April 2010 Anime Female Character Poll

April has passed and we are sure all of you should have a detailed (or brief) review of what’s going on in those series of the season. Not yet? Check out our previous posts for more previews and recommendations. In the April 2010 Anime flood, which characters do you like (or hate) most? This is the first run of the poll series and this time is only for female characters. Take your side (choose up to 10 characters)! Basically we’ve just chosen the main female protagonists of the series. For more characters, make your recommendations in the comment! (Most of the introductions of characters via Wikipedia)

  • Yamada

    Yamada / 山田

    From: B Gata H Kei / B型H系

    Yamada is a 15 year old high school girl who is best described as oversexed, flirtatious and lustful. She is particularly vain and is unabashed in flaunting her looks in public. Upon entering high school her goal was to have intimate relations with 100 different men, however, her insecurities as a virgin caused her to turn down any advances. Yamada believes the first step towards realizing her dreams is to lose her virginity to an inexperienced boy. This leads her to pursue one Takashi Kosuda. While initially seeing him as a tool for her lust, over time she starts to develop genuine feelings for him. Despite living at home with her younger sister, Yamada is unashamed in her licentious habits which involve highlighting sexual terms in the dictionary and collecting erotic magazines which she keeps in her room.

  • Misaki Ayuzawa

    Misaki Ayuzawa / 鮎沢 美咲

    From: Kaichou wa Maid-sama! / 会長はメイド様!

    Misaki is the first female Student Council President at Seika High and known for her extremely demanding and aggressive attitude towards boys. She relentlessly attempts to reform them to live up to what she considers are acceptable standards of behavior. Though many of the male students fear and even hate her, the ones who get to know her come to see that she’s actually very fair and willing to help anyone who needs it.

  • Yuri

    Yuri / ゆり

    From: Angel Beats! / エンジェルビーツ

    Yuri, also known as Yurippe (ゆりっぺ), is a girl with a determined personality who invites Otonashi to join the SSS—Shinda Sekai Sensen – an organization she founded and leads which fights against God. She is smart when making operations and decisions. She carries a silver Beretta 92. Not only is she skilled with a gun, she can also fight in close range combat.

  • Kanade Tachibana

    Angel (Kanade Tachibana) / 天使 (橘奏)

    From: Angel Beats! / エンジェルビーツ

    Angel (Kanade Tachibana) is a girl who is the student council president at the afterlife school. She is later stripped of her position as student council president when the SSS cause her to fail her exams; she is replaced by the vice-president Naoi. It is difficult to understand what she is thinking due to her rarely showing any outward emotion. She defends herself with supernatural abilities known as Guard Skill, such as “hand sonic”, one or two blades on each hand; “distortion”, reflecting bullets or other projectiles away; and “delay”, creating an after image for close range. She creates all of her abilities by herself, just like how the SSS produce weapons, instead of receiving them from God like how Yuri originally believes. All those who befriended her vanished due to living a normal school life.

  • Iwasawa

    Iwasawa / 岩沢

    From: Angel Beats! / エンジェルビーツ

    Iwasawa is the leader of Girls Dead Monster who is in charge of the vocals and is the rhythm guitarist. She also writes the lyrics and composes the music for the band’s songs. While usually a quiet girl, she is able to fascinate listeners by striving to create music that speaks her thoughts. Iwasawa used music as an escape from her constantly fighting parents. After she graduated from high school and left home, she suffered from a cerebral contusion, which resulted from a head injury when she once interfered in her parents fighting. Unable to either move or speak after the contusion, she spent the rest of her life in a hospital bed. In the third episode, she disappears after finding peace and passing on, and Yui takes her place as leader of the band.

  • Shiina

    Shiina / 椎名

    From: Angel Beats! / エンジェルビーツ

    Shiina is a female ninja who fights with duel-wielding kodachi and shuriken. She is able to sense when danger is coming, but her weakness is cute things like stuffed animals. She is strict in her training.

