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12:03 PM on 11.04.2012

Time for a winner: Toki Onjouji wins Saimoe 2012

And it's over! The official 2ch Saimoe 2012 tournament is over (as of a couple of days ago, really), and we have a winner! According to the whims of the internet and the deadly organization of the pro-Saki voting bloc, i...

Josh Tolentino


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12:00 PM on 10.24.2012

Damn you, Saki! Moe Mahjong dominates Saimoe group finals

Imagine my raising a fist and shaking it at the cruelty of the heavens, and you'll have my reaction to the latest news to come out of Saimoe, the yearly contest that rocks the moe world as anime heroines battle it out in...

Josh Tolentino



Japanator Saimoe 2012: Award Ceremony photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Award Ceremony
by jel x

We've reached the end of Japanator Saimoe 2012 and it has been quite a journey. Over the past two months we selected 64 of our favorite anime girls and week by week narrowed the list down to one. With the final votes cast, we can now announce our winner! Which one of our two worthy finalists will be honored with the title of Japanator Saimoe Champion? This time we really are going to find out!

But before we announce our champion, we have a few awards and honors to bestow on some of our other worthy entries. We'll take a quick look at some of the tournament highlights and then conclude by announcing our winner. So suit up in your best formal wear and prepare to stroll down the red carpet as we kick of the Japanator Saimoe 2012 Award Ceremony!

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Championship Round photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Championship Round
by jel x

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the Championship Round of Japanator Saimoe 2012! Our two finalists are ready to go and will soon be locked in the ultimate high stakes battle! Which young lady will stand victorious as the Queen of the anime Mountain? Who will YOU, the Japanator community, choose as your favorite animated girl from the past twelve months? You have five days left to decide!

Our final matchup will feature Steins;Gate star Kurisu versus the winner of our previous match. It will no doubt be a close vote with both girls building a considerable following throughout the tournament, and our second finalist may come in with a little controversy. Sound intriguing? Well before your head explodes from anticipation, let's find out who she is.

After the jump, take a look at the results from our second semifinal round. Then gear up for our final match and get voting! The fate of the Saimoe Universe is in your hands!

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Spring/Summer Semifinal photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Spring/Summer Semifinal
by jel x

We have arrived at Week 7 of Japanator Saimoe 2012 and the end is coming into view. The final four girls have been decided, and after what looks to be an intense semifinal, we will be ready to vote on our winner! Who will be chosen as this year's paradigm of animated appeal? Let's get to our match and find out.

Our first semifinal is a battle between two young ladies who are wise beyond their years: the brilliant, SCIENCY mind of Kurisu Makise and the adorable, melancholy innocence of Rin Kaga. After just missing the top seed in nominations, KURISTINA destroyed her competition leading up the semifinals. Rin has also had a fairly easy path, only encountering minor resistance in the quarters. Now it's time to see which of these two unstoppable forces will play for the championship!

Click on through for your results from the Winter Quarterfinal and then get ready to vote! There are only a few rounds remaining, so if you haven't participated yet, what have you been doing with your life?!? Join in on the action while you still can.

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Winter Quarterfinal photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Winter Quarterfinal
by jel x

Japanator Saimoe 2012 continues as the final decisive battle draws near!

Three more contestants will be sent home this round, setting us up for our semifinal showdown. Who will be the last girl standing? We are so close to finding out! For now though, let's wrap up our last quarterfinal match.

In an unprecedented turn of events, the entire Winter quarterfinal features girls from the same series. The dangerous ladies of Nisemonogatari include the Fire Sisters Karen and Tsukihi, Vampire of the Year Shinobu, and the Classic (yes, going all the way back to 2009) Hitagi. While I'm sure the voting battle will be brutal, the real question I want answered is who has the best Shaft Pose? 

Think about that before you make your decision.

Read on after the break for your Fall quarterfinal results and then get ready to vote. Friendly reminder: with the new site you can now comment using your original Japanator account, no more double logins! If that's not incentive to participate then I don't know what is.

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Fall Quarterfinal photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Fall Quarterfinal
by jel x

We're entering week 6 of Japanator Saimoe 2012 and this unstoppable freight train of cute girls and democratic process keeps moving forward! This week features the second half of the quarterfinals, so by this time next week we'll be down to our final four! 

