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Kuroyukihime (literally "Black Snow Princess") is the main heroine of Reki Kawahara's light novel and anime series Accel World. A highly popular, intelligent, and attractive student council vice president, Kuoroyukihime takes interest in Haruyuki Arita, an overweight student who spends his days playing squash alone in the school's virtual network, and beats his high score. She then introduces him to a game called "Brain Burst", an "Augmented Reality MMORPG" where color-themed players challenge other players into duels for acceleration points, which basically slows down their perception of the real world.

Kuroyukihime turns out to be an infamous veteran of the game who uses an avatar named "Black Lotus". She later confesses her feelings for Haruyuki, who enters the game as a flying humanoid named "Silver Crow", and becomes his partner. Together, they set out to defeat a group of prominent players dubbed the "Six Kings of Pure Color", obtain the highest level in the game, and meet its developers in order to learn the reasons behind the game's creation.

The vice-president has appeared in various forms; in the virtual network she wears a black dress with massive butterfly wings, while her Black Lotus avatar is a hovering metallic faceless humanoid which uses dual swords as weapons. Her true name remained a long-standing mystery until the release of recent volumes.

Kuroyukihime is best known for her appearances in the International Saimoe League, where she achieved success in her first years in the tournament partly because of the novel being created by the same author of the highly popular series Sword Art Online. Her achievements include a seasonal diadem in 2012, a necklace in 2014, and three consecutive playoffs appearances.


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In her everyday life, Kuroyukihime is the epitome of a model student – smart, well-behaved and popular with her schoolmates. With her beauty and aura of authority, she is more often seen as an object of admiration than an ordinary girl. But little do those around her imagine that the true Kuroyukihime is somebody greater yet than she appears. In a world hidden from their eyes, Kuroyukihime bears the title of “king”, leading the legion of her followers to battle and glory.

Kuroyukihime's journey to the top was a long and difficult one. She gained strength, but suffered wounds which would haunt her forever. She met people who would become her most trusted companions, but learned the bitter taste of partings and betrayal. She thought herself ready for the hardship and sacrifice awaiting her, but even she could not predict the despair to come at the end of her path.

As her past catches up to her, Kuroyukihime has no choice but to face the aftermath of her choices. She must decide either to give up on everything she had built up so far… or take on the responsibility of a king once more. As Kuroyukihime seeks out help in her quest, she will find out that not only are the bonds from her past not completely gone, but also that there are new feelings she has yet to discover. To persevere against the weight of her sin, Kuroyukihime must do something she has never done before: find the strength to trust another and firmly grasp their hand.


Kuroyukihime first appeared in ISML's 2012 spring seasonal contest, defeating Tsumiki Miniwa and Eru Chitanda in the bracket stage to win the diadem award. She then lost to Fall winner Rikka Takanashi in the inter-seasonal exhibition.

Her career in the ISML main tournaments was a typical one - characterized by stellar rookie and sophomore year performances, followed by a steady decline in results. She entered the 2013 edition as a Nova contestant, posting a 32-3 record in the regular season. The Brain Burst player reached the semi-finals of the division playoffs where she lost to Rikka again, and subsequently made it into the quarter-finals of the tiara bracket, losing to Kanade Tachibana and placing 10th in final standings.

Kuro's best year occurred in 2014 when she won the ruby necklace award over Kurumi Tokisaki despite receiving fewer votes; the round was allegedly influenced by a fan talking shit in the ISML forums[citation needed]. In the postseason stage, she won three games in the Swiss-system division playoffs, but was later eliminated by Kuroneko in the first round of the tiara bracket. She recovered with three straight consolation wins to claim 6th place, her best-ever finish in the tournament.

Kuroyukihime shifted to the Stella division in 2015, finishing the regular season in 10th place with 25 wins, but was eliminated after scoring just one win in the division playoffs. With the regular season's format undergoing a complete overhaul in 2016 and 2017, the Burst Linker continued to appear in the latter periods of these years, but could not return into the playoffs both times.

Her presence eventually declined starting from 2018, where she was eliminated in the Topaz wildcard round (2nd period), and then failed to get enough nominations for the downsized 2019 edition. She finally retired in 2020 when she did not show up in the nomination results page.


2013[]

  • Regular season icon.png Nova 3rd (32-0-3)

2014[]

  • Regular season icon.png Nova 5th (31-0-4)

Other Tournaments[]

Anime Saimoe Tournament[]

2012[]

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Korea Best Moe Tournament[]

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Honours[]

Chronological list[]

Total Wins = 6

  1. ISML 2012 Diadem of Spring
  2. Anitown Moe Tournament 2012 Spring [1]
  3. Facebook WeLoveACG Saimoe 2012 [2]
  4. Facebook 2012 Spring Heroine Contest [3]
  5. Facebook 2012 Winter/Spring Saimoe [4]
  6. 2015 Rice Digital Waifu Wars [5]


International Saimoe League

  • Best finish: Quarter-finals (2013)
  • Highest final position: 6th (2014)

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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
ISML Seasonal Diadem Winners
2012 Ririchiyo.png RirichiyoKyh.png KuroyukihimeAsuna.png AsunaRikka chuuni.png Rikka
2013 Kurousagi.png Black RabbitKurumi.png KurumiKyouko k.png KirigiriMirai.png Mirai
2014 Chitoge.png ChitogeShiro1.png ShiroChiyo s.png ChiyoIsuzu.png Isuzu
2015 Megumi k.png Megumi K.Isla1.png IslaNao.png NaoMitsuki.png MitsukiND, SEQ
2016 Megumin.png MeguminRem.png RemAoba.png AobaChitose.png Chitose
2017 Kanna.png KannaChtholly.png ChthollySuzune.png SuzuneNayuta.png Nayuta
2018 Violet.png VioletOchako.png UrarakaND, SEQPlatelet.png PlateletMaisan.png Mai-san
2019 Kaguya.png KaguyaFumino.png FuminoGray.png GrayIshtar.png Ishtar
2020 Kotoko.png KotokoKei s.png Kei S.SEQChizuru i.png ChizuruElaina.png Elaina
2021 Female Miku.png MikuND, SEQMiko.png IinoND, SEQKeke ll.png Keke DCRan.png RanND, SEQ
Male Tanjiro.png TanjiroSEQ, DCTakashi.png NatsumeSEQKimihiko ln.png KimihikoLugh.png Lugh
2022 Female
Male
ND - NOT a DEBUTANT; appeared in a seasonal contest beforehand
SEQ - Appeared in a SEQUEL installment
DC - Won inter-seasonal playoffs (Divine Circlet / Crown)
DCX - Won inter-seasonal playoffs but not a seasonal (listed last)
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