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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 five different languages; the primary language of the tournament is English.

FormatEdit

ISML has seen numerous format changes throughout its history. However, what makes it unique from other anime character popularity contests is that it takes place within many months, and that it implements a regular season league and playoffs system akin to the format used in professional sports. The tournament's other defining trait is the addition of gem awards, called necklaces which are awarded to females, and pendants which are awarded to males.

ISML officially opens through the nomination phase lasting seven days, where voters nominate whatever anime character they deem to fit the criteria for "most moe character". Or they can simply nominate whatever character they like. Each voter is given a ballot containing a limited number of entries, and they are expected to follow a set of conditions in order to validate their nominations. A set number of contestants with the highest votes will qualify for the next phase. Some contestants can skip the nomination stage entirely if a they fulfill a certain condition (which depends on the year).

Some editions have also implemented a pre-season phase, consisting of a series of elimination rounds which thins out the number of nominees, leaving only the strongest / most popular characters qualified for the regular season, and their match-ups are then arranged through seeding matches.

The regular season pits contestants in a series of 1v1 matches, which are split into seven periods which are named after gemstones (five in 2012-2015). 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.

(image) The tiara is primarily featured in ISML's wordmark logos.

Aghanim's Scepter from the Dota video game series, an example of a "Lapis Scepter". This blue-colored scepter is said to grant special powers to its recipient.

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.


Past Formats:Edit

ISML 2020 Format

  • Scheduled to begin in late June and end in January 2021.
  • Top 106 females and top 114 male nominees will qualify for preliminary and seeding rounds.
    • Preliminary rounds consist of bottom-placed nominees playing in two rounds of range and approval voting. Only 18 will survive to play in the regular season.
    • Surviving contestants will join the other nominees in a series of range and approval voting rounds to decide the seedings, which will be used to determine the group stage match-ups.
  • Regular season: 96 contestants. Three (3) group stages. Single round-robin format.
  • Each period lasts 5 matches.
    • 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.


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 only be changed by asking the staff for permission.



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

Double-Elimination Era (2008-2010)Edit

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.

Regular season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Shana
Topaz Setsuna Sakurazaki
Amethyst Kagami Hiiragi
Sapphire Kyou Fujibayashi
Emerald Kagami Hiiragi
Ruby Haruhi Suzumiya
Diamond Haruhi Suzumiya
Overall Fate Testarossa
Rank Character(s)
1st Fate Testarossa
2nd Yuki Nagato
3rd Kagami Hiiragi
4th Konata Izumi
5th-6th Shana, Kotomi Ichinose
7th-8th Tomoyo Sakagami, C.C.
9th-12th Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyou Fujibayashi, Hinagiku Katsura, Rika Furude
13th-16th Nanoha Takamachi, Suigintou, Mai Kawasumi, Tsukasa Hiiragi

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.

Regular season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Tomoyo Sakagami
Topaz Yuki Nagato
Amethyst Suigintou
Sapphire Shana
Emerald Suiseiseki
Ruby Hinagiku Katsura
Diamond Shinku
Overall Shana
Rank Character(s)
1st Hinagiku Katsura
2nd Shana
3rd Tomoyo Sakagami
4th Yuki Nagato
5th-6th Kyou Fujibayashi, Fate Testarossa
7th-8th Taiga Aisaka, Kagami Hiiragi
9th-12th Haruhi Suzumiya, Rin Tosaka, Mikuru Asahina, Suigintou
13th-16th Holo, Nanoha Takamachi, Suiseiseki, Shinku

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.

