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These Are Anime’s Greatest Ponytails, Say Japanese Fans

No one can resist a good ponytail.

That’s true for both the male and female respondents to the latest poll from Charapedia, which asked its readers to choose the anime girls who look best with the classic horse tail-resembling ‘do. Who wields anime’s best ponytails? Read on to find out.

20. Makoto Kino (Sailor Jupiter)
Sailor Moon

19. Chizuru Yukimura
Hakuōki: The Last Samurai

18. Minami Shimada
Baka and Test

17. Yagyū Kyūbei

16. Nanami Aoyama
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou

15. Sasha Blouse
Attack on Titan

14. Tōka Yada
Assassination Classroom

13. Kaori Kanzaki
A Certain series

12. Hibiki Ganaha
The Idolmaster

11. Hōki Shinonono
Infinite Stratos

10. Leafa
Sword Art Online

9. Ayano Sugiura

8. Gō Matsuoka

7. Hitagi Senjōgahara
Monogatari series

6. Ui Hirasawa

5. Tae Shimura

4. Haruhi Suzumiya
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

3. Kyōko Sakura
Puella Magi Madoka Magica

2. Popura Taneshima

1. Eri Ayase
Love Live!

Are you feeling a sense of deja vu? That might be because another anime ranking site, Goo, ran a similar poll last year. The key difference here is that Charapedia only asked about female characters, making the list quite a bit different (plenty of ponytailed anime guys out there!).

However, there was quite a bit of overlap where female characters were concerned.

Anime series will come and go, but ponytails will never die.

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.