This week we discuss anime boyfriends, regardless of genre. We’ll determine what we like in an anime boyfriend and disclose our favorites. Feel free to share with us your own ideal guys in the comments!
Laura: So how do we define the best anime boyfriend?
Adrienne: I reflected on this and realized that perhaps what I like in an anime boyfriend includes a bit more fantasy than real life. You would think it would be the nice and caring guys for me, but nope! Give me jerks with hearts of gold.
Laura: Haha! I bet we all have a different preference when it comes to guys, so defining what makes a best boyfriend is awfully tough. I seem to like the best-friend type of guys, which is kind of true for me in real life. I like the guys who see the girl as an equal. I was trying to think of which guys I would pick for an anime boyfriend and I came up with some that surprised me. I also really go for the hurting or tragic back-story kind of guys. I guess that’s the nurturing side of me, but it makes for some interesting boyfriends. So Adrienne, let’s hear your first specimen and what you like about them.
Adrienne: For me, Kyouya Sata from Wolf Girl and Black Prince is a pretty decent guy once we get to know him — but I like the relationship between him and Erika Shinohara from beginning to end. He is a pretty aloof guy, but shows his feelings through action. There is also Midorima from Kuroko no Basuke. His weird, aloof personality is actually really cute. I think I favor guys who appear aloof and control their emotions. That’s probably why I’m also a huge fan of Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto. Sasuke is one of those characters, you either love or hate. Tsundere characters are great. At the end of the day, these kinds of guys only show glimpses of their caring selves to very select people. It makes you feel more special.
Laura: Oh geez, Kyouya is sooo sadistic. I couldn’t date him, I’d end up slapping him all the time! I like Sasuke, but more because he’s the type with the tragic story and you just want to nurture those guys. So who would I want as a boyfriend?
One of my ideal guys would be Kirito, or Kirigaya Kazuto, from Sword Art Online. He always has a positive perspective on things, and he treats Asuna as an equal in battle and in everyday living. He’s very considerate and loyal and makes his girl feel special, even when the other girls are drooling over him. I think my next favorite would be Shota Kazehaya from Kimi ni Todoke, the guy-next-door best friend kind of partner. I love how he is true to himself and doesn’t worry about others’ opinion of him. Then there’s my attraction to the tragic back-story guys. I really fell for Kou Tanaka of Ao Haru Ride, even though girls started hating him. But I could really empathize with his grief and I just wanted to love him! He only needed time to pull himself together and he eventually does that. I think that’s why I like Ren Tsuruga of Skip Beat! as well. He punishes himself, and you just want him to forgive himself and make him feel loved!
Adrienne: I understand liking characters with tragic back-stories. Although, I usually extend the sympathy to villains :D. Do you take into account physical attraction?
Laura: Mmm, yeah. I tend to have a thing for guys that are dark haired. That really narrows it down for Japanese guys, eh? haha. What about you?
Adrienne: I like megane, especially bespectacled bastard boyfriends. They are usually dark-haired, too.
Laura: Does that mean you like Rei Ryugazaki from Free! or Kyoya Ootori from Ouran High School Host Club?
Adrienne: Yes, actually! Although Rei isn’t a jerk, just quirky. He reminds me of Midorima. He would be fun to be around as well. I’m sure I’d laugh a lot. I like Kyoya’s facial expressions and his deadpan looks, but he’s not a top favorite of mine looks-wise. However, he meets the bespectacled bastard boyfriend requirements, I think. Ideally, my anime boyfriend will look like Midorima or Nakajima from Gakuen Heaven.
Laura: What’s the funniest crush you’ve ever had on an anime guy, whom you’d want to be your boyfriend?
Adrienne: I’m embarrassed to say this, but I had crushes on a couple of the evil or jerk guys from Yu-Gi-Oh! — Dark Yugi, specifically. I’d like to leave that locked up in the deepest vaults of my memories though.
Laura: Lol. I know what you mean. I have the weirdest crush on Sousake Sagara from Full Metal Panic! I think it’s because I have this military fetish thing, but I really love the heroic type as well. Sousake has no social skills but he makes sense in his own way. He always makes me laugh as well, and I like that in a guy. Add in the dark hair and scar and I was hooked. 🙂 He was one of my first anime boyfriend crushes.
Laura: So if you have to pick just one guy, who would it be?
Adrienne: I’m not quite sure I can narrow it down. I’d probably want a reverse harem of bespectacled jerks! But if I have to choose, it would be Midorima. He’s got the glasses, the tsundere personality and the looks. I think he’d be fun to hang around and we’d get along because we’re both weirdos.
Laura: Hmm. Does that mean I get a reverse harem of military guy-next-door dark-haired heroes? That would be cool. 🙂 If I had to choose just one I think I’d have to go with my first crush, and pick Sousake Sagara. Even though he’s an odd bird, he’d keep me laughing and would be able to come to my rescue any day!