Who’s the best older brother in anime? A poll was run to see just who the fans liked best, and 700 gave their opinions on anime’s best big brother. The participating demographic was predominantly female, with more than 60% of the responses being from women. Responses also tended to veer toward characters who had made some sort of sacrifice (be it a limb or a life) for their younger sibling.
So, the top three?
1. Makoto Tachibana (Free! Iwatobi Swim Club)
Fans turned out for the swimming anime favorite, making him the top ranking character in the poll.
2. Tatsuya Shiba (The Irregular at Magic High School)
While feelings toward Tatsuya were not always so warm, events later in the series make him a second-place winner.
3. Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
The pint-sized alchemist comes in a solid third — speaking of sacrifices increasing your odds.
Rounding out the top ten:
4. Portgas D. Ace (One Piece)
5. Matsuno Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san)
6. Toya Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura)
7. Itachi Uchiha (Naruto)
8. Kazuto Kirigaya (Sword Art Online)
9. Kyousuke Kousaka (My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute)
10. Koyomi Araragi (Bakemonogatari)
Kara Dennison is responsible for multiple webcomics, runs social media and interviews for (Re)Generation Who, and is half the creative team behind the OEL light novel series Owl’s Flower. She blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.