Our friends at the Anime!Anime! website recently conducted two very interesting surveys, one about the readers’ favorite little sister (imouto) and another one about their favorite little brother (otouto) from anime.
The little brother and the little sister archetypes are essential in anime. They are not only cute but they are also very reliable. Imagine Ritsu Kageyama from the recent Mob Psycho 100 or Yukio Okumura from Blue Exorcist.
The nominees for the survey were chosen based on Twitter votes. Each participant could select just one nominee. 764 people participated in the survey that took place from February 1 to 5. The male to female ratio was around 50% but there were slightly more male participants than female participants. 30% of the participants were in their 10s or 20s.
Alphonse Elric from ‘Full Metal Alchemist’ Ranks No.1
Alphonse Elric from Full Metal Alchemist came in first place. Unlike his strong metallic appearance (he is covered in armor) he is a kind little brother who respects his older brother, Ed. 20% of the participants voted for him. Hotaru Tsukishima from Haikyu!! was found in second place.. He is a sarcastic and nihilistic character with glasses who has an impressive relationship with his older brother Akiteru Tsukishima. Yukio Okumura from the anime Blue Exorcist (the new season of which started airing in the Winter 2017 season) came in thirf. He is the younger twin brother of protagonist Rin Okumura. He is a genius who is the youngest person to ever become an exorcist.
Looking at the results, all top 3 characters have a big brother. However, Shinpachi Shimura, Tatsuya Kaname, and Koichi Hirose have a big sister. Many of the top 10 are semi-leading characters in their series.
Which character do you want to have as your little brother?
No.1 : Alphonse Elric – Full Metal Alchemist
No.2 : Hotaru Tsukishima – Haikyu!!
No.3 : Yukio Okumura – Blue Exorcist
No.4 : Goten Son – Dragon Ball
No.5 : Ryoma Echizen – Prince of Tennis
No.6 : Shinpachi Shimura – Gintama
No.7 : Todomatsu – Osomatsu-san
No.8 : Killua Zoldyck – HUNTER×HUNTER
No.9 : Ritsu Kageyama – Mob Psycho 100
No.10 : Sasuke Uchiha – Naruto
No.10 : Tatsuya Kaname – Puella Magi Madoka Magica
No.10 : Koichi Hirose – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure –Diamond wa Kudakenai
(Survey period : from February 1 to February 5 in 2017)