In 2016, a lot of anime featuring male idol unit groups were released. These include King Of Prism by PrettyRhythm in January, Sekko Boys, Tsukiuta The Animation, B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious, and the 4th season of Uta no☆Prince Sama♪. Many 2D male idol units had to compete with each other.
Anime!Anime! have conducted a survey called ‘Which 2D Male Idol Unit Do You Think Shines The Most?’ Approximately 20 idols and groups were selected from a previous poll on Twitter. The Anime!Anime! survey took place from February 15 to February 19, 2017.
Out of the 883 survey respondents, the men-women ratio was almost half, with slightly more women responding. As for age, young participants accounted for the majority of the votes with more than 40% being in their 10’s and more than 30% being in their 20’s.
■ 1st place: St☆rish (Uta no☆Prince Sama♪)
First place went to St☆rish from Uta no☆Prince Sama♪. It has not been long since the 4th season of Uta no☆Prince Sama♪ was aired in October, 2016. ST☆RISH ranked first place among women and in second place among men.
The second place went to Jupiter from Idolmaster Jupiter gathered a large amount of votes from men and was almost unanimously ranked first place by men and tenth place by women.
The third place went to Quartet Night, from the Uta no☆Prince Sama♪ series. Considering He★vens was also came in sixth, all groups from this series were highly ranked.
As a result, most of the highly-ranked groups featured anime that were aired or released in 2016, since many anime last year featured male idols. Especially Uta no☆Prince Sama♪ showed how popular it is. Its characters ranked first, third, and seventh place. The two groups Six Gravity and Procellarum by sukiuta were ranked in sixth and eighth place.
Top 10 ‘2D Trendy Male Idol & Male Music Unit Group’
1. St☆rish – Uta no☆Prince Sama♪
2. Jupiter – Idolmaster
3. Quartet Night – Uta no☆Prince Sama♪Maji Love 2000%
4. Sekko Boys – Sekko Boys
5. Shingan Crimsonz – Show By Rock!!
6. Six Gravity – Tsukiuta. The Animation
7. He★vens – Uta no☆Prince Sama♪Maji Love Revolutions
8. Procellarum – Tsukiuta. The Animation
9. Over The Rainbow – Pretty Rhythm: Rainbow Live
10. Thrive – B-Project: Kodou*Ambitious
(Survey period: from Wednesday February 15 to Sunday February 19, 2017)