Regular season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mio Akiyama
Topaz Taiga Aisaka
Amethyst Yuki Nagato
Sapphire Shana
Emerald Shana
Ruby Mikoto Misaka
Diamond Shana
Overall Shana
Rank Character(s)
1st Mio Akiyama
2nd Mikoto Misaka
3rd Shana
4th Azusa Nakano
5th-6th Hinagiku Katsura, Taiga Aisaka
7th-8th Yuki Nagato, Haruhi Suzumiya
9th-12th Yui Hirasawa, Nagi Sanzenin, Tomoyo Sakagami, Saber
13th-16th Kyou Fujibayashi, Kagami Hiiragi, Hitagi Senjougahara, Nadeko Sengoku


ISML 2011 - Single Eliminations from here on Edit

ISML 2011 had some major changes such as:

  • No more automatic entries to the Regular season but only to the Preliminary rounds.
  • No character can win more than one necklace per tournament year
  • An 8th round was added to help decide the necklace winner which is the Necklace Showdown. There will be 7 contestants fighting in the necklace rounds which is composed of the top 7 performers for each period assuming none of them are current necklace holders.
  • Male tournaments are first introduced here, in the form of Exhibitions.
Regular season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mikoto Misaka
Topaz Kanade Tachibana
Amethyst Yuki Nagato
Sapphire Ruri Gokou
Emerald Taiga Aisaka
Ruby Shana
Diamond Eucliwood Hellscythe
Overall Kanade Tachibana
Rank Character(s)
1st Mikoto Misaka
2nd Shana
3rd Kanade Tachibana
4th Ruri Gokou
5th-6th Taiga Aisaka, Azusa Nakano
7th-8th Yuki Nagato, Hinagiku Katsura
9th-12th Mio Akiyama, Haruhi Suzumiya, Yui, Eucliwood Hellscythe
13th-16th Yuri Nakamura, Charlotte Dunois, Hitagi Senjougahara, Nadeko Sengoku


Nova / Stella Era (2012-2015)Edit

ISML 2012   Edit

ISML 2012 has the female contestants split into two divisions: Nova Division for debutants and characters making their 2nd Main Tournament appearance, and Stella Division for veterans with 3 or more appearances.

Preseason is still the same, but the regular season's format is changed to accommodate the Nova / Stella split:

  • Each division now has 36 contestants (for a combined total of 72).
  • The format is still a single round-robin, however, there are no inter-division matches. (Meaning Nova girls will only fight other Nova girls and vice versa.)
  • Since there will be only 35 matchdays, the season is now split into 5 periods. Each period still consists of 7 matches each.
  • The top 16 girls of each division will advance to the Postseason.



In the Nova / Stella era, the gems were ordered differently: instead of the typical Aquamarine-Topaz-Amethyst-Sapphire-Emerald-Ruby-Diamond order, they used Aquamarine-Amethyst-Ruby-Emerald-Topaz Necklaces instead, corresponding to the five periods in the regular season.  Sapphire Circlet was awarded to the Nova Bracket Winner, and Diamond Circlet was awarded to the Stella Bracket Winner..


Necklace rounds were changed to have the top 3 performers of each period in both divisions battle out for the necklace. A seventh contestant which is the best performer out of the remaining contestants will join the 6 contestants to complete the match regardless of division. A necklace holder is not allowed into the necklace match.

The postseason is split into two phases:

  • Phase 1: Each division will hold a single-elimination tournament consisting of the top 16 girls in each division. Whoever wins the first round advances to Phase 2. Yes, a girl only needs to win once in Phase 1 to qualify.
    • There are no consolation matches. This includes the third place match.
    • The rankings for quarter-finalists and below are decided by regular-season placements. For the semi-finalists, whoever loses to the bracket winner gets third place. This ranking process will be used as seeds in Phase 2.
    • Sapphire Circlet is awarded to the Nova Bracket Winner, and Diamond Circlet is awarded to the Stella Bracket Winner. (Despite a rule that prohibits a girl from winning multiple necklaces in a single year, they can technically break this rule by winning their respective bracket. This is the reason why the organizers changed the prize from "Necklace" to "Circlet".)
  • Phase 2: Single-elimination tournament consisting of the quarter-finalists from both Nova and Stella. Nova girls will always fight Stella girls in the first round. The winner claims the Heavenly Tiara. 

