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The art of hair coloring has historical roots drawing from various ancient civilizations including the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and countless Middle Eastern and European states. The reasons for hair coloring can denote one’s social class, occupation, and/or could be simply for aesthetics. Colors, techniques and formulas have evolved over time, aiding the cultural and societal phenomenon. The subculture of anime, fits well into this, as many of us are in awe of the impressive hairstyles worn by our favorite characters. As such, we give you our list of top 10 anime guys with bicolor hair; because essentially, two is better than one.
10. Hatsuharu Sohma from Fruits Basket
- Episodes: 26
- Aired: July 2001 – December 2001
Fruits Basket centers on the story of Tooru Honda. Due to the death of her parents, 16-year-old Tooru is under the care of her paternal grandfather. To accommodate the growing family, her grandfather and aunt decided to renovate their home. As construction begins, Tooru’s grandfather asks if she has a friend to stay with. She says yes, although she doesn’t. Being accustomed to fending for herself, Tooru decides to set up camp in an area she thought was deserted. However, the secluded home nearby belongs to the most popular boy in school, Yuki Sohma and his cousins Shigure and Kyou. When the Sohma boys stumble upon her tent, they take pity on her. In turn, they offer her a place to stay in exchange for housekeeping services. As Tooru accepts their offer, over time, she gains knowledge of the Sohma family curse. This curse transforms members of the family into animals of the Chinese zodiac, plus the cat. Normally, knowledge of this is erased, but the head of the family decides to keep her memory intact. Progressively, Tooru develops close relationships with each member of the Sohma family, thus changing their views of the curse and life.
We are introduced to Hatsuharu in the tenth episode. Hatsuharu embodies the Ox of the Chinese Zodiac, although the series interprets the sign as a cow. We can see this casted onto him because of his black and white hair, as he is constantly criticized by the colors not being natural. He appears very mature for his age, despite being a year younger than Tooru, Yuki and Kyou, except when he turns ‘black’. With his dual personality, his alternate state sets his temper flashing from zero to sixty, disregarding all logic and rationality. However, after losing steam, Hatsuharu reverts back to his normal ‘white’ state. With his super cool black and white hair, Hatsuharu and the other Sohma members learn that their lives with Tooru aren’t restricted to just one choice or the other, but that there are many variations of grey in between.
9. Death the Kid from Soul Eater
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: April 2008 – March 2009
Soul Eater takes place in a world where people have the ability to turn into weapons and are paired with individuals who wield them, meisters. The Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA) is a school dedicated to teaching these youngsters and was founded by none other than Death himself. The DWMA educates its students to fight against the forces of evil, kishin, who tyrannically have devoured the souls of humans, becoming corrupt themselves. As meister and weapon learn to combat the kishin, they collect every soul, absorbing them into what will become a death scythe. Therefore, in each duo’s quest, they are able to surely maintain the sanctity of peace in Death City.
Death the Kid is recognized in the anime for having an obsession with symmetry, details and perfectionism, such as his demon twin guns, Liz and Patty, his love for the number 8, and that the sight of anything asymmetrical makes him sick to his stomach. Being the son of Death, he is prideful in this position and extremely protective of his father. Death the Kid has streaks of white on his jet-black hair, paired with lines displayed on the shoulders and middle part of his blazer. The color scheme of Death the Kid emulates that of Death his father.
8. Yuma Tsukumo from Yi-Gi-Oh! Zexal
- Episodes: 73
- Aired: April 2011 – September 2012
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal revolves around the adventures of 13-year-old Yuma Tsukumo. Yuma is your average middle school kid, energetic, a rapscallion, and somewhat of an attention seeker. As the card dueling craze makes its mark during this time, we find Yuma’s friend embarrassingly beaten by the biggest bully at school, Shark. As Yuma fires back in defense of his friend, he settles things by challenging Shark to a duel, with the help of Astral, his duel spirit. Shark antagonizes Yuma by pulling and breaking his most treasured artifact, the Emperor’s Key, worn around his neck. To his surprise, the key is miraculously put back together and in a daze, he hears a voice telling him to unlock the mystical gate appearing before him. In doing so, 99 cards, Numbers, are released into the world, posing great danger to any duelist who cast it. As Astral has a significant part in dealing with the Numbers, he and Yuma team up to recover all these cards, building Yuma’s dueling skills in the process.
