Vegeta Tops List of Fans' Favorite Anime Rivals

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

January 20 in Japan marks the "Day That Rivals Join Hands." The day celebrates Sakamoto Ryōma's peace negotiations between the Chōshū Domain and Satsuma Domain at the end of the Edo period. In commemoration, the Anime! Anime! website decided to ask readers about their favorite rival characters in anime.

The website conducted the open-ended survey from January 18 to January 20 and posted the results on Wednesday. A total of 154 people, comprised of about 48% males and about 52% females, responded to the poll. About 56% of respondents were age 19 or younger, and about 23% were in their 20s.

Dragon Ball Z's Vegeta, prince of the Saiyan race, topped the list. Known by some Western fans as the more "emo" half of Naruto's chief duo, Sasuke ranked at #2. Pokémon's pesky rival figure Shigeru (Gary), namesake of Shigeru Miyamoto and grandson of the beloved Professor Oak, rounded out the top three.

Here are the top 10 results:

1. Vegeta (Dragon Ball Z)
2. Sasuke Uchiha (Naruto)
3. Shigeru Ōkido (Pokémon)
4. Katsuki Bakugō (My Hero Academia)
5. Char Aznable (Mobile Suit Gundam)
6. Tōshirō Hijikata (Gintama)
7. Ryūnosuke Akutagawa (Bungo Stray Dogs)
7. Kaito Kid (Detective Conan)
7. Baikin-man (Soreike! Anpanman)
10. Heiji Hattori (Detective Conan)
10. Kojirō Hyūga (Captain Tsubasa)

Who's your favorite anime rival? Tell us in the forum!

Source: Anime! Anime! (Katsunori Takahashi)

Image via Dragon Ball Wiki

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