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: 25 February 2014

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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 is the schedule of 2014?
  • The calendar at right highlights all the scheduled match days.
  • 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?
  • Stella has only one Phase. Nova has three Phases.
  • Phase I is a series of free-for-all matches where you select 2 girls (Candidates) per group.
  • In Stella Phase I, girls advance to Regular Season by winning Rounds 2, 3, or 4.
  • In Nova Phase I, girls advance to Regular Season by winning Round 4, but nobody is eliminated yet.
  • Candidates are sorted into 8 groups of 9 in Phase II. Each group has a round-robin tournament where each Candidate battles the other 8 in four 1-vs-1-vs-1 matches.
  • Points are earned for winning matches. The winner of each group at the end of Phase II enters the Regular Season.
  • Phase III is a series of single-elimination matches (groups of 4). After two rounds, the final 16 Regular Season Contestants in each Division are decided; the rest go home.

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