What You Need to Know:
- Anime!Anime! conducted a poll asking Japanese anime fans their favorite male support character that left the strongest impression on them.
- See the results below!
Poll Title: Best Male Support Characters
Poll Duration: 2015/11/19 - 2015/11/24
Vote Breakdown: 477 respondents, 51-60% male, 60% aged 10-25
Top 10 - Top 6
10. Krilin (Dragon Ball)
9. Hajime Saito (Ruroni Kenshin)
8. Kaworu Nagisa (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
7. Nobuchika Ginoza (Psycho-Pass)
6. Shikamaru Nara (Naruto)
Top 5 - Top 1
5. Maes Hughes (Fullmetal Alchemist)
- Episodes: 51
- Aired: October 2003 - October 2004
After losing their mother, Alphonse and Edward Elric attempt to bring her back using the forbidden science of human alchemy. However, alchemy operates on the theory of equivalent trade, and breaking the human alchemy taboo carries a heavy price. Ed loses his leg, and Al loses his body. Ed is able to seal Al's soul inside of a huge suit of armor, at the cost of his arm. Years later, Ed (now with two mechanical limbs) and Al (still trapped in the armor) leave their childhood home, each brother concerned with the other's happiness. Ed, who has a natural talent and skill for alchemy, becomes nationally certified and is soon known everywhere as the "Fullmetal Alchemist." Their true objective is to search for any information on the fabled Philosopher's Stone, hoping it will allow them to regain their old bodies. All of their hopes rest with this mythical stone, which may not even exist at all. However, the brothers soon learn that they are not the only ones after the powerful stone.
4. Kouichi Zenigata (Lupin III)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: October 2015 - ongoing
Lupin will be starring as the main character in this upcoming series set to take place in Italy and San Marino.
Reflecting its setting, the anime will debut in Italy before airing in Japan. Lupin III fans will note that the titular thief now has a blue coat, following his earlier appearances in green (first series and some OVAs), red (the second series as well as most films and television specials) or pink (third series).
3. Kazunari Takao (Kuroko no Basket)
- Episodes: 25
- Aired: April 2012 - September 2012
The Teiko Middle School Basketball Team. The class that produced three perfect seasons in a row, with five once-in-a generation players, called "The Generation of Miracles." There was another player who all of them respected... A legendary 6th player. An up-and-coming power player, Taiga Kagami, is just back from America. When he comes to Seirin High School, he meets the super-ordinary boy, Tetsuya Kuroko. Kagami is shocked to find that Kuroko isn't good at basketball, in fact, he's bad! And he's so plain that he's impossible to see. But Kuroko's plainness lets him pass the ball around without the other team noticing him, and he's none other than the sixth member of the Miracle Generation. Kuroko makes a pact with Kagami to defeat the other members of the Miracle Generation, who have all played basketball at other schools. A battle of light (Kagami) and shadow (Kuroko) begins!
2. Lancer (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: October 2014 - December 2014
Ten years ago, the magus Kiritsugu Emiya saved one lone survivor of a great disaster. As he cried in happiness, he proclaimed that by saving him, he had saved himself. The boy swore then that he would become a hero who lived to save others. Five years after the death of his foster father, Shirō Emiya finds himself drawn into a battle to the death between seven magi called Masters, where each commands the spirit of a hero of legend called a Servant in pursuit of having one wish granted by the legendary Holy Grail. In this battle, Shirō will finally have the chance to face the ghosts of his past, and to find his path to face his dreams and his future. Through the power of the Holy Grail, his wish will finally come true, for a hero of justice must have an evil to defeat.
1. Toushirou Hijikata
- Episodes: 201
- Aired: April 2006 - March 2010
Life isn't easy in feudal Japan... especially since the aliens landed and conquered everything! Oh sure, the new health care is great, but the public ban on the use of swords has left a lot of defeated samurai with a difficult decision to make concerning their future career paths! This is especially true if, as in the case of Gintoki Sakata, they're not particularly inclined towards holding a day job, which is why Gintoki's opted for the freelance route, taking any job that's offered to him as long as the financial remuneration sounds right. Unfortunately, in a brave new world filled with stray bug-eyed monsters, upwardly mobile Yakuza and overly ambitious E.T. entrepreneurs, those jobs usually don't pay as well as they should for the pain, suffering and indignities endured!
(Source: Sentai Filmworks)