Get ready to drown in an ocean of attractive male characters, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and with our list of Top 25 Best Eye-Catching Bishounen Anime of All Time! Get ready to be bewitched, captivated and left fantasizing about these fictional anime characters in this list.
Of course you like anime, but sometimes you need anime with eye candy for the fangirl in you. So are you looking for anime with hot guys you can freely drool over? With little or no need to necessarily focus on the plot? Or do you want something you can enjoy both the story AND the bishounen characters of the show?
Here is our recommended dose of the Top 25 Best Eye-Catching Bishounen Anime of All Time! Filled with love, adventures, comedy and trouble, stick with us until the end!
But before we get into our list, for the uninitiated and the new beginners to anime;
What are bishounen anime?
Probably all of you know the meaning of “Bishounen” but, for those new to the term, Bishounen also known as bishie is a combination of the terms “bi”, meaning beauty and “shounen” meaning boy, literally translating to beautiful boy. These “beautiful boys” are famous for their feminine aspects, angel-like features, grace, elegance and sometimes supernatural powers, and have found their place in Japanese light novels, manga, anime, games, pop boy bands, glamorous rock stars, and actors.
Bishounen anime, usually, are made for a female audience in mind, but there are some bishounen anime that manage to captivate guys, too. So without further adieu here are bishounen anime with some of the sweetest stories and a large helping of ridiculously handsome boys in no particular order!
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
Binan Koukou Chikyuu Boueibu LOVE!
- Studios: Diomedéa (other seasons by Studio Comet)
- Episodes: 36 + OVA
- Aired: Winter 2015
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! is a bishounen anime that’s a mahou shoujo parody, with general witty dialogues, self-aware humor, pretty boys, magical transformation to magical warriors and overall comfy atmosphere.
Binan is a city somewhere in Japan. The Earth Defense Club at Binan High School was a club that did absolutely nothing. When club members Atsushi Kinugawa and En Yufuin were chilling out while soaking in the hot tub at the bathhouse Kurotamayu, a pink beast (Wombat) suddenly appeared out of thin air. I want to save this planet… can you please lend me your strength? The two feel the mood has been ruined by Wombat who talks to them in Japanese about how he wants to save Earth with the power of love. Just then, the son of the bathhouse owner Yumoto Hakone shows up, and as soon as he sees Wombat, he chases it, screaming Let me fluff you up! The next day, Kinugawa and Yufuin are caught by Wombat once again at school along with the other club members Io Naruko and Ryu Zaou.. Bracelets were clasped onto the wrist of these four, along with Yumoto Hakone who bumped into them chasing after Wombat, with a command that they must save the earth. It’s about love-making they hear as a bright light emanating from the bracelet envelops their entire bodies, and the five transform into Battle Lovers, the heirs of the throne of love…
I really enjoyed all the episodes of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! From the outrageous and hilarious humor, to the self-aware characters, to the heart tugging string scenes. It is a bishounen anime that doesn’t take itself too seriously and it is better for it making it a light-hearted and memorable show.
- Studios: Studio Deen
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Spring 2008
Vampire Knight is a bishounen anime with a devastatingly well-written story with drama, emotional struggles and tragic pasts, great characters and an absolutely beautiful setting. Vampire Knight is not a flowery romantic comedy, but it is an anime filled with pretty anime vampire boys.
Yuuki’s earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, where she was attacked by a vampire… And then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Cross Yuuki, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her childhood crush, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Kiryuu Zero, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions. Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death.
Overall as a bishounen anime Vampire Knight is a good show for the teenage girl/fangirls in bishounen fans, the heroine doesn’t have a lot of admirable qualities but if you want to watch a show with a cute girl getting bitten by various hot anime guys, you will love this anime.
King From Now On!
Kyou kara Maou!
- Studios: Studio Deen
- Episodes: 117 + OVA
- Aired: Spring 2004
As a bishounen anime King From Now On! or Kyou kara Maou! is rather decent, the plot development flow is very entertaining with adventure that is good and gripping, with the bonus of eye candy characters that are likeable to a comedic extent.
