Cutest Anime Boys You Crushing On

To all the anime boys we’ve loved before


To all of the cutest anime boys we’ve cherished earlier than

Particularly, we’re fascinated by the anime we love — and much more particularly, the anime characters we love. And to slender it down even additional, the anime boys we love. The perfect boys of anime. Because it seems, there are lots of Greatest Boys. So many Greatest Boys that we grew to become overwhelmed and actually had to consider what defines a Greatest Boy.

Once we tried to discover a singular reply to that query, we fell flat. The typical definition in line with anime followers normally lends itself to a healthful do-gooder kind, however y’know… generally the universally acknowledged Greatest Boy of a collection simply isn’t your Greatest Boy. The truth is, it’s not possible to outline what a Greatest Boy is, as a result of it varies drastically between followers. It’s not only a favourite character, it’s somebody you personally discover significantly compelling and intriguing, somebody you take care of due to particular character sides. Or possibly, relying in your velocity, it’s simply somebody you assume is scorching.

Within the spirit of Valentine’s Day, three Polygon staffers got here collectively to mirror on what they see as Greatest Boy materials, and single out a number of the anime boys who outlined what which means for them.

Petrana Radulovic’s boyz

Private definition of Greatest Boy:

Miyuki Shirogane from Love is Struggle


Picture: A-1 Photos

My favourite a part of Shirogane’s design is the deep strains he has underneath his eyes, as a result of my boy is simply so drained. The category president looks like a reserved hardass, however he’s truly simply embarrassed and only a complete sweetheart on the within. He will get very enthusiastic about house! He overanalyzes each social interplay he has with vp Kaguya! He tries very arduous on a regular basis, and he simply must relaxation! He solely deserves good issues.

Mikoto Mikoshiba from Month-to-month Women’ Nozaki-kun


Picture: Doga Kobo

Mikoto is the kind of man who says embarrassingly ahead, flirty issues to women, then instantly regrets it due to how silly they sound out loud. I respect that power. He’s truly extremely shy behind that annoying playboy facade. Mikoto additionally performs lots of courting sims, so I really feel like we’d get alongside IRL.

Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter


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I don’t even know the place to start with this one, as a result of frankly, once I began this listing, I had loudmouth-jerk-with-secret-heart-of-gold Leorio on right here for Hunter x Hunter. However as I’ve watched extra of the present, stoic and noble Kurapika’s quest for full vengeance within the identify of his murdered folks is simply actually vibing with me! Like Suga earlier than, I initially ignored him as a result of he appeared too Reserved and Cool, however he grew on me once I realized how snarky he was. Now he’s completely my favourite character due to the determined measures he’s taking to realize his objective, spiraling deeper and deeper… It’s the tragique backstory for me.

Ana Diaz’s boyz

Private definition of Greatest Boy:

My listing positively skews towards boys I might categorize as “aggressively earnest.” For essentially the most half, I just like the sort of character who wears his coronary heart on his sleeve, and isn’t afraid to point out it. Nonetheless, there are a pair curveballs on this listing that fall extra on the “flawed, chaotic mentor” facet. Regardless, I believe they’re all web good, and I might see myself being pals with any of them on the finish of the day.

Tanjiro Kamado from Demon Slayer

Picture: Funimation

Tanjiro Kamado from Demon Slayer isn’t just a “best boy” for me, he’s additionally the goodest boy I’ve seen in anime, ever. Tanjiro is the epitome of the boy you wish to take residence to fulfill your mother and father. He’s real, loving, and type: his dedication to saving his little sister is unwavering, and it evokes the very best in these round him. That he does this whereas bearing the burden of his mom’s and siblings’ loss of life makes him all of the extra upstanding. He’s actually a major character befitting of the title “hero,” no matter his precise energy degree.

Shoyo Hinata from Haikyuu!!

Picture: Sentai Filmworks

Hinata Shoyo from Haikyuu!! shines — actually. When he jumps as much as spike the ball, the highlight is all on him, and for good cause. He’s superb at volleyball despite his brief stature. He’s so earnest that it makes me cringe, and I like him due to that. When all appears down, Hinata’s pleasure and real love of volleyball cuts by way of the stress of essentially the most intense recreation, and grounds his complete group.

Toru Oikawa from Haikyuu!!

Picture: Sentai Filmworks

Haikyuu!! followers is likely to be questioning what Toru Oikawa is doing on this listing, and to that, I say, “You don’t get it.” A moody fairly boy, Oikawa is a far cry from the earlier two entries on my listing. Sure he bullies different characters, however right here’s what I’ll say about Oikawa: He’s truly one of many extra emotionally complicated characters on Haikyuu!!, and that endears him to me tremendously. As a setter, he’s recognized not for his talent, however for his capacity to deliver out his teammates’ strengths. He’s arguably one of many collection’ most developed characters, and he’s actually my favourite. (Sorry, Hinata.)

