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The International Saimoe League, abbreviated ISML, is an online character popularity contest which aims to "find the most moe anime girls".[1] Initially one of the many contests spun off of the Anime Saimoe Tournament held on 2channel, it is currently the oldest and longest-running active major saimoe tournament. ISML was created with the purpose of creating a "saimoe" contest where voters from around the world can vote (compared to Japan-exclusive AST and Korean-exclusive KBM). The primary language used is English, with Chinese (Standard and Traditional Mandarin) being a close second.

ISML's unique characteristic is that it uses a months-long regular-season league and playoffs system. Another distingushing feature is the gem awards, which are given to the best-performing contestant of each period. These awards are called necklaces which are given to females, and pendants which are given to males.


Overview[edit | edit source]

Format[edit | edit source]

While the details of each tournament format vary every year, the general format follows the Nominations ---> Regular season ---> Playoffs order.

ISML officially opens through the nomination phase, where voters are free to nominate any anime character they like. Each voter is given a ballot with a limited amount of entries, and each entry must have a character's name and their corresponding anime series. In addition, there are certain conditions the voter must meet so that their ballot becomes valid. A selected number of contestants will qualify for the next stage. Some contestants can skip the nomination stage entirely when they fulfill a certain condition.

Some editions have implemented preliminary rounds, consisting of a series of elimination rounds which thins out the number of bottom-placed nominees that will advance to the regular season. The preliminary period includes the seeding rounds, which will determine the schedules of each contestant in the regular season.

The regular season pits contestants in a series of 1v1 matches, which are split into seven periods (five in 2012-2015). Each period is named after a gemstone. The entire format is usually played through a massive single round-robin group (2008-2015) or multiple group stages (2016-present).

After each period, the best performing contestants at the time will qualify for the gem rounds, where the winner of that round is awarded the necklace/pendant of that period. From 2016 onwards, the worst contestants of each group stage are outright eliminated, and from 2017 onwards, the next worst contestants will be subject to a wildcard round where they will fight for a chance to stay in the tournament.

At the end of the regular season, sixteen best performing / surviving characters will advance to the playoffs, where they would play one or more elimination brackets to decide the tournament's champion, called the Heavenly Tiara for females, and Lapis Scepter for males.

The tournament's schedule varies through the years, with the nominations starting either in January, March, June or July, and the final match ending around October, December, or the following year.


Character eligibility[edit | edit source]

Physical Appearance

  • Must be a human / humanoid, or possess anthropomorphic qualities.
  • Must have a name or other universal means of identification.
  • Female: Must possess feminine characteristics, i.e. be born a female, have female sexual characteristics.
  • Male: Biological sex must be male, i.e. have a PENIS. Characters with a clear feminine appearance and voice but is biologically a male (called "traps" by the anime community) belong here.
    • If the character is non-binary, gender-ambiguous, or a hermaphrodite (possessing both male and female genitalia), the staff will decide if there are more masculine or feminine qualities, and then put them in the desired gender.


Media

  • Must appear in a JAPANESE ANIMATED medium: TV shows, Films, Made-for-DVD (OVA), Internet (ONA). If the source material is foreign, but the show is adapted into anime by Japanese studios, they will be permitted to compete in the contest.
  • Hentai (Japanese animated pornography rated 18+) is NOT ALLOWED.
  • Character must regularly appear in the series, or have an individual significance to the story's plotline.
  • Main Tournament: Only shows premiering on or before December 31 last year will be eligible.
  • Seasonals: Anime debutants as well as characters not in the main tournament are allowed here as long as their show aired in this year's following months:
    • Winter: January - March
    • Spring: April - June
    • Summer: July - September
    • Autumn: October - December


Voting policy[edit | edit source]

  • Voting is only limited to ONE (1) vote per IP address.
  • Only one vote per 1 vs 1 match-up.
  • A voter may not vote on behalf on another person
  • Voting is limited to certain matchdays.
  • Once your ballot is submitted, your votes can only be changed by asking the staff for permission.


Tournament Formats[edit | edit source]

Double-Elimination Era (2008-2010)


Single Elimination Era (2011-present)


Stella / Nova Era (2012-2015)


Modern Era (2016-present)


ISML 2020 Format[edit | edit source]

Scheduled to begin in July 1 and end in February 2021.