Yuri Shibuya was living a pretty normal life. That changed the day he was dunked into a toilet after an attempt to save a classmate from a gang of bullies. Instead of just getting a good soaking, he’s pulled in. The next thing he knows, he’s in a world that vaguely resembles medieval Europe. If that’s not odd enough, he’s told that he is to be the next Maoh, just because he has black hair and black eyes. The Maoh is the King of the Mazoku, who are coexisting not-so-peacefully with the humans in this world. Much to his subject’s dismay, he’s totally different from the rulers they’re accustomed to. He’s kind, considerate, a believer in justice, and not willing to use violence to solve conflicts. Not exactly someone they want running a country on the very brink of war. Now, Yuri has to deal with trying to become a good Maoh, while at the same time attempting to adapt to this land’s customs and culture, all in a world where the tension between the humans and Mazoku is reaching its peak.
King From Now On! is a lighthearted bishounen which really created characters you will fall in love with, dark undertone elements, with a dash of shounen-ai, crossdressing boys and much more. It’s an anime that might leave you wanting more when you finish the final episode.
Miracle Train: Welcome to the Oedo Line
Miracle☆Train: Oedo-sen e Youkoso
- Studios: Yumeta Company
- Episodes: 13 + OVA
- Aired: Fall 2009
Miracle Train: Welcome to the Oedo Line is an original bishounen anime that’s not just another series with pretty men. It’s an anime with deeper meaning, and unique characters with relatable everyday problems.
Have you heard of this rumor? There is a Japanese urban legend about an underground subway line that can move without limit. Miracle Train is a Japanese webcomic and anime about 6 handsome gentlemen who are personifications of train stations on the Oedo Line in Tokyo, Japan. According to their conductor and female guide, women with worries or insecurities can ride the train, and the 6 men will ease their fears. So, are you ready to ride the Miracle Train? The next passenger could be you.
Miracle Train: Welcome to the Oedo Line might have been made with bishounen fans in mind but it was educational (teaching the viewers history about Japan’s Oedo Line), funny and felt like a slice of life anime at some points. It is not a masterpiece but it is definitely a good watch you will enjoy.
- Studios: Studio Deen
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Spring 2009
07-Ghost is a slow burn bishounen anime plot wise, but is truly enjoyable to watch. Very pleasing to the eyes of a bishounen fan and moments that sometimes succeed or fail at tugging at your heartstrings.
Teased unmercifully for his past as an orphan and a slave, Teito has only his best friend Mikage to ease his days at the elite Barsburg Academy – and his mastery of the magical art of Zaiphon! But even that will not be enough to save him when he discovers a horrifying secret behind the ruling Empire. Trapped in an ancient battle between a wicked Death God and the Seven Ghosts and guided by three mysterious priests, Teito discovers a power that could save the world… and shed light on his own mysterious past.
07-Ghost might make you on an emotional rollercoaster of laughing, crying, anger, despair, hate, joy, love and acceptance. But even though 07-Ghost might not be for everyone, it’s a bishounen anime with a slow-moving plot that may be tedious for some but if you give it a chance it will get its hooks into you.
Hetalia Axis Powers
- Studios: Studio Deen
- Episodes: 135 + OVA
- Aired: Winter 2009
Even though Hetalia Axis Powers episodes are short, you will be rewarded with some of the most adorable anime guys while learning something about their nations. It is a bishounen anime that despite the lack of plot, It still manages to be hilarious, idiotic, and clever all at the same time.
What if nations were people? What traits would they have? What would this mean for historical events? What if every nation is a pretty boy instead? A hilariously stereotypical pretty boy. America loves burgers, Russia is into vodka, and China has pandas and a Wok.
Hetalia Axis Powers takes these questions and runs with them, personifying countries into characters. The show takes a comedic and light approach to politics and historical events while educating the viewer. Taking place primarily during the events of World War I and World War II, the story focuses on the Axis Powers and occasionally throws the spotlight onto the tumultuous relationship between the Allied Forces. The Axis Powers feature the titular character North Italy, who is clumsy, carefree and loves pasta; Germany, who is very serious but easily flustered; and Japan, who is stoic but has bizarre interests.
Hetalia Axis Powers is the perfect bishounen anime to watch if your brain just needs a break from thinking. Requiring almost no effort to watch, unlike a lot of the more twisty-turney suspense filled animes out there. It is also a good watch if you’re feeling a bit sad, and want some cheering up, offering a laugh or two.
