Louis Toms Contributes as a Guest Author (owner of Carolina Comic Geek, a Pinterest board which catalogs birthdays of anime, cartoon, comic, and manga characters).
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In this series, you’ve already learned that some anime and manga authors give their characters birthdays. There is, however, a sizable portion of the population who may find this particular nuance puzzling. When it comes to modeling personality traits, both Eastern and Western societies can agree on the value of designating birthdays.
If a character’s creator uses a birthdate to indicate the traits of a character, a Gemini may be portrayed as charismatic, while an Aquarian may be portrayed as a loner.
With this installment, we’ve reached the midpoint of the year. June is the sixth month of the year, and it encompasses the birthdays of those born under the astrological signs of Gemini and Cancer. In Western astrology, people born under these signs are curious, gentle, quick learners, and very inventive. Geminis, on the other hand, can be gloomy, indecisive, manipulative, and insecure in their own skin.
Anime viewers will be able to see these characteristics in their favorite characters and their interactions with others because of the creator’s intention. We can see how astrological signs influence character development by looking at this month’s list.
Great characters abound in the anime universe. As a result, it’s difficult to narrow the field down to a limited group of people. Some of my personal biases have been overcome by looking at online resources and asking for advice from friends. My study and the efforts of others have yielded a respectable list of notable figures born in the month of June. All the characters who were born in June were given equal consideration for inclusion in the production.
It’s easy for me to overlook a fan favorite among the countless anime characters. Please leave a comment below identifying a character you believe should be on our list after reading the article.
10. Chihaya Ayase
- Birthday: June 1
- First Anime Appearance: Chihayafuru Ep. 1 – “Now the Flower Blooms” (2011)
It wasn’t until the 1700s that card games were first introduced to Japan by the Portuguese. In the beginning, it’s hard to think that the overture would lead to the construction of a magnificent educational resource and trick-taking card sport. Chihaya Ayase, the protagonist of the josei series Chihayafuru, draws inspiration from the karuta realm.
Chihaya appears to be lacking in initiative when in primary school. It’s likely that her optimistic frame of mind is primarily owing to her family’s financial support of her older sister’s modeling endeavor. Having a chance encounter in a schoolhouse would inspire the protagonist of the novel to take her own route in life. Arata Wataya would be saved from some bullies by Chihaya. Over their common experiences as students and their passion of karuta, the two form an inseparable bond.
When Chihaya was in high school, she founded karuta club. First, the club is a way for her to continue competing in local competitions. In order for Chihaya to be crowned “Queen of Karuta,” the other players are motivated by this perspective. She defeats her karuta opponents and classmates with lightning-fast reflexes and keen hearing. It’s common for Chihaya to fall asleep after each competitive uta-garuta match because of her intensive playing style
Chihaya Ayase exemplifies both the positive and the poor traits associated with Gemini personality characteristics. Her Gemini traits of adaptability, curiosity, and brilliance make her a highly sought after candidate. On the other hand, she has a reputation for being somewhat untrustworthy. Fans can identify with the protagonist’s development through these personality features. Because of this, fans consider Chihaya Ayase one of June’s most popular characters.
9. Shōko Nishimiya
- Birthday: June 7
- First Anime Appearance: Koe no Katachi (2016)
Is there any connection between Komugi (Hunter x Hunter), Ayase Shiromiya (Guilty Crown), and Yukimura Seichi (Prince of Tennis)? In the face of personal struggles and cultural expectations, these people grow and develop. According to our tenth entry, Shko Nishimiya, this narrative arc is also applicable.
Koe no Katachi, a film based on a manga, stars Shko as the lead female character. She has a heart of gold and a desire to connect with her fellow students in the classroom. Due to the fact that she has been diagnosed as being clinically deaf, Shko communicates only through writing. Shko is a popular target for the school’s pranksters and bullies because of her peculiar speech patterns and impaired hearing. Shko’s hearing aid is ripped out by Shya Ishida, resulting in her irreversible deafness.
Shko’s memories of grade school continue to plague her throughout high school. She continues to put others before herself, at least on the outside. Shko sees herself as a burden on her family and friends and feels guilty about it. Amidst this struggle, Shko feels compelled to reach out to former classmates in order to aid those she has “tainted.” Without revealing any spoilers, Shko and her classmates evolve as a result of their personal trip.
