Aniplus Character Tournament, abbreviated as ACT or Aketo (애캐토), is an online mixed-gender anime character popularity contest organized by South Korean channel and anime distributor Aniplus.tv. The website -- and the contest by extension -- is restricted to South Korean users only, unless an outsider uses a VPN to bypass this restriction. Introduced in 2013, Aketo is the nominal successor to Anizone's Korea Best Moe Tournament, which was discontinued following a series of events involving Gintama fans in the 2012 male contest.
The tournament is currently the only remaining active major saimoe contest held in Korea and Japan. However, its vote scale is not too large (about 1500 ~ 3000), which may be attributed to several factors such as:
- Exclusivity - Only Korean IP addresses can access the website. Furthermore, in order to vote, a user must register their account using a mobile phone number or i-PIN (Internet personal identification number). This method of registration reduces the possibility of vote rigging.
- The existence of competitive networks (Animax Korea, Netflix, etc.)
- Lack of its awareness.
In most of Aketo's editions, female characters tend to be priortized more often than males. The reason is just simple: Female voter accounts are rarely observed in the website.
- Only characters who appeared in a Japanese-produced animated medium that was broadcasted / distributed by Aniplus within a given year are allowed.
- Characters who only appeared before December-released contents cannot participate in this contest.
- Humans, Humanoids, and also Non-Humans are all allowed.
- Characters who have very BRIEF appearances are also eligible (case by case).
- The very first Character Pools are presented by Company's policy: List of characters by categorized by medium. (10 ~12 characters per one content)
- Cancelled shows in Aniplus.tv are not allowed to nominate any characters.
All editions are composed of 3 ~ 4 stages.
- Qualifying Stage: This round selects TOP 3 characters from each series that was broadcasted in Aniplus during a given year.
- Preliminaries: All qualified characters will be split into several groups which will play each other on a limited-voting format (vote a maximum of 1 / 2 / 3 etc. characters per group). Only 32 characters can advance to Main Stage.
- Main Stage: (Except 2013~2015 editions): Ro32 and Ro16. Each round consists of 4-member groups, again on a limited-voting format. Top 2 characters from each group advance to the next round.
- Bracket Stage: Single-elimination format. Bracket match-ups are determined by Ro16 results. A third-place consolation match will be played between losing semi-finalists.
|Edition||Winner||Runner-up||Third place||Fourth place|
|2013||Houtarou Oreki||Mashiro Shiina||Eru Chitanda||Saber|
|2014||Chiyo Sakura||Rin Tohsaka||Kosaki Onodera||Saber|
|2015||Producer (Idolmaster CG)||Kotori Minami||Maki Nishikino||Shinobu Oshino|
|2016||Rem||Shinobu Oshino||Emilia||Reina Kousaka|
|2017||Chino Kafuu||Kanna Kamui||Schwi Dola||Sagiri Izumi|
|2018||Megumi Katou||Utaha Kasumigaoka||Mai Sakurajima||Alice Zuberg|
|2019||Mai Sakurajima||Alice Zuberg||Kaede Azusagawa||Hestia|
In Main Stage,
- Most-appeared Faction: Fate Series (8 apps)
- Most-participated contestant: Shinobu Oshino, Illyasviel von Einzbern, Rin Tohsaka, Shirou Emiya (6 apps)
- Best Performed Animal Character: Chito (Flying Witch) - RO32
- Best Performed Anime Production Network: A-1 Pictures
- Best Performed Series(TOP 5)
- 2018/2020 edition - Saekano: Megumi Katou(1st/2nd), Utaha Kasumigaoka(2nd/8th), Eriri Spencer Sawamura(5th/6th)
- 2016 edition - Re:Zero: Rem(1st), Emilia(3rd), Ram(8th)
- 2013 edition - Hyouka: Houtarou Oreki(1st), Eru Chitanda(3rd)
- 2015 edition - Love Live!: Kotori Minami(2nd), Maki Nishikino(3rd), Honoka Kousaka(10th)
- 2018 edition - Sword Art Online: Alice Zuberg(4th), Asuna Yuuki(7th), Kazuto Kirigaya(8th)
- Family Participants: Rin Natsume & Kyousuke Natsume(Natsume's BOF), Ram & Rem(Re:Zero)
- Disqualified Series: Super Sonico the Animation, Ensemble Stars
- TOP 3 Female/Male Contestants
- Gender Fractions (RO32)
- 2013: 4 males, 28 females
- 2014: 5 males, 27 females
- 2015: 4 males, 28 females
- 2016: 3 males, 28 females, and A PET
- 2017: 2 males, 30 females
- 2018: 7 males, 25 females
- 2019: 4 males, 28 females
- 2020: 32 females (No MALES)