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Angels are defined as celestial, spiritual beings holding great power and influence. Through various interpretations, angels were created as messengers between Heaven and Earth, serving and protecting Heaven’s creations. Angels also possess supernatural abilities, flawless appearances, and project an overwhelming awe at the sight of their existence.
By a myriad of angelic portrayal, we at Honey’s Anime attempt to narrow down the Top 10 Anime Angel Boys; to follow are all things wings, boys, heavenly, and ethereal.
10. The Six Holy Beasts from Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2007 – June 2007
Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan tells the story of six appointed angels, known as Saint Beast, created by the powerful god, Zeus, to govern life on Earth. The angels of Saint Beast are Goh, Shin, Rey, Gai, Judas, and Luca. However, as the six angels of Saint Beast are tasked with responsibilities on Earth, Heaven is stirring with conflict, as Zeus exerts his powers in cruel and controlling ways. As some of the guardian angels start to disappear without a trace, the remaining Saint Beast investigate and attempt to rescue their comrades.
The background of Saint Beast: Kouin Jojishi Tenshi Tan revolves around the relationships of the six angels of Saint Beast. Saint Beast Goh is the mature and eldest one of the bunch, with outstanding leadership qualities and takes his role very seriously. Saint Beast Shin has the ability to manipulate time, but at the cost of his life source and energy. Saint Beast Rey has an affinity for birds since he has the gift of flight. Saint Beast Gai has a childish and playful demeanor, blessed with the ability to control the laws of nature. Saint Beast Judas, one of the fallen angels, has the talent to heal…with his lips. Lastly, Saint Beast Luca, another fallen angel, has the skill of mind-reading. Throughout the anime, the relationship and dynamic of all six angels complement each other in saving Earth and resolving the conflict in Heaven, thus posit as the Top 10 Angel Anime Boys.
9. Chihaya and Kagetsuya from Earthian
- Episodes: 4
- Aired: July 1989 – December 1996
Earthian tells the tale of alien beings from another planet called Eden who have been watching over the inhabitants of Earth, the Earthians, for a very long time. As mankind has grown and evolved over the centuries, the overseers of Eden consider the Earthians to be a bit unruly, thus dispatching teams of guardian angels to keep track of their events and on-goings. As the pair of angels tally off the pros and cons of Earth, once the score reaches a certain point, Earth will be destroyed. Earthian follows angels Chihaya and Kagetsuya and their observations of Earth.
Chihaya and Kagetsuya are angels of opposing nature in that Chihaya scores all the good qualities (pluses) that Earth offers and Kagetsuya totals the number of minuses or negatives in the Earthians. With the benefits and downsides of Earthian evolution, Chihaya and Kagetsuya are presented with this challenge of preserving or eradicating Earth. This is why Honey views the angel duo as the Top 10 Angel Anime Boys.
8. Lucifer from Saint Seiya Movie 4: Warriors of the Final Holy Battle
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: March 1989
Saint Seiya Movie 4: Warriors of the Final Holy Battle is the story of a group of powerful saints who have sworn their lives to protect the Holy Sanctuary of the Gods. Conversely, after awaking from his eternal sleep, Lucifer is on a mission to kill the Goddess of Wisdom and War, Athena. Outlining Lucifer’s obstacles and journey, Saint Seiya Movie 4: Warriors of the Final Holy Battle targets Lucifer’s desire in becoming the strongest of all the gods.
As there is much turmoil between the gods and the many tiers of saints, Lucifer stands out as the top 10 Angel Anime Boys because he is historically and notably the one angel who has fallen from grace. As he was chosen to be one of Heaven's most favored and later on revolting for his own personal gains. Lucifer is the angel who redefines the imagery of “squeaky clean do-gooder with wings.”
7. Kai Misonou and Shou Hamura from Angel’s Feather (OVA)
- Episodes: 2
- Aired: April 2006 – May 2006
In Angel’s Feather (OVA), in the Winfield Kingdom, this small and peaceful place had within it a royal family who possessed great white wings and magical gifts. Kai Misonou and Shou Hamura are part of this royal family. These twin boys rediscover the truths of their past lives by journeying the troubles of their youth.
Kai Misonou is the younger of the twins. In their previous lives as Princes of the Winfield Kingdom, Shou tells Kai to forget his relationship with him. Later, when leaving the orphanage, Kai was adopted into a wealthy, prominent family. Consequently, in the present, Kai has no memory of his older brother. Moreover, Kai attends the same school as Shou, due to his excellent grades. When his best friend is killed, Kai is saved by his older twin and begins to regain memories of his past.
Shou Hamura is the elder twin. He attends Yuusei Academy for boys alongside his younger twin, Kai, on a sports scholarship. When rumored to find that his younger sibling was near, Shou went searching for Kai. Identical to Kai, Shou was also adopted into a wealthy family, but later his parents are killed. Both boys, Kai and Shou, possess white wings of the Winfield Kingdom and use magic as a weapon for fighting. With the appearance of strength and courage, Shou and Kai make the list for Top 10 Anime Angel Boys.
