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Celebrity status, fame, and popularity are what drive the idol culture. Manufactured by the entertainment industry to reflect the needs of young adults, idols are meant to be cast as good role models and the envy of all group circles. When it comes to anime, idols are no different than what we observe in our day to day lives. In particular, anime idol boys are the token dreamboat: attractive, desirable, and perhaps spark a rebellious nature that draws our curiosities even more. With that being said, here is Honey’s Top 10 Anime Idol Boys who possess the qualities that many covet and crave.
- Episodes: Unknown
- Aired: July 2016
The anticipated B-Project: Kodou* Ambitious features Tsubasa, a new employee at a major record company. Immediately upon hiring, Tsubasa is assigned to administer the “B-Project” task, which includes three upcoming groups: Kitakore, Thrive, and MooNs. As this is Tsubasa’s first real job, she must deal with the ups and downs of the recording industry. To top that off, she is involved and must resolve countless of incidents and occurrences between the three groups she is assigned to, ranging in sharp personalities and high demands.
Keeping in tune with various B-Project: Kodou* Ambitious chatter, the boys of MooNs: Tatsuhiro, Kazuna, Hikaru, Momotaro, and Mikado are one of the three groups to look out for in this new anime. By this, the members of MooNs offer the core elements of anime idol-dom: mystery, sex appeal, self-confidence, and conviction.
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: December 1989
Be-Boy Kiddnapp’n Idol is about 16-year-old teen idol superstar, Kazuya. Kazuya has a jam-packed schedule that includes music rehearsals and autograph signing. He has a major female fan base that continues to grow. Aside from being a celebrity, Kazuya spends his free time with his close friend Akihiko, hanging out and playing video games. Protective over Kazuya and over the course of the series, Kazuya and Akihiko’s relationship develops into something more than just friends.
Kazuya’s status as a pop-star grants him the privilege of Top 10 Anime Idol Boys. His lifestyle and the threat on his life for being in the constant limelight comes with the territory of being a mega superstar. Moreover, with the help of his close friend, Akihiko, Kazuya remains grounded and safe in a reality of bright lights. Although he is lax about his superstar status, he does not express the notion of quitting, therefore he enjoys the attention and being in the spotlight.
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2014 – September 2014
Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49 captures the talents and diligence of Ikuma, Kakeru, Shun, Kira, and Kaiki of Harajuku’s next generational band, Shounen Hollywood. This anime covers the hard work idols must endure to make their place in the global scene. Each episode takes hold of each members’ lives before becoming famous and various events therein.
Similar to Uta no Prince-sama, Shounen Hollywood: Holly Stage for 49 chronicles the lives of a group of upcoming male idols. Comparably, their good looks and talents are vital highlights, thus providing a major emphasis on our list of Top 10 Anime Idol Boys. The attitude of the boys are captured, as best described as “the time of their lives,” enjoying the art of music and show business.
- Episodes: 153
- Aired: April 2006 – March 2009
Kirarin Revolution follows 14-year-old, Kirari Tsukishima’s obsession for food, an obsession unlike other teen girls her age, who are typically found swooning over the notable boy band, SHIPS. Her admiration for food suddenly takes a back seat when she meets one of the members of SHIPS, Seiji Hiwatari. By meeting Seiji, her focus is no longer on food, but becoming a teen idol just like Seiji. Showcasing Kirari’s trials and obstacles in becoming a pop idol, she realizes the difficulty but nonetheless is determined to conquer the pop world.
Seiji Hiwatari’s kindness and good looks inspire appeal to Kirari in becoming just like him. Seiji’s seemingly selfless dedication towards Kirari’s growth stems from the lack thereof he received from his parents. The state of fame entwined with his mentorship, as it actually exists, is our reason for Seiji to be included in our list of Top 10 Anime Idol Boys. In addition to his personal attractiveness, the lure of the ever-changing and fast-paced world of a pop idol has Kirari begging for more than a taste.
- Episodes: 49
- Aired: October 1994 – September 1995
Macross 7 underlines that the power of music holds a significant impact to shift greater political conflict. During an uneasy time between aliens and humans, band member Nekki Basara composes music in the hope that his words will solicit peace between the species. As frictions surmount the territories, Nekki travels to various regions, spreading his music and the message in each place, eliciting some instance of change.
Nekki Basara encompasses the role of an idol as well as humanitarian. While many idols are consumed with fame and fortune, Nekki differs from the rest of the boys on the list in that he cares for more than just his own gains. Fortunately, Nekki’s work helps make other people’s lives a little bit better.
