Top 10 Anime Characters – October NewType


Revered anime magazine Newtype has unleashed its latest issue, naturally providing the next iteration of its fascinating character rankings – with Sword Art Online still holding fast to its pole position place as expected, although some unusually strong showings from the anime of yesteryear may hold some surprises.

Newtype’s top 10 male characters:

1. Kirito (Sword Art Online)

2. Tatsuya Shiba (Mahou Koukou no Rettousei)

3. Jotaro Kujo (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders)

4. Kira Yamato (Gundam SEED)

5. Makoto Tachibana (Free!)

6. Rin Matsuoka (Free!)

7. Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)

8. Shinya Kogami (Psycho-Pass)

9. Yu Narukami (Persona 4 The Animation)

10. Umetarou Nozaki (Monthly Shoujo Nozaki-kun)

Newtype’s top 10 female characters:

1. Asuna (Sword Art Online)

2. Sinon (Sword Art Online)

3. Miyuki Shiba (Mahou Koukou no Rettousei)

4. Gou Matsuoka (Free!)

5. Lacus Clyne (Gundam SEED)

6. Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia (Aldnoah.Zero)

7. Chiyo Sakura (Monthly Shoujo Nozaki-kun)

8. Saber (Fate)

9. Tokaku Azuma (Akuma no Riddle)

10. Chaika Trabant (Hitsugi no Chaika)

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 13/09/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Hurr durr SAO and Free! characters, yay.


    Comment by Anonymous
    13:25 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The Free characters are actually decent. I'm not surprised to see them on a list. The SAO characters just shows that people have shit taste because there is nothing REMOTELY interesting about Kirito.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:07 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    SAO thus far is the "Best Animated" series this season.
    Which should tell you just how far Anime in general has fallen. I have to say 3 Quarters in a row and I've been really sick of REALLY BAD SEASONS from across the board. How long is it going to be until something GOOD actually shows up?

    They keep this up much longer, I QUIT watching ANIME.
    and I mean FOR GOOD!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:12 16/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, that's because they're tons of stuff that's good that I see released every season. Maybe your taste isn't bring catered to but if you branch out some, im sure there's something interesting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shouldn't Kirito be the top female character this time around? Also, isn't Lacus and Asseylum the same person? XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:50 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most of the guys in Free show more depth in one episode than Kirito has in three whole seasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like the series or not, most of the Free characters are well written. SAO characters are so one-dimensional and bland. Sure, put one of them on the list but THAT many SAO characters? No thanks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:50 13/09/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Unsurprisingly the lists are awful.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:24 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Japan sure loves Gary Stu, then...why the fuck there are so much beta mc?

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:24 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because bad writers had been dwelling in beta-male harem leads for the past 10 years for wish fulfillment animes, so only recently they notice that more wish fulfillment = more money and so began the trend of power trip "if you don't like me you're automatically pathetic and/or evil" logic Gary Stus.

    It's a wonder 40 years old men receive millions of money and praises out of writing what is essentially the same to what is generally considered horrible when written by 12 years old girls.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:40 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I'm pretty sure there's a psychological explanation to all of it, it has to be some sort of engineering behind it.

    But I still find those characters really unlikeable, no matter how well they may sell...

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:32 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The thing is, how can you like complete non-characters like those? Especially after you're mentally old enough to stop projecting yourself into someone else? It makes no sense in a medium where you can't feel like you're in control of the scenario.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    @19:41: Well that's good to hear, but then it still doesn't explain why they go around ranking the characters so highly when they're not the factors in the series' popularity. Just dumb loyalty for the series, I guess?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:17 16/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have to say maybe its the teen demographic that Newtype caters to that really take to person like Kirito because it's the cool thing? I'll say I actually enjoy reading SAO more than watching it as it brings to light how simplistic the writing is though what do you really expect from a light novel? Overall, SAO is a good breezy read but I think the adaptations shows how rather light on story it actually has.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:41 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe it's because most people don't really project themselves into these characters, and are genuinely sold into their story and circumstances?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:27 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because the difference is (sadly) that 40 year-old FOREVER ARONE Jap otakus have MONEY. Whereas Stephenie Meyer's idiot teens do not.

