Find out how you can win a free copy of Knights in the Nightmare + OST, details inside.
Hey everyone! As you may or may not know, the annual Saimoe tournament began last month and since then the preliminary rounds have ended and the second preliminaries are nearing a close. As a simple introduction, Saimoe is a tournament run by Japanese anime fans for Japanese anime fans, however we outside of Japan can still enjoy the tournament’s drama and intense showdowns, and if you feel like putting in a little work you can even vote by following these instructions. Saimoe is a test of character popularity more than anything, but the more moe they are the better their chances! Rooting for your favorite characters, watching factions battle it out in the main bracket, and pridefully cheering as that one character you’ve always loved makes it to the finals are all but a few reasons Saimoe is such fun to follow. It might not be for everyone, but hey, the dedication is worth it!
So, how is Saimoe different then ISML? ISML is a much grander tournament then Saimoe, partially because of the larger population of international voters, and the larger roster of competitors. However, grander doesn’t always equal better. Saimoe only allows characters who have appeared in an anime within the last year to compete, including OVAs and movies. Now I’m not all too familiar with ISML, or am I a big fan of it, but what I noticed in that tournament was that a lot of the same players were shuffled through year after year, not allowing for too much diversity. Saimoe on the other hand I believe has been able to keep the game fun and diverse by limiting the characters to a single year, allowing new characters to shine through. That doesn’t mean the veterans don’t get to come out and play every now and then, just look at Saki!
Saimoe has a history dating all the way back to 2002, and over the years has crowned 10 winners from the original Saimoe queen, Sakura Kinomoto, to the romcom princess, Taiga Aisaka, and more recently the beloved Mami Tomoe. Many factions have risen to try and crown their favorites, but only few have succeeded as they battle each other for the most numbers. The Madoka Magica fans from last year’s tournament, despite many enemies, might be one of the most successful! They managed to take four characters into the final bracket and ended with a goodhearted match of Kyouko vs. Mami. That’s not to say they were perfect, Homura was sniped in her very first match! It’s these type of conflicts that make Saimoe such a joy. What new factions will rise this year? Will a popular independent character like Ika Musume fight her way to the top again? And will another dark horse like Erica Hartmann squeeze her way through countless battles? We’ll just have to wait and see!
The first part of this Metanorn-Saimoe experience is the coverage. Over the next couple months or so I, along with other Meta writers who want to share their thoughts, will be posting occasional update posts. The first will be after the final two second preliminary rounds, and then after that probably every 2-4 rounds. We’d love to hear your thoughts as well, as longtime followers of the tournament or even as new ones! Hey, maybe these posts will even get you as addicted as I am?
What you can expect. Quick details as for who won/lost. I want to keep that short since the website in the link underneath the introduction headline does an awesome job keeping tabs of the results. They even keep track of past tournament results and graphics, so feel free to check that out! Other then that you can expect our personal thoughts on the matches and characters. These thoughts will be opinion based, so in the comments feel free to add on, argue, and/or share your own thoughts, that’s one of the biggest factors that make Saimoe so fun. Lastly, we’ll be keeping updates on the Meta-Moe Challenge, more details coming up next.
What is the MetaMoe Challenge? The challenge is a competition that will be hosted right here on Metanorn alongside the coverage. The winner of the competition will not only have bragging rights around Meta, but they will also win a free copy of Knights in the Nightmare for the DS and the original game soundtrack, by Atlus. Please, if you want to play read the following section carefully!
How do you play? The challenge is simple, pick five of your favorite characters who are competing in this years Saimoe tournament and paste your list in descending order of favorite to least favorite in the comments section below this post. If one of the characters in your list wins the Saimoe tournament you will be eligible to win the prize. PLEASE POST YOUR REGION UNDERNEATH THE LIST.