  • Yui

    Yui / ユイ

    From: Angel Beats! / エンジェルビーツ

    Yui is a big fan of Girls Dead Monster and is an assistant to them too. She enjoys playing guitar and singing on the street. She is known to be hyperactive and talks extremely fast. After Iwasawa’s departure, Yui becomes the new rhythm guitarist and vocalist of Girls Dead Monster, as well as assuming the leader position. Yui plays a Gibson SG Standard electric guitar.

  • Chizuru Yukimura

    Chizuru Yukimura / 雪村千鶴

    From: Hakuouki / 薄桜鬼

    Chizuru Yukimura is the main protagonist. She came to Kyoto to look for her missing father, Kodou Yukimura, a Dutch-educated doctor who is skilled in Western medicine. Her father is the one who, on orders from the Shogunate, developed the “ochimizu”, a potion which increases the drinker’s healing abilities, speed, and strength but which also possesses the unfortunate side-effect of eventually turning the drinker into a mindless, blood-craving monster. Chizuru herself also has a secret; she is in fact a pureblooded member of the “oni-ichizoku” (the Demon Clan).

  • Junko Hattori

    Junko Hattori / 服部 絢子

    From: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou / いちばんうしろの大魔王

    Junko Hattori is a disciple of Suhara, a samurai-like order of warriors charged with protecting the Empire for generations. She is very devoted to her traditions and has a strong sense of justice. She meets Akuto on the train to the school, and forms a pact with him to make the world a better place. When she discovers that he is destined to become a Demon Lord, she decides that it is in the best interest of society to destroy him. Initially, she believes that he knew about his destiny and that he tricked her into becoming friends. She usually misinterprets his attempts at good deeds and intentions as evil wrongdoings. She may have feelings for Akuto but refuses to accept them due to his future occupation as Demon Lord. Later in the series, she slowly begins to trust Akuto again and stops trying to kill him.

  • Keina Soga

    Keina Soga / 曽我 けいな

    From: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou / いちばんうしろの大魔王

    One of Akuto’s classmates in classroom 1-A who is always wearing a strange bird-shaped bracelet on her upper arm, later revealed to be a gift from Akuto when she was a child. The bracelet allows her to become invisible to the point of having her own mana cloaked, although this applies only to her body; the bracelet and any other clothes she is wearing remain visible. Aside from near-complete invisibility and flight, Keina is revealed to have developed no other magical powers despite being a good student. She loves rice even though rice cookers are banned from her dorm, as she believes that everyone would be happy if they ate rice together. Keina is often quite nonsensical, often acting based on unlikely and bizarre conclusions. For example, she once believed that she was responsible for killing Junko in a magical explosion, despite it originating from Akuto and Junko only being rendered unconscious. She refers to Akuto as “Aa-chan” and has feelings for him.

  • Korone

    Korone / ころね

    From: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou / いちばんうしろの大魔王

    Korone is a Liladan, a race of androids, sent by the government to observe Akuto 24/7. She is usually emotionless and stolid, but occasionally curious when it comes to certain things. However, she does display human characteristics on occasion; particularly, she enjoys teasing Akuto, often doing ecchi things in front of him. She sleeps in a small storage closet in Akuto’s dorm and has numerous firearms and other items stored inside her handbag, a sort of hammerspace. Korone has the ability to read other people’s emotions and can detect an individual’s mana levels. She, like all Liladans, can be temporarily deactivated by pulling a switch resembling a rabbit’s tail located on her lower back.

  • Lily Shiraishi

    Lily Shiraishi / リリィ 白石

    From: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou / いちばんうしろの大魔王

    The Student Council president of Konstantin Academy who wears a pointed witch’s hat. Her assistants include a robot, a vampire, and a werewolf. In the anime, Lily is the first girl to kiss Akuto and is shown to have feelings for him.