6. Samataro Kamiyama from God’s Family (Kamisama Kazoku)
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: May 2006 – August 2006
God’s Family highlights the life of Samatarou Kamiyama, a high-school boy who is actually the son of a god and goddess. Alongside his siblings, these holy beings are sent to Earth to chronicle humanity, living as humans, in order to gain knowledge of the beings they protect and becoming greater gods and goddesses. Things appear normal to Samatarou until he meets a transfer student named Kumiko. Samatarou grows to like Kumiko and from there on out, life turns out to be different and difficult for him; Samatarou must make the decision to use or withstand from using his powers of making her have the same mutual feelings for him as he does for her.
Samatarou Kamiyama is on the list for Top 10 Anime Angel Boys because of his lineage and the overall theme of the anime. Furthermore, in a familiar position, who has not wished for powers for someone to like them back in return?! Whether he dismisses his divine right or not, God’s Family is a story that features both the sacred and the silly.
5. Apollonius aka Apollo from Genesis of Aquarion (Sousei no Aquarion)
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2005 – September 2005
In Genesis of Aquarion, long ago, humanity confronts a troublesome foe, the Shadow Angels. The Shadow Angels have been harvesting human “plana”, an energy source for the angels. In a battle that occurred in that era, a Shadow Angel, Apollonius, betrays his kind by falling in love with a human named Celiane. Combined with other humans, Apollonius was able to seal the Shadow Angels away successfully. Decades later, the Shadow Angels are freed and commence their attack on humanity. While devising methods to destroy the Shadow Angels, a special organization excavate weapons used in the past called vectors to be used once again in the battle between Shadow Angels and humankind.
The main character of Genesis of Aquarion is Apollo, a young man born from poverty, but destined for a greater purpose. After many lives have been taken throughout the war, Apollo enlists as an Aquarion pilot, flying the excavated vectors from the past. Rumored to be the reincarnation of Apollonius, Apollo takes the position in our Top 10 Anime Angel Boys because of his heroism and his fight to take the side of people despite what he was in his previous life.
4. Setsuna Mudo aka Alexiel from Angel Sanctuary OVA (Tenshi Kinryouku)
- Episodes: 3
- Aired: May 2000 – August 2000
Angel Sanctuary documents the life of Setsuna Mudo, a high school student who struggles with inappropriate feelings for his younger sister, Sara. In addition to that conflict, Setsuna discovers that he has supernatural powers and must fight off both angels and demons as the day of his rebirth emerges. Once this day comes, Setsuna becomes Alexiel, the highest angel ever who fought against God and led a charge against the rebellion.
Setsuna Mudo, aka Alexiel, makes the list for Top 10 Anime Angel Boys because identical to Lucifer, he disobeys and denounces his true purpose, which is obedience to God. As well as highlighting this twist, this anime reveals that the good guys are bad, and the bad guys are good.
3. Michael from Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2014 – December 2014
In Rage of Bahamut: Genesis, the inhabitants of Mistarcia are plagued with the terror of a ferocious dragon, Bahamut. While Bahamut was free, he caused much destruction and chaos. In this land, many join forces to bind the dragon’s power into a single source, a key. In this time, man mythological beings, e.g., gods, demons, humans, etc., guard this key, until one day a woman stole part of the key.
Michael the Archangel in Rage of Bahamut: Genesis plays a supporting yet powerful role in the anime. Even though he was one of the angels that took part in losing part of the key, he was a great factor in keeping female protagonist Amara from unlocking Bahamut’s seal. Historically, Michael is depicted as fierce and powerful. In this case, Michael from Rage of the Bahamut: Genesis makes the cut for Top 10 Anime Angel Boys.
2. Dark Mousy from D.N. Angel
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: April 2003 – September 2003
D.N. Angel follows the adventure of a boy named Daisuke Niwa. From the beginning, Daisuke tells his crush, Risa that he likes her. Unfortunately, for him, she rejects him, leaving him heartbroken. Shortly after, Daisuke experiences physical changes that he is unable to explain. Later, he is told of a strange genetic condition where the males of the Niwa family inherit the spirit of Dark Mousy. Dark Mousy emerges when he thinks of his crush. As such, in order to suppress Dark Mousy and return to normal, Risa must send those same feelings back to Daisuke.
Dark Mousy makes the list for Top 10 Anime Angel boys because of his poised nature, the similarity to other angels on this list and his distinctive black angel wings.
1. Kaworu Nagisa from Neon Genesis Evangelion
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: October 1995 – March 1996
In the distant future, Earth is being attacked by Angels. Following this event, a group of 14-year-old pilots are charged to stop these angels. The organization that enrolls them in this task, NERV, has “biomechs”, Evangelion, controlled by these selected few. As Neon Genesis Evangelion goes on, the plot is filled with adventure, twists, and suspense. More so, this anime has gained global acclamation.
Kaworu Nagisa is known in the story as the 17th Angel and the Fifth Children. Even though he is classified as an angel, Kaworu inhabits a human body and does not consider himself to be one. Kaworu makes the list as number one in our list for Top 10 Anime Angel Boys because although his appearance is brief, his character had a profound impact to follow, resulting in his feature throughout various series, video games, and manga.
Oh, thank Heaven! So there you have it. Feel free to flock, glisten, and glorify over this list of anime angel boys. In conclusion, these are Honey’s Recommendations for Top 10 Anime Angel Boys. The common elements of power and strength, the mythical and mysterious, and wings (!!!) are what drive these anime collectively.
Further, we know there are tons more out there. Let us know what we’ve missed! What other divine (and perhaps, fine) male angelic anime can you suggest to us and other readers? Leave your comments below!