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!