Anime Saimoe Tournament 2012 (Japan)
Welcome to the official AnimeSuki thread for the 11th annual Anime Saimoe Tournament, one that has become somewhat of a favoured pastime for some people here. Nominations for the 2012 tournament started over a week age on May 25th, and is scheduled to go on for about a month. More information on the tournament will be added to this post and the supplementary websites as it becomes available.
Anything in strikeout is presently unavailable. Links, info, etc. will be provided when available.
The Anime Saimoe Tournament (Saimoe or AST for short) is a tournament held annually on the 2channel Japanese forums. People all around the world participate in the tournament to vote for the most moe anime character of the past year. (Though if last year was any indication, odds on you'll be blocked out from voting unless you're in Japan.) The tournament page is currently here and the nomination page is here, both in Japanese only. However, a plethora of information in English can also be found at this site which does live tracking of the tournament as well. For those IRC-savvy, you can try chatting with some of us here: #saimoe @ irc.rizon.net
The rules of how to properly participate in this thread:
Any female characters (including female characters without names, gyroids, and guys who become girls at least once in a series) who have appeared in any anime which has aired, is airing, or will air in Japan between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012; appearances on these dates also make a girl eligible. For OVAs, the release date must be between or on these dates. For films, the premiere date in Japan must fall between or on these dates.
Girls are nominated by the first kana letter of their family name, if it's a Japanese name (foreign names use the first letter of the first name, which will usually be the given name). The letters are grouped in the traditional Japanese way, by grouping letters by the starting letter of the letter row. All starting letters have あ sounds. If you're not familiar with this aspect of the Japanese language, go here or ask about it in this thread.
Nominations are ordered by the first Japanese letter of anime. This also applies to anime with non-Japanese titles. Different letters enter nominations on designated days. In order to nominate this year, you need a code.
Each date and time listed is in JST (Japan Standard Time). To find out how your computer's internal clock compares with JST, here's an international clock.
Saimoe 2012 Schedule: (tentative)
5/25 (Friday): Series beginning with A, E, I, O, U or V
5/26 (Saturday): Series beginning with G, K or Q
5/27 (Sunday): Series beginning with J, S or Z
5/28 (Monday): Series beginning with C, D, N or T
5/29 (Tuesday): Series beginning with B, F, H, P or V
5/30 (Wednesday): Series beginning with L, M, R, W or Y
5/31 (Thursday): Additional entries
6/1 (Friday) - 6/15 (Friday): Council
6/16 (Saturday): Additional entries
6/17 (Sunday) - 6/30 (Saturday): Council
7/1 (Sunday): Additional entries
7/2 (Monday) - 7/7 (Saturday): Council
7/8 (Sunday): Draw for the first preliminaries
7/12-7/19: 1st Prelim, Group 1-8
7/21-7/28: 1st Prelim, Group 9-16
7/29: 2nd Prelim Draw
7/30-8/4: 2nd Prelim (Group 1-6)
8/5: Main Draw
8/6-8/13: Break (8/10-8/12 is C82)
8/14-8/17: Group A
8/18-8/21: Group B
8/23-8/26: Group C
8/27-8/30: Group D
9/1-9/4: Group E
9/5-9/8: Group F
9/10-9/13: Group G
9/14-9/17: Group H
9/19-9/22: Group A & B
9/23-9/26: Group C & D
9/28-10/1: Group E & F
10/2-10/5: Group G & H
10/7-10/8: Group A & B
10/9-10/10: Group C & D
10/11-10/12: Group E & F
10/13-10/14: Group G & H
10/16-10/23: Group Final (A through H)
10/24: Draw for Final
Oh lordy. That time of the year again. Chock full of characters this time around -- hopefully, everything will be nuts.
And no Western participation allowed again, huh? Carry on...:rolleyes:
So, it's time once again. Count me in. The many returning veterans this year will make things interesting.
Man, it's here again. Hoping for my bets to make it far. XD
To be honest I'm really nervous about the veterans knowing that some of them did really terrible in 2011.
It's that time of the year again! I think Saimoe's been on a Newbie-Veteran-Newbie schtick so odds are this year is for the vets. I mean all 4 Ries, Hayate no Gotoku, Saki and K-ON are still in it this year.
Personally, I'm rooting for Urabe Mikoto this year. Oh wait Gahara-san's eligible. Oh wait Nadeko is too. Oh wait Ika-musume. Oh wait Ami-tan- Oh wait Kurisu- Oh wait. . . Oh god it's overload this year.
I'll be up on arms this time. Full-time Saimoe 2012-blogging commitment plus sigmaking plus character cards (I wanna try the whole ISML thing).
