ISML 2010, Preliminaries overview and analysis

This is going to be a long post so get ready! So it has finally come to an end, and the 50 contestants which will now battle each other on the round robin of ISML 2010 have been decided. It used to be 64 before but this time things have changed so not as many people could get in. Anyways here is the list of the ISML 2010 roster:

  1. Aisaka Taiga (Toradora!) – Auto entry (Korea/Japan champion + ISML D.E.)
  2. Akaba Chizuru (Seitokai no Ichizon) – Preliminaries Phase II
  3. Akiyama Mio (K-ON!) – Preliminaries Phase I
  4. Asahina Mikuru (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) – Auto entry (ISML D.E)
  5. C.C. (Code Geass) – Preliminaries Phase II
  6. Fate Testarossa (Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha) – Auto entry (ISML D.E)
  7. Fujibayashi Kyō (CLANNAD) – Auto entry (ISML rank #4, ISML D.E)
  8. Fujibayashi Ryō (CLANNAD) – Preliminaries Phase III
  9. Fukuji Mihoko (Saki) – Auto entry (Japan rank 4th)
  10. Furude Hanyū (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) – Preliminaries Phase II
  11. Furude Rika (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) – Preliminaries Phase I
  12. Furukawa Nagisa (CLANNAD) – Preliminaries Phase II
  13. Haramura Nodoka (Saki) – Auto entry (Japan rank 3rd)
  14. Hiiragi Kagami (Lucky ☆ Star) – Auto entry (ISML D.E, Korea Best runner-up)
  15. Hiiragi Tsukasa (Lucky ☆ Star) – Preliminaries Phase II
  16. Hirasawa Ui (K-ON!) – Preliminaries Phase III
  17. Hirasawa Yui (K-ON!) – Auto entry (Japan runner-up)
  18. Holo (Spice and Wolf) – Preliminaries Phase I
  19. Ibuki Fūko (CLANNAD) – Preliminaries Phase II
  20. Ichinose Kotomi (CLANNAD) – Preliminaries Phase II
  21. Ikaros (Sora no Otoshimono) – Preliminaries Phase III
  22. Illyasviel von Einzbern (Fate/stay night) – Preliminaries Phase II
  23. Izumi Konata (Lucky ☆ Star) – Preliminaries Phase I
  24. Katsura Hinagiku (Hayate no Gotoku!) – Auto entry (ISML D.E champion, ISML ruby necklace)
  25. Kawashima Ami (Toradora!) – Preliminaries Phase I
  26. Konjiki no Yami (To-Love Ru) – Preliminaries Phase III
  27. Kushieda Minori (Toradora!) – Preliminaries Phase II
  28. Louise Vallière (Zero no Tsukaima) – Preliminaries Phase III
  29. Maria (Hayate no Gotoku!) – Preliminaries Phase II
  30. Minami Chiaki (Minami-ke) – Preliminaries Phase II
  31. Misaka Mikoto (To Aru Majutsu no Index) – Preliminaries Phase I
  32. Nagato Yuki (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) – Auto entry (ISML D.E, ISML topaz necklace)
  33. Nakano Azusa (K-ON!) – Auto entry (Korea Best 4th place)
  34. Nymph (Sora no Otoshimono) – Preliminaries Phase III
  35. Okazaki Ushio (CLANNAD) – Auto entry (Korea Best 3rd place)
  36. Saber (Fate/stay night) – Preliminaries Phase I
  37. Saginomiya Isumi (Hayate no Gotoku!) – Preliminaries Phase II
  38. Sakagami Tomoyo (CLANNAD) – Auto entry (ISML rank #3, ISML D.E, ISML aquamarine necklace)
  39. Sakurano Kurimu (Seitokai no Ichizon) – Preliminaries Phase I
  40. Sanzen’in Nagi (Hayate no Gotoku!) – Preliminaries Phase I
  41. Saten Ruiko (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) – Preliminaries Phase I
  42. Sengoku Nadeko (Bakemonogatari) – Preliminaries Phase I
  43. Senjōgahara Hitagi (Bakemonogatari) – Preliminaries Phase II
  44. Shana (Shakugan no Shana) – Auto entry (ISML rank #1, ISML D.E runner-up, ISML sapphire necklace)
  45. Shiina Mafuyu (Seitokai no Ichizon) – Preliminaries Phase I
  46. Shiina Minatsu (Seitokai no Ichizon) – Preliminaries Phase I
  47. Sunohara Mei (CLANNAD) – Preliminaries Phase I
  48. Suzumiya Haruhi (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu) – Auto entry (ISML rank #2, ISML D.E)
  49. Takamachi Nanoha (Mahō Shōjo Lyrical Nanoha) – Preliminaries Phase II
  50. Tōsaka Rin (Fate/stay night) – Auto entry (ISML D.E)