Rules. [PLEASE READ]
- You may use the links below the “meta moe challenge” headline to find out which characters are in the running to win. The only restriction when it comes to picking characters is that you may NOT pick more then 1 character who has won a first preliminary round. (for example, you cannot have both Akari and Poplar in your list, only one or the other) Second placers and below are fair game. Characters who won their second preliminary round are free for picking, Himeji and Remon for example.
- When your choices are posted I will go into GIMP and create for you a personal banner with your five characters, similar to the ones below made for some Metanorn writers. (They will be much smaller though, because I might have to make a lot of them depending on participation level.)
- The banners I made will then be put into every post following this one as part of the MetaMoe Challenge. When a character you chose is eliminated I will cross them off from your banner. If all five of your characters are eliminated you will be taken out of the competition. Basically, after your list is posted all you are required to do is follow along with the Saimoe posts, but we encourage you to comment in the future and even check out the rest of the site!
- ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. (We’ll know if you’re making multiple accounts.)
- DEADLINE: August 9th at 6PM EST!
- Unfortunately, at this time I do not know if I will be able to ship the game outside of the US and Canada. (… I’ve never shipped anything out of the country before and I’m ignorant to the prices at this time, but I’ll keep you updated. I’m a college student so I can’t afford anything too expensive here.)
- If more then one person has the Saimoe champion in their list, the prize will be given to the person who placed the character highest in their list. If again that results in a tie an RNG will decide the winner.
- AGAIN, entering the contest and winning does NOT guarantee that you’ll receive the prize, especially if you live outside of the US and Canada. I will do some research to check prices on international shipping. If at some point I’m hit by a school bus or crushed by a tree for example, you may not get your prize.
- Some of us writers at Metanorn are also playing, but we’re not eligible to win the prize. It’s only open for you all!
- Knights in the Nightmare (for the Nintendo DS) is an intense strategy game with a lot of gameplay elements to keep you busy all the time and a dark story line. The game sports some anime-like character designs and beautiful graphics. The OST, “Symphony of Souls” has 39 tracks.
- The game is opened from it’s original package, but was only played once and is in impeccable condition. The OST remains sealed as it was received.
More in the Spoiler Below!
This is where we will display the banners of everyone who joins the MetaMoe challenge!~
BANNER 1 –
Saki – http://www.zerochan.net/504673
Hyouka – http://www.zerochan.net/1206646
Ika Musume – http://www.zerochan.net/409679
BANNER 2 –
IMAS – http://www.zerochan.net/1197292
Nise – http://www.zerochan.net/559892
Nyar/Akari – http://www.zerochan.net/1115278
Akarin – http://www.animecharactersdatabase.com/photo.php?type_id=1&imgid=19336
Chihaya – http://www.zerochan.net/972556
Nao/March – http://www.zerochan.net/1201811
Momo – http://www.zerochan.net/1066812
Mio – http://www.zerochan.net/984284
Yayoi/Peace – http://www.zerochan.net/1147681
Ika Musume – http://www.zerochan.net/891949
Marika – http://www.zerochan.net/943158
Madoka (Langrange) – http://www.zerochan.net/1027407
Nyarlathotep – http://www.zerochan.net/1097480
Miyuki/Happy – http://www.zerochan.net/1164980
Karuta (Inuxboku) – http://www.zerochan.net/996902
Nanako (Persona) – http://www.zerochan.net/999760
Nadeko – http://www.zerochan.net/955997
Tsukihi – http://www.zerochan.net/1202863
Chihaya – http://horriblesubs.info/anime/chihayafuru/
Irisviel – http://www.zerochan.net/866608
Nanasaki Ai – http://www.zerochan.net/216103
Yuuko Shionji – http://www.zerochan.net/765571
Seraphim – http://www.zerochan.net/1121040
Suzuha – http://www.zerochan.net/734389
Hinagiku – http://www.zerochan.net/737052
Senjougahara – http://www.zerochan.net/992762
Sherlock – http://www.zerochan.net/746345
Cordelia – http://www.zerochan.net/417475