Killua Zoldyck from Hunter x Hunter

Picture: Viz Media

Why isn’t Killua Zoldyck the principle character of Hunter x Hunter? Significantly, I might somewhat watch the present with him main it. Whereas Killua is written to assist the viewers see why the principle character, Gon, is so nice, his loving view of Gon simply endears him to me much more. Sure, he’s an murderer, and sure, he’s doubtless killed a whole bunch of characters canonically, however we catch him simply as he’s turning away from all that. Killua is breaking from generations of trauma and forging his personal path. Although he’s robust, all I wish to do is defend him.

Tamaki Suoh from Ouran Host Membership

Picture: Bones Inc.

Everytime I hear the identify Tamaki Suoh, I can’t assist however consider how he refers to himself as “Daddy,” since he’s the founding father of his college membership. Overbearing, annoying, and troublesome, Tamaki is an absolute little one. The factor with Tamaki, although, is that he’s in a position to develop. I truly do recognize how a lot he admires Haruhi Fujioka, his love curiosity, and the way keen he’s to comply with her and let her lead. Whereas he cares about shallow issues like seems or cash, he cares about Haruhi and his pals greater than something.

Satoru Gojo from Jujutsu Kaisen

Picture: MAPPA

Satoru Gojo is a brand new fan favourite for Jujutsu Kasien viewers, and for good cause. He’s goofy! I don’t know what it’s, however one thing about essentially the most highly effective characters being a number of the most down-to-earth actually resonates with me. He’s an exquisite mentor, even when he’s clumsy at instances — he cares in regards to the children and is an effective position mannequin. If I used to be going by way of robust instances, he’s the sort of character that I might flip to.

Kisuke Urahara from Bleach

Picture: Studio Pierrot

Kisuke Urahara was the primary e-boy. There, I stated it. He wears a silly bucket hat and retains his hair lengthy, and like Miyuki Shirogane above, he additionally seems drained on a regular basis. He’s tremendous shady and an asshole, however he additionally isn’t afraid to chop by way of the nonsense and do what’s morally proper. Do the ends justify the means? Urahara would in all probability say sure. And whereas he places Ichigo Kurosaki by way of some actual bullshit, he’s additionally finally accountable for kicking off Ichigo’s journey. He might stand to care about others extra, however issues by some means at all times work out in line with his plan.

Julia Lee’s boyz

Private definition of Greatest Boy:

These are simply boys I believe are neat. I do have some boys in right here which are good boys. They’re pure, they’re guys I might really feel snug setting my pals up with. However a few of these boys usually are not good boys. Even so, I might nonetheless like to carry their arms whereas they presumably attempt to rip my arm off.


Steven Stone from Pokémon

Picture: The Pokémon Firm through Bulbapedia

I like each iteration of Steven Stone from the varied Pokémon media, and I’ve since I used to be younger, however I wish to particularly converse in regards to the model from Pokémon Journeys, the manga. He’s acquired purple eyes and a strong set of steel-type ’mons. He wears a gaudy “champion’s cape” that indicators, sure, he’s the very best round within the Hoenn area, and he proves he’ll sacrifice himself to guard stated area.

Legoshi from Beastars

Picture: Orange/Netflix

Name me a furry. Do it. I don’t even care anymore. Legoshi the wolf is an effective boy, you understand it and I do know it. I might die for Legoshi. He cares a lot about his pals and his rabbit crush Haru. He goes by way of a lot simply to guard her, together with from himself. He’s a loyal doggy boy, and I like him.

Trafalgar Legislation from One Piece


Picture: Toei Animation

When Legislation first confirmed up within the One Piece manga, flipping off the reader, my coronary heart throbbed. I like a silly unhealthy boy, however Eiichiro Oda has additionally achieved a superb job of constructing him into one thing of a goof. The Strawhat Pirates choose on him and poke at him for enjoyable, turning him into a extremely likable character past being a cool ally. He’s additionally a surgeon who has a speaking bear as a companion, and pilots a yellow submarine. What isn’t to love?

Jin from Samurai Champloo


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Samurai Champloo does a great job of constructing all three of the principle characters actually likeable. After I watch Mugen and Jin in fight, the animation is so good, I can’t assist however to type a bit bizarre crush on them. However the episode the place Jin helps Shino escape her destiny and run away? Yeesh, I’m ashamed to speak about how far I fell at that time.

Kotetsu Kaburagi from Tiger & Bunny