We’re big fans of the term “himbo” – derived from “bimbo”, it describes a male character who’s attractive (muscular, bishounen, or otherwise), but not exactly the sharpest katana at the anime convention. Even though these airheaded heroes are often capable of saving the day when it counts, their usual demeanor is closer to Metro Man than Megamind, if you catch our drift. Still, we just can’t help but love them. Here are the five best anime himbos!
5. Kamina from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Gurren Lagann)
We couldn’t very well have a list of himbos without including a representative from Gainax or Studio Trigger, so here’s the hotheaded embodiment of manliness himself – Kamina! This boisterous digger/mecha pilot/human adrenaline shot serves as Simon’s mentor for the first arc of Gurren Lagann and inspires his young protégé to leave his boring life behind to explore the surface world above. Kamina is arrogant, flashy, and easily distracted by pretty girls, but his best trait is his boundless (some might say idiotic) determination that continues to bolster his friends long after he leaves the story. If they can’t believe in themselves, they can just believe in the Kamina that believes in them!
4. Howl from Howl no Ugoku Shiro (Howl’s Moving Castle)
Rumors swirl around the city of a beautiful, but deadly wizard who kidnaps pretty girls to steal their hearts... little do the townsfolk know that the figure they fear is a narcissistic pretty boy who runs away from his problems and can’t keep a clean house to save his life. Howl is certainly as powerful and charming as the grapevine says, but if he didn’t have Markl, Calcifer, and Sophie around, he’d be a self-destructive trash heap of a person. He’s also prone to positively theatrical bouts of melodrama, such as when Sophie rearranges his hair dyes and he summons the spirits of darkness in despair over an accidental bright red dye job. It’s almost as if he never really grew up...
3. Koutarou Tatsumi from Zombieland Saga
This overly energetic band manager/necromancer is convinced that he can revive the Saga district’s tourism by cobbling together an idol supergroup made of “legendary” girls from all across history. Predictably, Koutarou’s initial attempts at getting the zombie singers excited about the project don’t go so well (not helped by the fact that their first gigs are laughably small-time), but eventually his infectious enthusiasm and surprisingly good emotional support inspire the girls to make Franchouchou the best zombie idol group the world has ever seen. Perhaps the best thing about Koutarou is his over-the-top voice acting, provided by Mamoru Miyano; in fact, the character was designed to look just like the actor, so Miyano has actually made public appearances in cosplay as Koutarou! Be sure to find clips online – they’re pure comedy gold.
2. America from Hetalia Axis Powers
Hetalia’s cast is filled with anthropomorphized representations of real-world countries, so naturally America is a cheeseburger loving himbo with a hero complex. But even though he embodies many of the country’s most mockable characteristics, he’s also a genuinely good person with a strong sense of justice and a fun-loving attitude. He makes a game out of teasing his timid brother Canada, shares a house with a foul-mouthed alien for some reason, and has one of the best lines of the whole series: “People always say my elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor, but I don’t even have an elevator!” Bless his little star-spangled heart...
1. Joseph Joestar from JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Every other JoJo protagonist seems fit to be a hero: Jonathan is a dignified gentleman, Jotaro is a serious punk, Josuke is a kind-hearted teen, and Giorno is a determined mafioso... but Joseph is just some idiot. How does this childish meathead manage to outwit so many clearly superior opponents with a handful of Hamon tricks, some cleverly implemented Looney Tunes physics, and a few bald-faced lies thrown in for good measure? We may never know, and that somehow makes us love him all the more. Even in his older years, Joseph pulls a questionably acceptable prank or two just to keep his descendants on their toes. Though his power may fade, his himbo energy will never die!
We could rattle off anime himbos for hours: there’s Tamaki Suoh from Ouran High School Host Club, Loke from Fairy Tail, Takeshi Yamamoto from Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Arthur Boyle from Fire Force, Dandy from Space Dandy, Kakeru Manabe from Fruits Basket 2nd Season, Mirio from My Hero Academia, and pretty much everyone from SK8 the Infinity... but we’d be here all day if we kept going. Do you have any favorite himbos? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!