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Fan-service will always be a part of anime. There have been numerous ways how to give fan-services to us viewers and one of these is the well known shirtless/topless trope. This trope has been currently famous around with female audiences especially with the coming of the anime Free! Some girls can’t help but squeal at seeing that sexy shirtless anime character and some boys can’t help but be fascinated and commend that character for their appeal.
Triceps, biceps, and abs~ from completely naked at the top or just plain wearing revealing tops, they are here! Our list will showcase men who are too good for their shirts and doesn’t shy away their upper bodies. Instead, them being topless helps them boost their charm and charisma at greater levels.
10. Mikisugi, Aikuro from Kill la Kill
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: Oct. 2013-Mar. 2014
First on our list the unique homeroom teacher Aikuro. Mikisugi, Aikuro is an undercover spy of nudist beach rebel group posing as a teacher of Honnoji Academy. Before the start of the series, he worked as an assistant under Matoi, Isshin who eventually lead him to watch Ryuko and show her Senketsu as per request of his friend. Aikuro is first seen to be a quiet and an unkempt teacher. But once he reviled his true persona, he is very eccentric and can be very unpredictable. Despite this, he truly cares for his students and when push comes to shove, he becomes collected and serious.
Aikuro may look lame in his disguise as a teacher but once you remove all that he is actually a stunning man. He likes to strip when given the chance. When he does so, he slowly takes off his shirt, and we really mean very slowly with style and makes ridiculous model poses. His most notable feature is his pink glowing nipples. He might look weird giving those poses but hey, he sure does have the body to show it off.
9. Armstrong, Alex Louis from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Hagane no Renkijutsushi)
- Episodes: 64
- Aired: Apr. 2009-Jul. 2010
Armstrong is famous for being the strong arm alchemist and this is no joke as it is very evident on his heavy built. He is a state alchemist and an officer of the Amestrian state military. Often used as a comedic relief, he easily cries when he is happy or sad and does funny body flexing techniques. He may look intimidating at first but this guy is actually a softhearted person. Armstrong is genuinely kind and caring to those around him, often checking their well-being.
Just like our selection above, he is proud and quite boastful when his body is concerned. With just one flex of his muscles, he can tear his top garments instantly. Whether it is an important gathering, fighting the bad goons, making someone happy, this guy takes every opportunity he gets to flex those muscles up. Armstrong has a funny tendency to radiate pink sparkles when he shows off and likes to give tight hugs that cause injury to the poor victim. His hard earned muscles deserve him to have a spot on our list.
8. Gilgamesh from Fate/Zero 2nd Season
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Apr. 2012-Jun. 2012
Gilgamesh is an archer class servant under Tohsaka, Tokiomi during the fourth holy grail war in Fate/Zero. He is called the king of heroes most notable of being the richest king at his time thus him possessing many noble phantasms. Being a powerful being, he is able to withstand any obstacle that comes his way as long as his prideful arrogance doesn’t get to his head. The Epic of Gilgamesh states his destiny to be king and his great achievements with his friend Enkidu.
It does take time to see Gilgamesh in his topless state, but once you do, it will be an unforgettable moment. After the destruction that the grail has left in the city, Gilgamesh announced to Kotomine, Kirei that they have won the holy grail war. While he gives the good news to Kirei through, he rests himself on top of a pile of rocks, speaking casually while naked. From how he positions himself, it is quite obvious that this man not only takes pride with his strength but also with his chiseled body. It's an amazing scene really, him confidently showing his dignified self in spite of the world going down around him.
7. Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter
- Episodes: 148
- Aired: Oct. 2011-Sept. 2014
Hisoka is someone to be feared for his devious acts and sadistic attitude. As he is a magician, he dons a jester joker like appearance. He uses his tricks to deceive people and only wants to fight strong people as it gives him sexual gratification. To simply put he loves destruction and violence. None much is known about his past, making him one of the most enigmatic character in the series.
Hisoka doesn’t usually show his body in the series. But when he does, he sure doesn’t disappoint. Whether the shot is from the back or from the front, you can see those fine details in his muscles. He has nice triceps and those abs are just wow. No wonder Biscuit Krueger can’t help but drool and be flustered at what she saw. Also, the shock on Gon and Killua’s reaction during that scene was just priceless. Head’s up! Hisoka’s topless moments are commonly seen when he takes a bath. Just like Gilgamesh in this list, his the epitome of shamelessness.
6. Sinbad from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Oct. 2012-Mar. 2013
Born and raised in a town of Parthevia Empire, Sinbad acquired his first dungeon at the tender young age of 14. Since that time, he has achieved a lot of things during his journey, earning him loyal subordinates/ subjects, obtaining more djinns and being ultimately a king of his respective kingdom. With everything he has done, he indeed deserves to be respected and honored. He is known by many to be flirtatious and a charmer. He likes to get drunk and surround himself with women. However, this man gets serious when the need of time arises, therefore, will not hesitate to use other means to attain what he believes is right.
Sinbad has shown us time and time again his wonderful toned body and does not shy away with it. He is probably the only one who could pull off wearing nothing but a leaf covering him through at the cost of him being dimmed as a pervert. His body has been this way due to years of journeying around the seven seas in search of knowledge and adventure. In any djinn equip he does, it still shows that sexy emphasis of his body.
