ISML Rules and Guidelines - FAQ

International Saimoe League is governed by a Constitution and supported by Annual Charters. Please read both documents for a full understanding of our processes, but if you are short on time, the highlights are summarized in a brief, convenient FAQ below.
Last updated: 17 April 2015

What is ISML and how do I participate?
  • ISML hopes to find the most moe among anime girls, and it's up to you to decide by casting your vote!
  • Voting is free of charge; you are not required to register an account.
  • Join the forum to discuss ISML with fellow fans. Subscribe to the news blog for tournament updates.
  • Your participation means that you agree to our rules and policies.

What has changed since 2014?
  • A third Division featuring male characters has been added.
  • Nominations will begin in March instead of January.
  • The Preliminary Period will be updated for 2015.

What is the schedule of 2015?
  • The calendar at right highlights all the scheduled match days.
  • The 2015 calendar will be available soon. The first event is the Nomination Period, beginning March 1 and lasting two weeks.
  • Matches start at 1500 GMT on the scheduled day and last for 24 hours.
  • Results will be released 12 hours after a match ends.
  • The schedule is tenative and may change in the future, but we'll keep you updated on the news blog.

Where do I vote?

How do Preliminaries work?
  • Candidates are shuffled in various groups in each Round.
  • Rounds typically last two voting days because of the number of Candidates involved.
  • In Round 1, you can choose up to 3 characters per group.
  • For Rounds after that, you can choose up to 2 characters.
  • Candidates get eliminated in Rounds 1 and 2.
  • Contestants begin to be admitted to the Regular Season in Round 3 and afterwards.
  • Side note - The Winter Seasonal Tournament will take place at the same time as Prelims.

[ Show/Hide older FAQ entries ]

2015 Calendar