popularity poll

screw popularity votes!

As Gintama has taught us, character rankings are probably completely pointless and can lead to unnecessary warfare between comrades. On the other hand, they also happen to be largely entertaining and Hijikata places highly on quite a few of them! Below are a couple rankings from both within Gintama and throughout the larger spectrum of the anime world in which Hijikata placed.

By the way, if you know of any other rankings I'm missing, I'd love to see 'em! I prefer relatively "official" rankings-- ones that are done in magazines or larger websites that poll a decent sized amount of people. Don't just go sending me random website polls you found on some streaming video site.

Character Popularity Poll (Episode 182)

From Gintama's "Character Ranking" arc, and the ranking that sparked the entire battle in the first place. I believe this is the second official "character ranking" that Gintama has done, and Hijikata placed third on both of them below Okita and Gintoki.

01. Sakata Gintoki
02. Okita Sougo
03. Hijikata Toshirou
04. Takasugi Shinsuke
05. Katsura Kotarou
06. Kagura
07. Kamui
08. Shimura Shinpachi
09. Yamazaki Sagaru
10. Tsukuyo

Also, a few other notable mentions pretty much related to Toshi that made the ranking:

43. Tosshi
64. Mayora 13

Best Gintama Lines (Episode 176)

As Kagura so eloquently states in the beginning of the episode, episode 176 is Gintama's "annual recap episode that they do right before the start of the Fall season". This time around, they decided to do a parody of CDTV by counting down some of the top lines in Gintama!

01. Sakata Gintoki
02. Hijikata Toshirou - "I won't call you a bastard. I'm no better. I've done more than my share of bad things. And to top it off, I'm trying to kill the husband of a dying woman. Sad, isn't it? That's really... an exaggeration. I just want the girl I love to be happy."
03. Sakata Gintoki
04. Sakata Gintoki
05. Sakata Gintoki
06. Okita Sougo
07. Sakata Gintoki
08. Sakata Gintoki
09. Katsura Kotarou
10. Okita Sougo

* As a bit of an aside, Gintoki and Kagura expressed extreme disgust with Hijikata's second placement in the ranking. Gintoki stated that if he actually had any "best lines", they would be: "We've run out of mayonnaise!" (Episode 20), "Live happily, mayo!" (Episode 114), "I-It... It's stuck!" (Episode 148-49) and "Finally, I've got enough mayonnaise!" (Episode 20).

The Character I Want to Be My Groom, 2009

An annual survey done by Japanese music distributor, Recochoku. Six of the top ten grooms were repeats from last year, but of the Gintama characters on the list, Hijikata was new in 2009's ranking along with fellow Shinsengumi member Okita Sougo.

01. Hibari Kyouya
02. Sakata Gintoki
03. Hitsugaya Toshiro
04. Rokudo Mukuro
05. Okita Sougo
06. Date Masamune
07. Sawada Tsunayoshi
08. Kurosaki Ichigo
09. Sebastian Michaelis
10. Hijikata Toshirou