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Japanese Fans Rank Anime’s Cutest Mascot Characters
Fairy Tail‘s Happy.

You know the ones. Those anime and manga characters where you can’t help thinking, “man, that is some high-level kawaii.”

If you’ve ever wondered if your taste in cute mascot characters – be they animal, fairy, robot, god, whatever – matches up with anime and manga fans in Japan, now is your chance to find out. Pollsters Charapedia have asked their readers to rank the top 20 cutest anime mascot characters, and without further ado…

Seven Deadly Sins‘ Hawk.

20. Sonic – Blood Blockade Battlefront
19. Tanuki – Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun
18. Kon – Bleach
17. Piyo-chan – Uta no Prince-sama
16. Hawk – Seven Deadly Sins
15. Shiro – Crayon Shin-chan
14. Mokona – Magic Knight Rayearth
13. Taromaru – School-Live!
12. Haro – Mobile Suit Gundam
11. Happy – Fairy Tail
10. Gerota – A Certain… series
9. Tetsuya 2 – Kuroko’s Basketball
8. Elizabeth – Gintama
7. Keroberos – Card Captor Sakura
6. Tippy – Is the Order a Rabbit?
5. Pikachu – Pokemon
4. Madara/Nyanko-sensei – Natsume’s Book of Friends

And the top three…

Number three: Kyubey, the cute but ultimately dastardly cat-like entity from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Interestingly, on the male side of things, Kyubey actually came in number one, while he didn’t even crack the females’ top 10. He does do some pretty terrible stuff to those girls, after all.

Number two: the dog Sadaharu from Gintama. Originally a god of destruction, Sadaharu is adopted by the Yorozuya after the Space Terminal renders him jobless. Did you know: Sadaharu weights 661 pounds. Cute, but definitely not a lap dog.

Number one: One Piece’s Tony Tony Chopper. A human/reindeer hybrid (long story), Chopper is the Straw Hat Pirates’ doctor, though is often mistaken for a pet. Yeah, I wish my doctor were that cute.

Did your favorites make the list? Who’s missing? Sound off!

Source: Charapedia

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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.