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The International Saimoe League, also known as ISML, is a worldwide online popularity moe contest.[1] It is one of the many spinoff contests of the Anime Saimoe Tournament held on 2channel, yet is held on its own independent site. ISML is tailored to embrace voters from as many backgrounds as possible, currently supporting seven different languages; the primary language of the tournament is English.

ISML is unique in that it implements a regular-season league and playoffs system, which makes the tournament last for many months. 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.

OverviewEdit

FormatEdit

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 eligibilityEdit

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 policyEdit

  • 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 FormatsEdit

Double-Elimination Era (2008-2010)


Single Elimination Era (2011-present)


Stella / Nova Era (2012-2015)


Modern Era (2016-present)


ISML 2020 FormatEdit

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.


HistoryEdit

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.

ResultsEdit

ISML 2008Edit

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 Kagami Hiiragi
Sapphire Kyou Kyou Fujibayashi
Emerald Kagami Kagami Hiiragi
Ruby Haruhi Haruhi Suzumiya
Diamond Haruhi Haruhi Suzumiya
1st in RS Fate testarossa Fate Testarossa
Rank Character(s)
Tiara Fate testarossa Fate Testarossa
Runner-up Yuki nagato Yuki Nagato
3rd Kagami Kagami Hiiragi
4th Konata Konata Izumi
5th-6th Shana Shana, Kotomi Ichinose
7th-8th Tomoyo Sakagami, Cc C.C.
9th-12th
13th-16th





ISML 2009Edit

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





ISML 2010Edit

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





ISML 2011Edit

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









ISML 2012  Edit

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

Kanade Kanade Tachibana (Nova)

Mikoto Mikoto Misaka (Stella)

Rank Character(s)
Tiara Kanade Kanade Tachibana
Runner-up Ewood Eucliwood Hellscythe
3rd Ruri Ruri Gokou
4th Taiga Taiga Aisaka
5th-6th Mio kon Mio AkiyamaMikoto Mikoto Misaka
7th-8th Azusa nakano Azusa Nakano (R16), Yuki nagato Yuki Nagato
9th-16th
13th-16th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Ririchiyo Ririchiyo Shirakiin
Spring Diadem Kuroyukihime1 Kuroyukihime
Summer Diadem Asuna Asuna Yuuki
Fall Diadem Rikka chuuni Rikka Takanashi
Male Tournament Kirito Kirito












ISML 2013Edit

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

Mashiro Mashiro Shiina (Nova)

Ruri Ruri Gokou (Stella)

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












ISML 2014Edit

Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mikoto Mikoto Misaka
Topaz Mashiro Mashiro Shiina
Amethyst Kanade Kanade Tachibana
Sapphire Asuna Asuna Yuuki (Nova Winner)
Emerald Asuna Asuna Yuuki
Ruby Kuroyukihime1 Kuroyukihime
Diamond Kanade Kanade Tachibana (Stella Winner)
1st in RS

Kotori dal Kotori Itsuka  (Nova)

Mikoto Mikoto Misaka (Stella)

Rank Character(s)
Tiara Kotori dal Kotori Itsuka
Runner-up Mashiro Mashiro Shiina
3rd Kanade Kanade Tachibana
4th Ayase Ayase Aragaki
5th-6th Nanami Nanami Aoyama, Kuroyukihime1 Kuroyukihime (R16)
7th-8th Taiga Taiga Aisaka (R16), Ruri Ruri Gokou
9th-12th
13th-16th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Chitoge Chitoge Kirisaki
Spring Diadem Shiro1 Shiro
Summer Diadem Chiyo s Chiyo Sakura
Fall Diadem Isuzu Isuzu Sento
Male Tournament (Trap) Hideyoshi Hideyoshi Kinoshita
Reverse Trap Template:Tsugumi Seishirou Tsugumi
Visual Novel Mare S. Ephemeral (Hoshizoria no Memoria)












ISML 2015Edit

Female Division

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

Chiyo s Chiyo Sakura (Nova)

Rin tohsaka Rin Tohsaka (Stella)

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

Male Division

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












ISML 2016 Edit

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

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

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

Mikoto Mikoto Misaka (1st title)

Lelouch Lelouch vi Britannia (1st title)











