Animusictourney Championship Matchups

Polls will reopen on Sunday at midnight. As usual, we’re doing 4 polls a day for 3 days. What that means is we’ll be done with this tournament in about 3 weeks given the number of rounds left to go. In the meantime, here are the matchups you can expect to see:

Match 1:
Bakemonogatari – Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari, which will face off against Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG – Rise

Match 2:
Cowboy Bebop – Tank!, which will face off against Genesis of Aquarion – Sousei no Aquarion

Match 3:
Clannad After Story – Toki wo Kizamu Uta, which will face off against Tatami Galaxy – Maigo Inu to Ame no Beat

Match 4:
Steins;Gate – Hacking to the Gate, which will face off against Baccano! – Gun’s & Roses

Match 5:
Puella Magi Madoka Magica – Magia, which will face off against Air – Tori no Uta

Match 6:
Shinsekai Yori – Wareta Ringo, which will face off against Bokurano – Uninstall

Match 7:
Macross Frontier – Lion, which will face off against Spice and Wolf – Tabi no Tochuu

Match 8:
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya – God knows, which will face off against Angel Beats – My Soul, Your Beats

Bracket Ichijo Polls Have Closed

A few days ago in fact. Yeah, I’ve been lax.

The following songs move on to the next round:

Angel Beats – My Soul, Your Beats, which will face off against Durarara!! – Complication

Kara no Kyoukai – sprinter, which will face off against Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai – Aoi Shiori

Mawaru Penguindrum – nornir, which will face off against Sakamichi no Apollon – Sakamichi no Melody

Durarara!! – Uragiri no Yuuyake, which will face off against Space Battleship Yamato – Uchuu Senkan Yamato

zzeroparticle is 3 for 8 as far as this bracket is concerned in the omo challenge. This bracket gave him sore feet.

The Animusic Tourney Files and Polling Notes for Round 1

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!

Direct Download

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.

The Abridged File Distribution Plan and a Link to the Compilation

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!

Brackets Alpha, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, and Charlotte Released

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.

Anime Music Tourney Nominations Commence!

A week has passed and now that people have been able to comment or ask questions to clarify what’s permissible as far as nominations go, we’re ready to kick off the nominations process for the Anime Music of Openings & Endings Tourney.  so without further ado…

Nominations are closed.

Points to keep in mind while nominating:

  1. The minimum number of songs you can nominate is 5. The maximum number of songs you can nominate is 15.  Obviously, you cannot nominate a song more than once.
  2. When filling out the form, keep in mind that entries are to be entered in [Anime Title] – [Song title] (e.g. Baccano! – Gun’s & Roses).
  3. Note that ordering is important! That is because the location in which you place the song will affect how many points it will earn for seeding purposes.  So in this form, the song in your #1 slot will earn 35 points.  The song in your 15th slot will earn 5 points.
  4. You can nominate anime opening themes, ending themes, or insert songs from any anime (as defined by whether it can be found on AnimeNewsNetwork’s encyclopedia, MyAnimeList’s listings, AniDB, or Anime-Planet).  The songs need not have been written specifically for the anime in question (e.g. Eden of the East – Falling Down).  Furthermore, opening/ending/insert songs from international anime releases are OK too (e.g. One Piece – One Piece Rap).
  5. In terms of insert songs’ eligibility, all you need to do is ask yourself whether the song in question features a vocal component, be it J-pop, rap, Gregorian chant, screamo, etc.
  6. One entry per person.
  7. Nominations that do not adhere to these simple guidelines will simply not be counted.

Important dates:

July 1, 2013, 11:59pm (-0700 UTC) – Nominations phase will close and tallying process begins.
July 8, 2013 – Preliminary tie-breakers (if necessary). Begin distributing the tracklist.
July 15, 2013 – Brackets released. Tournament begins in earnest!

Again, if you have any further questions, feel free to ask.  If you’re looking for tournament updates or the status of how things are going, follow the Anime Music Tourney twitter account at @Animusictourney. There will be periodic updates here as well, if anything, to break the monotony until the end of the Nominations phase.

Nominations are closed.

Introducing: Best Anime Music of Openings & Endings Tourney

Of course, as mentioned in the previous post, insert songs are totally OK too. I just didn’t add it in the title since it wouldn’t fit the acronym I had in mind. So Best Anime MOE Tourney it is (and oh to be able to call it SaiMOE and not have it be confused with something else) or Animusic Tourney will do too!

Anyway, the goal of this entry is to set up the guidelines for the tourney, its processes and procedures, and most importantly, gather feedback or clarify said processes and procedures. So without further ado:

The 10 Commandments to Enjoying Thy Best Anime MOE Tourney!

  1. This contest is for the purpose of FUN. Participants must have FUN and enjoy themselves wholly through musical activities involving the acts of nominating, listening, and voting.
  2. Thou shalt use a soon-to-be linked Google Spreadsheet to nominate at least 5 different tracks, but no more than 15 different tracks.  The point values shalt then be tabulated by the tournament organizer and the top (either 192 or 256) tracks will be seeded and the tournament shall commence.
  3. Thou shalt nominate a song that can be considered an Opening, Ending, or Insert Song and appears in an anime (as defined by whether it can be found on AnimeNewsNetwork’s encyclopedia, MyAnimeList’s listings, AniDB, or Anime-Planet).
  4. In determining whether thy pick of an Insert Song is eligible, ask thyself whether it is a “song,” that is, a piece of music with a vocal component to it, be it rap, J-pop, some chorus chanting “Escaflowne,” or (god forbid) screamo.
  5. Nominations that do not adhere shall be excommunicated and will have no bearing upon the seeding of the tracks!
  6. Upon the completion of seeding and any preliminary activities, voting shall commence. In making your vote, thou shalt listen to each track and choose the one that appeals most to thy musical sensibilities. Votes shall be recorded through Polldaddy (uh oh) unless other alternatives are made available.
  7. During the course of voting, thou art free to discuss the matchups, delivering scorn, praise, apathy, or voting proclamations, as appropriate, without forgetting the First Commandment.
  8. Thou shalt note that the earliest rounds’ polls shall be open for a time period totaling 7 days.  Subsequent rounds shall be shorter (5 days, then 3 days) since it is assumed that thou have become familiar with the tunes by that time.  Winners shall advance, losers shall perish.  Such is the way of this harsh, cruel, but FUN world we live in.
  9. Thou shalt not forget the First Commandment lest thou incur the wrath of thy Tournament Admin.
  10. Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.

And there you have it.  The guidelines to give you an idea of what to expect and how things will roll.

Granted, now that I’ve put these up, people are bound to have thoughts, questions, suggestions, clarifications, and on, and on, and on.  On top of that, I’m still waffling on a few items (leaning heavily towards 192 tracks at the moment, fairly certain about the 7/5/3 setting for poll duration, 15 nominated tracks per person is the final limit I’m settling on).  That’s the reason why this post has come into being: get all that stuff out of the way now so we can have a polished set of guidelines in a week’s time where I’ll unleash the nomination link upon you all and get this all underway!