Recently I wrote an article on the hottest male anime characters in the history of anime. Today, I’m going to go in deeper and talk about anime guys with black hair that everyone needs to know. Why? Well, firstly because I felt like it. Another reason is that each of these characters that I will list have a unique characteristic that makes them the heart of the anime series they represent. My list is more about a character’s depth then it is about their looks.
Black is my favourite colour, and that’s why I chose it specifically. It’s also because black was mainstream back then, but now the rise of eccentric colours like pink, purple and green are casting a shadow over anime guys with black hair. I also hope that by reading this list, you have more anime recommendations.
So without further ado, let’s begin.
Anime guys with black hair
- Hikigaya Hachiman
- Yukiteru Amano
- Tomioka Giyu
- Kousei Arima
- Kaiji Itou
- Shigeo Kageyama
- Natsuki Subaru
- Itachi Uchiha
- Koyomi Araragi
- Rei Kiriyama
- Lelouch Lamperouge
- L Lawliet
- Roy Mustang
- Hachirouta Hoshino
- Seiichirou Sano
- Rintarou Okabe
Levi (Attack on Titan)
Attack on Titan: the most popular anime right now. I think its popularity is justified by the story and the characters of the show. One character, in particular, is Levi Ackerman.
Levi is the most skilled soldier in the whole show. Nothing is more cathartic than watching Levi swing in the air like spider-man while slashing some titans. He gets even hotter when he’s angry.
“I don’t know which option you should choose. I could never advise you on that. No matter what kind of wisdom dictates you the option you pick, no one will be able to tell if it’s right or wrong until you arrive at some sort of outcome from your choice.“
Hikigaya Hachiman (Oregairu)
Hachiman is not a character that everyone will be able to relate. He’s a cynical loner who is discontent with his high school life. He sees everyone as being fake and keeping up a facade that only serves to prevent conflict and maintain the social dynamic within a relationship. Hachiman believes that no one is truly genuine because people are afraid to be judged.
Hachiman did not come to this conclusion on his own. His past experiences are what led him to make these judgements which have some truth in them, but they aren’t straight out facts. People who have secluded themselves from society out of pure choice are the ones who can relate to Hachiman. We put our walls up high and think no one will try to break them. We think we don’t care about other people and connecting, but in reality we long for some understanding.
Oregairu is not your typical romantic comedy anime like its name suggest. The show itself is a form of symbolism. Oreigaru portrays itself to the world as being shallow, but when you take a closer look, you realize that it’s depth is like an ocean. The story centres around Hachiman while always trying to challenge his worldview.
As Hachiman joins the Volunteer Service Club out of punishment for writing a controversial essay, his life will (like the title says) not be as he expected. If you’re interested in learning the meaning of authenticity, self-sacrifice, and just in need of character developments, then this is the show for you.
Hachiman is one of the anime guys with black hair in this list that you really need to be aware of.
“If to be truthful is to be cruel, then lying must surely be an act of kindness. And so, kindness is a lie.”
Yukiteru Amano (Mirai Nikki)
If you’re a psychopath and love obsessive yandere girls, then this is the anime you’ve been waiting for. Mirai Nikki is nothing short of bizarre, but that outlandishness is what makes it stand out from the rest. A survival game: The winner will be the new god of space and time. Watch at your own risk!
Yuki is the protagonist and a contestant of this survival game. He did not choose to participate but was forced by his imaginary friend who turns out to be the god of time and space: Deus Ex Machina. Yuki has always been a bystander in his life which led him to develop a very cowardly personality. His crybaby and coward nature takes centre stage when he joins the survival game. If you hate weak anime characters, then he might drive you insane. He does change much later in the series.
Unlike most of the contestants, Yuki has no intention of being a god and is a pacifist by nature. He doesn’t want to harm anyone, let alone kill them. The survival game forces him to play to survive, but he will only kill as a last resort. Because he is weak, to protect himself, he allies with his stalker, Yuno Gasai. Yuno is a girl in his class who is madly in love with him. She is a fellow participant of the survival game.
Since the last person standing is the winner, I wonder how things will turn out?
“If there’s a miracle that can be reached by fighting to the end, then I want to see it.”
Tomioka Giyu (Demon Slayer)
Giyu is one of the demon slayers who are of the rank Hashira: the highest grade a person can achieve in the demon slayer corps. There are a few anime guys with black hair in Demon Slayer, but I find Giyu to be the most attractive. I think it’s pretty understandable just by looking at him.
