Happy Birthday

Pantera from Katekyo! Hitman Reborn
Illustration by Memai (伊世/iyo/meco/Dazzle) on Pixiv and Tumblr.

I don’t know about you (any of you), but I’m always curious about who I share a birthday with. I can’t explain it because some value their birthdays because it’s one day that can really be about them, and some don’t as they don’t like the attention or growing older. As someone who on occasion forgets their birthday, you might ask: why would I place arbitrary meaning on someone having the same birthday as me?

It’s contradictory, but it’s just a feeling of satisfaction when someone you know - perhaps an actor, a character from a television show or an anime - shares the same birthday as you. It feels more intimate somehow. Even when they’re a fictional character who is only given life through communities of fans.

Naturally I tried out this Character Birthday website that works as described, displaying a list of anime characters that share the same birthdate when a date is selected.

For my birthdate there are quite a lot of series which I had heard of, yet unfortunately none which I am familiar with enough to know the character. With the exception of one - Pantera, a minor character from Katekyo Hitman Reborn, part of the (generally unpopular) Tomaso Famiglia and a lolita loli character with deadly pinwheels. At least it makes sense with me being catlike, since ‘Pantera’ means ‘panther’ in Italiano.

Your mileage may vary, but some people have the ‘fortune’ of sharing a birthday with someone famous… and some don’t. Perhaps if I’d been born a month later I would have shared a birthday with Hiroomi Nase from Kyoukai no Kanata? Statistically you will share your birthday with someone at some stage. So who do you share your birthday with?