  • Fujiko Etou

    Fujiko Etou / 江藤 不二子

    From: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou / いちばんうしろの大魔王

    Fujiko Etou is the current head of the Etou family, the head of the girl’s dorms at Constant Academy, and the only person who understands Akuto’s current situation. Her older brother, the Etou’s previous head, was killed immediately after failing a mission and erasing his part of his memory, causing Fujiko to become the new head of the family. However, she keeps in contact with him via his reanimated head, which she keeps in a jar-like container filled with fluid. She is the leader of an underground movement that uses black magic for evil purposes and plans to use Akuto’s demon powers once he becomes Demon Lord for her own purposes. She launches various schemes that will put him under her control in advance of his becoming a Demon Lord. Despite her evil intentions, Fujiko is attracted to Akuto.

  • Eiko Teruya

    Eiko Teruya / 照屋 栄子

    From: Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou / いちばんうしろの大魔王

    Eiko is an agent from the government sented out to see if Akuto Sai can avert his redistiny occupation: Demon Lord. She is very clingy to Akuto Sai as she cling to him while searching for the tresure. She like Junko Hattori, comes from a well known family. It is not confirm yet if her family has work with the governemnt since ancient time. However there seem to be tension between the Teruya Family and the Hattori Family

  • Yukina Sonogi

    Yukina Sonogi / 苑樹雪菜

    From: Senkou no Night Raid / 閃光のナイトレイド

    Yukina is the sole female member of the group and comes from a noble family. Upon hearing the news that her brother’s disappearance, she joins Sakurai Kitan in order to locate his whereabouts. She usually takes a mild and serious attitude. She can telepathically communicate with her teammates in which she acts as the coordinator of the group and seems to have an ability on psychometry.

  • Poplar Taneshima

    Poplar Taneshima / 種島 ぽぷら

    From: Working!! / ワーキング

    The main female protagonist, Poplar is an undersized 17-year-old high school student who works at Wagnaria. Ironically, she was named after the poplar tree so that she would grow tall. She is a hard worker, but she sometimes makes clumsy mistakes in her job. She is very sensitive about her small appearance; many customers usually mistake her to be younger than she really is. She often fails to gain respect from Sōta, who is one year younger than her, as he usually regards her as an elementary school student. She is also unable to properly call him by his surname, saying “Katanashi” rather than “Takanashi”, even when corrected.

  • Mahiru Inami

    Mahiru Inami / 伊波 まひる

    From: Working!! / ワーキング

    Mahiru is a timid girl who joins the rest of the employees at Wagnaria. She has androphobia and is thus terrified of men; she punches any male that comes near her. This violent behavior arises from her belief that every man is ready to attack her, but instead she is prone to violently attacking men at a moment’s notice due to this fear. As she and Sōta usually share shifts, he takes the brunt of her attacks. However, she makes considerable progress with her fear of men by taking it out on Sōta; she states that she is able to be about two meters close to guys without having the urge to hit them. Though this extends to only having fairly civil conversations (often ruined by Sōta’s rudeness) or if Mahiru launches an attack on him. Despite this, she seems to be developing a crush on him. She wears a hairpin in her hair, which she changes every day due to Sōta’s compliment on it (according to Sōma).

  • Yachiyo Todoroki

    Yachiyo Todoroki / 轟 八千代

    From: Working!! / ワーキング

    Yachiyo is another employee at the restaurant and is 20 years old. She usually carries around a katana which, according to her, was made by her parents who used to be blacksmiths. Yachiyo is unaware that some of the customers, and even Sōta, are intimidated by her blade. She admires Kyōko considerably. She gets angry if anyone offers Kyōko food or tries to take her away, although is willing to allow Satō to feed her because she considers him trustworthy, much to his chagrin.

  • Fumino Serizawa

    Fumino Serizawa / 芹沢 文乃

    From: Mayoi Neko Overrun! / 迷い猫オーバーラン!

