4 years ago, a group of anime bloggers set up the Anime Blog Awards. They were a sort of anime blog oscars, where bloggers submit blogs for various categories and vote for the best. There was some initial interest in the nomination stage, but the actual award stage came under heavy criticism for being just an excuse for the big boys to pat each other on the back, along with many people barely even noticing that the final results had been posted. There were plans to run the awards again next year, but that never came to pass. Two years later, a discussion on twitter about the pros and cons of the ABAs led to the creation of the Aniblog Tourney. The idea was to make something like the ABAs except more fun and engaging.

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Last 16 begins tomorrow

Note there will be a change in how the polling works (again). The results of each match will be hidden until the match ends. While this may take away from the experience of watching tight matches run to a close, it also prevents the results from having an influence on which one you vote and this makes it easier to deal with fraud voting.

Round 3 begins tomorrow

Polls open and close at the usual time of 20:00 GMT. Dates are up on the sidebar link.

A reminder that during the group stages you may vote for 2 of the blogs in each match up. The top 2 in each match progress to the next round.

Note that there has been one change. Josh’s Anime Blog was the seeded blog in group 10. However there has been no update there since March 11th, so by the time its match comes up, it will have been silent for 3 months. While there isn’t really a precedent set for this, we felt it would be awfully silly to have a blog so clearly not updating anymore still in the tourney. Due to a draw between Those Damned Cartoons vs Baka Laureate, group 2 would have had 5 blogs competing in that match. With this in mind, Josh’s Anime Blog has been replaced with the seeded blog in group 2 Analog Hosou, so there are now 4 blogs in both group 2 and group 10. If there’s any confusion, all the new dates and matches are on the date page.

How to vote in the Group Stages

During the group stages, you may vote for 2 blogs in each poll. The top 2 blogs in each poll will progress through to each round.

For the new polling system, the picture below is of the current results the poll. To vote in the poll, you have to follow the link, as wordpress is picky about html and javascript. Each blog is linked both here on the tourney website and on the poll itself. You have to visit the poll website from the tourney page though, otherwise you won’t be able to vote.

Blog 1 vs Blog 2 vs Blog 3 vs Blog 4

Vote here

Round 3 will begin (hopefully) on June 1st.

Round 3 delayed

We are in the process of procuring a more secure voting system. We’re not quite sure how long it will take as of yet. Somewhere between a week and the end of the month. Until then, Round 3 will be delayed.