March 12 is “Wallet Day”.
It was established due to the play on words of “Sa (3) Ifu (12)” (Saifu means wallet in Japanese), and various events, including holding campaigns to encourage people to replace wallets, conducting surveys about the household budgets, etc., are being held.
Although you need a wallet to carry money, many rich characters appear in animations and games. They can be shown in various ways, including successors of a huge conglomerate, presidents of top companies, or famous athletes.
Here at Anime!Anime!, we conducted a reader survey entitled “Who comes to mind when you think about rich characters?” We received responses from 215 people during the survey period from February 23 to March 2.
The male-female ratio is about 25% for males and about 75% for females. About 55% of the age group were teens, and about 20% were in their 20s.
■ Two sons from wealthy families received the same rate!
1st place is shared between Atobe Keigo from “The Prince of Tennis” and Kobe Daisuke from “The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited” with an approval rating of about 8%.
Keigo Atobe is the president of the tennis club at Hyotei Gakuen Middle School. Readers commented on his extraordinary financial power, “The master of Atobe conglomerate! Completely different level of richness”, and “Since he lives in a mansion, he has many tennis courts and spends a lot of pocket money on members.”, and “He is also the student council president at a rich school with luxurious school buildings and tennis courts. If Atobe-sama continues the conglomerate company, it would become even bigger.”
Kobe Daisuke is a son of the distinguished Kobe family. He tackles difficult cases as a police inspector in the preparation room of the modern crime countermeasures headquarters. Readers commented, “Because every time he spends thousands, hundred of thousands to solve the case.”, “I was shocked watching how he solves everything with money.”, and “I can’t forget his bath full of bills at the opening.”
Some readers paid attention to the performance after the main story, “Looking at the total amount of money he spent by the end of each story, I’ve been wondering how rich the Kobe family is.”
3rd place goes to Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald from “Bungo Stray Dogs” with an approval rating of about 6%.
Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald is the leader of the Guild. Many people said that they were surprised at his ability to manipulate and his splendidness, “The owner of a different ability that only the rich can use, strengthening the body in proportion to the amount of money spent!”, and “His power is so luxurious.”
■Let’s introduce other comments!
For Suzuki Sonoko from “Detective Conan”, “Needless to say, the young lady of the Suzuki Family! She often makes rich statements, but she also understands feelingsthe of everyday people, and I think she is a very nice girl.”
For Ohara Mari from “Love Live! Sunshine!”, “She lives a life that I can’t even imagine, such as making shy simmered stuffed with high-quality ingredients, having a statue at home, and asking parents agreement for marriage”
About Takasugi Shinsuke from “Gintama”, “Actually, he was born in a famous family, and in past recollections, he was teased by the fact that he was born in a rich family. This comical side of ‘Gintama’ is very human-like.”
About Honekawa Suneo, national anime character, from “Doraemon”, “Everyone has seen Nobita boasting new toys.”
In this survey, two sons of wealthy families who will inherit fortunes, are ranked high. Not only rich people but also noble characters ranked in.
■ Ranking Top-20
“Who comes to mind when you think about rich characters?”
1st place Atobe Keigo “The Prince of Tennis”
1st place Kobe Daisuke “The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited”
3rd place Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald “Bungo Stray Dogs”
4th place Meito Tora “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.”
4th place Nishikino Maki “Love Live!”
4th place Honekawa Suneo “Doraemon”
7th place Suzuki Sonoko “Detective Conan”
8th place Hatabo “Mr. Osomatsu”
9th place Nakagawa Keiichi “Kochikame”
10th place Ryusui Nanami “Dr.Stone”
11th place Usami Akihiko “Junjo Romantica”
11th place Ohara Mari “Love Live! Sunshine !! ”
13th place Osaka Sogo “Idolish7”
13th place Gobo Chama “Obocchama-kun”
13th place Kashiwazaki Sena ” Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai”
13th place Karim Alazime “Disney Twisted Wonderland”
13th place Shinomiya Kaguya “Kaguya-sama: Love is War”
13th place Ren Jinguji “Uta no Prince-sama”
13th place Tomoyo Daidouji “Cardcaptor Sakura”
13th place Takasugi Shinsuke “Gintama”
13th place Hanawa Kun “Chibi Maruko-chan”
(Response period: February 23, 2021 to March 2, 2021)
* This questionnaire is part of a survey of readers’ awareness of “current interest in and attention to anime works and characters.” Regarding the results, we do not intend to decide the superiority or inferiority of any character or work. We hope that this article will help you to get to know new works and characters, and to deepen your understanding and interest.