In April, many companies in Japan hold entrance ceremonies for their new employees. Our friends at Anime! Anime! took the chance and held a survey entitled ‘Which Evil Anime Organization Do You Want to Work With?’
Voters could choose one among 20 different organizations, including those who antagonize the main characters. The survey was carried out from 5 April until 9 April 2017 and had 2028 votes. The majority of respondents (60%) were male. The respondents were mainly younger people: 40% being in their teens and 30% in their twenties.
First Place: Kiheitai (Gintama)
The top three were separated by a very close margin but the winner was Gintama’s Kiheitai. It is a Joui (expulsion of foreigners) group made up of lordless samurai and lead by Shinsuke Takasugi. They are very good at fighting and there are many times within the series where they appear before the main character, Gintoki Sakata. They are well supported by women as 20% of the female respondents chose the Kiheitai.
Second place went to Pokemon’s Team Rocket. It is an organization which carries out many bad deeds in the name of world domination through the usage of Pokemon. Most people are familiar with Jessie, James, and Meowth from the TV anime. From the start, they have been aiming for Ash’s Pikachu. Team Rocket was #1 among the male respondents and #3 among the women, receiving great support from both.
In third place was the Black Organization from Detective Conan. It is also the organization responsible for turning Shin’ichi Kudo (Jimmy Kudo) into a small child. The Black Organization is a large-scale, international crime syndicate. It also received strong support from women as it ranked #2 among female respondents.
Looking at the results, works featured in Weekly Shonen Jump were the most popular, taking four spots out of ten. There were many evil organizations but there were also those such as the Kiheitai, Akatsuki, and the Principality of Zeon, who move according to their own idea of justice. By the way, 20% of respondents chose ‘not applicable’. In terms of the actual number of votes, ‘I don’t want to work’ ranked first.
‘Which Evil Anime Organization Do You Want to Work With?’
#1 Gintama Kiheitai
#2 Pokemon Team Rocket
#3 Detective Conan Black Organization
#4 Naruto Akatsuki
#5 Mobile Suit Gundam Principality of Zeon
#6 Rurouni Kenshin Shishio’s Faction
#7 Yatterman Dorombo Gang
#8 BLEACH Arrancar
#9 Star Wars Galactic Empire
#10 Sakura Wars Hive of Darkness
(Survey Period: 4 April – 9 April 2017)