Anime with Cool Male Lead – A Great List

This list showcases top anime with cool male lead. When we talk about the coolness of a character we consider attitude, behavior composure amidst problems or difficulties. Additional consideration includes the general look and style of the character making them look cool inside and out. Since this word is subjective, you might agree or not with what is in our list, so please try to comment if you don’t agree and give us some anime that deserves to be in this list.


Kaede Rukawa – Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk is a sports anime – basketball. It is very popular to anime fans in the 90s. Even if its an old anime, its considered to be among the classic and one of the best anime of all time. Kaede Rukawa is one of the main protagonists in this anime. He is very popular with girls because of his genius-level skill when it comes to playing basketball. Rukawa looks really cool when he is in the court.

When it comes to his character, we could say that he is somewhat cold or insensitive and does not easily get attached to anyone. When not playing basketball, he is often found sleeping on the rooftop of their school building or even during class.




Echizen Ryoma – Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis is another popular sports anime – tennis. The whole anime series revolves around the story of the male lead who is Echizen Ryoma. He is an exceptional tennis player and already has won a lot of competitions. What’s cool about this is the fact that he is just 12 years old. Yes, you heard it right, a young new student in Seigaku middle school is the star. He is known for the catchphrase he says when he gets serious in a game: “Mada Mada Dane” which means No, not yet.

Most of the time Ryoma is arrogant but this is mainly because of his natural talent in the sport and his deep desire to excel and surpass his father. He is also very popular among women because of his dominance and cool attitude when playing tennis.


Saitama – One Punch Man

Who does not know about Saitama of One Punch Man? I am pretty confident that around 95% of anime fans know about thing strong characters who are known for literally erasing enemies with just one punch. It’s only a 12-episode anime series and every episode will be worth the time. The coolness of Saitama is in his ability to relax in front of very powerful and strong enemies. He has this big confident in himself that regardless of who you are even if you are a king from another planet, he knows he would win the fight. The best thing about this anime series is that it is not only the main character that looks cool, all the other protagonist and even the enemies look really great as well.

Due to the popularity of Saitama, other bald characters have become popular as well. Check them out here: Most Badass Bald Anime Characters

Are you a big-time Saitama Fan? You might be interested in this cool metal poster.

 


Yagami Light – Death Note

One of the anime series you will not regret watching is Death Note. And the cool male lead here come in the name of Yagami Light. His character is seen as a natural genius who thinks that school is easy is somewhat boring due to the lack of challenge for him. Aside from outstanding academic performance he also has talent in sports. After knowing Yagami, you will certainly admire him for being an excellent planner, problem solver, strategist and above all for making decisive decisions. If you look at it, you’ll realize that Yagami is a complete package, brain, physique and looks.

Death Note is an anime series that does not involve magic, fight scenes, and powerful characters, however, it still became one of the most popular anime series because of its interesting story. And both the main characters are pretty interesting including the whole story.

 


Meliodas – The Seven Deadly Sins

This 2018, one of my favorite anime series is The Seven Deadly Sins. Meliodas is the main protagonist together with her love team Princess Elizabeth. He is the caption of a group of powerful individuals in this era which is called the 7 deadly sins. It is pretty cool to watch Meliodas in a fight because he looks cute but definitely powerful and very skilled when it comes to fights. You will be surprised at how he is able to beat enemies with his physique. He is able to evade enemy attacks easily and defeats them in a few punches only. If you are looking for a hand to hand combat fights, you will appreciate how Meliodas fights.

When it comes to character, Meliodas is a happy go lucky guy and someone who is composed most of the time but easily angered when someone hurts any of the one he loves.


Vash The Stampede – Trigun

Vash is popular with his red trench coat and a somewhat futuristic outfit. His overall appearance looks pretty cool especially with the fact that he is carrying a cross which happens to be a weapon. This guy is a peace-loving person though others might not agree with it since he is extraordinary when it comes to using guns. However, carrying guns during his time is not something surprising because it’s the Wild West era.

Even though he could easily settle every fight or situation with his gun, he prefers to deal with situations the other way around where no one has to sacrifice a life. He usually pulls the trigger when there is no other option aside from fighting. But even in this circumstances, he does not hit the enemy with an intention to kill just neutralize.


Spike Spiegel – Cowboy Bebop

Since we were a child, one of the coolest character we admire are cowboys right? Due to their look and their ability to ride horses effortlessly. Plus, most cowboys are the good guys. The same is true with Spike. He is a tall guy, good with guns and generally excellent in fights.

