Otaku USA Magazine
Japanese Fans Rank Anime’s Best Student-Master Relationships

In the wide world of storytelling tropes, the student-master relationship is a fan favorite. Watching a young, impudent learner grow thanks to a wise old sensei never seems to get old, and in the rare instance it does, someone comes along to give the old trope a new twist, as is the case with several pairings on this list.

Without further ado, Japan’s favorite student-master relationships:

10. Victor Nikiforov / Yuri Katsuki
Yuri on Ice

9. All Might / Izuku Midoriya
My Hero Academia

8. Master Roshi / Son Goku
Dragon Ball

7. Izumi Curtis / Edward Elric
Full Metal Alchemist

6. Seijuro Hiko / Kenshin Himura
Rurouni Kenshin

5. Saitama / Genos
One Punch Man

4. Master Asia / Domon Kasshu
Mobile Fighter G Gundam

3. Piccolo / Gohan
Dragon Ball

2. Shoyo Yoshida / Gintoki Sakata

1. Jiraiya / Naruto Uzumaki

OUSAers: who are your faves?

Source: Charapedia

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.