Giyu is a tall young man of a muscular stature and pale complexion, who is almost always seen wearing an unimpressed or emotionless expression. He has unruly black hair of uneven lengths that sticks up in tufts around his head, which he wears tied back in a low messy ponytail at the base of his neck.
Giyu doesn’t have much screen time in the anime, but he has a more prominent role in the manga. I find that the anime is better than the manga due to the way the studio handles the adaptation. The swordfights are beautifully animated, and it complements the glorious soundtrack. The three main protagonists each have an element of a shounen protagonist in them: the desire to protect other people, the need to be stronger and the will to overcome obstacles that are in the way of success.
Are you curious if Zenitsu is strong? It’s a hot topic among the fans. If you want to find out the answer, I explain it here.
“Fill your heart with anger. Strong, pure anger that gives no quarter. Anger that becomes the unwavering force that drives your limbs. Weakness and empty promises cannot protect your sister or find her a cure. And they certainly cannot avenge your family.”
Kousei Arima (Your Lie in April)
Your Lie In April. What’s the lie? Well, you have to watch to find out and make sure you bring a box of tissues with you. Prepare for an emotional rollercoaster. The story follows Kousei, who used to be a piano prodigy but somewhere along the lines lost the ability to listen to his playing.
Kousei’s disorder develops due to his troubled past. His mother was strict on him and even more towards his music. She was a former pianist who wished for her son to follow in her footsteps and become a professional. Her intentions seem pure, but the methods she uses are very questionable. She forced him to play the piano by following the score completely without leaving any room for self-expression
The day his mother died, Kousei loses his ability to hear his playing. Two years later, without touching the piano, Kousei meets Kaori, who then challenges him to become better and live life to the fullest. In that April, she teaches him how to go on living even when it seems like the hardest thing to do.
This silence belongs to us… and every single person out there, is waiting for us to fill it with something.”
Kaiji Itou (Kaiji: Ultimate Survivor)
Humans never fully know what they’re capable of doing. I believe this happens when we get too comfortable in surviving and we don’t do anything to thrive. We don’t do it because there isn’t any need for it. Our brain does the bare minimum for us to fully function, but it won’t force to surpass our capabilities. When our only option is to thrive to survive, then things take a whole new turn.
Kaiji is an anime that takes its name from its protagonist, Kaiji Itou. He’s a good-for-nothing loiterer who spends his days drinking beer and stealing hubcaps—that is until he ends up being tricked by his former co-worker. Due to this, Kaiji ends up in an illegal underground gambling den where he realizes that what he’s gambling isn’t his money, but his life.
Under normal circumstances, Kaiji usually loses what it is he’s gambling. When Kaiji’s life is on the line, his brain pushes him past his natural capabilities, and he eventually starts winning. It shows that humans can achieve anything if we set it as our only option. How long does Kaiji win? Watch the anime to find out. It’s one of the best and underrated psychological thriller out there.
Kaiji is the ultimate survivor among anime guys with black hair.
“When people pause and overthink things, they can make very unlikely decisions! Their hesitation and doubt clouds their thinking.”
Shigeo Kageyama (Mob Psycho)
There has got to be at least one bowl cut character among anime guys with black hair. Looks can be deceiving because, despite his appearance, Kageyama has psychic abilities that make him stand out even more. His powers can be said to be overpowered but he isn’t power hungry like many other anime protagonists out there. All he wants is to get laid by his crush. Yes, I’m only joking.
If an emotion overwhelms Kageyama, he starts to lose control over his powers. The stronger the feeling, the more powerful he becomes. It somehow reflects how humans have a hard time handling their emotions. Sometimes we bottle things up and eventually explode; sometimes we lash out without any restraint. Kageyama is a character that most people can empathize.
Mob Psycho is an anime about controlling one’s emotion but portrayed entertainingly. Mob (Kageyama) is an apprentice of a con artist, Arataka, who pretends to be a shaman. Arataka uses Mob for his gain but never fails to impart wise life lessons to him, which helps him in his quest to have control over his emotions.
“It’s no use trying to get rid of me, because we’re brothers.”
Alucard (Hellsing Ultimate)
Alucard is a vampire and protagonist of Hellsing Ultimate. He is the most powerful warrior of the Hellsing Organization which works against vampires and other such supernatural forces. Alucard is no mere vampire; he is one of the powerful beings to exist, and only a few can rival his strength.
