International Saimoe League ISML is an annual tournament that calls on anime fans worldwide to decide which anime girl stands as the most moe. Voting events are held several times a week in a 64-character league that lasts nearly a full year. en Off-season and 2010 Prep Wed, 18 Nov 2009 14:24 -0600 We are in off-season and are working hard to prepare for an exciting 2010 competition. This includes a refinement to our official rules and improvements to our website, which will be available in December, along with a new news blog and RSS feed. In the meantime, our forums are always online for you to talk about saimoe and share your predictions for 2010. Thanks for your patience! Match extension after sudden downtime Mon, 02 Nov 2009 13:00 -0600 Perhaps the voting page timer only helped a small amount. We also recognize that today being the Championship match likely meant even more traffic than usual, so our hosting provider unfortunately had to pull the plug for a few hours so things could calm down. I have spoken with them, and we will definitely be upgrading our servers during the break between next week and 2010. So your donation dollars will be going to work! Since we were down for about 4 hours, the voting period has been extended for 4 hours until 1900 GMT. Currently, results will still be released at the usual 0300 GMT time. We apologize for the inconvenience, but thank you always for hanging in there with us! One more donor and vote timer Sun, 01 Nov 2009 17:02 -0600 We would like to thank sovietmisaki for his donation to ISML. Also, on the voting page for tomorrow's match, we have added a timer in hopes of resolving some of the traffic congestion that occurs in the first few houts of a match. You will be unable to submit your vote until the countdown is finished, but it is not a very long timer. Thank you in advance for your patience as we try to make the ISML experience smoother for everybody. New donor and progress Thu, 22 Oct 2009 10:32 -0600 ISML gives a big thank you to lrv3646 who joined our list of donors this week. As always, the money will go towards the funding of upgraded servers and their regular maintenance. Currently we are still far from our goal, but each contribution puts us a step closer. Thank you everyone for being patient during our busiest hours (generally right when a voting match begins); if you get a 503 error, please wait a few moments before trying again. We're very pleased with the volume of votes that come in! Thanks for helping make ISML successful. Double elimination and Relegation tournament Sun, 27 Sep 2009 19:13 -0600 We are hours away from the start of double-elimination; get excited! In addition to these matches, we are also hosting the Relegation Tournament, which (in short) is a second-chance opportunity for some of our contenders who fell below the 0.500 (wins) line. For more information, search for the tournament thread on our forums in the Double-Elimination Discussion. Postseason preparation Sun, 13 Sep 2009 01:50 -0600 The postseason double-elimination tournament will begin on 28 September. Some information about the first round is now on the front page. Other portions of the website, including the voting page, will be ready soon. Donations Page Thu, 20 Aug 2009 21:25 -0600 To help ensure the longevity of ISML, we have opened a donations page. Participation in ISML will continue to be free, but if you would like to help us in our effort, we will certainly appreciate it. Contributions will go completely toward server maintenance and domain registration fees (which the Staff currently volunteer to pay out-of-pocket). If we collect enough money, a domain upgrade may be possible so fewer downtime errors occur. Thank you! Diamond 3 Postponed Fri, 14 Aug 2009 16:00 -0600 Our domain registration has been renewed, however to allow time for DNS to stablize and for the confusion of our sudden interruption to settle, Diamond 3 and the remainder of the regular season schedule will be postponed one week. Diamond 3 will restart on Friday, 21 August. Temporary downtime Thu, 13 Aug 2009 19:30 -0600 Sudden domain issues are causing ISML to postpone the current schedule. Our IRC channel #isml on will always have the latest news. Updates and thank yous Sun, 09 Aug 2009 18:12 -0600 Three new title banners are now in circulation (credit to kevo) and Katagiri Yūhi's biography has been completed (credit to Cytrus). We also hope you've enjoyed the new "boxing"-style posters occasionally appearing on the main page (credit to amdrag). Lastly, we want to thank our entire community one more time -- that includes you! -- for voting, discussing, blogging, anticipating, and contributing to ISML. Chat clients and community page Sat, 11 Jul 2009 20:12 -0600 The community page and chat pages have moved into their own directory; please update your bookmarks. The Mibbit client has returned, too, for those who didn't like qwebirc. The link is available on the community page. More Russian pages, overtime will be on July 17 Tue, 7 Jul 2009 02:05 -0600 The contestants page and event schedule are now available in Russian. The overtime match for