The Fall quarterfinal is full of characters that were already well known before the season aired. Yamada and Poplar returned for a second season of Working!!, Squid Girl returned for a second round of her series, and Persona 4's Chie was already popular from the game the anime is adapted from. So which of these familiar faces will get to move on to the semis? The girls had similar results in the opening round, so there really are no overwhelming favorites. It should be fun to watch, or for that matter, vote in! 

So head on down to the fancy new comments section to vote and on the way check out our winners for the Summer quarterfinal. This could be a close one, so make sure you're not left out! 

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Summer Quarterfinal photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Summer Quarterfinal
by jel x

Japanator Saimoe 2012 keeps on rolling as we sweep through the quarterfinals! The tension is mounting as three more girls will be eliminated this round, moving us ever so closer to finding the most deservingly adorable anime character out there. 

The Summer quarterfinal triggers our parental instincts with Rin and Yune, gets a little feisty with Baka and Test's Minami, and hits maximum amounts of FABULOUS with Penguindrum's Himari. Rin and Himari have been getting quite a bit of support throughout nominations and the opening round, will either of the other girls be able to pull an upset? Get those votes ready and let's find out! 

Take a second to check up on who won our first quarterfinal match. Then when you're done celebrating your victory or grieving your losses, hit the comments with your vote. 

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Spring Quarterfinal photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Spring Quarterfinal
by jel x

We're heading into Week 5 of Japanator Saimoe 2012 and it's time for the quarterfinals! The people have spoken and selected the 16 most worthy animated young ladies from last year to continue on. With only the top entries remaining the competition will only get more intense from here on out! 

The battle for the Spring bracket has been narrowed down to the leading ladies of Steins;GateNIchijou'srobotic co-star Nano, and the resurgent Elsie from The World God Only Knows. Each of the four girls dominated their opening round groups, but how will they fare against each other? We shall see, but this group could turn out to be one of the closest votes yet. 

After the break take a look at the final results from the Winter opening round, acquaint yourselves with our quarterfinalists, then vote away! 

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Winter Opening Round photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Winter Opening Round
by jel x

Are you ready for the next round of cute anime girl deliberation? Well we've got your fix as Japanator Saimoe 2012 continues! With more than half the field already eliminated, the pressure is mounting for our final opening round. 

The Winter Bracket is dominated by some imposing contenders from Nisemonogatari and Ano Natsu de Matteru, with the two series taking up half the entries. In a bit of irony Kanna gets her chance for some karmic revenge on Ichika, but will Remon end up trolling them all in the end? Nine out of ten dentists may recommend Karen Araragi, but will that be enough to get past Shinobu or even her own sister? Is it possible Another girl like Mei could sneak through undetected? These are questions that need answers, so let's get on to the voting! 

Carry on after the break for results from the Fall bracket, then on to the comments with your votes. We had another super close group last round, so don't get left out for this one! 

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Fall Opening Round photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Fall Opening Round
by jel x

We're kicking of week 4 of Japanator Saimoe 2012 and the competition is as fierce as ever! With two more opening rounds to cover this week we are inching closer and closer to crowning our Saimoe Queen. 

The Fall bracket features quite a few familiar faces from Working!! and Persona 4 while newcomer Haganaioffers up some strong title contenders. Will this be the last shift for Yamada, Mahiru and Poplar? Will voters love Sena and Yozora as much as they hate each other? AHA! Is this Chie's chance? The saga continues! 

Shuffle on down to the comments to vote and make sure you check out the results from the Summer bracket. We had a few tight races going last round, so don't miss out on this one. Your vote could be the difference! 

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Japanator Saimoe 2012: Summer Opening Round photo
Japanator Saimoe 2012: Summer Opening Round
by jel x

Japanator Saimoe 2012 rolls on but our quest to find the most dangerously endearing girl in anime has only just begun! The Spring opening round is in the books but there is still plenty of good ol' fashioned internet debate to be had. 

The Summer bracket is headlined by a trio of particularly young ladies in Rin, Himari and Yune. Toss in a couple of Idols, some comically mild girl-on-girl action, and one of my underdog favorites and we got a fight on our hands! Will Rin hop over the competition? Can Himari survive the opening round? Will victory be lost on Yune? Only your votes can decide! 

So head on down to the comments to vote, and on your way make sure to check out the results from the previous round. We had great support for the Spring group, so let's keep it up! 

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