ISML 2017 Edit

Female Division
Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Rem Rem
Topaz Asuna Asuna Yuuki
Amethyst Emilia Emilia
Sapphire Rin tohsaka Rin Tohsaka
Emerald ​​Megumi katou Megumi Katou
Ruby Saber Saber
Diamond Mashiro Mashiro Shiina
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs --->
Rank Character(s)
Tiara ​​Megumi katou Megumi Katou
Runner-up Emilia Emilia
3rd Asuna Asuna Yuuki
4th Mashiro Mashiro Shiina
5th-6th Rem Rem, Kurumi Kurumi Tokisaki  (R16)
7th-8th Rin tohsaka Rin Tohsaka, Shiro1 Shiro (R16)
9th-12th
13th-16th
17th-20th
Male Division
Pendants Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine Koro Koro-sensei
Topaz 8man Hachiman Hikigaya
Amethyst Nagisa assclass Nagisa Shiota
Sapphire Archer Archer (DNQ)
Emerald Levi Levi Ackerman
Ruby Souma Soma Yukihira
Diamond Touma Touma Kamijou
DNQ Did not qualify to playoffs --->
Rank Character(s)
Scepter Koro Koro-sensei
Runner-up 8man Hachiman Hikigaya
3rd Taki Taki Tachibana
4th Saitama Saitama (R16)
5th-6th Yuzuru Yuzuru Otonashi (SF), Nagisa assclass Nagisa Shiota
7th-8th Souma Soma Yukihira (R16), Touma Touma Kamijou (R16)
9th-12th
13th-16th
17th-20th
Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem Kanna Kanna Kamui
Spring Diadem Chtholly Chtholly Nota Seniorious
Summer Diadem Suzune Suzune Horikita
Fall Diadem Nayuta Nayuta Kani
Touhou Tournament Pt. 2 Template:Marisa Marisa Kirisame











ISML 2018 Edit

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

Mikoto Mikoto Misaka (2nd title)

Sora Sora (1st title)













ISML 2019 Edit

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

Rem Rem (1st title)

8man Hachiman Hikigaya (1st title)















ISML 2020Edit

Female Division
Necklaces Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine
Topaz
Amethyst
Sapphire
Emerald
Ruby
Diamond
1st in RS
Rank Character(s)
Tiara
Runner-up
3rd
4th
5th-6th
7th-8th
9th-12th
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  • o
  • o
13th-16th
  • o
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Male Division
Pendants Final Ranking
Period Winner
Aquamarine
Topaz
Amethyst
Sapphire
Emerald
Ruby
Diamond
1st in RS
Rank Character(s)
Scepter
Runner-up
3rd
4th
5th-6th
7th-8th
9th-12th
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13th-16th
  • o
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Seasonal Contest & Exhibitions
Contest Winner
Winter Diadem
Spring Diadem
Summer Diadem
Fall Diadem
Exhibition 1
Exhibition 2
Exhibition 3
Exhibition 4














Winner's GalleryEdit

For the gem award posters, see the necklace and pendant page.

Tiara Winners


Scepter Winners





TriviaEdit

  • There are only two (2) characters who won as Champion in both the International Saimoe League (ISML) and in the Best Moe Tournament in the female division: Hinagiku Katsura (ISML Champion 2009; Best Moe Champion 2007), and Mio Akiyama (ISML Champion 2010; Best Moe Champion 2010). Mio Akiyama won the ISML and the Best Moe Tournament on the same year of 2010.
  • No One character who won as Champion in both the ISML and in the Anime Saimoe Tournament.
  • The closest and the most fiercely fought championship in ISML happened on 2009 between Hinagiku Katsura and Shana. In the finals, Hinagiku defeated Shana by a slim margin of just eleven (11) votes (2117-2106) to become the Champion and be crowned with the tiara in 2009. In a past confrontation between the two in the 2007 Best Moe Tournament, Hinagiku defeated Shana in the finals by a razor-thin margin of just two (2) votes (2015-2013) to become the Champion in 2007.
  • ISML is the only major contest where the Fate franchise (NOT to be confused with the Nanoha character) hasn't won the grand prize (yet). The closest a Fate character has ever come close to winning Scepter / Tiara was Archer (blown out against 8man in the 2018 final) and his Master Rin Tohsaka (defeated in the closest final ever, against Violet in 2019)
  • No anime series has ever won Tiara or Scepter twice.
  • Hyouka and the Toaru / Raildex series are the only anime franchises to produce a Tiara and Scepter winner: Hyouka's Eru Eru Chitanda and Houtarou Houtarou Oreki, and Raildex's Mikoto Mikoto Misaka and Accel Accelerator.
  • Among all of the champions, Light Novel adaptations reign supreme. The only champions who aren't originally from light novels include:


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit

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r/anime Best Chr. ☆ ‡ BCh1 (2015)BCh2 (2016)BCh3 (2017)BCh4 (2018)BCh5 (???)
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