The end of April in Japan is a busy time for companies. Our friends at Anime! Anime! made a survey fit for this time of year, and asked their readers ‘Which anime character would you like as your boss?’
People could suggest characters on Twitter, from which 20 were chosen for the survey. Voting was limited to one character per person. The survey was held from 18-23 April and 214 answers came in. There were slightly more male participants (60%). There were about 20% from each age group in the 10s, the 20s, and 30s, and over 30% in their 40s.
1st Place – ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ – Misato Katsuragi
For this survey, people just couldn’t agree on one person and there was a great battle on who would win second place: Three people share the spot. But Misato Katsuragi of Neon Genesis Evangelion snatched away first place. She is 29 years old and the operations director at NERV in the first division of Strategy Operations. At home, she is relaxed and sloppy, but she works very precisely and often guides the hero, Shinji Ikari.
One of the three characters who ranked second is Shinobu Nagumo of Patlabor. The second one is the Captain of the Zeon army, Ramba Ral from Mobile Suit Gundam. And the third one is Shin-chan’s father, Hiroshi, from Crayon Shin-chan. It is very interesting that the three of them do not have much in common but still fought a hard battle over second place.
Looking at the top 10 characters, most of them are in their late 20s or 30s, which is a rather young age to be the boss of someone. And none of the characters have special abilities; they mostly seem like an ordinary person. If you followed our previous survey results, you’ll have noticed that the responding age group this time was older than for most of the other surveys. They chose characters with stable lives based on their own experience with society.
Which anime character would you like as your boss?
1. Neon Genesis Evangelion – Misato Katsuragi
=2. Patlabor – Shinobu Nagumo
=2. Mobile Suit Gundam – Ramba Ral
=2. Crayon Shin-chan – Hiroshi Nohara
5. Hozuki’s Coolheadedness – Hozuki
6. Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack – Bright Noa
=7. Ghost in the Shell – Daisuke Aramaki
=7. Fullmetal Alchemist – Roy Mustang
9. ACCA 13-ku Kansatsu-ka – Jean Otus
10. Naruto – Kakashi Hatake
(Survey period: 18-23. April 2017)