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Japanese Fans Rank the Anime Heroes Who Have Matured Most

You’ve come a long way, young man.

If anime fans were feeling particularly dadlike, that’s what they might say to these characters, who they chose for ranking site Goo’s list of anime and manga characters who “showed the most growth into adulthood.” Which boyz went II men? Let’s find out.

9 (tie). Shinji Ikari
Neon Genesis Evangelion

9 (tie). Hisashi Mitsui
Slam Dunk

8. Pop
Dragon Quest: Dai no Daiboken

7. Hikaru Shindo
Hikaru no Go

6. Amuro Ray
Mobile Suit Gundam

5. Usopp
One Piece

4. Krillin
Dragon Ball

3. Naruto Uzumaki

2. Goku
Dragon Ball

1. Sakuragi Hanamichi
Slam Dunk

Makes sense almost all of these characters are from shonen series: that’s kind of the point of the things. Kind of a bummer the top ten is absent any girls, though. What do you think, readers?

Source: Goo

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.