- Studios: Brain’s Base
- Episodes: 12 + OVA
- Aired: Winter 2013
Want to watch a bishounen anime where the main character is surrounded by handsome boys and gets a new boyfriend every four episodes then Amnesia is just what you need to fulfill this! Get caught in an entanglement.
After fainting at work, a young lady awakens in the back room of the café she works at with no memory of her life or those around her. Two of her friends, whom she soon learns are named Shin and Toma, are called to help her get home safely. Once she is alone, she meets a spectral boy named Orion that only she can see and hear. He explains that she lost her memories because of his chance visit to her world, so he vows to help her remember who she is.
Amnesia does struggle with its story but does well with its art and music. It also does a good job at giving every fangirl their love scenes with their favourite guy. Amnesia is definitely not for everyone but for an anime that was created from an otome game, it is not a failure.
Close The Last Door
Saigo no Door wo Shimero!
- Studios: Phoenix Entertainment
- Episodes: OVA
- Aired: Spring 2007
Close The Last Door is a bishounen anime about unrequited love, light humour and a pace of the speech that can be entertaining. And with plenty of eye candy for the bishounen fan.
What would you do if your crush of many years suddenly got married?! After attending his beloved Saitoh’s wedding, broken-hearted Nagai gets a little too drunk for his own good and lands himself in a hotel room with the bride’s guest, Honda. To top things off, just when he thought he was getting over things he finds out that newlywed Saitoh’s bride has run away. What will become of this developing love-triangle?
The ending of Close The Last Door was really unexpected. Leaving fans of the series wanting more. It will definitely leave you laughing sometimes.
Inu X Boku Secret Service
Inu X Boku SS
- Studios: David Production
- Episodes: 12 + OVA
- Aired: Winter 2012
As a bishounen anime, Inu X Boku Secret Service is a series anyone can watch thanks to both shōjo and shōnen elements, creating a light-hearted romantic comedy with interesting characters.
The elite and beautiful Ririchiyo Shirakiin has a bad habit—she can’t help but lash out at people with her vicious tongue, all while hiding behind a mask of haughty cool. This attitude has a lot to do with people minding her business because of the Shirakiin family name, but it troubles Ririchiyo to no end. In search of independence and solitude, she moves to the Maison de Ayakashi, an apartment building full of wealthy tenants and with its own Secret Service. Ririchiyo is eager to be alone, but upon her arrival, she is greeted by Soushi, an SS agent arranged for her by her parents. Ririchiyo tries to turn Soushi away, but Soushi’s dogged devotion to his new mistress will not be deterred. The threat against the residents of the Maison de Ayakashi are not to be taken lightly, after all. And despite his puppy-like demeanor, Soushi is not to be trifled with either…
With an enjoyable plot, great music and interesting characters, Inu X Boku Secret Service is a series that looks at how the environment and peers influence and shape us, and whether these changes are good or bad.
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion
Code Geass: Hangyaku no Lelouch
- Studios: Sunrise
- Episodes: 50 + OVA
- Aired: Fall 2006
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion is a favourite for a lot of anime enthusiasts, with its over the top action, amazing dialogue, eye-catching visuals and young and attractive soldiers like Lelouch’s, whose eyes made a lot of fangirls succumb to his power.
In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia established itself as a dominant military nation, starting with the conquest of Japan. Renamed to Area 11 after its swift defeat, Japan has seen significant resistance against these tyrants in an attempt to regain independence.
Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student, unfortunately finds himself caught in a crossfire between the Britannian and the Area 11 rebel armed forces. He is able to escape, however, thanks to the timely appearance of a mysterious girl named C.C., who bestows upon him Geass, the “Power of Kings.” Realizing the vast potential of his newfound “power of absolute obedience,” Lelouch embarks upon a perilous journey as the masked vigilante known as Zero, leading a merciless onslaught against Britannia in order to get revenge once and for all.From MAL
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion as a bishounen anime is a great anime that will have you smiling, then crying the next. Code Geass is one of those rare anime that you might go in skeptical but will end up truly entertained, wondering which side will win and lose.
