It’s been a week since the polls closed and during that time, I’ve been going through, cleaning up the entries as best I can. Granted, I haven’t been able to work on it full time due to Anime Expo eating up a chunk of work-hours that would otherwise have gone towards tabulating the submissions (3 days worth, more or less). So hang tight! If you’ve been following the Animusic Tourney’s Twitter account, you’ll know that I’m about halfway through the cleanup. The next step after taking care of variations like Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu, Haruhi Suzumiya no Yuutsu, The Yuutsu of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Suzumiya Haruhi no Melancholy is to scour for duplicates (like: “Ai no Field” and “Ai no Rinkaku”), and then after that, reconciling the vote totals to make sure it all matches up. With 211 nomination submissions, it’ll be a bit to go through, but nothing insurmountable though!
Based on the totals as they are now, any song that has a point total of 38 or more will make the cutoff for the main event, which will include 256 tracks in a single-elimination, head-to-head format. Chances are high that we’ll need to do a preliminary round anyway, so you’ll get a chance to see which songs are on the cusp, waiting for their chance to shine. And while we’re at it, here’s a peek at the top 10 songs based on point totals:
Based on the progress, I’d say we can have the preliminary round up in a week and I’ll release the entirety of the submissions in raw and processed formats around that time for people who really want to play with the data. In the meantime, thank you for your patience! A shoutout to ratsavage for recommending I use Openrefine to parse and order the data, and if it weren’t for that, I think my life would be much more miserable than it is now as the workload would be much bigger and more painful. Hooray for technology!