The ISML Seasonal Diadem was first introduced this year.



Regular season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Kanade Tachibana
Amethyst Ruri Gokou
Ruby Mikoto Misaka
Emerald Eucliwood Hellscythe
Topaz Mio Akiyama
Sapphire Kanade Tachibana
Diamond Mikoto Misaka
Overall Kanade Tachibana, Mikoto Misaka
Rank Character(s)
1st Kanade Tachibana
2nd Eucliwood Hellscythe
3rd Ruri Gokou
4th Taiga Aisaka
5th-6th Mio Akiyama, Mikoto Misaka
7th-8th Azusa Nakano, Yuki Nagato
9th-12th Yui, Shana, Yuri Nakamura, Saber
13th-16th Haruhi Suzumiya, Kobato Hasegawa, Kirino Kousaka, Sena Kashiwazaki
Seasonals
Period Diadem Winner
Winter Ririchiyo Sarakiin
Spring Kuroyukihime
Summer Asuna Yuuki
Autumn Rikka Takanashi



ISML 2013Edit

ISML 2013's tournament format remains the same with only a few minor changes. However, the Stella / Nova criteria has changed from this year until 2015:

  • Stella now consists of characters who have 2 or more Regular Season appearances, and characters who have participated in Regular Season 4 years ago.  The rest are assigned to Nova Division.
  • Stella's Preliminary period is shortened to just one round.

The 2013 edition also introduced a new Exhibition Tournament consisting of Touhou characters.

Regular season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Kanade Tachibana
Amethyst Ruri Gokou
Ruby Asuna Yuuki
Emerald Rikka Takanashi
Topaz Mashiro Shiina
Sapphire Mashiro Shiina
Diamond Kanade Tachibana
Overall Mashiro Shiina, Ruri Gokou
Rank Character(s)
1st Ruri Gokou
2nd Kanade Tachibana
3rd Eucliwood Hellscythe
4th Mikoto Misaka
5th-6th Mashiro Shiina, Ayase Aragaki
7th-8th Asuna Yuuki, Azusa Nakano
9th-12th Rikka Takanashi, Kuroyukihime, Taiga Aisaka, Kobato Hasegawa
13th-16th Nanami Aoyama, Kirino Kousaka, Inori Yuzuriha, Sena Kashiwazaki
Seasonals
Period Diadem Winner
Winter Kurousagi
Spring Kurumi Tokisaki
Summer Kyouko Kirigiri
Autumn Mirai Kuriyama



ISML 2014Edit

Format Changes:

  • Necklace score calculation: Schedule of Defeated Opponents (SDO) + 220 * Vote For Percentage (VF%)
  • Postseason Phase 1 format is overhauled; the top 16 girls of each division will play four rounds ofSwiss-system tournament to decide who advances to Phase 2. The bracket still appears for Circlet purposes.
  • Tie-breaking criteria for the Swiss sytem is as follows:
    • Wins
    • Quality wins (against opponents with the same / higher wins than yours)
    • Regular season ranking

This tournament also introduced more new exhibitions, such as Trap Exhibition (Males who look, act, and sound like females) and Visual Novel Exhibitions.


Regular season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mikoto Misaka
Amethyst Kanade Tachibana
Ruby Kuroyukihime
Emerald Asuna Yuuki
Topaz Mashiro Shiina
Sapphire Asuna Yuuki
Diamond Kanade Tachibana
Overall Kotori Itsuka, Mikoto Misaka
Rank Character(s)
1st Kotori Itsuka
2nd Mashiro Shiina
3rd Kanade Tachibana
4th Ayase Aragaki
5th-6th Nanami Aoyama, Kuroyukihime
7th-8th Taiga Aisaka, Ruri Gokou
9th-12th Kurumi Tokisaki, Asuna Yuuki, Yoshino, Shana
13th-16th Mikoto Misaka, Eucliwood Hellscythe, Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, Rikka Takanashi
Seasonals
Period Diadem Winner
Winter Chitoge Kirisaki
Spring Shiro
Summer Chiyo Sakura
Autumn Isuzu Sento


