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Japanese Fans Rank the Characters Who Look Best in Kimono

Kenshin in kimonoAs we suspect most of our readers know, kimono—literally “thing you wear” in Japanese—are the traditional Japanese robes that, these days, are generally reserved for special occasions.

Pollmasters Charapedia recently asked their readers which anime and manga characters look best in kimono, and today, the readers have answered. Let’s check out the top 10.

10. Goemon Ishikawa
Lupin III

9. Ai Enma
Hell Girl

8. Kotaro Katsura

7. Dia Kurosawa
Love Live! Sunshine

6. Sakura Shinguji
Sakura Wars

5. Hozuki
Hozuki’s Coolheadedness

4. Chiya Ujimatsu
Is the Order a Rabbit?

3. Shiki Ryougi
The Garden of Sinners

2. Gintoki Sakata

1. Kenshin Himura
Rurouni Kenshin

An interesting combination of series set in the past, when kimono were more common, and now, when they tend to represent a character with some kind of connection or interest in traditional Japanese culture or supernatural power.

Who are your favorite kimono-clad characters?

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.