Though he usually looks simple with his black hair, brown eyes, tall and lean appearance, things get different when it comes to fights. This guy is something that could get the job done and could easily deal with enemies regardless of the number. If you idolize this anime character, just don’t copy one of his habits which is Smoking. This guy is usually seen with a cigarette between his lips. A lot of anime fans could see themselves in the lazy character of Spike where most of the time he is seen lounging or sleeping. There are also times where he walks as if he is sleepwalking.


Ainz Ooal Gown-sama – Overlord

This list would not be complete without Ainz Ooal Gown-sama. This guy is the main character of the anime series Overlord which is very popular today. You will immediately become interested in his character because he is considered by far as the strongest in the world where he is currently living. It’s a game-like world and his level when he was still playing this game was retained when he suddenly found himself inside the game. Due to his high level and wide knowledge about the game he is able to command powerful characters who have a deep loyalty to him. Anime fans are usually at the edge of their seat when Ainz is in action.

Aside from Ainz, there are a ton of other interesting Overlord characters that you have watch out for.


Hiei – Yu Yu Hakusho

Hiei is a short but a really fast and powerful anime character. This guy usually keeps his distance from people even to his friends. He is elusive but that does not make him less of a friend. Oftentimes, he insults Kuwabura due to his lack of power and stupid actions.

Hiei is undeniably one of the strongest characters in this anime series especially when he gets serious and shows his true power by showing his Jagan Eye. His overall personality and looks make him really cool. He is often found in an all-black outfit which somehow shows the dark side of his characters.


Killua – Hunter X Hunter

Among the main characters of Hunter X Hunter, Killua easily stands out. This is due to the fact that he is already far ahead when it comes to power compared to his friends aside from the fact that he is such a cute anime character. He is a member of a family of assassins which is the reason why fighting and even killing is not anymore new to him. Even though he is a kid, he had already undergone a lot of hardships when it comes to training which is the reason for his high level of power and skills.

Killua is only open and friendly to his friends especially to Gon but appears to be rude and less optimistic with others especially strangers. He does not easily give his trust to anymore. When Killua fights and gets serious with it, you’ll see why he became a part of this list. He moves fast with lightning power. Another cool stuff about him is that he could think fast and could easily decide what to do on various situations even those situations where their lives are at stake.


Kaneki – Tokyo Ghoul

At the start of Tokyo Ghoul, Kaneki was still a normal human being living the usual life. Eventually, things changed when an accident happened which led to him becoming a one-eyed ghoul. When you look at this guy, he somehow represents a male student who does not have any athletic background. Aside from the fact that he loves ready books, it is most likely due to his short appearance.

Kaneki looks really cool in his black outfit which is why this character is gaining a lot of fans from the anime world. Aside from his look, his power also is amazing to watch.


Kise Ryouta – Kuroko no Basuke

Kise is outgoing and cheerful, especially to his friends. Due to his outstanding skills in basketball, he’s often arrogant. Though he seems to be playful, things change when he is in the court. When challenged, it makes him even more determined to win and show that he is the best when it comes to playing basketball.

Aside from being a basketball player, Kise also works as a model which is why a lot of girls admire him. He is cool both inside and outside the court.

If you enjoy watching sports anime, we have a great list here: Top 10 Best Sports Anime 


Shiba Tatsuya – The Irregular in Magic High School

Shiba is a student of National Magic University Affiliated First High School. He is in his teenage years and living together with his younger sister. You will immediately notice his deep-blue eyes and serious gaze. There is nothing outstanding in his appearance but you could be confident that he is someone who is dependable.


Levi – Attack on Titan

Levi is short with black hair who also comes with intimidating blue eyes. He often wears a look that seems to be frowning or without any sort of expression. He is one of those people who wants everything around him to be clean which earns him the alias ‘Clean Freak’ by those people who know him. Other people find it hard to be with him since he is not the approachable type of person.

So there you go, these are just some of the many anime with the coolest male leads. These guys are among the reason why we continue to follow our favorite anime series. If you think there is anyone I missed, please leave a comment below so I could update the content.

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Top 10 Best Sports Anime You Should Be Watching Right Now!

Check out this list of best sports anime anime to watch if you are looking for new sports-inspired anime series.  This list includes new anime titles so there’s a huge possibility that you’ve never heard of them before.  So enjoy binge watching these awesome anime related to sports and be inspired to be the best sportsman you can be!