Yuma is a very bold character, with a lot of fighting spirit. His black and red spiky hair can be an interpretation of his fiery and competitive nature. As Yuma starts as an amateur duelist, he utilizes instincts and intuition to build himself up as a Duel Champion, instead of practicing evaluative strategies. His character is selfless, always aiding those in trouble, and at times is still naïve, young and immature. Nonetheless, his vitality and his positive attitude contribute greatly to retrieving all the Numbers.
7. Yukari Mishakuji from K
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2012 – December 2012
The anime K is set in modern day Japan, where powerful sects govern across various territories of the country. The seven kings and their clans, as they are called, attempt to find some type of balance within their struggle for power. Yashiro Isana is one of the characters we follow in this anime. Although Yashiro appears to be your normal teenager, he is suspected of being one of the seven kings; the seventh and colorless king, accused of murdering a member of the red king’s clan. As this act causes turmoil and chaos among the other kings and their clans, Yashiro is determined to clear his name and find the perpetrator. We observe in this series, an in-depth storyline, imaginative character development, and overall, it’s a very intriguing anime to watch.
Yukari was a former member of the colorless clan, but after a short time, occupies the green clan. Yukari is an attractive man. He is handsome, very tall, slender and pale, and is incredibly consumed with vanity. His lovely short purple and blue hair compliments his black and purple attire. His sword is also fashioned to match his outfit, overall supplementing his appearance.
6. Kenma Kozume from Haikyuu!!
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2014 – September 2014
Haikyuu!! is a comedy, sports drama that motivates anyone who doesn’t succeed the first time, to try and try again. Hinata Shoyo is inspired by a volleyball legend to revive his middle school’s volleyball club. Hinata and his teammates involve themselves in such intense training that they eventually reach playing in a tournament. Unfortunately, in their first match, they lose against the famed “king of the court,” Tobio Kageyama. Nonetheless, Hinata’s tenacity remains, swearing to beat Tobio at all costs. As time goes by, he graduates, going into high school and joining his school’s volleyball team; only to find out that Tobio is his teammate. Once viewing Tobio as his competition, the two rivals possess qualities in themselves that the other is insufficient in. Having to depend on one another, Hinata and Tobio must learn to put their past behind them in order to bring their team to the top of the league.
Kenma Kozume is a student at Nekoma High. He is a laid back, chill guy, who doesn’t like to stand out in the crowd. He is an introvert on many occasions except when it has anything to do with Hinata and video games. The two meet as Hinata gears up for training camp, bonding between their common passion for volleyball. They both attend rivaling high schools, although this does not cause conflict in their friendship. Kenma’s blond hair with black roots conversely does not reflect how he truly is, as it is very bold and sticks out. However, his average looks and highlighting features uncover surprising elements about him and his volleyball skills.
5. Ryuuji Korekuni from B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2016 – September 2016
B-Project: Kodou* Ambitious features Tsubasa Sumisora, a new employee at a major record company. Immediately upon hiring, Tsubasa is assigned to administer the “B-Project” task, which includes three upcoming groups: Kitakore, Thrive, and MooNs. As this is Tsubasa’s first real job, she must deal with the ups and downs of the recording industry. To top that off, she is involved and must resolve countless of incidents and occurrences between the three groups she is assigned to, ranging in sharp personalities and high demands.
Ryuji Korekuni is an idol and member of Kitakore. Ryuji appears in the beginning as very standoffish, but his delicate air distinctively rules out this quality. Ryuji is confident as an entertainer and idol, but his kind character is humble enough to accept help when needed. Ryuji is predominantly seen fashioning a lot of frilly outfits and accessories, particularly his black and grey gem headpiece, accentuating his black hair with purple highlights. As his purple highlights match his eye color, his overall look suits his complexion very well.
4. Sekizan Takuya from All Out!
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2016 – March 2017
All Out!! falls under the countless stream of anime that have aired this season, but differs from the rest because it highlights the sport of rugby. We are introduced to Gion Kenji, a high school student who is short in stature, but nevertheless makes up for what he lacks with an upbeat and spunky personality. We are also presented with Iwashimuzu Sumiaki, Hachiouji Mutsumi and Sekizan Takuya, who at different times join the school’s rugby team. In the introductory scenes, we watch shorty Gion come to the defense of towering Iwashimuzu, as some bullies are cornering him. In a scenario you normally don’t see, the two instantly become acquainted. Additionally, while these guys vary in level of rugby skills, Hachiouji is the guy that brings rugby to Gion’s interest. As Hachiouji asks Gion and Iwashimuzu to watch a scrimmage, Gion is drawn to the action and excitement. As signup commences, we are then introduced to team captain, Sekizan Takuya. Over the course of this anime, we observe these independent and unique personalities come together, in the common spirit of rugby, to ultimately become the best team in contest.
