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Gakuen Babysitters' Kotarō Tops Poll of Characters Fans Want as Their Younger Brother

posted on by Jennifer Sherman

Late manga creator and writer Kunio Hatada designated four holidays throughout the year for younger and older siblings in Japan. Hatada's reasoning for choosing the dates is unclear, but March 6 is "Younger Brother Day," June 6 is "Older Brother Day," September 6 is "Younger Sister Day," and December 6 is "Older Sister Day." To mark this month's holiday, the Anime! Anime! website conducted a poll asking readers what little brother anime character they would want as their own sibling.

The website conducted the survey from March 2-4 and posted the results on Wednesday. Among the 305 respondents, about 20% were male, and about 80% were female. About 75% of participants were 19 years old or younger, and about 15% were in their 20s.

Most of the characters chosen in the poll are younger brothers in their stories. Adorable toddler Kotarō Kajima of Gakuen Babysitters topped the list, and Gintama, Haikyu!!, and Mr. Osomatsu all had two brothers in the top 10. Here are the rest of the top results in the poll:

1. Kotarō Kajima (Gakuen Babysitters)
2. Sōgo Okita (Gintama)
3. Kei Tsukishima (Haikyu!!)
4. Shinpachi Shimura (Gintama)
5. Alphonse Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
5. Todomatsu Matsuno (Mr. Osomatsu)
7. Jūshimatsu Matsuno (Mr. Osomatsu)
8. Ryōma Echizen (The Prince of Tennis)
8. Riku Nanase (IDOLiSH7)
10. Conan Edogawa (Detective Conan)
10. Atsushi Nakajima (Bungo Stray Dogs)
10. Shōyō Hinata (Haikyu!!)
13. eijun Sawamura (Ace of Diamond)
13. Heinz Nerich Windermere (Macross Delta)
13. Bell Cranell (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?)
13. Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece)
17. Aladdin (Magi)
17. Shirō Emiya (Fate/stay night)
17. Yukio Okumura (Blue Exorcist)
17. Kirito/Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)
17. King (The Seven Deadly Sins)
17. Nagisa Hazuki (Free!)
17. Yagen Tōshirō (Touken Ranbu Online)
17. Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri!!! on Ice)

My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected.'s Komachi Hikigaya topped the website's poll of fan's favorite younger sister characters in September.

Source: Anime! Anime! (Katsunori Takahashi)

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