Yowamushi Pedal

Cycling Anime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAr3deNuU6s

Yowamushi Pedal combines the fun and competition in road racing with humorous and lovable main characters to create an anime that can make anyone smile even on a bad day.  There are other anime shows out there that focuses on biking but only Yowamushi Pedal offers the complete package. With this, arguably one of the top anime series in the sports category.



The story revolves around Sakamichi Onoda and the Sohoku Cycling Club. Onoda is not the usual anime protagonist.  He doesn’t have overpowered tools or inborn talents that can help him surpass challenges with ease. Onoda only has one dream as he starts his high school days and that is to be a member of the Anime Club and to have conversations with fellow Otakus.  Sports was never on his mind but everything changed when he learned that the Anime Club in his new school has been closed as it lacks members. Out of desperation to revive the club, Onoda found himself having a race with Shunsuke Imaizumi, a passionate road racer who has been practicing since childhood.  From that time on, Onoda slowly realized his potential in cycling and gained new friends in the process.  How can the clumsy Onoda help Sohoku High Cycling Club win against other strong school teams?  Will his dream as an Otaku come true?

 


Haikyu!!

Volleyball Anime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eBB7EtT7E9M

Volleyball is a sport often associated with pretty girls wearing sexy shorts.  Of course it’s far from the truth because volleyball offers a lot more.  Volleyball is an intense sport where a team would need flawless teamwork, members that have undergone physical and mental training, and an experienced coaching staff to compete. Among the many anime sport out there, only Haikyu!! featured volleyball and all the wondrous things that comes with playing it with your friends.  This anime has all the elements every Otaku is searching for including a protagonist who initially has a lot of disadvantages but is slowly growing to become the best, budding friendship between rivals, cute anime girls, cool animation fight scenes, and heart-warming situations every now and then.  Shoyo Hinata, the main protagonist of Haikyu!! will surely keep you at the edge of your seat every time he jumps to spike the ball.  He is an enthusiastic junior High School student who has no other goal other than reaching the level of his idol, Tobio Kageyama who is also known as the “King of the Court”.  Climbing to the top stage is impossible with his skills alone but with the help of his equally talented and passionate teammates, standing on the same court with his idol won’t remain as a dream for long.

 


Kuroko’s Basketball

Basketball Anime

Basketball is one of the most famous team sports of all time.  To be a good basketball player, one needs to know how to dribble on both hands, shoot the ball precisely, and guard the rim to disallow easy points for the opposing team.  It’s an intense multibillion sports which is why a couple of anime series have been inspired by it. The old-school anime Slam Dunk is one of them and was quite popular because of its humorous take on basketball.  However, if you’re looking for a new and a more serious one, Kuroko’s Basketball is the best choice.  This basketball anime features  a protagonist named Tetsuya Kuroko.  He belongs to the basketball era known as Generation of Miracles and was known as the Phantom Six Man.  Unlike average basketball players, Kuroko’s stamina, strength, and agility are subpar.  He is also not a good shooter when he started playing for Seirin High School.  What makes him standout and worthy of becoming a starter despite being a first year is his unbelievable passes.  He hides his presence and initiates plays that are almost impossible to anticipate.  Kuroko’s lack of presence is good in both offense and defense.  He can sneak behind a player or disrupt passing lanes to steal the ball.  But can a player who lacks both talent and physical gifts to play basketball win against those that are gifted?  How will Kuroko prove that basketball is more than just scoring?

 


Ace of Diamond

Baseball Anime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HbxC0oVGEE

Imagine stepping on the diamond in a large baseball filed. The crowd is cheering wildly and your team is leading but by only one point.   One more strike and the batter will be out but your arm is in pain after throwing since the start of the game.   This kind of intense moment and many more are highlighted in Ace of Diamond.  This anime show is inspired by baseball, a sport that is able to gather a huge fan base because of its drama as mind-blowing strategies and techniques are displayed every game.  Eijun Sawamura is the main protagonist in Ace of Diamond.  He is a hardworking and talented pitcher.  His unique way of pitching was good enough to give him a place in the Seido High School. Although it wasn’t easy at first, Sawamura gradually improved.  He was able to gain the trust of his teammates and seniors one game after another.  They all shared the hardships of training and defeat which strengthened not just their baseball skills but most importantly the bond they formed as close friends.  Ace of Diamond is a an anime with a lot of heart-breaking scenes so don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.  Will Sawamura’s pitch debut in the nationals?  How can he lead his team to victory against teams that have overflowing talent?

