“Hatsumode” refers to visiting a shrine or temple for the first time after the new year. “Shrine maidens” who serve the gods have a mysterious image, and because their costumes look good, they often appear as characters in anime and games. She is depicted in various ways, such as having a unique ability, being the heir to a historic shrine, or simply working part-time at the shrine.
Anime! Anime! conducted a reader survey titled, “Which character is a shrine maiden/Shinto priest?” We received responses from 1911 people during the survey from December 15 to December 22. The gender ratio is about 40% male and about 60% female, which is slightly more female. The age group was mainly young, with about 65% under the age of 19 and about 15% in their 20s.
“Touhou Project” Reimu won nearly half the votes! 1st place goes to Reimu Hakurei from “Touhou Project.” The approval rating is about 48% and has been for two years. Readers commented, “There are two names such as ‘Wonderful shrine maiden of paradise’ and ‘Hakurei shrine maiden,’ and she has been the main character in many Touhou Project works.
The figure that solves the problem is fantastic!” and “The shrine maiden of Hakurei Shrine. They learned several comments about the work through secondary creation, saying, “I think there are many people who have never played the game, but I think there are many people who have seen it slowly.” 2nd place is ” Inuyasha “] Kikyo.
The approval rating was about 8%, the same rank as last year. “Kikyo has high spiritual power and is famous as a legendary shrine maiden. Because she is a strong, kind, and beautiful woman, she is admired by many people.” It’s also nice,” said the shrine maiden character who has strength and kindness.
Many fans touched on her relationship with Inuyasha. Kagome Higurashi also ranked 8th place. She said, ‘In the Sengoku period, she often wears a shrine maiden outfit, and it feels like she’s holding the reins of Inuyasha.’ 3rd place goes to Yae Miko from “Haragami.” Her approval rating is around 4%, up from last year’s tie for 18th. Yae no Miko is the chief priest of Narukami Taisha Shrine and a character who is also a Senko.
“A shrine maiden but a mean sister character is coming” and “One of the popular characters of ‘Haragami’ who is a descendant of God and also a shrine maiden of Narukami Taisha. Ayane Sakura, who is the character voice. It matches well.” Comments were received. The fact that the “Genshin” animation project has been decided is also why the ranking has risen from last year.
We are introducing other comments! “Cuckoo’s Fiancee For Hiro Segawa “Is usually a brilliant honor student, but she’s the daughter of a shrine and is too cute to show her a Miko! “STEINS; GATE” Urushibara Ruka: “Despite that cute appearance, the gap between being a boy is irresistible. For Shuna from “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” “Because the opposite combination of demon and shrine maiden is a perfect match.
The two horns and the graceful visuals are mysterious.” For Sakura from “Urusei Yatsura,” “Sakura-san, a teacher at Tomobiki High School’s infirmary and a shrine maiden. Despite her appearance, she is a big eater, and I envy you for being quite tall…!” was also voted. In 2023 as well, the maiden shrine characters account for the majority. The characters who always wear shrine maiden clothes are lined up at the top.
Ranking Top 10 [Speaking of shrine maiden and Shinto priest characters? 2023 edition] 1st Reimu Hakurei “Touhou Project” 2nd Kikyo “Inuyasha” 3rd Miko Yae “Genshin” 4th Nozomi Tojo “Love Live! 5th place Mitsuha Miyamizu “Your name. 6th Shuna “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” 7th Iori Utahime “Jujutsu Kaisen,” 8th Kagome Higurashi “Inuyasha” 9th Rika Furude “Higurashi When They Cry,” 10th Rei Hino / Sailor Mars, “Bishoujo Warrior Sailor Moon” (Response period: December 15, 2022, to December 22, 2022)
Ranking Top 20 [Speaking of shrine maiden/Shinto priest characters? 2023 edition] 1st Reimu Hakurei “Touhou Project” 2nd Kikyo “Inuyasha” 3rd Miko Yae “Genshin” 4th Nozomi Tojo “Love Live! 5th place Mitsuha Miyamizu “Your name. 6th Shuna “That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime,” 7th Iori Utahime “Jujutsu Kaisen,” 8th Kagome Higurashi “Inuyasha” 9th Rika Furude “Higurashi When They Cry,” 10th Rei Hino / Sailor Mars, “Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon” 11th Karin Domyoji “THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS” 12th Hiro Segawa “Cuckoo’s Wife” 13th Ruka Urushibara “STEINS; Gate” 14th place Sakura “Urusei Yatsura” 15th place Aon “Gintama” 16th place Arisa Takamizawa “Heroine! ~Secret work with the hated heroine~” 17th Kagami Hiiragi “Lucky Star” 18th Sumire Heianna “Love Live! Superstar !!” 19th place Sanae Kofuya “Touhou Project” 20th place Okinu “GS Mikami” 20th place Nanao Momozono “God started” (Answer period: December 15 to December 22, 2022)
This questionnaire is part of an awareness survey on readers’ interest in and attention to current anime works and characters. Regarding the results, it is not the intention to decide the superiority or inferiority of any nature or profession. Instead, we hope this article will help you learn about new jobs and feelings and deepen your understanding and interest in them.