April 5 is “Debut Day”.
It is an anniversary of the first professional appearance of Nagashima Shigeo of the Yomiuri Giants, a professional baseball team, and is said to be the day to send ale to newcomers.
April is the season when many people take on new challenges such as entering school or joining a company. Among Anime!Anime! readers, there must be many people who want to be supported by their favorite anime characters, such as characters with an impressive line “Do your best!” or characters from cheering squads and cheerleaders.
Therefore, this time, we conducted a reader survey entitled “What character would you like to be supported by?” We received responses from 144 people during the survey period from March 22 to March 29.
The male-female ratio is about 25% for males and about 75% for females. About 55% of the age group were teens, and about 30% were in their 20s.
■ Rengoku Kyoujurou, Flame Hashira, from “Demon Slayer” is topping the list!
1st place goes to Rengoku Kyoujurou from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” with an approval rating of about 8%.
His passionate spirit allured many fans, “Flame Hashira who is as hot as a flame. I want Rengoku, who is proud and has a never-shaking belief, to cheer me up.”, and “If passionate Rengoku-san will support me, I can do anything!” Many fans were particularly fascinated by his performance in “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train”
2nd place goes to Sakata Gintoki from “Gintama”. The difference with the top was very small.
Readers commented, “Even if you are very tired, he will motivate you. If you do your best, he’ll give you his favorite strawberry milk.”, and “I’m looking for a job, so I do need support. Please hire me at the Universal shop!” Some readers were inspired by the costumes from events, “The costume of the cheering squad was really cool.”
3rd place goes to Kamado Tanjirou from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” with an approval rating of about 6%.
Readers commented that scenes with him supporting himself were the most memorable, “Even during the work, he was able to overcome difficult situations by inspiring himself and his friends.”, and “What comes to my mind, is the scene where he encourages himself, ‘Do your best, Tanjirou, do your best!!'” Moreover, another character from “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” is Kochou Shinobu is ranked 11th place.
■ Let’s introduce other comments!
For Cure Yell from “Hug! Pretty Cure”, “I want her to energetically and cheerfully support me. ‘Hurry! Hurry’ I think I can smile just by hearing it.”, and “The name ‘Support everyone! Energetic Pretty Cure!’ is impressive.”
For Sawamura Eiji from “Ace of Diamond”, “Listen to Eijun’s ‘Oh! C’mon, c’mon” and you’ll be motivated! Doing his best positively with a strong heart and never gives up until the end…! I’m also getting power”
For Morisawa Chiaki from “Ensemble Stars!”, “He is full of energy and bright, so I want him to support me with a lively voice.”, and “He ’s a bright sun that always supports others and watches over them by their sides.”
For Gojou Satoru from “Jujutsu Kaisen”, “The ale from the strongest magician will surely move your heart. Ale from a reliable person has a different meaning!” Votes for popular characters from movies in production were also received.
In this survey, energetic characters stand out. In the top-20, it is a fierce battle with 12 characters lined up in 11th place at the same rate.
■ Ranking Top-20
“Speaking of characters by whom you want to be supported?”
1st place Rengoku Kyoujuro “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”
2nd place Sakata Gintoki “Gintama”
3rd place Kamado Tanjirou “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”
4th place Kosaka Honoka “Love Live!”
4th place Morisawa Chiaki “Ensemble Stars!”
6th place Cure Yell / Hana Nono “Hug! Pretty Cure”
7th place Hairo Kineshi “The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.”
8th place Koizumi Hanayo “Love Live!”
8th place Nanase Riku “Idolish7”
8th place Hinata Shoyo “Haikyu !!”
11th place Ishigami Yu “Kaguya-sama: Love is War”
11th place Okita Sogo “Gintama”
11th place Kinomoto Sakura “Cardcaptor Sakura”
11th place Gojou Satoru “Jujutsu Kaisen”
11th place Kochou Shinobu “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”
11th place Sawamura Eiji “Ace of Diamond”
11th place Suzuki Sonoko “Detective Conan”
11th place Sera Masumi “Detective Conan”
11th place Hattori Heiji “Detective Conan”
11th place Prosciutto “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”
11th place Osomatsu Matsuno “Mr. Osomatsu”
11th place Ryoumen Sukina “Jujutsu Kaisen”
(Response period: March 22, 2021 to March 29, 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.