Mizunashi Akari and Remilia Scarlet will be held on Friday, July 17th, at 1500 GMT. In addition to the match, we will be having other interesting unofficial matchups for your pleasure and for our research, so please vote in them all. The preview will be available after Emerald 9. Early votes not intended, record cleared Sun, 5 Jul 2009 16:20 -0600 A timer error resulted in the voting page for Emerald 7 opening one day early. This was not intended, and we have closed the poll. If you voted, that vote has been erased, so please vote again tomorrow as normal. You will not get a "You have already voted" message. Russian Voting Page Wed, 1 Jul 2009 03:12 -0600 Thanks to exec for providing the Russian translation which is now implemented on the voting page! More pages in Russian to come soon. Draw Result Thu, 25 Jun 2009 22:48 -0600 The tie between Akari and Remilia will be resolved at a later date when we can fit the overtime match into the schedule. For now, the match will be marked as a draw, and points will be awarded accordingly. Three Hour Shift Mon, 15 Jun 2009 15:00 -0600 Beginning Emerald 1, voting times and release times for ISML will shift three hours. Instead of running from 1200 GMT to 1159 GMT, voting will take place from 1500 GMT to 1459 GMT. Results will still be released twelve hours after voting ends, which will be 0300 GMT. ISML on Twitter Sat, 23 May 2009 16:27 -0600 Follow ISML updates now on Twitter! Rank changes Fri, 15 May 2009 11:25 -0600 The Period standings on the front page and the overall standings on the Statistics Portal now show rank changes since the last round. This should be helpful in keeping track of contestants' positions after each Round. Apologies for the delay in this feature. Necessary break Fri, 8 May 2009 14:55 -0600 Apologies for the lack of updates. Most of us are still students in school, and this time of year has been full of exams. The summer is quickly approaching, though, and we should have more time to address any issues that come up. Regarding the server errors, we may be at our limit without having to pay extra money. For now, please be wary of hours when we're most busy. melange has completed the maps for the end of Topaz, so you can view them on the main page until Amethyst starts and in the statistics portal. Congratulations to Nagato Yuki! Overall Standings Sun, 12 Apr 2009 04:01 -0600 When Topaz begins, the standings on the front page will reset. However the overall standings will continue on. These cumulative totals will be on the Statistics page and will be used determine the Top 16 who will move on to the postseason. Polish Translation Fri, 10 Apr 2009 01:27 -0600 ISML is now available in Polish, thanks to our translator, Cytrus! Primary pages are available with the full rules to come shortly. In other news, Kozuki Kallen's avatar has been updated. We hope you've enjoyed Aquamarine and are preparing for some more excitement in Topaz! Updated bios Thu, 2 Apr 2009 17:15 -0600 Biographies have been updated for Makoto, Remilia, Mei, Misuzu, Index, Mikoto, Chii, and Kirino. Thanks to Cytrus for his work! Also I hope you enjoyed seeing our bonus featured match; unfortunately we did not have sufficient time to put them on the ballot. Positive responses about it, though, may make a male moe contest possible in the future. Sakura avatar Tue, 31 Mar 2009 00:42 -0600 Forgot to mention an avatar update for Kinomoto Sakura. Contestants page highlighting Mon, 30 Mar 2009 21:35 -0600 Changed the highlighting while hovering over avatars on the contestants page. I had been receiving comments that leaving them highlighted after moving your cursor off the avatar was a bit counter-intuitive. Rules FAQ Fri, 27 Mar 2009 02:57 -0600 A FAQ to the rules has been added for your convenience. We hope it answers most questions without your having to read through the entire list of rules to find them. But the full list of rules is still absolute in terms of ISML's structure and execution. Avatar changes Tue, 24 Mar 2009 22:05 -0600 Avatars for Minori, Ami, and Illyasviel have been updated per suggestion, discussion, and election on the forum. Please visit the forum if you want to suggest replacement avatars for the other candidates. Also the schedule page had a minor resdesign. Late map update Sun, 22 Mar 2009 03:15 -0600 While the match card and rankings were updated on time today for Aquamarine 3, the results map and space opera map did not load properly at 0000 GMT (instead still showing the Aquamarine 2 maps). I apologize for this, and the bug has been fixed. Past Data Sat, 21 Mar 2009 01:47 -0600 Featured match descriptions and results maps for previously completed Rounds are now available on the Statistics page. A new image has been added that lists the amount of votes (VF) accumulated by the candidates. Please send comments or suggestions to or visit the forum! Tweaks Fri, 20 Mar 2009 15:45 -0600 Hover over the letter or numeral at the start of each rule on the rules page for a link you can easily copy and reference to help others. Period statistics are now on the front page in addition to the respective Period page