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11:23 am - 04/06/2012

Top 50 Animated and Live-Action Special-Effects Heroes and Heroines, As Chosen by 130 Million People

Fuji TV aired a special 1 Oku 3 Sen Man-Nin ga Erabu Anime & Tokusatsu Hero & Heroine Best 50 (Top 50 Animated and Live-Action Special-Effects Heroes and Heroines, As Chosen by 130 Million People) program on Thursday evening. The program's title is somewhat exaggerated; Japan's entire population is just under 130 million, and the survey asked 14,000 people. Here are the top 50 heroes and top 50 heroines:

50Golgo 13
49Bem (Yōkai Ningen Bem)
47Joe Shimamura (Cyborg 009)
46Kaede Rukawa (Slam Dunk)
45Harlock (Space Pirate Captain Harlock)
44Akarenger (Himitsu Sentai Gorenger)
43Kamen Rider Black
42Akakage (Kamen no Ninja Akakage)
41Shinnosuke Nohara (Crayon Shin-chan)
40Gan-chan (Yatterman)
39Koji Kabuto (Mazinger Z)
38Kamen Rider V3
37Goemon Ishikawa (Lupin III)
36Kira Yamato (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed)
35Retsu Ichijōji (Space Sheriff Gavan)
34Ken the Eagle (Science Ninja Team Gatchaman)
33Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
32Gekkō Kamen
31Ultraman Tarō
30Kamen Rider Kabuto
29Conan (Future Boy Conan)
28Kamen Rider Kūga
26Daisuke Jigen (Lupin III)
25Tetsurō Hoshino (Galaxy Express 999)
24Kenshin Himura (Rurouni Kenshin)
23Tuxedo Kamen (Sailor Moon)
22Kamen Rider Den-O
21Akira Fudō (Devilman)
20Shinji Ikari (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
19Hanamichi Sakuragi (Slam Dunk)
18Anpanman (Soreike! Anpanman)
17Naoto Date (Tiger Mask)
16Ryō Saeba (City Hunter)
15Amuro Ray (Mobile Suit Gundam)
14Susumu Kodai (Space Battleship Yamato)
13Tatsuya Uesugi (Touch)
12Char Aznable (Mobile Suit Gundam)
11Kenshirō (Fist of the North Star)
10Joe Yabuki (Ashita no Joe)
9Hoshi Hyūma (Kyojin no Hoshi)
8Atom (Mighty Atom/Astro Boy)
6Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan)
5Ultra Seven
4Kamen Rider 1 (Kamen Rider)
3Lupin III
1Son Goku (Dragon Ball, tie)
1Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece, tie)

50Kaoru (City Hunter)
49NANA Osaki (NANA)
48Kiki (Kiki's Delivery Service)
47Kyōko Otonashi (Maison Ikkoku)
46Dokin-chan (Soreike! Anpanman)
45Francoise Arnoul (Cyborg 009)
44Akane Tendō (Ranma ½)
43Snow White
42Lum (Urusei Yatsura)
41Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)
40Saki Asamiya (Sukeban Deka)
39Maya Kitajima (Glass Mask)
38Megu Kanzaki (Majokko Megu-chan)
37Sara Crewe (A Little Princess Sara)
36Bijinder (Kikaider-01)
35Uran (Mighty Atom/Astro Boy)
34Megumi Noda (Nodame Cantabile)
33Doronjo (Yatterman)
32Clarisse de Cagliostro (Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro)
31Akiko Hoshi (Kyojin no Hoshi)
30Benio Hanamura (Haikara-san ga Tōru/Smart-san)
29Hitomi Kisugi (Cat's Eye)
28Reika Ryūzaki (Ace o Nerae!)
27Yuria (Fist of the North Star)
26Momorenger (Himitsu Sentai Gorenger)
25Yui Hirasawa (K-ON!)
24Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
23Bulma (Dragon Ball)
22Sohryu Asuka Langley (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
21Sayla Mass (Mobile Suit Gundam)
20Arale (Dr. Slump & Arale-chan)
19Hiromi Oka (Ace o Nerae!)
18Ran Mōri (Detective Conan)
17Nausicaä (Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind)
16Sapphire (Princess Knight)
15Yuki Mori (Space Battleship Yamato)
14Momoko Sakura (Chibi Maruko-chan)
13Kozue Ayuhara (Attack No. 1)
12Honey Kisaragi (Cutey Honey)
11Atsuko (Himitsu no Akko-chan)
10Oscar François de Jarjayes (Rose of Versailles)
9Anne Yuri (Ultra Seven)
8Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
7Sally Yumeno (Mahōtsukai Sally)
6Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon)
5Nami (One Piece)
4Heidi (Alps no Shōjo Heidi)
3Maetel (Galaxy Express 999)
2Fujiko Mine (Lupin III)
1Minami Asakura (Touch)

