Yep, I think the awesome (for Utau, Iru, and Eru only) new banner and this lovely image of my two other favorite SC! tsunderekkos dolling themselves up in their moe finest for ěk-sěn’trĭk‘s BIGGEST feature spells out exactly how BIG! this is for me. x3
And you read it right. A moe contest featuring all your favorite shoujo girls! The first only-shoujo moe contest (to my knowledge, anyways).
UPDATE! (2/26) : This post will soon be unstickied but nominations are going to continue until March 15th. Keep checking for future updates.
Good, cuz I have some work for all of you to do. Thought I was just gonna handle this all by myself? Heck no.
But before I get into the contest details…
Why only shoujo?
That’s easy. In SaiMoe tournaments, shoujo girls will never win. At least not anymore after Rosemary Applefield’s (who the hell is this again?) victory in the 2004 competition. Because the shounen and/or seinen anime have warped and expanded the definition of moe to what it is now. *sigh~* Will I ever get to see a shoujo girl take the 2ch crown again for the rest of my lifetime? Heh, yea right. =P
But anyways, the pre-idea sparked up when I found out that Utau lost to some Minami-ke girl in the first round of the main tournament last year. I was “NUUUU~~~~!!!! UTAUUUU~~~!!!! ヽ(≧Д≦)ノ ｳﾜｧｧﾝ!!” and so pissed because Utau is the TWIN TAIL TSUNDERE IDOL QUEEN, ya bunch of pruneheads! Where is your taste in moe? *slapslapslap* >:/
So I felt bad and wanted to do something about it though I was initially sure that such a thing wouldn’t happen. I only passively mused on the thought. Then I happened to crash into kanzeon’s ANTM at the same time and I was like “Wow…! Such creativeness! Such originality! She’s such a genius! 8DDD” *wheels start turning in my head* Someone should do something similar for the shoujo girls since we have an international moe tournament anyways (I find that one so confusing so I just dropped out).
Then I got a blog and well…I don’t post much about other stuff anyways
I fail~ so I said “Why not? I’ll do it. *smug look*”
Aha~, I don’t feel so smug now. Organizing a tournament by yourself is hard as hell, yo. More than half of this thing is still under the works and I have no idea how the perlims are going to be like so it’s really going to depend on how much participation I get through anyone who’s interested. And that’s going to start with the nominations (haha, I feel like we’re going to the Oscars |D;).
I’m basically using the Saimoe rules and elimination procedures as my source of reference so for those who voted in Saimoe, this should be fairly simple. There’s a good chance I might change things around to make it easier for all of us but as of now, I’m still working on it.
But I’ll get to that when the time comes. Right now, nominations. And that’s where you all come in to help me. I’d like you all to leave a list of the characters you want to nominate in your comments in this particular format:
Name of character (Series they’re from) [Name of creator of the series is optional]
The planned date for the real start of the tournament is April 1, 2009.
Nominations will run from now until mid-March (specifically March 15th). Around that time, I’ll have my week of spring break vacation so I can spend the rest of March organizing the prelims then. Note: There is a good chance I will extend the deadline but try to have all the characters you want to nominate in by at least the original deadline.
Now, PLEASE READ THESE RULES BEFORE YOU START SUBMITTING!
- ONLY SHOUJO FEMALE CHARACTERS ARE ALLOWED!
I will be checking each and every title that is submitted to me. It’s fine if the show falls under a couple of other different genres as long as the demographic is shoujo, josei, and/or the main audience target is girls and/or ladies. Therefore, something like CLANNAD will not qualify. It’s a series that is particularly aimed at a shounen/seinen audience. If you want to prove otherwise, then leave a good reason in a comment or email me and I’ll try to work something out.
- Manga characters are excluded because
Xiao is a lazy pigthere are too many series that are still being serialized and are therefore, hard to keep track of. So any series that has been animated (including OVAs, movies, etc.) will be accepted. Anime adapted from games are ok as well. If it is just manga, no.
