July 20 is “T-shirt day”.
It comes from T being the 20th alphabet and that July 20 used to be the day of the sea.
T-shirts, perfect for everyday wear, are a familiar item for characters from anime and games. Some wear weird T-shirts, some have episodes related to T-shirts, and some even have T-shirts as their merchandise.
We at Anime!Anime! conducted a survey asking, “Which Character Reminds You of a ‘T-shirt’?” There were 93 votes during the survey period from July 1 to July 8.
The voters were mainly female with a gender ratio of 70% female to 30% male, and the age range was on the younger side with 50% under 20 and 25% in their 20s.
■Characters who wear T-shirts with letters dominated the list!
Midoriya Izuku from “My Hero Academia” topped the list with roughly 30% of the votes.
He received many votes for wearing unique T-shirts and received comments like, “He always wears T-shirts with strange letters. The T-shirt that said ‘T-shirt’ left a strong impression on me,” “He has a unique sense of fashion with T-shirts that have words like ‘Sheets’,” and “I always look forward to checking out what he wears. His T-shirts were made into merchandise, which I would love to buy…!”
Coming in 2nd was Nishinoya Yuu from “Haikyuu!!” with roughly 10% of the votes.
Nishinoya Yuu is a character who wears T-shirts with four-letter idioms and received this comment, “He wears a variety of T-shirts with different four-letter idioms. I looked up their meanings after watching the anime.”
By the way, Hinata Shouyou, also from Haikyuu!, made it in 8th place. He received a comment pointing out an episode related to T-shirts, “Him buying the same T-shirt as Bokuto-san, which says ‘The Way of the Ace’ was so cute!”.
Hirasawa Yui from “K-On!” took 3rd place with roughly 8% of the votes.
She also received comments pointing out that she wears T-shirts with weird letters, such as “Her tacky T-shirts with funny words left a strong impression on me!” and “She has many T-shirts with odd words printed on them.”
Characters who wear T-shirts with letters occupied the top 3 of this survey.
■Here are some comments for other characters!
For Kousaka Honoka from “Love Live!”, “She often wears a practice outfit with the letter “ほ” from her name.”
For Jintan from “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”, “I love how Jintan only has tacky T-shirts with words like, ‘Underground People’ or ‘Freedom’.”
For Yotsuba Tamaki from “Idolish7”, “He always wears a T-shirt that says ‘King Pudding’.”
There were also votes for a nostalgic character, Pyonkichi from “The Gutsy Frog”, “He doesn’t wear a T-shirt, he is a T-shirt himself. There’s no character that better fits this theme!”
The top rankings also include several characters wearing T-shirts with unusual letters. The impact of these T-shirts seems to stick in the minds of the fans.
“Which Character Reminds You of a ‘T-shirt’?”
1. Midoriya Izuku “My Hero Academia”
2. Nishinoya Yuu “Haikyuu!!”
3. Hirasawa Yui “K-On!”
4. Kousaka Honoka “Love Live!”
4. Jintan “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”
6. Ash Lynx “BANANA FISH”
6. Pyonkichi “The Gutsy Frog”
8. Hinata Shouyou “Haikyuu!!”
8. Futaba Anzu “The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls”
8. Yotsuba Tamaki “Idolish7”
(Survey Period: July 1 – 8, 2021)
*This survey was held to investigate the readers’ “interests and attention towards current anime titles and characters”. The results should not be used to determine the supremacy of characters and titles. We hope this article will help you find new anime/characters and deepen your understanding of them.