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Japanese Fans Rank Anime’s Strongest Kids

The life of a kid isn’t supposed to be tough. Normal children shouldn’t have to do more than be cute, go to school, do their homework and stuff like that, right?

These kids, on the other hand, are out there battling Super Saiyan, capturing Pokemon and hunting down Clow cards.

Tough stuff.

Pollsters Charapedia have asked their readers to rank anime’s top 20 strongest kids, and the readers have responded.

20. Aladdin

19. Trunks
Dragon Ball

18. Beezlebub

17. Doutei
One Punch Man

16. Reborn

15. Wendy Marvell
Fairy Tail

14. Kagura

13. Son Goten
Dragon Ball

12. Illyasviel von Einzbern
Fate/stay series

11. Son Goku
Dragon Ball

10. Killua Zoldyck
Hunter x Hunter

9. Shinnosuke Nohara
Crayon Shin-chan

8. Sakura Kinomoto
Cardcaptor Sakura

7. Takeshi Goda

6. Gon Freecss
Hunter x Hunter

5. Satoshi / Ash

4. Conan Edogawa
Detective Conan

3. Arale Norimaki
Dr. Slump

2. Nanoha Takamachi
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha

1. Son Gohan
Dragon Ball

A bit of analysis here from the OUSA brain trust:

For one thing, it’s obvious that Akira Toriyama writes some tough kids. Goku (a child at the start of the original Dragon Ball), his offspring Gohan and Goten, and Trunks all made the list, as did Arale from Toriyama’s earlier manga Dr. Slump.

In the number two spot was Nanoha Takamachi of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. For those unfamiliar with the series, Nanoha was noted for being darker and more mature than most magical girl series, with characters battling physically rather than throwing magical spells at each other, making the nine-year-old Nanoha’s second-place finish well-deserved.

On a final note, does Conan Edogawa really count? Sure, he’s got the body of a kid, but he’s technically an adult. C’mon!

OUSAers: who are anime’s strongest kids?

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.