According to MAL,
There exist creatures of darkness and evil that plague the night, devouring any human unfortunate enough to be caught in their grasp. On the other side is Hellsing, an organization dedicated to destroying these supernatural forces that threaten the very existence of humanity. At its head is Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, who commands a powerful military and spends her life fighting the undead.
Integra’s vast army, however, pales in comparison with her ultimate weapon: the vampire Alucard, who works against his kind as an exterminator for Hellsing. With his new vampire servant, Seras Victoria, at his side, Alucard must battle not only monsters but all those who stand to oppose Hellsing, be they in the guise of good or evil.
Hellsing Ultimate is hard to describe, but it’s action packed and is one of the most gorey anime out there. If you’re into that kind of stuff then you should start watching Hellsing Ultimate.
“Only a human can destroy a monster. Only a human could dare hope to.”
Natsuki Subaru (Re: Zero)
Re: Zero follows the story of Subaru, who one day suddenly gets transported into another world. He has no clue why or how he ends up in this mysterious world. Upon arrival, he discovers that he can return to a checkpoint each time he dies. No one is aware of this reversal of time except a certain few.
Many fans dislike Subaru because they call him weak. I can understand why, but I think they’re not putting themselves in his shoes. He has no power, but he bears the burden of determining the fate of others. Imagine watching the world around you fall apart, the people around you die, and the only thing you can do is watch. Imagine having to kill yourself to save them, and having to go through painful scenarios over and over again each time you fail.
The anime is reminiscent of Steins; Gate, one of my all-time favourites. Subaru’s journey is a painful one, but it’s not like he stays stagnant through it all. He has one of the best character growths in anime. Re: Zero is one of the best isekai’s out there. Even if you disagree, we can at least agree that Rem is best girl. If not, fight me.
“I have no strength, but I want it all. I have no knowledge, but all I do is dream. There’s nothing I can do, but I struggle in vain!”
Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
Naruto has a lot of anime guys with black hair which made choosing one from among them hard. Hashirama, Sasuke, and Madara would have qualified in this list, but in the end, I opted for Itachi. I’m sure not many people will argue with my decision, although it was a bias one.
Itachi is one of the most popular but underrated character in Naruto. He usually ranks in the top ten of Shounen Jump magazine’s popularity poll. He first came out 11th place on the third character popularity poll and ever since then has been listed several times. In the final character poll, he was 5th place. It’s a no brainer and here’s why.
Itachi’s looks are without question far above average, but that is not why stands out among the rest. It’s what he’s been through and the worldview he adopts. Itachi is a genius and is the best of his generation. He is a pacifist by nature but will resort to violence when there aren’t any options left available.
When he was fourteen, Itachi slaughtered his family because it was the only way to save his younger brother and prevent another World War. He has more grounded motivations compared to other characters in Naruto: to keep his brother safe at all costs. It’s very relatable, and I think is why he appeals to a lot of fans. Itachi is also very wise and would have been a great candidate for Hokage.
There’s a lot that can be learned from Itachi’s character which is a good reason to watch Naruto if you were hesitant before.
“You and I are flesh and blood. I’m always going to be there for you, even if it’s only as an obstacle for you to overcome. Even if you do hate me, that’s what big brothers are for.”
Koyomi Araragi (Monogatari Series)
The Monogatari series. It’s made by Studio SHAFT which is famous for their fast-paced dialogue as well as their mid-scenes writing insertions. The story consists of multiple short stories with an overarching plot.
The protagonist is Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who survives a vampire attack during spring break and barely regains his human life in the time that followed.
It’s been a while since I watched the Monogatari series, and I haven’t completed all its sub-series, so everything is a bit hazy. As the series goes on, Koyomi helps different females with their problems. Each character represents an arc in the story. One characteristic that I admire about him is his willingness to go the extra mile for other people despite the costs.
“You may be unfortunate, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. You may not be blessed, but that doesn’t mean you have to throw a fit over it. Even if bad things happen to you, just be strong!”
Rei Kiriyama (Sangatsu no Lion)
In this list of anime guys with black hair, Rei is one that I sympathize with a lot. Rei is a very complex character that shows clinical signs of depression. He lost his family at a young age in a traffic accident. Following the accident, Rei is adopted by his father’s friend, who is a professional shogi player and soon becomes his apprentice.
In his adoptive family, shogi is everything. Rei, a prodigy of the game even at a young age, outshines his half-siblings. They develop resentment towards him, and Rei who feels that he is tearing apart the relationship between his family members decides to move out, and live independently.
