We all have those things that never fail to pique our interests, things that we admire and enjoy. While fetishes are commonly thought to be an abnormal sexual preference and desire of various objects, body parts ,and other parameters, fetishes also loosely cover an intense interest in or obsession with a certain trait or concept. That being said, we know exactly how anime’s array of exaggerated characters, tropes, and themes sets us up with an extensive roster of characters who have their own guilty pleasures. From girls in glasses to bishounen, let’s talk about Top 10 Anime Characters With Fetishes!
10. Sarutobi Ayame “Sa-chan” from Gintama – Masochism, Gintoki-philia
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: April 2006 – March 2010
Earth has been invaded by an alien race known as The Amanto and they have taken over feudal Japan, establishing a prohibition on swords which leaves the Samurai of Japan treated with disregard. Despite the prohibition, Sakata Gintoki is a man who still understands the way of the warrior. Working as a Yorozuya, he is accompanied by the jack-of-all-trades Shimura Shinpachi, umbrella-wielding Kagura, and their oversized pet dog Sadaharu and they have numerous adventures while on the various odd jobs that Gintoki’s profession entails.
Sarutobi Ayame is a ninja-in-training who falls in love with Gintoki. Her love is, however, obsessive and crazy at times as she enjoys being verbally abused by the subject of her affection, Sakata Gintoki. Sa-chan is often the source of extremely hilarious and outrageous situations built around her obsession with Gintoki. She enjoys it when he bullies her; Sa-chan said on one occasion when Gintoki took her red spectacles and played with them. In addition to her masochism and stalker tendencies, Sa-chan is also a pervert, these features pulling together to create an insanely funny character with an especially insane quirk.
9. Andou Reiji, “Andre” from Prison School – Masochism
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2015 – September 2015
The elite Hachimitsu Private Academy in Tokyo is a prestigious all-girls boarding school that has seen a change in policies that now accepts male students into the school. Kiyoshi, Gakuto, Shingo, Andre, and Jo are the only boys at Hachimitsu, where the girl to boy ratio is a whopping 200 to 1. Unable to communicate with their female schoolmates, the five boys decide to embark on the riskiest project yet: peeping into the girls’ bath! Unfortunately for them, their elaborate plan was thwarted by the Underground Student Council and they were sentenced to a month in the school’s prison, subject to harsh treatment and arduous days filled with trials that will test the strength of the bonds formed by their perverted brotherhood.
Andre is a giant of a character and his somewhat disproportionate face are features that are seldom forgotten, but otherwise, Andre is a fairly quiet character. Which is why it is mind blowing to note that he thrives on punishment, neglect and other forms of ill-treatment. His masochism goes into fairly disturbing territory as he is shown as a thin, shrivelled up shadow of his former self after long periods of no mistreatment. Andre dies inside when you forget to make him lick your boots or issue him a barrage of insults. Masochism keeps him alive. Keep Andre alive today by telling him how little he means to you, he’ll appreciate it!
8. Sora from No Game No Life – Kemonomimiko (Animal-eared Girls)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: April 2014 – June 2014
Shut-in brother-sister pair Sora and Shiro spend their days managing their online persona, Blank, an online entity that has never ever lost a game. Despite legend status online, Sora and Shiro are bored with their lives, but a mysterious email containing a challenge to a regular game of chess sees them transported to the ethereal world known as Disboard. It is in Disboard where they meet Tet, the God of Games. Violent conflict has long been banned in the world of Disboard and conflicts are instead solved through high-stake games where the involved parties each wager something of equal value. Cast into a strange fantasy world, Sora and Shiro aim to unite the 16 races of Disboard and eventually defeat Tet to become gods of this realm, finding true excitement in the process.
The powerful Werebeasts are one of the sixteen races of Disboard, characterised by their animal ears and tails, and the first nation absorbed by the Human country of Elkia led by Sora and Shiro as King and Queen. Upon thoroughly defeating the Werebeasts in their game reminiscent of Time Crisis, Sora and Shiro win all Werebeast territory, effectively claiming sovereignty over the Werebeasts and their land, a fact which was thought to have meant the destruction of the Werebeasts as a whole. However, Sora opted not for the destruction of the werebeasts, as there is no way he could bring himself to lay waste to a land he calls his “kemonomimiko paradise”, going on a tirade about his love for the “pretty animal-eared girls”. A passionate animal lover indeed.
