I decided to follow the trend of making a “husbando” list, started by Mechanical Anime Reviews. 😄
⚠️ This article will be spoiler-free ⚠️
#10: Tetsuo (Yūreitō)
Tetsuo uses his wits to get out of some really horrifying situations in Yūreitō, I mean, the first killer uses the hands of a clocktower to stretch out human bodies. Not only that, but he has to struggle with constantly being sexualized and objectified by lecherous men. Despite the many adversities he is forced to face, he maintains the aura of a strait-laced gentleman.
#9: Zelos Wilder (Tales of Symphonia)
Zelos was my first, huge crush on a male character in anime/video game, and I still think he’s a pretty incredible dude. Being the Chosen of Tethe’alla isn’t easy! But despite that, he’s playful and good-humored. Despite carrying the weight of the world and a heavy past on his shoulders! One of the most well-written characters in the Tales franchise!
#8: Subaru Sumeragi (Tokyo Babylon + X/1999)
Subaru is incredibly loving and empathetic towards everyone he encounters on the cold streets of Tokyo’s metropolis. The city streets are amuck with cruelty and injustice, and when Subaru is hired as a spiritualist, there are times where the business breaks his heart. He loves animals and wants to leave the onmyōji business, to someday pursue his dream of being a veterinarian. Subaru is so kind-hearted, that his more street-wise (twin) sister, has to protect him from afar. He becomes a character in a much larger tragedy, but he has a beautiful heart, all the same!
#7: Nozomu Itoshiki (Sayonara Zetsubō-sensei)
“I AM IN DESPAIR!” Nozomu is a really funny and intensely likable character. He’s cynical to a comedic degree, but his social commentary is usually right on the mark.
#6: Aphrodite Pisces (Saint Seiya)
Even though his first and final appearance is short-lived, Aphrodite Pisces left an impression on me. I really admired his battle spirit, he defied the vain stereotype, that rose-wielding antagonists usually fall under. Aphrodite shows contempt when he is honored for his beauty, and not as his power as a warrior.
The close second in my Saint Seiya “husbandos” list is Virgo Shaka. His power of the “Eighth Sense,” the ability the dispossess his enemies of all their senses, was incredibly cool! Not to mention that his origin story was touching, he was an impoverished orphan in India, that meditated until he was able to attain the power of the Cosmos, and serve under Athena! He is also able to manifest himself from Nirvana, later in the series. He is loyal to Saori and kind to the Bronze Saints, despite almost ruthlessly killing Ikki!
#5: Mikazuki Munechika (Tōken Ranbu)
In real life, Mikazuki Munechika is a prized sword in Japan. The “Crescent Moon” blade is nearly a thousand years old (he’s around 900-years-old), it is predicted to have been welded in the 10th to 12th century, and it has never dulled (despite, being used in war by dozens of retainers, over the centuries)! It’s amazing to believe that an artifact like that actually exists. In the anime Mikazuki Munechika or “Jiji”… is coy, clever, and caring. Though, his playfulness can often be perceived as mischievousness, by the other swords in the citadel!
The close second for the “Tōken Ranbu” boys is Sengo Muramasa. Despite being a buff sword-man, he’s soft-hearted towards his retainer and is quite graceful, for his stature!
#4: Seijūrō Akashi (Kuroko’s Basketball)
Though, Seijūrō seems intimidating at first, he’s actually a mixed-up adolescent, that has many internal struggles and is more chūnibyō than genuinely threatening. He’s very short for a basketball player, but he makes up for his small stature with speed and is a formidable rival. After he befriends the main team, he shows a softer side to his personality and has a killer fashion sense!
The close second in my Kuroko’s Basketball “husbandos” list… is Taiga Kagami. He’s hard-working, a good friend, loyal, and has a huge appetite. His speciality is slam-dunking the ball.
#3: Haruka Nanase (Free!)
Haruka’s love of swimming is as pure as newly fallen snow! To the point where he even questions whether he should professionally compete, or just swim for fun. In official art, he’s even drawn as a mermaid a lot of the time! His clearness and clarity makes him stand out, among the other guys in Free!
#2: Kotetsu T. Kaburagi (Tiger & Bunny)
There wouldn’t be a Tiger & Bunny series without Kotetsu. He’s heroic, funny, cares about everyone to an insane extent, and is also an awesome Dad, even though (since he’s a super hero), he’s forced into the role of a workaholic! His relationship with Barnaby is wonderful, too! Those two have great interactions and chemistry! Kotetsu had completely won my heart by the end of the show!
#1: Shin’ichi Kudō (Detective Conan)
Shin’ichi Kudō’s a teenage genius, who’s an all-star soccer player, and has (Ran) the greatest girlfriend in the world! His life would probably be perfect, if he didn’t happen to constantly witness/solve murders! There’s a stereotype that super smart people are usually morally ambiguous, but Shin’ichi’s a great guy! He always does the right thing, even if it shoots him in the foot. His biggest sin is being forced to lie to Ran about being stuck in the body of a little kid, but he does that, so that The Black Organization won’t target her next!
The second greatest Detective Conan “husbando” is Heiji Hattori. He’s as brilliant and kind-hearted as his pal, Shin’ichi, but he’s a country boy. Coming from Osaka, he has a Kansai accent and a girlfriend of his own, Kazuha, who he’s known since childhood. He’s hard-working and self-sufficient, and doesn’t let anyone take care of him. He’s also one of the only people who knows about Shin’ichi’s secret, and he slyly teases him about it.