There are still some people who avoid discussing impairments. Not to mention the belief held by certain individuals that a person’s incapacity is the result of another individual’s ability to do something. It is the goal of Koe no Katachi to destroy these antiquated notions in order to tell a story of acceptance and comprehension. Shko Nishimiya is a popular anime character in June because of this message.
8. Minori “Minorin” Kushieda
- Birthday: June 23
- First Anime Appearance: Toradora! Ep. 1 “Tiger and Dragon” (2008)
In both anime and manga, high school romance is a common motif. It’s a typical trope to see stories of rivals vying for the prizes or a wallflower’s transformation spurring a romance. These traditions are broken by our seventh character, who gives up their personal love interest for the sake of their friendship.
I’m more of a “A” person. Minori Kushieda, the team’s captain, is a dynamic and outgoing young woman. She has a positive outlook on life and is able to laugh at her blunders. Minori works as a clerk at a convenience store and as a waiter at her family’s restaurant in addition to her studies. For the most part, she’s juggling her time between her studies and her personal life.
Minori’s primary goal is to make others happy, even if it means sacrificing her own well-being. When she puts her own affections aside to help her best friend in her quest for Ryuuji Takasu, this is clear. Ryuuji became romantically linked with Taiga Aisaka because of her incapacity to convey her actual sentiments. Minori has no choice but to keep her feelings hidden from her two pals by focusing on her school and work obligations.
There has been a love-hate connection between the anime community and Minoria Kushieda since Toradora aired. Minori and Ryuuji’s passion has divided the fandom into those who believe she gave him hints and those who believe she was unsure. Minoria Kushieda is regarded as a remarkable character by the society, regardless of how she chooses to express her feelings of affection.
7. Kōshi Sugawara
- Birthday: June 13, 1994
- First Anime Appearance: Haikyū!! Ep. 1 – “Endings and Beginnings” (2014)
There are 725 anime items in the My Anime List database with a sports topic. In this database, Haikyo!! is ranked first, and its subsequent seasons are all ranked in the top 10. Haruichi Furudate’s fascinating manga, coupled with Susumu Mitsunaka (#1–60) and Masako Sato (#61–85) to bring it to the small screen, is responsible for this accomplishment. Kshi Sugawara is the fandom’s seventh entry for the month of June because of their ability to create characters.
Kshi Sugawara, a teacher at Miyagi Elementary School and a member of the volleyball team at Karasuno High School, makes his debut in the series as a new character. He began his athletic career as a member of the volleyball squad at Nagamushi Junior High School. Kshi was thrilled to join Karasuno’s team with Daichi Sawamura and Asahi after graduating from high school. Karasuno had already competed at the national level before joining the team. In spite of this, the team was a shadow of its former self.
Setter Kshi Sugawara, known as the Indomitable Setter, was an average player but had a strong game sense and good technique. He was named vice captain because of the team’s preference for someone with a more level-headed approach. Shy Hinata’s setup talents were greatly improved as a result of his calming influence on the Karasuno team. As a result of this work, Karasuno’s volleyball team regained its former prominence.
Kshi Sugawara’s temperament is completely different from that of a conventional shnen warrior. He strives to improve the skills of his teammates by giving them well-thought-out instructions. Because of his approachable and encouraging style of instruction, he has a great chance of becoming an instructor once he graduates from high school. Kshi Sugawara was chosen as the anime fan’s favorite character of the month of June because of this.
6. Juuzou Suzuya
- Birthday: June 8, 19 BSBI
- First Anime Appearance: Tokyo Ghoul Ep. 9 “Birdcage” (2014)
The fandom for dark fantasy anime can be a mixed bag at times. Few characters in the genre achieve the status of fan favorites, and this is obvious. Sometimes a seemingly insignificant nugget becomes a sensation on the internet. Juuzou Suzuya, the sixth child born in June, exemplifies this trend.
The terrible past of Juuzou Suzuya gives light on his antipathy of ghouls. Big Madam, a ghoul known as Rei Suzuya, kidnapped the youngster. Under the guise of love, she physically abused and manipulated the young man. After Big Madam had castrated Juuzou with a hammer, she proceeded to dress him as a female. Big Madam kept him busy at the Ghoul Restaurant, where he performed circus acts and gladiatorial fighting for the diners. Juuzou saw Big Madam as his mother, despite her many transgressions.
