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New Year’s Eve is one of the standout days of the year. Family and friends get together to celebrate the start of the next year while enjoying a great deal of alcohol and food. Nearly every culture holds special activities designed specifically for this day, although the actual date varies from country to country. In some ways, New Year’s Eve is the biggest festival in the world.
It must be a bummer for those whose birthday coincides with the last day of December. Seriously, how are you supposed to not get completely overshadowed by the much larger celebrations? There are quite a few anime characters who were born just before the stroke of midnight on the final day of the year, although most series do not really make a big deal out of it.
As we count down the days to 2018, here are our top 10 picks for anime characters born on New Year’s Eve.
10. Ichino Yanagida from Battle Athletess Daiundoukai (Battle Athletes Victory)
- Episodes: 26
- Air Date: Oct, 1997 – Mar, 1998
Battle Athletes is a mostly forgotten anime from the late 1990s. The story is practically a strange mix of Rocky and The Hunger Games, as humanity sends out a representative to compete in a test of physical strength against an alien from an extraterrestrial race. The process to decide who is the ideal human capable of carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders is decided by a university, with the winner being crowned as Cosmic Beauty.
Ichino Yanagida is Akari Kanzaki’s best friend, who also aspires to earn the coveted title of Cosmic Beauty.
While a capable athlete in her own right, Ichino struggles to keep up with the main character, creating a love/hate dynamic between the two. Although competitiveness is her primary personality trait, Ichino is a genuinely multi-layered secondary character that struggles to accept her feelings for Akari. For the time the anime was created, their relationship is actually quite progressive.
9. Kuro from Servamp (SERVAMP)
- Episodes: 12
- Air Date: Jul, 2016 – Sep, 2016
A series of unfortunate events give rise to Servamp’s main plot. Mahiru Shirota is a happy-go-lucky fellow who believes that simple thinking is really the only way to live. His world turns upside down when a strange young man suddenly shows up in his apartment. To make things even worse, this stranger happens to be a vampire.
Although he promises to leave after a single night, the duo ends up forming a contract and starting an unwanted friendship.
Kuro is easily the best thing about Servamp. Besides being a bloodsucker, the pacifist otaku is also capable of transforming into a black cat. The vampire prefers to avoid conflict, as he would rather not have to make any difficult decisions. Kuro’s relationship with Mahiru is the cornerstone of the entire anime, and the couple makes for a hilarious pair. The vampire also has a troubling backstory, that is hinted at throughout the series and the mere mention of it can turn Kuro into a much angrier demon.
8. Kotarou Fuuma from Nabari No Ou
- Episodes: 26
- Air Date: Apr, 2008 – Sep, 2008Ninjas are the word of the day for Nabari No Ou. The young Rokujou Miharu inherited the Shinrabanshou, a
powerful ninja technique that is required for someone to be chosen as the Nabari’s ruler. Due to this power, the student is forced to join a ninja club in order to survive the many threats on his life. Kotarou Fuuma is the leader of the Fuuma village and has extensive knowledge of everything that has to do with ninjutsu.
Kotarou is a chronic liar, so whether he was actually born exactly a minute before the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve is debatable. As there is no evidence to the contrary, we might as well take the charismatic womanizer at face value. Kotarou desires the Shinrabanshou for himself, as he wants nothing more than to meet the female spirit associated with the technique. While he is definitely not a hero, Kotarou is one of the show’s highlights due to his unpredictable personality. While he loves to lie, this ninja is actually rather powerful and wise, so Kotarou remains a threat despite some of his sillier moments.
7. Tamako Kitashirakawa from Tamako Market
- Episodes: 12
- Air Date: Jan, 2013 – Mar, 2013
Tamako Market is a cute slice-of-life anime about the young daughter of the owner of a rice cake shop in a popular shopping district. This entry is kind of unique, as the lead character is the one whose birthday is on New Year’s Eve. Tamako is a lovable girl who prioritizes her friends above her own happiness. Despite being sixteen years old, she is quite naive when it comes to love and romance.
Tamako is an old-fashioned girl. She is perfectly happy with spending the rest of her life working at her family’s rice shop, although she shows an admirable desire to modernize some of the store’s practices. Tamako is a really creative individual, as she spends most of her free-time coming up with new designs for mochi. The animators also pulled all the stops to make Tamako as adorable as possible, and they did a fantastic job. Due to when she born, Tamako's birthday is often overshadowed by New Year's Eve.
6. Saya Minatsuki from Black Cat
- Episodes: 23
- Air Date: Oct, 2005 – Mar, 2006
Saya, we barely knew you. In terms of coolness, Black Cat ranks among the industry's top tier. Train Heartnet is a legendary killer who works for an elite organization known as Chronos. The talented gunman is completely aware of his employer’s questionable morals, but he largely does not care. Train is more than ready to do what he is told, although that starts to change once Saya steps into the picture.
Saya works as a sweeper, who are practically bounty hunters. She is good at her job and ends up striking up a friendship with Train. Saya instigates a personality change in Train, inspiring his decision to abandon the ways of a killer and quitting Chronos. The anime changes her role considerably from the manga, but she probably plays a more crucial role in the adaptation. Train barely gets to know anything about Saya, yet the sweeper ends up meaning the world to him. This enchanting character left a lasting impression.
