Who doesn’t love birthdays? They’re particularly awesome when you’re surrounded with friends, cake, party poppers and presents.
What if you’re an anime character though? Well… then you get absolutely spoilt because celebrating the birthdays of anime characters is a pretty big deal in Japan.
It’s fairly common to see fans creating shrines for their favourite characters on their birthday.
If you’ve ever been to a Taito Station (gaming arcade) or Club Sega, you might have come across the fluro sea of post-it notes wishing anime characters a happy birthday.
I even joined in and sent Junko Enoshima (from Danganronpa) this birthday message at Taito Station in Shinjuku last year.
I’ve always wanted a quick and easy way to search for my favourite characters’ birthdays, and thanks to some anime fans in Japan there’s an easy solution – a website which compiles the birthdays of almost 10,000 anime characters!
There are a few different ways to find characters’ birthdays. You can search via the first syllable of the series the character is from, the first Japanese syllable in the character’s name or by clicking the calendar date you want.
As this fan-produced site is in Japanese, we thought we’d walk you through finding your anime birthday buddies.
To kick things off, head to the Kyaratan website (http://schara.sunrockgo.com/) and scroll down until you reach the green section towards the end of the page. This section displays the months from January to December.
Click the month you were born and it brings up a calendar. Now click on the day you were born…
… and a list of all the characters who share the same birthday as you appears!
Scroll through the list until you see the perfect birthday buddy for you.
I wasn’t lucky enough to share my birthday cake with Goku, but maybe you will be!
Let us know who your favourite anime birthday twin is in the comments below.