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Kanade Tachibana, initially known simply as Angel (or Tenshi in Japanese), is the titular character of the 2010 anime series Angel Beats! She is one of the most successful girls ever to grace the International Saimoe League with a total of nine poster awards to her name. The Angel was the most dominant contestant from 2011 to 2014; during that time she became the first girl to win 7 gem awards, including three straight division championships, and has never placed below third in final positions. Kanade is also the first female to achieve a perfect season, having won the tiara in 2012 without losing or drawing a single match.


Contest profile[]

Kanade holds a moderate presence in the contests of r/anime. Her Best Girl Contest performance is a hit-or-miss; while she managed to get into the Round of 32 two times (in 2014 and 2017), in recent years she has struggled to maintain her waning power in the tournament brackets due to becoming overshadowed by characters from popular and relatively recent shows.

Elsewhere, she finished as a runner-up on her first year in the defunct Korea Best Moe tournament, and enjoyed a relatively strong presence in China's Bilibili Moe, reaching the quarterfinals of the inaugural tournament due to appearing in the Angel Beats! OVA series.


Of course, you probably read this article because of her exemplary history in the International Saimoe League.

Legendary. Mythical. Godlike. These are some of the words used to describe Kanade's performance in ISML's Main Tournament appearances from 2011 to 2014. Possessing a large and dedicated fanbase backed by Key supporters and P.A. Works supporters, the Angel is best associated with the tournament's Stella-Nova era, from which she enjoyed great success. It took the passing of the "Champions rule" in 2015 and a Tournament of Champions gap in 2016 to end her reign.


Coming off of a loss in the KBM 2010 final and a mediocre appearance in 2channel's Saimoe, Kanade debuted in ISML 2011 and immediately took over the contest by posting a perfect regular season record (49 wins), thereby securing the first seed in the single-elimination playoffs. However, she lost to last year's runner-up and longtime veteran Shana in the semi-finals, but scored third place after defeating fellow super rookie Kuroneko in the consolation match.

In 2012, Tachibana was assigned to the Nova division. There, she completed a historic perfect season by winning all 35 regular season matches, and then posted one of the most dominant playoff runs in ISML history with an 8-0 record. Her vote shares never went below 60% in almost all of her postseason matches; only Kobato Hasegawa during the nova quarter-finals managed to pull the Angel below that percentage.

Kanade shifted to the Stella division in ISML 2013, where she extended her win streak to an unprecedented 71 wins (and 112 in regular season only) after winning 28 straight matches. Her quest to claim a second straight tiara was challenged only by two people: former champion Mikoto Misaka, who broke her winstreak after beating her in Topaz 1 (29th matchday), and hungry rival Kuroneko, who also defeated her in the final regular season match. Although the Angel would beat both of them during the postseason --- Ruri in the stella division final and Mikoto in the tiara semi-finals --- she ultimately failed at the last hurdle after Kuroneko got her revenge in the title-deciding final match.

Although hurt by this loss, Kanade maintained her near-unstoppable form in the wake of the ISML 2014 regular season, only dropping one match against Misaka. She then ciaimed her third straight division title afterwards, which included victories against Mashiro and Misaka, and went all the way to the Tiara semi-finals where she was eliminated by Date A Live upstart and eventual champion Kotori Itsuka. The Angel settled for another third-place finish after beating Oreimo's Ayase Aragaki.

Tournament of Champions (2015-2019)[]



HanaKana Bowl (Tenshi-Kuroneko)[]

From 2011 to 2014, Kanade's most frequent rival is Ruri Gokou, another character voiced by her voice actress Kana Hanazawa. The pair have a history of meeting in the playoff stages every year, with Tenshi winning all but one match against Kuroneko.

Tenshi vs Kuroneko match history
Year Tournament Type Round Score Record

Celestial Derby (Tenshi-Railgun)[]

Tachibana also holds a rivalry against Mikoto Misaka (aka the Railgun) for the honour of being ISML's greatest competitor of all time. As of 2021, these girls each have won 9 awards in the contest, having won one tiara championship apiece. Angel leads in gems 7 to 6, while the Railgun has two Tournament of Champions victories compared to Tenshi's one.

The pair have met each other in the postseason two times -- 2013 Tiara semi-final and 2014 Diamond playoff round 4 --- with both matches ending in Kanade's victory. While the rivalry would re-ignited with Angel's return in 2021, it is likely to decided in Misaka's favour as she continues to be a top tiara contender thanks to the support from Chinese Railgun fans, while the returning Angel is well past her prime years.

Tenshi vs Railgun ISML match history
DELET Year DELET Round Score Record
ISML 2011 Regular season (Dia 7, day 35) 4319 - 4142 1-0
ISML 2013 Regular season (Topaz 1, day 29) Mikoto.png 8758 - 8079 1-1
Stella playoffs (SF) 7030 - 5107 2-1
Semi-finals 8254 - 6060 3-1
ISML 2014 Regular season (Topaz 1, day 29)
Stella playoffs (Round 4) 3522 - 3503
ISML 2015 ToC Semi-finals 6874 - 6271
ISML 2019 ToC Group stage (Round 7) Mikoto.png 6951 - 5994


ISML Profile Flavor Text
Kanade tachibana profile.png

They all came to that world for something that they had been denied – all except for one girl.

Tachibana Kanade came to wait for a meeting which may never come. Caring, if slightly clueless, she tries to find her own place among the troubled people of the new world. Little does she know that it will be impossible for her to make friends here, at least as long as she genuinely cares about them...

