The votes have been counted for the 2022 Sanrio Character Ranking and the winners announced! It’s great to see a few changes in the line-up this year – possibly because there was a lot more international promotion than previous years. Let’s check out the favourites and look at some cute products.
There’s no change at the top overall as Cinnamoroll holds on to his crown. It’s a double celebration as it’s his 20th anniversary too. Celebrate with the new collection at JapanLA (US) x Sanrio (US) that includes exclusive clothing and boba tea cups and kits. If you can’t afford them, the Sanrio blog shared some DIY bubble tea recipes too.
Pompompurin seems doomed to be runner-up forever but he made it to number one in the UK and Taiwan. At least he still has his own Pompompurin Cafe in Harajuku with some adorable new summer dishes. If you can’t visit in person, you can make something similar at home with this miniature house set at ARTBOX (UK).
Someone new has sneaked up to third place – Kuromi! I feel like she’s become part of the main gang over the last couple of years and it’s great to see a more rebellious/darker character doing so well. She can thank her fans in Korea and Spain especially, where she’s the top favourite. How cute is this mini ita bag for your plush to wear? Get it from Sanrio (JP requires forwarding service)?
I really love seeing all the differences in the world voting results and Yoshikitty continues to be extremely popular in mainland Europe – even making the top spot in Germany and over in Thailand. If you’re a fan, there’s a lot of stuff at ASUNAROSYA (JP) including a 10 year anniversary collection and this super cool Pastel Moon plush.
Despite having her own popular Netflix show, Aggretsuko only managed #40 in the overall rankings which is sure to make her scream. She can feel a little better that Brazil, Italy and Spain all voted her into the top 3. This new Keyboard Rage plush at Sanrio (US) makes a guitar noise when you shake it so might help you on frustrating days too.
And a special mention for Hong Kong, who are way out on their own, with a top 3 of Minna no Tabo, Pekkle and Kuromi. I haven’t seen the first two around for such a long time but if you search on Ebay, there are quite a few HK-based sellers with new and classic items including this cute shopping bag.
Did your favourite character do well this year?
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.