Sangatsu no Lion is a story about shogi, but it’s also much more than that. It’s a story that tells the tale that everyone has value regardless of what has happened in our lives. It also talks about the desire of being needed by the people around us.
“I am a cuckoo, standing on top of the lives that were pushed aside. As they sing of spring, I hear a voice calling in the distance…. And I think, if I ever really were a bird, then at least I would pass through the days oblivious to such agonizing torment as this.”
Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass)
In the year 2010, the Holy Empire of Britannia is establishing itself as a dominant military nation, starting with the conquest of Japan. Renamed to Area 11 after its swift defeat, Japan has seen significant resistance against these tyrants in an attempt to regain independence.
Lelouch Lamperouge, a Britannian student, unfortunately, finds himself caught in a crossfire between the Britannian and the Area 11 rebel armed forces. He can escape, however, thanks to the timely appearance of a mysterious girl named C.C., who bestows upon him Geass, the “Power of Kings.” Realizing the vast potential of his newfound “power of absolute obedience,” Lelouch embarks upon a perilous journey as the masked vigilante known as Zero, leading a merciless onslaught against Britannia to get revenge once and for all.
Lelouch usually comes into comparison with Yagami Light in Death Note. They’re both geniuses that obtain a unique power that helps them achieve their goal be it good or evil. What’s worth mentioning isn’t the unique abilities given to them, but how these smart characters utilize them. Lelouch is a prince who manages to masquerade around as Zero, a masked terrorist and leader of the Rebellion against the Britannia Empire to destroy its legacy.
“What do you do when there is an evil you cannot defeat by just means? Do you stain your hands with evil to destroy evil? Or do you remain steadfastly just and righteous even if it means surrendering to evil?”
L Lawliet (Death Note)
Death Note is mainstream anime that everyone should know of regardless whether they are a fan of anime or not. It’s no easy feat for a writer to come up with several mysteries with smart solutions to them that aren’t deus ex machina. I do have to say that I’m not a fan of the second part of the show.
For those that are missing out, Death Note is a show about a Yagami Light who one day discovers a book: the Death Note. If you write someone’s name in that notebook, they will die. The Death Note couldn’t have fallen into worst hands than Light, a very intelligent boy with questionable morals and worldview.
Another genius among the list of anime guys with black hair. L is the only person who is able to rival light in Death Note. He is the best detective in the world. His mind games with Light are what make the show a masterpiece.
“No matter how gifted you are… You, alone, cannot change the world.”
Roy Mustang (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
Roy Mustang is the “Flame Alchemist,” having absolute control over heat and fire through alchemy. Using special gloves that create a spark when he snaps his fingers, Roy can create anything from a tiny ember to burn a letter, to a raging inferno that can destroy a humanoid body in seconds. Why do male anime characters that have the power of fire tend to be hot? (again no pun intended).
Roy Mustang is a man with an ideology. Naturally charismatic, the war hero will stop at nothing to realize his vision into reality. The good thing is, Roy’s beliefs align with the best interest of the people. Usually, it is hard for a man in a position of power to resist the temptation of corruption. To prevent this, Roy appoints Hawkeye as his right-hand woman to keep him in check and to kill him whenever he strays from his beliefs.
Roy views everything and everyone as a chess game. Always one step ahead, and always scheming to make sure he gets that checkmate in the end. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is a very story-driven anime about two boys trying to recover their bodies after performing a forbidden ritual in the world of alchemy. It’s quite long, but there isn’t a point in the anime where it gets boring.
“Nothing’s perfect, the world’s not perfect, but it’s there for us, trying the best it can. That’s what makes it so damn beautiful.”
Hachirouta Hoshino (Planetes)
Planetes is an underrated anime that deserves more recognition than what it’s getting. In the year 2075, mankind has inhabited the moon and space flights have become a thing. Meaning you can travel by plane in space. One job that is key, but looked down upon is debris collecting. In space, there isn’t any gravity so debris just float around everywhere. One hit from floating debris could destroy a spaceship or even a plane. It could cost the lives of thousands of people.
Space debris also requires high technical skill similar to that of an astronaut. Heck, they are astronauts. Despite the importance and skill that encompasses the job, people still look down on space debris collectors. It’s parallel to garbage collecting in our reality. If someone doesn’t do it, then who will? Every job is essential in its way and serves some unique purpose that is beneficial to humanity. That’s why people should be proud of what they do if they’re passionate about it.
