Monday, September 09, 2013

ISML 2013: The usual suspects progress in postseason

ISML 2013: The usual suspects progress in postseason

By JR Salazar
September 9, 2013

The first match day of the 2013 International Saimoe League postseason was a straightforward one, with only two upsets to show for it, both in the Stella Division.

In the Nova Division, Mashiro Shiina touted Touka Takanashi, 6202-2981, Inori Yuzuriha defeated Eru Chitanda 4833-2395, Asuna Yuuni bounced Yui 5903-2866, Kobato Hasegawa drilled Momo Beila Deviluke 5392-3514, Nanami Aoyama rolled past Nyarlathotep 4994-3960, Kuroyukihime flew past Aria Holmes Kanzaki 5649-3266, Sena Kashiwazaki trampled over Shinka Nibutani 5455-3839 and Rikka Takanashi annihilated Yozora Mikazuki 6077-3049.

In the Stella Division, Ruri Gokou ran past Yui Hirasawa 6651-3180, Ayase Aragaki rolled past Mio Akiyama 5676-4200, Eucliwood Hellscythe silenced Yuri Nakamura 5373-4160, Taiga Aisaka roared past Yuki Nagato 5347-4137, Azusa Nakano romped past Yui-nyan 5142-4307, Mikoto Misaka electrocuted Sabed 5752-4127, Kirino Kousaka delivered the Upset of the Round: 5033-4703 over Shana and defending champion Kanade Tachibana sliced and diced Haruhi Suzumiya 6908-3019.

Match Day 2 of the 2013 International Saimoe League postseason is scheduled for September 10, 2013. Vote for your favorite candidates at and join the ongoing debate.

2channel Anime Saimoe 2013: First Round Odds; Day 17

09/10: Round 1 - Group F, Day 2

Main Character @ Mankind Has Declined: <<わたし@人類は衰退しました>> 3-1
Kurisu Makise @ Steins;Gate: <<牧瀬紅莉栖@劇場版 STEINS;GATE 負荷領域のデジャヴ>> 20-1
Kirino Kousaka @ Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai: <<高坂桐乃@俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない。>> 10-1
Prediction: Main Character by >=30
Over/Under: 500

Miyuki Hoshizora @ Smile Pretty Cure!: <<星空みゆき(キュアハッピー)@スマイルプリキュア!>> 10-1
Mikan Yuuki @ To Love Ru: <<結城美柑@To LOVEる -とらぶる- ダークネス>> EVEN
Saki Nagatsuka @ Ro-Kyu-Bu!: <<永塚紗季@ロウきゅーぶ!>> 15-1
Prediction: Mikan Yuuki by <=60
Over/Under: 500

Mikoto Misaka @ A Certain Magical Index: <<御坂美琴@とある科学の超電磁砲S>> EVEN
Nagi Sanzenin @ Hayate The Combat Butler: <<三千院ナギ@ハヤテのごとく! シリーズ>> 50-1
Yui Funami @ Yuru Yuri: <<船見結衣@ゆるゆり♪♪>> 10-1
Prediction: Mikoto Misaka by >=50
Over/Under: 500

Vita @ Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: <<ヴィータ@魔法少女リリカルなのは The MOVIE 2nd A's>> 60-1
Maho Misawa @ Ro-Kyu-Bu!: <<三沢真帆@ロウきゅーぶ!>> 5-1
Hinagiku Katsura @ Hayate The Combat Butler: <<桂ヒナギク@ハヤテのごとく! シリーズ>> 3-1
Prediction: Hinagiku Katsura by <=50
Over/Under: 500

2channel Anime Saimoe 2013: First Round Results, Day 16

Group E-3 Results:
1位 177票 Kurimu Sakurano @ Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2
2位 148票 Yayoi Takatsuki @ The iDOLM@STER
3位 82票 Hina Takanashi @ Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!
Group E-6 Results:
1位 220票 Sawa Okita @ TARI TARI
2位 181票 Hisa Takei @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
3位 50票 Yoshinoya @ Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
Group E-9 Results:
1位 237票 Mikasa Ackerman @ Shingeki no Kyojin
2位 93票 Tsukasa Hiiragi @ Miyakawa-ke no Kuufuku
3位 87票 Sakuya Aizawa @ Hayate no Gotoku! series
Group E-12 Results:
1位 199票 Nyaruko @ Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
2位 164票 Hanbei Takenaka @ Oda Nobuna no Yabou
3位 91票 Mairu Shirouzu @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A