 


Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

Swimming Anime

Do you know another anime made to promote tourism for a certain town?  Free! Iwatobi Swim Club is probably the first one.  Aside from featuring wonderful places in Iwatobi, this anime series is also about friendship, love, and rivalry.  The story revolves around Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin.  The first three founded the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.   It was out of a whim but the club turned out to be a success even though its base is just their school’s rundown outdoor pool. If you were once part of a pioneer group, you’ll easily relate to both their hardships and successes while building a new club from scratch.  Rin is their rival. They all thought that he was in Australia but he suddenly challenged Haruka to a race and won.  This is one of the few anime show that is inspired by swimming making it unique.  You’ll also learn various swimming techniques while watching the anime making it a good watch for those who want to learn.  Free! has a distinct humor that can easily brighten up your day.  Watching this anime is a must not just for swimming enthusiasts but most importantly for Otakus who are searching for a different kind offsetting while still enjoying the vibrant feel and easy-going atmosphere that school anime brings.

 


Hajime No Ippo

Boxing Anime

One power punch after another, Makunouchi Ippo’s opponent is thrown from side to side until he falls on the ground.  This is just one of the jaw-dropping fight scenes in Hajime No Ippo.  This martial arts anime show features boxing, one of the most popular and among the oldest combat sports in the world.  The story started as the main protagonist Ippo was saved by an aspiring light-heavy weight boxer Mamoru Takamura from bullies.  Ippo admired his savior’s strength and pleaded to help him train and be a boxer.  Takamura gave Ippo a seemingly impossible task for a beginner to discourage Ippo but the youngster pulled through it somehow.  It was then clear to Takamura that Ippo has both the needed physique and attitude to be a formidable boxer in the near future.

His trainer also had the same realization after witnessing Ippo’s sparring match against an upcoming boxing genius. Ichirou Miyata.  From that day onwards, Ippo faced numerous boxers with different attitudes and fighting styles.  His boxing improved after every fight. Supplemented with rigorous training and guidance from a coach who is a former boxing champion, Ippo became a champion.  Despite being a boxing champion, Ippo remained hungry.  Will Ippo eventually know the true meaning of strength?  Can Ippo’s punch, which managed to conquer Japan, be enough to reach the world stage?

 


Baby Steps

Tennis Anime

To some, Tennis is a boring sport.  It’s like an upsized version of Ping-Pong.  However, there is more to tennis than meets the eye.  To start, it requires crazy amount of training to become a good tennis player.  This is true especially if you are preparing for a single match.  You’ll be alone in the court and you’re expected to receive every ball passed to your side regardless if it’s on the farthest corner from you.  A good tennis player must have inexhaustible stamina and impeccable reaction.  Having a good idea about what goes behind every tennis match can help you enjoy Baby Steps.  This anime series that is inspired by Tennis is all about Eiichiro Maruo.  He is an honor student known for taking notes.  His notes are made in great detail which is why most of his classmates depend on him greatly.  Who would have thought that his peculiar talent of taking notes could help him become a great tennis player?  His strength as a tennis player is not the power of his smashes or his agile movements but on how he carefully laid out strategies prior a match.  His game plans are created based on his notes and prior research about his opponents making him the greatest enemy of those who look down on others just because they are physically inferior.  But will this way of playing tennis be enough for him to be professional?  Can his notes defy the norm and make his tennis be known worldwide?

 


Days

Soccer Anime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyvCqUjtnUo

Soccer is a famous team sport especially in European countries. It is best played with friends though s due to its physicality.  Those who play soccer together develop a strong bond after diving for the ball, using their own skills to advance the ball, and yelling cheers after scoring a goal.  This is why the new soccer-inspired anime sport entitled Days is steadily gaining fans.  Days is about friendship, hard-work, overcoming trials, and standing up after defeat.  This anime revolves around the personal and school life of Tsukushi Tsukamoto, Jin Kazama, and their teammates in the Seiseki High Soccer Club. Tsukamoto and Jin became friends after a futsal.  The invitation came from Jin and Tsukamoto accepted it despite being doubtful of the intention because he is weak and is often bullied.  For Tsukamoto, being invited by someone to any sports event and having the chance to gain new friends is like a dream come true.  He worked hard during the match and even injured himself to not disappoint Jin.  It worked out well as Jin was amazed about Tsukamoto’s perseverance.    Tsukamoto decided to join the Seiseki High School Soccer Club to be with Jin but it was not easy.  His weak body was a major hindrance but he overcame the challenge by training more than his peers.  How will Tsukamoto help their soccer team achieve new heights?  Is he truly a one in a million talent like Jin and his seniors expect him to be?

