Greetings! It is finally time fellow otaku to make you voices heard! The 1st annual Best Boy Classic is now underway. There are 64 awesome characters competing for your votes including 22 that were nominated by the readers of the blog. Thanks to those of you who submitted nominations- I was happy to include all of the nominations in the tournament. The tournament will be similar to my Waifu Madness tournament. Two characters will face off against each other and the winner advances. There are 64 characters in 4 groups.

Here is the list of contestants:

These were the initial 8 that I picked.

Okabe Rintarou (Steins; Gate)
Natsu Dragneel (Fairy Tail)
Shiroe (Log Horizon)
Kiritsugu Emiya (Fate/Zero)
Saitama (One Punch Man)
Kyon (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
Sousuke Sagara (Full Metal Panic!)
Spike Spiegel (Cowboy Bebop)

And the readers’ choices were:

Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)
Arataka Reigen (Mob Psycho 100)
Decim (Death Parade)
Italy (Hetalia)
Soul Eater Evans (Soul Eater)
Vash (Trigun)
Rentarou Satomi (Black Bullet)
Layfon Alseif (Chrome Shelled Regios)

Shigeo “Mob” Kageyama (Mob Psycho 100)
Rin Okumura (Blue Exorcist)
Hak (Yona of the Dawn)
Leonardo Watch (Kekkai Sensen)
Armin Arlert (SnK)
Yuri Katsuki (Yuri on Ice)
Sebastian (Black Butler)
Kimihito Kurusu (Monster Musume)

Makoto Tachibana (Free! Iwatobi)
Koro Sensei (Assassination Classroom)
Edward Elric (FMA)
Ciel Phantomhive (Black Butler)
Ken Kaneki (Tokyo Ghoul)
White Blood Cell (Cells at Work)

And since we were short of the quota of characters, these are the ones that were added later.

Vegeta (Dragonball Z)
Goku (Dragonball Z)
Naruto Uzumaki (Naruto)
Gon Freces (Hunter xHunter)
Killua Zoldyck (Hunter x Hunter)
Alucard (Hellsing)
Kazuma (Konosuba)
Natsuki Subaru (Re:Zero)
Kamina (Gurren Lagann)
Kraft Lawrence (Spice & Wolf)

Touma Kamijo (A Certain Magical Index)
Guts (Berserk)
Meliodas (Seven Deadly Sins)
Shoto Todoroki (MHA)
Kirito (SAO)
Ryuji Takasu (Toradora)
Accelerator (A Certain Scientific Railgun)
Soma Yukihira (Food Wars!)
Genos (One Punch Man)

Goro (Darling in the Franxx)
Ichigo Kurosaki (Bleach)
Akihisa Yoshii (Baka & Test)
Tanaka (Tanaka Kun is Always Listless)
Ainz (Overlord)
Sora (No Game No Life)
Fafnir (Miss Kobayahi’s Dragon Maid)
Gintoki Sakata (Gintama)

Izaya Orihara (Durarara!)
Monkey D.Luffy (One Piece)
Yuta Sakurai (Recovery of an MMO Junkie)
Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura)
Ozamu Dazai (Bungo Stray Dogs)
Tetsuya Kuroko (Kuroko’s Basketball)
Yato (Noragami)

The groups and first round matchups were all determined using a randomizer website, to avoid any bias in the matchups.

And here is a link to the voting form.

Voting will be open until 10/17/2018 for round 1. You may vote as many times as you wish. Also vote for your favorite character, not which one would win in a fight. This would skew the voting in favor of those shounen characters lol.  We will have 6 rounds in total and the in the final round of voting we will have a championship and 3rd place match. In the event of any ties, the winner will be determined the favorites count for the characters on MyAnimeList.  I will also not be casting votes myself.

I am really curious as to what what you the anime community picks for their choice of Best Boy. Both myself and the community had a lot of fun with the Waifu Madness tournament in the spring, so I thought it would be fun to do the same for the boys in the fall.  Also please feel free to spread the world around about this…the more votes the better! Thanks in advance for taking part and let’s have a good time with this.

Until next time, this is Railgunfan75 signing off!