Mar. 30 is mafia day.
The day comes from Sicilian Vespers, the event where the word mafia was born, which began on the same day in 1282.
There are many characters in animes who are associated with gangs such as the mafia. Some lead many subordinates, some are obsessed with their boss, and some are even spies of the police.
Here at Anime!Anime!, we had a survey asking, “Who is the anime character that comes to mind speaking about the mafia?”. There were 135 votes during the voting period from Mar. 20 to Mar. 27.
Many of the voters were female with the gender ratio at 30% male to 70% female, and the age group leaned toward the younger side with 50% under 19 and 25% in their 20s.
■Characters from “Bungou Stray Dogs” and “Reborn” ranked high!
1st place was taken by Nakahara Chuuya from “Bungou Stray Dogs” with 16% of the votes.
Nakahara Chuuya one of the executives of the Port Mafia who are based in Yokohama. He received comments such as, “Because he has the highest combat ability among the 5 executives and so kind to his subordinates!” and “How he follows the bosses orders and beats his enemies with his ability is so cool.”
The popularity of his conversations with his former partner, Dazai Osamu, can be seen in comments such as “How he shows a different side than his usual in front of Dazai is so cute.”
Coming in 2nd was Sawada Tsunayoshi from “Reborn!” with 12% of the votes.
Tsuna is one of the candidates for the 10th boss of the Vongola Family. “He started as an unreliable character, but as the story progresses, he became more and more reliable as the boss of the mafia,” shows the popularity of the growth of the protagonist who wasn't good at academics nor exercising.
3rd place went to Reborn from the same series.
He's a baby tutor/hitman, and his gap between his looks and abilities gained him popularity. One of the comments was, “I love the gap between his cute looks and being a mafia!”
■Here are some comments about other characters!!
For Gin from “Detective Conan”, “Because he is super cautious and has much respect towards that gentleman.”
For Orga Itsuka from “Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-blooded Orphans”, “Because he fights furiously to live and for his companions of the mafia group Teiwaz.”
For Bruno Bucciarati from “JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind”, “This was the first anime with the mafia that came to mind,” and “Because he has determination.”
There were even votes for a pirate, Capone Bege from “One Piece”, “He is truly the mafia of the sea, just as his nickname Gang Bege. He is ruthless but also shows his kind side to his subordinates and family.”
Many characters from “Bungou Stray Dogs” and “Reborn!” which have many mafia characters, ranked in. The characters who are involved with criminal activities but have unwavering beliefs also ranked in high.
“Who is the anime character that comes to mind when speaking about the mafia?”
1. Nakahara Chuuya “Bungou Stray Dogs”
2. Sawada Tsunayoshi “Reborn!”
3. Reborn “Reborn!”
4. Dazai Osamu “Bungou Stray Dogs”
5. Mori Ougai “Bungou Stray Dogs”
6. Akutagawa Ryuunosuke “Bungou Stray Dogs”
6. XANXUS “Reborn!”
8. Ash Lynx “Banana Fish”
9. Giovanni “Pokémon”
10. Balalaika “Black Lagoon”
10. Bruno Bucciarati “JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind”
10. Revy “Black Lagoon”
13. Gin “Detective Conan”
14. Claude Ringheart “Nisekoi”
14. Gokudera Hayato “Reborn!”
14. Beyond the Grave (Brandon Heat) “GunGrave”
(Voting Period: Mar. 20 to Mar. 27, 2020)