Tuesday’s Top 5: Male Anime Characters Who Wear Glasses

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 in the last two years and so it is definitely time for an update to this list. The problem is, I don’t really want to take anyone off the list but there’s some new blood that definitely needs to find a home here. Oh well, let’s bite the bullet and get into the list and 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).

Also, Akito Takagi (formally number 4 on the list) from Bakuman and Io Otonashi (formally number 3 on the list) from Acchi Kocchi. I am sorry to see these guys go but I needed some room on the list for some newcomers.

Number 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.

Number 4: Loki from Fairy Tail (down from Number 2)

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.

Number 3: Goro from Darling in the Franxx

I recently discussed 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.

Number 2: Uryu Ishida from Bleach (down from Number 1)

Second only to Hitsuguya, Ishida is my favourite character in Bleach. I feel really bad every time he get’s 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.

Number 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 male character.

Right, so over to you: Who is on your list? Has it changed in the last few years?

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33 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Top 5: Male Anime Characters Who Wear Glasses

    1. Yes, this list is always out of date because there’s always great new characters coming along. Thanks for sharing your pick.

  1. 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!

  2. Your number one’s are always spot on. I can’t argue with Ishida 😉 Though I would like to have seen Black Butler’s Grell haha

    Also, you seem to have put number 2 twice.

      1. Teehee, no worries. I’ve made plenty of embarrassing typos that have made it into print. There needs to be a word for that feeling.

    1. 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).

  3. 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 😀

  4. 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.

          1. 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.

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