Almost Otaku: Who is Anime's #1 Character?

Topic started by No_name_here on Sept. 5, 2010. Last post by bbally81 2 years, 8 months ago.
Post by obscurefan (216 posts) See mini bio Level 20
As much as I want to say Goku is the number one anime character, I think Astro Boy will always hold that spot in the same way that Mickey Mouse will always be more recognized than other cartoon characters, he's been here the longest and has had the best publicity and commercial campaigns. 
 
@sotyfan16 said:
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Sorry that I keep asking questions for this segment but I have another:  
Sports anime/manga: good, bad, or just plain ugly?

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Sports mangas are sort of a nitch thing and not everyone is going to dig them, however if you normally don't like Sports manga or anime, then I would suggest Eyeshield 21. It's the sports series for people who hate sports series, its far more like your typical shonen series like Naruto or One Piece than like a typical sports series.
Post by Burntlettuce (155 posts) See mini bio Level 14
It completely depends on the location. I would say in Japan Haruhi would be a good choice. She is basically the iconic choice for anyone who in an Otaku in Japan, which makes up the vast majority of fans inside Japan. Besides there aren't a lot of characters who could say that they had a religion spawn from them. 
 
If we were to look into America Goku would make a lot of sense. Almost has everyone has heard of him. But I would lean toward Spike from Cowboy Bebop, lets face it. Anyone that is an anime fan in America has probably seen Cowboy Bebop, and there isn't a character held in higher esteem in the States then Spike.
Post by Gaff (213 posts) See mini bio Level 11
@Burntlettuce: I personally wouldn't call Haruhi the #1 character, especially after "Endless 8"... 
 
@YotaruVegeta:
 
Kitty wants to have a word with you about merchandising clout. 
Kitty wants to have a word with you about merchandising clout. 
Post by mattysen (35 posts) See mini bio Level 6
Obviously people will say Spiderman is better than Superman; yet that doesn't mean Superman is the iconic -- the one who spawns the stereotypes about comic characters. There probably isn't a single one character in anime because it's such a varied genre but if I had to make a list.. 
  • Goku 
  • Sailor Moon 
  • Naruto 
  • Astro Boy 
  • Speed Racer 
  • Pikachu 
Outta all of them I'd probably say Goku>> as the frontman of Dragon Ball Z which has lead people accumulating anime is about flashy flashy energy beams and terribly corny dialog. 
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20
Its obviously Goku 
It was Astro Boy before though. 
Also Gundam 
 
And DBZ is not really something that is relevant to any one generation or not, its about fighting. If you like the fighting genre its relevant, just like FOTNS and others.
Post by Burntlettuce (155 posts) See mini bio Level 14
@Gaff said:  
 
I didn't say anything about the Endless 8, nor did about the quality of the shows. I myself have yet to actually watch any Haruhi, but that doesn't change the impact it had on the Japanese anime viewer. 
Post by Yumulu (10 posts) See mini bio Level 3
Even if Dragon Ball is pretty well known Goku in himself isn't really a name that peoples who are not into the medium usually know.
 
Astroboy is on a completely different level because it renew itself every decade or so and well his image is just more unique.
Post by Dream (7,670 posts) See mini bio Level 21
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I'd definitely say Astro Boy. What Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney are to American animation, Osamu Tezuka and Astro Boy are for the world of anime. Without neither characters, both worlds of animation wouldn't have been able to launch the successful booms in popularity both animated worlds gained and the coming of later animated characters that came after them.
Post by YotaruVegeta (582 posts) See mini bio Level 12
@zaldar: Who's gokkou? ;)
 
For people who know anime, they see Astro Boy or Goku as a top character. I don't know if it counts as a character, but if it did, the Gundam may outweigh them all. 
 
Outside of anime, I think Pikachu wins.
Post by fullmetalgeass (3 posts) See mini bio Level 4
What video game/ movie/ whatever franchise do you think REALLY needs to get adapted into an anime? I totally vote for The World Ends With You!!!
Post by YotaruVegeta (582 posts) See mini bio Level 12
@Gaff:  Ahhhhhh. I concede. :) 
 
@fullmetalgeass: None for now, because the track record for anime-video game adaptations (as well as live action) STINKS. I would go with Guilty Gear, if it hasn't already been done.
Post by Whiskeyjack (111 posts) See mini bio Level 19
Doraemon. You'll find very few characters who have been as active and prominent as long as that robotic cat. Hell,  in '08 he was appointed the first anime cultural ambassador by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Post by ramen_reimu (8 posts) See mini bio Level 5

Astro Boy holds a type of place that mickey mouse has in my heart, and goku is the superman of anime, and DBZ Astro boy has been series that  introduce anime to most.
Post by YotaruVegeta (582 posts) See mini bio Level 12
@Whiskeyjack: In Japan, most likely, but outside of that, who's Doraemon to the rest of anime consumers and fans around the world?
Post by Randomman (3 posts) See mini bio Level 4

In terms of what people think of when you say "anime" I would definitely say either goku or sailor moon. Then again, most of the people I talk to are either already into anime or were around when those things were big. Maybe gundam...
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Gaff said:
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Kitty wants to have a word with you about merchandising clout. 
Kitty wants to have a word with you about merchandising clout. 
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 Nijntje is about to send you and kitty a letter about blatant plagiarism
 Nijntje is about to send you and kitty a letter about blatant plagiarism
 
I'm going to join the bandwagon and say either Goku or Pikachu, After all Goku is the japanese Superman in most peoples eyes (even though in truth Superman is the American Ogon Bat)
And to tell the truth its what i hear the most when people mention anime.
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@YotaruVegeta said:

" @Whiskeyjack: In Japan, most likely, but outside of that, who's Doraemon to the rest of anime consumers and fans around the world? "

You should ask  @Nerx: Now there's a true fan lol
Post by hitsusatsu11 (10,747 posts) See mini bio Level 20
There is a Doraemon clock at my local Sushi restaurant 
Post by Gaff (213 posts) See mini bio Level 11
  @Kelleth: *cough*
 
@Burntlettuce: I'm always hesitant to brand something "THE NUMBER ONE SOMETHINGSOMETHING OF ALL TIME!!!": It requires a certain historical footing that I'm not sure (read: too bloody lazy!) to test and I'm not sure KyoAni's "unhealthy obsession with teenage girls" is something we would want to have as our figurehead, Haruhism be damned. Personal note: Of course, in my time anime didn't have the stereotype of "DBZ / Naruto / Bleach shonen", but "demonic tentacle *ahem* activities and some good ol' ultraviolence". Both of which are of course gross misrepresentations of anime. There is regular anime porn, you know! 
 
Also, I'm not sure Haruhi holds much sway outside of the "I'm going to cut up Aya Hirano 's pictures because she dared have a personal love life / I'm going to wreck this merchandising I bought because they dared air Endless 8 eight times" otaku crowd. Superman, Hulk Hogan and Mario are all recognized outside of their respective (comics, rassling, gaming) fan bases. 
 
Cue "Anime is an art style" vs "Anime is a story telling style" debate.
 
@YotaruVegeta:
 I for one hail our pussy overlords. 
Post by Kelleth (7,777 posts) See mini bio Level 20
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@Gaff: Musti never got really popular in outside of holland and Belgium Nijntje however was popular in Japan
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