Sekizan Takuya is a third year student and captain at the Kanagawa High School Rugby Club. Sekizan is a muscular fellow, appearing very intimidating at first glance, but is approachable and caring, with a quirky sense of humor. Sekizan has an interesting hairstyle, encompassing pushed back red hair and five strands of curled white streaks. Sekizan’s look definitely resonates a serious demeanor, as rugby is important in these guys’ lives.
3. Juugo from Nanbaka
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: October 2016 – December 2016
Nanbaka is a comedy and action based anime about four prisoners residing at Nanba, a world-renowned maximum-security prison. The cell-block line-up includes Juugo, a convict whose sentence got extended due to several attempted break-outs; Uno, an inmate who is obsessed with gambling and girls; Rock, a foodie and fighter, constantly stirring the pot; and Nico, a prior drug addict with an interest in anime. Collectively, we watch these four offenders in their daily shenanigans, as they deal with other inmates and prison guards. Moreover, we learn a little more about them, their pasts and how they came to be.
Nanbaka is an amusing action-comedy, with countless bouts of silliness. The animation is brilliantly colorful and incredibly eye-catching. Our main character, Juugo, sticks out from the rest because of his noteworthy eye colors, green and purple. In addition to his heterochromia, he has jet-black hair with red tips. This hairstyle isn’t as particularly visually striking as the rest of him. However, in our opinion, the black and subtle red style is a fashion that both guys and girls could sport.
2. Yumeno Kyuusaku from Bungou Stray Dogs
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2016 – June 2016
Bungou Stray Dogs is an action, supernatural anime following Atsushi Nakajima, an orphan who gets recruited by the Special Detective Company. This group of detectives tackles seemingly impossible cases in addition to fending off their counterparts, the “Port Mafia.” Aside from their intellect and talents, these detectives have incredible abilities that are extremely helpful in violent and intense confrontations. Bungou Stray Dogs channels the development of each character and how they came to be, as well as countless, stirring mysteries to solve.
Yumeno Kyusaku has an interesting style. It’s rather sophisticated, yet at the same time, youthful and adorable. As many of the characters are based on historical authors of the 19th and 20th century, Yumeno’s wardrobe carries on this tailored, professional fit, complementing his silhouette. As we admire how well put together Yumeno is, the real focus is on his hair. It is parted down the middle with the left side being white and the right being black. As the real Yumeno Kyusaku is recognized for his surrealism and science fiction works, his character in Bungou Stray Dogs is a close representation of some of his literary pieces.
1. Christophe Giacometti from Yuri!! on Ice
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2016 – December 2016
23-year-old Yuri Katsuki is one of Japan’s most promising figure skaters. However, his perception changes when his skating routine ranks unsuccessfully low at the Grand Prix Finale. Absorbed in defeat, Yuri reassesses his skating career. Reconfirming that skating is what he wants to do, Yuri is determined to get back on the ice in tip-top shape. Yuri!!! on Ice is an anime taking on global phenomenon status, as the sport of figure skating is one of the most popular events to watch during this season and specifically, the Winter Olympics. Stakes are high and competition heats up as a number of countries gather and participate in such beautiful and heartfelt routines. Moreover the drama is intense and the guys are ruthless, as they go to great lengths to be recognized as the best.
Christophe Giacometti is a Swiss figure skater, beginning his training as a child. He has a very tall build with blond hair on top and layered with brown underneath. His personality speaks louder than his appearance, as he is incredibly risqué in his skating performances, outfits, and behavior off the ice. Christophe is ultimately the bad accident you can’t help but look at, the guilty pleasure; and overall, one of many fanatical characters to look out for in this anime.
In no particular order, we hope you enjoyed our list of top 10 anime guys with bicolor hair! Some of these hairstyles mentioned accentuate already bright and vibrant personalities, drawing more interest to each anime. Some may appear tasteful, while others may seem extremely outrageous! Let us know if we’ve missed out on any other great looks! Are any of these particular styles something you’d sport yourselves? Comment below!