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Anime Fans Rank Their Favorite Ponytailed Characters

Lists of stuff – can you even remember what the internet was like before them?

The latest list out from Goo, a Japanese site that asks its readers to rank all kinds of stuff, has busted out the moe question of moe questions – which anime character rocks the best ponytail? Without further ado, the results:

17. Yasusada Yamatonokami (Touken Ranbu) – 1.4%
16. Billy Katagiri (Gundam 00) – 1.4%
15. Kuroh Katogami (K) – 1.6%
14. Gou Matsuoka (Free!) – 2.2%
13. Houki Shinonono (Infinite Stratos) – 3%
12. Leafa (Sword Art Online) – 3.4%
11. Hibiki Ganaha (Idolmaster) – 3.4%
10. Alto Saotome (Macross Frontier) – 4.4%
9. Popura Taneshima (Working!!) – 4.6%
8. Yu Kanda (D. Gray-man) – 5.2%
7. Yoko (Gurren Lagann) – 5.4%
6. Ayase Eli (Love Live!) – 5.4%



5. Kyoko Sakura (Madoka Magica) – 5.6%



4. Sasha (Attack on Titan) – 7%



3. Keiji Maeda (Sengoku Basara) – 8.6%



2. Ui Hirawasa (K-On!) – 9.2%



Kazuha Toyama (Detective Conan) – 11.4%

What surprised us about this list? Most notably, the balance between male and female characters, with some of the top spots going to hunks like Sengoku Basara’s Keiji Maeda and D. Gray-man’s Yu Kanda.

Secondly, while most of the characters listed are from fairly recent properties, we do get some old-school representation (and in the number one spot, no less) courtesy Conan’s Kazuha Toyama. Perhaps it’s not so surprising – Detective Conan has run since 1994, allowing multiple generations to fall for Kazuha’s pulled-back locks.

Did your favorite ponytailed character make the list? Who’s missing? Or are you more of a twintail fan?

Source: Goo

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Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.