Jan. 31 is “Beloved Wife Day”. This anniversary was created by Japan Aisaika (Devoted Husband) Organization as “Aisai” (Beloved Wife) is a word play from the letters 1 “Ai” and 31 “Sai”.
There are many anime characters who always take good care of their wife. Among all of them, which character do the fans think of as the most devoted husband?
Thus, in Anime! Anime!, we have conducted a reader survey asking “Which anime character is the most devoted husband?” following the survey conducted last two years. We have received a total of 79 responses during the period of Jan. 17 to Jan. 24, 2020.
The male-to-female ratio was 35% male and 65% female where the female was the majority. The age distribution is 55% for 19 and under and 30% for those in their 20's, with the respondents leaning to the younger side.
■The top Kirito remain the same rank as last time!
The 1st place is Kirito from “Sword Art Online”. The support rating is approximately 13% and remains at the top for two consecutive times.
Kirito's wife is Asuna also known as Yuuki Asuna. They were married in the game and dating in reality.
“I remember well that he put a lot of efforts to rescue Asuna in ALO” shows that his effort in the game had left a deep impression.
Kirito is a very popular character but “His love toward Asuna can't be wavered. He is a role model for all men” which praise his devotion toward Asuna.
2nd place is Nohara Hiroshi from “Crayon Shin-chan” and he also remained the same rank as last time.
The wife of the Nohara family's breadwinner, Hiroshi is Misae. “There was a lot of marital quarrel due to small matters but I can tell that he treasures his wife and child a lot. Being henpecked by his wife is quite realistic and cute” describes his popularity as a kind father.
3rd place is Uzumaki Naruto from “BORUTO -NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS-“. He moved up a few ranks from the last survey.
Naruto's wife is Hinata. They were married in the prequel “NARUTO” and we had received comments such as “Despite being busy as the Hokage, he is still quite close with Hinata who is supporting the family.”, and “They are such a passionate couple that even I get embarrassed by watching them”.
■Here are some comments for other characters!!
Regarding Kudou Yuusuke from “Detective Conan”: “It's because he puts in a lot of trust and love toward his wife, Yukiko.”
Regarding Mark Hughes from “Fullmetal Alchemist”: “It's because he is like a perfect devoted husband as he brags about this wife at work, and shows off his affectionate toward her in front of others.”
Regarding Kaburagi T. Kotetsu from “Tiger & Bunny”: “I was impressed by his effort to continue to be a hero despite his power weakening just to keep his promise with his late wife.”
Regarding Uzui Tengen from “Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer” (who has three wives): “I can't find another term to describe him other than devoted husband as he gives first priority to his wives' lives ”
Regarding Saiki Kuniharu from “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.”: “It's because the actual voice actors are husband and wife” where we received a comment regarding Iwada Mitsuo (voice of Kuniharu) and Aikawa Rikako (voice of Kurumi) which are husband and wife in reality.
[Which devoted husband anime character can you think of? ]
1st place: Kirigaya Kirito (Kirito) “Sword Art Online”
2nd place: Nohara Hiroshi “Crayon Shin-chan”
3rd place: Uzumaki Naruto “BORUTO -NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS-”
4th place: Kudou Yuusuke “Detective Conan”
5th place: Saiki Kuniharu “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.”
6th place: Krilin “Dragon Ball Z”
6th place: Fuguta Masuo “Sazae-san”
6th place: Furukawa Akio “CLANNAD”
9th place: Uzui Tengen “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”
9th place: Mark Hughes “Fullmetal Alchemist”
11th place: Kei Mikhail Ignatov “PSYCHO-PASS 3”
11th place: Sawada Iemitsu “Reborn!”
(Survey Period: Jan. 17 ~ Jan. 24, 2020)