The Anime Saimoe Tournament is an annual contest held by 2ch to determine the most moe girl of the year. The tournament is not meant to directly measure popularity (despite common misconceptions) but rather focuses on each character's moe appeal, and is intended to be a festival in which fans can promote shows, characters, artwork, and other material they enjoyed. Saimoe is serious fucking business. Blood will be spilled. The cast of Puella Magi Madoka Magica is participating in the 2011 tournament.
Mami Tomoe Wins Saimoe 2011!
 How To Vote
The tournament placed tight restrictions on IP addresses for the preliminaries, so voters outside Japan had difficulty getting codes. These restrictions remain in place for the main tournament, so you may need a Japanese IP address to get a code. If you're able to get in, here are the steps:
- http://saimoe.jpn.org/2011/code.cgi to start code generation. After 1-2 hours, refresh to get the code, which looks like [[AST1025-6BN.I58Q-Rd]]-01195
- Copy your character's name from the generator or animesaimoe.org including brackets, like <<鹿目まどか＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
- Go to the current voting thread to post your code, name, and an extra message about your character. Example:
I wish to vote for Madoka in every match, in every timeline, with my own hands.~っす
The eight group winners face each other in single elimination playoffs determined by a new random draw.
 Championship Match
11/04 EST or 11/05 JST
Semifinal 1 (11/01 EST or 11/02 JST):
- 334 votes - Erica Hartmann - Eliminated
- 509 votes - Kyoko Sakura - Advances to Final
Semifinal 2 (11/02 EST or 11/03 JST):
Quarterfinal 1 (10/27 EST or 10/28 JST):
- 340 votes - Astarotte Ygvar - Eliminated
- 363 votes - Erica Hartmann - Advances to Semi Finals
Quarterfinal 2 (10/28 EST or 10/29 JST):
- 657 votes - Kyoko Sakura - Advances to Semi Finals
- 568 votes - Kuroneko - Eliminated
Quarterfinal 3 (10/29 EST or 10/30 JST):
Quarterfinal 4 (10/30 EST or 10/31 JST):
- 612 votes - Ika Musume - Eliminated
- 710 votes - Mami Tomoe - Advances to Semi Finals
 Main Tournament
The 288 characters that passed the preliminaries were divided into eight groups and brackets for the single elimination main tournament through a random draw, which took place shortly after the end of the last preliminary round. The winner of each group advances to the finals.
 Saimoe Records
- Puella Magi Madoka Magi holds the record for the most consecutive wins in Saimoe by an anime, 17 if not including intraseries battles, 22 if included. The prior record was 11, set by in Azumanga Daioh in 2002.
- Second highest with 22 victories in one season.
- First one cour (12 episode) anime to win Saimoe.
- First series to have three candidates in the semi-finals.
- Mami, at 70.11%, holds a top 5 record in highest vote percentage win for a match.
- Mami is the first non-pettanko winner.
- Mami is the winner with the shortest anime appearance in Saimoe history.
