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There has come a time in our lives where we all have dreamed of flying through the sky majestically without a care in the world. The idea of taking to the skies has been around since the Wright Brothers, and from that time technology has evolved that we have made it possible in various ways. Flying doesn't necessarily have to do with having wings, since many anime characters glide or use advanced methods to stay airborne. The whole purpose of flying is that it provides us with a sense of freedom and expression, much like any form of art. While we can't supply you with wings, Honey's Anime totally understands your wishes and so we thought creating a top ten list of flying anime characters would cheer you up.
10. Ryuk from Death Note
- Episodes: 37
- Aired: October 4, 2006- June 27, 2007
Flying in at number ten on our list is Ryuk from Death Note. This scary looking character is the shinagami who drops the death note in the human world by accident, which Light eventually picks up and uses to carry out his sadistic plans. Ryuk is generally a very neutral character and would rather not aid Light in his endeavors, watching him struggle to accomplish his goals of being the god of justice. One thing to note is that Ryuk doesn't see Light as a friend but rather acts out on his own interests, refusing to tell Light the true details behind the death note unless he gives him an apple. This selfish and crafty flying death god is entertaining to watch and it is why we had to put him on the list.
Much of the story doesn't necessarily place the spotlight on Ryuk, but his presence in the show does play a major role since he is the one responsible for Light owning the Death Note in the first place. We chose him because of his aesthetics, more specifically his appearance and the fact that he doesn't really require wings to fly around and taunt Light every time he screws up. He simply just floats without much effort, surveying the environment and trying not to bore himself in the process. If you haven't watched the Death Note series, we surely approve of it and encourage you to check it out.
9. Hades from Saint Seiya: The Hades Chapter
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: December 17, 2005 – February 6, 2007
Hades takes the name from the mythological Greek god and serves as the antagonist in the Saint Seiya series. In the story Hades is the ruler of the underworld and the sworn enemy of goddess Athena. His supreme goal is to turn Earth into ashes, leaving no trace of civilization behind. The strong hatred towards humanity comes from the fact that humans have mistreated the gods for thousands of years, and so it is in his power to unleash punishment upon everyone. Pegasus and the rest of the team come together to put a stop to his tyranny, doing whatever they can to prevent the destruction of Earth and perhaps the universe.
Hades is just a really cool looking character who represents the dark angel in the series. Most of the cast fly very much like Hades, but his appearance is just more sinister with his all black exterior. Not only does Hades have the ability to fly but his dark powers allow him to manipulate life and death. He can regenerate and resurrect his specters by will, and bring the end of mortal lives by will. Not only that but he is able to rearrange the solar system just by mere thought using his telekinesis powers. Hades truly deserves his number nine spot and we highly suggest watching Saint Seiya to see the amazing conclusion!
8. Pixie from Monster Rancher
- Episodes: 48
- Aired: April 17, 1999 – March 25, 2000
Monster Rancher or Monster Farm in Japan, was pretty underrated during its time since it had to compete with the likes of Digimon and Pokemon throughout its televised seasons. Fortunately, the show was still successful despite the drawbacks due to its really cool story and funky characters. The story is about Genki who is an avid lover of video games, who gets transported into an actual game world filled with real monsters. Along his crazy journey, he meets up with a girl named Holly who then helps him track down the evil Moo with the help of other crazy monsters such as Mochi.
Pixie was one of the monsters from the series who a lot of people seemed to overlook, but she was one of the stronger evil characters throughout the earlier half of the season. She eventually was able to see the truth about Moo once Genki explained his true intentions, and teamed together with Genki to stop Moo from destroying the world. Pixie was chosen as our top eight because she represents balance in the series, using a wide array of attacks which require flying and generating massive energy surges to lay waste to her enemies. While her appearance may seem intimidating, Pixie is very level headed and generally quiet at times. We don't want to spoil the rest of the story for you, but Pixie is a force to be reckoned with later on in the show so be sure to check this classic out.
