Thursday, December 01, 2016

ISML 2016: Shana Elected Saimoe Prime Minister



ISML 2016: Shana Elected Saimoe Prime Minister
Sora Defeats Incumbent Hachiman Hikigaya To Become Deputy Saimoe PM

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
December 1, 2016

Finally, it is Shana's year. In a year in which Donald John Trump was elected to the White House, Yuuji Sakai's esteemed wife finally broke through the lack of respect bestowed on her through the years, defeating Illyasviel von Einzbern 3240-1860, a landslide victory that gives her the ISML Heavenly Tiara and the role of Saimoe Prime Minister of Japan, succeeding Eru Chitanda, for the year 2017. Shana was in tears at the Victory Ceremony in Tokyo, as she addressed the crowd, the message of patience was important in being a leader for others to follow. In the background, the campaign anthem, "Don't You Need Somebody" by RedOne, played.



"I learned that humility and graciousness can come a long way because the time will come when you will not need to wait, and it will be your turn to be a beacon of hope for the world," Shana said, holding back tears of joy before a crowd of over 9,000 at Tokyo Big Sight. "To everyone who has supported me, my husband Yuuji, my good friend Kazumi, and to all of you voters who determined that this is my year to show you what I can do to make Saimoe great again, thank you. I also dedicated this victory to the lives lost in Colombia. Chapecoense, I dedicate this victory and my career as a moekko to you and to those falling from above, I met you all in a dream, and you all wonderful brave men of character. I will live my life for you, for your families, for your country, for our world. I ask for your divine guidance and assistance in helping me do my job here on Earth.



"To everyone, I will do my best to work with Yuuji, Sora, Shiro, Stephanie, Aoba, Chitose, Megumin, Rem, Mikan, Eru, Mio, and everyone else who I will call upon to make next year a great year for the Saimoe movement. We are all on the same team. We know what we have to do to win your trust. I waited too long to finally get my chance. But now that I am here to serve you and the interests of our Diet, our Imperial Household, the Japanese anime and manga industry, we will hit the ground running. We will travel all over the world, at gatherings, conventions, meetings promoting our message. We will use the power of sports and gaming to encourage nonviolent means of addressing conflicts and disagreements of all shapes and forms. We will promote the right for anyone to love who they want without paying the price. And we will listen to you in how we can do our job better being people you can stand by, in whatever way or form you want.



"I would like to thank you all for your support. I love you all, and I will treasure this moment for me to finally serve you, the people of Japan, and the world as your Saimoe Prime Minister. Together, We Can Make Saimoe Great Again. God bless you, God bless the world, and may God Bless Japan! Let's do this! Thank you, everyone!"



Sora defeated incumbent Deputy Saimoe Prime Minister Hachiman Hikigaya 2120-2087, a thriller that landed him the ISML Scepter and the role of Deputy Saimoe PM, as well as a right-hand man to Shana. He will promote the use of nonviolent competition, including games, e-sports and sports, as a way to promote self-improvement, peace, teamwork, fair play and "a fulfilment of the mind, body, and soul," as specified in his victory address to the citizens of Elchia. It is expected that Shiro, Stephanie Dola and Sakai will be a part of Shana's Cabinet next year. All will be sworn in on New Year's Eve 2016 in Tokyo, hours before midnight.



Megumin and Rem will also be part of Shana's Saimoe Cabinet as winners of the ISML Winter and Spring Diadems. Joining the team will be Aoba Suzukaze and Chitose Karasuma. Suzukaze defeated Hifumi Takimoto 1709-1405 to win the Summer Diadem, while Karasuma rolled past Ai-chan 1729-1565 to win the Fall Diadem. Also joining the Cabinet as ministers are Eru Chitanda, Mio Akiyama and Mikan Yuuki. Chitanda and Akiyama will be joint Chiefs of Staff after battling to a 2021-2021 draw. Mikan Yuuki will be a deputy advisor after winning the Divine Circlet, 2057-1885 over Eriri Sawamura Spencer.



In Consolation action, Kurisu Makise scored the Upset of the Round, a 2219-2146 scalp of Yukino Yukinoshita, Rin Tosaka whipped past Mashiro Shiina 2465-2191, Saber slashed past Kurumi Tokisaki 2360-2078, Iroha Isshiki drubbed Nanami Aoyama 2107-1977, Nao Tomori kicked Asuna Yuuki 2330-2128, and Shiro leveled Kurumi Tokisaki 2360-2078. Yuzuru Otonashi, who is also expected to be a part of the Saimoe Cabinet to provide gender balance, slammed Kyon 2126-1833, Kiritsugu Emiya scored the closest race of the round, a 1933-1926 nailbiter over Archer, Rintarou Okabe trounced Ryuuji Takasu 2107-1953, Edward Elric clobbered Koyomi Araragi 2003-1795, Saitama punched Touma Kamijou 2152-1912 and Korosensei dismantled Izayoi Sakamaki 1975-1827.

