The otaku dating service Tora Con marked the Japanese holiday Children’s Day by putting out kid-related surveys. This included asking which anime characters you’d like to have as your own child.
It asked “Which anime character do you want to make your kid?” (implying adoption) as well as “Which anime character would you like to give birth to and/or raise?” and got somewhat different answers.
For the “Which anime character do you want to make your kid?,” two different characters tied for third place. These are Edward Elric, the lead in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Hidetoshi Dekisugi, the really well-behaved kid who’s classmates with the lead in Doraemon.
Second place went to Tanjiro Kamado, the star of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
Anya Forger of SPY x FAMILY nabbed first place. She pretty much is the fan favorite character of a fan favorite series. One person in the poll remarked, “She makes you realize all over again just how cute kids are.”
Turning to the question “Which anime character would you like to give birth to and/or raise?,” Tanjiro Kamado received third place but is the only overlap between the two polls. In second place was sleuth Shinichi Kudo of Detective Conan (a.k.a. Case Closed). And this time around, the first place spot went to a pink-haired girl, but it’s not Anya again. Instead, it’s Hitori Goto from Bocchi the Rock.
Around this same time, Tora Con also put out a poll asking otaku without children if they would remain otaku if they had kids in the future. While the majority of respondents said they would spend less time on their otaku hobbies, 73% said they would continue with their otakudom.
What do you think of these results? What anime character, if any, would you like to adopt or give birth to? For parents, does having kids affect your otaku hobbies?
Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, plus its sequel, Manga Art for Everyone, and the first-of-its-kind manga chalk book Chalk Art Manga, both illustrated by professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.