Unfortunately there are some characters that I really wanted to see get in but couldnt in the end..out of all the characters that failed to get in..the ones Im really the most sad about are the following:

  1. Alice (Pandora Hearts) – Alice is seriously one of the cutest and most interesting character I’ve seen in recent times…so its a shame she didnt make it
  2. Amamiya Yūko (ef – a tale of memories) – Yuuko has had no luck on ISML, its a shame since she is such a great character
  3. Hanato Kobato (Kobato) – A newcomer who really has a lot of potential…too bad we wont get to see it here
  4. Katagiri Yūhi (Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka) – A seriously underrated tsundere and IMO among one of Kugimiya’s best roles to date
  5. Kawasumi Mai (Kanon) – The era of Kanon has come to an end, not even Mai could pass ;_;
  6. Kinomoto Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura) – So the original saimoe champion has finally stepped out of the plate, she showed she could fight with characters even after 8 years ;_;
  7. Suigintou (Rozen Maiden) – The dolls who brought so much terror last year have now suddenly become nothing but…”junk”, I am shocked at Suigintou since she ranked #5 on ISML 09 and won a necklace as well
  8. Suiseiseki (Rozen Maiden) – another doll gone, the emerald necklace winner is not amused desu~
  9. Takei Hisa (Saki) – Saki is doomed on ISML, its a shame since Hisa is the best Saki character…Nodoka and Mihoko, which one will get 0-49?
  10. Tsukimiya Ayu (Kanon) – The era of Kanon is over indeed…uguu~

With that said, how did the series nominated for ISML do? Well KyoAni shows continue to be the most popular choices as always but JC Staff has consistently performed better than KyoAni despite its lower numbers. Here is the breakdown of number of contestants per series:

  1. CLANNAD – 8 characters
  2. Hayate no Gotoku! – 4 characters
  3. Seitokai no Ichizon – 4 characters
  4. K-ON! – 4 characters
  5. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – 3 characters
  6. Fate Stay Night – 3 characters
  7. Toradora! – 3 characters
  8. To Aru Kagaku no Railgun – 2 characters
  9. Higurashi no Naku Koro ni – 2 characters
  10. Bakemonogatari – 2 characters
  11. Sora no Otoshimono – 2 characters
  12. Saki – 2 characters
  13. Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha – 2 characters
  14. Shakugan no Shana – 1 character
  15. Zero no Tsukaima – 1 character
  16. Minami-ke – 1 character
  17. Code Geass – 1 character
  18. Spice and Wolf – 1 character
  19. To Love Ru –  1 character

I still cannot believe how dedicated Clannad fanboys can be…I loved the show myself but seriously…what the hell? It doesnt really matter I guess since only Kyou and Tomoyo have the power to handle the top 16, while the other 6 dont. Moving on…there are certain studios that always seem to be the dominant force when it comes to successful moe animes, and those are KyoAni, JC Staff, and surprisingly studio DEEN seems to handle it well recently…here is the breakdown of ISML 2010 just on those 3 studios alone.

  • Kyoto Animation – 18 characters (36%)
  • J.C. Staff – 11 characters (22%)
  • Studio DEEN – 9 characters (18%)

Top 3 Studios combined = 38 characters – that is 76% of all characters for the ISML 2010 roster. Quite shocking huh?

Well this is how ISML rolls, the Aquamarine period will start a few days from now…my third ISML is about to begin. GOOD LUCK TO ALL CONTESTANTS (except Tomoyo) >:)

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One Response to ISML 2010, Preliminaries overview and analysis

  1. Pandadice says:

    dang. whats up with all the sisters? lol.

    Fujibayashi Kyō
    Fujibayashi Ryō
    Furude Hanyū
    Furude Rika
    Hiiragi Kagami
    Hiiragi Tsukasa
    Shiina Mafuyu
    Shiina Minatsu

    guess we’re gonna have to keep this on a first name basis xD

    USHIO FTW!!!

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