 Group Finals
Group C (10/19 EST or 10/20 JST):
- 415 votes - Madoka Kaname - Advances to Quarter Finals
- 232 votes - Elucia De Lute Irma - Eliminated
Group E (10/21 EST or 10/22 JST):
- 464 votes - Sayaka Miki - Advances to Quarter Finals
- 283 votes - Haqua du Lot Herminium - Eliminated
Group F (10/22 EST or 10/23 JST):
- 427 votes - Mami Tomoe - Advances to Quarter Finals
- 182 votes - Shirayuki Hotogi - Eliminated
Group G (10/23 EST or 10/24 JST):
- 428 votes - Kyoko Sakura - Advances to Quarter Finals
- 250 votes - Index - Eliminated
 Round 3
Group C (10/10 EST or 10/11 JST):
- 421 votes - Madoka Kaname - Advances to Group Finals
- 207 votes - Hercule Barton - Eliminated
Group E (10/12 EST or 10/13 JST):
- 519 votes - Sayaka Miki - Advances to Group Finals
- 396 votes - Charlotte Dunois - Eliminated
Group F (10/13 EST or 10/14 JST):
- 410 votes - Mami Tomoe - Advances to Group Finals
- 183 votes - Miyafuji Yoshika - Eliminated
Group G (10/15 EST or 10/16 JST):
- 532 votes - Kyouko Sakura - Advances to Group Finals
- 306 votes - Kokoro Akechi - Eliminated
 Round 2
Group C (9/24 EST or 9/25 JST):
- 333 votes - Madoka Kaname - Advances to Round 3
- 119 votes - Mio Isurugi - Eliminated
- 56 votes - Ingrid Sorveig Sorgrims - Eliminated
Group E (9/29 EST or 9/30 JST):
- 519 votes - Sayaka Miki - Advances to Round 3
- 281 votes - Kazari Uiharu - Eliminated
- 155 votes - Ruiko Saten - Eliminated
Group F (9/29 EST or 9/30 JST):
- 571 votes - Mami Tomoe - Advances to Round 3
- 286 votes - Nymph - Eliminated
- 87 votes - Mikan Yuuki - Eliminated
Group G (10/06 EST or 10/07 JST):
- 481 votes - Kyoko Sakura - Advances to Round 3
- 169 votes - Charlotte E. Yeager - Eliminated
- 58 votes - Tsumugi Toudou - Eliminated
 Round 1
Group A (8/15 EST or 8/16 JST):
- 585 votes - Homura Akemi - Eliminated
- 696 votes - Misaka Mikoto - Advances to Round 2
- 57 votes - Sara (Jewelpet) - Eliminated
Group A (8/17 EST or 8/18 JST):
- 109 votes - Ume-sensei - Eliminated
Group B (8/19 EST or 8/20 JST):
- 138 votes - Charlotte - Eliminated
- 265 votes - Hibiki Houjou (Suite Pretty Cure) - Eliminated
- 297 votes - Sui Shijima (Hanasaku Iroha) - Advances to Round 2
Group C (8/26 EST or 8/27 JST):
- 285 votes - Madoka Kaname - Advances to Round 2
- 67 votes - Chiriko Tsurumi (Ano Hana) - Eliminated
- 120 votes - Erika Sendou (Fortune Arterial) - Eliminated
Group E (9/04 EST or 9/05 JST):
- 445 votes - Sayaka Miki - Advances to Round 2
- 40 votes - Kusano (Sekirei) - Eliminated
- 291 votes - Yuina Wakura (Hanasaku Iroha) - Eliminated
Group F (9/08 EST or 9/09 JST):
- 447 votes - Mami Tomoe - Advances to Round 2
- 209 votes - Sanae Nagatsuki (Ika Musume) - Eliminated
- 64 votes - Noel Kannagi (Sora No Woto) - Eliminated
Group G (9/14 EST or 9/15 JST):
- 338 votes - Kyoko Sakura - Advances to Round 2
- 82 votes - Kanata Sorami (Sora No Woto) - Eliminated
- 180 votes - Ritsu Tainaka (K-ON) - Eliminated
 First Preliminary Rounds
The preliminaries consist of several rounds in which large groups of characters are voted on at once. Each voter can vote for up to 10 characters per round. The 12 highest scoring characters advance to the main tournament, and the remainder of the top 35 get another chance to qualify through the second set of preliminary rounds.
