To qualify, a character must be female and appeared in an anime series that first aired between 07/01/2008 and 06/30/2009.
The character can be non-human, but must look like a female and be capable of making decisions.
Fan-made production was not allowed except for the Touhou OVA.
Characters from 18+ anime are not allowed.
The eligibility was based on the release of the anime series and episodes, not the character having screen time, thus many characters that did not make an appearance in the allotted time were ruled eligible provided that their series had continued to air between 07/01/2008 and 06/30/2009.