Top 10 Sexiest Male Characters of 2016

While 2016 may have been a relative dumpster fire of a year, in terms of anime we had pretty good pickings. From muscle-bound magicians to a classic man in a mask, we could all enjoy what 2016 had to offer in terms of male eye candy. Keeping in mind all kinds of hotness we have compiled the Top 10 Sexiest male anime characters from 2016.

10. Kouhei Inuzuka- Amaama to Inazuma (Sweetness and Lightning)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Jul 5, 2016 to Sep 20, 2016

Starting with arguably the sweetest of the bunch, (get it? he’s from Sweetness and Lightning) is Kouhei Inuzuka. This anime follows this high school teacher as he struggles to raise his daughter as a single dad. He quickly realizes that a way to connect with his daughter is to learn to cook. Through a series of lucky coincidences, he begins cooking lessons under the tutelage of one his students, whose mother happens to own a restaurant.

This is an endearing story, as we watch a single father learn to move on and become a family again with his daughter after the death of his wife. Kouhei perfectly embodies every woman’s ideal husband. Caring, loving, and desperate to be a good father to his daughter. His good nature and earnest desire to learn to cook will have you laughing one moment and tearing up the next. Kouhei Inuzuka is not the flashiest guy on this list, but he is definitely the one you would want to come home to and see cooking a delicious meal.

9. Sukeroku Yurakutei - Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju (Showa and Genroku Era Lover's Suicide Through Rakugo)

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Jan 9, 2016 to Apr 2, 2016

In complete contrast to our last choice, Sukeroku is loud, obnoxious, and a complete flirt. Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju follows the lives of two amateur Rakugo performers in the Showa era, during and after World War II. Rakugo is a traditional Japanese performing art. One performer memorizes a play and then acts it out as a one-man act. These are almost always comedies with the goal being to get the audience to laugh.

If you love traditional Japanese culture and lifestyle anime, this is one that you can’t miss. One of the main characters, Sukeroku, starts as a poor orphan but builds his way up into being one of the most popular Rakugo performers of his time. And being so popular comes with perks. A bit of a lush and definitely a player, you can often find Sukeroku in the red-light district. But his playboy nature doesn’t distract from his hotness. This muscle-bound comedian can keep you laughing and sweep you off your feet.

8. Sinbad- Magi: Sinbad no Bouken (Magi: Adventure of Sinbad)

  • Episodes:13
  • Aired: Apr 16, 2016 to Jul 2, 2016

Magi: Sinbad no Bouken is the spin-off series from the immensely popular anime Magi. This story delves into the backstory of one of the main characters, Sinbad. We learn how he obtained as many djinn as he has, and the history behind his rise to fame.

In the original Magi anime, we see Sinbad as this ripped magician who has it all. This new anime shows us that he didn’t start that way and he had to start from the bottom, just like everyone else. This definitely gives him a more human appeal. But despite this new, younger look, Sinbad could not avoid being put on the Top 10 sexiest male anime characters list. I mean, have you seen him?

7. Jousuke Higashikata- JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 4: Diamond wa Kudakenai (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable)

  • Episodes: 39
  • Aired: Apr 2, 2016 to Dec 24, 2016

When you talk about Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, you know that everyone in that anime is quite a character. It is full of sexy posing men, but for this list we decided to go with the noble Jousuke Higashikita. He always fights for justice, and in style. This hot-headed character is a whole lot of fine, but also true to his heart, which is always sexy.

Jousuke is a high school student who lives in the town of Morioh and can fix just about anything. When some strange occurrences start happening, Jousuke begins investigating the cause and gets dragged in farther than he expected. Jousuke has a greaser style get-up and can be cute at times. But, when he gets serious about standing up for justice you better stand back. And whatever you do, don’t joke about his hair.

6. Dazai Osamu- Bungo Stray Dogs

  • Episodes:12
  • Aired: Apr 7, 2016 to Jun 23, 2016

Bungo Stray Dogs is just starting its second season, so season one must have done something right. This story follows a group of boys with special abilities that are recruited by a secret crime-fighting organizations. These supernatural powers help them catch criminals and solve cases that the normal police can’t handle.

Dazai Osamu is an immortal teenager with a really strong death wish. If you don’t mind spending a fortune on bandages, Dazai would make an adorable boyfriend. Always joking with his fellow investigators, he is a cutie pie that can also make you laugh. Of course, like with all suicidal maniacs, he has a bit of a dark, serious side, so be careful of which Dazai you’ll be getting that day.

