminine tones with his posing and his pinkish hair colour. While Nagisa plays the short and cute card, Kisumi just plays the “I’m fucking adorable!” card and it works in spades.
While not an anime, visual novel Wand of Fortune has some damn good male characters in anime form. Out of all of them, the easy winner is the red-haired Lagi, who isn’t the biggest guy and has a massive love for tight pants. Ding ding ding! As it stands with female characters, Lagi does cheat a little bit by having red hair, but it’s really this specific picture that really grabbed my attention and puts him so high on this list. Just enough of his shirt is riding up that you get his stomach and the lining of his pants where many are probably dreaming about sliding their hands into right now. Just like Zaveid, come on, don’t lie to me, you’re thinking about it!
This is the one sort of biased pick on this list, just because I really loved Suisei no Gargantia and many of the characters in the series. While if I had to pick just one character in the series to bed, I’d hit the female side many times over before I’d reach main character Ledo, he’s still a pretty good looking guy. Smaller frame, very well toned, looks fantastic shirtless and even better when fan art takes the usual swimming trunks he wears in the swimsuit episode and replacing it with a speedo, as pictured above. Geez, the amount of incredible views I’d have if I was on that ship with everyone else in that episode…
A lot of male-loving anime fans are breathing a collective sigh of relief now that an Hetalia: Axis Powers has shown up on this list. While there’s a number of them that are worth noting (United States and Italy, just to name a few), United Kingdom was the easy pick for me. Out of all the characters, it’s oddly enough the fact that he looks so normal that really grabs my attention. He’s not overly jacked, he’s not overly feminine, he doesn’t have crazy hair colours, he’s not wearing crazy outfits, he’s just a really good-looking guy. And that picture above is drawn so well. The union jack looks good on underwear, it’s just a fact.
But in the end, the winner goes to a character that I could conceivably mistake for a girl if I was to approach this MAGI: The Labyrinth of Magic character. Super long hair, gifted by the designer with hips that really do make you question whether he’s a guy or not, a slender frame, there’s a lot to love here. Mix that with all the art and fan art of this character and holy fucking hell is this guy attractive! And this series doesn’t half-ass with girls either, check out Morgiana! The entire show is home to a ton of attractive characters, no matter what you’re into. But I’m picking the best butt from the show and Judar just happens to be the one who has it.
And that’s the list, hope you enjoyed it! It was nice to finally get one of these out, I felt like for a guy who wears the “all sexual content is awesome!” on his sleeve, I really hadn’t been showing any love to male-related sexual content, despite how I really have no real knowledge of it. I don’t actively seek out yaoi content, so actually making this list was strictly on artwork I’ve seen and the odd character in shows I’ve watched where I thought the character was more than just a badass. It’s kinda like that when the majority of shows you watch are designed for straight males.
Either way, thanks again for reading and don’t forget to put your own lists of anime boys in the comments below!