Special exception: If I end up having less competitors (I at least expect 21) than I originally thought I would have, I’ll allow for manga nominees and extend the nominations deadline. Sounds fair?
- Mascots are allowed. They just have to be female.
- The anime that your nominee is in has to be an anime that broadcasted during 2008. Meaning the character candidate has to have appeared in one episode or more of ( insert shoujo title ) between exactly Jan. 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008.
- There is no limit on how many recurring characters of a series you can nominate so send in as many as you deem fit.
Note: Be sure to check list of nominees who have already been approved so you don’t repeat them in your lists.
- If you want to nominate a filler character, each series is limited up to 10 fillers. Also, it’s first come, first served so after those 10 spaces are filled, that’s it. Choose your fillers wisely.
And please indicate that they are filler and what episode did they appear in. Otherwise, it will be hard for me to find images of them.
Yep, simple to follow, right? I still feel like there’s something missing but I’ll come back to update this as much as I can so keep on checking back, k? That or I’ll try to make another post on it as I organize my lists.
Now remember. This part is only the nominations. I would appreciate it if I didn’t receive any “VOTE FOR XXX!” comments when I don’t even have a list of contestants yet. I just want the character’s names and the anime they are in, formatted, again, as this:
Name of character (Series they’re from) [Name of creator of the series is optional]
I’d be really grateful for everyone’s cooperation because like most people my age, I have school and school = work my ass off till I’m dead. So regretfully, I can only give this project of mine so much attention on the limited amount of amount of free time I have. So please read the rules carefully.
Other than that, I think a few of my regular readers already know who my own favorite picks are but even so, I want you to list them anyway (just in case I forgot to add someone). But only if nobody else has listed them yet (e.g. like if someone has Lydia from Hakushaku to Yousei in their comment already, don’t repeat it).
Yep, I think that’s all I have to say about the contest for now.
The rest is just stuff on the banner. Really brief. Read it if you care to.
Aww, I’m gonna miss my Valentine angeru~ one. The week went by so fast. Hmm.
But yay! New banner! Made just for SoMT! And of course, nobody would be more appropriate to head it off than the tsundere twin-tail idol queen herself! Hahaha! xDDD And yes, I shamelessly admit that I’m going to use the best of my ability to crown Utau as the first shoujo-only tournament queen if it’s the last goddamn thing I do! *determined, scary face* >8D
The background was easy and simple to make. I just created two different layers, used one texture as the background fill and applied two different colors (pink and purple, Eru and Iru~! <3) to each respective layer to have the criss-crossing effect. Oh, and I put purple above the pink so you can’t really notice anything but the purple but it did give me the shade I wanted (I toned down the opacity) so everything’s just fine.
And yay~! Now I get to see Utau against all the beautiful violet glory everyday I come check my site! x333 And purple is totally Utau’s color. She has the most gorgeous eyes out of all the characters…second to her brother, lol. xD;
Ah, for her image, I just used the one in 2009 manga calendar. Problem was the dates blocked out her hair (and Eru, OMG!) and part of her skirt so I had to reconstruct them and it took me all day to make it look right. I couldn’t fit the cut off from the color page of manga ch. 29 right on the original image so I had to take it apart piece by piece and readjust everything. Then Utau’s right twintail came off too long and I had to do it again and ugh…it was exhausting. My eyes are so tired now from staring at the screen all day. =_=
But I got it done…and it looks decent (because it’s been resized). I had to use another image of Eru but that was pretty easy to do, too. I just had to tilt her a little to the side so it would look more nice. Heh.
Argh, but this would look so much better if my banner wasn’t so small. T___T Makes me want to move to another server right now but I’m not ready yet. *sigh*
Finally, the tagline. Hell yea, Utau is not only a tsundere goddess, she transcends the term and f*ckin’ beautifies it with that awesome “I pwn all you losers” glare and idol style. She’s FIERCE! Right, kanz? xDDD
Utau rawks. Nuff said.
Now get to work, all of you! Our moe queens wait for no one!
If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to leave it in a comment and/or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll do my best to answer them as soon as I can.
xD K, have fun!