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- Studios: TMS Entertainment
- Episodes: 50+
- Aired: Spring 2019
Fruits Basket is a mix of everything we love. A masterpiece, the plot follows an extraordinary family that delivers a beautiful message to an entire generation. Told through several characters we get to see their growth and acceptance of themselves for who they are.
Tohru Honda has been living in a tent since her mother dies in a car accident, but ends up living instead with Yuki Sohma, her school’s “prince“, along with his relatives Shigure and Kyo. But Tohru soon discovers that the Sohma clan has a secret of it’s own: certain members of the family are possessed by the animals of the Zodiac, so whenever they are hugged by a member of the opposite sex they turn into that animal! Tohru promises to keep their secret and vows to somehow break the curse, and she may just end up healing the Sohma clan members in other ways as well. But what can one girl do, especially when it seems that she may have been part of someone’s plan all along . . .
Fruits Basket is a bishounen covering a lot of genres, that I would recommend to anyone that likes comedy, romance, tragedy and friendship but mainly a story about life itself. With strong emotional moments, beautiful music and smooth animations, this is a bishounen anime that is a must watch.
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Episodes: 46 + OVA
- Aired: Fall 2008
Black Butler was a beautiful and haunting ride that took me on an emotional rollercoaster and just came together beautifully and created a bishounen anime that was an enjoyable watch.
Just a stone’s throw from London lies the manor house of the illustrious Phantomhive earldom and its master, one Ciel Phantomhive. Earl Phantomhive is a giant in the world of commerce, Queen Victoria’s faithful servant and a slip of a twelve-year-old boy. Fortunately his loyal butler Sebastian is ever at his side, ready to carry out the young master’s wishes. And whether Sebastian is called to save a dinner party gone awry or probe the dark secrets of London’s underbelly, there apparently is nothing Sebastian cannot do. In fact, one might even say Sebastian is too good to be true or at least, too good to be human.
Even though Black Butler is a poster-boy bishounen anime made for fangirls, it is definitely not for everyone, the story can be tedious to follow and require your full attention not to miss anything but definitely for the bishounen fan who wants mystery and a little action in their bishounen.
- Studios: Zexcs
- Episodes: 24 + OVA
- Aired: Fall 2013
Diabolik Lovers is a reverse harem and a bishounen anime, with another set of vampires! With six different yet gorgeous vampire siblings fawning over one human girl. That is definitely for the masochist bishounen fan.
The manga adaptation of the otome game. The story centers around the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers and a girl, Komori Yui, who goes to live with them. Yui Komori is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school — a night school for entertainers and celebrities — due to her father’s work. There are rumors that there are vampires among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the Sakamaki brothers.
Diabolik Lovers is a bishounen anime, that’s definitely not for everyone but maybe a select few but it is a bishounen anime so it’s good to have a taste of everything.
Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
- Studios: Artland
- Episodes: 203 + OVA
- Aired: Fall 2006
Reborn! is a bishounen anime that ticks all the dots from being outstandingly well made anime, cute guys, to adorable chibi mascots you’ll just want to take home. I definitely recommend that you watch it if comedy and action is your cup of tea.
Tsuna comes home one day, only to be greeted by a little baby mafioso who apparently is his new home tutor. His job is to guide Tsuna into his role as the 10th Boss of the Vongola mafia family. With the help of all his new friends and an array of special items such as the “Dying Will Bullet”, he might just be able to do it.
Even though Reborn! Starts off slow, it quickly changes the pace after a few episodes. It would be sad to miss out on the emotional rollercoaster that is Reborn! I laughed, got sad, felt elated when they overcame an obstacle and just felt so attached to the characters at the end of the series.
Samurai Jam: Bakumatsu Rock
- Studios: Studio Deen
- Episodes: 12 + OVA
- Aired: Summer 2014
Samurai Jam: Bakumatsu Rock is a bishounen anime filled with rock and roll and shirtless cute guys. It’s not great, but it’s not bad the few things that make it different really make it fun to watch.
The story is set in the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns’ rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century. The Tokugawa shogunate uses the brainwashing Heaven’s Songs by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the Heaven’s Songs is a capital offense. Ryōma Sakamoto and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock ‘n’ roll for freedom and justice.from wikipedia
Samurai Jam: Bakumatsu Rock shines at being an in your face rock and roll bishounen anime, that’s pretty fun and upbeat. It is definitely for the music loving bishounen fan.
