I've been even more excited than usual about Studio Ghibli because of the Anime News Network review-a-thon (http://www.vingle.net/posts/595680) - so this poll from a while back declaring Totoro to be the "ideal lover" caught my eye. My first reaction was: "Huuh??!! Okay, that's kind of creepy..." No offense, Totoro, but I don't really think of you that way. You're just, you know, like my best friend, and I wouldn't want to lose that. I decided to give these folks the benefit of the doubt, though. Totoro is the 'ideal lover' among all the Studio Ghibli characters? Alright, let's hear it. According to JapanCRUSH, the "determining factor" in Totoro's favor was "Infinite Patience." Okay, I can definitely see how that can get you pretty far into 'ideal lover' material. Definitely need some patience - and if you can handle a toddler picking on you and making you sneeze while you're taking a nap, then you can handle most things. I should also note that Totoro won in the idea boyfriend/girlfriend across both male and female respondents. Here is the rest of the rationale behind the Japanese poll result: "Totoro (My Neighbour Totoro) - Warm, sweet and likely to fold us up in its arms – Does wonders for our mind - Always there to help" Honestly, guys, I think it comes to to the cuddle factor. No one can beat Totoro's belly. Second place among female respondents went to Seiji Amasawa from Whisper of the Heart: "- Always tries his best for his dream – Loves Shizuku with all his heart and strives for a dream - Sure about what he wants/needs, upstanding and cool" And among males, Kiki from "Kiki's Delivery Service": "- Happy and cheerful - Works hard and cute - Naive" Who would you have voted for as the ideal boyfriend or girlfriend from all the Studio Ghibli characters?