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ISML 2010 was the 3rd edition of the International Saimoe League, an online anime character popularity contest. This year was the last edition to implement a double-elimination bracket for the playoffs.

Shana grabbed the lion's share of the seven gems, winning a record-setting three necklaces in this edition alone. This incident led to the staff overhauling the format of the necklace rounds for the following edition, and directly influenced the creation of the "one-girl, one-gem" policy that bans necklace winners from participating in future rounds, making ISML 2010 the final edition where contestants can earn multiple gems in a single year.

Mio Akiyama wins the Heavenly Tiara by defeating Mikoto Misaka in the grand final, keeping the trend of Upper Bracket winners going on to become champions of the contest. The K-On frontwoman had beaten the Raildex superstar in the upper bracket final prior to that match, making her the second consecutive champion to defeat the runner-up in the playoffs twice. Furthermore, by winning the ISML championship and Anizone's Korea Best Moe at the same year., Akiyama joins the exclusive list of females who won multiple major championships, becoming one of the only few girls in the list to perform the feat within a single year.

Defending champion Hinagiku Katsura finished strongly in the regular season, securing the second seed of the playoffs. However, she stumbled in the quarter-finals of the upper bracket against Azusa Nakano, and would later be eliminated in Round 4 of the Lower Bracket against Shana in a rematch of last year's final.

The Exhibition matches were first introduced this year.




Gem RoundsEdit

AquamarineEdit

With the new change of having 50 contestants in the Regular Season, the competition for the necklaces would be faster, yet fiercer. Tomoyo Sakagami, the defending Aquamarine Necklace winner, lost to Hinagiku Katsura at Aquamarine 1. Tomoyo would have to immediately relinquish her title due to an early loss. With the Aquamarine necklace vacated, all contestants set their eyes on it. By the end of the Aquamarine period, Mikoto Misaka would face Taiga Aisaka on what would be the match to determine who would win the Aquamarine Necklace. Although Mikoto won the match, it was Mio Akiyama who would bypass Mikoto in the leader-board due to her high SDO. Because she was on top of the leader-board, Mio would become the new ISML Aquamarine Necklace winner, her first ISML necklace. The new change also added exhibition matches in every round.

TopazEdit

By the end of the Topaz period, Yuki Nagato, the defending ISML Topaz Necklace winner, lost to Shana at Topaz 7. Because of this loss, Yuki would have to relinquish her necklace. Mikoto Misaka would face Hinagiku Katsura on what would be the match to determine who would win the Topaz Necklace. Although Hinagiku defeated Mikoto, it was Taiga Aisaka who would bypass Hinagiku in the leader-board due to her high SDO. Taiga would become the new ISML Topaz Necklace winner, her first ISML necklace.

AmethystEdit

Because Suigintou was not a part of the 50 contestants, a new Amethyst Necklace winner must be crowned. By the end of the Amethyst period, Shana received a surprising loss from Mio Akiyama, ending her undefeated streak. Yuki Nagato and Saber would face off to determine the new ISML Amethyst Necklace winner. Yuki defeated Saber and became the new ISML Amethyst Necklace winner. This necklace was befitting for her, for she is a silent and protective person. She became the fourth girl to have two necklaces in her ISML career.

SapphireEdit

By the end of the Sapphire Period, Shana, the defending Sapphire Necklace winner, would face Mikoto Misaka for the necklace. Shana won the match and became the first girl to successfully retain her ISML necklace. She also became the first girl to obtain three necklaces in her ISML career, the highest amount that any ISML participant had.

EmeraldEdit

Because Suiseiseki was not a part of the 50 contestants, a new Emerald Necklace winner must be crowned. A match that surprised many votes was Nagisa Furukawa vs. Hitagi Senjougahara at Emerald 3. Nagisa, a 20th tier girl, defeated Hitagi, a 13th tier girl (1914-1865). By the end of the Emerald period, Shana would face Kyou Fujibayashi to determine the new ISML Emerald Necklace winner. Shana defeated Kyou and became the new ISML Emerald winner. Shana became the third girl to receive two necklaces in one season, the second girl to have back-to-back necklace wins, and the first girl to have four necklaces, beating her own record of three necklace wins.

