Yoshikitty Wins #1 Spot Again in Sanrio’s Character Ranking

Yoshiki and Yoshikitty, Together?The results of the prestigious “2021 Sanrio Character Ranking Contest” were announced mid last week, and Yoshikitty has again captured the hearts of anime fans globally, claiming the number one spot in four countries: Italy, Germany, France, and Thailand. Inspired by the leader of the biggest rock band in Japanese history, X Japan, Yoshikitty not only has loyal anime fans, but also the passionate fan base of international icon Yoshiki backing them to the top.

The contest brings together the most popular Sanrio characters, with Yoshikitty having earned a top 10 ranking in the contest every year since 2015. This year, Yoshikitty placed 11th overall in a stiff competition against the likes of beloved anime characters Pom Pom Purin and Cinnamoroll. During the official event, which was broadcast online this year due to the ongoing pandemic, Yoshiki made a special guest appearance to express his gratitude to the fans who supported Yoshikitty.

Each year, Sanrio also partners with health-focused electronics company TANITA on special Sanrio character themed pedometers in honour of the contest (past collaborations include Hello Kitty and Cinnamoroll). For the second year running, the official Yoshikitty pedometer received the highest number of advance sales, and in honor of this achievement, Yoshikitty was also presented with the “TANITA Award”.

Yoshikitty was introduced by the Sanrio brand in 2009 and takes edgy cues from real life muse and Japanese music icon Yoshiki – who was named “one of the most influential musicians and composers in Japanese history” (Consequence of Sound). In addition to selling over 30 million singles and albums combined with X Japan, Yoshiki has also collaborated with the likes of Bono, Gene Simmons of KISS, Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Sherzinger, Queen, St. Vincent, Stan Lee, and will.i.am. Yoshiki also composed the official theme song for Hello Kitty, dedicating the anthem to his close friend and the son of Sanrio founder Shintaro Kunihiko, Tsuji Kunihiko.

Author: Ed Sum

I'm a freelance videographer and entertainment journalist (Absolute Underground Magazine, Two Hungry Blokes, and Otaku no Culture) with a wide range of interests. From archaeology to popular culture to paranormal studies, there's no stone unturned. Digging for the past and embracing "The Future" is my mantra.

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