Earlier today, the results of a Dengeki Online poll on the popularity of characters in Bravely Default were published online and it made me realise: Japan sure gets a lot of these character popularity polls, but when will us western fans be given a chance to compare tastes and vote for our favourite characters? I see it happening all the time with games, anime and manga (and you even get some rather invested fans, like Y-san, who submitted over 1500 votes for his favourite Nisekoi character – allowing Marika Tachibana to reach #2 in the poll). So I finally snapped and thought – Why don’t we just do our own? So here we are!
So here’s the deal – for the period of one week (24th February 2014 until 23:59 on 10th March 2014), you fans of Bravely Default can send an email to joshstevens[@]wiiuandmii.com with the headline “Operation Brave Character Poll – [VOTE]” (with [VOTE] being replaced by which character is receiving your vote, e.g. “Operation Brave Character Poll – Edea Lee). If you would like to include your gender and location in the body of the email, that would be really cool as we’ll be able to make some more fancy stats (such as seeing if certain characters are more popular with people of particular genders or gender identities and whether certain characters are more popular in different locations). Once the closing date has passed and I have had a chance to go through the votes, making sure all of them are playing by the rules and counted etc, the results will go live! Of course, I just mentioned that dreaded “R Word”, so here they are:
1) Only ONE vote per person. Don’t be a Y-san.
2) Remember the format of the email! To refresh your memory, it is:
– Email Subject: “Operation Brave Character Poll – [CHARACTER]”. e.g. “Operation Brave Character Poll – Edea Lee”.
– Body of Email: Can be anything or even blank, but if you could tell me the gender you identify as and/or your geographical location, that would be very much appreciated.
3) All votes must be received before 10th March, 2014 (British Standard Time). All votes received after this period won’t be counted.
4) All votes are final and cannot be changed – think carefully before you submit your choice.
5) This poll is open to everyone, regardless of where you live. It would be impossible for me to confirm the region everyone lives in, so might as well open the floodgates.
You might have noticed that I haven’t included a list of characters to vote for – that’s because Bravely Default‘s cast is big and knowing my luck, that one minor character you like for some reason will slip my mind and you’ll be annoyed. So just vote for any character!
Please spread the word of the poll – I want to feel a false sense of popularity by having my inbox flooded with emails that aren’t from a Nigerian Prince for a change! I wonder if the results of our poll will match Dengeki Online‘s or be completely different?