The 2021 winter anime have entered their mid-game. Various titles, from original works with high expectations to sequels to popular series, are gaining momentum. And unique characters are critical to these exciting stories.

Many fascinating characters from protagonists that represent the tile to supporting characters that sometimes have a stronger presence than the main characters appeared in these winter anime. We’re sure many readers have their favorite character that they fell in love with at first sight.

We at Anime!Anime! conducted a survey asking, “Who’s the 2021 Winter Anime Character You Fell in Love With at First Sight?” The characters from anime that started between January and March 2021 were subject to this survey.
We received 165 votes between the survey period from February 8 to 15. The voters were mainly female with a gender ratio of 25% male to 75% female, and the age group was on the younger side with 65% under 20 and 20% in their 20s.

Here are the results for the female characters.
■Fumino from “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬” took the top!
1st Place
Topping the list was Nino from “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬” with roughly 7% of the votes.

There were several comments pointing out how she’s even more attractive with her hair cut shorter in the 2nd season such as, “I fell in love with her when she cut her long hair she was very particular about. I loved her determination and how she stepped forward to becoming an adult,” and “She’s even cuter with her short hair!”
The heroines from this title were very popular and all five of the quintuplets received votes.

2nd Place
Kon from “Kemono Jihen” and White Blood Cell (1196) tied at 2nd place with roughly 5% of the votes.

Kon is a loyal subordinate of Inari Youko, the head of the Metropolitan Police Department. Fans commented, “I love how she’s strong but sometimes shows her feminine side,” “I love fox girls,” and “Hanamori Yumiri-san’s voice left a strong impression on me.”

White Blood Cell (1196) is a hitman that protects the body from bacteria and viruses. She received votes saying how fascinating her battle scenes were, “I fell for her cool personality,” and “I love how she fights and her outstanding figure.”

■Here are some comments for other characters!
For Hana from “Aikatsu Planet!”, “I love the cute avatars of all the characters, but her’s was especially my type.”

For Izumi Kyouka from “Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!”, “Izumi Kyouka in the main series is cute but when she becomes a chibi character, her cuteness soothes my heart.”

For Ohto Ai from “Wonder Egg Priority”, “I love how she works hard for someone else. She also has a cute face.”

For Mei Mei from “Jujutsu Kaisen”, a character from the 2nd cour, “Mei Mei is a greedy miser! A grown woman, honest with herself, who stands by neither Tokyo school nor Kyoto school. Even I as a female will fall in love with her.”

Various types of heroines from strong to soothing characters made the list in this survey.

■Top 10
[Who’s the 2021 Winter Anime Character You Fell in Love With at First Sight? Female Character Edition]
1. Nakano Nino “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬”
2. Kon “Kemono Jihen”
2. White Blood Cell (1996) “Cells at Work! Code Black”
4. Hori Kyouko “Horimiya”
5. Roxy Migurdia “Mushoku Tensei”
6. Emilia “Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World” 2nd season
6. Nakano Miku “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬”
8. Izumi Kyouka “Bungou Stray Dogs Wan!”
8. Ohto Ai “Wonder Egg Priority”
8. Kakumuhara Sakura “Laid-Back Camp Season 2”
8. Kohaku “Dr. Stone”
8. Nagase Mana “Idoly Pride”
8. Nakano Yotsuha “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬”
8. Nakano Itsuki “The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬”

(Voting Period: February 8-15, 2021)