Saturday, 23 July 2011


Hi there! Today's post is another weird Top 5 anime related ranking that I've come across. This time around it's the 5 most popular minor characters from films directed by Miyazaki Hayao, the genius behind most of the productions from Studio Ghibli. These results were gathered from a survey by Japanese people in their 20's, and are separated into the male and female opinions. I'll also compile some of the reasons that these voters have given for there decision.

Counting downwards

No.5, Yakul (Princess Mononoke)
The lead male Ashitaka's trusty partner, Yakul came in 5th for the male ranking.
He/she was praised for his courage and intelligence, as well as being a dependable....deer?

No.4, Colonel Muska
The bad guy from 'Laputa Castle in the Sky' made fourth place.  
An unusually purely evil character for a Ghibli films, his line in the movie 
"Watch! The people are like pieces of rubbish!" as he dumps an army from
 the flying castle to make them drop to their death is a very famous and popular line among male fans.

No.3, Catbus, (My Neighbour Totoro)
The Catbus was popular among males as they
 wanted to sit on its comfy looking seats. Personally I think it looks scary....

No.2, Makurokurosuke
Even males couldn't resist the charm of this cute little fur ball.
From it's fluffy appearance, to it's funny movements, Makurokurosuke made 
it into the hearts of many Japanese

No. 1. JiJi (Kiki's Delivery Service)
First place went to Kiki's sidekick from 'Kiki's Delivery Service'. This black cat impressed the males, mostly with it's ability to speak the human language, which they thought was extremely cute, and a desirable trait in their own pets. A cute friend to have.


No.5, Calcifer (Howl's Moving Castle)
Calcifer, the fire demon and energy source for Howl's moving castle was popular for 
his cute voice. There were even opinions that he would be handy to have in the house hehe

Tied No.4, Yakul (Princess Mononoke)
Yakul also made it into the female rankings, and was liked because of his loyalty
 to his owner, and his subtle cuteness.

Tied No.4, Mrs. Osono (Kiki's Delivery Service)

Mrs. Osono, the pregnant owner of the bakery where Kiki works made tied at fourth place.
Her easy going ways, and ability to cheer people up was highly regarded by fans. 

No.3, Makurokurosuke (My Nighbour Totoro)
The tiny fluff balls made it again in the female rankings. Again, people were attracted to their
cuteness, such as the way they move and look at you with big eyes. It's a popular opinion that 
these things would be nice to have hang around your house.

No.2, Catbus (My Neighbour Totoro)
The Catbus was a popular choice again as well. Comfy looking seats lured people again, as well 
as how it's ugly in a cute way (or cute in an ugly way??). Not sure about that bit....
It's big smile was also a highly regarded feature in this character.

No.1, Jiji (Kiki's Delivery Service)
The cool talking black cat got the top spot once again, with almost half of the votes.
People liked it's bratty but straight talking nature, and the cute way it walk around. 

Many people revealed their desire to have a cat that they can talk to like this.

..........Weeeell that was the Top Five Rankings for Minor Characters from Miyazaki Hayao Films.  Personally I like Yakul the most out of these guys. I almost yelled out "NO!!" when he got shot in the backside by an arrow, because I thought that they were going to kill him off like that....Luckily he didn't die, and survived the tidal wave of deadly god slime. lol

Anyway that's all I have to say today バイバイ!!


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