Major Changes:

  • 120 contestants of each gender will compete. Out of these, only 96 contestants will qualify for the main tournament.
  • Preliminary and seeding rounds return this year. The last edition where these rounds appeared was in 2015.
  • Consolation gems return after its last appearance in 2014. These awards are similar to necklaces and pendants, but they are awarded to bottom-placed contestants instead. This will be the first year where consolation gems will be awarded to males.
  • The regular season format is changed; it is now split into 3 stages, where contestants are divided into groups of six. Each period lasts 5 matches for this format.
    • Round of 96 (Aqua): 16 groups of 6. Sixth placers eliminated. 24-man wildcards, where only 8 characters will survive.
    • Round of 64 (Topaz - Sapp.) - 4 groups of 16. Top 6 advance. 12th and below eliminated. The rest are subject to a 20-man wildcard round, where again only 8 characters will survive.
    • Round of 32 (Eme. - Dia.) - 2 groups of 16. Top 8 advance to playoffs; the rest are eiminated.
  • Playoffs: 16-man Single-elimination bracket.


History[edit | edit source]

In 2006, the popularity of Anime Saimoe Tournament and news of Best Moe Tournament spawned interest in English based Moe Tournament. The format of Elimination period for the Preliminary and Round-robin League Style for the Regular season was first proposed by Psieye on AnimeSuki forums. In 2007 following discussion about Super Moe Tournament results, the talk of English based Moe Tournament was reawakened and minhtam1638 started working on ISML as a reaction to this. After much discussion in the AnimeSuki Forum, the format of having Auto-qualifying entrants based on their records in Anime Saimoe Tournament and Best Moe Tournament was adopted along with free for all nomination phase to fill the number of 64 that was needed for the Tournament league play.

The main reason for the creation of ISML was spawned from the criticisms of two other tournaments, Anime Saimoe Tournament and Best Moe Tournament, for reasons that the single-elimination tournaments held in Japan and Korea were decided at random. To correct this problem, ISML uses a round-robin tournament, which ensure that all participants will face the rest exactly once. After the round-robin phase, the top 16 participants are seeded into double-elimination instead of randomly paired. Because each participant needs to be elimination twice, this process reduces random spikes in popularity that may cause a consistently strong character to fall.

Another goal for ISML is to have its polls open to voters across the world, where as Anime Saimoe Tournament attempts to block non-Japanese ISPs from voting. ISML is tailored to embrace voters from as many backgrounds as possible. From the first voting in ISML, which was the 2008 nominations, voters were encouraged to submit nomination in any language they were comfortable with. Volunteers promoted ISML in websites based in many different language. By the end of 2008 Regular Season, non-English speaking voters outnumbered English speakers. As of 2009, ISML is the largest moe tournament in the world. Its layout is user-friendly, requiring no registration and using image-assisted voting for recognition. While international voting is encouraged, ISML has a strict eligibility rule on its contestants. Only characters that are recurring or of significant importance are allowed; simply a cameo appearance does not receive consideration in ISML.

Results[edit | edit source]

ISML 2008[edit | edit source]

In ISML 2008, there were no Pre-season phase, but 64 eligible characters were admitted from Anime Saimoe Tournament and Korea Best Moe Tournament. Its Regular season phase consisted of a round-robin divided into 7 periods. Each period has 9 matches, and the winner of that period would be given a necklace. After 63 round-robin matches, the top 16 moves on to eh Post-season phase, which consisted of a double-elimination tournament. The winner of the Post-season is the winner of ISML 2008, which was Fate Testarossa.

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Shana Shana
Topaz Setsuna Sakurazaki
Amethyst Kagami.png Kagami Hiiragi
Sapphire Kyou.png Kyou Fujibayashi
Emerald Kagami.png Kagami Hiiragi
Ruby Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya
Diamond Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya
1st in RS Fate Testarossa Fate Testarossa
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Fate Testarossa Fate Testarossa
Runner-up Yuki n.png Yuki Nagato
3rd Kagami.png Kagami Hiiragi
4th Konata.png Konata Izumi
5th-6th Shana Shana, Kotomi Ichinose
7th-8th Tomoyo Sakagami, Cc.png C.C.
9th-12th
13th-16th





ISML 2009[edit | edit source]

ISML 2009 introduced a Pre-season phase, which consisted of nominations and preliminaries. Its Regular season remained a 64 contestants round-robin tournament. In addition to its usual double-elimination, the Post-season introduced a relegation tournament which serves as an eligibility phase for ISML 2010.