    One of the main heroines of the story, she is the childhood friend of Takumi, and has been with him ever since they were both in the orphanage. She has a habit of meaning entirely the opposite of what she usually says, a fact only Takumi seems to be aware of. It was revealed that Takumi was the unwitting inspiration for this habit. She works at the Stray Cats as a part-time job just so she could be with Takumi even after he was adopted by Otome. When she’s angry, she tends to shout “Die twice already!” (or occasionally, “Die ten thousand times already!”) to the poor soul who incurred her wrath. In addition, Takumi (and occasionally Ieyasu) is the unfortunate recipient of much of her violent outbursts, ironically it being him who taught her that.

  • Nozomi Kiriya

    Nozomi Kiriya / 霧谷 希

    From: Mayoi Neko Overrun! / 迷い猫オーバーラン!

    A mysterious girl Otome picked up at the train station on the way home. Also one of the main heroines. She arrived at the Stray Cats, not knowing anything but her name. She normally tends to be indifferent and emotionless, but also seems to be airheaded when it comes matters like being nude. She also once quipped that she would like to get into a hot spring bath with Takumi (to which Fumino said she was not allowed to), further displaying her naivete. Initially, she ran away because she thought that she was getting in the way of Fumino and Takumi’s relationship, but was eventually convinced to return by Takumi.

  • Chise Umenomori

    Chise Umenomori / 梅ノ森 千世

    From: Mayoi Neko Overrun! / 迷い猫オーバーラン!

    The heiress of the Umenomori family and one of the main heroines. Though her family is wealthy, she is isolated by its prominence and her parents’ absence. Her parents are normally busy at work and almost never around (it has been over a year since she last saw them), so she lives through every single day without feeling the warmth of a family. Thus, Chise is spiritually and emotionally orphaned, yet another “stray cat” in need of a home.

  • Kaho Chikumaen

    Kaho Chikumaen / 竹馬園 夏帆

    From: Mayoi Neko Overrun! / 迷い猫オーバーラン!

    Chise’s childhood friend. Her family has had close relations with the Umenomori family for generations. She seems to be a prim and proper lady, unlike Chise, and attaches “-sama” at the end of names. In the anime, she apparently finds a passed-out Takumi in the mountains, and saves him from getting soaked outside in the rain. She pretends to be lost in the mountains, when in fact, she is very familiar with the area (it later turns out that the area belongs to her family), for reasons unknown.

  • Yui Hirasawa

    Yui Hirasawa / 平沢 唯

    From: K-ON!! / けいおん!!

    Yui is the main character of K-On!. She is one of the members of the light music club and plays a Heritage Cherry Sunburst Gibson Les Paul Standard electric guitar that she nicknames “Giita”. She does not get good grades in school (though when properly coached, she can achieve astounding results) and is easily distracted by trivialities. Yui is clumsy and easily spaces out most of the time. She takes a huge liking for any kind of food (she practically never gains weight, which is greatly envied by Mugi, Mio, and Sawako). She has her younger sister Ui, who is the very mature and down-to-earth opposite of Yui, to take care of her and keep herself in line. Yui works extremely hard to get better at playing guitar, which is shown in later chapters. During performances, Yui plays with amazing energy and joy, which usually results in great response from the audience.

  • Ritsu Tainaka

    Ritsu Tainaka / 田井中 律

    From: K-ON!! / けいおん!!

    Ritsu (or Ricchan, as nicknamed by Yui) is the self-proclaimed president of the light music club and plays a yellow Rick Marotta Signature Yamaha Hipgig drum kit with an add-on floor tom (in the opening credits only) combined with a cymbal set from Avedis Zildjian, though is shown playing a white Yamaha Absolute Series drumkit in the anime’s closing credits. She has an ambiguous yet upbeat personality, but often has trouble remembering important club activities and announcements and gets constantly yelled at by Mio and Nodoka for forgetting to send in important forms concerning the club. Ritsu is cheerful, often likes making jokes and is sarcastic most of the time. She usually brainstorms for ideas to earn more money and for the club’s success. She says she chose to play the drums because they are “cool”, but in reality, she admits that she has trouble playing instruments which involve intricate finger movements, such as the bass, guitar and keyboard.

