Mar. 24 is “Teacher's Day”.

This day was established to commemorate Mar. 24 on which many schools have their graduation ceremony. Everyone has a teacher who they want to express gratitude to.

There are many sensei characters who guide the characters in anime too. Some help them with studies or martial arts, and others pass on their secret skill to only one of their pupils.

Here at Anime!Anime!, we have conducted a survey asking readers, “Who do you think of when talking about sensei characters?”. 151 votes were received during the voting period from Mar. 11 to Mar. 18.
There were more female voters with the gender ratio at 30 % male to 70% female, and the age group leaned on the younger side with 50% under 19 and 30% in their 20s.

■A line-up of strong and dependable teachers!
1st place went to Koro-sensei from “Assassination Classroom” with roughly 20% of the votes.

Koro-sensei is a mysterious organism that is the homeroom teacher of Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High School. It received comments such as, “Because he regained the confidence of the students of Class E who were falling behind and lead them to their own paths,” and “I think it was a teacher who really took good care of the students and led them on the right path. Their future selves show how much they have grown”, showing how it is praised as an ideal teacher.
Another comment was, “I like how Koro-sensei and the students are target and assassin but also a teacher and it's students.” The strange relationship between the characters was one of the elements that made the story more interesting.

2nd place was Yoshida Shouyou from “Gintama” with roughly 12 % of the votes.

The teacher of the protagonist, Sakata Gintoki, received comments such as, “He is the one who cultivated Gin-san's spirit of always believing in his friends. He still lives in the heart of his students,” and “He is the parent of Gintoki who had no family. He is the sensei figure that had much influence on how Gintoki, Katsura, and Takasugi think and their lifestyles.”

3rd place went to 4 characters, Anzai Mitsuyoshi from “SLAM DUNK”, Umino Iruka from “NARUTO”, Urokodaki Sakonji from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”, and Hiratsuka Shizuka from “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU”. They each received roughly 5% of the votes.

Comments for these characters were:
For Anzai-sensei, “He is the one who first comes to my mind when talking about sensei characters. I want to jiggle the fat on his chin.”
For Umino Iruka, “He's like a big brother that recognized Naruto's talents.”

For Urokodaki Sakonji, “A teacher who is strict but also shows love! I couldn't stop my tears at the scene where he and Nezuko hug Tanjirou who had come back from the final selection.”
And for Hiratsuka Shizuka, “She's so cool! I wish I had a homeroom teacher just like her.”

■Here are some comments for the other characters!
For All Might from “My Hero Academia”, “He's the hero everyone looks up to, and he's the best teacher. All Might is the one who has a place in everyone's heart even after his retirement.”
For Master Roshi (Kame-sennin) from “Dragon Ball”, “Goku has many teachers such as Korin and King Kai, but Kamehameha, which he learned from Master Roshi, is his signature move.”

There was also a vote for the homeroom teacher/club activity adviser, Yamanaka Sawako from “K-On!” saying, “Though she seems to be a character that jokes around, she watched over her students and they loved her back. The messages given to her at the last episode of season 2 was so touching.”

The votes for this survey were spread wide with 11 characters tied at 10th place.

■Overall Ranking
[Who do you think of when talking about sensei characters?]
1. Koro-sensei “Assassination Classroom”
2. Yoshida Shouyou “Gintama”
3. Anzai Mitsuyoshi “SLAM DUNK”
3. Umino Iruka “NARUTO”
3. Urokodaki Sakonji “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”
3. Hiratsuka Shizuka “My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU”
7. Master Roshi “Dragon Ball”
8. All Might “My Hero Academia”
8. Takeda Ittetsu “Haikyuu!!”
10. Izumi Curtis “Fullmetal Alchemist”
10. Wang Qi (Ou Ki) “Kingdom”
10.Genkai “Yu Yu Hakusho”
10. Jiraiya”NARUTO”
10. Undefeated of the East/Master Asia “Mobile Fighter G Gundam”
10. Hatake Kakashi “NARUTO”
10. Hiko Seijuurou “Rurouni Kenshin”
10. Minako-sensei “Hell Teacher Nuubee”
10. Yamanaka Sawako “K-On!”
10. Yurakutei Yakumo “Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju”
10. Lord El-Melloi II “The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II -Rail Zeppelin Grace note-”

(Voting Period: Mar. 11 to Mar. 18, 2020)