Male friendships that show us why it’s important to have a bro
Humans are social animals; we thrive on our relationships with other people, be them romantic or platonic. Sure, romantic relationships serve an important purpose, but platonic relationships are just as important to men and women all over the world. Without our best friend to help us through the highs and lows of life, to kick back at the end of the day with a drink or Xbox controller, lamenting our losses, or celebrating our victories, we’d be lonely, indeed. Friendships between guys in anime give us some really great examples of true male friendship that are something to aspire to in our own lives; they remind us that guys can have rewarding, fulfilling friendships with each other without all the complicated romantic feelings.
Gurren Lagann – Simon and Kamina
In the subterranean world of Gurren Lagann, delinquent Kamina dreamed of visiting the world above. When one day his dream became a reality, he owed his chance to the digger, Simon, who became his best friend in the process. Together with their Gunmen mecca, Gurren Lagann, they were able to fight off hordes of beastmen and Gunmen as Team Dai-Gurren. Throughout their journey to bring down the evil Lordgenome, the two boys became the best of friends, relying on one another through every trial. Simon idolized charismatic Kamina, who was always motivating and encouraging Simon to pursue his hidden potential. Kamina even bragged to people that they met that Simon was his brother, because of the strong bond that they shared. Simon and Kamina are a great example of friendship, because they truly looked out for one another and would do anything for one another.
Hunter X Hunter – Gon and Killua
In Hunter X Hunter, the two friends, Gon and Killua, were instant friends, forming a strong bond through the shared trial of the Hunter exam. Though Killua didn’t pass the exam and Gon did, he chose to stay with Gon and fight together with the other friends they made, Leorio and Kurapika. Inseparable, Gon and Killua went from adventure to adventure, elevating each other and helping each other to achieve their fullest potential. When Gon was incapacitated following the Chimera Ant incident, Killua managed to pull his bro through to the other side (with the help of his sister), and their bond became even stronger. Even when they had to spend time apart, we’re reminded of how strong their bond was, and how nothing could fracture their friendship, especially after all they had been through together.
Naruto – Naruto and Sasuke
Even though Naruto and Sasuke were often competing with one another, they both obviously had a high degree of respect for one another and deeply cared for one another regardless of their competitive spirits or where life took them. Sasuke refused to kill Naruto, and Naruto refused to abandon Sasuke, no matter who or what was at stake by their refusing to do so. Indeed, Naruto was willing to give up on his dream of becoming a hokage in order to help Sasuke. Because of their conflicting ideologies, it took a long time for the two of them to see eye to eye (and it was super emotional once they did). Since they both had a similar upbringing, they both knew what it felt like to be alone–maybe this is the reason that they had such a strong bond.
Blast of Tempest – Mahiro and Yoshino
Best friends since elementary school, Yoshino and Mahiro of Blast of Tempest had a remarkable relationship that was strengthened over their shared grief for Aika (Mahiro’s adopted sister and Yoshino’s girlfriend). So much so that they agreed to work together on a world-saving mission that would help them to exact their revenge on Aika’s murderer–and nothing says “bromance” like avenging the death of a loved one and then saving the world together. Indeed, after Aika’s death, the two of them only had one another and as such held their friendship in the highest regard. While their friendship was far from perfect, as they experienced their share of fights and bickering, their bond was strong and they grew to rely more and more on each other as their lives went on.
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Joseph and Caesar
Joseph and Caesar didn’t start off as best buds, but it was uniting to defeat a common enemy that cemented their bond. In part 2 of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Joseph and Caesar, the grandsons of Jonathan and Will from part 1, teamed up to stop the Pillar Men from bringing about the end of the world. After defeating the Pillar Men, Caesar was finally able to acknowledge Joseph’s power and they became almost unstoppable together. They were so in sync that they had their own badass pose; they trained together, pushed each other, and praised one another’s progress, eventually becoming more than just fighting partners. We chose Joseph and Caesar because when Joseph wrapped Caesar’s headband across his own forehead, calling for his fallen friend’s strength to help him defeat the man who killed him, we’re sure you cried like a baby just like us.
Sakamichi No Apollon – Kaoru and Sentarō
Another male friend duo that didn’t start out as the best of buds were Kaoru and Sentarō of Sakamichi no Apollon (Kids on the Slope). When quiet pianist Kaoru started school in a new town, his life was changed by wild drummer Sentarō, who seemed to be a trouble-maker. Though they got off on the wrong foot at first, Kaoru learned about the world of jazz from his new friend, Sentarō, who turned out to be bighearted and gentle, and the two of them bonded over their shared appreciation of jazz. Sentarō helped Kaoru out of his shell, and Kaoru helped Sentarō to feel what it’s like to have a family. One of our favorite moments in the show was during the cultural festival, after Sentarō and Kaoru had been going through a rough patch and weren’t speaking to each other. Kaoru finds out that Sentarō experienced an electrical outage while performing solo onstage, so he rushed to help his friend out, joining him in a duet and letting their music bring them together again. Classic Sentarō and Kaoru.
What other male friendships do you think deserve to be on our list? Anime is full of some really great examples, and we couldn’t include all of them! Tell us about your favorites and why in the comments below! Here’s to camaraderie and guys who will see each other through to the end!