Aug. 7 is “Hana no Hi (Flower Day)”.
It is a commemoration day when it was established as “8(ha), and 7(na)” and flower(hana) have the same sounds in Japanese language.
There are many characters related to flowers or other plants in anime, including those with a talent to use plants as a weapon, a romanticist, who knows a lot about the language of flowers, a fairy to manipulate flowers, a staff member at a flower shop, and others drawn in various ways. There are also characters inspired or symbolized by flowers. Who comes on the top among them?
Anime!Anime!, then, carried out a readers' survey titled as “Who is the most famous character related to “flowers/plants” appearing in anime?”. The survey conducted from Jul. 23, 2020 to Jul.30, 2020, and got 130 answers.
The male to female ratio was roughly 30% to 70%, and female readers accounted for a large percentage. Young people accounted for a large percentage with about 50% of under 19 year-old readers and about 30% of readers in twenties.
■The characters related to flowers got higher ranks!
From “Yu Yu Hakusho”, Kurama with about 7% support ratings.
Kurama with a fox spirit can freely manipulate plants. A lot of fans remembered him manipulating his Rose Whip, saying “He is fighting with a plant as a weapon. Moreover, he looks better with roses than anyone.”
The red rose matches his hair color, which makes him look more glamorous.
From “Demon Slayer”, Tsuyuri Kanao and from “Black Clover” , Mimosa Vermillion with same ratings.
Tsuyuri Kanao is a swordswoman of the Demon Slayer Corps, and uses the Flower Breathing. Some readers left comments such as “The word, flower, reminds me of Kanao-chan,”and her last name “Tsuyuri” also reminds us of flowers.
Mimosa is a magic knight using Plant Magic. Some comments arrived such as “Mimosa is a pretty girl born in a royal family. She uses the Plant Magic inspired by flowers. It's really beautiful and elegant,” and “Her name Mimosa is a botanical name of Ojigi-so (Mimosa pudica)”
■Other comments are below!!
For “HeartCatch PreCure!” Cure Blossom.
'Among Pretty Cures inspired by flowers, Hanasaki Tsubomi is familiar with the language of flowers as her parents' house runs a flower shop. I also like her signature phrase “The flower spreading throughout the land, Cure Blossom!”'
For “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” Tuxedo Mask.
“He is a snobbish character, who looks good with roses. He is super cool when he protects Sailor Moons by throwing roses!”
For “Rilu Rilu Fairilu ~Yousei no Door~” Lip.
'The theme reminded me of Fairilus of “Rilu Rilu Fairilu” series straightaway. Many Fairilus related to flowers and plants appear, but I'll vote for Lip as a representative for this.'
For “Pokémon” Bulbasaur.
“I remember that he drove off with Vine Whip when Heracross sucked his necter. He is like a brother of Pokémon as he gets pokemons together when they are fighting each other.” Some readers voted for the non-human characters.
Some characters to fight with flowers and plants were ranked in the top. Others include a ghost, swordsman, wizard, Pokémon, and others. Some others have Chinese letters meaning “flower” or “spring” in their names as Hanasaki Tsubomi from “HeartCatch PreCure!” and Uiharu Kazari from “A Certain Scientific Railgun.”
[Who is the most famous character related to “flowers/plants” appearing in anime?]
1. Kurama “Yu Yu Hakusho”
2. Tsuyuri Kanao “Demon Slayer”
2. Mimosa Vermillion “Black Clover”
4. Hanasaki Tsubomi/Cure Blossom “HeartCatch PreCure!”
5. Kusama Nowaki “Junjo Romantica: Pure Romance”
5. Hanami Kotoha/Cure Felice “Witchy PreCure!”
7. Uiharu Kazari “A Certain Scientific Railgun”
7. Bulbasaur “Pokémon”
9. Koizumi Hanayo “Love Live!”
9. Celine “To Love Ru”
9. Flower Fairies “Mr. Osomatsu”
13. Moriyama Shiemi “Blue Exorcist”
13. Tuxedo Mask “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon”
13. Hanakappa “Hanakappa”
13. Palmon “Digimon Adventure”
13. Mary Hunt “My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!”
13. Momo Belia Deviluke “To Love Ru”
13. Lip “Rilu Rilu Fairilu ~Yousei no Door~”
(The survey period: Jul. 23, 2020 – Jul. 30, 2020)