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: October 2008 – March 2009
Skip Beat! follows Kyoko Mogami and her infatuation with her childhood friend, Shou Fuwa. Shou desperately seeks to become a rising pop idol and does anything in his power to do so, especially taking advantage of Kyoko. Hanging behind his coattails, Kyoko works odd jobs in order to support her crush, until one day, she realizes it was all for naught. Vowing to achieve revenge on Shou, she enters the entertainment industry herself, attempting to bring down Shou from his high horse.
Shou, although putting Kyoko in an unfavorable position, does anything and everything for his career to climb to the top. With dreams so big, it is transparent that Shou is our choice for Top 10 Anime Idol Boys by reason of his quest for fame and what means he’ll take to get there. Furthermore, he grows to learn it is “lonely at the top,” appreciating Kyoko and what she has done for him once their friendship is threatened by a rival entertainer.
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: January 2016
In King of Prism by Pretty Rhythm, the band “Over the Rainbow” makes its debut and instantly proceeds to the top of the charts. With the objective to be just like Over the Rainbow, Hiro Hayami, and his companions enroll at Edel Rose, an institution designed to breed future idols. Concurrently with the Prism King Cup, Hiro Hayami and his classmates endlessly practice in order to compete and parade their talents, proving if they have what is needed to be like the growing sensation band, Over the Rainbow.
Hiro Hayami is one of our idol boys because he is overwhelmingly popular and the picturesque token idol. He is a natural born leader and incredibly cunning at the expense of others. Everyone flocks to see his performances, showering him with his favorite yellow roses. Once you see this anime, you will no doubt shower him with roses as well!
- Episodes: 1
- Aired: December 2003
Interstella 5555 is a continuation of the background story featured in Daft Punk’s music videos: “One More Time,” “Aerodynamic,” “Digital Love,” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Interstella 5555 highlights the band, the Crescendolls, who are members of a blue alien race. Crescendolls members Arpegius, Octave, Baryl, and Stella are captured by their evil record producer, brainwashed, and sent to Earth. The plot unfolds as they are rescued by a pilot originating from their home planet. Interstella 5555 is a continuous earful of enjoyable music, providing non-stop foot-thumping.
As this is a list for anime idol boys, we have to exclude bass guitarist, Stella. However, Arpegius, the guitarist, Baryl, the metalhead drummer, and Octave, the vocals, and keyboardist of Crescendolls all demonstrate various facets of performers, complementing this awesome techno melody. Each musician can be identifiable to any person, in one way or another, or at least one can imagine being that impressive!
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2016 – March 2016
Sekkou Boys is about Miki Ishimoto’s first day at Holbein Entertainment, managing the rising boy band “The Rockies.” Incidentally, The Rockies are actually four Greco-Roman busts named Saint George, Mars, Hermes and Medici. An ingenious play on the literal and figurative view of idolization, Sekkou Boys displays the guiding background support, in addition to the hard work needed to fuel pop stardom.
Once again, Sekkou Boys makes the cut for Top 10 Anime Idol Boys because they are actual stone idols! On top of that, Sekkou Boys signifies pop culture’s obsession with idol worship and the hysterical spectacle that follows. Their distinct personalities combined with comical relief makes this anime truly amusing.
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: July 2011 – September 2011
Uta no Prince Sama is the story of various young talents enrolled at Saotome Academy, in the hope of reaching stardom through music. Surrounded by musical brilliance and artistry, the protagonist, Haruka Nanami attempts to make her way to the top of the industry, gaining six companions along the way. The progress through each episode demonstrates the journey of students training to become future idols.
Masato, Natsuki, Otoya, Ren, Shou, and Tokiya of St☆rish are part of our list for top 10 anime idol boys because these six individuals exude talent, looks, and charm. The six characters of the St☆rish band support the female protagonist’s passage to fame, providing the anime with great imagery and musical accompaniment.
So there you have it. Feel free to admire and swoon over this list of anime idol boys. In conclusion, these are Honey’s Recommendations for Top 10 Anime Idol Boys. The common elements of pop star sensationalism, idolization, and musical talents are what drive these anime collectively. Further, we know there are tons more out there. Let us know what we’ve missed! What other melodically male idol-driven anime can you suggest to us and other readers? Leave your comments below! * Insert fan(girl/boy) scream here! *
Author: Eva B.
Hello! I’m Eva. I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. I’ve lived in Texas, Kentucky, and will soon be living in Japan! I’m a recent college grad with an MS in Justice Studies; a considerable feat in my life. When I’m taking a break from work/studies, I enjoy a variety of anime, passing a lot of time binging episodes alongside my husband. I also take pleasure in spending time with my two dogs and two cats, hiking, yoga, computer/video games, reading, and trying new cuisines. I’m pretty shy, so writing here has been a great outlet for me to come out of my box.
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