ISML 2015 - Males in the Main TournamentEdit

The 2015 edition saw the males playing in a separate Regular Season division instead of languishing in the exhibitions. Unlike the females, the top 16 contestants of the Male Division advance directly to the Postseason Phase 2.  Otherwise, the tournament format remains the same: 35-matchday Regular Season, Swiss-system for Postseason Phase 1, and a Single-elimination bracket for Phase 2


The calculation changed into using voting percentage in Round + (Partial Score of All Opponents (PSAO)/ 3, and the voting percentage (VF) is 100 * (votes receives / sum of all voters in Arena), both Female Division (Nova and Stella) and Male Division.
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Female Division 

Regular Season Post-Season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Yukino Yukinoshita
Amethyst Kosaki Onodera
Ruby Chiyo Sakura
Emerald Chitoge Kirisaki
Topaz Mashiro Shiina
Sapphire Yukino Yukinoshita
Diamond Ayase Aragaki
Overall Chiyo Sakura, Rin Tousaka

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Rank Character(s)
1st Eru Chitanda
2nd Yukino Yukinoshita
3rd Mashiro Shiina
4th Chitoge Kirisaki
5th-

6th

Chiyo Sakura, Asuna Yuuki
7th-

8th

Nanami Aoyama, Yoshino
9th-

12th

Kosaki Onodera, Yui Yuigahama,

Kurisu Makise, Saber

13th-

16th

Shiro, Jibril, Eucliwood Hellscythe, Ayase Aragaki

Male Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Hachiman Hikigaya
Amethyst Yuzuru Otonashi
Ruby Archer
Emerald Koyomi Araragi
Topaz Sora
Sapphire Accelerator
Diamond Lelouch Lamperouge
Overall Hachiman Hikigaya
Rank Character(s)
1st Accelerator
2nd Koyomi Araragi
3rd Archer
4th Sora
5th-

6th

Hachiman Hikigaya,

Yuzuru Otonashi

7th-

8th

Seiya Kanie,

Edward Elric

9th-

12th

Izayoi Sakamaki, Kamijou Touma,

Gintoki Sakata, Kiritsugu Emiya

13th-

16th

Keima Katsuragi, Ryuuji Takatsu,

Tomoya Okazaki, Gilgamesh

Seasonals
Period Diadem Winner
Winter Megumi Katou
Spring Isla
Summer Nao Tomori
Autumn Mitsuki Nase



Reunification Era (2016-present) Edit

ISML 2016 Edit

The Nova / Stella era has come to an end, and the Female Divison is reunited once again. The 2016 edition ushers in a new leader, and with it comes an all-new tournament format explained below:

Nomination period:

  • No preliminary periods. Whoever gets the most nominations now advances outright into the Main  Tournament. (Number varies per year.)
  • Seasonal Diadem winners and Diadem runners-up receive Direct Invites into the Main Tournament, bypassing the nomination stage entirely. (They are indicated by Auto in the nomination results)

Regular season

  • Split into 7 periods, just like in ISML 2008. The gem order is restored into the original order.
  • Instead of a single large group containing all players, contestants are split into multiple groups of 4, which then play a single round robin. (Think World Cup-style group stage.)
  • At the end of each period, the best performers play in the Necklace / Pendant round and advance to the next period, while the worst performers try to stay alive in the WIldcard Round. The rest also advance to the next period.

Postseason / Elimination Stage

  • Unique to ISML 2016 is the implementation of a final group stage, where 16 contestants are split into 4 groups of 4, and play a single round-robin. Top 2 of each group advance to the quarter-finals, wherein it becomes a single-elimination bracket from there on.


