Posted by: kaz3phyrous | September 8, 2007

Saimoe Basics

Disclaimer: Most if not all of what is found here are done by the hard work of the people over at the AnimeSuki Forums

Q. What is the Anime Saimoe Tournament?

A. It’s pretty much the anime equivalent of GameFAQs’ annual Popular Video Character contests, where through daily online polls, the most “moe” anime character.

Saimoe is not a simple popularity poll. If it is so, it’s easy; they only make a decent CGI site. The essence of Saimoe is to express your moe; voting is only of secondary importance, apart from the present situation of Saimoe. In the Leaf Key Saimoe which was the origin of Anime Saimoe there was an examination of moe comments. If the comment was judged to be inappropriate in the light of moe spirit by Saimoe staff, the vote was eliminated, needless to say the vote without comments.

Q. How is it held?

A. All (female) anime characters that appeared in anime series, OVA and animated movies airing and/or released in Japan between July 1st 2006 and June 30th 2007 can be nominated. (Even animals are included, it seems, as long as they’re not males. This means cross-dressers are ineligible, so sorry guys, no Mizuho from Otoboku. )

First there were two qualifying rounds.

After a few days of nominations amongst the users of 2ch, the 1st qualifying round was held between July 6th to July 25th, and has 18 groups. Of these 18 groups, the top 8 characters of each group would enter the tournament proper directly. (A total of 8 x 18 = 144 characters)

While those ranked 9th to 32nd of each group will enter the 2nd qualifying round. (A total of 24 x 18 = 432 characters)

The 2nd qualifying round was held between July 28th to August 5th. The 432 characters would be divided into 9 groups of 48. The top 16 of each group will qualify for the tournament proper. (A total of 16 x 9 = 144 characters)

In total, the tournament proper will have 288 characters = 144 (from 1st Qual. ) + 144 (from 2nd Qual. ) If more than one character ends up in the final qualifying spot of each group with equal votes, the extra characters would also be qualified. As a result, there will 290 characters in contention this year.

The tournament proper commences on August 8th all the way to the final on November 3rd. The tournament would follow the format used last year.

The 1st round proper (August 8th – 15th, August 21st – 28th, August 30th – September 6th and September 8th to 15th) will be divided into 8 blocks of 12 groups, each group having 3 characters (two groups will have 4 this year to accomodate the extra entrants). With 3 groups being contested per match day. In total, there are 96 groups. (96 x 3 = 288 characters)
The 96 group winners will qualify for the 2nd round.

The 2nd round would be in the same format as the 1st round, where 1 character is chosen from a list of 3. In total, there are 32 groups. (1 group contested per day. ) The 32 group winners will qualify for the 3rd round.

From the 3rd round onwards, two characters will face off with each other on simple knockout format until the winner is decided.

A draw is made for the pools from the 1st round to the 4th round, another draw would be made at the Quarter Final stage when all eight block winners are decided.

Learn more about the Anime Saimoe Tournament from their official site found here.

Illustrated Voting Instructions can be found here.

To check if your vote was counted an illustrated tutorial can be found here.

Also we at the AnimeSuki Forums also conduct a vote rush in support for our characters at 13:32 JST, 00:32 ET, 23:32 CT, 22:32 MT, 21:32 PT, An example of what a rush looks like could be found here.

Some Helpful Links:

Link – Saimoe AnimeSuki Thread

Link -Saimoe 2007 Official homepage

Link – Wiki tracking the Saimoe Tournament

Link – Saimoe Voting Trivia and haikus

Link – Saimoe Stories

Link – Graphic Version of teh current status of the 2007 saimoe (you may need to refresh the page to update it)

Disclaimer: Most if not all of what is found here are done by the hard work of the people over at the AnimeSuki Forums

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