    THAT'S why this shit keeps getting regurgitated over and over and over again, instead of dying after the first time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:19 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just like always, sword ass online strikes again...together with Assuna and Assada. -_-

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:55 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chaika, yes, Chaika, should be the top female character.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:58 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No space dandy ?, no Joseph Joestar?, 3 SAO characters in the list?, this is a shit...

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:18 16/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agree with the Joesph Joestar but Newtype polling is very biased lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yay Asuna #1!

    The dumb bitch has about 3 token lines of dialogue and a minute of screen time in each episode of this series..

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Shitty self-insert Mary Sues sure are popular with nips.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:48 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sadly Shiroe and Akatsuki are more appealing as characters than the characters from SAO. SAO character developement is flat anime-wise. And Luffy has annoyed me for a while now. Why are all the characters on this list, flat characters with no character growth.

    Except for maybe Shiba Tatsuya and Chaika...but really, this is a horrible list. Hell put Kaneki Ken on the list and I'd be happy. Now that character is someone who's gone through character development...even though the characters life turns to hell in the process of his development.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    How did a boring gary stu like Makoto get higher than Rin? Rin is hot as all hell and his personality is a million times more interesting.

    And how did Shinon get anywhere near the top of the list? She's weak-minded and her so-called quirk is more annoying than interesting. So many better girls on that list. Even Gou, who doesn't take part in the action is both more attractive and a better character.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watch more anime, kids. There are better ones just in the last few seasons of anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:32 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know these polls are painful but it suggests SAO 2 will likely sell enough for the Alicization Arc to be animated. Which is easily the best arc in the series, just tolerate these shitty polls a little longer and get this arc in the bag. It'll be worth it.

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    Comment by Indy
    09:53 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agree, I could only hope this will also lead to mother rosario episode as OVA

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:12 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That is a good arc and it covers more of the entertaining sci fi aspect of virtual reality that the first 3 arcs failed to cover. Mother's Rosario had only one redeeming quality and that is that it shows what a difference VR has made in the real world. The rest of the plot was a snore fest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:17 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree, I guess we'll know Oct 22, when the first SAO 2 volume comes out.

    Anyway I think they may have to skip some things to get a good amount of content covered in 24 episodes. That or they may have to do some OVAs. I'm not sure if Alicization can be covered in one full season.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:02 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If they can shit SAO Aincrad out of their asses in 14 episodes, manage to add content that wasn't there, and somehow fail to add crucial details that WERE... then I think they can Shit the rest of the series out of their asses too.

    Fact: So far HALF of SAO II has been told in a series of FLASHBACKS in attempt to cover the section of the story that WASN'T TOLD because they were too busy trying to rush it out, and add suggestive content that don't seem to be in the original books. (of course I'm finally picking up the books now, but as of thus far, I don't see the emphasis that Kirito needed an all-female harem.)

    Honestly, if we were looking at the Kirito from the book, and not the Kirito from the Anime - I'd agree with his listing here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 15/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hate to break it to you, anon 07:02, but the laughing coffin stuff had about 2 sentences in the first book. It was expanded upon for the first time in GGO.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:37 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's NEWTYPE for you, they always favor the old Gundam Seed until now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    More OldType to me now ...

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    21:45 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:53 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment and Avatar combined ..
    Kirito should be a third category, after all this was a fujoshi season ...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:09 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm a little surprised Asseylum and Tatsuya made it on the list

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:06 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    well at least this list affirms that the japanese love gay sex just as much as any other country

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Both #1s are SOA. I can accept that as affirmation that this "Newtype" thing is a joke.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:19 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    SOA = Sons of Anarchy? I didn't realize that was an anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:59 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Newtype lists are a complete joke. The mag itself is biased towards Gundam and "popular stuff" since that is where their core demographic is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    All it confirms is that Japan is a joke with shit taste.

    What a fucking waste of a country.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:05 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    since when were any of these lists NOT a joke?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    SOA = sword online art? :DDD

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh lookie here. Another list...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Issei Hyoudou and Akatsuki Ousawa need their own God blessed lists...

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:20 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Illya is not on top of the list WTF.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's how you know this list is bs. Illya will always be #1

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:24 13/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lacus? What is this, 2002?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 14/09/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lacus and kira are two chars that ALWAYS appear..more like a running joke along the years...

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