10. Hotohori from Fushigi Yuugi
|This is the best Horohori image I could find, shirtless and bearing flowers.|
9. Zechs from Gundam Wing
|For most pilots miles of flowing hair would be a liability Zechs is too pretty to care.|
8. Mephisto from Demon City Shinkjuku
|This is our cel. So we have the closest physical approximation to Mephisto you can have.|
7. Jack Bancoran from Patalliro!
|You can tell he's pretty, he has a Shoujo Rose background.|
6. Aya from Weiss Kruez
|This is a doujin image but it's too hot not to use.|
5. Tsunami from Twilight of the Dark Master
|Tsunami has traded in his red lips for matte black in this shot, it's still hot.|
Tsunami is beautiful in that strange other worldly way that would never work in real life. A man with long white hair, red lips, a black trench coat, and a soft spot for Japanese demon masks would certainly get a few looks, but probably not adoring ones. As an anime character he fares a little better but it's hardly surprising that when we bought a cel of him, he was mislabeled as a "beautiful woman." Gender bending aside no matter how you slice it, he's gorgeous. His soft spoken nature and an ability to wield tremendous amounts of supernatural power certainly don't hurt either.
4. Larva from Vampire Princess Miyu
|Larva's mask is actually pretty cool looking, even if it is a barrier to his lovely face|
Larva is a terrible tease. He spends most of his time hiding his pretty face under a mysterious mask. In fact in the OVA he never takes it off! In the TV series he does get to remove it and reveals knee-weakingly beautiful visage. His lovely periwinkle blue locks fall across his face in lovely accent to his piercing red eyes. In addition to looking pretty, Larva is a powerful demon with god like powers and a keen sense of loyalty or in other words, classically swoon worthy.
3. D from Vampire Hunter D
|Original anime D is who I fell in love with but the Bloodlust film really kicked his pretty factor up a few notches.|
D was my first anime crush. I saw the original anime back when the SciFi channel was still spelled correctly and showed anime once a year. I was immediately smitten with the dark and mysterious vampire hunter. He was originally brought to life by the incomparable combination of Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano, so like Mephisto he was destined to be Amazing. In addition to his perfect pedigree, D appeals to me on a number of levels but his inclusion on this list largely deals with his long flowing hair, his sexy voice and just the inherent sexiness of being a half vampire.
2. Touga and Saionji from Revolutionary Girl Utena
|This is about as pleased as you ever see Soinji but I'd be pleased next to Touga too.|
I'm kind of cheating here by putting two characters together, but these two Ohtori boys are lifelong rivals and constantly comparing and contrasting each other. Touga's greatest appeal is probably that he's voiced by Takehito Koyasu who voices several characters appearing on this list for good reason. But if the voice alone isn't enough to make you melt he's got a a curtain of beautiful red hair with a fetching highlight, rich inviting blue eyes and a penchant for taking off his shirt. He's cocky and confident that makes him both an asshole playboy and irresistible. Like Touga, Saionji is extremely egotistical, but unlike Touga it's not the result of boundless confidence. His attitude is the result of seemingly boundless insecurity. This insecurity doesn't really make you pity him though as it often leads to his unspeakably cruel and disgusting behavior which makes him pretty darn deplorable most of the time. However his flowing green mane, soft violet eyes and similar propensity for shirtlessness smooths that over the evil a little bit when he's practicing Kendo or some other sexy activity that doesn't involve domestic violence. But, I mean there's no getting around the fact that Saionji is a dirtbag, but he's a very pretty dirtbag.
1. Iason Mink from Ai No Kusabi
Naturally the characters in Shounen-Ai are going to be a whole gaggle of pretty boys. Ai no Kusabi is no different and there isn't a single unattractive boy to be seen. Iason is perhaps the best of the best though, remarkably beautiful even in a sea of beauty. Iason isn't the most lovable guy, in fact he's pretty easy to hate but his shiny flowing hair, ice blue eyes and deep commanding voice make it hard to take your eyes off of him. Iason nabs the top spot not because he's our favorite character on the list, but because the vast majority of Iason's character is tied to his beauty. Iason wields the power he does and gets the advantages he does because he's the most beautiful and while it's pretty despicable, it does embody the pretty-boy spirit in the purest way.
So there they are the cream of the crop as far as the sort of what vintage anime has to offer you in terms of objectifying beautiful men. It was a a difficult choice but these beauties managed to come out on top.
Iwould be remiss though in not adding our list of honorable mentions:
Count D - Petshop of Horrors
Darkside - Darkside Blues
Zagato - Magic Knights Rayearth
Yue - Card Captor Sakura
Raven - Virus Buster Serge
Sesshomaru - Inuyasha
Kunzite - Sailor Moon
Ashram - Record of Lodoss War (OVA)
Griffith - Berserk
Those boys are almost as pretty as their listed brethren so be sure to give them a peek if there are any you haven't seen before.
Obviously this list is very subjective, and honestly if you asked a few months from now some of the choices and placements would change. One thing is for certain though, there's enough eye candy here to satisfy any Bishounen lover.
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