The company Goo Ranking asked a unique question to Japanese netizens in a survey: what anime characters who died early in the show left a big impression on you? In other words, it doesn’t count if the character dies a ways into the show, and it apparently doesn’t count for Dragon Ball Z where you can die but then come back.
Think about which characters who died early meant the most to you, and see if they match up with the survey’s official results. There will, of course, be spoilers, so please be aware before you read the full list!
10. Shoko Hazama from Fafner in the Azure
9. Li Piao [Ri Hyo] from Kingdom
8. Hideyuki Makimura from City Hunter
7. Maes Hughes from Fullmetal Alchemist
6. Mami Tomoe from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
5. Wakaba Tsukishima from Cross Game
4. Siegfried Kircheis from Legend of Galactic Heroes
3. Kisaragi from Elfen Lied
2. Heart from Fist of the North Star
1. Kazuya Uesugi from Touch
What do you think of the lineup?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.