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!
#10 Hitagi Senjougahara Defeats #2 Kanna Tanigawa
Hitagi proved that Senjougahara fascination will never die, crushing Kanna with nearly three times as many votes. That poor girl just can't catch a break. Squid Girl deserves some credit for pulling off a numerically equal upset, but Hitagi gets the nod for winning so decisively.
Most Popular Series
Nisemonogatari - 5 Entries
Taking up a good portion of the opening round and the entire quarterfinal, the Winter bracket was allNisemonogatari all the time. This made for a pretty divisive round as it left out those who did not watch the series, but regardless it gave us eventual finalist Shinobu Oshino.
Most Popular Voice Actress
Kana Hanazawa - 5 Entries
Defending her title from last year, the prolific Ms. Hanazawa once again voiced the most characters in the tournament. Unlike last year however, it was not a total blowout. Up and coming talents Haruka Tomatsu and Kanae Ito were right behind her with three entries each.
Best Round of the Tournament
With a memorable three way race and an epic collapse of a #1 seed, the Fall quarterfinal was the match to watch. Established favorites Chie, Poplar and Squid Girl each hung in until the last hour, where a few desperate tweets and last minute votes decided the round. Definitely the most exciting group of the tournament.
Despite having a tough bracket and having last been seen in a mediocre game adaptation, Chie overcame the odds and made it all the way to the semifinals. Perhaps most notable though is she managed to do it as a character that doesn't conform to the usual tropes or stereotypes that many of the other girls might fall into. It's no wonder her fans were so passionate about supporting her. So let's give Chie one last round of applause!
After basically appearing as a room decoration in Bakemonogatari, Shinobu finally got her chance to shine in the series' sequel this past Winter. Particularly after Nisemonogatari's final episode, it was clear the supremely confident, age-shifting vampire was going to see a huge boost in popularity. With more -monogatari action planned for the future, I'm sure this will not be the last we've seen of Shinobu Oshino.
With all other awards and honors covered, it's time to announce our Japanator Saimoe 2012 Champion!
Japanator Saimoe 2012 Champion
Aika "Chinese Delivery Girl" Nakamura
First she stole our 3000 yen when we couldn't finish our Mega Beef Bowl, then she stole our hearts. Was there ever any doubt who this year's champion would be? Sure she wasn't technically "in" the tournament, but she's here now, leaping straight through her portal from the Meat Dimension and onto the Winner's Podium. In fact I... wait hang on, I just got a weird text message. I don't recognize the number, the name is Kyouma something... what does "El Psy Con...
Japanator Saimoe 2012 Champion
There you have it ladies and gentlemen, your 2012 Saimoe Champion is Kurisu Makise! KURISTINA was pretty much invincible throughout the entire tournament, even inspiring some zealous fans to go to town with that guest comment button. The girl's got brains, beauty, is actually of age, and theoretically speaks English. Oh and she may occasionally be found online trolling message boards or yelling at you for being a pervert. Clearly she's a great fit for the Japanator community, so let's hear it one more time for our winner!
And with that we have reached the end of this year's tournament! Personally I'd like to thank Brad and Japanator for helping me get posts up and letting me help break in the new site. Special thanks go out to my fellow GLORIOcommunity veterans for their support and input throughout the process. And of course the biggest thanks goes out to you guys and girls, the Japanator community, for coming out and voting and putting up with my terrible tongue in cheek humor. You folks make this one of the coolest and easiest anime fan communities to be a part of. So keep watchin' them crazy Japanese cartoons and we'll see you around.