You might think Yugi would walk away with this one, but fans in Japan felt differently.

When they have to make the choice, anime character designers have long opted for flare over realism in their aesthetic choices. Anime eyes aren’t the only distinctive visual calling card for the medium either, as anime is also famous for its stylized hairstyles.

But as cool as they may look in the 2-D world of animation, even fans in Japan can’t help but think that anime hairstyles would look pretty strange in real life. Internet portal Goo Ranking recently asked its users to vote for the anime character with the most ridiculous hairstyle, and gathered 1,767 votes, so let’s take a look at the top 10.

10. Wakame Isono (Sazae-san)

9. Kazuhiko Hanawa (Chibi Maruko-chan)

Starting things off are pair of side characters from two of Japan’s best-loved family-oriented anime, Sazae-san’s little sister Wakame and Chibi Maruko-chan’s pal Hanawa-kun. Wakame’s hairdo doesn’t look that odd until you see it in profile, revealing a strange negative-space tidal wave at her temples, whereas Hanawa’s breaks the brain when you see it from the front, revealing that his hair is parted a full 90 degrees perpendicular form his face.

8. Yugi Muto (Yu-Gi-Oh)

It was really only a matter of time until duelist extraordinaire Yugi showed up, and it’s actually a little surprising that he’s not ranked higher. That might be because he doesn’t have the same mainstream recognition as some of the other characters on the list, though, while at the same time being Yu-Gi-Oh!s main character means he gets enough screen time that fans of the series eventually become desensitized to all that’s going on with his hair, like how it’s actually three different colors.

7. Suneo Honekawa (Doraemon)

Honestly, Suneo seems like an odd choice. Sure, it looks like you could use his bangs to chop down a tree, but he’s far from the only anime character with a hairstyle that looks like a bladed or piercing weapon.

6. Mother (Atashin’chi)

On the other hand, everymom Mother from gag series Atashin’chi definitely earns her position here, considering that the outline of her head/hair could pass for a silhouette of Godzilla.

5. Kimio Nagasawa (Chibi Maruko-chan)

Chibi Maruko-chan’s second spot on the list goes to Kimio, whose hairstyle makes him resembles either an onion or steamed pork bun, depending on which you happen to feeling stronger cravings for at that particular moment. Things get even freakier when he puts on a hat, revealing the miniscule patch of hair on his head to be not much larger than his nose.

4. Sazae Fuguta (Sazae-san)

Like little sister Wakame, the titular Sazae-san’s hairstyle isn’t that shocking from the front. In profile, though, she appears to have a fluffy mohawk that’s growing separately from a different sector of hair on the back of her skull. It’s an unusually busy look, which is probably why it got reworked for her gorgeously animated Cup Noodle ad a while back.

3. Ran Mori (Detective Conan/Case Closed)

Honestly, with all the mental power it takes to figure out what’s going on with Ran’s crazy cone ‘do, we expected her to be at the top of the list.

2. Grevil de Blois (Gosick)

All these characters from Sazae-san, Doraemon, and Chibi Maruko-chan show how important broad pop culture recognition was for getting on the list. Grevil, on the other hand, hails from decidedly otaku-oriented series Gosick, but with that luxurious drill of hair coiled atop his head, no was he going to be denied a place of honor.

1. Beatrice (Re:Zero−Starting Life in Another World)

And last, we come to Beatrice. While she’s far from the only dignified young lady with drill curls in the world of anime, few can match hers in length or number of revolutions, earning her the very to spot on the list.

Obviously, these ten are still just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the complete set of anime/manga characters with wild hairstyles, and if you’re looking for more, you’ll find plenty in the collected volumes of Japan’s top 100 manga of all time.

Source: Goo Ranking via Livedoor News/Peachy via Otakomu
Top image: YouTube/「遊戯王」公式
● Want to hear about SoraNews24’s latest articles as soon as they’re published? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!