I'm still new to this Saimoe League thing but I hope see Madoka, Index, Black Rock Shooter, Persona 4, and Dog Days characters make the cut. I can't wait to see the match-ups, I can tell that the choices are going to get tough this time.
Anyway, from top of my head, I've returning girls from K-On (Movie), Working (S2), Ika-Musume (S2), Denpa Onna (Ep 13), HnG (Movie), Milky Holmes (S2), IS (OVA), Strike Witches (Movie), Toradora (OVA), Nisemonogatari, A-Channel (OVA), Hanasaku (Continue), Aria (Continue), ZnT (S4), Shana (S3), Rotte (OVA), Fate/Zero, Kaminomi (OVA), Zombie (S2), Amagami (S2), Saki (Achiga...not sure where the cutoff will be but I guess appearing for even 5 seconds count...) and of course, Gintama and Conan. And I'm pretty sure I'm missing a few series...
Of course, with that returning list, we'll have, for probably one and only time, 6 Kugyu tsunderes.
To be realistic, though...
1. Don't see K-On going far. You can still call them favorite but their main hour has long past.
2. Will see if Nagi finish 2nd, again. Shana doesn't look as strong as she's over in ISML, Louise is guarantee to assassinate someone again, Taiga will be a shadow of herself (Doubt they'll want a repeat winner that only gets in b/c of an OVA). Aria is never that strong, and Rotte? She only got into Final 8 last year b/c of the madness...
3. Will see how Poplar-chan and Yamada do. This is no ISML where people keep voting for the same girl, over and over again.
4. New girl wise, Niku is favorite for obvious reason. Kobato is close behind. This season wise there's Chitanda and Kuroyukihime that contends from Day 1. Then there's also Karuta & Rinchiyo that'll surely contend. Last but not least, ＼ｱｯｶﾘ～ﾝ／
5. Of course, there's also Saki. Most of the girl from the original series make a cameo. New girl wise, Toki and Kuro are the two that standout.
Feels like such a long time already.
Just two things I hope this year: less domination, and less voting restrictions. One is likely, one not so much. :p
just watch those Sans points drop :heh:
I'd be happy with just more voters. The steady decline is depressing.
I'm also not too concerned about the single series domination happening again, as I'm inclined to believe that last year's Madoka★Magica onslaught was an exception; the likes of which we'll probably never see again. In all this time, such domination only happened once after all; and this is already the Eleventh Moe Grail War we have brewing here.
As for the declining amount of votes, we know the problem isn't exactly the number of voters, as I'm sure there are many others out there willing to cast their votes; but rather the amount of voter IP bans, which even extend to some Japanese IPs. The expansion of these bans is what's clearly killing the tournament.
We have a strong amount of shows and characters for this year's AST, so hopefully there will be more voter participation, even if the number of voter IP ban appears to be still on. I am expecting shows like Inu x Boku an Haganai to make it to the finals. Saki is highly likely going to have one or two girls in the final. The rest seems up for grabs. Maybe Makise Kurisu can take one, possibly Takakura Himari as well.
A welcome back dearest old friend from me. What surprises do you have in store for me this year? Did you invite some old friends to join in the fun? Well I am looking towards this tournament with ever increased interest, goodspeed Saimoe XI do your older sisters proud.
By the way I am not voting and will be cheering along the tournament from the Friends Of Saimoe Stand as per now usual.
I still have my 2011 saimoe sig because I was too lazy to change it.
Y'know what would be funny? Someone remaking a "new" Anime Saimoe with a more open voting policy, AND taking the previous history of the tournament along with it. What can these people do? File a lawsuit?! LOL
Final wise I expect some Id@lmaster characters making it if their faction doesn't fall apart of course, even though to be honest this year's final might be extremely hard to predict. I feel like shows like Haganai or Inu Boku SS will pass round 2 but won't make it to finals. While I think the veterans doing worse than usual is expected. For Precure series wise it seems like Smile Precure looks strong enough it'll probably have at least 4 of its main girls making it in round 1 at least and it won't be too surprising if its Kise Yayoi turns out to be stronger than expected. Also of course I am expecting a Kugimiya Rie character making it into the finals as well.
For top 10 this year
1. Kise Yayoi (Smile Precure)
2. Aioi Yuuko (Nichijou)
3. Shijou Takane (Id@lmaster)
4. Shirogane Naoto (Persona 4)
5. Katsura Hinagiku (Hayate no Gotoku)
6. Amaha Miu (Mashiroiro Symphony)
7. Koko Hekmatyar (Jormungand)
8. Aoki Reika (Smile Precure)
9. Kurokami Medaka (Medaka Box)
10. Shana (Shakugan no Shana)
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