  • Mio Akiyama

    Mio Akiyama / 秋山 澪

    From: K-ON!! / けいおん!!

    Mio is a shy girl who is in the light music club and plays a left-handed, 3-Color Sunburst Fender Jazz Bass with a tortoiseshell pickguard, though is shown playing a Fender Precision Bass in the first manga volume. She originally intended to join the literary club, but is forced into the light music club by her childhood friend and the club’s president/drummer, Ritsu. She gets excellent grades in school, but is bad with listening to stories involving macabre experiences, and cowers whenever something gross is brought up. While she can be mature and strict sometimes, she gets embarrassed easily, and is often subject to teasing from Ritsu and Sawako, their club adviser. She cites that she chose bass since it is not the center of attention in the band, unlike the guitarist. Mio is more technical when it comes to music, and Yui often comes to her when she is in need of more guitar tutorials.

  • Tsumugi Kotobuki

    Tsumugi Kotobuki / 琴吹 紬

    From: K-ON!! / けいおん!!

    Tsumugi, often referred to as ‘Mugi’ by her friends, is a wealthy girl with a gentle and sweet personality who plays a Korg Triton Extreme 76-key keyboard, though she is also seen playing a Korg RK-1000 keytar in the closing credits of the first season. She originally intended to join the choir club, but joins the light music club instead after receiving an invitation and encouragement from both Mio and Ritsu. Tsumugi is considered a piano prodigy since she has been playing the piano since she was four and has experience in winning various piano contests. She is the daughter of a company president, and her family has several villas in various places around Japan (and even one in Finland). Since her father also owns a maid café, she often brings confectionery and an assortment of sweets and pastries to the club room, and she diligently makes tea with a tea set which is kept in their club room. Despite her wealth, she finds joy in partaking in more cheap activities, such as taking a part-time job at a fast food restaurant.

  • Azusa Nakano

    Azusa Nakano / 中野 梓

    From: K-ON!! / けいおん!!

    Azusa is a student in the same year and class as Yui’s sister Ui, who joins the light music club and plays a Fender Mustang electric guitar. She is a self-proclaimed novice guitarist who has been playing the guitar since she was in the fourth grade, and her parents are working in a jazz band. She often finds herself bewildered by the tea parties and cosplaying aspects of the club, when she would rather just practice and is curious on how the club is able to play so well despite their problems and lack of practice. However, she has a certain weakness for cakes and can be calmed down rather easily, sometimes by just being petted. She is constantly a victim to Yui’s skinship and is nicknamed Azu-nyan after trying on a pair of cat ears and meowing (“nyan” being the equivalent of “meow” in the Japanese vocabulary). Despite this, Azusa is not too good with cats.

  • Nino

    Nino / ニノ

    From: Arakawa Under the Bridge / 荒川アンダー ザ ブリッジ

    A mysterious girl who lives in Arakawa. She is a self-claimed Venusian and also Kou’s girlfriend. The origin of her name comes from the sweatsuit that she always wear that has the tag “Class 2-3” (ni no san, lit. “three of two”) on it. She commonly goes fishing in the river and it is her job in the village to provide fish for them. She often forgets important information and often needs Kou to remind her. Her home is constructed of cardboard with the entrance sealed by a large curtain, and her lavish bed is made out of velvet, although she chooses to sleep in the drawer under the bed. If she becomes frightened or angry, she’ll pull her sweatsuit over her head and she climb on top of a streetlamp.

  • Lina Davis

    Lina Davis / リナ・デイヴィス

    From: Heroman / ヒーローマン

    Lina is one of Joey’s classmates and is a cheerleader at Center City Middle School. She is from a wealthy family who fears that because Joey is poor and uncultured, that he is a bad influence on her, but she likes him anyway.

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