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Yuki Nagato is a major character featured in the Haruhi Suzumiya series of light novels, adapted into anime by Kyoto Animation. Yuki is a member of the "SOS Brigade" who is frequently seen reading books. In reality, she is actually the alien described by Kyon, and is one of the three people sent to investigate the titular character.

Yuki was a fairly powerful player in the three major saimoe tournaments owing to the series' landmark influence in otaku culture, especially on the concept of moe. She is classified as a dandere, an archetype characterized by poor social skills and quiet personality. Yuki enjoyed the most success in the International Saimoe League, more than Haruhi herself, having won three necklaces and finishing as a runner-up in the very first edition of the tournament. In 2channel's saimoe tournament her best result was an elite eight appearance in 2006, while in the Korean Anizone counterpart she produced two quarter-finals finishes.


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A first year student and sole member of the Literature club, Nagato Yuki appears to be a victim of circumstances when her clubroom is raided and taken over by a group of students with no intention of reading books. Sitting quietly in the corner with a thick tome in her hands, the petite girl raises no objections to the intrusion.

As it turns out, it is not out of apprehension that she keeps silent. Yuki is a bad case of the stereotypical obsessive bookworm - mere ruckus in the 'outside world' is not enough to disturb her reading, and she is not particularly interested in communicating with others. Such is her desire to read that she has to be forcibly dragged away from the public library if given the chance to pick up a book.

But things only get crazier when Yuki finally explains some of her motives, switching from her favored one-word answers to exhausting and long-winded speeches. A good dictionary comes in handy when deciphering the meaning of her monologues. But merely knowing the meaning of the words she uses might not be enough to comprehend how a high-school girl can be tied to the evolutionary dead-end of an all-powerful alien species.

Time will show that not only are Yuki's outlandish declarations more than simple delusions, but also that the quiet girl has her own distinctive personality hidden under the disguise of her robot-like behavior. Yuki is competitive, has her own desires, and can pick up new hobbies. The key to reading her emotions is to be sensitive to her head moving mere millimeters and to sense the distinct 'flavor' of her stares. The task, while not easy, is certainly rewarding.


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ISML Main Tournament Record
Regular season, playoffs, and consolation 1v1 matches only.
Preliminaries, gems, exhibitions, and approval / range voting rounds are NOT included.
Edition Eliminated in Final pos. W L RS Record
ISML 2008 Runner-up 2nd 63 7 58-5
ISML 2009 Lower Bracket SF 4th 56 12 53-10
ISML 2010 Lower Bracket R3 7th 47 7 44-5
ISML 2011 Quarter-finals 7th 50 4 47-2
ISML 2012 Quarter-finals 8th 35 8 31-4
ISML 2013 Division Playoffs Ste. 13th 23 13 23-12
ISML 2014 Regular season Ste. 21st 14 21 14-21
ISML 2015 Regular season Ste. 35th 4 31 4-31
ISML 2016 Top 32 Groups (Ruby) 17th-32nd 2 4 2-4
ISML 2017 Emerald Groups (Top 48) 41st-48th ? ? ???
ISML 2018 Ruby Wildcards (Top 36) ??? ? ? ???
ISML 2019 Did not qualify (Nomination: 83 votes, 60th / 58)
ISML 2020 Split 1 Wildcards (Top 96) 78th 1 4 1-4
ISML 2021 Did not qualify (Preliminary Rank: 99th / 72)
ISML 2022
ISML 2023
ISML 2024
Total W-L: ??? Postseason: ??? RS Record: ???
Opponents played: ???



Match History:

  • Regular season icon.png 6th (58-1-5)

2009[]

  • Regular season icon.png 7th (53-0-0-10)

2010[]

  • Regular season icon.png 7th (44-0-5)

2011[]

  • Amethyst
  • Other Necklace Match
  • Regular season icon.png 3rd (47-0-2) 

2012[]

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

2013[]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 13th (23-0-12)
  • Postseason Phase 1 Stella Division

2014[]

  • Regular season icon.png Stella 21st (14-0-21)


Other Tournaments[]

Anime Saimoe Tournament[]

2006[]

2009[]

2010[]

Korea Best Moe Tournament[]

2006[]

2009[]

2010[]



Honours[]

International Saimoe League


Chronological list[]

Total Wins = 3 + 1 = 4

  1. Baidu Harem Moe 2011
  2. Baidu Tieba M78 Moe 2009
  3. Ronggongzhong Xihuan Magical Girl Contest 2012/2013 (lkong.net)



ISML Necklace Winners
First year of necklace win only. Circlets from 2012-2015 included (if applicable).
2008 Shana 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 Tachibana 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
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