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Tomoyo.png Tomoyo Sakagami
Topaz Yuki n.png Yuki Nagato
Amethyst Suigintou.png Sugintou
Sapphire Shana Shana
Emerald Suiseiseki.png Suiseiseki
Ruby Hinagiku1.png Hinagiku Katsura
Diamond Shinku.png Shinku
1st in RS Shana Shana
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Hinagiku1.png Hinagiku Katsura
Runner-up Shana Shana
3rd Tomoyo.png Tomoyo Sakagami
4th Yuki n.png Yuki Nagato
5th-6th Kyou.png Kyou Fujibayashi, Fate Testarossa Fate Testarossa
7th-8th Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka, Kagami.png Kagami Hiiragi
9th-12th
13th-16th





ISML 2010[edit | edit source]

A major change in ISML 2010 was its reduction of 64 to 50 characters in its Regular season. There are still 7 periods, but each period would only have 7 rounds with 25 matches per round. In addition, each of the 49 rounds would have an Exhibition Match, which features two characters who didn't make it to the main tournament.

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mio Akiyama Mio Akiyama
Topaz Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka
Amethyst Yuki n.png Yuki Nagato
Sapphire Shana Shana
Emerald Shana Shana
Ruby Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
Diamond Shana Shana
1st in RS Shana Shana
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Mio Akiyama Mio Akiyama
Runner-up Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
3rd Shana Shana
4th Azusa Nakano Azusa Nakano
5th-6th Hinagiku1.png Hinagiku Katsura, Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka
7th-8th Yuki n.png Yuki Nagato, Haruhi Suzumiya Haruhi Suzumiya
9th-12th
13th-16th





ISML 2011[edit | edit source]

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
Topaz Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
Amethyst Yuki n.png Yuki Nagato
Sapphire Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou
Emerald Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka
Ruby Shana Shana
Diamond Ewood.png Eucliwood Hellscythe
1st in RS Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
Runner-up Shana Shana
3rd Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
4th Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou
5th-6th Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka, Azusa Nakano Azusa Nakano
7th-8th Yuki n.png Yuki Nagato, Hinagiku1.png Hinagiku Katsura
9th-12th
13th-16th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Divine Circlet Sakura Kinomoto Sakura Kinomoto
Male Tournament Lelouch.png Lelouch vi Britannia









ISML 2012  [edit | edit source]

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
Topaz Mio Akiyama Mio Akiyama
Amethyst Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou
Sapphire Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana (Nova Winner)
Emerald Ewood.png Eucliwood Hellscythe
Ruby Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
Diamond Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka (Stella Winner)
1st in RS

Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana (Nova)

Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka (Stella)

Rank Character(s)
Tiara Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
Runner-up Ewood.png Eucliwood Hellscythe
3rd Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou
4th Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka
5th-6th Mio Akiyama Mio AkiyamaMikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
7th-8th Azusa Nakano Azusa Nakano (R16), Yuki n.png Yuki Nagato
9th-16th
13th-16th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Ririchiyo.png Ririchiyo Shirakiin
Spring Diadem Kyh.png Kuroyukihime
Summer Diadem Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki
Fall Diadem Rikka chuuni.png Rikka Takanashi
Male Tournament Kirito.png Kirito












ISML 2013[edit | edit source]

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
Topaz Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
Amethyst Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou
Sapphire Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina (Nova Winner)
Emerald Rikka chuuni.png Rikka Takanashi
Ruby Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki
Diamond Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana (Stella Winner)
1st in RS

Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina (Nova)

Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou (Stella)

Rank Character(s)
Tiara Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou
Runner-up Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
3rd Ewood.png Eucliwood Hellscythe
4th Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
5th-6th Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina, Ayase.png Ayase Aragaki
7th-8th Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki (R16), Azusa Nakano Azusa Nakano
9th-12th
13th-16th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Kurousagi.png Kuro Usagi
Spring Diadem Kurumi Tokisaki Kurumi Tokisaki
Summer Diadem Kyouko k.png Kyouko Kirigiri
Fall Diadem Mirai.png Mirai Kuriyama
Male Tournament Houtarou.png Houtarou Oreki
Touhou Tournament Pt. 1 Template:Reimu Reimu Hakurei