65th - 10 votes - Gin no Majo <<銀の魔女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>> (Gisela)
44th - 18 votes - Geijutsuka no Majo <<芸術家の魔女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>> (Izabel)
57th - 12 votes - Viking-style Puella Magi <<ヴァイキング風の魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
60th - 11 votes - Torikago no Majo <<鳥かごの魔女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>> (Roberta)
1st - 433 votes - Akemi Homura <<暁美ほむら＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
41st - 28 votes - Class representative Witch <<委員長の魔女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>> (Patricia)
42nd - 27 votes - Kage no Majo <<影の魔女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>> (Elsa Maria)
17th - 91 votes - Walpurgis Night (Butai Souchi no Majo) <<ワルプルギスの夜（舞台装置の魔女）＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
1st - 372 votes - Sakura Kyouko <<佐倉杏子＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
65th - 8 votes - Puella Magi in a war <<戦火の中の魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
1st - 410 votes - Tomoe Mami <<巴マミ＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
5th - 202 votes - Charlotte Okashi no Majo <<シャルロッテ（お菓子の魔＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
44th - 32 votes - Hako no Majo <<ハコの魔女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>> (Elly)
1st - 392 votes - Miki Sayaka <<美樹さやか＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
14th - 90 votes - Kaname Junko <<鹿目詢子（まどかの母）＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
62nd - 14 votes - Puella Magi in a volcanic island <<火山島の魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
51st - 19 votes - Puella Magi in the grasslands <<草原の魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
62nd - 13 votes - Cleopatra look-alike Puella Magi <<クレオパトラ似の魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
Patricia Iinchou no Majo <<パトリシア（委員長の魔女）＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>> Duplicate eliminated
56th - 15 votes - Himeko look-alike Puella Magi <<卑弥呼似の魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
55th - 19 votes - Jeanne d'Arc look-alike Puella Magi <<ジャンヌ・ダルク似の魔法少＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
71st - 10 votes - Puella Magi in a savanna <<サバンナの魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
76th - 9 votes - Puella Magi in the train <<列車中の魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
25th - 51 votes - Saotome Kazuko <<早乙女和子＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
33rd - 30 votes - The Puella Magi carrying a teddy bear <<クマのぬいぐるみを持った魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
57th - 15 votes - Gertrud Baeren no Majo <<薔薇園の魔女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
15th - 133 votes - Shizuki Hitomi <<志筑仁美＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
1st - 459 votes - Kaname Madoka <<鹿目まどか＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>> (Naturally, she doesn't go into action until the very last round) (Also naturally, she turned out to be the most powerful magical girl!)
 Second Preliminary Rounds
29th - 70 votes - Walpurgis Night (Butai Souchi no Majo) <<ワルプルギスの夜（舞台装置の魔女）＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
56th - 32 votes - Puella Magi carrying a teddy bear <<クマのぬいぐるみを持った魔法少女＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
17th - 107 votes - Shizuki Hitomi <<志筑仁美＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
29th - 71 votes - Kaname Junko <<鹿目詢子（まどかの母）＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
48th - 43 votes - Saotome Kazuko <<早乙女和子＠魔法少女まどか☆マギカ>>
 Preliminary Tournament Results
- Madoka Kaname scored the highest total of the first preliminaries with 459 votes, completing a 5/5 first place sweep for the main cast.
Madoka characters that have qualified for the main tournament:
- Homura Akemi (Group 3: 1st Place)
- Kyoko Sakura (Group 5: 1st Place)
- Mami Tomoe (Group 8: 1st Place)
- Charlotte (Group 9: 5th Place)
- Sayaka Miki (Group 10: 1st Place)
- Kaname Madoka (Group 16: 1st Place)
Madoka characters that have been eliminated from the tournament:
- Walpurgis Night (Group 4: 17th Place) (Second Preliminary Group 2: 29th Place)
- Puella Magi carrying a teddy bear (Group 14: 33rd Place) (Second Preliminary Group 4: 56th Place)
- Hitomi Shizuki (Group 15: 15th Place) (Second Preliminary Group 5: 17th Place)
- Junko Kaname (Group 10: 14th Place) (Second Preliminary Group 5: 29th Place)
- Saotome Kazuko (Group 14: 25th place) (Second Preliminary Group 6: 48th place)
- Gisela (Group 1: 65th Place)
- Izabel (Group 2: 44th Place)
- Viking-style Puella Magi (Group 2: 57th Place)
- Roberta (Group 2: 60th Place)
- Patricia (Group 3: 41st Place)
- Elsa Maria (Group 3: 42nd Place)
- Elly (Group 9: 44th Place)
- Puella Magi in a volcanic island (Group 11: 62nd Place)
- Puella Magi in the grasslands (Group 12: 51st place)
- Cleopatra look-alike Puella Magi (Group 12: 62nd Place)
- Himeko look-alike Puella Magi (Group 13: 56th Place)
- Jeanne d'Arc look-alike Puella Magi (Group 13: 55th Place)
- Puella Magi in a savanna (Group 13: 71st Place)
- Puella Magi in the train (Group 13: 76th Place)
- Gertrud (Group 15: 57th Place)
- A special mention to Ume-sensei, Ume Aoki's personification and a character in Hidamari Sketch voiced by her, who qualified for the main tournament.
