Last time, our friends from Anime! Anime! asked their readers about their favorite female characters from this season. They split the answers into male and female voters. You can find the results here:
Survey Results: Which Female Spring 2018 Character is the Best According to Female Fans?
Survey Results: Which Female Spring 2018 Character is the Best According to Male Fans?
This time we will take a look at the results for the male characters. For this survey as well, the answers for male and female readers were split into two articles and we get to see the difference in opinion between male and female anime fans. It was possible to vote from 3-6 May 2018 and 221 people participated. Some votes had to be disqualified because they were not from a series that is currently airing. Most voters were in their teens (72%) or 20s (20%).
The Top Three
The first place was taken by Toru Amuro. Alongside the titular Conan Edogawa, he is the main character of the Detective Conan movie that was released in Japanese cinemas on 13 April 2018. He doesn’t just have two identities but three, as the private detective Toru Amuro, the Black Organization member Bourbon, and as a member of the National Police Agency Security Rei Furuya. That’s what we call talent, and he’s handsome on top of all that!
When asked why they chose him, the fans answered, ‘He looks good and can do anything, tennis, boxing, cooking, etc!’ and ‘He has such a cute face, you wouldn’t think he is 29 years old and the differences in his behavior when he is Rei or Bourbon is great!’ and ‘He does everything for his mission.’
The second place received 9% of the votes and went to two characters. One of them was Shoto Todoroki from My Hero Academia. In this story, roughly 80% of the population have supernatural abilities called Quirks and can choose whether to use them for evil or good. Todoroki has both physical and psychological strength and is one of the best of his class. The left side of his body can freeze things while the right side can burn things.
His fans said, ‘He seems so cold and cool, but in reality, he is so kind and because he is so natural, he’s really cool! And, of course, he’s handsome!’ ‘He has a strong personality and looks good and is kind and a gentleman and very natural and a good voice, so really, there is no reason to not love him.’ ‘He’s handsome. And because he thinks about things calmly.’ The gap between his cool looks and warm character captured the hearts of female viewers.
The other person in second place is Hirotaka Nifuji from Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku. All characters from this series came out in top positions of this survey. Another character from Wotakoi ranked in fourth place with 7% of the votes: Taro Kabakura. Hirotaka Nifuji is a game otaku. He is an amazing character who doesn’t only have the looks but also does well at work. About him, the voters said, ‘He doesn’t talk much but he is a handsome otaku who properly thinks about Narumi-chan and her surroundings.’ ‘I freaking love how he obviously only has eyes for his girlfriend Narumi-chan!’ ‘Otaku & glasses & tall!!!!!. I’ll limit it to that!! And I want to play games with him [laugh]’. His attractive point definitely is not only his looks but that his fans share the same interests with him.
Who is your ideal male character from the Spring 2018 season?
Female voters only
1. Toru Amuro/Rei Furuya (Detective Conan)
2. Hirotaka Nifuji (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku)
2. Shoto Todoroki (My Hero Academia)
4. Taro Kabakura (Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku)
5. Haise Sasaki (Tokyo Ghoul:re)
6. Yuki Anzai (Devil’s Line)
6. Hozuki (Hozuki’s Coolheadedness S2)
8. Izuku Midoriya (My Hero Academia)
8. Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan)
10. Saichi Sugimoto (Golden Kamuy)
10. Daisuke Jigen (Lupin the Third Part 5)
10. Bakugo Katsuki (My Hero Academia)
10. Shuichi Akai (Detective Conan)
10. Heiji Hattori (Detective Conan)
16. Ren Amamiya (Persona 5 The Animation)
16. Joe/Junk Dog (Megalo Box)
16. Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
16. Zoro Roronoa (One Piece)
16. Sigfried Kircheis (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes Die Neue These)
16. Yang Wen Li (The Legend of the Galactic Heroes Die Neue These)
16. Kaoru Ijuin (Tada Never Falls in Love)
16. Mitsuyoshi Tada (Tada Never Falls in Love)
16. Shota Aizawa (My Hero Academia)
16. Mohiro Mikage (Magical Girl Ore)
16. Shinichi Kudo (Detective Conan)