Archive for the ‘Preseason’ Category

Aquamarine underway

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

The Regular Season has kicked off! We thank our voters for waiting through the period following the Preliminaries while we prepared for the start of Aquamarine. A complete set of results for Round 1 is now available in the Statistics Portal; extra time was needed to process the new Male Division as well as the formatting of new stat values.

This year introduces PSAO and SS. We’re also announcing an amendment to our charter, as we had left off PSAO from the original draft. PSAO is about the same as last year’s SAO, but we multiply that value by the percentage of maximum points possible. The weighted SAO should be a better ranking metric. SS is the seeding score that we are using as experimentation to compare against the PSAO metric.

We apologize for the lengthy downtime during Round 1’s core voting hours. We extended voting for 5.5 hours past the normal end date to make up for the lost time. Staff will be more vigilant in checking the health of the server to make sure voting is available when it should be.

Thanks for voting!

Winter Seasonal Voting

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Winter Seasonal tournament starts today alongside Preliminaries.

For these arenas, you may choose only one character each. It would be silly to choose both of them!

Because of a quirk in the code, if you have to change your vote in the Winter arenas, you must unselect your current vote first before selecting the new one.

Good luck to all our competitors!

Prelims have begun!

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

The Preliminary Period has now begun! After a long wait since Nominations we’re finally ready to vote and find out this year’s Regular Season Contestants!

Share our link to anyone who wants to participate!

This year we welcome the new male division. Also for today’s and Tuesday’s voting, you may choose up to 3 Candidates per arena. Today has groups 1-4 of each division, and Tuesday will have groups 5-8, so there are more characters to be seen!

For updates on voting announcements and results, we have an RSS feed ( and our Twitter account (

Happy voting! Thank you for being a part of ISML!

Nominations ending soon!

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

As of this post, there are two days (plus some hours) remaining to submit your nominations! The form will close on 2015-03-15 00:00 UTC.

We hope you’ve enjoyed (without too much agony perhaps) selecting your list of girls and guys alike, sharing your nominations with the community, and spreading the word about ISML. If you haven’t decided just yet, there is still some time .. but not much left!

Results will typically be out within one or two weeks, as the counting process has a lot of manual steps to translate ballots and correct misspellings so all the names match up.

If you haven’t seen this year’s preview video by KholdStare, please check it out on the front page! Thank you for voting in ISML and rejoining us for 2015!

Nominations open

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Nominations for ISML 2015 are now open! The ballot form is here!

You have two weeks total to enter submissions, so there is plenty of time to prepare. You may only submit one time, so there is no rush at all. You cannot edit your nomination once it is submitted.

We have made another tweak to the nomination rules in the charter. We are allowing 14 slots for the Nova and Stella divisions now instead of 12. Hopefully this helps your decision-making! And the other adjustment is restricting to three anime franchises for the entire ballot. It used to be for both male and female, but we are not requiring that both male and female have nominations. You may pick just one .. or do a little in both.

There is some lightweight checking for nominating too few series, but the form cannot account for misspellings, so please double-check your ballot before submitting!

Translation functions are unavailable right now, but we’ll get them up ASAP. For now the ballot instructions are only in English. But you may fill in the blanks in any language. Our staff will translate your nominations afterwards. So if you are able to fill it out in English, please do so, as it helps us a lot!

The CAPTCHA will now inform you when an incorrect answer is given, so you may try again until you get it right.

Thank you, and good luck to all our Contestants-to-be!

Charter for ISML 2015

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

The ISML 2015 Charter is now available. Please read over the updated rules and procedures for the year. We are introducing male characters into their own division and have a new preliminary period.

Nominations are still on March 1 with the Preliminary Period to start in mid-April. The exact date is tentative, as we are still planning around staff availability. A calender graphic will be created once dates are more set in stone.

Thanks for your patience, and we hope you will look forward to this upcoming new tournament year!

ISML 2015

Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Happy new year! Welcome to 2015; we hope everyone has had a great holiday.

ISML in 2015 will have changes, the first one being that nominations are not opening in the first week of January like before. We will begin March 1 as part of a new plan to compress our schedule. The nomination period at that time will last for two weeks instead of one.

Staff is still working on the new Preliminary Period, and therefore the 2015 Charter is not yet ready. We will update on this blog when the new rules are published.

Our Constitution has had an amendment over the offseason. We see growth in the Tournament and in our voter base by adding a division devoted to male characters. Voters won’t be required to participate in both male and female sides of the tournament. More details to come when we release our Charter.

Thanks for being with us for seven years; we hope for another great regular season ahead.

Also thanks to our community who have designed new banners for our front page. Your browser may still have the old ones cached, so please double-check to make sure you’re seeing the latest artwork from our talented volunteers!

Preliminary Period Complete

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Congratulations to the Candidates who have advanced to the Regular Season! Our full Contestant roster is now complete with the final 16 entrants into Nova Division.

It was a tough struggle through the final Phases, but the voters have decided. The winners move on to face the round-robin main tournament in hopes of getting into the Top 16 for the Postseason and the Heavenly Tiara.

Our losing Candidates have to go home for the year, but many have a chance to appear in Exhibition matches throughout the season. So please continue your support for all of your favorite girls and your true saimoe!

Thank you for voting and supporting our tournament. We take a few weeks’ break to prepare tournament schedules, enhance voting images, and update our Contestant profiles. Profiles for our newest Contestants will be ready ASAP. We are grateful for our volunteer team of writers on our forums to prepare awesome biographies and to research career histories for the website.

See you again soon!

Voting display

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

For Phase N-II, we are currently fixing the code that is returned when you submit your vote.

We have checked the database with several votes submitted by voters who reported to us, and their votes are all being recorded correctly. However, the “You voted” display on the left is inaccurate. But the BBcode/HTML/text code on the right is correct (although with the inclusion of a few ‘undefined’s).

No revote is necessary since your ballots are being recorded correctly, but we will correct this issue ASAP.

EDIT — code should now be correct (as of approx 17:00 GMT)

Arena update

Thursday, February 13th, 2014


Arenas 7 and 10 swapped a Candidate for Day 6.

Ikaros trades places with Sanzen’in Nagi, so she won’t be paired (same series) with Nymph.