RubyEdit

A surprising match that caught the voters off-guard was Nagisa Furukawa vs. Fate Testarossa at Ruby 3, where Nagisa, a 21st tier girl, defeated Fate, a 15th tier girl (1994-1966). By the end of the Ruby period, Hinagiku, the defending Ruby Necklace winner, lost to Shana at Ruby 7. This loss ended her undefeated streak and forced her to vacate her Ruby Necklace. Mio Akiyama would face Taiga Aisaka on what would be the match to determine the new Ruby necklace winner. Although Taiga defeated Mio and her undefeated streak, it was Mikoto Misaka who bypassed Taiga in the leader-board due to her high SDO. Mikoto became the new ISML Ruby Necklace winner, her first ISML necklace.

DiamondEdit

Because Shinku was not a part of the 50 contestants, a new Diamond Necklace winner must be crowned. A match that was considered an upset was Ui Hirasawa vs. Fate Testarossa at Diamond 6, where Ui, a 30th tier girl, defeated Fate, a 17th tier girl (2175-2145). This loss cost Fate the chance to return to the Top 16 once again. By the end of the Diamond period, Shana would face Taiga Aisaka to determine the new Diamond Necklace winner. Shana defeated Taiga, becoming the new ISML Diamond Necklace winner. She is the first girl to receive five necklaces in her ISML career and the first girl to have three necklaces in one season.




PlayoffsEdit

Format:

  • 16 females play in a Double-elimination bracket.
  • Round of 16 match-ups are determined by regular season ranking
  • Losers drop to Lower Bracket Rd 1, Winners advance to Upper Bracket
  • Winner of the grand final wins the Heavenly Tiara and declared as the year's champion.



Round of 16Edit

BracketEdit

Upper Bracket & Finals
UB Quarters UB Semis UB Final Grand Final
1 Shana Shana 3406 U Mio kon Mio 7175
9 Haruhi Haruhi Suzumiya 2835 L Mikoto Mikoto 5186
1 Shana Shana 3434
4 Mikoto Mikoto Misaka 3124 4 Mikoto Mikoto 3279
5 Taiga Taiga Aisaka 3095 4 Mikoto Mikoto 4626
3 Mio kon Mio 5318
2 Hinagiku1 Hinagiku Katsura 3063
7 Azusa nakano Azusa Nakano 3190 7 Azusa nakano Azusa N. 3076
3 Mio kon Mio 3353 LB Final
3 Mio kon Mio Akiyama 3384 >4 Mikoto Mikoto 3522
6 Yuki nagato Yuki Nagato 2872 1 Shana Shana 3478
Lower Bracket
LB Rd 1 LB Rd 2 LB Rd 3 LB Rd 4 LB Semis
>2 Hinagiku1 Hinagiku 3696
16 Hitagi Hitagi 2893 8 Saber Saber 2538 >1 Shana Shana 3806
8 Saber Saber 3107 2 Hinagiku1 Hinagiku 3855 2 Hinagiku1 Hinagiku 3659
>6 Yuki nagato Yuki N. 3301 6 Yuki nagato Yuki N. 3113
13 Nadeko Nadeko 2676 12 Nagi Nagi 2945 1 Shana Shana 4017
12 Nagi Nagi 3335 7 Azusa nakano Azusa N. 3961
>9 Haruhi Haruhi 3199
15 Kagami Kagami 2659 10 Tomoyo Tomoyo 3023 >7 Azusa nakano Azusa N. 3889
10 Tomoyo Tomoyo 3353 9 Haruhi Haruhi 3160 5 Taiga Taiga 3671
>5 Taiga Taiga 3385 5 Taiga Taiga 3764
14 Yui h Yui H. 3081 14 Yui h Yui H. 2803
11 Kyou Kyou 2952



Final RankingsEdit

Final Rankings
Rank Name Series
1 Akiyama Mio K-ON!
2 Misaka Mikoto Toaru Majutsu no Index
3 Shana Shakugan no Shana
4 Nakano Azusa K-ON!
5 Katsura Hinagiku Hayate no Gotoku!
6 Aisaka Taiga Toradora!
7 Nagato Yuki Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu
8 Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu
9 Hirasawa Yui K-ON!
10 Sanzen'in Nagi Hayate no Gotoku!
11 Sakagami Tomoyo CLANNAD
12 Saber Fate/stay night
13

Fujibayashi Kyō

CLANNAD
14 Hiiragi Kagami Lucky ☆ Star
15 Senjōgahara Hitagi Bakemonogatari
16 Sengoku Nadeko Bakemonogatari

Bold: Necklace(s) Winner

Exhibition MatchesEdit

AquamarineEdit

TopazEdit

AmethystEdit

SapphireEdit

EmeraldEdit

RubyEdit

DiamondEdit


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