ISML Rules and Guidelines - FAQ

International Saimoe League is governed by a Constitution and supported by Annual Charters. Please read both documents for a full understanding of our processes, but if you are short on time, the highlights are summarized in a brief, convenient FAQ below.
Last updated: 31 December 2012

What is ISML and how do I participate?
  • ISML hopes to find the most moe among anime girls, and it's up to you to decide by casting your vote!
  • Voting is free of charge; you are not required to register an account.
  • Join the forum to discuss ISML with fellow fans. Subscribe to the news blog for tournament updates.
  • Your participation means that you agree to our rules and policies.

What has changed since 2011?
  • The League now consists of two Divisions, Nova and Stella.
  • Nova Division features new characters within the last two years, plus some exceptions.
  • Our Preliminary Period has a different structure.
  • Each Division has 36 Contestants, for a total of 72 competing for the Tiara in ISML 2012.
  • Regular Season has been reduced to 5 Periods.
  • Inter-divisional matches will occur during the Necklace Showdown.
  • Partial points will be awarded if a Contestant loses a match.
  • Postseason will have two phases. Phase I decides the division champion; Phase II combines the top 8 in each Division to form the championship bracket for the Tiara.



What is the schedule of 2012?
  • The calendar at right highlights all the scheduled match days.
  • Matches start at 1500 GMT on the scheduled day and last for 24 hours.
  • Results will be released 12 hours after a match ends.
  • The schedule is tenative and may change in the future, but we'll keep you updated on the news blog.

Where do I vote?

How does the Postseason work?
  • The top 16 ranked Contestants from each Division are seeded into a single-elimination tournament.
  • The winner of this first tournament wins the Sapphire Circlet (Nova) and the Diamond Circlet (Stella).
  • The top 8 Contestants from each bracket are seeded together into a second single-elimination tournament.
  • The winner of this tournament wins the Heavenly Tiara.
  • Exhibition matches will be present throughout the Postseason. Phase II will have consolation matches for losing Contestants.

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2012 Calendar