Quick Pretournament Update

A few things:

  • Stealth-updated the Preliminary Round post.  Due to a lot of industrious people peeking through the posted nominations spreadsheet, they were able to uncover quite a few errors that will change seedings and brought another track into the main competition.  The net result is that the Preliminary Round is going to be booting out not 1, not 2, but 3 tracks!  If you guys feel like getting angry, the track that managed to squeak into the tournament is none other than the acapella version of “Sousei no Aquarion” which joins luminaries Evangelion’s “Beautiful World” and Angel Beats’s “My Soul, Your Beats” for having different versions of the same song in the tourney. Hooray for democracy.
  • The tournament will most likely properly start next Sunday, July 28.  Right now, I’m going through the process of collecting tracks (and if you guys want to lend a hand, just comment below and I’ll share the necessary tools to make sure this goes smoothly).  The ambitious goal is to get everything uploaded sometime Friday, with a torrent and a DDL option out before the weekend hits.  Currently, we have 128 tracks gathered, so any assistance would be most welcome!
  • I’ll update with the brackets during the week since the 256 song selection will be finalized effectively tonight and you can see/moan/groan over what your favorite songs are up against.  And if you want to set up and play any sort of March-Madness betting thing, I guess you can do that too.
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Nominations Data Dump

While the prelims are raging on (so vote for your least favorite track now!), there’s something that’s near and dear to my heart: stats. Everybody loves stats. Not everyone loves cleaning it up, but hey, someone’s got to do the dirty work. But once the data gets cleaned up, there’s a lot of valuable information to be had and some diamonds that emerge as a result.

One of the things I said I’d do is release the nominations and tabulations in all their glory, both in the form of RAW data and the form in which I’ve cleaned it up and made it a bit more presentable. I figure there’s enough of you stats wizards/data analysts out there who like to have a field day with this kind of stuff (anime music of all things?) and wouldn’t mind having the data handy to run whatever analyses suit your fancy. So without further ado:

Anime Music Tournament Nominations

I haven’t gone in to examine this data beyond a cursory analysis (mostly doing my damnedest to catch all of the duplicate entries. If I miss a few, just let me know somehow, some way). May this sheet validate your thoughts on how anime fans look at anime music or have it confirm your worst fears about recency bias and whatnot. Either way, have fun and feel free to share whatever findings emerge from this monster of a spreadsheet!

Preliminary Round – The Animusic Elimination Game

Maybe this title brings back memories. Maybe it doesn’t.

Either way, some things need to go. Before we start the actual Animusic Tourney, to narrow down the tracklist to 256 tracks, we must ELIMINATE 3 TRACKS FROM THE COMPETITION. The tracks that are available for you to eliminate from this tourney are as follows:

Vote for the track that you like LEAST!

Vote for the track that you like LEAST! Not which one you love to bits, but which one you’d see crash and burn right on the spot before it even gets its chance to square off against worthier fare!

Track 1: Bartender – Bartender

Track 2: Gankutsuou – You won’t see me coming (FULL)

Track 3: Inuyasha – Shinjitsu no Uta

Track 4: MariaHolic – HANAJI

Track 5: Mawaru Penguindrum – ROCK OVER JAPAN

Track 6: Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei – Hito To Shite Jiku Ga Burete Iru

Track 7: Shakugan no Shana – Yoake Umarekuru Shoujo

Track 8: xxxHOLIC – 19sai

Polls close Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 11:59 -0700 UTC. Happy voting and discussing!

Vote Tabulating Update

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:

Top 10 Anime Songs

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!