5. Sakamoto- Sakamoto desu ga? (Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr 8, 2016 to Jul 1, 2016

Haven’t you heard? I’m Sakamoto (Bitch). If you haven’t seen the coolest, most stylish, most sophisticated boy in high school, then you have been living under a rock. This story follows the handsome Sakamoto as he lives the normal everyday life of a high school student (not). Just daily activities of P.E. class, dealing with bullies, and helping out friends. The only difference is that he does these in the most stylish way possible.

Sakamoto takes the glasses character stereotype to a whole new level. While we never get to hear Sakamoto’s thoughts throughout the show, we become all too familiar with the adulation he regularly receives from his classmates (and the narrator). Sakamoto makes all the girls drool and all the guys admire him with his over-the-top coolness. Sakamoto’s sexiness comes from his constantly stylish conduct, huge intellect, and ripped bod. (cough)

4. Tsurumaru Kuninaga- Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

  • Episodes:12
  • Aired: Oct 3, 2016 to Dec 19, 2016

Touken Ranbu’s sexy anime boy game is strong, it was hard to pick one out of the many good options. In this show, boys are the embodiments of famous historical swords. Their mission is to protect their histories from being altered. We get to follow the daily lives and interactions of these cuties.

No matter your type, you will find a character to love in this show. We went with Tsurumaru because he seems to be an all-around favorite. He is cheerful and has a lively nature, one that is easy to become friends with. With his deep voice and toned body though, he safely falls out of the cute category and solidly in the sexy one.

3. Tuxedo Mask- Sailor Moon Crystal III

  • Episodes: 13
  • Aired: Apr 4, 2016 to Jun 27, 2016

This is a classic choice and is this high on the list because of the hard punch in the face of nostalgia. We were all once just an adorable high school student dreaming about Tuxedo Mask coming to save us in the night (don’t lie). With the reboot of Sailor Moon all of those childhood fantasies have been rekindled. Who doesn’t want a dark and mysterious savior to whisk you away to the moon kingdom.

No matter what persona you prefer, Tuxedo Mask or Mamoru, both are an excellent choice for our Top 10 list. Sailor Moon is full of romance and is over-the-top drama. Tuxedo Mask can make anyone feel like a princess. When a mysterious, sexy man comes and throws roses at your feet, what else can you do but fall head-over-heels.

2. Narsus- Arslan Senki (TV): Fuujin Ranbu (The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance)

  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Jul 3, 2016 to Aug 21, 2016

In this new season of Arslan we get a closer look into one of the main supporting characters. Narsus is Arslan’s strategist and close friend. In this story the crew have gone to the port city of Gilan to gain support for Arslan’s claim to the throne. In the process of building an army, Narsus encounters one of his old friends and soon learns that he is not as friendly as he used to be.

Narsus is a wet dream come to life. (There, we said it!) His character design is a perfect mix of bishounen and muscle. This is not hidden, as he constantly has his subordinates fighting for his attention. This show is full of yummy characters but Narsus takes the cake with his suave attitude and drop-dead gorgeous looks.

1.Victor Nikiforov - Yuri!!! on ICE

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct 6, 2016 to Dec 22, 2016

Number one on this list come as no surprise to anyone. Yuri on Ice was the top anime of 2016, with its main characters stealing the hearts of all. But no one this year made us swoon harder than Victor Nikiforov. Five-time ice-skating champion and now coach to Yuuri Katsuki, Victor is officially the sexiest male anime character of 2016. Making girls squeal both in and outside the anime, the ice-skater allure cannot be questioned.

It is arguably the heartwarming and honest nature of Victor that made him so popular this year. We watched him cheer, worry, and root for his mentee Yuuri throughout the show. And as such, making all of us root for them as well. In the show we see Yuuri trying to seduce Victor with his ice-skating, but that is only because Victor has thoroughly seduced everyone already and continues to do so.

2016 was full of ups and downs (a lot of downs) but we can definitely say that we were still gifted by all the new anime eye-candy. Hopefully we can be just as fortunate in 2017.

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Author: Devan Baird

I was the co-founder for the anime convention Swampcon at the University of Florida. Currently living and working in Tokyo as a writer, editor, and video editor. With my daily vlog on everyday life in Tokyo, you can see how the Japanese lifestyle can be completely different from what you expected!

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