Odds are none of us are new to body standards. Regardless of who we are or what we do, certain expectations wiggle their way into our lives. It seems that somewhere along the line, we collectively decided that towering numbers were a necessity for guys as if the more likely they are to look down at you the more powerful they’ll be. Anime certainly isn’t reality, but we could see the cues of that mentality slipping into both shounen and shoujo. Luckily enough, though, we don’t have to look far for examples of guys who’ll gladly slaughter the beast, protect their loved ones, and look stylish while doing it. It’s high time we celebrate the kings anyway.
Daisuke Kambe – 5’6” (173cm)
Kambe doesn’t seem like the nicest guy at first. His vast amounts of money substitute for common sense morality on a number of occasions, but that isn’t always the case. Rather than flaunt it to flaunt it, he uses it as a tool in this unique play on good cop bad cop. He’s classy, determined, and unafraid to fight for what he believes is right. Amongst the lot, Kambe certainly holds his own.
Himura Kenshin – 5’2″ (157 cm)
The legendary hitokiri and star of one of the only good live-action anime. Incredible. It’s possible that Kenshin’s height is historically accurate seeing as this takes place during the Meiji period, but that certainly doesn’t take away from his skills. He’s one of the most (if not the most) well-known examples of honor this genre has to offer. Showing us the value of staying true to a promise after a long history of mistakes, Kenshin’s legacy still rings true.
Levi Ackerman – 5’2” (157 cm)
I’m sure we saw this one coming from a mile away, but who could deny it? He’s a beast, he’s a leader, he’s unwavering in his stride. Even when the situation is beyond life-threatening, Levi commands precision and respect. Fleets respect him for his extraordinary sense of leadership and willingness to do what needs to be done. He doesn’t stumble when things rise to horrifying calamity, and better yet: he earned his status.
Hiei – 4’10” >> 5’3” (147 cm)
Hiei is one of the most loved characters of the Yu Yu Hakusho franchise. Contrary to the discussion of height for Edward in Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiei’s height is never mentioned in the manga. His strength speaks for itself, and if anyone were to speak against him for height alone they’d probably be sorry. Funnily enough, the author’s plan to make Hiei a villain was shot out of the water by his sheer popularity. We loved him so much he became a main part of the Hakusho crew.
Edward Elric – 4’11″ >> 5’5” (149 cm)
Standing next to a towering suit of armor for the majority of the series could’ve complicated things, but it didn’t. Edward certainly viewed his height as a sensitive topic, but he didn’t allow it to stop him in any way. He and his brother were some of the most brilliant characters in all of Amestris. They were intelligent right from the start and used their talent for science to strive toward their goal. While drowning in a mass of plot, Edward balanced a world’s worth of responsibility fighting for redemption, and if that’s not king behavior then I’m not sure what is.
Lauren is a 23-year-old cosplayer and writer from Chicago. Her favorite shows include Wolf’s Rain, Terror in Resonance, and Samurai Champloo. If you can’t reach her for whatever reason, she’s probably reading or figuring out how to turn her kendo skills into functional ones. She’ll be back in a minute.