5. Kagami, Taiga from Kuroko’s Basketball (Kuroko no Basuke)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: Apr. 2012-Sept. 2012
Hot-headed, fierce, and stubborn, Kagami’s goal is to surpass the Generation of Miracles. He was born in Japan but was raised for quite awhile in the U.S. During his stay there, he learned to love and properly play basketball. Kagami is the ace and power forward of Seirin High and one of his most powerful trait of his is his jumping ability. Kuroko and he might have some minor arguments here and there, but when the two of them are on the court, these two are unstoppable.
His passion for basketball has given him the strength to be the best in court and of course has given him that well-endowed body. Keep in mind that this guy has been playing basketball in his younger days, surely this is one of the reasons on how he attained his ripped body. It only goes to show hard work really pays off. He is tall and has good built making it a very nice combination. For someone at his age, he really did a good job of making his body sizzling hot.
4. Nanase, Haruka from Free!: Iwatobi Swim Club (Free!)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: Jul. 2013-Sept. 2013
The anime that made its season hotter comes Free! Free! Is overflowing with hot topless guys but we believe that Haruka tops them all when it comes to this category. Haruka came from the humble town of Iwatobi where he has grown to love water. He only swims freestyle and has an obsession with eating mackerel. Even though he has a talent when it comes to swimming, he is also good with using his hands, able to draw nice art and carve a nicely done Iwatobi mascot doll. He is a quiet young man and may come off as expressionless, but once we dig dipper into his character, the audience can see how abundant his expressions are.
When Haruka sees a body of water where he can swim into, he will not have a second thought to remove all his clothes leaving only his swimwear. Everything with Haruka’s built is just right. Not very heavy on muscles and not too light either. Our protagonist gives off this sophisticated look that is sexy and hot at the same time, without being too much on our eyes.
3. Kurosaki, Ichigo from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Aired: Oct. 2004-Mar. 2012
Kurosaki, Ichigo always had the urge to protect others most especially his family and comrades. This was mainly because he blames himself for the death of his mother which he believes he was unable to protect. Ichigo from the very beginning is not just your ordinary person as he is able to see ghosts in his younger years until he grew up to be a teenager. So it's really not surprising that there will come a day that he will use his unique ability to see hidden entities fight for the greater good as a shinigami. He is determined, impulsive and quite a stubborn young man.
If you have been following bleach for quite some time, you will notice that each time he gets stronger and better, he becomes more muscular and vigorous. We always see him train his body at its peak in order to go all out during his battles. Fortunately, when he wears casual clothes, he wears those tight ones, it clings perfectly to his body and gives more depth to it. Although when he is in his shinigami clothes, we may see so little, but the best part is when his top is ripped off and you can see those well-detailed muscles. How about that, Fan-service during an intense fight~
2. Portgas D. Ace from One Piece
- Episodes: 743
- Aired: Oct. 1999- Currently Airing
Fire Fist Ace aka just Ace, is probably well known as one of the best brothers there is in the anime world. Ace and Luffy are really not blood brothers but their bond is just like that. Ace is the 2nd division commander of the Whitebeard pirates and is respected by his fellow crew members because of his good leadership and his marvelous fighting skills. He is kind, active, funny and has that unique appeal that both genders will love. It is a norm for him to sleep when he eats and although a pirate, he cannot swim and becomes paralyzed when almost half of his body is covered in water.
Compared to his brother Luffy, he has more of a bulkier appearance and taller. His physique is superb and those tattoos that are attached to him adds more to his charisma. Ace has an immense full strength and durability and it shows just how much his body has become sturdier looking through years of being a pirate.
1. Fullbuster, Gray from Fairy Tail
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: Oct. 2009-Mar. 2013
For our number one, we will have Gray who has no qualms of displaying his astonishing body out in the open for everyone to see. Fullbuster, Gray is a member of the fairy tail guild that uses the power of ice. Having no parents because of a demon attack in his hometown, he was rescued by Ur and made him as one of her apprentices. Vengeance took over him at one point and caused him the life of the person who thought him the art of Ice. That is why until now, he readily sacrifices himself for the safety of his friends as not to feel responsible again if something wrong happens. As a wielder of ice, he is often seen having friendly clashes with his teammate Natsu due to their opposing elements and considers his friends as an important part of him.
Due to his rigorous training with ice, his body has become adaptable and tolerant of cold substance or surroundings. It has been a running gag in the series as well as his habit of taking off his clothes without knowing and is surely more comfortable to move freely when he has too little to wear. We can only be thankful for his guardian Ur for picking out this funny habit of his.
As Matsuoka Gou (from free!) has stated "Many things can't be expressed through notes. Muscles are best in the flesh! All of these muscles simultaneously in one place! Wonderful! Marvelous!". Many of us have variating different taste especially with these kinds of stuff, for us at Honey’s Anime, we believe that the characters are written on this list deserve to be here. So how about you? Who was your favorite on this list? What more characters who execute this Shirtless/ Topless troupe magnificently? Let us know in the comment section below.