Here are the Top 5 Up-and-Coming Heroes/Heroines:

1Miyuki HoshizoraSmile Precure!
3Nozomu Taiga (Ultraman Zero)Ultraman Saga
4Asemu AsunoMobile Suit Gundam AGE
5Madoka KanamePuella Magi Madoka Magica

While discussing the popularity of Madoka Magica, the program noted that the term "Mami-ru" (to die a tragic death) [highlight white text to read spoilers] found its way into the Japanese book Basic Knowledge of Modern Words, 2012 Edition.

Here is the breakdown by age groups:

Voters in Their Teens

1Monkey D. LuffyOne Piece
2Conan EdogawaDetective Conan
3Kamen Rider Den-OKamen Rider Den-O

1NamiOne Piece
2Ran MōriDetective Conan
3Yui HirasawaK-ON!

Voters in Their 20s

1Son GokuDragon Ball
2Monkey D. LuffyOne Piece
3Tuxedo KamenSailor Moon

1Usagi TsukinoSailor Moon
2Minami AsakuraTouch
3NamiOne Piece

Voters in Their 30s

1Son GokuDragon Ball
2Monkey D. LuffyOne Piece
3Char AznableMobile Suit Gundam

1Minami AsakuraTouch
2NausicaäNausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
3Fujiko MineLupin III

Voters in Their 40s

1Lupin IIILupin III
2Kamen Rider 1Kamen Rider
3Ultra SevenUltra Seven
1MaetelGalaxy Express 999
2Fujiko MineLupin III
3Honey KisaragiCutey Honey

Voters in Their 50s

1Ultra SevenUltra Seven
2Hoshi HyūmaKyojin no Hoshi

1Sally HoshinoMahōtsukai Sally
2Fujiko MineLupin III
3Anne YuriUltra Seven

Voters in Their 60s and Older

1AtomMighty Atom/Astro Boy
2Hoshi HyūmaKyojin no Hoshi
3Joe YabukiAshita no Joe

1HeidiAlps no Shōjo no Heidi
2MaetelGalaxy Express 999
3Fujiko MineLupin III

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eevaleena 6th-Apr-2012 03:57 am (UTC)
Woah... Luffy & Goku actually shared 1st place ^^ LOL... and I'm actually amused/happy that Kira Yamato in the lists. I know very well that he's really popular. Aside from Char and Amuro, Kira is probably the only Gundam character that is so popular in Japan that it annoys overseas fans ^^; Anyways, I actually approved the results. Kinda surprised I didn't see Lelouch on the list, but.. oh well!
emiichan 6th-Apr-2012 03:38 pm (UTC)
kawaii_beela 6th-Apr-2012 04:09 am (UTC)
Tuxedo Kamen<333333 and yatterman LOL yayyy!!! hehe

WHEEEREEEEE is Kinomoto Sakura from the heroine list????!!!!!!
she does not approve

also, inuyasha should be on the hero list just cuz XD
scubajr 6th-Apr-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
I agree with the Sakura and Inuyasha part!
scubajr 6th-Apr-2012 04:18 am (UTC)
I dunno if it was just the crappy English dubbed version of Sailor Moon I grew up watching, but Usagi (Or "Serena") was the most annoying heroine in my opinion. But I have to admit she was a really influential character.
sadistic_dance 6th-Apr-2012 04:29 am (UTC)
Sailor Moon isn't no.1?