Commission of Counter Ghoul (CCG) will release Rei Suzuya. Juuzou would return to society and enroll at Academy Junior School on the advice of CCG agent Yukinori Shinohara. Peers, teachers, even CCG agents were alarmed by his odd and violent behavior as a result of years of abuse. Special Class Ghoul Investigator and Squad Leader for the Suzuya Squad, Juuzou would attain as a CCG agent. His talents would put him in direct conflict with the protagonist of the anime.
We can relate to Juuzou Suzuya’s interactions in the Tokyo Ghoul universe, which is surprising. It is the mark of outstanding character creation that we are able to empathize with the player while rejecting Rei’s merciless nature. While the anime’s protagonist is likable, Juuzou Suzuya’s story would have been a better fit for the show’s narrative.
5. Hikaru Hitachiin & Kaoru Hitachiin
- Birthday: June 9
- First Anime Appearance: Ouran High School Host Club Ep. 1 “Staring Today, You are a Host!” (2006)
Twins abound in the world of anime. There aren’t many Gemini twins in popular culture, which may be due to the sign’s rarity. As a result, we’re able to include this in our June 5th roundup. Hirkaru Hitachiin and Kaoru Hitachiin, the ‘Forbidden Brotherly Love’ package at Ouran High School, come to mind.
The Hitachiins are well-off, but they lack the bonds that bind a family together. Their parents had to work long hours and were frequently absent, so the maid took on the role of primary caregiver for the children. The boys’ housekeeper would act as a surrogate parent for them. In spite of her attempt to steal from the family, the twins were still fond of the person who looked after them. The twins were wary of new people, and they would test new acquaintances to see whether they could tell the two apart.
Tamaki Suoh, a student at Ouran Elite Private Academy, tries to get the Hitachiin brothers to join his host club while he’s in the classroom. The twins join the club and form an act in which they fawn over one another. The truth is that the two brothers are significantly different in personality and temperament. Hirkaru is the elder and calls himself the “leader twin,” but his co-hosts are quick to point out that he lacks maturity in comparison to his younger brother. To connect with others, Kaoru is willing to give up their infantile pastimes.
They share many of the characteristics of Geminis, both positive and negative. Their greatest assets are their curiosity, adaptability, and speed of learning. When it comes to creating significant relationships outside of the pair, we see their indecisiveness. The twins, Hirkaru and Kaoru, are our fifth submission for June because of these characteristics.
4. Hisoka Morow
- Birthday: June 6
- First Anime Appearance: Hunter x Hunter Ep. 6 “Steak x Marathon x The Exam Starts” (1999)
“I’m a villain at heart,” Rowdy Roddy Piper, a professional wrestler and actor, famously said. “I was born a thief.” These remarks, albeit intended for a stage character, ring true for anime’s gallery of villains that fans adore. Hisoka Morow, a villain in the manga and anime series Hunter x Hunter, is a classic scoundrel.
Hisoka, a Hunter and Phantom Troupe member, is an enigmatic foe. Hunter Association members include this deceptive, self-obsessed jester. He deliberately seeks out opponents with a high level of expertise in order to engage in fight. In the end, Hisoka uses one of his Nen talents to kill his competitor. Techniques such as Bungee Gum and Texture Surprise are included in this category of effects. Bungee Gum and Texture Surprise are two such techniques that restrict a challenger’s ability to move freely.
Foreshadowing the antagonist’s disordered personality is introduced in the Hunter Exam storyline. Hisoka Marow’s Hunter Exam receives the lucky number 44 from the test takers. The number four is often associated with death or dying in Asian traditions. The number forty-four could be interpreted as a death omen by viewers.
I’m going to point out the obvious… There is no endowment from Yoshihiro Togashi Hisoka Morow restricts several Gemini characteristics. Everything is flipped on its head when he breaks the rules of customary social expectations for personality qualities, based on an astrological sign. Hunter x Hunter’s villain, Hisoka Morow, is a nuanced and colorful reinterpretation of tired anime cliches.
3. Shōyō Hinata
- Birthday: June 21, 1996
- First Anime Appearance: Haikyū!! Ep. 1 – “Endings and Beginnings” (2014)
The fastest-growing sport in Japan is volleyball, according to an article in the New York Times by Christopher Johnson, “In Japan, volleyball surges to a national pastime.” Is it any surprise that Haruichi Furudate’s manga took ninth place in TV Asahi’s fan vote of the year? Shyo Hinata, our fifth and final submission for June, is the result of a love for volleyball and a love for shnen storytelling.