Female Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Mashiro Shiina
Topaz Nao Tomori
Amethyst Shana
Sapphire Yukino Yukinoshita
Emerald Rin Tousaka
Ruby Saber
Diamond Kurisu Makise
Rank Character(s)
1st Shana
2nd Illyasviel von Einzbern
3rd Saber
4th Rin Tosaka
5th-

6th

Kurisu Makise,

Mashiro Shiina

7th-

8th

Yukino Yukinoshita,

Yui Yuigahama

9th-

12th

Shiro, Nao Tomori,

Kurumi Tokisaki, Asuna Yuuki

13th-

16th

Iroha Isshiki, Ayase Aragaki,

Jibril, Nanami Aoyama

Male Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Korosensei
Topaz Hachiman Hikigaya
Amethyst Koyomi Araragi
Sapphire Sora
Emerald Yuzuru Otonashi
Ruby Archer
Diamond Kiritsugu Emiya
Rank Character(s)
1st Sora
2nd Hachiman Hikigaya
3rd Yuzuru Otonashi
4th Kiritsugu Emiya
5th-

6th

Rintarou Okabe,

Archer

7th-

8th

Ryuuji Takasu

Saitama

9th-

12th

Kyon, Edward Elric,

Koyomi Araragi, Touma Kamijou

13th-

16th

Korosensei, Souma Yukihira,

Izayoi Sakamaki, Keima Katsuragi

Seasonals
Period Diadem Winner
Winter Megumin
Spring Rem
Summer Aoba Suzukaze
Autumn Chitose Karasuma



ISML 2017 Edit

Changes:

  • Contestants reduced from 128 to 120.

Nomination period:

  • From 2017 onwards, Necklace and Pendant winners who didn't win the previous year will now gain Direct Invites into the Main Tournament. (Counting Seasonal Diadem winners and Diadem runners-up, this makes 14 (or more rarely 15) direct invites for females, and 6 (rarely 7) invites for males.)

Regular season:

Postseason / Elimination Stage:

  • The final group stage is discarded altogeher; the 16-player single elimination bracket returns with all of its salty glory.

Exhibitions:

  • Touhou tournament Part II



Female Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Rem
Topaz Asuna Yuuki
Amethyst Emilia
Sapphire Rin Tousaka
Emerald Megumi Katou
Ruby Saber
Diamond Mashiro Shiina
Overall Rem
Rank Character(s)
1st Megumi Katou
2nd Emilia
3rd Asuna Yuuki
4th Mashiro Shiina
5th-

6th

Rem,

Kurumi Tokisaki

7th-

8th

Rin Tousaka,

Shiro

9th-

12th

Illyasviel von Einzbern, Yukino Yukinoshita

Taiga Aisaka, Rikka Takanashi

13th-

16th

Utaha Kasumigaoka, Megumin

Saber, Nao Tomori

17th-20th Chino Kafuu, Kurisu Makise, Mitsuha Miyamizu, Shino Asada

Male Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Korosensei
Topaz Hachiman Hikigaya
Amethyst Nagisa Shiota
Sapphire Archer
Emerald Levi
Ruby Souma Yukihira
Diamond Touma Kamijou
Overall Hachiman Hikigaya
Rank Character(s)
1st Korosensei
2nd Hachiman Hikigaya
3rd Taki Tachibana
4th Saitama
5th-

6th

Yuzuru Otonashi

Nagisa Shiota

7th-

8th

Souma Yukihira

Touma Kamijou

9th-

12th

Kazuma Satou, Levi,

Kiritsugu Emiya, Karma Akabane

13th-

16th

Gilgamesh, Ryuuji Takasu,

Edward Elric, Koyomi Araragi

17th-20th Shirou Emiya, Archer, Rintarou Okabe, Gintoki Sakata
Seasonals
Period Diadem Winner
Winter Kanna Kamui
Spring Chtholly Nota Seniorious
Summer Suzune Horikita
Autumn Nayuta Kani

ISML 2018 Edit

This edition is notable for being the first tournament to end in the next year (it ended in March 2019).