Natsume’s Book of Friends
- Studios: Brain’s Base
- Episodes: 74 + OVA
- Aired: Summer 2008
Natsume’s Book of Friends is not your typical bishounen anime, it has a lot going for it that it feels like the bishie factor was added in as an afterthought. It’s an anime that offers a beautiful experience that I think everyone should watch.
Natsume’s just an ordinary kid, except he can see spirits, just like his grandma Reiko could. Reiko, though, used to bully the spirits, and bound them to her will in the Book of Friends. Now that Natsume has inherited this book, a never-ending stream of spirits is coming after him. With the help of a spirit cat (who really just wants Natsume to die so he can have the book), Natsume spends his days dissolving the contracts that bind the spirits and trying not to get killed.
It’s a bishounen anime that offers a very relaxing, heartwarming, powerful and thought-provoking experience. The amount of emotions you’ll experience is nothing short of incredible. Natsume’s Book of Friends is a masterpiece that left me enthralled.
- Studios: GoHands
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Fall 2012
K-Project is a bishie made for a bishounen fan, who wants to fill their eyes with hot guys. It’s an anime that is more than what it looks like at first glance. The K-Project plot is tragic, dark and deep. Looking at the story of betrayal, friendship, sacrifice and the bond that can be formed from these situations.
“Kings” are individuals who have been bestowed with incredible supernatural powers and granted the ability to recruit others into their clans. Protecting the lives and honor of their clansmen is an integral part of the Kings’ duties. After a video depicting the heinous murder of a Red Clansman spreads virally, the unassuming student Yashiro Isana is accused of homicide. Now, a manhunt is underway for his head, bringing him into contact with the infamous “Black Dog” Kurou Yatogami—a skilled swordsman and martial artist determined to follow the wishes of his late master, the Seventh King.
Meanwhile, the current Red King, Mikoto Suou, faces his own imminent demise as the search for Yashiro narrows. But during Yashiro’s struggle to prove his innocence, a greater conspiracy is unraveling behind the scenes; clouds begin to appear in his memory, and close friends start to question his very existence. What began as a simple murder is now leading towards a full blown war between Kings with the very fate of the world at stake.from MAL
K-Project is a bishie anime for fans of the genre that would like some supernatural action with an interesting mystery plot.
Ouran High School Host Club
Ouran Koukou Host Club
- Studios: Bones
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: Spring 2006
Ouran High School Host Club is a fun bishounen anime with cute guys, wackiness to fall you off your seat laughing and characters you can really relate to. It’s a reverse harem anime series that was done well.
In this screwball romantic comedy, Haruhi, a poor girl at a rich kids’ school, is forced to repay an $80,000 debt by working for the school’s swankiest, all-male club–as a boy! There, she discovers just how wealthy the six members are and how different the rich are from everybody else… Not realizing she’s female due to her appearance, they fix her up and give her a male uniform. She’s an instant hit, so they decide to have her keep up the charade even after they find out the truth. Haruhi, being common almost to a fault, doesn’t know what to make of the unconventional activities of the Host Club (or of the even more unconventional members), but having little choice, she plays along. Before long, real bonds are formed, friends made, and Haruhi finds herself accepted in a way she could never have been otherwise in this affluent school.
Ouran High School Host Club is the perfect balance for bishie fans looking for laughs, romance, emotional moments, or liked boys that are classified as the prince-type, loli-shota type, cool type, devil type or a natural rookie type. It is a must watch.
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru
- Studios: Doga Kobo
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Fall 2016
Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru is a bishounen anime for the fan of the bishie genre who likes time travel plots and the idea of swords turning into young handsome men. And with each bishounen character with their own unique type from the shy type, to the bad boy type, etc there is a lot to like about Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru.
The year is 2205. The “historical retrograde army” have begun attacks on the past in their plot to change history. The Saniwa, who have been charged with protecting history, can imbue life into objects. Strongest among these are the Token Danshi, swordsmen who had originally lived as legendary swords. The story centers around their cheerful lives.
