Among the various expressions of love towards anime characters, the culture of celebrating their birthday has become quite familiar. Many of you have seen on SNS (Social Networking Service) posts regarding blessing illustrations, photos of parties where cakes are surrounded by goods, etc., haven’t you?
Here at Anime! Anime! we have conducted a survey asking “Which December born anime character did you celebrate the birthday of??”. In the survey period between Jan. 1 and Jan. 3, we have received answers from 92 people.
The gender ratio was 25% male and 75% female with the majority of female respondents, while the age range was 60% being under 19 and 25% being in their 20s, focusing mainly on young people.
■ Nezuko from “Kimetsu no Yaiba (Demon Slayer)” and Levi from “Attack on Titan” tied at the top!
The first place goes to Kamado Nezuko from “Demon Slayer” and Levi from “Attack on Titan” with the same percentage of votes equal to 10%.
Nezuko from “Demon Slayer” is the younger sister of Tanjirou, the protagonist, who was turned into a demon. After that, her feelings towards her brother seemed not to have changed, though she was not able to put them into words. The birthday of Kamado Nezuko is Dec. 28.
Levi from “Attack on Titan”, known as the “humanity’s strongest soldier”, is the captain of the Survey Corps. He is a charming character that shows various aspects of his personality, such as his love of keeping everything clean.
The third place goes to Hijirikawa Masato from “Uta no Prince-sama” and Lelouch Lamperouge from “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” with the same percentage of votes.
Hijirikawa Masato is a member of the idol group ST☆RISH. He is a character with a serious personality, born and raised in a zaibatsu. His birthday is Dec. 29. The movie version of the anime released in 2019 could be the main reason for the number of votes he has collected.
Lelouch Lamperouge is a young man who planned the revolution against the Empire of Britannia. His birthday is Dec. 5. The release of the anime movie “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection” in 2019 has contributed to his ranking success.
In this survey, the characters born after and before Christmas stand out at the top. Takano Masamune from “Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi” (born on Dec. 24) follows on the 5th rank, while Victor Nikiforov from “Yuri!!! on Ice” is 7th, both fighting their position with other characters ranked with the same number of votes.
In addition, characters whose titles are not planned to have an anime adaptation are also included in the ranking, such as Yamada Saburo from “Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle”. We will be conducting a survey for the characters born in January, so please look forward.
■ Top ranking
“Which December born anime character did you celebrate the birthday of?”
1. Kamado Nezuko “Demon Slayer” (Dec. 28)
1. Levi “Attack on Titan” (Dec. 25)
3. Hijirikawa Masato “Uta no Prince-sama” (Dec. 29)
3. Lelouch Lamperouge “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion” (Dec. 5)
5. Takano Masamune “Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi” (Dec. 24)
5. Hidaka Hokuto “Ensemble Stars!” (Dec. 17)
7. Akashi Seijuurou “Kuroko’s Basketball” (Dec. 20)
7. Sakurajima Mai “Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai” (Dec. 2)
7. Takatsuki Shinobu “Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance” (Dec. 18)
7. Chino (Kafuu Chino) “Is the Order a Rabbit?” (Dec. 4)
7. Victor Nikiforov “Yuri!!! on Ice” (Dec. 25)
7. Yamada Saburo “Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle” (Dec. 16)
13. Akagi Towa/Cure Scarlet “Go! Princess PreCure” (Dec. 15)
13. Dorami “Doraemon” (Dec. 2)
13. Maruo Sueo “Chibi Maruko-chan” (Dec. 31)
(Survey period: Jan. 1 to Jan. 3, 2020)