Madoka Kaname takes Saimoe 2013


Here is your new queen

After a turbulent start, Saimoe, the annual 2ch best waifu tournament, concludes as Madoka Kaname edges out Sayaka Miki in the final contest and takes the crown. Taking 59% of the vote, this decidedly Madoka-dominated finale ends the possibly the least exciting Saimoe in recent memory given its loser's bracket intermission and seeing the Saki and Madoka bandwagons eliminating the diversity of its initial crop of entrants. On the flip side, it's good to see Madoka actually representing her super-popular franchise in this super otaku exercise for once, unlike the 2011 situation when Mami ended up taking the crown. It wasn't just a coincidence that Madoka Rebellion came out during the tournament, perhaps.

Ultimately, Saimoe is a community event for the netizens of 2ch, and the result of the contest reflects not just that core group of otaku online but also the online attitudes about which franchises and characters are popular and to what extent as part of the pulse of Japan's anime otaku core. It's kind of incredible to see Watashi (the protagonist from Humanity Has Declined) all the way in the semifinals as the only non-Madoka character in the running; that almost makes up for the fact that, well, three Madoka characters were in the semifinals. There were other brouhahas earlier on as well such as when the tournament admins tried to fight against fraudulent voting, changing the results of certain match(es). In the end, the Saimoe system may need to be changed to something more modern, but however things will go for 2014, it will be under the guidance of her holiness Madoka Kaname. As usual, a big thanks to animesaimoe.org for keeping track and organizing its coverage from the West.

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