ISML 2014[edit | edit source]

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
Topaz Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
Amethyst Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
Sapphire Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki (Nova Winner)
Emerald Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki
Ruby Kyh.png Kuroyukihime
Diamond Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana (Stella Winner)
1st in RS

Kotori Itsuka Kotori Itsuka  (Nova)

Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka (Stella)

Rank Character(s)
Tiara Kotori Itsuka Kotori Itsuka
Runner-up Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
3rd Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana
4th Ayase.png Ayase Aragaki
5th-6th Nanami.png Nanami Aoyama, Kyh.png Kuroyukihime (R16)
7th-8th Taiga Aisaka Taiga Aisaka (R16), Ruri Gokou Ruri Gokou
9th-12th
13th-16th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Chitoge.png Chitoge Kirisaki
Spring Diadem Shiro (NGNL) Shiro
Summer Diadem Chiyo s.png Chiyo Sakura
Fall Diadem Isuzu.png Isuzu Sento
Male Tournament (Trap) Hideyoshi.png Hideyoshi Kinoshita
Reverse Trap Tsugumi.png Seishirou Tsugumi
Visual Novel Mare S. Ephemeral (Hoshizoria no Memoria)












ISML 2015[edit | edit source]

Female Division

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita
Topaz Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
Amethyst Kosaki.png Kosaki Onodera
Sapphire Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita (Nova Winner)
Emerald Chitoge.png Chitoge Kirisaki
Ruby Chiyo s.png Chiyo Sakura
Diamond Ayase.png Ayase Aragaki (Stella Winner)
1st in RS

Chiyo s.png Chiyo Sakura (Nova)

Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka (Stella)

Rank Character(s)
Tiara Eru Chitanda Eru Chitanda
Runner-up Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita
3rd Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
4th Chitoge.png Chitoge Kirisaki
5th-6th Chiyo s.png Chiyo Sakura,  Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki (R16)
7th-8th Nanami.png Nanami Aoyama (R16), Yoshino (DAL) Yoshino
9th-12th
13th-16th

Male Division

Pendants Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
Topaz Sora.png Sora
Amethyst Yuzuru.png Yuzuru Otonashi
Sapphire Accel.png Accelerator
Emerald Koyomi.png Koyomi Araragi
Ruby Archer.png Archer
Diamond Lelouch.png Lelouch vi Britannia
1st in RS 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
Rank Character(s)
Scepter Accel.png Accelerator
Runner-up Koyomi.png Koyomi Araragi
3rd Archer.png Archer
4th Sora.png Sora
5th-6th 8man.png Hachiman HikigayaYuzuru.png Yuzuru Otonashi
7th-8th Seiya.png Seiya Kanie, Edward.png Edward Elric
9th-12th
13th-16th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem ​​Megumi Katou Megumi Katou
Spring Diadem Isla1.png Isla
Summer Diadem Nao.png Nao Tomori
Fall Diadem Mitsuki.png Mitsuki Nase
Divine Circlet Yui ab.png Yui (Angel Beats)
Tournament of Champions Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana (1st title)












ISML 2016[edit | edit source]

Female Division
Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
Topaz Nao.png Nao Tomori
Amethyst Shana Shana
Sapphire Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita
Emerald Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka
Ruby Saber Saber
Diamond Kurisu Makise Kurisu Makise
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Shana Shana
Runner-up Illya.png Illyasviel von Einzbern
3rd Saber Saber (QF)
4th Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka (QF)
5th-6th Kurisu Makise Kurisu Makise (R16), Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita (SF)
7th-8th Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina (SF), Yui Yuigahama Yui Yuigahama (R16)
9th-12th
13th-16th
Male Division
Pendants Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Koro.png Koro-sensei
Topaz 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
Amethyst Koyomi.png Koyomi Araragi
Sapphire Sora.png Sora
Emerald Yuzuru.png Yuzuru Otonashi
Ruby Archer.png Archer
Diamond Kiritsugu.png Kiritsugu Emiya
Rank Character(s)
Scepter Sora.png Sora
Runner-up 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
3rd Kiritsugu.png Kiritsugu Emiya (QF)
4th Yuzuru.png Yuzuru Otonashi
5th-6th

Okabe.png Rintarou Okabe (R16), Archer.png Archer (SF)