Tokyo 2020

(CNN) -- Tokyo has been chosen by the International Olympic Committee to host the 2020 Summer Games.
In voting Saturday in Buenos Aires, the committee picked Tokyo over the two other contenders, Madrid and Istanbul.
The announcement came at 5:20 a.m. Tokyo time, but a large crowd watching on an outdoor video screen burst into cheers.
Tokyo previously hosted the Summer Games in 1964.
Japan's bid for 2020 billed the city as the safe choice -- despite radiation leaking from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe personally made a presentation to the committee and promised an effective cleanup.
"I am so happy, I am overjoyed," Abe told reporters at the post-announcement press conference.
"I would like to share this joy with the people back home. We've received so much support from the people of the IOC and I would also like to express my support to them. And to the people around the world.
"A safe and secure Olympic Games will be staged by us -- I think that was another hope for their support. I would like to pledge that we will be discharging this responsibility."
Abe said Tokyo would try to stage a successful Games to thank the world for its support after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of Japan.
"Sport has the power to unite people," he said. "We experienced that after the earthquake and tsunami in 2011, when athletes came to our country and helped us. Japan needs the power of sport, we need hopes and dreams."
Abe said Tokyo's 1964 Olympics had left a strong impression on him as a child.
"I was only 10 years old but a lot of kids like me were fascinated. Like many children I dreamed of winning a medal. It was a celebration giving hopes and dreams," he said. "The joy (of winning the 2020 vote) was even greater than when I won my own election."
Tokyo's bid came in at $5 billion to $6 billion, compared to $19 billion pledged by Istanbul, said Ed Hula, editor and founder, which covers the business and politics of the Olympic movement.
But Tokyo's government has already amassed a $4.9 billion Olympic fund to pay to prepare for the Games, Hula said. And a $1 billion national stadium that will be used for the athletic events and the Opening Ceremonies will already have been built for the rugby World Cup in 2017 and is not considered an Olympic expense.
Turkey would have been the first Muslim country to host the Games, and with a median age of less than 30 years, one of the youngest. However, it missed out for the fifth time.
Istanbul would have been "a more emotional choice," Hula said. But its huge bid would have been needed to fund infrastructure improvements, including modernization of its transportation system.
Turkey's border with Syria also might have troubled some committee members, he said.
And this summer, the image of Turkish sport took a hit when about three dozen athletes tested positive for drugs, he said.
June's rioting in Istanbul's Taksim Square may also have tainted the city's hopes, though Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan tried to persuade IOC members ahead of Saturday's vote.
"We live at a time when our region and the world crave for peace," Erdogan said as part of Istanbul's final presentation.
"And at this critical moment, we would like to send a strong message of peace to the whole world from Istanbul, the city of friendship and brotherhood."
Tokyo led after a first round of voting Saturday but fell short of a majority, with 42. Istanbul and Madrid tied for second on 26 votes each, and a 49-45 tiebreaker vote put the Turkish city in the final runoff with Tokyo.
Tokyo won the deciding vote, 60 to Istanbul's 36, according to an IOC tweet.
Madrid, like Tokyo, was a repeat bidder -- making its third consecutive case for the Games, one that was little changed from previous attempts, Hula said.
The Spaniards' $2 billion bid said they had little need for new infrastructure, he said. And they have ample sports experience, having hosted a number of other high-profile, international events.
But the country's economic plight remained a drawback, with one out of four adults unemployed. Though Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy insisted that rate is improving, "the fact is that most reasonable, sensible economists think unemployment is going to linger at a high level for years to come," Hula said.
And Spain's athletes, too, have had issues with doping accusations. In a case that occurred several years ago, blood bags from athletes who had tested positive were destroyed, Hula said. "It's been a long-running situation."
Spain's Prince Philip, a former Olympic sailor, was a lead figure in Spain's presentation.
"Some people around the world have questioned hosting the Games in a time of economic uncertainty," he told the IOC members Saturday ahead of the voting.
"But I don't see this as a threat to the Olympics, I see it as an opportunity. The benefits of sport are measured in generations, not in dollars."
On Sunday, the three sports competing to be added to the 2020 roster will know their fate.
Squash is hoping to be included for the first time, but is up against a combined baseball/softball bid and wrestling -- which is seeking to be reinstated.
The 125th IOC Session will be the last for its president Jacques Rogge, who is standing down after 12 years in the role. The 71-year-old's successor will be elected Tuesday.

The 2016 Summer Olympics will be in Brazil. The Winter Olympics will be held in Russia in 2014 and South Korea in 2018.