The cool big brother or cute little sister are two standard and well-loved character types in anime, especially with the popularity of titles like Oreimo and A Sister’s All You Need. Unfortunately, for all the different kinds of siblings that appear in anime, the younger brother seems to get left out the most, but they still deserve our love!
To find out which character would be the most popular as a little brother, Anime!Anime! held a survey for its readers. Ready to find out who got to the top?
10. Hinata Shouyou, Haikyu!!
10. Nakajima Atsushi, Bungo Stray Dogs
10. Kudo Jimmy, Detective Conan
8. Nanase Riku, IDOLiSH7
8. Echizen Ryouma, The Prince of Tennis
7. Matsuno Juushimatsu, Osomatsu-san
5. Matsuno Todomatsu, Osomatsu-san
5. Elric Alphonse, Fullmetal Alchemist
4. Shimura Shinpachi, Gintama
All of these characters are their own brand of little bro, with some cute and some cool – but just who was able to beat them for the top 3?
3. Tsukishima Kei, Haikyu!!
The younger brother of Tsukishima Akiteru, Tsukishima is known for his cynical personality that hides his own bitterness and self-doubt. His unfiltered mouth also gets him in trouble with other teammates who have a hard time understanding him. Tsukishima has a bad habit of not giving himself enough credit even though he has skills and talents of his own!
Raised by his older sister after the death of their parents, Sougo eventually became known as the best swordsman in the Shinsengumi. While he is protective over those he loves, underneath that sweet face is a sadistic man who dislikes most people! Even so, he takes the brunt of the world’s evils on his own shoulders and does his best to shelter the innocent.
1. Kashima Kotarou, Gakuen Babysitters
Unsurprisingly, the top ranked little brother is also the smallest and cutest! The younger brother of Ryuichi, his chubby blushing cheeks and eternally drowsy expression are just too cute to resist. Luckily for everyone around him, he is quite mild-mannered, often times proving to be the most well-behaved out of all the little kiddies around. Even when he grows older, Kashima is bound to be the sweetest little brother a fan could want!
It seems a few series have more ideal little brother figures than others, considering Haikyu!!, Osomatsu-san, and Gintama appeared on the list twice! Who would be your top pick if you could make a character your little brother?
Adapted with permission from Anime!Anime!