within the Statistics Portal. Hover over each abbreviation for its definition, and our rules page explains the points and tiebreaker system that determine which candidate will win the necklace for each period. A separate Overall Standings table will be kept after the end of Aquamarine Period. ISML PV and more translations Wed, 18 Mar 2009 03:05 -0600 KholdStare has completed the ISML PV and can be viewed on the welcome page. A download link is available on the forums. Mialou has completed more of the French translation for the site, and DarkEdgar has finished the Spanish welcome message. The maps on the front page detailing Aquamarine 1 progress were made by melange. These will rotate out along with the match results as they are available. Round 1 went very well Wed, 18 Mar 2009 03:05 -0600 Sorry to have been quiet in the newsroom the whole day. The staff has been quite busy getting results and graphics ready for this very first round of the regular season. With the spectacular turnout and some experience on what needs to be done after each round, we should be moving more smoothly in the future. Keep checking the main page and the statistics page for all the latest! Extra BBCode and French Translation Tue, 17 Mar 2009 01:26 -0600 New BBCode has been added to the vote confirmation page for specific use on the ISML Forum. If you voted in this Round already, you'll get to use it in Round 2. :) Also, we're glad to have a French translation for our voting page. More translations to come! Updated front page Mon, 16 Mar 2009 03:36 -0600 Match descriptions and a short introduction to Aquamarine Period are now on the front page. Thanks to the writers who have contributed! Visit the forums to learn about your own opportunity to write something for ISML. Contestant Schedules Mon, 16 Mar 2009 01:51 -0600 The schedule page now has a form where you can look up the entire regular season schedule of each contestant. Each contestant's profile page now has a table showing her entire schedule for the regular season. Colors will be added shortly. International Pages Sat, 14 Mar 2009 05:43 -0600 More translations of our international message are now online. I thank everyone in our translation staff for all their hard work. If anyone spots any more errors or typos, please let me know on the forums. We're a few days away from the tournament; get excited! A little bit more site functionality should be done before Monday, and I'll let you know right here on the feed. Community Page Sun, 8 Mar 2009 22:35 -0600 Created the community page to save space on link space on the menu bar. The Contact and Staff pages have been consolidated into this new page. It also gives me a bit of room to promote the forums more, which I hope you already visit regularly. :) Various Work Sun, 8 Mar 2009 03:48 -0600 Been doing various updates here and there, mostly on internal structure. If you had bookmarked certain pages, they might be broken now. The welcome pages and rules pages and contestant pages got some restructuring, mostly to be able to support the addition of translations as they become more available. Statistics Match Cards Done Thu, 5 Mar 2009 04:50 -0600 Match cards for the rest of the season are now complete. In addition, they are now text tables instead of images, so highlight and copy whatever you want. Those preferring images can still take a screenshot and achieve the same result. Having text tables makes the match cards much easier to update, and it will allow for a translation function to be added later. Aquamarine Statistics Page Ready Wed, 4 Mar 2009 03:55 -0600 Match graphics for the Aquamarine Period are now available. Tab-delimited plaintext has also been made available for those wanting to do some data analysis on their own or to share the data on message boards or blogs. We will try to update these graphics and data after each match. Data for the remaining periods should be ready tomorrow. Also, the voting page has received a few more additions to its available translations. Voting Ballot Preview Tue, 3 Mar 2009 04:25 -0600 With the schedule drawing done, a lot more work is now possible for the staff. Graphics and statistics will be updated. Profiles are still on the way to being complete. And the ballot preview for Aquamarine 1 is now available. The contestants page has been updated, too, to reflect the final tier ordering of our contestants. We're also announcing an ISML Fantasy project on the forums. Join in on the fun! Live Scheduling Starting Soon Mon, 2 Mar 2009 17:38 -0600 Here's your friendly RSS reminder that our live scheduling of Tiers 4 and 5 -- our 27 new contestants from the preliminary rounds -- will begin shortly at 0000 GMT in our event chatroom, #isml2009, on the IRC server. The channel is moderated, so only the staff will be able to speak; however, you can join #isml which is our open and public chatroom for any and all discussion. Schedule Drawing Delayed Mon, 2 Mar 2009 00:14 -0600 The schedule drawing for our remaining contestants has been delayed for 24 hours. We sincerely apologize to those who have been waiting for results today. Please keep an eye