The winner of Japanator's best female character of 2013


It's basically who you thought it would be

This year in anime was all about the ladies, with intriguing female characters springing up left and right like some kind of fancy anime flowers in the Japanator garden. It was a good year for women (and girls) who broke the mold in several ways, and for that fact alone we should definitely be thankful. But in the end, we could only choose one lady to represent the best that 2013 had to offer. We wanted someone who made us laugh, but who also knew how to tug at our heartstrings when necessary. Someone loyal. Someone who takes pride in her status as an underachiever. I bet you already know who it is, too. Can you guess? 

Let's take a look at our dazzling nominees before we reveal our winner:

  • Mako Mankanshoku (Kill la Kill)
  • Kaga Koko (Golden Time)
  • Koto (Kyousougiga)
  • Hajime Ichinose (Gatchaman Crowds)
  • Tomoko Kuroki (Watamote)
  • Mikasa Ackerman (Attack on Titan)

It's a tough call, but we decided on...

Mako Mankanshoku (Kill la Kill)

That's right! In an unsurprising victory over the rest of the pack, little Mako jets to the top of our list and straight into our hearts. Maybe it's that horrific bowl cut, or her rapid-fire speech. Maybe it was how rad she looked that one time she had a Goku Uniform. Or maybe it's because she's a supporting character who steals the show every single time she's got a little bit of screen time to herself. Whatever the reasoning, we're crowning Mako-chan here the queen of the female characters in our 2013 Japanator Awards. Let's wish her and the rest of the Mankanshoku clan a prosperous 2014 and plenty more entertaining exploits in the future. 

Congratulations to all our nominees and thank you to everyone who contributed to the heated debates in each of these posts. I'm still lamenting the fact that Tomoko didn't win, but she'll still be number one in my heart forever and always. 

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