The regular monthly character rankings poll results from the August issue of Newtype have come out, with the rankings for Female characters being especially interesting this month.
The new Evangelion and Haruhi releases have naturally propelled their leading ladies even higher than their already lofty usual spots, but the big surprise this month is K-ON!’s dojikko Yui Hirasawa taking over the bustier Mio‘s place as the highest ranked K-ON! character.
Newtype August 2009 Female Character Rankings
1. Asuka Langley Shikinami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
2. Yui Hirasawa (K-ON!)
3. Mio Akiyama (K-ON!)
4. Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
5. Nagato Yuki (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
6. C.C. (Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion)
7. Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
8. Sheryl Nome (Macross Frontier)
9. Riza Hawkeye (Fullmetal Alchemist)
10. Kuniko Houjou (Shangri-La)
Asuka’s #1 spot (under her new name) is not a surprise given her recent debut in the new Evangelion movie, and Rei of course has graced more of these character poll rankings than any other anime character in history.
Nagato and Haruhi’s positions are also a given as the second series is well underway, which gives us the amusing sight of the two ice queen sisters Rei and Nagato side by side.
However, the other Kyoani show on the Top 10 provides a surprising turnabout from expectations with Yui surpassing Mio in popularity!
For comparison’s sake, here are last month’s Female character rankings:
Newtype July 2009 Female Character Rankings
As is normal, many of the same faces can be seen that appeared in the August version – in case you’re confused about Lacus appearing here, she (and other Rie Tanaka characters) have always been very popular on these sort of lists.