7. Raynare [Yuuma Amano] from High School DxD
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 6, 2012 – March 23, 2012
Falling from the sky into the number seven spot is Raynare from High School DxD. Originally known as Amano Yuuma, Raynare had the intention of seducing main character Issei after asking him out on a date. Issei being the pervert that he is gladly accepts the date and the two walk to the park late at night, where Issei thought he would finally get his chance. Unfortunately, Yuuma was fed up with the facade and brutally murders Issei leaving him lying in cold blood. Her plot was to steal Asia's Secret Gear, Twilight Healing and she managed to successfully do so but now Issei and Rias team together to put a stop to this villain’s cruel intentions.
Raynare is very crafty in the way she manipulates her victims, but more so her overwhelming lust for power is attractive. Her suit is all black equipped with two large wings to help her maneuver around her opponents for the kill. Raynare really isn't deadly by her powers but more her looks since she uses them to persuade her victims into following orders, then killing them after she's done toying with them. We thought her character archetype was very appealing and because she uses her intellect to fly around her opponents, we had to throw her onto the list. Not too many characters can do multiple things at once and still look hot doing it, but Raynare is one of the exceptions.
6. Makoto from Flying Witch
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 10, 2016 – June 26, 2016
Flying Witch is one of the newer anime that came out during the spring lineup and so we thought it would be great to throw Makoto in. Makoto is a witch who has decided to become a full-fledged witch and left her town of Yokohama along with her cat Chito to Aomori Prefecture to learn more about the art of witchcraft. While her power is only limited to flying through the sky on her broom, her second cousins Kei and Chinatsu make it their goal to ensure she learns what she can. The slice of life anime takes us on an adventure with Makoto as we get to see her grow through various experiences she encounters during her training.
Despite not having the full powers of a witch, Makoto's exceptional flying skills with her broom surely make up for it. She can zip through the sky and tackle objectives without breaking a sweat which is impressive even with her setbacks. Chito is there as her motivation to keep her going if she ever felt like giving up her training, but as you can see throughout the show Makoto really starts to show a lot of improvements to not only her flying and witchcraft but also her relationships with family. We highly recommend watching the series to get a closer look at Makoto's life and watch as she flies majestically through the clouds effortlessly.
5. Yue from Cardcaptor Sakura
- Episodes: 70
- Aired: April 7, 1998- March 21, 2000
We don't really see much being said about the Cardcaptor Sakura series and so we thought it would be best to represent the series by including a very cool flying character to the list. The story follows Sakura who stumbles upon a book containing a set of cards, setting off a magical spell which dispersed the cards all over the world. A beast confronts Sakura informing her that she has released Clow Cards created by sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card possesses their own unique strengths which led Clow to sealing the book, but because Sakura released them once again it is up to her to save the world from peril. Sakura was then bestowed with the duty of a cardcaptor, and so she must team up with other characters to gather them back. Yue is one of the two guardians that watch over the Clow Cards, and his job is to determine who the next candidate will be to master the clow. Yue has the power to control the elements such as water and wind while also having the ability to cast magical barriers, send deadly crystal shards toward his enemies, and shoot energy arrows from an energy bow at will.
As you can see by his appearance he resembles that of an angel which is why we made sure to include him in our top ten. His enormous wings allow him to fly at a moment’s notice while being able to take down enemies without much harm to himself. His ice cold blue eyes are intimidating which put intense fear into his opponents, allowing him to use telekinesis to cast them away.
4. Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: October 5, 2004 – March 27, 2012
Bleach will forever be a popular franchise in the anime universe because of its diverse cast of characters, and engaging story line. Ichigo is the staple character of the series with much of the story surrounding him and his battles within the soul society. Ichigo's abilities never really came into fruition until Rukia appeared and offered to take her powers so that he could save his family. One of the special abilities was flight, which allowed Ichigo to travel atop buildings and engage in battle without having wings. Majority of the characters in the series shared this ability but we chose Ichigo due to his personality and heroic characteristics.
