Jennifer is a writer, translator and bishounen connoisseur. When not working, she can usually be found scouring Osaka for beautiful comics of the lewd variety. You can find her on the MT forum under the handle nifa
The cherry blossoms are in full bloom in some places in Japan. Everybody enjoys hanami (flower-viewing) with friends, family, or co-workers. It’s the time when they get to sit below cherry trees, look at the beautiful flowers, and enjoy the sight with a nice beer and some food at a picnic. Our friends from Anime! Anime! held a survey and asked their readers: ‘Which Anime Organisation Do You Want to Do Hanami With?’
20 different groups were listed and participants could vote for only one group. The survey was conducted from 5-9 April 2017 and 2028 readers participated. About 60% of the voters were male. Most of the voters were in their teens (40%) or twenties (30%).
The Armed Detectives of Bungo Stray Dogs came in first! The main character is Atsushi Nakajima and as the name of the organization suggests, he belongs to a group that deals with dangerous requests and is armed with weapons. Nakajima’s colleagues include famous names like Ozawa Daizai and Ranpo Edogawa; they are all named after famous authors. They secured the first spot in the ranking with close to 300 votes, from which 200 were from female voters.
In second place came One Piece‘s Straw Hat Pirates, which is a group of 9 people led by the hero Monkey D. Luffy, and made up not only of humans but also a reindeer and a skeleton. In the actual series, we can see scenes with banquets and cherry blossoms, so it’s easy to imagine going on a picnic with them. They missed out on first place overall but were ranked first by male voters.
Coming in third is the Winter 2017 series ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka. ACCA is a police and audit group that monitors a kingdom split into 13 districts. This series was voted 3rd by male voters and 2nd by female voters.
Looking at the results, in 9 out of 10 cases people want to have fun with the groups of the main characters. Some older series like Katekyo Hitman Reborn and Patlabor also made it into the Top 10. Take a look at the full ranking below!
1. Bungo Stray Dogs – Armed Detectives
2. One Piece – Straw Hat Pirates
3. ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka – Inspection Division
4. Pokémon – Team Rocket
5. Attack on Titan – Survey Corps
6. Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – Tekkadan
7. Katekyo Hitman Reborn! – Vongola Famiglia
8. One-Punch Man – Hero Association
9. Patlabor – Section 2 Division 2
10. Psycho-Pass – Public Safety Bureau Criminal Investigation Division
(Survey held between 5-9 April 2017)