August 4 is “Yukata Day”.
It was established by the Kinosaki Onsen Tourist Information Center in Kinosaki-cho, Hyogo-ken, after the “Kinosaki Furusato Festival”. July 7 is also “Yukata Day”, and it was established by the Japan Yukata Association.
A yukata emits the good summer vibes while making the characters more charming. The characters with a different air than usual would surely make your heart throb. If the readers can go out to a festival with their favorite character, who would they choose?
Therefore, Anime!Anime! conducted an annual reader survey titled ‘If you go to a festival wearing a yukata, which character would you like to accompany?’. During the survey period from July 18 to 25, a total of 286 responses were received. For the gender ratio, the females were the majority with about 80% while the males were about 20%. For the age distribution, we received the majority of responses from the young readers: about 45% were from teens, and 40% were from those in their 20s.
In this article, we will introduce the result for the male character edition.
■The characters from the popular titles occupied the top positions!
1st place went to Kudou Shinichi from “Detective Conan”. The support rating was about 20%.
Many readers want him to enjoy a festival with the heroine Ran, and they voted for him under the name of Shinichi rather than Conan. The comments include, “I would like to go to a festival with Shinichi-kun and Ran-chan, wearing yukatas!” and “I would like to sneak a look at him blushed while enjoying a festival with Ran”.
Also, some readers have some expectations for his sound reasoning, saying “He is a talented detective, so he is likely to solve a case that occurs in a festival, with style”.
2nd place went to Sakata Gintoki from “Gintama”. The support rating was about 10%.
The readers wish to eat around at food stands with him, saying “He looks nice in Japanese-style clothes, and many foods stands at festivals offer sweets, so he would enjoy them as he loves sweets”. Since many characters wearing Japanese-style clothes appear in “Gintama”, a few of them have been ranked in this ranking.
To Takasugi Shinsuke in 5th place received a comment, “He well dresses a gorgeous kimono without a hakama very well, so I would like to spend time with him in a festival with lively vibes”.
3rd place went to Akai Shuichi from “Detective Conan”. The support rating was about 5%.
Following Kudou Shinichi at the top, a popular character from “Detective Conan”, who played a major role in the film “The Scarlet Bullet” released this year, has been ranked in.
The comments received for a sniper Akai were, “I would like to see Akai-san in a yukata, and he would carefully escort his partner”, “If I went to a festival with the Akai family, I would be able to enjoy different vibes than usual”, and “I would like to see him enjoying a shooting gallery”.
■Let’s introduce other comments!!
Natsume Takashi “Natsume’s Book of Friends”
“This work is full of Japanese vibes, so he usually wears kimonos, and looks good in any type of them.”
Nakahara Chuya from “Bungo Stray Dogs”
“He usually wears a stylish outfit, and he would be good at choosing an outfit suitable for each season.”
Mikaduki Munechika “Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-”
“I would like to walk together with Mikaduki lightly dressed. That would certainly make me feel graceful. I may be at the mercy of him as he is too chill.”
Ginoza Nobuchika “Psycho-Pass”
Some readers wish to enjoy festival stalls with him, saying “He is good at a shooting gallery, so he would get me many gifts”.
In this survey, multiple reliable characters have been ranked in. Since the characters are likely to find you in a short while when you get lost in the crowd, such a sense of security would be a reason for them to have won many votes.
■Ranking Top 20
[If you go to a festival wearing a yukata, which male character would you like to accompany?]
1. Kudou Shinichi （Edogawa Konan） “Detective Conan”
2. Sakata Gintoki “Gintama”
3. Akai Shuichi “Detective Conan”
4. Natsume Takashi “Natsume’s Book of Friends”
5. Takasugi Shinsuke “Gintama”
6. Gojo Satoru “Jujutsu Kaisen”
6. Nakahara Chuya “Bungo Stray Dogs”
6. Matsuno Osomatsu “Mr. Osomatsu”
9. Sabo “One Piece”
9. Dazai Osamu “Bungo Stray Dogs”
9. Tsukishima Kei “Haikyu!!”
11. Ohara Daijiro “KochiKame: Tokyo Beat Cops”
11. Okita Sougo “Gintama”
11. Kyougoku Makoto “Detective Conan”
11. Kirito “Sword Art Online”
11. Kurusu Sho “Uta no Prince-sama”
11. Bakugo Katsuki “My Hero Academia”
11. Haneda Shukichi “Detective Conan”
11. Hijikata Toshiro “Gintama”
11. Mikaduki Munechika “Touken Ranbu -ONLINE-”
11. Levi “Attack on Titan”
（Survey Period: July 18 – 25, 2021)