7. Katsuragi Keima from The World God Only Knows – Dating Sims and 2D girls
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2010 – December 2010
Katsuragi Keima, also known as the legendary online God of Conquest, is capable of conquering any girl’s heart – as long as she is a 2D girl. Keima enjoys the two-dimensional world of videogames and harbours an unhealthy preference for the galge or “dating sim” genre of games. One day, Keima receives an anonymous offer he believed was to prove his skill at dating sims, but turns out to be a binding contract to help the demon Elucia “Elsie” de Lute Ima retrieve evil spirits which have escaped from Hell and since hidden themselves in the hearts of human girls. The only way to retrieve them is for Keima to use his conquering skills to conquer the hearts of real-life girls – the one thing he hates! Can Keima be the God of Conquest on and offline?
Keima is the ultimate game otaku – he plays in almost every waking moment of everyday and is even capable of playing several games at the same time. This obsession with gaming and dating sims has seen Keima shift all of his affection towards 2D girls, but when his life changes as a result of Elsie’s challenge, Keima uses his knowledge of dating sims to conquer the three-dimensional girls who have unknowingly become the hosts of evil spirits. Who said you can’t learn anything from games?
6. Takanashi Souta from Working! – Cute things
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2010 – July 2010
Takanashi Souta has an intense love for anything small and cute, so when the very small and very cute Taneshima Popura, a waitress at the Wagnaria Family Restaurant, recruits him to work part-time at the restaurant, he can’t decline. Upon becoming one of the staff, Takanashi takes great enjoyment in doting on Taneshima, fuelling her complex, but Takanashi also realises that his colleagues at Wagnaria are all an eccentric and quirky bunch who all make for a cast that never fails to create chaos and embark on endless shenanigans while keeping the customers coming back.
Takanashi is perhaps the least eccentric on the Wagnaria restaurant’s staff roster, but that doesn’t mean he is without his own… perks. Takanashi adores anything small and cute that goes from stuffed animals to his senior, Taneshima. He feels calmer and happier after admiring something adorable and to a large degree, his enjoyment of his working life at Wagnaria can be attributed to the fact that Takanashi gets to dote on his cute senpai every day. Despite this, Takanashi does not harbour feelings of romantic love for his little senior and treats her like a little sister.
5. Kanbara Akihito from Kyoukai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary) – Bespectacled Beauties
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2013 – December 2013
Kuriyama Mirai is the only surviving member of a clan of warriors who wield their own blood as a weapon and their role was to kill Youmu – evil creatures that are the manifestation of negative human emotions. One day, she stabs Kanbara Akihito on the school roof, only to realise that he is an immortal rare human-youmu hybrid. Obsessed with trying to kill Akihito and increasing her standing in the spirit world, Mirai befriends him and joins the Literary Club with Spirit World warrior pair Nase Hiroomi and Mitsuki. Their happy adventures turn into a high-stakes fight for survival as the release of the most powerful youmu, Beyond the Boundary, looms.
Kyoukai no Kanata’s male protagonist, Kanbara Akihito, is a teenage half-youmu. Apart from being an immortal evil spirit hybrid, he is a fairly normal guy. A normal guy with an exceptional love for women sporting spectacles of any kind. This explains his fondness of Kuriyama Mirai, one such “bespectacled beauty”. He goes as far as to imagine Mitsuki wearing glasses. As a result, Akihito identifies as a “Meganest”, a word stemming from “megane”, which is Japanese for eyeglasses.
