The world is abuzz with news of the Olympics in Tokyo as a very unorthodox version of these famous games is taking place. As if anime fans needed more encouragement to tie their favorite anime characters to the athletes participating in Japan, Japan has made it a priority to catch the attention of anime fans specifically. Aside from Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan, Slam Dunk and Haikyuu openings helped hype up the crowd for their respective sports of basketball and volleyball. Seeing these incredible athletes showing off their tremendous expertise moves us regardless of their appearance. However, it’s always a bonus when the person in question is talented AND hot. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 5 hottest male athletes in anime!
5. Akane "Prince" Kashiwazaki from Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru (Run with the Wind)
While being attractive is certainly not his first, or even fifth thought, Prince gets his name for his princely looks as if he’s stepped out of a fantasy manga. Since he’s a total otaku, he doesn’t care much what people think of him and instead, is more concerned about what people think of his favorite series. With thick eyelashes, stylish hair, and big, beautiful eyes, he’s an effortless kind of hot! Once he learns how to run without gasping like a dying fish, Prince becomes a vision of beauty on the track.
4. Onagawa Nagayoshi from Bakuten!! (Backflip!!)
Onagawa is a beloved teammate and super cute third year on the Shoushukan High School's Rhythmic Gymnastics team. His stylish dyed hair sets him apart from the other members with their single hair colors and styles. Onagawa’s choppy, long, pink and blond hair makes him stand out but his charming and positive demeanor enables him to deal with the attention. He knows how to act cute and when to act confident and is able to endear himself to his team by being his goofy, loveable self. Watching him sore through the air with his graceful backflips forces you to see what an intense competitor he is despite the image his hair might give others. His laid-back demeanor is nowhere to be seen once the competitions start, rising his attractiveness level even further!
3. Katsuki Yuuri from Yuri!!! on Ice!
Yuuri starts out as a reserved, unconfident young man before transforming into an absolute sex machine on the ice thanks to the tutelage of Victor Nikiforov. This shy man’s routine is called Eros for crying out loud! Everything from Yuuri’s feet to his eyes is meant to seduce his audience as he rides the ice, somehow seeming vulnerable and dominant at the same time. Yuri has to find his inner temptress to not only fight for his place on the world stage but also for the heart of his coach and boyfriend! While not always the most obviously hot guy in the room, Yuri’s impressive and downright sexy athletic performance earns him the number 3 spot on our list.
2. Tanaka Nalu from Wave!!: Surfing Yappe!! (TV) (WAVE!! -Let's go surfing!!-)
It’s always a bonus when the hot athletes are shirtless, but Nalu doesn’t even need to be competing to show a little chest! With his lazily tied back shoulder-length hair and his piercing gold eyes, he’s a great combo of effortless hotness and intensity. He is incredible to behold on the water flipping his wet hair back as his muscles are highlighted by the shining sun. Nalu has his own fangirls he treats well by throwing winks and smiles at them as he passes and he seems to enjoy the attention to a degree. A hot guy who knows he’s hot and likes to entertain his audience gets extra points for crowd appeal!
1. Oikawa Tooru from Haikyuu!! (Haikyu!!)
The great king of the court is our number 1 hottest male athlete because he’s not just casually hot or temporarily hot… Oikawa is all appeal all (most) of the time. His hair is styled just so, his expressions are utilized to make your knees weak, and he knows how to act like the most dominant guy on the court. His voice has a flirty, teasing tone that makes you swoon unless you’re on the other end of his creative insults. While Oikawa can be a little petty at times, his confidence and understanding of how to work a crowd make it seem like he’s above everyone else. Hate him or love him, you can’t deny his incredible charm and powerful persona even as he’s staring you down and insulting you! In fact, that’s a bonus to some of us.
When you look at a group of people who dedicate their lives to their respective sports, it’s not surprising that they would be attractive. Aside from just the physical changes that happen to a person when they’re exercising and training constantly, people who represent a sport often attach importance to the way they look as a means of further repping their sport. Our society places so much emphasis on someone’s worth or potential based on how they carry themselves and by their appearance so looking good is just another extension of an athlete’s commitment to doing their best. It’s a win-win for us sports fans who also like cute guys! We hope you enjoyed our top 5 hottest anime athletes and would love to see your favorites in the comments!