Many people may think of hydrangea as the flower of June. The purple, red, and blue flowers of the hydrangea under the gloomy skies of Tsuyu (the rainy season of East Asia), has been long loved in Japan. It was even in the oldest Japanese poetic anthology “Manyoushuu”.
There are many characters with the theme color of purple in anime. The question is, who gains the most support from Anime!Anime! readers?
So, we conducted a survey asking, “Which Anime Character Reminds You of the Color Purple?” There were 372 votes received during the voting period from Jun. 4 through Jun. 11.
The male to female ratio was 25% male and 75% female, and the age group was on the younger side with 45% under 19, and 30% in their 20s.
■Ichimatsu from “Mr. Osomatsu” took 1st place! Characters who wear purple clothes also ranked high.
1st place went to Matsuno Ichimatsu from “Mr. Osomatsu” with roughly 8% of the votes.
The sextuplets of the Matsuno family each have their theme color, and the 4th born, Ichimatsu, likes to wear his purple hoodie. Voters said that the color matches his gloominess, “His pessimistic personality matches the darkish color, purple,” and “It matches his looks that make him seem to have darkness in him.” There were also some readers who pointed out his other fashions.
Coming in 2nd was Murasakibara Atsushi from “Kuroko's Basketball”, with roughly 7% of the votes.
Murasakibara, who is one of the Generation of Miracles, received comments of him being fully purple, “His hair and name are both purple. There's no character that better fits purple!” and “Even his uniform is purple strips, so he's the first one that came to my mind.”
“He makes use of his astonishing 208cm to help his teammates in basketball, and I can't dislike him since he loves snacks just like any high school student would,” shows his large build also left a strong impression on the fans.
3rd place went to Ichinose Tokiya from “Uta no Prince-sama” with only 1 vote shy of 2nd place.
Ichinose Tokiya, a member of ST☆RISH, received comments pointing out that the color purple portrays his duality, “He's usually cool, but he has a passion, stronger than anyone, hidden in him. I think purple, which is a mix of cool blue and passionate red, is a great color to portray him!”
■Here are some comments for other characters!
For Kochou Shinobu from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”, “Not only the color of her hair and eyes but also her poison from wisteria flowers reminds me of the color purple.”
For Milky Rose from “Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!”, “My favorite PreCure! I was really excited to see her coming to the rescue the five in the gust of blue rose peddles.”
For Lelouch Lamperouge from “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion”, “Because his eyes are purple and he said he likes the color purple.”
There was also a vote for the Gundam pilot Tieria Erde from “Mobile Suit Gundam 00”, “His dignified, glossy beauty, and the passionate side of him that came forth as the story developed. The official theme color purple well-matched him both inside and outside.
Characters with a purple, theme color, hair color, or eye color, ranked in the top 20 for this survey. Also, you will see characters that ware purple like in their uniform ranking high.
[Which Anime Character Reminds You of the Color Purple?]
1. Matsuno Ichimatsu “Mr. Osomatsu”
2. Murasakibara Atsushi “Kuroko's Basketball”
3. Ichinose Tokiya “Uta no Prince-sama”
4. Kochou Shinobu “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”
5. Toujou Nozomi “Love Live!”
6. Ousaka Sougo “IDOLiSH7”
7. Kirill Vrubel “Double Decker! Doug & Kirill”
8. Tieria Erde “Mobile Suit Gundam 00”
9. Yuuki/Konnno Yuuki “Sword Art Online”
9. Rize (Tedeza Rize) “Is the Order a Rabbit?”
9. Lelouch Lamperouge “Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion”
12. Hyuuga Hinata “NARUTO”
13. Takasugi Shinsuke “Gintama”
13. Mimino Kurumi/Milky Rose “Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!”
15. Kaguya Madoka/Cure Selene “Star Twinkle PreCure”
15. Shibuki Ran “Aikatsu!”
15. Mutsuki Hajime “TSUKIPRO THE ANIMATION”
18. Anavel Gato “Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 STARDUST MEMORY”
18. Ushijima Wakatoshi “Haikyuu!!”
18. Mishakuji Yukari “K: Missing Kings”
18. Nico Robin “One Piece”
(Voting Period: Jun. 4 to Jun. 11, 2020)