Shinji should never be on a top 25 list (that just me) so it fail
Given that the primary idea was the characters' lasting influence and such, it isn't a bad list. I'd make a different one considering they didn't even include Tenchi or any Gundam character. The article and ranking were clearly done by name recognition. But you have to think about how it was made by IGN, whose premise is games.Spot on. As such it's a list like any other list. These wouldn't be my choices, but I don't see much reason to dismiss their picks either. And, for what it's worth, it's a lot more reasonable than any of the lists that appear on Sankaku Complex (NSFW). The IGN list would never fly there due to its complete lack of K-On adoration.
Strange.... what are they basing 'the best' on? Most influential character to anime, or just most recognizable? On either part, why the hell is Goku number one? The top five should consist of classic characters. Sure they had Speed Racer and Astroboy but should real classic characters that everybody know and undeniable shaped anime be on that list? Kanaeda should be in the top 5, or at least Tetsuo, and what about characters from other classics such as Macross, Gundam, and Grave of The Fireflies? Sorry, but I think that list is bull crap.Goku is # 1. he deserves it. eventhough there isn't a recent goku cartoon series, but when i go to stores who sells action figures, little or big, you will always see Goku and his other forms.
Something I was unsure of with the list is are they basing this list on an "American view" of the top 25 all-time characters, Japanese, global? Either way Goku is a fine choice for #1, though of course I disagree with plenty of their other choices and omissions. Oh well, in the end it's IGN so who cares.