His goal was to hunt down and kill the hollows as part of the contract he made with the soul society, but as the story progresses his mission becomes even more daunting as he now must deal with a traitor in the society. One of Ichigo's greatest form in the series was his Mugetsu (Final Getsuga Tenshou) which increased his flying abilities with an additional teleport skill that allowed him to maneuver around his opponents with lightning speed.
3. Hiiro Yui's Wing Zero from Gundam Wing
- Episodes: 49
- Aired: April 7, 1995 – March 29, 1996
The story takes place after Colony 195 and the intense war between the space colonies and Earth has begun. In order to provide the colonies with an edge over Earth, they send five highly trained soldiers equipped with mobile suits to pursue Earth. The tide of the war changes as the battle for freedom takes place in order to maintain peace within the space colonies. Gundam Wing is just one of those shows that will always come up in conversation at least once in the anime community.
Honey's Anime loves Gundam Wing and so we came to the consensus that Hiiro Yui's Wing Zero should most definitely be on the list. Gundam Wing's story goes on for ages and so we had to break it down to our favorite pilot, since the Wing Zero reminds us of a robotic angel with an arsenal of weapons to strike down its foes. Hiiro had been trained since he was a child which gave him the title of “The Perfect Solider” and since then his mission was to protect the world against all evil. Hiiro and the Wing Zero were chosen because out of all the Gundam's from this particular series, the Wing Zero always overpowered every other suit ripping them to shreds at every moment’s notice. Hiiro is also a cool character because he lives by his emotions and uses tactical thinking to accomplish his tasks at hand.
2. Angemon from Digimon
- Episodes: 54
- Aired: March 7, 1999 – March 26, 2000
Digimon was a very successful series during its release alongside Pokemon, which also grew to become a global success in its own right. Not too many people however seem to remember how great Digimon characters were, and so it's time we reintroduce them to the Honey's Anime universe. Coming in at number two is Angemon who is the partner of T.K. And guardian angel of children who decide to stay in the digital world. His level is champion and is the next form after Patamon. He comes equipped with six shining wings, while his body is clad in cloth to represent purity.
Angemon was chosen for our number two spot because much of our list consist of characters who either have obtained their flying power from others, or use advanced technology to take to the skies. Angemon is pure in every sense of the word since he doesn't really rely on any gadgets, just his absolute power to take down darkness alongside the Digimon crew. While we don't see much of him until towards the mid to latter half of the series, it's worth noting that he is one of the strongest characters in the entire franchise and should not be overlooked. We hope that you check out Digimon because it is truly one of the better classic monster anime out there.
1. Trunks from Dragonball Z
- Episodes: 291
- Aired: April 26, 1989 – January 31, 1996
Dragonball Z is full of characters who can seem to take to the sky to defeat their enemies, but we only could choose from the cast and that's none other than Trunks. Trunks is the son of Vegeta and Bulma, who is half saiya-jin and half human just like Gohan and Goten. Due to his upbringing Trunks is very intelligent in the art of science and uses this strength to pass through time in order to save earth from destruction. There are two versions of Trunks, one is future trunks while the other is the younger version. Both can take to the sky without the help of Bulma's capsule since they inherited the saiya-jin power from Vegeta. Flying and teleporting is of no concern to Trunks as he used this power to overpower and kill Frieza very convincingly.
Trunks has been a very popular character since his inclusion in the series and we thought he fit the description perfectly for the best flying anime character. What makes him so cool is that we get to see two sides of him, one from the more mature perspective and the other from his childlike persona. Seeing him charge his power up and fly across the world in less than a second is truly something to be amazed about, and so we must crown him as our flying champion.
With so many characters flying around our heads, it's so hard to keep up. There are a large handful of anime out there with characters that specialize in flying, but we can only fit so much into one package for all of you. Some characters that almost made the cut were Rukia from Bleach, Sasuke's cursed stage from Naruto, and much more. Should you have any other special flying characters that you think would have been good on the list, feel free to list them down below and let us know!
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