Final Rankings of the ‘World Top 100’ Revealed on the Official One Piece YouTube Channel
What You Need to Know:
- The results are in for author Eiichiro Oda's manga mega-hit ONE PIECE’s worldwide internet poll dubbed “World Top 100” which ranked the top 100 most popular characters.
- The official rankings have been announced in a two-part episode of the special web series “ONE PIECE TIMES” on the official ONE PIECE YouTube channel. The first video, released on May 4th 7PM (PST) / 10PM (EST) announced the winners from 100-21st. The second, which premiered on May 5th 5AM (PST) / 8AM (EST), revealed the top 20 characters. The specials featured celebrity hosts and guests from around the world.
- The winning top three characters are: Luffy, Zoro, and Nami. The runners-up, fourth through sixth place, are: Sanji, Trafalgar Law, and Nico Robin.
- Content exclusive to the specials includes a letter from ONE PIECE’s author regarding the contest results and a special video message from Luffy’s international anime voice actors. In addition, Oda will soon be creating a brand new illustration including the top 50 characters plus some others.
- Held from January 3rd through February 28th, this contest has been a rollercoaster of a competition. Most dramatically, Nami’s ranking leapt from seventh all the way to third place in the second half of voting. These results demonstrate the enormous diversity of the ONE PIECE fandom. The character X Drake, whose design is considered to be inspired by the country of Turkey, was ranked 41st overall, but 2nd in Turkey. The character Morgans ranked 80th worldwide but 38th in North America, suggesting that his knowledge of global affairs in the world of ONE PIECE appeals to Americans. A character whose image country is Russia, Nico Robin, ranked 6th overall. Carrot surged from 17th place to finish in 8th place. Greg Werner (ONE PIECE commentator/critic) said, “Carrot is a beloved character and the dedication of furry fandom may have played a large role in this result.”
- With such diversity, Luffy’s win in this contest cements the protagonist as the fans’ favorite, while Nami’s surge in votes speaks to the growing popularity of female characters in the world of manga. By the end of voting, 12 million votes were cast for a total of 1,174 different characters.
- ONE PIECE is a Japanese comic series created by Eiichiro Oda serialized in the world-renowned weekly Shonen manga anthology, “Weekly Shonen Jump” published by Shueisha Inc., and this competition was held in honor of its 1,000th chapter.
- Major Japanese publisher, Shueisha Inc. announced the “ONE PIECE 1000 LOGS” promotion commemorating the 1000th chapter of “ONE PIECE,” one of the most popular serialized titles ever, by launching a series of seven campaigns.
Overview of “ONE PIECE 1000 LOGS Promotion”
- The 1st Global ONE PIECE Character Popularity Contest “WORLD TOP 100”
- The New York Times Full Page Color Ad
- “WT100 Commemorative PV”
- “ONE PIECE 1000 LOGS” Teaser
- Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine Commemorative cover art + Extra Large Poster
- Collaborations with Multiple Shueisha Imprint Magazines
- ONE PIECE Manga Vols. 1-71 Available for Free on “Shonen Jump +” and “ZEBRACK” mobile apps
ONE PIECE TIMES ~ WT100 Final Character Ranking Announcement Details
- Kamaitachi - Popular comedy duo Kamaitachi consists of Kenji Yamauchi (Left) and Ryuichi Hamaie (Right) represented by the Yoshimoto Kogyo talent agency.
- Greg Werner - American ONE PIECE superfan who has knowledge comparable to the editor of ONE PIECE and is known as a commentator/critic who offers a unique perspective.
- Kristina Antonenko - Russian Representative
- Roger Luigi American - Representative
- Gizem Gündogdu German - Representative
- Tolga KirayTsuchiya - Turkish Representative
- “Murders” - Indonesian Representative
- “Jade” - South African Representative
- “Usama” - Moroccan Representative
Announcement Part 1: Ranks #100-#21 - Guests Analyze the Rankings Results Based on Fanbase Regions
“Enel,” whose outfit is said to emulate traditional Indonesian clothing ranked at 35th. Murders (Indonesian guest) commented that the pants “Enel” wears reminds him of batik pants. It became clear that the rankings were indeed the results of each country’s culture and sometimes how the characters embodied similarities to their cultures.
Announcement Part 1: Ranks #100-#21
Announcement Part 2: Ranks #20-#1 - Drama Ensues as Top 20 are Announced!
Announcement Part 2: Ranks #20-#1
Eiichiro Oda Letter Details
"WORLD TOP 100!
Usually, this character ranking poll is only done in Japan but by opening it up to the world through the internet, I was able to see in real time a glimpse of which characters are popular in different regions of the world and some characters went up in the rankings since the midterm results, so it was truly entertaining.
I heard that there seemed to be some movements online organized by fans to come together to cast votes for unexpected characters. That didn’t get past the production team (laugh). It’s amazing how different the preferences towards these characters are all over the world and it was so fun seeing how it went down for Robin and Carrot.
As I promised, I’ll be creating a cool piece with the characters who ranked in the top 50 plus some others so please look forward to it. Thank you so much to all the ONE PIECE fans all over the world for casting so many votes! "
11 Luffy Voices from Around the World
*Japan, Brazil, Germany, Central and South America, the U.S., Italy, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Thailand, Hong Kong. (Video will be available at a later date).
Character Rank Results #1-#100
Character Rank Results #1-#10 by Region
About "One Piece Times"
- Episode 1: “Who is the Catchphrase King?”
- Episode 2: “ONE PIECE Changed My Life!”
- Episode 3: “World ONE PIECE Challenge”
- Episode 4: “Staying Connected with We Are!”
Official Links and Social Media Accounts
ONE PIECE WORLD TOP100：https://onepiecewt100.com/en/
Author Eiichiro Oda’s Official ONE PIECE Portal Site “ONE PIECE.com” : http://one-piece.com
“ONE PIECE” Official Twitter Account: @Eiichiro_staff
“ONE PIECE” Official LINE Account: @onepiece_official
Source: Official Press Release
Shueisha Inc. is a Japanese book and video game publisher headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The company was founded in 1925 as the entertainment-related publishing division of Japanese publisher Shogakukan. The following year, Shueisha became a separate, independent company. Magazines published by Shueisha include Weekly Shōnen Jump, Weekly Young Jump, Non-no, and Ultra Jump. Shueisha, along with Shogakukan, owns VIZ Media, which publishes manga from all three companies in North America.