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Saimoe 2010 Preliminaries

Saimoe is back. With weapons.

Preliminaries have already started today, so it is time to grab your vote codes and begin supporting your favorite waifus! The preliminaries will last until July 30th, after which the main tournament will start on August 3rd. There are a total of 2581 characters nominated for the competition this year, of which 288 will make it into the main tournament.

Relevant links:
Japanese Saimoe website
English Saimoe website (unofficial)
Synchroom
ASuki thread

Please note that for this year, all votes must contain a “supporting line” or else it will not count. These lines can be anything from “Go go character x” to “I love character y”, and as such, can be very simplistic. English is apparently allowed, though there is no way of telling whether this will change in the future or not. See the Voting Guide for a complete, well, guide on voting.

As for me, I personally can’t vote this year due to being banned from 2ch (;_;), but even watching from the sidelines definitely seems to be worth it, what with all these old powerhouses (Nanoha, Haruhi, Higurashi, etc.) returning to duke it out with each other. Amidst all this, 2010’s newcomers from Angel Beats, Bakemonogatari, Railgun, et al. are also certainly not to be trifled with.

Explosions, despair, rage, cardboard eating, avaliable now at Saimoe 2010.

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I learned alot this year. One is that I suck at taking pictures, although that I kinda already knew from previous occasions. Another is that somebody somewhere in the Anime Expo organizing department must’ve done something very right with this year’s con, because every single second of it turned out to be a memorable experience.

And certain times, in more ways than one!

 

(NOTE: This post primarily focuses on the experiences of some dude named Eater-of-All at AX2010, and is not intended to be a coverage/detailed-review of the entire convention. Descriptions are written as brief as possible, but it does cover four days worth of events afterall. For transcripts of various panels, see http://bayoab.info/live/live2.php.)

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