On Saturday, May 6th, King Charles III will be formally coronated as the king of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth realms. This is a historic event for many reasons, especially considering the late Queen Elizabeth II reigned for 70 years—many people have only known one monarch in their life!
While the U.K. colonies toast the new king with tea and crumpets, the rest of the world can go about answering the far more important question: Who’s the best king in manga? From demon kings to emperors, the rich world of fantasy manga has no shortage of kingly figures!
So join us today on Honey’s Anime as we join the Coronation celebrations and discuss the Top 5 Kings in Manga!
5. King Toma E. Fiore / Mato from Fairy Tail
While King Charles’ coronation is going to be a big affair, we don’t think it’ll be quite as spectacular as the Grand Magic Games of Fairy Tail! While the diminutive king of Fiore might be lacking in power (and height) compared to his daughter Hisui, he’s fundamentally a good-hearted king who just wants to entertain his people!
Dressing up in the pumpkin-headed costume of ‘Mato,’ the King of Fiore takes to the stage as the presenter of the Grand Magic Games. He fully commits himself to the role, all to entertain his guests (and provide running commentary on the magic battles, of course!).
What more can you ask from a king besides a good sense of humor?!
4. Muzan Kibutsuji from Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
Part-time Demon King and full-time Michael Jackson cosplayer Muzan Kibutsuji is as charismatic as he is terrifyingly powerful. He might be humanity’s deadliest enemy, but not every king makes a name for themselves from their good deeds—and Muzan is definitely Bad!
As the progenitor of all demon-kind, Kibutsuji leads the Twelve Kizuki—the most powerful and Dangerous of his demon underlings. Lurking behind his many facades is an obsession with his own omnipotence—only until the Break of Dawn, of course, since Kibutsuji is still vulnerable to sunlight!
We guess you could call Muzan Kibutsuji a . . . Smooth Criminal (okay okay, we’ll stop now, we promise!).
3. Anos Voldigoad from Maou Gakuin no Futekigousha (The Misfit of Demon King Academy)
Another demon king on the list, Anos Voldigoad was once the Demon King of Tyranny—but after tiring of constant bloodshed, he reincarnated himself two thousand years later, finding the world to have progressed into an age of magic that now reveres the peace brought about by the Demon King.
The only problem? Fact and fiction have gotten mixed up, and Anos is branded a ‘misfit’ thanks to his prodigious magical power and the gap between Anos’ and society’s views on the Demon King!
Despite acting superior and having a chaotic streak, Anos has a good moral compass, and takes care of his friends and family. He was willing to sacrifice his life for the chance that it would bring peace to the world—now that’s a Demon King we can get behind!
2. Julius Novachrono from Black Clover
While the title of ‘Wizard King’ might only be a distant goal for Black Clover’s protagonist, Asta, the position is currently filled by the 28th Wizard King, the charmingly childish Julius Novachrono. His obsession with magic knows no bounds, and he’s been known to disguise himself as an ordinary citizen just to sneak around investigating magic!
Of course, when the chips are down, Julius lives up to his fearsome reputation, utilizing his immense store of magic power to manipulate Time itself—speeding himself up, healing wounds by reversing time, or even trapping enemies by freezing them in time.
The Wizard King might be a little on the quirky side, but hey—it’s good to enjoy what you love!
1. Caitel Lereg Ilestri Pre Agrigent from Daughter of the Emperor
Daughter of the Emperor is a popular manhwa series that focuses on the bond between father and daughter. The infant-aged Ariadna was reincarnated with all her memories of her life in Korea—but unfortunately for her, her father is a tyrannical emperor!
Emperor Caitel is brutal and cruel, but—very slowly—manages to gain new humanity and warmth thanks to his daughter. Ariadna will use all her cute-baby-power in an attempt to prevent her father from murdering her and others—a dangerous game to play when you’re still wearing diapers!
Caitel might be one of the most blood-thirsty rulers on this list, but he’s (occasionally) a good dad where it counts, so—uh, points for that?
From conquerors to entertainers, kings in manga are oftentimes as eccentric as they are powerful—heavy is the head that wears the crown, after all! We doubt the Coronation of King Charles III will involve too many pumpkin-headed mascots or time-traveling demon lords—which might be a good thing, now that we think about it!
Who’s your favorite king in manga or anime? Let us know down in the comments below, and as always, thanks for reading!