Figure.fm user Bayonette came up with a nice idea: go through the decade and choose your favorite character in each year. You can make your list, too. Here’s the template you need. There are 8 rules you have to follow, which may make it a bit nerve-wrecking for you ^^ :
1. Pick a girl, then put in her respected fiscal year for which the character appeared. The fiscal year in Japan is April – December, plus January – March of the succeeding year. Example is fiscal year 2000, which starts at April 2000 and ends to March 2001
2. Your picked character from an anime series, must have ended within the fiscal year. Example is Sonsaku Hakufu from Ikki Tousen, aired from July to October 2003.
3. A character from an anime series that ended beyond a certain fiscal year is not eligible Example is Chidori Kaname from Full Metal Panic!; Ineligible in 2001, but eligible in 2002 because it ends on June 2002.
4. Sequels are not allowed unless a certain character appeared first. However, you must pick one character as a representative from that anime series. Example is Signum from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s, aired from October to December 2005.
5. Two or more character from the same series, but appeared in different fiscal years is not allowed! Example is Nagi Sanzenin and Sonia Shaflnarz from Hayate the Combat Butler. Nagi’s appearance is on 2007, while Sonia’s appearance is on 2009. Therefore, you must select one that will represent and leave one out!
6. Two or more different characters, but same voice actor is not allowed. That means, no Haruhi Suzumiya and Konata Izumi (voiced by Aya Hirano) on your chart!
7. No OVAs nor Movies, just TV Anime…
8. Remember, you have ten spaces to fill out!
Set out on your journey and make your own list. If you’re registered on figure.fm, you can put it there. And if you wanted, you can put a link to your post here in the comments.
It took me a lot of time to put it together. But it was worth it. However, the rule about same seiyuu not being able to appear more than once frustrates me as I wasn’t able to pick Kawasumi Mai for 2001, because I’d already used Yukarin for 2006.
2000 – Aoyama Motoko (Love Hina) ; That was rather easy
2001 – Minase Nayuki (Kanon) ; Like I said, I would like to choose Mai instead
2002 – Teletha Testarossa (Full Metal Panic!) ; I was deciding between Tessa and Eclair from Kiddy Grade
2003 – Shirakawa Kotori (D.C. Da Capo) ; This was a fierce showdown between Harada Risa from D.N.Angel and Kotori, from which Kotori has emerged victorious, but it was the hardest decision of all. Still, I like Kotori the least out of these 10 girls.
2004 – Fate Testarossa (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha) ; This was easy
2005 – Alice Carroll (ARIA) ; Even Shana was defeated. She had bad luck that she competed in this year. In 5 other years, I would pick her, but not in 2005.
2006 – Furude Rika (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) ; Looking back at the anime series from 2006, it was the best anime year ever together with 2007
2007 – Sakagami Tomoyo (CLANNAD) ; Katsura Hinagiku came up second but I had hard time deciding between these two.
2008 – Aisaka Taiga (Toradora!) – If not Shana, then at least Taiga. But I prefer it the other way round.
2009 – Akiyama Mio (K-ON!) – Followed by Azusa and Shiina Mafuyu.