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The Anime Saimoe Tournament is an annual poll in which users from Japan's 2channel message board vote on the most moe (preciously cute) female anime character. Any female character in a television anime, anime film, original video anime (OVA), or web anime released between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 is eligible for the tournament. (The main exceptions are characters from 18+ anime, who are not eligible.) The eligible characters are placed in brackets, and the winner is determined by popular vote; the winner of each bracket progresses to the next until a final vote between two characters determines the winner. This year's Anime Saimoe Tournament began on August 3 and features nearly 300 characters.
Foreigners are technically capable of participating in the tournament; English-language instructions on how to vote have been provided by an Anime Saimoe fan site.
ANN's report on the round one results of groups A and B can be read here; the round one results for groups C and D can be read here and groups E and F are here. What follows are the final round one groups' results, G and H.
* Mikoto Misaka - A Certain Scientific Railgun - 364 (Winner)
Kanae Naruko - Mayoi Neko Overrun! - 138
Shion Sonozaki - Higurashi no Naku Koroni Rei - 73
Ein - Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ - 55
* Mikan Yuuki - To Love-Ru - 221 (Winner)
Konoka Konoe - Mahō Sensei Negima!: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai - 75
Suzuka Tsukimura - Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st - 78
Golden Darkness - To Love-Ru - 169
The series with the most winners this round is Saki; nine characters from the series have progressed to the next round. K-ON!! has six characters moving on, while Hidamari Sketch × Hoshimittsu and A Certain Scientific Railgun each have five. Bakemonogatari and Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts each have four.
The following series have three characters moving forward: Angel Beats!, Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st, and Working!!.
The following series have one character in the running: Detective Conan, GA: Geijitsuka Art Design Class, Hanamaru Kindergarten, Heartcatch Pretty Cure!, Kobato., Mahō Sensei Negima!: Mō Hitotsu no Sekai, Mayoi Neko Overrun!, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, To Love-Ru, Sora no Manimani, and Utawarerumono OAV.
The individual characters with the most votes in round one are:
SaiMoe is currently on a short break until September 14, when round two voting will begin. ANN's next report will be the round two results for groups A, B, C, and D on September 19.