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Ask the fans, because most dont care for him at all. I honestely dont understand why hes so low profile.
Apparently Aizen's fandom is a Western thing.
Japan has serious flop taste.
But they love Gin.
Western taste is just as bad, really.
Aizen isn't in 67. It's just the elites,RG, and the majority is Ichibei vs Bach. The soul King is stabbed at the end, so you can include him as well.
People seem to think Matsumoto is hugely popular and Aizen not popular, when the characters are practically in the same place in the (now ancient) popularity polls.
They're either both popular, or both not popular. Fans can't claim one thing for the one character and another thing for the other.
Considering Matsumoto's fate though at the moment in the manga, I think her place in the fandom got overtaken by Orihime pretty much. Or Yoruichi.
I've never had the impression that Matsumoto was much popular, actually. It might be that people get that impression because she hangs out with Ice-Kun, who's extremely popular, or was.
But I guess the reason Aizen isn't very popular is because of his strange lack of style. Hes just looks somewhat evil, but he doesn't have a memorable appearance. I wouldn't go so far as to say that he's bland, but he looks just ordinary. I mean, Kenpachi, Gin, Yhwach, Ulquiorra, Grimmjow, Shunsui, Byakuya amongst others have a very memorable characteristic, Aizen just looks like superman.
Yes, but the last poll we have on how Japanese fans might view the characters didn't have Kenpachi and, especially, Kyouraku much ahead of Aizen in the poll. Kenpachi was the 15th most popular character. Kyouraku was 17th. Aizen was 23rd.
I don't call that much of a difference.
Here's another example: people talk about Sado as if he's extremely unpopular with the Japanese fans and Ikkaku as if he's extremely popular with the Japanese fans. Sado is 18th on that poll, and Ikkaku is 22nd. So, Kyouraku cannot be an example of a very popular character if Sado is an example of a very unpopular one. Ikkaku cannot be an example of a very popular character if both Sado and Aizen are examples of a very unpopular one.
Personally, I think the conclusions people jump to about the popularity of a fanbase in another country, when the only polls we have are years out of date, were probably never genuinely representative in the first place, and when the entire Japanese fandom has never been - and probably can never be - polled, tells us far more about the poster citing those 'conclusions' than it does about the reality of how popular or unpopular most characters really are.
I don't really think these polls represent much.
That's one of the points I made in my post.