Final Rankings of the ‘World Top 100’ Revealed on the Official ONE PIECE YouTube Channel
TOKYO, Japan (May 5th, 2021)— The results are in for author Eiichiro Oda‘s manga mega-hit ONE PIECE’s worldwide internet poll dubbed “World Top 100” which ranked the top 100 most popular characters.
The official rankings have been announced in a two-part episode of the special web series “ONE PIECE TIMES” on the official ONE PIECE YouTube channel. The first video, released on May 4th 7PM (PST) / 10PM (EST) announced the winners from 100-21st. The second, which premiered on May 5th 5AM (PST) / 8AM (EST), revealed the top 20 characters. The specials featured celebrity hosts and guests from around the world.
The winning top three characters are: Luffy, Zoro, and Nami. The runners-up, fourth through sixth place, are: Sanji, Trafalgar Law, and Nico Robin.
Content exclusive to the specials includes a letter from ONE PIECE‘s author regarding the contest results and a special video message from Luffy’s international anime voice actors. In addition, Oda will soon be creating a brand new illustration including the top 50 plus some others..
Held from January 3rd through February 28th, this contest has been a rollercoaster of a competition. Most dramatically, Nami’s ranking leapt from seventh all the way to third place in the second half of voting. These results demonstrate the enormous diversity of the ONE PIECE fandom. The character X Drake, whose design is considered to be inspired by the country of Turkey, was ranked 41st overall, but 2nd in Turkey. The character Morgans ranked 80th worldwide but 38th in North America, suggesting that his knowledge of global affairs in the world of ONE PIECE appeals to Americans. A character whose image country is Russia, Nico Robin, ranked 6th overall. Carrot surged from 17th place to finish in 8th place. Greg Werner (ONE PIECE commentator/critic) said, “Carrot is a beloved character and the dedication of furry fandom may have played a large role in this result.”
With such diversity, Luffy’s win in this contest cements the protagonist as the fans’ favorite, while Nami’s surge in votes speaks to the growing popularity of female characters in the world of manga. By the end of voting, 12 million votes were cast for a total of 1,174 different characters.
ONE PIECE is a Japanese comic series created by Eiichiro Oda serialized in the world-renowned weekly Shonen manga anthology, “Weekly Shonen Jump” published by Shueisha, Inc., and this competition was held in honor of its 1,000th chapter.
Shueisha, Inc. is a Japanese book and video game publisher headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. The company was founded in 1925 as the entertainment-related publishing division of Japanese publisher Shogakukan. The following year, Shueisha became a separate, independent company. Magazines published by Shueisha include Weekly Shōnen Jump, Weekly Young Jump, Non-no, and Ultra Jump. Shueisha, along with Shogakukan, owns Viz Media, which publishes manga from all three companies in North America.
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