Best Boy Winter 2020 (Sunday Sevens)

The Otaku Author Sunday Sevens Best Boy Winter 2020

Hey! Remember the winter 2020 anime season? I know, I know, it seems like forever ago… Well, these were my favourite male characters from then!

Best Boy Winter 2020

Last Sunday I looked back at the Winter 2020 season and I’m doing that’s again, but this time it seems all about the best male characters… well, my favourites anyhow. I enjoyed most of the shows I watched and covered, but when I tried to think about the most interesting male characters there were only a couple that stood out. So, let’s dive in and see who made it!

7. Golem (Somali and the Forest Spirit)

Somali and the Forest Spirit Episode 2 The Golem's Body is Breaking Down

This was possibly the most well fought over position in this list and in the end, the Golem edged out the equally emotionless Kurou Sakuragawa from In/Spectre. Kurou should have easily made this list with his abilities to select futures and never die, but I felt l never connected with him. The Golem, however, was a father and someone that struggles to display outward emotions. For the most part, he absolutely refused to believe that he could experience emotions. I think I mentioned in one of my first reviews of Somali and the Forest Spirit, but I still think that he was a representation of the emotionally closed-off father that is all too commonplace.

6. Ray Starling (Infinite Dendrogram)

Infinite Dendrogram Episode 4 Ray with Nemesis in Second Form

This series was an interesting one because at times it was great, but it was often plagued by slow scenes with heavy exposition. You know, the scenes where everyone is sitting around having dinner while one character tells them (and us) something important. It happened a lot, sometimes several times in one episode. Anyhow, Ray was a perfectly fine main protagonist for this one. He had an unwavering moral position and fought for what he believed to be right. It will be interesting when (and if) he discovers the true nature of the world in which the game is set.

5. Tamotsu Fukuda (ID: Invaded)

ID Invaded Tamotsu Fukuda

This is an odd addition to the best boy category mostly because Fukuda was a serial killer and surely that would warrant him sitting on the villain section. The reason he is here, however, is because I believe he was as much of a victim as anyone else. His condition where he counts everything and memorizes every number he can see must take over his mind so much. His first victim and the time that John Walker became aware of him was himself as he tried to commit suicide and free himself from his own personal hell. In the end, he was the undoing of John Walker and I feel like he went a long way towards redeeming himself. He’s certainly not just a villain.

4. Mirio Togata (My Hero Academia)

My Hero Academia 4 Episode 74 Quirkless Mirio Protecting Eri

In all honesty, I wasn’t totally enamoured with this season of My Hero Academia, but that doesn’t stop Mirio Togata from jumping into the best boy nominations. You’d think Midoriya would have made the list, and he still might, but Mirio was a great addition to the world. He went through more than anyone in this series, losing his quirk and his mentor, but he still managed to fight on and smile. His energy may be a bit much at times, but you can’t fault his drive.

3. Rook Holmes (Infinite Dendrogram)

Infinite Dendrogram Episode 10 Rook and Babylon

For me, Rook Holmes stole the limelight in Infinite Dendrogram. He started out as a fairly standard character and seemed to be set to be a bit of a joke, especially when it was revealed what his profession was and what he thought that sort of person did. Yes, that’s right, he’s a pimp and because of the skills that came with the class, he assumes it has something to do with controlling animals… It was too funny and more so when he would introduce himself. However, that was just the tip of the iceberg. Rook is the son of a detective and a master thief in the real world and has learnt from both. His fight with Hugo was excellent, especially as he seem to work out everything about Hugo… and I mean everything.

2. Kaname Sudo (Darwin’s Game)

Darwin's Game Episode 4 Kaname Weapon Smith

I ended up enjoying this series way more than I thought I would and Kaname was a large part of that. His progression as the series went on was excellent and I felt like it was natural, even taking him through some darker moments and testing his resolve. Ultimately, it helped him see that he was being naive and that forced him to push himself harder. He was the driving force behind the wins in the event and the fight with the Eighth, but at no time did he try to do things on his own. He managed to cultivate a team and gain their trust, even when they began as enemies. I’m hoping for a second season and much more from this show.

1. Akihito Narihisago (ID: Invaded)

ID Invaded Episode 1 Sakaido

Much like Fukuda, Narihisago was a victim and a killer. Admittedly, he only actually killed one person himself, and that guy had it coming, but he had a way with words and was able to turn a serial killer on themselves. That made him the opposite of John Walker, even though it would appear that John Walker was responsible for creating him. It’s all very complicated and I’m not sure the first season explained everything, but it was very satisfying. The moment where Narihisago realised that he was in a Well within a Well and had to come to terms with not seeing his family again was brutal, but also captivating. I really enjoyed this series and he was definitely the most interesting male character from the entire season.

When I was looking back at the Winter 2020 season, it occurred to me that the male characters weren’t nearly as exciting as other seasons and as a result, this list pretty much wrote itself. There were others that had moments but failed to maintain it for the entire season. Next week, I’ll be looking at Best Girl and this one is going to be much harder to narrow down. I’m already looking forward to it!

Obviously, these are just my opinions and I didn’t watch everything that was released. So, would you agree or disagree with my selections? Who were your favourite male characters from Winter 2020? Thanks, again for reading.

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