New Exhibitions:

  • Video Game characters
  • Pets


Female Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Rem
Topaz Mashiro Shiina
Amethyst Chtholly Nota Seniorious
Sapphire Asuna Yuuki
Emerald Azusa Nakano
Ruby Rin Tousaka
Diamond Kanna Kamui
Overall Rem
Rank Character(s)
1st Rem
2nd Kanna Kamui
3rd Yukino Yukinoshita
4th Chtholly Nota Seniorious
5th-6th Mashiro Shiina, Asuna Yuuki
7th-8th Rikka Takanashi, Emilia
9th-12th Rin Tousaka, Sakura Kinomoto, Shiro, Saber
13th-16th Nanami Aoyama, Sagiri Izumi, Shouko Nishimiya, Toru

Male Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Levi
Topaz Hachiman Hikigaya
Amethyst Rintarou Okabe
Sapphire Taki Tachibana
Emerald Nagisa Shiota
Ruby Archer
Diamond Willem Kmetsch
Overall Hachiman Hikigaya
Rank Character(s)
1st Hachiman Hikigaya
2nd Archer
3rd Rintaro Okabe
4th Levi
5th-6th Riku Dola, Shoto Todoroki
7th-8th Nagisa Shiota, Taki Tachibana
9th-12th Touma Kamijo, Shiro Emiya, Gilgamesh, Yuta Togashi
13th-16th Kiyotaka Ayanokoji, Willem Kmetsch, Saitama, Astolfo
Seasonals
Period Diadem Winner
Winter Violet Evergarden
Spring Ochako Uraraka
Summer Platelet
Autumn Mai Sakurajima

ISML 2019 Edit

Changes:

  • Contestants reduced from 120 to 72. Likely a response to the sheer length of the previous year's tournament.
  • Contestants are split into groups of four (4) instead of groups of 6.

New Exhibitions:

  • Couples / Ships (because not every pairing is canon, mind you)


Female Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Violet Evergarden
Topaz Rin Tosaka
Amethyst Yukino Yukinoshita
Sapphire Sagiri Izumi
Emerald Kurumi Tokisaki
Ruby Mai Sakurajima
Diamond Kurisu Makise
Overall Mai Sakurajima
Rank Character(s)
1st Violet Evergarden
2nd Rin Tosaka
3rd Mai Sakurajima
4th Mashiro Shiina
5th-6th Rikka Takanashi, Emilia
7th-8th Kurumi Tokisaki, Yukino Yukinoshita
9th-12th Sagiri Izumi, Chtholly Nota Seniorious, Asuna Yuuki, Kanna Kamui
13th-16th Kurisu Makise, Schwi Dola, Shoko Nishimiya, Shiro

Male Division

Regular Season Post-season
Period Winner
Aquamarine Rimuru Tempest
Topaz Riku Dola
Amethyst Sakuta Azusagawa
Sapphire Kiyotaka Ayanokoji
Emerald Tomoya Okazaki
Ruby Tōma Kamijō
Diamond Yūta Togashi
Overall Sakuta Azusagawa
Rank Character(s)
1st Rimuru Tempest
2nd Sakuta Azusagawa
3rd Archer
4th Tomoya Okazaki
5th-6th Levi, Riku Dola
7th-8th Yūta Togashi, Taki Tachibana
9th-12th Rintarō Okabe, Tōma Kamijō, Willem Kmesch, Shiro Emiya
13th-16th Kiyotaka Ayanokoji, Saitama, Kiritsugu Emiya, Kazuma Satō
Seasonals
Period Diadem Winner
Winter Kaguya Shinomiya
Spring Fumino Furuhashi
Summer Gray
Autumn Ishtar

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)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

External linksEdit

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