on our forums as well as the IRC chatroom for updates. Thanks to everyone for your continued support of ISML, and thank you in advance for your continued patience while we get ready for the regular season. Rules Page Bookmarked Thu, 26 Feb 2009 11:45 -0600 While the staff may be the only ones to use this, if you want to reference rules in any blogs or discussions you might have, you can now directly link to each rule. For example, refers to Rule III.iv.B.3.c. Essentially convert all letters to lowercase and all numbers to numerals. Preface everything with a lowercase R. New Contestants Page Sun, 22 Feb 2009 21:23 -0600 The contestants page has been revamped with a new interface, which should save space and be more convenient to use. Hooray, Javascript! International Updates Sat, 21 Feb 2009 18:15 -0600 A typo correction in Tsukasa's postseason record. And I've updated all the international pages to have the complete contestants list. Old information about nominations and preliminaries have been removed. New information about the regular season will be available soon in all languages. The ISML forums have been bustling these last four days, garnering over 1000 posts already. Please register if you haven't already! ISML Forums Tue, 17 Feb 2009 18:13 -0600 We are bringing back the forums this year. Please register and start new discussions and campaigns for your favorite characters. Invite your friends into this new community whose primary focus is Saimoe. The link has been added to the main navigation bar, and I switched the placing of Statistics and Contestants while I was at it. Statistics Portal Mon, 16 Feb 2009 23:52 -0600 We have started our statistics portal, which contains the standings page and other resources. Results from the Nominations period are also released. Avatars and arrangements Mon, 16 Feb 2009 17:25 -0600 A few replacement contestant avatars for improved quality. Changed the arrangement of the front-page display. Many thanks to our graphics team. And I'm pre-thanking our translation team as they have been submitting me their work; I just have to synthesize it and get it out on the site for the rest of you. =) Randomization in place Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:05 -0600 Contestant portraits on the front page are now randomized every time you reload the page. Have fun with that. :) Given 64! possible permutations, you'll probably never get the same sequence twice. Again, profiles will be slowly updated throughout the weeks so you'll have info to read. Don't forget that the regular contestants page will always be in an expected order in case you're having a hard time finding a girl. Front page update Sun, 15 Feb 2009 19:18 -0600 Front page updated showing all our contestants. The contestants page has been re-sorted in alphabetical order, too. Character profiles and more sorting options will become available over the next few weeks as we get closer to the start of the regular season. Hiatus for Site Development Fri, 13 Feb 2009 23:55 -0600 The site staff will be working hard over the next three weeks getting data ready for the start of the regular season. Please look forward to updates! Round 8 Results Thu, 12 Feb 2009 21:08 -0600 Round 8 results are posted. Congratulations to Kōzuki Kallen. Prelims are now over, and we will be working hard during the hiatus to prepare for the start of the regular season. Stay tuned for updates! I should be using this feed more for everybody's convenience. Please send emails to if you have any bug reports or suggestions! Round 7 Results Mon, 09 Feb 2009 20:32 -0600 Round 7 results are posted. Congratulations to Vita and Alice Carroll. Slight highlighting error Sun, 08 Feb 2009 18:38 -0600 If you voted in the last 38 minutes, you might have noticed that the highlight for the twelfth cell for Yuno and Seto San weren't working. This was a small bug in the code that has been fixed. But it was an aesthetic thing only. You could have still voted for either girl as the radio button is what really matters on the voting form. Updated Thai page Sat, 07 Feb 2009 01:11 -0600 With preliminaries about to end and a new lot of characters coming in, our translators are back at work (and we appreciate them very much for it). The Thai page has an update on the characters list. Also the rules have been updated to match the current official English version. Added RSS icon Fri, 06 Feb 2009 21:26 -0600 Added a cute little RSS icon to the menu bar. Also, I'm writing these feed entries manually right now. Gotta figure out how to make them a bit more automatic. Expect lots of updates and overhauls to this feature. But hey, it's serving its purpose of letting you know what's going on, right? Added icon Fri, 06 Feb 2009 21:11 -0600 Added a shortcut icon to the website, and I mean the little icon next to the tab on your browser. Testing Part 2 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 19:25 -0600 This is the second test feed. ISML tests out RSS feeds Fri, 06 Feb 2009 19:00 -0600 Crisu tries to teach himself how to write RSS stuff, so voters can know when the main page or the news page gets updated!