7th-8th Ryuuji.png Ryuuji TakasuSaitama.png Saitama
9th-12th
13th-16th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Megumin.png Megumin
Spring Diadem Rem.png Rem
Summer Diadem Aoba.png Aoba Sukukaze
Fall Diadem Chitose.png Chitose Karasuma
Divine Circlet Mikan.png Mikan Yuuki
Tournament of Champions

Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka (1st title)

Lelouch.png Lelouch vi Britannia (1st title)











ISML 2017[edit | edit source]

Female Division
Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Rem.png Rem
Topaz Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki
Amethyst Emilia Emilia
Sapphire Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka
Emerald ​​Megumi Katou Megumi Katou
Ruby Saber Saber
Diamond Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs --->
Rank Character(s)
Tiara ​​Megumi Katou Megumi Katou
Runner-up Emilia Emilia
3rd Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki
4th Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
5th-6th Rem.png Rem, Kurumi Tokisaki Kurumi Tokisaki  (R16)
7th-8th Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka, Shiro (NGNL) Shiro (R16)
9th-12th
13th-16th
17th-20th
Male Division
Pendants Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Koro.png Koro-sensei
Topaz 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
Amethyst Nagisa assclass.png Nagisa Shiota
Sapphire Archer.png Archer (DNQ)
Emerald Levi.png Levi Ackerman
Ruby Souma.png Soma Yukihira
Diamond Touma.png Touma Kamijou
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs --->
Rank Character(s)
Scepter Koro.png Koro-sensei
Runner-up 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
3rd Taki.png Taki Tachibana
4th Saitama.png Saitama (R16)
5th-6th Yuzuru.png Yuzuru Otonashi (SF), Nagisa assclass.png Nagisa Shiota
7th-8th Souma.png Soma Yukihira (R16), Touma.png Touma Kamijou (R16)
9th-12th
13th-16th
17th-20th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Kanna.png Kanna Kamui
Spring Diadem Chtholly.png Chtholly Nota Seniorious
Summer Diadem Suzune.png Suzune Horikita
Fall Diadem Nayuta.png Nayuta Kani
Touhou Tournament Pt. 2 Template:Marisa Marisa Kirisame











ISML 2018[edit | edit source]

Female Division
Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Rem.png Rem
Topaz Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
Amethyst Chtholly.png Chtholly Nota Seniorious
Sapphire Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki
Emerald Azusa Nakano Azusa Nakano (DNQ)
Ruby Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka
Diamond Kanna.png Kanna Kamui
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs --->
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Rem.png Rem
Runner-up Kanna.png Kanna Kamui
3rd Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita
4th Chtholly.png Chtholly Nota Seniorious (QF)
5th-6th Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina (SF), Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki
7th-8th Rikka chuuni.png Rikka Takanashi, Emilia Emilia (DNQ)
9th-12th
13th-16th
17th-20th
Male Division
Pendants Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Levi.png Levi Ackerman
Topaz 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
Amethyst Okabe.png Rintarou Okabe
Sapphire Taki.png Taki Tachibana
Emerald Nagisa assclass.png Nagisa Shiota
Ruby Archer.png Archer
Diamond Willem.png Willem Kmetsch
Rank Character(s)
Scepter 8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya
Runner-up Archer.png Archer
3rd Okabe.png Rintarou Okabe
4th Levi.png Levi Ackerman (QF)
5th-6th Riku.png Riku Dola (SF), Shouto.png Shouto Todoroki
7th-8th Nagisa assclass.png Nagisa ShiotaTaki.png Taki Tachibana (DNQ)
9th-12th
13th-16th
17th-20th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden
Spring Diadem Ochako.png Ochako Uraraka
Summer Diadem Platelet.png Platelet
Fall Diadem Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima
Divine Circlet Hitagi.png Hitagi Senjougahara
Divine Crown Alphonse.png Alphonse Elric
Pets Tournament Pikachu
Video Game Characters YoRHa No. 2 Type B (2B)
Tournament of Champions

Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka (2nd title)

Sora.png Sora (1st title)













ISML 2019[edit | edit source]

