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Asuna Yuuki is the main female protagonist of Reki Kawahara's light novel series Sword Art Online and its anime adaptation by the studio A-1 Pictures.

Asuna is one of the most famous girls in the 2010's, maintaining a strong presence in the major saimoe tournaments. In ISML, she is a perennial Tiara contender and a regular necklace winner, having won four necklace rounds plus a circlet from winning the 2014 Nova postseason round. In addition to that, Asuna has never missed the postseason in all of her Main Tournament appearances, reaching the quarter-finals in 2014 and 2018, and securing a third-place finish in 2017.

In China's Bilibili Moe, Asuna is one of the contest's powerhouses owing to the anime's immense popularity in the country, which was demonstrated by the Flash finishing third in its inaugural edition. In 2017, her championship run was cut short in the quarter-finals after she was matched up against a rampaging Shielder hell-bent on destroying anyone who opposes her path towards the championship.

Sword Art Online is infamous for being widely panned in the Western anime community, and one of its discussion centers, the r/anime subreddit, generally shares its sentiments. Although she made the quarterfinals in r/anime's Best Girl 1, her subsequent runs were lacking in strength because of her association with SAO, and her reputation as a "baby's first waifu".

However, in an ironic twist of fate, her first ever major tournament win would come from Reddit (not a Chinese-majority contest such as ISML or BMoe). After the first season of SAO's Alicization aired in late 2018, Asuna suddenly sprouted into the minds of anime watchers, resulting in her securing the highest-ever seed (#4) in Best Girl 6 in 2019. In the bracket stage, her closest match would occur in the round of 32, narrowly winning against an r/Animemes-supported Zero Two brigade. Asuna then blew out all of her remaining opponents en route to her championship, supported by a whole slew of circumstances that made the perfect storm for her to easily cement her place in the salts of fame.










International Saimoe LeagueEdit

ISML 2013Edit

  • Regular season icon Nova 5th (32-0-3)




ISML 2014Edit

  • Regular season icon Nova 4th (32-0-3)

Nova Swiss Rounds (Phase 1) - seed 4


Finals Bracket (Phase 2) - seed N1

Final postition: 10th



ISML 2015Edit

Stella Swiss Rounds -


Tara Playoffs (Phase 2) - seed S4

  • Top 16 icon Loss vs (N5) Yoshino, 2771 - 4896
    • Consolation icon Loss vs x, xxxx - xxxx
    • Consolation icon Win vs x, x - x


Final position: 6th



Best Girl ContestEdit

Best Girl 1 (2014) - seed 8


Best Girl 2 (2015) - seed 25


Best Girl 3 (2016) - seed 44


Best Girl 4 (2017) - seed 43


Best Girl 5 (2018) - seed 59


Best Girl 6 (2019) - seed 4



Defunct TournamentsEdit

Bilibili Moe 2015Edit

Round of 128 Groups

Pic Contestant Series Votes
Asuna
Asuna Yuuki Sword Art Online 35,902
Utaha
Utaha Kasumigaoka Saekano 16,415
Akari Akaza Yuru Yuri 13,075
Japanese cruiser Takao Kantai Collection 4940


Bracket Stage




Bilibili Moe 2017Edit

Round of 128 Groups

Pic Contestant Series Votes TLV
Asuna
Asuna Yuuki Sword Art Online 90,073 2512
Medusa lancer
Medusa (Lancer) Fate/Grand Order 11,660 49
Akagi kc
Japanese aircraft carrier Akagi Kantai Collection 9659 40
Hikari Yagami (Kari Kamiya) Digimon 8298 63


Bracket Stage



Anime Saimoe TournamentEdit

2013

2014




Winner's GalleryEdit

Portraits


Posters


External linksEdit

Beware of spoilers.

Female Major Champions
ISML ★ 2008: Fate testarossa Fate Testarossa · 2009: Hinagiku1 Hinagiku Katsura · 2010: Mio kon Mio Akiyama · 2011: Mikoto Mikoto Misaka · 2012: Kanade Kanade Tachibana · 2013: Ruri Ruri Gokou · 2014: Kotori dal Kotori Itsuka · 2015: Eru Eru Chitanda · 2016: Shana Shana · 2017: Megumi katou Megumi Katou · 2018: Rem Rem · 2019: Violet Violet Evergarden · 2020: ???
AnimeBracket Best Girl ★ BG1: Kurisu Kurisu Makise · BG2: Yukino Yukino Yukinoshita · BG3: Mikoto Mikoto Misaka · BG4: Rin tohsaka Rin Tohsaka · BG5: Rem Rem · BG6: Asuna Asuna Yuuki · BG7: ???
Best Char. ☆ ‡ BCh2: Hitagi Hitagi Senjougahara · BCh3: Shinobu Shinobu Oshino
Bilibili Moe † Japan ★ 2015: Saber Saber · 2016: Rem Rem · 2017: Mash Mash Kyrielight · 2018: Cardcaptor Sakura Kinomoto
China ★ 2016: Tushan susu Tushan Susu · 2017: Su mucheng Su Mucheng · 2018: Kagura onmyoji Kagura (Onmyoji)
Anime Saimoe ☆ † 2002: Cardcaptor Sakura Kinomoto · 2003: Riku harada Riku Harada · 2004: Rosemary Rosemary Applefield · 2005: Nanoha Nanoha Takamachi · 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Rika furude Rika Furude · 2008: Kagami hiiragi Kagami Hiiragi · 2009: Taiga Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Azusa nakano Azusa Nakano · 2011: Mami Mami Tomoe · 2012: Toki onjouji Toki Onjouji · 2013: Madoka Madoka Kaname · 2014: Nodoka saki Nodoka Haramura + Saki Saki Miyanaga (co-winners)
Korea Best Moe ☆ † 2006: Suiseiseki Suiseiseki · 2007: Hinagiku1 Hinagiku Katsura · 2008: Holo Holo · 2009: Taiga Taiga Aisaka · 2010: Mio kon Mio Akiyama · 2011: Homura Homura Akemi · 2012: Hitagi Hitagi Senjougahara
Legend: Defunct, Hiatus / Unknown fate
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