This list originally came out in 2016 and needless to say the plethora of male anime characters rocking smoking hot glasses has not come to a halt and so it is definitely time for an update to this list.
I wonder what the appeal is of an anime guy wearing glasses and yet there is something utterly compelling about them. So much so that male glasses wearing characters appear in almost every ensemble and as such there’s an almost endless list of characters that could find a home on this list.
Keep in mind this list is entirely my own choices so I would love to know who you would have included on your list so please share in the comments.
Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.
Honourable mentions to Reisi Munakata (K Project).
Also, Akito Takagi from Bakuman and Io Otonashi from Acchi Kocchi. I am sorry to see these guys go but I needed some room on the list for some newcomers.
Glasses Wearing Character No. 5: Murasaki from Hamatora
Murasaki is an awesome character and a great partner to Nice in Hamatora. That said, he may have still lost out to Munakata except that this is a list about glasses wearing characters and not only are Murasaki’s frames amazing but he actually uses his glasses to activate his minimum (super power).
While Murasaki is doomed to be the sensible decision maker in the pair, he is a solid friend and a naturally hard worker. Certainly one of my favourite characters from the series and definitely one of my favourite glasses wearing characters of all time.
Glasses Wearing Character No. 4: Loki from Fairy Tail
Another great character, Loki kind of slips under your radar early in Fairy Tail but his story with Lucy was one of the moments in Fairy Tail that really moved me. On rewatching the start of this anime I paid a lot more attention to Loki and gradually found he was one of my favourite cast members. Yeah, his womanizing habits early on are irritating, but just look at that smile. Anyway, from the glasses point of view, I like that his are a little bit out of the ordinary.
Glasses Wearing Character No 3: Goro from Darling in the Franxx
I discussed this glasses wearing character, Goro, in my 12 Days of Anime posts and really he was the single best thing about Darling in the Franxx. As someone said in the comments of that post, an anime just about Goro exploring the world would be well worth watching. However, in addition to being interesting, sensible, and the genuine heart of the anime, Goro looks pretty awesome in glasses.
He so deserves a spot on this list and he also deserved a better anime in the end. And main character status. Okay, maybe Goro needs another post at some point.
Glasses Wearing Character No. 2: Uryu Ishida from Bleach
Second only to Hitsuguya, Ishida is my favourite character in Bleach. I feel really bad every time he gets sidelined in a battle because he’s actually more interesting that Ichigo and at least he thinks his way through battles. Plus, it’s all about the gaze.
The way he looks at his enemies through his glasses with absolute contempt.
Okay, Ishida has an issue with arrogance (so does everyone in Bleach), but you must admit that is one intense gaze and honestly, I could stare at this glasses wearing character all day.
Glasses Wearing Character No. 1: Rei Kiriyama from March Comes in Like a Lion
If you were expecting any other character then you clearly have not been paying attention to my blog. I’m very much obsessed with Kiriyama at this point and honestly the glasses are just perfect for him.
Everything about Rei Kiriyama makes me want to watch him for longer and spend more time seeing his journey. I’d say I wanted to give him a hug but I don’t think he’d appreciate it overly much so in the meantime just going to keep my fingers crossed we get a third season of March Comes in Like a Lion and celebrate my very favourite glasses wearing character (male).
Right, over to you: Who is your favourite glasses wearing character?
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27 thoughts on “Top 5: Male Glasses Wearing Characters – Updated”
Doppo Kunikida from Bungo Stray Dogs, Hachiken from Silver Spoon, and Maes Hughes from FMA are the first ones who come to mind for me.
Maes Hughes is a good call.
Sakamoto from Sakomto Desu ga
Yes, this list is always out of date because there’s always great new characters coming along. Thanks for sharing your pick.
Shirou from Log Horizon and Keima from The World only God Knows.
Takagi Akito: my love <3
Otonashi Io: Nobuhiko's sweet voice makes Io perfect!
Munakata Reishi: one of the sexiest megane guy in the whole anime universe
Nice list anyway!
Glad you enjoyed it.
This was a great list. I like how it didn’t just consist of stoic and overly serious bespectacled males. Thanks for sharing.
Yeah, we’ve really moved beyond the quiet studious type with glasses (not that they aren’t cool in their own way but they aren’t the only participants in the glasses wearing club these days).
+1 for Kyoya (Ouran) and Sakamoto (Haven’t You Heard?)
Male characters with glasses, Ginoza from Psycho-Pass, Conan from Detective Conan and Saruhiko Fushimi from K-Project… the latter gonna be the death of me.
Fushimi is pretty awesome though I left him out because I just didn’t see his glasses as a defining trait.
I’d add Kyoya from Ouran High School Host Club. ♡
Hmm….had to think a bit about this one, but I would pick Maximilian Jenius from Macross (or Max Sterling as he was known in the Robotech version). I always liked the fact that he was one of those unassuming characters, and ended up being the best Valkyrie fighter pilot in the galaxy. Moreover he managed to get married to the hottest alien of the galaxy: Millia Fallyna. Seriously what’s not to like lol 😀 Great list by the way 😀
Unfortunately I don’t know that character, but he looks kind of interesting (googled him). Thanks for sharing.
Loki yes! I’ve been meaning to watch Bakuman also..Hmm another to add to the list.
Nice pick for #1. I always liked Ishida much better than Ichigo too, but Bleach almost rivals Sword Art Online in highlighting the main protagonist’s importance.
I would have put inspector Ginoza from Psycho Pass, as he used his glasses as a personality defining accessory rather than needing them for his eyesight.
did he really? I don’t remember that…haha
Yeah, he believed it would help him keep his Psycho Pass low.
time for another re-watch.
Ginoza’s glasses was always perched on his nose, giving us the impression that he was looking above them rather than through them. There’s also the matter of one of his relatives saying his eyes are just the same as his when he was younger. Perhaps Ginoza was aware of that and tried to hide this fact with glasses. Either way, glasses suited Ginoza to a T.
okay definitely in need of a re-watch. How could I miss such detail when it’s one of my favorite animes?!
I totally forgot Ginoza. That would have been bad becasue it would have pushed Murasaki off my list.
I just have him in my brain because of my upcoming review 😀
Yes absolutely to Loki from Fairy Tail. I’ve not seen the other shows. I will add to this list Maes Hughes from FMA and Kousei Arima from YLiA