The culture of celebrating characters’ birthdays as a way to show affection to certain characters has become quite popular. Many of you may have seen pictures of parties with cakes surrounded by goods , and postings of blessing illustrations on SNS.
Here at Anime!Anime!, we conducted a reader survey titled “Which April-born character did you celebrate the birthday of?” We received responses from 195 people during the survey period from May 1 to May 4.
The male-female ratio is about 15% for males and about 85% for females. About 55% of the age group were under 19, and about 30% were in their 20s.
■ Many characters were born on April Fool’s Day!
1st place goes to Nakahara Chuya from “Bungo Stray Dogs” with an approval rating of about 10%.
Nakahara Chuya’s birthday is April 29. He is an Executive of the Port Mafia and an old friend of Dazai Osamu from a former armed detective agency, but now they are like cats and dogs.
Various “special abilities” based on the motif of real literary masters appear in “Bungo Stray Dogs”. The “special abilities” are inspired by the poems and novels of the model literary master, and the birthdays of the characters are the same as that of the literary masters..
2nd place goes to Bakugo Katsuki from “My Hero Academia” with an approval rating of about 8%.
Bakugo Katsuki’s birthday is April 20. He is a freshman at 1-A of the Hero department of Yuei High School, and is a childhood friend of the main character, Midoriya Izuku.
“Hiroaka” is a hero-action manga, where everyone fights using an ability called “quirks”. Bakugo’s quirk is Explosion, and he has the power to explode his sweat. The character from the popular series of which the 5th season is currently on air, is ranked high.
3rd place goes to Yumeno Gentaro from “Hypnosismic: Division Rap Battle” with an approval rating of about 5%.
Yumeno Gentaro’s birthday is April 1st. He is a member of Fling Posse and is a novelist. April Fool’s Day may be the perfect birthday for him, as he is always lying. Aimono Jyushi from the same title, who was born on April 14, is also ranked in 11th place.
In the April birthday questionnaire, multiple characters born on April 1 were ranked in. Since it is also April Fool’s Day, it is easy to remember and is set for many characters’ birthdays. It was a close match with 17 characters lined up in 19th place .
■ Ranking Top 20
“Which April-born character did you celebrate the birthday of?”
1st place Nakahara Chuya “Bungo Stray Dogs” (April 29)
2nd place Bakugo Katsuki “My Hero Academia” (April 20)
3rd place Yumeno Gentaro “Hypnosismic: Division Rap Battle” (April 1)
4th place Yotsuba Tamaki “Idolish7” (April 1)
5th place Nishikino Maki “Love Live! (April 19)
5th place Hashibira Inosuke “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” (April 22)
7th place Ville Shane Height “Disney Twisted Wonderland” (April 9)
7th place Ittoki Otoya “Uta no Prince-sama” (April 11)
7th place Yagyu Kyubei “Gintama” (April 20)
10th place Marui Bunta “The Prince of Tennis” (April 20)
11th place Arakita Yasutomo “Yowamushi Pedal” (April 2)
11th place Jin Yuichi “World Trigger” (April 9)
11th place Aimono Jyushi “Hypnosismic: Division Rap Battle” (April 14)
11th place Isshiki Iroha “My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected” (April 16)
11th place Ruggie Butch “Disney Twisted Wonderland” (April 18)
11th place Natsume Haru “Stand My Heroes” (April 19)
11th place Uzuki Shin “Tsukiuta. (April 28)
11th place Ikoma Tatsuhito “World Trigger” (April 29)
19th place Ozora Akari “Aikatsu! “(April 1)
19th place Kinomoto Sakura “Cardcaptor Sakura” (April 1)
19th place Tsunemori Akane “PSYCHO-PASS” (April 1)
19th place Shirasagi Chisato “BanG Dream!” (April 6)
19th place Alice “Sword Art Online Alicization” (April 9)
19th place Hoto Cocoa (Cocoa) “Is the Order a Rabbit? (April 10)
19th place Shirai Yuyu “Assault Lily BOUQUET” (April 12)
19th place Hoshina Hikaru “Star Twinkle PreCure” (April 12)
19th place Uesugi Fuutarou “The Quintessential Quintuplets ” (April 15)
19th place Giorno Giovanna “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Golden Wind” (April 16)
19th place Hoshiumi Kourai “Haikyu !!” (April 16)
19th place Miyamura Izumi “Horimiya”/”Hori-san to Miyauchi-kun” (April 17)
19th place Watanabe You “Love Live! Sunshine !! ”(April 17)
19th place Fujiki Shigeru “Chibi Maruko-chan” (April 19th)
19th place Nijinosaki Daia “Kiratto Pri Chan” (April 22nd)
19th place Shiba Tatsuya “The Irregular at Magic High School” (April 24)
19th place Nito Nazuna “Ensemble Stars! (April 27)
(Response period: May 1st to May 4th, 2021)
* This SURVEY 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.