This article covers an upcoming event. Information in this article is subject to change and may not reflect the latest version.

ISML 2021 will be the 14th edition of the International Saimoe League. The tournament is slated to begin in July 1.

This edition will mark the return of Kanade Tachibana and Kirito, champions of the 2012 Main Tournament and Male Exhibitions respectively.



Major Format Changes[edit | edit source]

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this is from maglor's post in the isml discord, from january 2021

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1. Past 8 Tiara/Scepters winners are placed into ToC League groups.

2. From the remaining, following characters CANNOT be in Nova. Furthermore, B , C, D from year 2020 are automatically selected for the Stella league A. Any character who isn’t in the ToC League group above that has participated in ToC in the last 3 years B. Characters who participated in any of the Tiara/Scepter division postseason matches in the last 3 years(2018 to 2020) C. Characters who won any of the necklace/pendant poster in the last 3 years D. Characters who won any of the seasonal tournament championship in the last 3 years 3. From the remaining characters top 30 female characters from nominations that appeared during 2021 Winter Season anime episodes/OVAs/Movie that is released to multiple countries or that has started selling BD/DVD to the public will be assigned to Nova Female Winter League

4. From the remaining characters, top 6 male characters from nominations that appeared during 2021 Winter Season anime episodes/OVAs/Movie that is released to multiple countries or that has started selling BD/DVD to the public will be assigned to Nova Male Winter Group

5. From the remaining characters top 30 female characters from nominations that appeared during 2021 Spring Season anime episodes/OVAs/Movie that is released to multiple countries or that has started selling BD/DVD to the public will be assigned to Nova Female Spring League

6. From the remaining characters, top 6 male characters from nominations that appeared during 2021 Spring Season anime episodes/OVAs/Movie that is released to multiple countries or that has started selling BD/DVD to the public will be assigned to Nova male Spring Group

7. From the remaining characters, enough female and male characters who appeared before the June 30th, 2021 in anime episodes/OVAs/Movie that is released to multiple countries or that has started selling BD/DVD to the public will be assigned to male or female division in Stella league to make the number of contestants in Stella prelim be at least 120 characters per division. All tied for the 120th spot will be accepted into the prelim.

For 2021 Female and Male Summer and Fall nomination, following additional restrictions exists

Contestant cannot be in any active match during the nomination period

Contestant is not currently scheduled to appear in any match for 2021 ISML season after the respective nomination period

Nomination will start on July 1st, 2021 and will last 1 week. 32 slots are given. Following restrictions apply

At least 8 eligible anime franchise is present in the nomination.

A franchise may have maximum of 4 characters present in the nomination At least 2 females and 2 males need to be included in the nomination.

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Nomination Round[edit | edit source]

Rules[edit | edit source]

da rules for 2021 main tournament

For those unfamiliar with isml's nomination system:

  • nominations last seven days
  • Each voter is given a ballot with 32 entries. To nominate a character, simply type its name AND its series. Name order / spelling / language / aliases don't matter as long as it's clear who you're referring to.
  • All characters must make their animated debut on June 30, 2021 or earlier.
  • Ballots must fulfill several important conditions in order for their nominations to be counted; failure to meet all of them will result in a voided ballot, i.e. Not counted.
  • Invalid entries are discarded independently and will NOT void your entire ballot unless it fails to meet the minimum requirements below.


IMPORTANT CONDITIONS:

  • Must represent at least eight (8) anime series (spin-offs and crossovers do not count as separate series)
  • Must nominate at least two (2) males and females each
  • Four (4) characters maximum per series/franchise. Don't exceed this limit, otherwise the staff will discard them all if you do because they can't choose.


ISML champions from 2013-2020 CANNOT be nominated because of the champions ban rule; they will be placed in a separate tournament of champions instead. They are as follows:

* despite being exhibitions, they're retroactively counted as official male champions

For more details regarding the seasonal tournament (aka nova) nominations, click here.

The main tournament will consist of 120 (or more) contestants per gender. Subtracting the number of directly qualified contestants (37 female and 26 male), this means that only the top 83 females and 94 males will advance.


Direct invites[edit | edit source]

A total of 37 females and 26 male contestants will automatically qualify for the 2021 main tournament, which is renamed to "Stella" for this edition. Note that some characters have overlapping qualifications; this list will only include their earliest achievement.

