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:
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!
One of the most memorable moments I’ve had throughout the time spent blogging is running the MyAnimeList Anime Music Piece of the Week Club (better known to some of the old-timers as the MALKeionbu). One of the great things about running that club was the participation and the discussion that came out of it as well as a feel for what pieces of anime music really resonated with certain people.
While my powers are no longer such that I can run that club on a consistent basis, what I can do as an overdue last hurrah of sorts (before full-time work takes over my life) is to run one final event, which brings us to the creation of the Anime Music Tourney site.
The idea is fairly simple: people nominate anime songs they like. People’s votes are tallied, and then the top a*2^x tracks are seeded and then face off in a head to head competition. Within the head to head competition, anyone interested in voting will listen to the tracks and then vote for the track they liked more. The winner then gets to advance further into the tournament. The loser drops out, never to be heard again (within the context of the tourney). Simple. Easy.
So why are we doing this? Simply for fun, simply to see who wins the hearts of fans if it came down to “Cruel Angel’s Thesis” or “Tank!” You’re curious too, aren’t you?
So over the next few days, I’ll start the organization process for this, which means figuring logistics and the like. I’ll have the rules up sometime next week and the nomination link will be up sometime after that. The goal is for this to start on July 15th, which should give people about three weeks to nominate tracks.
Also, instead of doing something overly complicated like a BGM tourney, let’s keep it nice and easy. A tournament revolving around the Anime Music of Opening & Ending Themes Tournament (Insert songs are OK too!). There, that should give you something to think about. In the meantime, feel free to throw questions, comments, and concerns this way.