Months pass, and Kanade is still waiting. She is president of the gardening club, and the sole remaining member. She is student council president, and all alone in her duty. Through days filled with solitude, Kanade never stops helping others pick up the broken pieces, even at the cost of countless painful partings.

As another day of trial draws to a close, Kanade sits alone at a dining table, a plate of her favorite mapo tofu in front of her. The taste will not erase the pain of bullet wounds or the memories of the harsh words thrown at her by those she wished to help. But it will give her the strength to remain firm in her resolution and do the right thing yet again.

After all, she is not merely waiting.

Main Tournament[]

Overall Record (as of ISML 2021 regular season)

ISML Main Tournament Record
Regular season, playoffs, and consolation matches only.
Preliminaries, gem rounds, and wildcard rounds are NOT included.
Edition Eliminated in Final pos. W L RS Record
ISML 2011 Semi-finals 3rd 52 1 49-0 1st
ISML 2012 Champion 1st (N-1st) 43 0 35-0 N-1st
ISML 2013 Runner-up 2nd (S-1st) 40 3 33-2 S-2nd
ISML 2014 Semi-finals 3rd (S-1st) 41 2 34-1 S-2nd
2015-2020: Banned due to Champions rule (8 years)
ISML 2021 TBD TBD ? ? 30-5
ISML 2022 TBD TBD ? ? ?
Total W-L Record: 206-11 (94.93%) Postseason: 25-3 (89.29%) Total RS Record: 181-8 (95.78%)

ISML 2011[]

  • Topaz
  • Other Necklace Match
  • Regular season icon.png 1st (49-0-0)

ISML 2012[]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 1st (35-0)
  • Gems Won: Aquamarine Aquamarine, Sapphire Sapphire

Necklace Round:

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Nova Playoffs

Tiara Playoffs

ISML 2013[]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 2nd (33-2)
  • Average VF: 5714
  • Average VA: 2749
  • Average VF%: 68.34%
  • Average VA%: 31.66%}}
  • Gems Won: Aquamarine Aquamarine. Diamond Diamond

Stella Playoffs

Tiara Playoffs

ISML 2014[]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 2nd (34-1)
  • Gems Won: Amethyst Amethyst, Diamond Diamond

Stella Swiss Rounds

Tiara Playoffs

Poster Gallery[]

Other tournaments[]

Anime Saimoe Tournament[]



Korea Best Moe Tournament[]



Minor Contests[]

SenpuuSociety European Saimoe[]



Total Contest Wins = 8

  1. Anitown Moe Tournament 2010 Spring [1]
  2. Baidu AST 2010 [2]
  3. Baidu CIP Moe 2010 [3]
  4. Facebook WeLoveACG Saimoe 2011 [4]
  5. Facebook Jpanime88 Saimoe Contest 2012 Dead site
  6. Jiazuman(家族漫, lit. Anime Family) Community Moe 2012 [5]
  7. ISML 2012 Heavenly Tiara ★
  8. ISML 2015 Tournament of Champions ☆

Runner-up Lists[]

External links[]

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ISML Necklace Winners
First year of necklace win only. Circlets from 2012-2015 included (if applicable).
2008 Shana.png ShanaSetsuna s.png Setsuna S.Kagami.png KagamiKyou.png KyouHaruhi.png Haruhi
2009 Tomoyo.png Tomoyo S.Yuki n.png Yuki N.Suigintou.png SuigintouSuiseiseki.png SuiseisekiHinagiku1.png HinagikuShinku.png Shinku
2010 Mio kon.png MioTaiga.png TaigaMikoto.png Mikoto
2011 Kanade.png KanadeRuri Gokou RuriEwood.png Hellscythe
2012 No new winners.
2013 Mashiro.png MashiroRikka chuuni.png RikkaAsuna.png Asuna
2014 Kyh.png Kuroyukihime
2015 Yukino.png YukinoKosaki.png KosakiChitoge.png ChitogeChiyo s.png ChiyoAyase.png Ayase
2016 Nao.png NaoRin tohsaka.png TohsakaSaber.png SaberKurisu.png Kurisu
2017 Rem.png RemEmilia.png EmiliaMegumi k.png Katou
2018 Chtholly.png ChthollyAzusa n.png AzunyanKanna.png Kanna
2019 Violet.png VioletSagiri.png SagiriKurumi.png KurumiMaisan.png Mai-san
2020 Kaguya.png Kaguya
2021 Elaina.png Elaina
International Saimoe League Champions
Heavenly Tiara
Fate Testarossa Fate TestarossaHinagiku Katsura Hinagiku KatsuraMio kon.png Mio AkiyamaMikoto.png Mikoto MisakaKanade.png Kanade TachibanaRuri Gokou Ruri GokouKotori Itsuka Kotori ItsukaEru.png Eru ChitandaShana.png ShanaMegumi Katou Megumi KatouRem.png RemViolet.png Violet EvergardenYukino.png Yukino YukinoshitaElaina.png Elaina • 2022
Lapis Scepter
Lelouch.png Lelouch LamperougeExKirito.png Kazuto KirigayaExHoutarou.png Houtarou OrekiExHideyoshi.png Hideyoshi KinoshitaExAccel.png AcceleratorSora.png SoraKoro.png Koro-sensei8man.png Hachiman HikigayaRimuru.png Rimuru TempestMiyuki shirogane.png Miyuki ShiroganeSakuta.png Sakuta Azusagawa • 2022
Ex - Exhibition tournament: Counted as official winners, but not recognized on the ISML website's main page