The 2016 International Saimoe League season has concluded. Keep it right here on The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue for coverage of the 2017 International Saimoe League, the world's premier anime character competition.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

BoBA ISML 2016 Predictions: Postseason Match Day 8 (Election Day)

SAIMOE PRIME MINISTER/ISML HEAVENLY TIARA
ARENA 01: Illyasviel von Einzbern [Shana]
by <=500
Over/Under: 5000
Over

SAIMOE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER/ISML SCEPTER
ARENA 02: [Hikigaya Hachiman] Sora
by >=400
Over/Under: 5000
Over

ARENA 03: [Yukinoshita Yukino] Makise Kurisu
by <=800
Over/Under: 6000
Under

ARENA 04: [Shiina Mashiro] Tōsaka Rin
by >=400
Over/Under: 6000
Under

ARENA 05: [Saber] Yuigahama Yui
by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Under

ARENA 06: Tomori Nao [Yūki Asuna]
by <=700
Over/Under: 6000
Under

ARENA 07: Tokisaki Kurumi [Shiro]
by >=200
Over/Under: 6000
Under

ARENA 08: [Isshiki Iroha] Aoyama Nanami
by <=500
Over/Under: 6000
Under

ARENA 09: [Otonashi Yuzuru] Kyon
by >=700
Over/Under: 4500
Over

ARENA 10: Archer [Emiya Kiritsugu]
by <=300
Over/Under: 4500
Over

ARENA 11: [Takasu Ryūji] Okabe Rintarō
by <=500
Over/Under: 4500
Over

ARENA 12: Edward Elric [Araragi Koyomi]
by >=350
Over/Under: 4500
Over

ARENA 13: Saitama [Kamijō Tōma]
by <=450
Over/Under: 4500
Over

ARENA 14: [Korosensei] Sakamaki Izayoi
by >=550
Over/Under: 4500
Over

ISML SUMMER DIADEM
ARENA 15: [Suzukaze Aoba] Takimoto Hifumi
by <=500
Over/Under: 5000
Over

ISML FALL DIADEM
ARENA 16: [Karasuma Chitose] Ai-chan
by >=300
Over/Under: 6000
Under

ARENA 17: [Chitanda Eru] Akiyama Mio
by <=500
Over/Under: 5500
Under

ISML DIVINE CIRCLET
ARENA 18: [Yūki Mikan] Sawamura Spencer Eriri
by >=300
Over/Under: 5000
Over

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ISML 2016: Illya, Shana To Contest Heavenly Tiara


ISML 2016: Illya, Shana To Contest Heavenly Tiara
Hachiman Will Look To Defense Scepter Against Sora

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
November 29, 2016

Match Day 7 of the 2016 International Saimoe League Postseason has concluded. In the Female Division Semifinals, Illuyasviel von Einzbern delivered the Upset of the Round and the closest victory of the round, a 2233-2204 thriller over Mashiro Shiina, while Shana torched Yukino Yukinoshita 2588-2086. Shana will come into the General Election for Saimoe Prime Minister of Japan as the favorite to win.

Over in the Male Division, Hachiman Hikigaya dominated Archer 2357-1915 while Sora prevailed over Yuzuru Otonashi 2077-1922. Hachiman is the incumbent Deputy Saimoe Prime Minister and is favored to be reelected. Mikan Yuuki defeated Hitagi Senjougahara 1878-1628 and Eriri Sawamura Spencer cruised past Yui Hirasawa 1967-1660 to advance to the Divine Circlet Final. Also in Fall Seasonal action, Chitose Karasuma defeated Mizore Yoroizuka 1794-1406 and Ai-chan throttled Ui Wakana 1819-1242.



In Consolation Rouind action, Saber slashed past Azuna Yuuki 2313-2016, Yui Yuigahama rolled past Shiro 2169-2088, Rin Tosaka crushed Kurumi Tokisaki 2355-1989, Kurisu Makise whipped past Nao Tomori 2190-2058, Ayase Aragaki flew past Jibril 2207-1829, Ryuuji Takasu roared past Koyomi Araragi 1991-1826, Rintarou Okabe broke Touma Kamijou 2070-1822, Kiritsugu Emiya punched Saitama 2219-1765, Kyon thumped Edward Elric 1853-1762 and Souma Yukihira defeated Keima Katsuragi 1807-1660.

Match Day 8 of the 2016 International Saimoe League postseason is the final day of the 2016 ISML season and is also the General Election for Saimoe Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Japan. The General Election is scheduled for November 30, 2016. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.