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 forums 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 2009?
- All nominations have equal weight (no more 10 points, 8 points, etc.).
- Preliminaries have been completely revamped and improved.
- The Regular Season now consists of 50 contestants instead of 64, but it is still round-robin.
- Only the next Round's matchups will be revealed prior to voting.
- No more overtime matches will occur. Ties in the Regular Season will stay as ties.
- Double Elimination remains the same. Ties will be broken using Regular Season statistics.
- Exhibition Matches will be hosted throughout the year.
- Some of our character eligibility rules have changed.
What is the schedule of 2010?
- 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.
How does the Postseason work?
- This is a double-elimination tournament. Lose twice, and you're out.
There are no running point totals, VD, SDO or other statistics that alter ranking.
- Seeding was determined from the final rankings of the Regular Season.
- One-on-one matches will be conducted in the same manner as in the Regular Season.
- A championship rematch is possible if the winner of the Winners' Bracket loses.
- Several Exhibition Matches will be scheduled in the unused arenas.
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What do the statistics mean?
- Wins are worth 3 points; draws are worth 1 point.
- SoS is Strength of Schedule, which is the same as total points. It's used to calculate SDO and SAO.
- SDO is the sum of SoS's of all a Contestant's defeated opponents.
- SAO is the sum of SoS's of all opponents to date, regardless of outcome.
- VF is Votes For. VA is Votes Against. VD is the difference of these two values.
- An additional head-to-head tiebreaker is applied at the end of each Period.
How does the Regular Season work?
- The Regular Season is a round-robin tournament with 50 Contestants.
- All matches will be one-on-one. Each Round will feature one exhibition match.
- In each arena, vote for the girl you find more moe, or abstain.
- The winner of each Period earns a Necklace, which — aside from the fame and glory —
will help the Contestant's chances of appearing in ISML again next year.
- The goal of the Regular Season is to win enough matches (over the course of the whole season,
not just one Period) to place in the Top 16.
- The Top 16 advance to the double-elimination tournament in the Postseason.
How do preliminaries work?
- Our 126 Candidates will be split into groups of 9. There will be 14 total groups.
- Phase I is a round-robin tournament for each group. This will be 4 rounds scheduled over 6 days.
- Points will be awarded for wins, and the Candidate with the most points in each group at the end of the 4
rounds will advance to the Regular Season.
- The remaining 112 Candidates will be reshuffled into groups of 8 for Phase II.
- Phase II is a single-elimination tournament lasting 3 rounds scheduled over 4 days.
- Again, 14 winners at the end of Phase II will advance to the Regular Season.
- Phase III is a final set of group-based matches lasting 2 rounds scheduled over 3 days.
- Candidates with the lowest vote totals will be eliminated until the final 6 winners are decided.
What is the seeding tournament?
- The seeding tournament on 14 Feb and 16 Feb will decide the placement of our 16 automatically-qualified
Contestants in the Regular Season schedule.
- The 14 winners of Preliminary Phase I will participate in this tournament to assist in collecting data.
- You will vote for two (2) characters per group in this tournament instead of one.
- Results of these two match days will not affect other parts of the preliminaries. Vote totals and points
will not carry over to the Regular Season; this determines seeding only. Nobody will be eliminated.
- Extra seeding arenas are in Phase III of the Preliminaries, so we can collect more character data.
Are nominations important?
- Yes! Extremely! Out of the 50 Contestants in ISML, only 16 have auto-qualified from previous tournaments.
So you, the voters, get to pick the other 34! And it all starts with nominations.
- If you want to see new faces in ISML, please send in your nominations and let all your friends and contacts know.
- We'll have over 100 Candidates in the Preliminaries, so you'll have to vote every day to make sure your most moe girls
reach the Regular Season.
- (However, please adhere to all voter policies, namely: only one vote per person per match!)
How should I format my nominations?
- Any language is acceptable, but we highly prefer you write them in romaji (English).
- Name order does not matter. "Katsura Hinagiku" is the same as "Hinagiku Katsura."
- Please give the full name of the character, so we know exactly who you're nominating.
- You do not have to use macrons over the vowels (e.g. ō and ū); "ou" and "uu" are sufficient.