According to the visitors here, these are the top ten anime babes of all time, as of 2009.
There is a three-way tie for eighth place:
Mai Kawasumi (Kanon 2006)
Rin Tosaka (Fate/Stay Night)
Yomiko Readman (Read or Die)
In seventh place is Teletha Testarossa (Full Metal Panic).
In sixth place is Yoko (Tengen Toppa Gurren-Lagann).
In fifth place is Rushuna Tendo (Grenadier).
There is three-way tie for second:
Horo (Spice and Wolf)
Kan’u Unchou (Ikki Tousen)
Mikuru Asahina (adult) (Suzumiya Haruhi).
And finally, the outstanding anime babe of all time, at least for the moment, is Ablïarsec Néïc Dubleuscr Bœrh Parhynr Lamhirh, also known as Viscountess Paryunu Abriel Nei Dobrusk Lafiel (Crest/Banner of the Stars).
Admiral Spoor (Crest/Banner of the Stars) and Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop) tied for eleventh. The other finalists were Meia Gisborn (Vandread), Urd (Ah! My Goddess TV), Misato Katsuragi (Neon Genesis Evangelion), Akane (Ranma 1/2), Balsa (Seirei no Moribito), Ginrei Von Vogler (Giant Robo), Yuri (Dirty Pair), Shampoo (Ranma 1/2), Eineus (Macademi Wasshoi) and Lexshue (Crest of the Stars)
A couple of notes:
• While I’m pleased that Lafiel placed first, I’m also a little surprised. Not because she doesn’t deserve the honor — she certainly does — but because her character design looks odd to my eyes. Her eyes are drawn too large and her face is peculiarly shaped. I suppose that the oversized eyes signify that she is younger than the other Abh we see, but she is in fact a young adult and, in Banner, commands a ship. The other Abh are drawn with regular human features, ((Abriel ears excepted.)) as are the humans (except Jinto, who also has inappropriately juvenile eyes).
• Mikuru Asahina is agreeable company and easy on the eyes, but I don’t think she belongs on this list. We don’t spend enough time with her adult version to tell how much stronger a character she has become, and the younger version is too wimpy for my taste. A proper babe would have knocked Haruhi into the next space/time continuum had Haruhi tried manhandling her the way she does Mikuru.
Addendum: here’s the original list. There’s no date on the page, but I would guess that it’s about ten years old.
10. Sharon Apple
9. Sailor V[enus]
8. Priss Asagiri
7. Grandis Granva
4. Misato Katsuragi
1. Madoka Ayukawa