Female Division
Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden
Topaz Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka
Amethyst Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita
Sapphire Sagiri.png Sagiri Izumi
Emerald Kurumi Tokisaki Kurumi Tokisaki
Ruby Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima
Diamond Kurisu Makise Kurisu Makise
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs --->
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Violet Evergarden Violet Evergarden
Runner-up Rin Tohsaka Rin Tohsaka
3rd Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima
4th Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
5th-6th Rikka chuuni.png Rikka TakanashiEmilia Emilia
7th-8th Kurumi Tokisaki Kurumi TokisakiYukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita (R16)
9th-12th
13th-16th
17th-20th
Male Division
Pendants Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Rimuru.png Rimuru Tempest
Topaz Riku.png Riku Dola
Amethyst Sakuta.png Sakuta Azusagawa
Sapphire Kiyotaka.png Kiyotaka Ayanokouji
Emerald Tomoya.png Tomoya Okazaki
Ruby Touma.png Touma Kamijou
Diamond Yuuta.png Yuuta Togashi
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs ---->
Rank Character(s)
Scepter Rimuru.png Rimuru Tempest
Runner-up Sakuta.png Sakuta Azusagawa
3rd Archer.png Archer
4th Tomoya.png Tomoya Okazaki
5th-6th Levi.png Levi Ackerman, Riku.png Riku Dola
7th-8th Yuuta.png Yuuta Togashi, Taki.png Taki Tachibana (R16)
9th-12th
13th-16th
17th-20th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Kaguya.png Kaguya Shinomiya
Spring Diadem Fumino.png Fumino Furuhashi
Summer Diadem Gray.png Gray (Fate)
Fall Diadem Ishtar.png Ishtar (Fate)
Divine Circlet Reina.png Reina Kousaka
Divine Crown Mikaela.png Mikaela Hyakuya
Couples / Ships Miyuki shirogane.png Kaguya.png  Miyuki Shirogane x Kaguya Shinomiya
Tournament of Champions

Rem.png Rem (1st title)

8man.png Hachiman Hikigaya (1st title)















ISML 2020[edit | edit source]

Female Division
Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki
Topaz Kurumi Tokisaki Kurumi Tokisaki
Amethyst Kaguya.png Kaguya Shinomiya
Sapphire Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita
Emerald Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
Ruby Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina
Diamond Rikka chuuni.png Rikka Takanashi
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs ---->
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Yukino Yukinoshita Yukino Yukinoshita
Runner-up Mikoto.png Mikoto Misaka
3rd Maisan.png Mai Sakurajima
4th Kaguya.png Kaguya Shinomiya
5th-6th Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina, Rikka chuuni.png Rikka Takanashi (R16)
7th-8th Asuna Yuuki Asuna Yuuki, Hayasaka 3.png Ai Hayasaka
9th-12th Kurumi Tokisaki Kurumi TokisakiChika f.png Chika FujiwaraKuroko.png Kuroko ShiraiMisaki 2.5.jpg Misaki Shokuhou
13th-16th
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Male Division
Pendants Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Riku.png Riku Dola
Topaz Miyuki shirogane.png Miyuki Shirogane
Amethyst Ishigami.png Yuu Ishigami
Sapphire Gilgamesh.png Gilgamesh (DNQ)
Emerald Touma.png Touma Kamijou
Ruby Sakuta.png Sakuta Azusagawa
Diamond Okabe.png Rintarou Okabe
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs ---->
Rank Character(s)
Scepter Miyuki shirogane.png Miyuki Shirogane
Runner-up Sakuta.png Sakuta Azusagawa
3rd Touma.png Touma Kamijou
4th Ishigami.png Yuu Ishigami
5th-6th Yuuta.png Yuuta Togashi, Riku.png Riku Dola
7th-8th Levi.png Levi Ackerman, Tanjiro.png Tanjiro Kamado
9th-12th
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13th-16th
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Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Kotoko.png Kotoko Iwanaga
Spring Diadem Kei shirogane.png Kei Shirogane
Summer Diadem Chizuru i.png Chizuru Ichinose
Fall Diadem Elaina.png Elaina
Divine Circlet Ginko s.png Ginko Sora
Divine Crown Mochizou.png Mochizou Ooji
Touhou Tourney III T cirno.png Cirno
Idol/Musician Mugi.png Tsumugi Kotobuki
Couples/Ships Nasa.png Nasa Yuzaki x Tsukasa tsu.png Tsukasa Tsukuyomi
Tournament of Champions

Eru Chitanda Eru Chitanda (1st title)

Houtarou.png Houtarou Oreki (1st title)














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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Anime Saimoe Tournament" J-Zine FTV Magazine (February 2009), pp. 31-32.

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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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