Many female characters in anime are the ‘imouto’, the younger sister of a family, like Kirino Kousaka from Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Oreimo: My Sister Can’t be This Cute) and Miyuki Shiba from Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei (The Irregular at Magic High School). These little sisters are a very popular character archetype and loved by many fans.
Our friends at Anime!Anime! conducted a survey asking their readers, ‘Which character do you want as your little sister?’ The survey was conducted on a single-vote basis, with over 20 nominees who were selected in advance based on suggestions by Twitter followers.
Out of 764 votes in total, the ratio of men to women turned out to be about fifty-fifty, with men winning slightly more votes. As for age, young respondents accounted for the majority of the votes, with more than half of them in their 10s, and 30% of them in their 20s.
First Place goes to Komachi Hikigaya from ‘Yahari Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatteiru’!
The nominees fought in a neck-and-neck race, but we are proud to announce that the winner is Komachi Hikigaya from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatteiru (My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong as I Expected). She is the younger sister of protagonist Hachiman, who is an unsociable boy with a crooked mind. Contrary to Hachiman, Komachi is a very bright and cheerful ninth grader.
Second place goes to Ui Hirasawa from K-On! Ui is the smart and dependable girl who can do just about anything, and even helps her older sister Yui with her homework.
Third place goes to Rem from Re: Zero Kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu (Re: Life in Different World from Zero). Rem has always devoted her life to her beloved twin sister Ram, but since her encounter with Subaru, she started showing her feminine side.
Out of the top ten characters, four of them were from light novels, including Yahari Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatteiru, and they all made it high up in the ranking. Also, seven characters from the Top 10 have an older brother, while three of them have an older sister. Many nominees were the sisters of the protagonist, and the majority of them were the main female character of the story.
‘Which character do you want as your little sister?’
1. Komachi Hikigaya from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love-Come wa Machigatteiru
2. Ui Hirasawa from K-On!
3. Rem from Re: Zero kara Hajimaru Isekai Seikatsu
4. Kagura from Gintama
5. Miyuki Shiba from Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
6. Umaru Doma from Himouto! Umaru-chan
7. Ai Haibara from Meitantei Conan (Detective Conan)
8. Ayumi Otosaka from Charlotte
9. Rukia Kuchiki from BLEACH
10. Kirino Kousaka from Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai