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New Poll - Favorite Protagonist of Top Sellers
This week's poll was suggested by residentgrigo. You may not have read all these series, but apparently they're the bestsellers. It's on purpose that there's no "none" option

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Previous Poll Results:
Question: How good was 2022 for you?
I don't know - votes: 99 (3.3%)
Worst year ever... - votes: 288 (9.6%)
Not great - votes: 927 (30.7%)
Average - votes: 1000 (33.2%)
Pretty good - votes: 626 (20.8%)
Great! Best year ever! - votes: 76 (2.5%)
There were 3015 total votes.
The poll ended: January 21st, 2023 10:41am PST

Still on the lower end for most people 🙁
Posted by lambchopsil on 
January 21st 10:46am
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» deadphoenix on January 21st, 2023, 10:49am

I voted for Son Goku, my enjoyment during my childhood. He's fast, except when he needs to arrive somewhere.


» amy_levi on January 21st, 2023, 11:35am

You forgot the option "None". Don't assume that just because they're bestsellers, everyone likes at least one of them, or the characters.


» deadphoenix on January 21st, 2023, 11:41am

Quote from amy_levi
You forgot the option "None". Don't assume that just because they're bestsellers, everyone likes at least one of them, or the characters.

Indeed the most important option is missing.


» calstine on January 21st, 2023, 11:44am

Quote from amy_levi
You forgot the option "None". Don't assume that just because they're bestsellers, everyone likes at least one of them, or the characters.

True, this!

In fact, I haven't read or watched any of these series (except, like, half a season of the 1st Naruto anime over 10 years ago, and my favourite character was - obviously - Kakashi).


» Bart Simpson on January 21st, 2023, 12:51pm

No, a "none" option makes no sense for this poll. The point is to find out, which MC is the most popular among this group. If haven't read any of the series or don't like anyone, you just don't vote.


» muto4031 on January 21st, 2023, 2:01pm

hmm, none would make sense, if you don't vote the result would be misleading i.e how to determine between someone don't like the poll or if he doesn't like any of the choices. In my case i think all of the given characters are boring (the poll is about the characters and not about the manga's)


» Bart Simpson on January 22nd, 2023, 2:41am

The result (Luffy is the most popular amongst this group) would be exactly the same, just with lower percentage values but the same distribution. Therefor the "none" option has no impact on the result and is completely useless.

how to determine between someone don't like the poll or if he doesn't like any of the choices

And how does a "none" option change that? Can you determine whether someone voted "none" because they didn't like the poll or because of the characters? If you don't like either, you can comment here but there's absolutely no reason to add another vote option for this specific poll. Those are the MCs of the top 10 best selling manga, period. There's no room for interpretation or personal preference. You don't like them, you don't vote.


» hkanz on January 21st, 2023, 1:13pm

The only one I've actually read is Slam Dunk, so I chose Sakuragi. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


» kaloo on January 21st, 2023, 3:23pm

I haven't read Detective Conan in a few years, but I always come back to that old friend.


» sammybam88 on January 21st, 2023, 4:02pm

luffy or son goku for me, havent read a few of the manga there and idk about crayon shin chan, kochikame, and golgo 13 because scanlations arent finished,
but i did read like 2 chapters of whats translated of kochikame, and it seems pretty good, if only it was fully translated...


» residentgrigo on January 21st, 2023, 4:27pm

Hanamichi Sakuragi. Now that was easy. No thinking required and an actually good character.


» Midlife_otaku on January 21st, 2023, 11:52pm

Hmmm... all shonen. Had to go with the only one I read/watched. Tanjiro from Demon Slayer


» VawX on January 22nd, 2023, 3:11am

Never really read Kochikame and Golgo, but among the other, Sakuragi is probably my favourite mmm...
His character is more defined and unique at the time compared to the others mmm...


» docdesanta on January 22nd, 2023, 4:17am

I'm pretty surprised Demon Slayer sold that much. Its manga run is relatively shorter compared to the rest and whilst fun, I never particularly thought it was compelling.


» hiei_luke on January 22nd, 2023, 10:05am

Of course Sakuragi Hanamichi. Still a huge fan of Slam Dunk throughout the years.
(aiming to watch the First Slam Dunk movie :> )

Other "current" protagonists are depicted as too OP characters, not to my taste.


» residentgrigo on January 22nd, 2023, 2:41pm

For all that are wondering Where The White Women At? There are no manga with a female leads that sold at least 100 million copies. Sazae-san is the first female lead manga on the list at no 21. The runner-up is Boys Over Flowers at No 34. Finally, Glass Mask, InuYasha and Nana have 50 million copies in sales so one of them could be in the top 50 but not for long. 45 to 48 out of 50 have male leads and let's be honest, it will be 48/50 soon as some of them as Berserk, City Hunter (new films keep being made) or YuYu Hakusho (due to the Netflix show) have more room to grow than others. Cape shit and its adaptations have the same issue of course. Insert nerd rant about billion-dollar Brie Larson [here].


» Joese on January 22nd, 2023, 3:49pm

Shin-chan. It's part of my childhood so I'll go with that.


» ClaAya on January 22nd, 2023, 6:45pm

Sakuragi is the only right answer!!! he's one of a kind...


» thebopper on January 22nd, 2023, 7:44pm

Sakuragi. He's simply the best 😃

Kinda surprised that Yamada Taro and Dokaben didn't make this list. Oh well.


» wansmor on January 23rd, 2023, 9:43pm

It's between Conan and Luffy for me, I would pick both if allowed, but since Luffy is very likely come on top, I went Conan. It still amazes me how Case Closed can keep going after so long, though that means I was vindicated of stopped seeking it's update just cause it will run for so long. Maybe someday I will come back and read it once everything was concluded.


» ILoveEpicTits on January 24th, 2023, 1:46pm

Demon Slayer top10 bestselling manga? I will never believe it


» Stark94 on January 25th, 2023, 4:49am

Doraemon is no longer in the top 10 best selling manga's. hasn't been for a while. Black Jack by Osama Tezuka should be on the poll.


» HikaruYami on January 25th, 2023, 8:25am

I have read at least some of all of these except for Golgo 13, including having finished Naruto, Dragon Ball, and Doraemon, and being caught up on One Piece and Detective Conan.

I voted Luffy

I am a One Piece simp

Let's just say that it's the #1 bestselling manga in history for a reason


» vigorousjammer on January 26th, 2023, 4:35am

Definitely gotta go with Ryotsu on this one.

I knew he wasn't gonna get a lot of votes, since most of Kochikame isn't even translated, but... there's something so charming about his character.
Out of all the characters on this list, I'd say he's the most fun to read, perhaps being tied alongside Luffy in regards to just "fun" factor.
In terms of relatability, however, Ryo edges Luffy out for me. Luffy is just too childish for me to relate very much to him. I can appreciate his drive and passion, but he's too bold-headed for me to relate to. Ryo's got some childish quirks as well, but for the most part he comes across as a really everyman type of character who just likes to relax and enjoy life, which, for me, makes him very relatable.

You could argue that Nobita and Shin-chan are very similar in this regard, as well, but they're both children, and so children might be able to relate to them more easily... However, as an adult, especially a grown man who enjoys manga, anime, video games, model kits, drinking beer, and basically all of the other things Ryotsu likes, I feel like I can relate to Kankichi more closely. Then, on top of that, he's got that goofy side which makes him incredibly fun to see on the page, and it's always fun to see him try some foolish money-making scheme, as well, which just makes him the most likable out of all the characters on this list.


» sammybam88 on January 26th, 2023, 5:32am

ik this isnt related to votes, sorry, but replying to post above me: yeah, seems pretty good, gonna give it a read when i get really good at japanese (im learning it rn)


» mallika23 on January 26th, 2023, 7:21pm

Ah, too bad Edward Elric (or Tsunayoshi Sawada) isn't in the option.. But I guess Conan would be my third option. I quite like him too. You could say Detective Conan was the first manga I read when I was little, so it held a quite nice memory. 😄

Other than that, I mostly love the support characters than the main characters. Like, instead of Naruto, I prefer Shikamaru. Or, instead of Tanjiro, I prefer Giyu Tomioka.

(Other than that, I haven't read the others--except Doraemon, and watched a little bit of Crayon Shin-chan's anime).


» Suxinn on January 27th, 2023, 7:21am

Honestly, I didn't think about it until folks pointed it out, but it is pretty amazing how well Demon Slayer sold in its comparatively short run. It's also much more recent than everything else on the list, so it has the potential to sell even more and make it higher over time. Pretty incredible.

Anyway, Tanjiro would actually be my pick (though I never read Golgo 13, Slam Dunk, or Kochikame). I think Demon Slayer really falters near the end, but I enjoyed Tanjiro a lot as a protagonist, and he's one of the reasons I enjoyed the manga as much as I did.

If it had been Doraemon instead of Nobita on the poll though, it'd definitely be Doraemon LOL.


» LazyReviewer on January 28th, 2023, 5:08am

"None". Honestly, the Demon Slayer one is surprising. I mean, I enjoyed it, but it didn't have that special energy I felt from the big 3, or Inuyasha, or Eureka 7, or FMA, or... I could go on.

Then again, I feel like today's younger audience just doesn't care for that special something. They also don't care about plot holes and good writing as much as they used to. Maybe it's just a more broadly appealing manga?

Not saying Demon Slayer is poorly written, just wondering if the less discerning audience nowadays has something to do with its success?