Fair warning, some people have complained that you need to have knowledge of the source material of Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru to understand the anime. But I honestly don’t think you need to, to watch cute anime boys doing cute stuff.
Kuroko no Basuke
- Studios: Production I.G
- Episodes: 75 + OVA
- Aired: Spring 2012
Kuroko’s Basketball is a bishie for the sport fan, with outrageous basketball skills and young muscular athletic guy with gorgeous faces. It is a bishounen sports anime that even fans that are not really into sports anime will find fun and entertaining to watch.
Kuroko’s Basketball follows the journey of Seirin’s players as they attempt to become the best Japanese high school team by winning the Interhigh Championship. To reach their goal, they have to cross pathways with several powerful teams, some of which have one of the five players with godlike abilities, whom Kuroko and Taiga make a pact to defeat.
Kuroko’s Basketball manages to capture your interest in the game being played and relate the thrilling games to unrelated moments in our lives. It is a story about underdogs, determined characters, comedy and portrays basketball in a realistic but not too realistic way.
The Best Bishounen Anime of All Time Honourable Mentions
Sorcery Fight (Jujutsu Kaisen)
Episodes: 24 | Aired: Fall 2020 | Studios: MAPPA
Episodes: 366 + OVA | Aired: Fall 2004 | Studios: Studio Pierrot
The Prince of Tennis (Tennis no Ouji-sama)
Episodes: 217 + OVA | Aired: Fall 2004 | Studios: Trans Arts
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East (Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun)
Episodes: 26 + OVA | Aired: Winter 2013 | Studios: Studio Deen
Dance with Devils
Episodes: 12 | Aired: Fall 2015 | Studios: Brain’s Base
Yuri!!! on Ice
Episodes: 12 + OVA | Aired: Fall 2016 | Studios: MAPPA
Bonus Round of The Best Bishounen Anime of All Time
Snow White with the Red Hair (Akagami no Shirayuki-hime)
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (Hakuouki)
Bungo Stray Dogs (Bungou Stray Dogs)
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign (Owari no Seraph)
The Seven Metamorphoses of Yamato Nadeshiko (Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge♥)
Uta no Prince Sama
Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 1000%
- Studios: A-1 Pictures
- Episodes: 52 + OVA
- Aired: Summer 2011
At the surface Uta no Prince Sama looks like another reverse-harem otome bishounen anime, but it’s actually much better than that. We have a strong female lead that doesn’t fall into the shadows of her six cute male anime characters vying for her attention, she has personality.
Nanami Haruka is a shy teenage girl who has a dream to become a talented songwriter. She is accepted by Saotome Gakuen, an elite entertainment industry school developed for the sole purpose of nurturing future idols. The classes are taught by famous idols; facilities include top notch recording studios and live theaters. Most importantly, only a small portion of the most talented, natural born idol students are allowed into the prestigious Shining Agency after graduation and introduced to the nation. The school randomly pairs up a singer to a song writer but as fate would have it, Haruka ends up being paired with 3 very different boys all striving to become the next big idol; Ittoki Otoya is upbeat and lively, Shinomiya Natsuki is bright and intelligent, Hijirikawa Masato is cool and calm. Haruka, determined to make all three boys into future idols must work harder than anyone else and overcome her shy personality if she wants to reach her dream.
Uta no Prince Sama is a bishie anime that has a sexy guy for each bishounen anime fan from the cute innocent one, the serious one, the yandere one, the tsundere, the ladies man, to the I’m-gonna-be-completely-rude-to-you-because-I-can-do-everything-on-my-own-but-I’ll-warm-up-to-you-eventually one. There are also yaoi elements in the plot, overall Uta no Prince Sama is interesting and entertaining for a bishie fan.
- Studios: TMS Entertainment
- Episodes: 25 + OVA
- Aired: Fall 2012
Kamisama Kiss is a lighthearted shoujo bishie anime with supernatural elements, that’s a charming little gem that is a bit strange on the surface. Presenting romance and comedy in a way that in short of words is cute.
