Nope, the polls are not in just yet; there's still almost half a year to go until the 4th Annual Seiyuu Awards
will be revealed next March. But a little note of interest to those of you wishing to have a say in the process: the official website for the event is currently accepting foreign votes on a dedicated English page
, and it will continue to accept them throughout 2009, until January 1 when the public voting ends.
There you'll find more about the Seiyuu Awards in general, and the Overseas Fans Choice Award category in particular. It was introduced last year, when Jun Fukuyama won the first such award. Yeah, a guy, boo! And here are the rules.
"Votes from overseas fans only shall be counted. Voting will take place at the official website. Fans will vote for one voice actor (regardless of gender). The results of the vote shall determine the first assessment. A second assessment shall be held by the Seiyu Awards Selection Committee."
In other words, it doesn't really matter which seiyuu is most voted by the gaijin mob: the official jury still has the final say on who wins the Overseas Fans Choice Award. But anyway, it's the Best Lead Actress award that really counts, and I wonder who will be the next queen of loli squeaking and singing.
The big winnders from the first three editions were Romi Paku (2007), Aya Hirano (2008) and Rie Kugimiya (2009). Next year's awards ceremony will be held on March 6, at the Tokyo Anime Center in Akihabara.