I think I’ve mentioned earlier (probably in a review about My Hero Academia) but I am a sucker for ice magic or pretty much any power that is built on ice. It is always beautiful to watch and is one of the more versatile magic powers you see in anime.
That said, it isn’t always the strongest or flashiest, but it has produced some of my very favourite anime characters and narrowing down this list was incredibly difficult.
Please Note – There are spoilers below. You have been warned.
Honourable mention this week goes to Shiva from Final Fantasy X. Only reason she’s not on the list is because she’s not actually in an anime but a video game. Still, the absolute best attack sequence in the entire game to the point where I’d activate it even when it was completely useless just to watch the animation.
Cool User of Ice Magic Number 5: Hanabusa Aido from Vampire Knight
Okay, Vampire Knight isn’t awesome and the protagonist is kind of lame (though there is some fun to be had in watching this Twilightesque anime and most of that is in the powers the vampires bring to the table).
Hanabusa’s ice magic power rarely gets used in major fight sequences however his ice power definitely expresses his displeasure at times. For such a hot-headed character his power at times seems like a mis-match and yet he uses it with an elegance at times that definitely matches his desired persona.
While he’s unlikely to make your blood freeze in fear he could probably literally just freeze your blood.
Cool User of Ice Magic Number 4: Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon
No surprise that the scout made the list when you consider what a huge Sailor Moon fan I am.
While Mercury is most often linked to water powers, her initial attack in Sailor Moon (other than just blinding their enemies in fog) also chilled the temperature to freezing making her an ice magic user. While this wasn’t particularly effective as a weapon to any but the lowest minions it was certainly kind of cool given unlike all the other scouts, Mercury’s power had a lingering area effect.
Also when Mercury went off the deep end the other scouts were more than a little worried about it.
Cool User of Ice Magic Number 3: Hitsugaya from Bleach
If you don’t already know why Hitsugaya is cool (other than the fact that his sword can control the weather and summon ice dragons and can freeze enemies) then it’s going to be hard for me to convince you.
Hitsugaya is the youngest captain in Soul Society and he is brilliant and powerful. He is also rather feisty and has a sharp temper but is absolutely committed to saving his friends and (unlike most other captains) takes his responsibilities very seriously. Plus, that sword is amazing.
Seriously, how many different ice and weather attacks can this guy use? Honestly if he had more screen time he would easily top the list for cool users of ice magic.
Cool User of Ice Magic Number 2: November 11 from Darker Than Black
Now November 11’s ice power may not be as impressive as Hitsugaya’s and he isn’t a vampire or a Sailor Scout, but he is perhaps the coolest of all the characters on this list and he is definitely using ice magic as a contractor in Darker Than Black.
In any situation he is laid back and delivers his lines in a dry and understated manner with absurdities dropped in just to see the reaction he gets before he tells the stunned listener, “that was a joke”.
He’s also the only character on this list who died during the course of his anime in what was perhaps one of the sadder death sequences I’ve seen in an action anime though perhaps not quite as memorable as some. At least he got to skip his final cigarette.
Cool User of Ice Magic Number 1: Gray Fullbuster from Fairy Tail
I said at the beginning that I liked ice magic because it was beautiful and nothing beats Gray’s Ice Make.
This versatile magic continuously surprises as Gray expands his already impressive range of magical weapons and uses for ice. However, other than his amazing magic, Gray topped the list because he himself is pretty amazing.
He’s a shonen protagonist playing second fiddle in an anime to a guy who eats fire but he manages to shine regardless. Throw in a tragic past and an absolute desire to get stronger and he’s just fantastic.
These are my Top 5 Coolest Users of Ice Magic. Who would you choose?
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