Inspired by “Tiny Giant” Karasuno High School volleyball player, young Hinata fell in love with the sport. Tenma Udai’s on-court prowess inspired the youngster, showing him that smaller players could beat taller opponents. As a middle blocker, Hinata’s athletic prowess and tenacity earned him a berth on Karasuno’s volleyball squad. The Karasuno High “Crows,” spurred on by their first-years’ talent and zeal, went from zeros to heroes in a single season.
After losing to Itachiyama Institute in the Tokyo Spring Interhigh Tournament, the Crows finished third in their quest to become the top high school team in Japan. After finishing high school, Shy Hinata moved to Brazil to play beach volleyball. He would return to Japan and join the Olympic team there. It would be a sweet reunion for Hinata and other Karasuno schoolmate Tobio Kageyama, who is also a Crow.
The story of Haikyo!! is one of perseverance in the face of adversity. She serves as the personification of this ideology in Shy Hinata’s character. His adventure has made him a household name in the anime world. When Hinata wins “Best Boy” at the 5th Crunchyroll Anime Awards in 2021, it’s clear that this is the case. June’s third favorite anime character is Shy Hinata, according to this perspective.
2. Usagi Tsukino
- Birthday: June 30, 1978
- First Anime Appearance: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Ep. 1 – “The Crybaby: Usagi’s Beautiful Transformation” (1992)
The magical girl subgenre was first popularized in the anime community with Mahoutsukai Sally (1966). Magical ladies would overtake mechanized suit warriors in Japanese anime fandom within 30 years. Naoko Takeuchi’s award-winning manga Pretty Warrior Sailor Moon (1991-1997), later serialized as an anime, had a minor part in this transformation [no pun intended]. Fans of Takeuchi’s characters still recognize June as Usagi Tsukino, even after 30 years.
During the day, Usagi Tsukino is just another typical high school student. Naru, Umino, Yumiko, and Kuri are her classmates at Juban Public Middle School and Juban Public High School. When it comes to schoolwork and dentist appointments, Usagi is a typical teen. Due to Usagi’s characteristic twin-tail hair buns resembling meatballs, Mamoru Chiba would refer to her as “Meatball Head.” No one can tell the protagonist apart from other teenage girls her own age.
Her name is Usagi Tsukino, a magical girl by moonlight who is actually Usagi Tsukino’s reincarnated spirit. Incanting the mystical transformation incantation, she transforms into the iconic Sailor Moon by spinning off her seifuku. Usagi joins the Sailor Scouts and Tuxedo Mask in their battle to keep the Dark Kingdom at bay and save the Earth.
Usagi Tsukino, the first modern magical girl, has become a cultural touchstone. Attending an anime convention is all it takes to see how much influence Sailor Moon has had on the industry. When you consider that DiC Entertainment and Bandai had difficulty naming Usagi in the English dubs, Serena and Victoria, Usagi’s standing is startling. Regardless of one’s own preferences, we must recognise the impact of Sailor Moon on anime and fan culture.
1. Spike Spiegel
- Birthday: June 26, 2044
- First Appearance: Cowboy Bebop, Ep. 1 “Asteroid Blues” (1998)
It’s time to get in the saddle, buddy! Spike Spiegel, an interstellar bounty hunter and self-described “cowboy,” is the clear favorite for June. The crew of the Bebop, a Martian-born bounty hunter, travels the solar system with our protagonist in pursuit of bounties.
Spike Spiegel’s adolescence is largely absent from the anime series. Only being born on Mars and raised in the slums of that planet counts as his history. Fans have speculated that Spike’s absence of guardians has led them to believe that his mother and father were murdered or that they abandoned him. The Red Dragon Crime Syndicate saw his street thuggery and invited him to join their ranks.
Spike fakes his own death in order to leave the criminal life and elope with a fellow criminal’s girlfriend. Spike is on the run after his ex-girlfriend is murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Spike is a lazy individual who spends much of his time watching television and napping. Despite his distant appearance, he is actually very caring and free of links to his past.
It’s hard to think of anime without thinking of Cowboy Bebop. As a result of Spike Spiegel’s personality surpassing our expectations for a starring anime character, this is a commendable achievement. He wanders aimlessly through life in search of atonement, a habitual smoker. Odysseus’ path of penance in Homer’s Odyssey is mirrored in Spike’s journey of remorse. The character’s quest for forgiveness has won him a devoted following, as evidenced by the fact that Spike Spiegel received the most votes in June.