A new poll from Yahoo Japan asked men age 24-35 which anime or manga character represented their "ideal woman." Netizens have expressed suspicion at the largely nostalgic characters chosen as ideal, but according to Professor Shibuya Shouzou of the Graduate School of Psychology at Mejiro University, it all makes sense. He says that since many men first fell in love with these fictional women as kids, they "have the right chemistry" to attract them as adults.
Characters with a mysterious dark side, like Maison Ikkoku's Otonashi Kyoko and Galaxy Express 999's Maetel brings out men's protective urges, says the professor. Some guys are into unpredictable, spontaneous women like Urusei Yatsura's Lum, who can be sweet at times and blow up at you at the drop of a hat. Men who fell for Lum are most likely guys with strong "hunter" impulses who need a challenge to fall in love. Without further ado, here are the Top 9 Ideal Anime or Manga fictional women, according to the poll:
9. Nausicaä from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
8. Nami from One Piece
7. Akagi Haruko from Slam Dunk
6. Nana Komatsu from Nana
5. Asakura Minami from Touch
4. Otonashi Kyoko from Maison Ikkoku
3. Maetel from Galaxy Express 999
2. Mine Fujiko from Lupin III
1. Lum from Urusei Yatsura
Did your favorite anime heroine make the cut?