All right, so to make it short and clarify stuff that some people have asked me:
There are a few ways for you to get at the music (if you’re so inclined). As I posted yesterday, if you don’t want to have to go through any torrenting rigamarole, you can always grab the direct download. Now? We have a torrent that people can use. Hooray!
Note that you do not necessarily need the music to be able to vote since I will be posting streaming links regardless, but it’s nice to have if you want to give stuff a listen while you’re waiting for the polls to get posted. (Also, for the people who do have the file, it’d be awesome if you can seed.)
There is one track thus far that’s been mistagged. Track #120 – Durarara!! – Complication is somehow tagged as “In My World.” After checking with youtube, it does seem like this is the correct track, but that the title tag just somehow escaped my attention. Just re-tag it back to “Complication” if you want to avoid any confusion in the future.
Finally, I’ll have the first 4 polls for Round 1 up tonight before I go to sleep. The polling period will last for 7 days. It will get shorter in subsequent rounds, but for now, the first round will give voters a chance to get themselves more familiar with the tunes, hence, the 7-day period.
As always, if you want to follow the shenanigans or get faster updates, the Animusic Twitter account is the go-to for that.
After much pain and sorrow and the intermittent gnashing of teeth, the compiling and, ultimately, uploading of the huge file containing all 256 tracks (as well as the eliminated tracks from the prelims) is complete. So to get it out of the way:
The Final 256 Animusic Tourney Songs
So what happens now? I’ll wait for people to acquire said file before throwing a torrent up. The idea is that some of you who acquired the file through this DDL will help seed the torrent. I mean, you will do that, won’t you (pretty please)?
As always, if something about the compilation is incorrect, just let me know as always and I’ll rectify it as best I can. Thanks for hanging in there!
As the track-scouring process slowly winds down and the tournament gets ready to kick off, the only thing possibly more fun than perusing 256 tracks and watching them butt heads against one another is predicting which song has the harder skull to withstand all that punishment.
With that idea of a tourney on top of a tourney, Omo’s gone ahead to bring unto you all the Animusic Tourney Prediction Challenge!
So between now and Sunday, July 28th, 18:00 UTC (better known to USians as 2PM EDT) you can submit your predictions on what song will win through here: http://challonge.com/omochallenge
Per Omo who explains it all:
The scoring system is by a factor of two. A correct round 1 prediction scores 1 point, a correct round 2 prediction scores 2 points, round 3 scores 4 points, round 4 scores 8 points, etc (I think it goes like 2^(round number -1)).
To input your predictions, follow the link on top of the site about entering predictions, create an account if necessary, and drag-drop the choices you would like. If you have a question about a particular entry, your best bet is to google it if you have no clue, and then search for a video of it on youtube or some such. If not, leave a comment on twitter and I can probably help you.
This is mostly for fun and game and lulz, so there is a chance that the bracket input time frame may be extended to include more people. And winner might get a prize from me–this is something we’ll talk about later on once things are in full swing.
As a note for prizes, I can probably throw in the first two Macross Frontier OSTs (don’t ask why I somehow ended up with two copies of both. Let’s just say, memory and Book Off don’t mix).
Also, a shoutout to people who’ve dug through the nominations spreadsheet to come up with cool observations:
Lost My Thesis on one being the loneliest number. A rundown of top-slot songs that only got one vote.
Behind the Nihon Review on recency bias reflected in the nominations rolls.
More brackets. More madness. But per the requests, you won’t have to worry about the seed numbers actually being shown when it comes time to vote.
Still procuring tracks through the interwebs. Expect torrent and download to be up sometime Saturday night.
For the next few days, I’ll be putting up the tournament brackets. Because putting both series title and song title would not have fit and I can’t find any better bracket-making alternative, I just decided to put the song titles only. Hopefully should still make sense. If not, you can always consult the ginormous spreadsheet.
Gleefully rub your hands together or despair away.