Momozono Nanami’s dad, a man with a penchant for gambling, disappeared after accumulating a huge amount of debt. Thus, she was chased out of her house by the debt collectors. When she met a timid man being chased by a dog, he told her that he’d give her his house. She believed his persuasive talk, but when she went to his house… it turned out to be a shrine. Moreover, a guy with fox ears appeared, which made Nanami even more confused. What will become of homeless and confused Nanami?
Kamisama Kiss is a bishounen made for the fans of the genre that love seeing handsome anime guys but are romantics at heart. It is not a very mainstream series but it is lighthearted, sweet with a dash of supernatural occurrences and has all the eye candy a bishie fan would want.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Arslan Senki (TV)
- Studios: SANZIGEN, LIDENFILMS
- Episodes: 33 + OVA
- Aired: Spring 2015
If you’re interested in a war story with interesting storytelling, strong characterization, and the journey of a prince and his motley crew, with a mixture of fantasy, strategy and adventure, then The Heroic Legend of Arslan is the bishounen anime that I would prescribe for you.
As an unnaturally heavy mist descends on the battlefield, King Andragoras and his most valued officers confer. When Daryoon, a young but highly skilled officer, voices his reluctance to send men into battle under these conditions, the king, unstable and enraged, banishes him. Now, Daryoon’s new mission is to ensure the safety of the King’s only son, Prince Arislan. Daryoon and Prince Arislan set off on a quest of their own, but they can’t succeed alone. They must convince both the Lord Narsus and his companion, the archer Elam, Gieve and Falangies to join them in their quest to somehow help the soldiers win the war. Now a group of only six they must somehow overcome an enemy of 300,000 soldiers! These unlikely soldiers have fate on their side, so anything can happen!
The Heroic Legend of Arslan has a bishie anime as its flaws, but it’s still well worth the watch plus the handsome anime guys should more than make up for it, for a bishounen fan who’s interested in watching a good war anime.
Yona of the Dawn
Akatsuki no Yona
- Studios: Studio Pierrot
- Episodes: 24 + OVA
- Aired: Fall 2014
With a fantastic plot, Hak, Zeno, Jae-ha, Soo Won, Shin-ah, and Ki-ja are six eye candy anime guys. Yona of the Dawn is a bishounen fans paradise. Combining humour, serious moments, classical shoujo moments and a strong female lead, Yona of the Dawn does a lot of things right.
Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father’s murder!
Yona of the Dawn is a solid bishounen anime worth the time of all anime fans even non bishie fans and is a good starter anime for anyone who is just getting into the bishounen genre. Yona of the Dawn is a complete pleasure and a must watch for the uninitiated.
Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club
- Studios: Kyoto Animation, Animation Do
- Episodes:37 + OVA
- Aired: Summer 2013
Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club is a bishounen filled with topless wet muscular hunks and beautiful faces. It is a series adored by bishie fangirls and fanboys alike for its constant fanservice and fantastic plot. It’s an anime with both brains and beauty.
Haruka Nanase has a love for water and a passion for swimming. In elementary school, he competed in and won a relay race with his three friends Rin Matsuoka, Nagisa Hazuki, and Makoto Tachibana. After claiming victory at the tournament, the four friends went their separate ways. Years later, they reunite as high school students; however, Rin couldn’t care less about returning to the way things used to be. Not only does he attend a different school, but the sole thing important to him is proving that he is a better swimmer than Haruka.
After the bitter reunion, Haruka, Nagisa, and Makoto decide to form the Iwatobi High School Swim Club, but they will need a fourth member if they hope to take part in the upcoming tournament. Enter Rei Ryuugazaki, a former member of the track team whom Nagisa recruits. As the time to compete draws near, the four develop a close bond while training intensely to come out on top and settle things between Haruka and Rin once and for all.from MAL
Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club is a bishounen fans dream, with drama, some suggestive yaoi moments, emotions, sports, suspense, competition, determination, friendship and did I mention beautiful faces. Its an anime all bishie fans should check out.
And with that I am done with my Top 25 Best Eye-Catching Bishounen Anime of All Time! Thank you for sticking around to the end and I hope you found some new bishie to add to your watch list if you are old or new to the genre.
What do you think of our 25? Is there a bishounen anime you think we should have mention give us a piece of your mind in the comment section below. Hope you enjoyed reading this even more than I had making it.
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Till next time, I hope you have a bishie filled week…
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