4. Haimura Kiri from Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge (The Severing Crime Edge) – Cutting Hair
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2013 – June 2013
Haimura Kiri is an ordinary boy with a bit of a dilemma – he has an obsession for cutting other people’s hair. One day, Kiri meets the “Hair Queen”, Mushanokouji Iwai, a girl who cannot cut her hair as a result of a curse. But luckily for her, Kiri’s scissors, “Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge” turn out to be the only thing that can cut her hair. Unfortunately for Kiri, the fated encounter sets off a murder game in which the objective is to kill the Hair Queen using the cursed tools, the “Killing Goods”, of which Kiri’s Crime Edge is a part. Now Kiri must protect Iwai from the other owners of the Killing Goods and come out on top in this murder game.
If you have ever needed to have a really dedicated barber, Haimura Kiri would be the perfect candidate – he loves cutting hair with every fibre of his being, but in a poetic kind of irony, Kiri wields one of the only weapons capable of injuring the Hair Queen, an entity who represents the very object of his affections – hair. As the object of his affections, Kiri protects the Hair Queen. Because he loves hair more than the next person.
3. Hyoudou Issei from Highschool DxD – Breasts
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2012 – March 2012
Perverted high school student Hyoudou Issei dreams of one day having his own harem, but unlucky for him and his friends, none of the female students want anything to do with the pervert trio. However, one day, his luck turns around when a beauty from another school asks if they could go steady. Unfortunately, on their first day, she turns out to be the fallen angel, Raynare and kills him because of the ancient weapon hidden in his body. As Issei bleeds to death, he sees the figure of the Occult Research Club President, Rias Gremory, standing over him. Rias is a demon of the Gremory Family and she resurrects Issei as a member of her demon household, and so begins his life as a member of the Occult Research Club and a demon.
As a self-proclaimed pervert and future harem king, there is very little he does not like when it comes to anything erotic, so it’s not surprising that he himself has a fetish of his own – breasts. Now as a member of the Occult Research Club, Issei finds himself in an environment where breasts are everywhere all the time, a heavenly place where he finds the utmost happiness. Issei loves breasts to the point where imagining Rias’s breasts shrinking gave Issei a boost in the battle against the Vanishing Dragon, Vali.
2. Araragi Koyomi from Bakemonogatari – Lolicon
- Episodes: 15
- Aired: July 2009 – June 2010
In the summer of his third-year, high school student Araragi Koyomi survived a vampire attack, an event which left him aware of the supernatural. With the help of the Occultist, Oshino Meme, Araragi was saved from Vampirism, but lives with lingering side effects of the experience like superhuman healing and enhanced vision. Having been saved himself, the Monogatari franchise follows Araragi as he helps various peoples with their supernatural problems.
Despite having a girlfriend in the form of Senjougahara Hitagi, Araragi Koyomi enjoys the company of little girls, especially Hachikuji Mayoi, a ten-year-old girl who seeks to find her way home. He often greets her by picking her up and tickling her, an act she doesn’t enjoy much and deems sexual harassment. Araragi also enjoys bantering with his little sisters and his partner, the vampire Shinobu, other characters capable of feeding his loli love.
1. Tsubaki Akira from Nazo no Kanojo X (Mysterious Girlfriend X) – Urabe Mikoto’s drool
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: April 2012 – July 2012
16-year-old Urabe Mikoto spends her time in class sleeping and is a complete mystery to her classmates. She carries scissors in her stockings, has no friends, and doesn’t really stand out, but when Tsubaki Akira decides to taste a drop of her drool as she slept. That moment changes Akira’s life as Urabe becomes his new mysterious girlfriend. Alongside his friends, Akira experiences his first high school romance, while strange things begin to occur…
From the moment when he tasted Urabe’s drool, Akira’s relationship with Urabe changes drastically and he suddenly becomes the boyfriend of the most mysterious girl in their school. Tasting her drool changed how Akira saw the opposite sex and he sought to make progress with his new girlfriend, but every time he tries, Akira doesn’t actually get anywhere. That must have been some really strong spit.
Like regular people, anime characters have their own pleasures and things that they enjoy, sometimes a bit too much. But it is these quirky bits of personality that makes us love these characters so very much. With this list of characters comes a potential ten new anime for you to dive into – so get into it, but before you do, why not tell us your anime-related fetish in the comments section below?