There are a lot of great anime characters out there, but one that doesn’t seem to get enough attention is emo anime boys. For those unfamiliar, the term “emo” refers to a type of music that is more expressive and deals with emotional themes. This music gave birth to the emo subculture, though many people confuse it with goth and punk.
In anime, however, the emo subculture does not exist. Rather, we’ll look at what the term “emo” means, which is “emotional,” and present you with ten excellent emotional anime boys. These ten emo anime boys may not be your typical emo boys, but they have a lot of complexities that you won’t want to miss. Here are our Top 10 Emo Anime Boys, without further ado!
10. Hei from Darker Than Black: Kuro no Keiyakusha (Darker than Black)
Heaven’s Gate appeared in South America ten years ago, while Hell’s Gate appeared in Japan, creating a new sky reflecting false stars over the Earth. No one knows what the Gates are for, but they have given Contractors permission to roam the globe.
The Syndicate is causing problems for the cops, but it is one particular Contractor who has Section 4 Chief baffled, and that Contractor is known as the “Black Reaper.”
Hei has a lot of complexities and emotions buried deep inside, so don’t be fooled by his stoic expression. Hei spends a lot of time worrying about Bai, his younger sister, and obsessing over Amber. Amber and Hei have a complicated history, which throws Hei completely off in season one.
Hei truly loses himself in season 2, when Yin is no longer present. Hei begins to overindulge in alcohol and lash out at others. His demeanor shifts from calm and collected to 100% emo anime boy in an instant.
9. Zeref from Fairy Tail
In a world where magic exists and mages wield power, guilds have formed to allow these mages to communicate, flaunt their abilities, and collaborate to fulfill requests. The most powerful guild in Magnolia is Fairy Tail, which gathers the best of the best to accidentally destroy the city. Lucy Heartfilia, a Celestial Spirit mage, Natsu Dragoneel, a wizard raised by a missing dragon, and Happy, a cat-like creature capable of flight, make up this dynamic trio.
These three will team up to fight evil and get themselves into some mischief along the way.
Zeref is an enigmatic immortal who wanders the earth in search of a death that will never come. Zeref is well aware of the dangers he can bring, but he refuses to participate in them unless provoked by those who want to use Zeref to destroy Earthland.
As a bringer of chaos, Zeref is on the lookout for someone who can kill him, with his sights set on Natsu, but time is running out. Zeref is far too powerful. As a result, Zeref will continue to walk the earth in misery until the time comes for him to die at the hands of a worthy opponent.
8. Okumura Rin from Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)
Satan is on the lookout for a host who will allow him to enter the human world and cause havoc. In the absence of a suitable host, Satan sends his infant son to Earth to serve as a suitable vessel. Okumura Rin has struggled as a delinquent throughout his life, but when he is attacked by demons, things take a turn for the worse.
Rin is said to be Satan’s son, but instead of obeying his father’s wishes, Rin decides to train as an exorcist in order to battle his father.
Rin must be included in our top ten emo anime boys list. Rin has a lot to be emotional about, what with his troubled upbringing, being ridiculed by those around him, losing his adoptive father, and discovering his real father is Satan! Rin experiences a range of emotions, from sadness to rage, which he channels into his desire to become an exorcist. Rin is emotional, but he makes good use of it!
7. Crona from Soul Eater
Shibusen is a well-known school where meisters and soul eaters study in order to raise a “Death Scythe,” a weapon that the Shinigami Lord can use to protect Death City from the many evils that have their sights set on it. The story follows Soul Eater and Maka, a duo who work and study together in order to realize their dream of raising a Death Scythe.
Crona is a character who seems to have an endless supply of emotions. Crona is always worried, anxious, pitiful, or depressed about what is going on, what will happen, or what might happen next. It’s no surprise that the other characters, aside from Maka, are constantly annoyed by Crona! Crona may be able to overcome all of the emotions that weigh on their hearts with some understanding, as Maka has demonstrated.
6. Arima Kousei from Shigatsu wa Kimo no Uso (Your Lie in April)
Arima Kousei hasn’t been able to bring himself to play the piano the way he used to in the two years since his mother died. Because he has avoided friends and the piano, his life has been monotonous. Kousei meets Miyazono Kaori, a carefree violinist who completely transforms his life.
Kousei fights thoughts about his self-worth, his feelings for his mother, and finding happiness in the present throughout Your Lie in April. Kousei begins the film secluded and alone, wallowing in his own grief and unsure of how his mother felt about him as a result of the pressure and abuse he was subjected to.
Kousei is holding all of his emotions inside, but when he plays his piano, we see his sadness, love, pain, and heart spill out in front of us.
5. Matsuyuki Atsumu “Yukiatsu” from Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day)
They were the best of friends when they were six, until one fateful summer day. They are now down to just five of them, and they are no longer friends. After that incident, their leader, Yadomi Jinta, became a hikikomori, skipping school to waste time playing video games.
