Archive for the ‘Moe’ Category

Forgot to post this yesterday, but the International Saimoe League 2010’s Double Elimination (DE) phase has already begun. In DE, the top 16 girls from the regular season battle each other in order to become the final ISML champion. The top 16 are:

1. Shana
2. Katsura Hinagiku
3. Akiyama Mio
4. Misaka Mikoto
5. Aisaka Taiga
6. Nagato Yuki
7. Nakano Azusa
8. Saber
9. Suzumiya Haruhi
10. Sakagami Tomoyo
11. Fujibayashi Kyou
12. Sanzen’in Nagi
13. Sengoku Nadeko
14. Hirasawa Yui
15. Hiiragi Kagami
16. Senjougahara Hitagi

Normally I’d throw you into the voting arena right about now, but because I am such a slowpoke.jpg on posting this, the preliminary round of DE is already over. Results for it will be released on 0300 GMT, approximately 7.5 hours from now. I don’t really expect a massive upset so soon into the game, but heck I wouldn’t mind seeing something epic like how Horo almost assasinated Shana right off the bat last year again.

To see the schedule for DE rounds, check out the ISML FAQ page.

ISML DE: where rage happens.

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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)
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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ISML2010 starts its regular season today with some of the most hair-rippingly difficult matchups possible (Shana vs Fate, Hina vs Tomoyo, Hitagi vs Yuki, etc.); already you can sense the various homicidal intentions flying around in the community in response. Five months of RAGE, despair, fffff, avaliable now at a voting page near you.

For a little breakdown of the regular season system: fifty girls from various anime series duke it out in a round-robin tournament over a 5-month time span. The entire regular season itself is split into 7 “Periods” each characterized by a unique gemstone (Aquamarine, Ruby, etc.), and the girl who performs the best within a Period gets a poster made for her as a little reward. At the end of the five months, the top 16 girls with best performances will enter Double Eliminations, concluding the regular season. The official FAQ can be found here.

PS: If you don’t vote for Yuki, please do not be surprised when your computer mysteriously disappears in the future. Thank you.

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So yeah, one month after an explosive nomination round that left hundreds of fanboys lamenting about their girls not making the cut, the ISML2010 preliminaries has now begun. It essentially takes less than a minute to vote, so I encourage you to come join the festival and show some support for your favorite girls! For those of you uncontent with just voting and want to understand the extremely tricky and complicated preliminary system that nobody entirely gets, visit the ISML FAQ and 2010 Charter.

Mmm ISML. I can already taste the yummy despair and RAGE in the air.


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The Internationl Saimoe League 2010‘s nomination phase had just begun, and you have exactly one week to nominate 12 girls you would want to enter the tournament. When voting though, please be aware that some characters have already prequalified to the main ISML preliminaries or tournament, and therefore need not be nominated again. The list of prequalified contestents are on the voting page, as are some of the rules that you should follow when nominating.

But man, I wonder how ISML 2010 will play out this year. Veterans like Shana, Fate, and Haruhi are bound to remain as some of the stronger contestents, but no doubt the girls fresh from 2009 will be able to create legends of their own too. For example, the famous Saki girls who dominated JSaimoe and was all the buzz during spring and summer now gets the opportunity to invade ISML as well. What about Akiyama Mio, the legendary bass player of K-On who singlehandedly spawned a moe moe kyun~ meme capable of rivaling Ranka Lee’s ni hao nyan itself? And let’s not exclude Bakemonogatari, with its colorful cast of girls that are bound to put up a good fight even in terms of moe (I think I saw a few cheers for Mayoi/Nadeko here and there).

The excitement, the joy, the despair RAGE cheers. Avaliable now at an ISML station near you.

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International Saimoe League 2009

And the winner of this year-long tournament is…




Hinagiku Katsura of Hayate no Gotoku!, who defeated Shana (Shakugan no Shana) in an epic 4000-vote final match. Although I’d personally hoped for Shana to pull an epic comeback victory over Hina, the results would’ve been fine for me either way. Congratulations to Hina for her hard-earned victory!

For those curious about the International Saimoe League, to put it shortly, it is a tournament for the general public to vote on who they believe is the most moe out of the thousands of anime female characters in history. More information can be found on their main site.

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