 


All Out!

Football Anime


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhETQkLNuTA

Are you tired of re-watching Eye Shield 21 to satisfy your hunger for more football anime action?  Eye Shield 21 is a classic anime about sports that deserves a place in the top ten best in its category but it’s about time to move on.  How about trying All Out! for a change? This anime is inspired by football like Eye Shield 21 but it offer a refreshing art style and new characters that you’ll surely love.  The story starts with Kenji Gion and his passion towards football.  He wants to be strong and be the best in the sport despite being short.  Both height and bulk are required to be a good football player since this sport is very physical.  You need to stop the opposing team from scoring by tackling the ball handler and submersing him in the ground.  If you’re short, you’ll only be ran over or tossed aside.  Gion plans to overcome his height disadvantage through training and technique.  As expected, his road to be the best football player and to help his team win against tough opponents is far from being a walk in the park. Both his body’s condition and mind’s resolve are tested in every match.  Can Gion become his team’s secret weapon?  How will he prove everyone wrong and become the best football player in Japan?

 


Prince of Stride: Alternative

Parkour Anime

Parkour is about ingenuity, reflexes, speed, and endurance.  It is an increasingly popular street performance nowadays.  Although it’s not yet considered a sport, it won’t be long until it is considered as one if you look at its growing fan base community.  Would it be cool if we combine Parkour and anime?  The creators of Prince of Stride: Alternative had the same idea and it was welcomed far better than they expected.  This anime boasts mind blowing animation and choreography as the characters move from through a course while skillfully passing over obstacles. The first one to reach the finish line is the winner.  It’s like an anime-version of obstacle racing done in the streets or the school premise.  The race course also offers various paths and challenges so the participant needs good intuition to choose the shortest and easiest one.  Our main protagonist in this anime is Riku Yagami.  He is a talented freshman who can excel in almost every sport.  A lot of clubs have scouted him but Stride caught his attention the most due to its intense nature.  He also met rivals along the way which made him love the sport even more.  Can Riku Yagami and the newly established Honan Stride Club live up to everyone’s expectation? Or will their personal life struggles and misunderstandings derail their journey towards becoming the best Stride Club in Japan?


 



New Sports Anime 2018

Megalo Box

Boxing Anime

In this anime series, the sport of boxing has been influenced by a technology named ‘Gear’. This is the reason why you see some sort of machines in the body of the boxers in the image. One fighter is determined to create a name in the sports and there will be no one who could stop him in his quest.

Uma Musume:

Futuristic Horse Racing

In this anime show, horce racing is a thing in the past. What’s popular is racing with ‘Horse Girls’ involved. These girls have earns and tails of horses plus the speed. Find out how these horse girls will be able to achieve their dream of becoming the horse girls in Japan.

Captain Tsubasa (2018)

Soccer Anime

This anime is a story of an 11 year old  boy named Tsubasa who feel in love with soccer at a very young age. He experiences a different kind of joy when playing soccer which is one of the reason why he wanted to excel and give it all his best.


Other Anime Worth Mentioning

Yuri!!! on Ice

Skating Anime

The story revolves around Yuri who is a great skating athlete. After he experienced a heart breaking lost, it made a big impact on him. Found out how he was able to bounce back and get on the winning track.

Air Gear

Skating Anime

Air Gear is starred by the anime character Ikki who is also known in the nickname ‘Unbeatable Babyface’.  Check out how Ikki got addicted in the technology called ‘Air Trecks’ and how he was able to use it to achieve greater heights.

Slam Dunk

Basketball Anime

Prince of Tennis

Tennis Anime

Baki the Grappler

Mix Martial Arts Anime


So that’s it, these are the top 10 anime shows inspired by sports. Any reaction? Suggestions or recommendations? We would definitely lot to hear from you guys. We all love sports, regardless of what sports we do from Basketball, Soccer to Tennis, the important thing is that we love what we do. That’s just simply the most important thing right? In the anime world even if you do not play any of the sports mentioned above, you would certainly fall in love in at least one of these. The best thing I like about watching this type of anime is the fact that it gets me motivated. It’s one of the reasons why I get up early and do my regular morning run.

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