The Animusic Tourney Bracketology and Some Shoutouts

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:

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.

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.

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!

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!

Anime Music Poll Example

Track 1: Lucky Star – Moetekke Sailor Fuku (Minoru vers)

Track 2: Someday’s Dreamers – Where the Sky and the Earth Meet

Track 3: One Outs – Aerobatic Funk

No one’s nominated the first track. N-n-n-not that I want them to or anything!

This format is more or less what you can expect.

Still on the fence about deciding whether to run with a 192-song format (3 songs in each poll in the first round only, 2 songs thereafter) or 256-song format (2 songs per poll the whole way through).

Inclined to use Polldaddy, despite the obvious security issues exposed during the Aniblog Tourney.

The Compromise Candidate (5 years before ver.)

One fourth score years ago, the internet, specifically Nico Nico Douga brought forth upon this world a varied medley, conceived by Shimo, and dedicated to the proposition that games and anison deserve a giant mashup of awesomeness.

Now, we are engaged in an anime music tourney to test whether these songs notable from 5 years past, or songs from more recent fare will long stand. We are met on a mere site amidst a giant network to host this, as fans of every stripe chime in, be it by vote or by comment so that this enjoyment of anison might long live.

But we realize that in a larger sense, there’s no objectivity in music; its a personal experience unto us all and none have the true power to so declare one experience superior over another, be it by context, lyrics, or musical form and structure. Nevertheless, it is up to us, the listeners, to dedicate ourselves to the enjoyment of this mixed medium so that the artists of works possibly timeless shall not have created them in vain – so that this fandom shall have a slew of new experiences and ensure that anison new and old, shall not perish from this earth.


To be honest, I just needed a good excuse to post this video and keep this from being too barren while nominations are coming in. It’s kind of surprising that it burst on the scene about 5 years ago and now, the reason why I even know about some of these songs is because of the delicious tribute it received through this medley. Granted, I haven’t followed this phenomenon past, oh, I don’t know… 2009? So any new entries have just been lost on me. Still, it’s tough to beat if your goal is to get a broad sampling of anison and whatnot crammed within a 10-minute timespan.

Updates: We’re closing in on 160 nominations as of this writing. To clarify, that’s 160 people. Average is about 10 songs nominated per ballot aaaaaand my job of tabulating it all via Excel has become much more daunting, but exciting all the same! A little over one week left.