That is, until Menma’s ghost pays him a visit and asks him to help her fulfill a long-forgotten wish. Menma’s death caused the rest of them to drift apart, but Jinta’s four childhood friends will be reunited thanks to her ghost.
While some may argue that Jinta is the emo anime boy, Yukiatsu, despite his prestigious appearance, is the one with the most emotions. Yukiatsu appears calm at first, but he has been stuck in the past, unable to move on, thinking about his love for a girl who died.
When Jinta demonstrates that he can see and converse with Menma’s ghost, Yukiatsu explodes in rage, unable to accept that his feelings are not reciprocated.
Yukiatsu even goes so far as to impersonate Menma in order to humiliate Jinta. Yukiatsu’s emotions reach a tipping point when he is alone, coping with his feelings while stroking a wig he bought himself that only vaguely resembles Menma’s hair.
4. Otosaka Yuu from Charlotte
Otosaka is a city in Japan. Yuu appears intelligent and charming, but in reality, he takes advantage of his ability to enter people’s minds and control their bodies to get the best grades. Tomori Nao forces Yuu to attend Hoshinoumi Academy after discovering Yuu’s deception just as he is about to enter the most prestigious school.
Yuu must work with the student council at Hoshinoumi Academy to find other students who are abusing their abilities.
Yuu has been shown to be emotionally unstable since the beginning of the series, when he is caught abusing his powers and is forced to attend a different school rather than the prestigious academy he desired.
But it isn’t until Yuu loses his sister that we see him go into a downward emotional spiral. Yuu quits school to spend his time binge-eating ramen and watching TV. Yuu begins to fight. He loses all sense of self-awareness.
He even gets to the point where he starts taking drugs because he is so emotional. Yuu’s emotions are clearly out of control, and the death of his sister only served to solidify Yuu’s claim to the #4 spot on our list!
3. Kiryuu Zero from Vampire Knight
Students at Cross Academy are divided into two classes: Day and Night. The Day class students are enamored with the Night class, but they are unaware of the Night class’s secret. Vampires are in abundance in the Night class! Prefects Yuki and Zero are tasked with maintaining order, or rather, protecting the Day class, so that humans and vampires can demonstrate that they can coexist peacefully at school.
Kiryuu Zero may appear to be your overprotective prefect, but he is simply harboring a hatred for vampires. Zero’s past is tragic, as he lost his family to a vampire, and he now has nothing but hatred for them, allowing no other emotion to consume him.
Zero ruminates on the past, sulks in the present, and fantasizes about murdering someone in the future. This helps to explain why Zero can be cold, callous, and uncaring; he’s just an emo anime boy.
2. Okazaki Tomoya from Clannad: After Story
Clannad: After Story is a sequel to the anime Clannad, and it follows the lives of Tomoya Okazaki and Nagisa Furukawa. This adorable couple makes it through high school and into marriage, overcoming any obstacles in their way. Nagisa and Tomoya find solace in each other as they struggle with life after school. Nonetheless, despite their best efforts, life does not always get easier.
Clannad: Tomoya does not begin as an emo anime boy, but rather as Clannad: Tomoya. We see Tomoya transform from one of the happiest men in the world to a tragic shell of his former self as the story progresses. To cope with the loss of Nagisa, Tomoya turns to alcohol and solitude. Tomoya isolates himself from everyone, including his daughter Ushio, and transforms into someone he despises: his father.
Tomoya’s emotional outlet is not to let it out at all, but to keep it all to himself and drink as a result. Tomoya turns dark, spiteful, and depressed, but it’s necessary for Clannad: After Story, which is why he’s our #2 emo anime boy!
1. Uchiha Sasuke from Naruto
The Kyuubi had previously killed many people in Konohagakure and was wreaking havoc on the village until the Fourth Hokage gave his life to seal the Kyuubi within the newly born Uzumaki Naruto. Despite the fact that Naruto is an innocent young boy, the villagers’ hatred for the Kyuubi has led them to hate and fear him, teaching their children to do the same.
Despite this, Naruto has developed into a rambunctious child who is constantly causing trouble in the village. Naruto has vowed to become the Hokage in order to improve Konohagakure as a result of his upbringing.
Sasuke has to be at the top of any list of emo anime boys! Sasuke has been planning his vengeance on his brother Itachi for years. Itachi was Sasuke’s entire reason for living. Then, during Shippuden, Sasuke’s desire for vengeance shifts, and he no longer seeks Itachi’s vengeance, but rather seeks Itachi’s vengeance. Sasuke has spent a significant portion of his life seeking vengeance and wallowing in rage.
Happiness is fleeting for Sasuke. It’s no surprise that Sasuke has had to deal with a lot of emotions because so much in his life is distorted and perverted. This is why Sasuke is our favorite emo anime character!