I’m officially done using the “Best Boy” term and have now switched to “Guys”. There’s no real reason behind it other than I don’t like it. What I do like, however, is this group of anime guys from the 2020 Seasons.
My Top Ten Anime Guys from 2020
So, after watching just twenty-three new shows from the 2020 anime seasons, these are my favourite male anime characters. There’s less for me to choose from this time around thanks to the lower number of seasons I got through, but I still got to hang out with a lot of great characters. So, let’s get into it.
10. Bam (Tower of God)
This may come as a bit of shock, especially as Bam was particularly average and spent most of the season like a lost lamb following Rachel around. However, I’ve locked Bam in based on his potential which this season went to great lengths to set out for us. He is surrounded by mystery. Where did he come from? Why is he the 25th Bam? He’s done more than enough to pique my interest. I hope we get more.
9. Shuuichi Kagaya (Gleipnir)
Shuuichi is another one of those characters that really doesn’t inspire much of anything at the beginning of the season. If anything, without the introduction of Clair, he probably wouldn’t have done anything of note. However, once the reality of the situation started to become clear, he stepped up and really grabbed hold of his life. It was a crazy character arc, but I really enjoyed it and was happy to see how much he’d grown.
9. Yuuki (Princess Connect! Re:Dive)
Oh wow! I’ve picked yet another “everyman”. In this series, which is based on a mobile game, Yuuki is basically the player so they’ve intentionally kept him as bland as possible so that everyone can see themselves in that role. However, much like Bam, Yuuki has a lot of mystery around his history and that was one of the elements that really lifted this series to the next level. Without him, it was already great, but he added more mystery and some great comedic moments.
7. Retto Enjou (Super HxEros)
I had a lot of fun with Super HxEros and the girls were obviously a large part of that. It wouldn’t have worked, however, without Retto. In this instance, he wasn’t the bland and boring harem protagonist. From the start, he was already powerful and determined. On the whole, I enjoyed this series far more than I expected and Retto was a relatable and interesting character.
6. Bell Cranel (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? III)
I’ll be the first to admit that the latest season of DanMachi really didn’t hit the heights of the first season, however, it’s hard to not give Bell the credit he deserves. He really went through the wringer in this season, much like he always does, but he always does what he thinks is right, regardless of the consequences. I’m still completely invested in Bell’s journey so I will continue to follow his progress.
5. Kyo Soma (Fruits Basket)
In the battle for Tohru’s heart, I was always on Kyo’s side. Part of that was that I didn’t really care for Yuki, but this last season did a lot to show us his past and move him forward. Kyo, however, only really had little snippets of his past revealed, and they raised even more questions. I’ve spent a bit of time speculating on the future of Fruits Basket, and Kyo has been a central part of that. I can’t wait for the final season where, hopefully, all my theories will be confirmed.
4. Kaburagi (Deca-Dence)
I had a lot of issues with Deca-Dence, but the quality of the characters was not one of them. If anything, they made this series far more enjoyable and really gave it life. Kaburagi is a great character. He was interesting for several reasons. Firstly, there was the past where he was faced with being treated as a bug but accepted another role within Deca-Dence to save his life. After years of this new role, he was ready to give up, but then Natsume walked into his life and he found a new reason to live.
3. Khun (Tower of God)
I like to think of myself as a bit of a strategist. My favourite games often involve lots of strategy and planning. That seems to make me that much more appreciative of the great minds in anime. Khun is most definitely one of those characters. He always appears to have a trick up his sleeve and often doesn’t give everyone the full picture, even his own team. It’s going to be interesting to see how that develops and whether he ends up becoming a complete rogue.
2. Kaname Sudo (Darwin’s Game)
Kaname is another of those characters that went on a journey. He started the series just being your average high school student who was thrown into a game of life and death. It took a little while for him to get acquainted with what was happening, but once he did, he became a brutal and determined character. It goes to show just how far a character can develop when pushed too far. This is another series that I am desperately waiting for a second season.
1. Akihito Narihisago (ID: Invaded)
ID: Invaded was a great series and Akihito Narihisago was a fantastic character. His darker nature made for some truly inspired moments, and the fact that he was focused on making bad people kill themselves, it made him somewhat sympathetic. He was a morally grey character and there really aren’t enough of those that truly walk the line. His backstory was tragic and it showed the motivation for him to do what he does, and once more, it’s hard not to agree with his choices.
As with my favourite anime from 2020, there are still lots of shows that I intend to get to. So, if you’re favourite male character didn’t make it, there’s a chance that I haven’t seen it yet. I’m not going to update this list in the future, but I’m sure I’ll find a way to celebrate anyone else that I think deserves it. Who were your favourite anime guys in 2020?