(2nd preliminaries, Group 5: 11th place)
 Voting Details
- http://animesaimoe.org and the synchroom will link to the current voting threads.
- Voting threads can be found here: http://yuzuru.2ch.net/vote/ and you can get a list of the relevant threads here: http://find.2ch.net/?STR=%A5%A2%A5%CB%A5%E1%BA%C7%CB%A8%A5%C8%A1%BC%A5%CA%A5%E1%A5%F3%A5%C82011+%C5%EA%C9%BC%A5%B9%A5%ECRound&COUNT=50&TYPE=TITLE&BBS=ALL
- Alternate voting threads can be found here: http://jbbs.livedoor.jp/anime/8440/ These threads give people who are unable to post on 2ch a place to vote.
The extra message (called a moebun) is required. It doesn't have to be fancy, but good campaign messages might help your character and interesting content, ascii art, and image links are encouraged. Do not post trash talk, trolls, or flames.
- If the last line in the generator page includes times, you just have to refresh the page (once at a time, don't spam, since it will only send the code one time) after the specified time. The generator updates at every 55th minute, so if you start at 1:45, the process starts at 1:55 and finishes at 2:55. At 2:56, you can get your code.
- If the last line on the code generator is コード発行制限中。。。しばらく待って。 then it's saying "please wait." A code might become available later, or you might stay blocked. If this message persists, try a different IP. Using one from a different ISP or country is more likely to work than using another IP within the same subnet. As of the preliminaries, only Japanese IPs are working reliably.
2ch ID numbers: Votes only count if they have unique 2ch ID's. These are based on your IP address, so if you share your internet connection, there may be other people voting with the same ID. Make sure to use a separate IP to post your vote, and if you're not sure whether it's safe, make a non-vote post (with actual campaign content supporting your character, not just a lame "test"), and search all of that match's voting threads for its ID to see if there's any other posts with it.
- If the code generator page says "ERROR:PROXY" in red, you'll need a different IP address, since the one you're using has been banned for being a proxy.
- エラー。。。つなぎかえ多重は止めましょう。。。 also known as the "bridging multiple Kaedes" error. It means that the generator thinks you're trying to vote multiple times by changing your IP. You might have cookies left over from a previous attempt at voting in this match.
- あなたには本日既にコードを発行しています！ means a code has already been issued to your IP for this match.
- 2ch threads are capped at 1000 posts, and there's limits on how many characters and lines your post can contain.
- Sniping: Assassinations run rampant in Saimoe. Homura has already fallen victim to this in round one and Madoka will be a top priority target for every voter who sees her as a threat to their candidate of choice, so remain vigilant and make sure to vote for her and the other Madoka Magica characters in every round. Don't be like Mami and relax too soon when you're headed into battle.
- Sniping the enemy: Turnabout is fair play, and being a fan will be less suffering if certain opponents are taken out. When the tournament brackets are released, look through your favorite characters' groups and identify threatening girls. If two groups of fans from other factions are at war, join the fray.
- Split votes: The first round includes three-way matches where it's possible to have two girls from the same show divided against an enemy, which can make both of them lose. Handle this by following Japan's lead and focusing on the stronger character. Wait until it becomes clear which one of your faction's characters has the most support, and then add to that lead. Wait at least 4 or 5 hours instead of deciding early in the match, since it's common for enormous amounts of fake votes to be used in the first hour or two to trick people into voting for the weaker character.
- Fake votes: The trackers that count vote totals for in-progress matches can be fooled by fake votes that are made using invalid codes. Fake votes are used to mislead voters into becoming complacent or giving up. Don't let your guard down.
 Other Moe Contests
In 2011 Korean's Best Moe Tournament, Homura Akemi won for 2011. This makes two tournament wins this year for Puella Magi Madoka Magica characters.
Several of the other Madoka characters made it as far as the quarterfinals.