And the winner of Saimoe Tournament 2013 is…

The two have fought well, but in the end only one can claim true victory…


「待たせちゃってゴメンね。今日までずっと頑張ってきたんだよね」
「さあ、行こう。これからはずっと一緒だよ」

Championship Match – Results:

  • 1位 277票 Madoka Kaname @ Puella Magi Madoka☆Magica
  • 2位 191票 Sayaka Miki @ Puella Magi Madoka☆Magica

Congratulations Madoka! Winner of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2013!

In 2011, it was Mami Tomoe who was crowned Saimoe champion. This year we have another contestant from the same series winning the big prize once again. This is the first time in the tournament’s history this has ever happened. Personally I find myself satisfied with the results today. To see someone like Madoka who came all the way from Loser’s bracket if you recall, and winning the Grand Finals in the end, you realize just how bumpy her road was to get here. Surely her victory will be one to remember for years to come, considering all the major controversy that surrounded this year’s contest — votes being disregarded by admins for being “questionable;” the fact that we had a repechage round in the first place; etc.

Well that concludes our annual coverage of the Saimoe tournament. I’d like to thank everyone who visited the site — especially those who left a comment or two. Its always a pleasure to read your thoughts and quite honestly, you’ve kept this contest genuinely entertaining for the rest of us. Will we do this again next year? Hopefully so. But there needs to be some serious changes made at how the tourney is handled. Maybe adopt a more modern system of how votes are processed or something of that magnitude. Until then, please continue to enjoy the rest of the current Fall anime season.

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Saimoe 2013 MAD Promo:


Tomoko Kuroki for Saimoe 2014!

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Saimoe ’13 Bracket:


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14 thoughts on “And the winner of Saimoe Tournament 2013 is…”

  1. Fun times, as always… and in the end, I guess I can’t be too unhappy with Madoka.

    Thanks for the coverage this year too.

  2. Congratulations to Madoka Kaname as the new Saimoé champion! Rising from her deathbed, Toki exerts lots of effort as she passes the flag to Madoka as the quintet from Mitakigahara celebrate the first-ever repeat faction championship, though under a heavy cloud as even more people than ever believed that the culminating matches had been rigged.
    Indeed, starting from the third round onward, the twelfth annual war for Japan’s cutest anime girl had taken a nasty turn as the 2ch administrators had cracked down harder on their voting and stifled the integrity of the fights. Everything from vote reversals to releasing vote counts before and after purges had seemed to be shifty to anyone and everyone involved. This culminated in the lowest vote turnout for the final knockout rounds since before the modern era. If this is indeed the last legitimate year for the Anime Saimoé Tournament (as many people have been thinking), then we feel sorry that it had to go out in such an inglorious manner. A PMMM vs. Saki battle would definitely have been a huge storyline and made for some excitement. Besides the third-round debacle, the other headlines include most of the Saki people other than their top eight falling in round one (so the manipulation should not have happened anyway), the advances of Ayase and the HenNeko pair as big adversaries, and the shutouts of teams Hayate and Vividred.
    If there is a 2014 season, then the only known aspect is that neither the mahjong warriors nor the Puellae Magi will be the top favorite, and a new delegation will emerge as the leading candidate for the thirteenth title. Who this is judging by the landscape now is not known. Perhaps it may come from one of the new series coming up, or an old favorite in the form of the Rozen Maidens, finally returning after a six-year hiatus. With the landscape of Saimoé changing since their last battle in the 2007 semifinal, though, their heavy support may be slow-coming. The Sailor Soldiers have not appeared since the inaugural tournament, and next year will witness the first time that they gauge their strength in the modern era.
    Among the fighters from this season, Ro-kyu-bu, OreImo, and Girls und Panzer still had/have a few OVAs in the incoming window. Raildex, Little Busters, Hidamari, and Ghostory all have a new season airing now, and the return campaigns of Idolmaster, Love Live, Chuunibyou, and Date a Live via a future season should bring more of their supporters into the tourney. Eligible series who last took part in 2012 or earlier include Tamayura, Infinite Stratos, Kill Me Baby, Milky Holmes, and Seitokai Yakuindomo, all with new seasons in play, along with Moretsu Pirates with a new movie.
    As if nothing had happened, the protocol portion continues with eight potential candidates from the newest anime adaptations who carry the giant banner out of the stadium:
    Alice Cartalet@Golden Mosaic-proper British from the next popular yonkoma (though either Shinobu or Ayaya could be the leader);
    Tomoko Kuroki@Watamote (“Mokocchi”)-the most controversial of the representatives here considering the black comedy aspect and that many otaku see themselves in them (and not in a good way);
    Neptune@Hyperdimension Neptunia-the unafilliated protagonist of the video game console wars;
    Renge@Non Non Biyori-the youngest of the five-student Asahigaoka rural school;
    Rinka Urushiba@Tokyo ESP-teleporter affected by the glowing fish and hopes to bypass the bracket’s walls to win;
    Ryuuko Matoi@Kill La Kill-hoping to slice down the iron fisted people ahead of her;
    Iona/I-401@Arpeggio of Blue Steel-sentient spaceship girl determined to lead the Fleet of Fog into a new war;
    Aoi Fukasaku@Coppelion-has the Kana Hanazawa voice but has questionable protocol on what to do with the nuke situation, plus is in a show that has performed rather dismally so far.
    Until then, we can hope that someday the tournament can return to its former glory and make the battles be fair once again.

  3. A hearty thanks from the king of dragons for another season of detailed play-by-play Anon-kun. Curious as to what you’re going to do with all your free time now that the tourney is over.

  4. Ha, I actually don’t have that much free time. I’m not sure if I’m able to be this much detailed next year, but I’ll try to continue giving the battles more flavor as though each event is an actual fight.
    Of course, let’s not forget that this is an advertisement for the anime involved first and foremost, and one person’s moe does not equal another person’s moe.

  5. Shittiest ending. As expected. By FAR the worst ending to Saimoe ever. Saimoe 2003-1013. Saimoe is officially dead.

  6. Your review is always fun to read, Anon_kun. I sincerely hope that I can see you (and your review) again next year. Here… something for your hard work:
    っ◔◡◔)っ ♥
    Not much but please take it. lol. XD

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