Last 3 returning ISML champions:


Seasonal diadem winners from 2018-2020:


Necklace and pendant winners from the last 3 editions (2018-2020):


All contestants who appeared in the playoffs at least once from 2018-2020:


Results[edit | edit source]

Top 83 females and 94 males will qualify for the main tournament. If last place is tied, all relevant contestants will advance as well.

Qualified[edit | edit source]

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Did not qualify[edit | edit source]

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Preliminaries[edit | edit source]

Maglor said there will be prelims. But this wiki doesnt know the format yet. Coming soon™


Gem Rounds[edit | edit source]

After each period, the eight best performing characters will play each other in a special round that will decide who wins that period's necklace (for females) or pendant (for males).

Qualifying Criteria:

  • To be determined.

Once a contestant wins a necklace / pendant round, they will be banned from other gem rounds for the rest of the year. Gem winners will also qualify for next year's main tournament provided they don't win the tiara/scepter beforehand.


Format: Instant-runoff voting - Voters rank the contestants in order of preference, from 1st to 8th. Alternatively, a voter may choose to abstain voting for a contestant. Abstained contestants will NOT receive your vote during the entire counting process.

  • Results start by counting the each contestant's first-choice votes in the first round.
  • If a contestant gets a majority (more than 50% of total votes), they will immediately win the award.
  • If there is no majority, then the contestant with the least amount of votes is eliminated. Those who voted for the eliminated character as their highest choice will have their votes transferred to their next-highest choice (2nd, 3rd, etc.) for the next round. This process repeats until either a majority is declared, or there are only two contestants left.
  • When a voter's choices are eliminated before the final round, their vote will be exhausted, which means that their vote will no longer count for the remaining contestants.
Example
EXAMPLE: Suppose a necklace match happens between Saber Saber, Rem.png Rem, Megumin.png Megumin, Holo Holo, Emilia Emilia, Shiro (NGNL) Shiro, Tohru dragon.png Tohru, and Cc.png C.C.
  • Our example voter chooses Saber Saber as his 1st choice, Rem.png Rem 2nd, Megumin.png Megumin 3rd, and Holo Holo 4th, and ABSTAIN for the other girls.
  • Saber is eliminated in Round 1, so in Round 2, his vote is added to Rem's tally instead.
  • Megumin loses in Round 2, and those who voted her as first choice will have their votes transferred to their next highest choices. Our example voter is unaffected.
  • Surprise! Rem goes out in Round 3! Because Megumin (3rd choice) is already out, his vote will be transferred to Holo (4th choice) instead.
  • Round 4 eliminates C.C.
  • Round 5 eliminates Tohru.
  • Round 6 unfortunately spells the end of the road for Holo, leaving only Shiro and Emilia to contend for the necklace.
  • Since our voter abstained for the remaining contestants, his vote will not count towards either of them, i.e. exhausted. If we consider their interests, the result will not matter to them because all of their choices are out.


Necklace[edit | edit source]

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Pendant[edit | edit source]

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Tiara Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Tiara Playoff Bracket
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
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Q8 3rd place
6 T1
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Scepter Playoffs[edit | edit source]

Scepter Playoff Bracket
Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
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Q8 3rd place
6 T1
11 T2





Winner's Gallery[edit | edit source]

Necklace & Tiara


Pendant & Scepter


Consolation Gems (Female)


Consolation Gems (Male)


Seasonals


ToC & Exhibitions

Site navigation[edit | edit source]


International Saimoe League (link)
Main Pages 2008200920102011 · 20122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
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Exhibitions Seasonal DiademDivine Circlet / CrownTournament of Champions
Voting Methods Single-elimsDouble-elimsIRV & STVApproval & RangeFPTP
Tiara Winners Fate Testarossa FateHinagiku Katsura HinaMio Akiyama MioMikoto.png MisakaKanade Tachibana TenshiRuri Gokou KuronekoKotori Itsuka EfreetEru Chitanda EruShana ShanaMegumi Katou KatouRem.png RemViolet Evergarden VioletYukino Yukinoshita Yukino • 2021 • 2022
Scepter Winners Lelouch.png Lelouch† • Kirito.png Kirito† • Houtarou.png Oreki† • Hideyoshi.png Hideyoshi† • Accel.png AccelSora.png SoraKoro.png Koro8man.png 8manRimuru.png SlimeMiyuki shirogane.png Miyuki • 2021 • 2022
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