Finished with this wrong ass poll.
ryocchi 6th-Apr-2012 04:38 am (UTC)
preach it sister!
nyappnyappcafe 6th-Apr-2012 04:49 am (UTC)
That heroines list is awful.
berniechan 6th-Apr-2012 05:54 am (UTC)
deebosco 6th-Apr-2012 04:56 am (UTC)
i thought sailor moon would at least make it in to top 3?
peachie_ego 6th-Apr-2012 05:04 am (UTC)
Hmph. I thought Lupin and Fujiko were more antihero[ine]s since you know they were thieves and all. lol

Ummm where the fuck is Naruto and Ichigo? As long as Naruto and Bleach has been out, not one single character from the series made the list? We see plenty of One Piece though. Ugh...I fucking can't.

And Nami over Serena? Nami making the top 10? Nami making the top 50? Really? Swear to god One Piece is overrated.
squallina 6th-Apr-2012 05:23 am (UTC)
I thought Lupin and Fujiko were more antihero[ine]s since you know they were thieves and all.

Goes for cases like Char and Doronjo too. Hmm. :/
yasmine2009 6th-Apr-2012 05:05 am (UTC)
People always complain about Usagi, but I love her. I like that in her normal everyday life she is a hot ass mess but when there is trouble she steps up and gets shit done.
squallina 6th-Apr-2012 05:48 am (UTC)

I felt by the end of Super and again at the end of SuperS she had grown incredibly brave, especially when it came to saving those she held dear. She was also extremely compassionate, not willing to sacrifice anyone she felt had a good heart deep down, even if it meant putting lives in danger. I loved her "We'll all get through this together, somehow!" attitude. I have so much love and respect for the way her character developed.
aisasami 6th-Apr-2012 05:11 am (UTC)
I watch this last night and was pissed that someone from One Piece and Pretty Cure beat Sailor Moon. Come on. But, Son Goku is the true No. 1 because he was No. 1 with two age brackets. Luffy was just one.

I wonder if clips came out already. Son Goku's VA and the dude who played the original Masked Rider were on and were golden.
exdream1999 6th-Apr-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, but being the lead female or male character doesn't make you a hero or heroine.

Like, as much as I love Tuxedo Mask, he's not the hero of Sailormoon.

And hell to no with Minami being the number 1 heroine. SMH.
squallina 6th-Apr-2012 05:53 am (UTC)
While I agree with a number of these characters being very awesome, I think this list has odd definitions of heroes and heroines. I'd also go as far as to say that some of these are merely on this list because they're poster boys and girls for a particular series and actually showed no true heroism or character development at all. I also believe there were characters who deserved either better placings or who should have actually made it on this list.

Then again, maybe I'm getting a little too deep here. It's not like it was an intense study - just a TV show premise.

OP, thanks for sharing the full list. :)
berniechan 6th-Apr-2012 05:58 am (UTC)
then again, polls are always like that.
people list who they like.
poll result is determined mostly by popularity
berniechan 6th-Apr-2012 05:53 am (UTC)
2) YAY FOR KENSHIN AT #24!!! (Why is Edward Elric so far down?)
3) YAY FOR YUI AT #25! LOL AT DORONJO. How is she a Heroine???
berniechan 6th-Apr-2012 05:57 am (UTC)
WAIT. How is Yui a "heroine"???? How is ANYONE is K-ON! a heroine... I don't get it. (Same goes for Nana and Doronjo...)

And seriously. List is pretty irrelevant without Uzumaki Naruto.
And Himura Kenshin should totally be higher up in the list.
kuronochou 6th-Apr-2012 06:28 am (UTC)
I got to agree with the no.1 heroes. Luffy and Goku are both amazing and not annoying at all unlike the new heroes on anime nowadays.
Also happy that Edogawa Conan, Sakuragi, Nodame and Kisugi Hitomi's there^^
oh Sara Crewe too~
december_clouds 6th-Apr-2012 07:28 am (UTC)
Here for Edogawa Conan and Mouri Ran. ♥♥♥ And of course, Tsukino Usagi! I also like the Lupin characters. Why aren't Haruka or Michiru on there?
fumine 6th-Apr-2012 07:45 am (UTC)
Tuxedo Kamen before Edward Elric? And Luffy at #1? Oh come on...

I feel they could have done a better job at making this.
Second best selling manga Naruto not relevant? This list is invalid.
berniechan 6th-Apr-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
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