Hachirouta Hoshino is the protagonist of the series. Everyone simply calls him “Hachi”. His dream has always been to own his spaceship, but between the cost of purchasing one and his low-paying, seemingly dead-end job, Hachi struggles with even deciding whether or not to pursue his dream. Hachi’s father is a renowned engineer, a source of much ambivalence to Hachimaki. Much of Hachi’s drive is summed up in “bigger, faster, and further”. However, this drive makes him conflicted about his relationship with space.
If there was a list of ambitious anime guys with black hair then Hachi would top number one.
“If we live alone and die alone then what’s the point of living in the first place?”
Seiichirou Sano (The Law of Ueki)
The Law of Ueki is one of the most underrated shounen anime to ever exist. I see a lot of shows out there that are well known but are much worse in terms of plot. If you like shounen type anime then you have to watch it, or not you’re missing out on a goldmine.
The story is about middle school students who are granted powers by their god candidates. Whichever student wins then their god candidate will become the next god. It sounds generic, but it’s the parent of this premise.
Sano is a part of Ueki’s team and one of his closest friends. Sano has the power to change towels into iron by holding his breath. Like Ueki, Sano has a sense of justice that always urges him to help others; and this is why Sano and Ueki can see eye to eye despite their difference in personality.
“Yes I am weak if I fight for myself, but I am strong if I fight for my friends.”
Rintarou Okabe (Steins; Gate)
Do you like Dr Pepper? If you do, then I declare you an intellectual. Steins; Gate might be my favourite anime of all time, but some people have a hard time getting into it. Some say you’ve got to give it ten episodes for it to get moving. I’m sorry, but that’s false. It’s interesting from the beginning, and anyone who says otherwise can fight me.
If you’re not familiar with the anime, the story is about this group of misfits messing about in their laboratory until they realize that they screwed up big time. Trust me, go in blind and you’ll come out a mad scientist. El Psy Congroo.
Okabe also is known as Hououin Kyouma is the protagonist of this show. He’s a self-proclaimed mad scientist who wants to overthrow the structural organization of the world. It’s best not to take whatever he says at face value. I don’t want to reveal much about him as it will spoil the show, but trust me it’s worth the watch.
Anime guys with black hair who are crazy. Check.
“No one knows what the future holds, that’s why its potential is infinite.
If there’s any confusion in which adaptation to watch then let me clear it up for you. For the best watchable experience then watch the 1998 adaptation of Berserk. It’s the first adaptation to come out and is the best compared to the more recent ones.
Born from the corpse of his mother, a young mercenary known only as Guts, embraces the battlefield as his only means of survival. Day in and day out, putting his life on the line just to make enough to get by, he moves from one bloodshed to the next.
After a run-in with the Band of the Hawk, a formidable troop of mercenaries, Guts is recruited by their charismatic leader Griffith, nicknamed the “White Hawk.” As he quickly climbed the ranks to become the head of the offensive faction, Guts proves to be a mighty addition to Griffith’s force, taking Midland by storm. However, while the band’s quest for recognition continues, Guts slowly realizes that the world is not as black-and-white as he once assumed.
Guts is a complex character that has hardened due to the circumstances he’s in.
“You’re right, we. are mortal and fragile. But even if we are tortured or wounded, we’ll fight to survive. You should feel the pain we feel and understand. I am the messenger that will deliver you to that pain and understanding.”
Ray (The Promised Neverland)
And the last character on this list of anime guys with black hair is Ray from The Promised Neverland. The anime is about a group of orphans living happily in a somewhat ordinary orphanage with their loving caretaker Mama. It seems perfect, right? Well, it is until it isn’t. There is more than meets the eye with this orphanage. These kids are being nurtured up to a certain age so that they become food for demons. Yes, you heard that right like sheep to the slaughter.
Ray is one of the top three students in that orphanage when it comes to brains. Kids that are smart are more delicious than normal ones, or so it seems. The demons call them Premium quality goods. Just like how we have different grades of cow meat, the same goes for the kids in the anime.
There is more to Ray’s character, but I’d rather not spoil anything. If you’re interested in a psychological thriller/mystery anime, then I’m sure The Promised Neverland will entertain the hell out of you.
“Hey, Mom. Why did you give birth to me?”
Phew, that’s a wrap. That was quite the lengthy article, but if you made it this far then here’s a cookie. What are your thoughts on my list of anime guys with black hair? Are there characters that you wished were on this list? Did anyone from the list resonate with you? Leave a comment on your thoughts. Maybe we can have a good discussion out of it. Anyway, thanks for reading!