Karen Mead of Japanator writes:
"I may be going out on a limb here, but I think 2013 was a pretty good year for female characters in anime. Instead of just getting the same few character types over and over again, we got a pretty wide variety of not only female protagonists, but female supporting characters in non-standard roles as well. Hell, even some shows I didn't like that much had some pretty awesome female characters.
That said, even in a good year for the ladies, THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE. The nominees below represent the crème de la crème: the most interesting, memorable female characters to make their debut in 2013. Who will win the crown? Find out before the end of the year, when the Japanator Awards winners will be announced to your joy and (let's be honest) consternation."