I'd like to nominate Hildegarda/Hilda from Beelzebub as Best Female Lead. Strong and proud despite being in a servant position, charismatic as the male lead Oga, able to be womanly and motherly without the weak female clichè.
I nominate Erza Scarlet!
I don't consider Erza, Lucy, Hilda, Chidori, Rukia ... as "lead". For me the lead should be the main character only. So, it's Natsu in fairy tail & Oga in Beelzebub ... It's Ichigo in Bleach & sosuke in FMP ...
That's why I voted for Gally. She is a real undiscutable lead.
I admit that lucy, Chidori & Hilda can be considered as leads due to the fact that they are as present in the manga as the main character. But Erza & Rukia are clear support characters
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Rukia is a female lead. Ichigo is 'main lead', where Rukia is 'female lead/fixed heroine' (Jump web, events). Being a lead and main character is something different I think.
The same would be for Lucy, Natsu is male lead/main character where Lucy is female lead/fixed heroine.
Although I agree on Erza, she seems more like support to me.
Well, you can nominate who you think should win the category ^^
Agreed with Darjaille, the mentioned characters can be considered as "female leads", and they are in sense as the most significant/most page time/other ways notable female characters in their respective mangas. But they are not leads in a sense that Gally is. Gally really is the lead character. And wonderfull character in general too. That's why I nominated her and will vote her. None of the other characters mentioned here do not deserve the win as much her imho. Not saying that I don't like those characters, in partcilar Erza and Hilda are two of my fav shonen heroines. Just not as awesome and leading as Gally
Screen time doesn't make a character a leading character, the leading characters are the ones which the story and the plot focuses on and it moves according to their events.
Really? Quoting Wikipedia? Again, screen time doesn't make a character a leading character, it just makes it the one with more screen time. No one thinks that R2-D2 and C3PO were the main leads and they have most screen time than the rest. They even go thought the whole series.
To be a main character the requirement is quite simple: To have the plot spin around you while you tell the story. In the case of Fairy Tail, the one who is telling the story is not Natsu, it's Lucy. And the title of the piece is not Dragon Slayers, it's Fairy Tail. The damn guild. That means that the main lead of Fairy Tail is Fairy Tail. That also means that each character there has the chance to be the main one. Being the fact that Erza does not only have major screentime but the story was about her most of times, you can consider her a leading character without too much trouble.
You're thinking too much like Hollywood and forgetting that manga is not necessarily the same. Two major different formats.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leading_actor "Sometimes there is more than one significant leading role in a dramatic piece, and the actors are said to play co-leads; a large supporting role may be considered a secondary lead. Award nominations for acting often reflect such ambiguities. Thus, sometimes two actors in the same performance piece are nominated for Best Actor or Best Actress -- categories traditionally reserved for leads. There can even be controversy over whether a particular performance should be nominated in the Best Actor/Actress or Best Supporting Actor/Actress category.
A title role often is not necessarily the lead."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_lead "(Redirected from Female lead)
Leading lady is an informal term for the actress who plays a secondary lead or supporting role, usually a love interest, to the leading actor in a film or play. It is not usually applied to the leading actress in the performance if her character is the protagonist."