5. Kisuke Urahara from Bleach
- Episodes: 366
- Air Date: Oct, 2004 – Mar, 2012
Love or hate it, Bleach was a landmark release of the shounen genre. Tite Kubo knows how to write entertaining action scenes with visually pleasing characters. Pretty much the entire cast is uniquely designed and instantly recognizable. Kisuke Urahara is not only far from an exception, he just might be the best of the bunch. Earning the nickname of sandal-hat, due to his traditional Japanese attire, Urahara is an ambiguous figure that is rarely motivated by morals.Polite to a fault, sandal-hat is a pretty laid-back dude who tries to avoid conflict as much as possible. That is not to say that Urahara cannot hold his own in a fight, as he is an extremely talented swordsman and tactician. For a time, he served as one of Soul Society’s captains, before hanging up his hat to pursue different goals. Bleach tends to be rather straightforward, with most characters letting their fists do the talking, so, Urahara stands out as he is not that type of fighter. He prefers to manipulate events from a distance to avoid having to get his hands dirty.
4. Daichi Sawamura from Haikyuu!!
- Episodes: 60
- Air Date: Apr, 2014 – Dec, 2016
Haikyuu!! does not lack awesome characters. The sports genre is stacked with fantastic series, and this volleyball anime stands among the best. Karasuno High's entire team is charming and well developed, with their captain serving as the rock that holds everyone together. Due to his somewhat grounded personality, Daichi does not always stand out and tends to take a backseat for the majority of the story. Surprisingly, this does not detract from his overall character, as the captain never fails to deliver when called up to the plate.
Daichi is supportive and goes out of his way to ensure that his teammates' needs are being taken care of. As the leader, it is Daichi's job to maintain the team's harmony and motivation, something which he does not struggle to do. That doesn’t mean he is a pushover, as the captain's fuse is on the short side and you do not want to see him get angry. Loved and feared by his teammates, Daichi is number one in our book.
3. Roger "Gold Roger" Gol D. from One Piece
- Episodes: 817+
- Air Date: Oct, 1999 – ongoing
How does someone start to explain One Piece? By this point, the story is so vast that is would take a dissertation to explain how this universe functions. Still, there is only a single character who can be credited with lighting the fire that fuels the entire adventure. In terms of screen-time, Gol D. Roger is practically a non-entity. Yet, no other person played as important of a role in establishing One Piece's world. Gol D. Roger is who every pirate aspires to be.
Gol D. Roger is the reason the anime is called One Piece. After a long and influential life as the king of the pirates, Roger hid away his fortune just before getting napped by the Government. Seconds before his death, the king announced the existence of the One Piece and that whoever discovers its location will be crowned as the new pirate ruler. At the start of the story, Roger has been long dead, yet he is the first person introduced to readers.
Luffy is One Piece's hero, but the anime would not exist without Gol D. Roger.
2. Sawako Kuronuma from Kimi ni Todoke (Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You)
- Episodes: 37
- Air Date: Oct, 2009 – Mar, 2011
Kimi ni Todoke is a love story for the ages, and Sawako Kuronuma is a big reason why this anime works so well.
On the surface, there is nothing particularly unique about the premise. Sawako is a misunderstood teenager who has absolutely no friends. Like pretty much every other girl, she has a huge crush on the popular Kazehaya Shouta, although she would never dream of approaching him. Eventually, the two start talking and one thing leads to another.
Sawako’s backstory is really unique. Despite being a genuinely sweet schoolgirl, Sawako is defined by her physical appearance, as she happens to look similar to the ghost from The Ring. Jumping to conclusions, her classmates assume that she has malicious intent and start to avoid her. Kimi ni Todoke never makes fun of Sawako’s plight, as her loneliness is depicted in crystal-clear fashion. As her friendship with Kazehaya blossoms,Sawako learns to open herself up to those around her. Over the course of two seasons, she goes through a fair amount of character development.
1. Klaus von Reinherz from Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)
- Episodes: 12
- Air Date: Apr, 2015 – Oct, 2015
Very few heroes are capable of landing a punch like Klaus von Reinherz. As the leader of Libra, this warrior is the master of the Brain Grid blood battle style. Physically, Klaus seems to be caught somewhere in between human and animal, although he is easily the most polite and honest gentleman working at Libra. Admittedly, that is not saying much, but he does go out of his way to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Klaus ranks among the strongest humans in Hellsalem's Lot, as he is capable of wiping out vampires with his massive cross-shaped weapons. Acting as a role model for the protagonist, Klaus plays a secondary role for the majority of the episodes, while still taking on the most dangerous enemies himself. He is not quite as loud or funny as Zapp or Leonardo, but no other character comes close to matching Klaus' epic fights or charm.
A character’s birthday might not really hold any importance in most narratives, but it helps establish them as real people. The way they interact with the thought of getting older reflects their personalities, and it is always cool to know that you share the same birthday as one of your favorite heroes.
Which character do you share a birthday with? Please let us know in the comment section below.