Saturday, September 24, 2016

ISML 2016: Emerald Round Robin Halfway Through




ISML 2016: Emerald Round Robin Halfway Through

By JR Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
September 24, 2016

Match Day 3 of the 2016 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is done and dusted. In the Female Division, Nanami Aoyama defeated Touka Yatogami 1524-1149, Yui-nyan won a barnburner over Kuroko Shirai 1397-1327, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Shinobu Oshino 1479-1250, Tomoyo Sakagami hammered Shirayuki 1487-969, Jibril prevailed over Yoshino 1440-1244, Shinka Nibutani whipped past Shinoa Hiiragi 1544-1101, Ayase Aragaki won the closest race of  the round, a 1352-1321 thriller over Komachi Hikigaya and Yuudachi won a 1269-1215 nailbiter over Victorique de Blois.



In the Male Division, Souma Yukihira tore down Shidou Itsuka 1312-1059, L Lawliet rolled past Mochizou Ouji 1391-837, Yuzuru Otonashi defeated Shirou Emiya 1364-1140, Ichigo Kurosaki prevailed over Zen Wistalia 1007-952, Touma Kamijou broke Mikoto Mikoshiba 1452-1022, Kiritsugu Emiya dominated Tomoya Aki 1503-905, Sora slammed Sadao Maou 1566-874 and Yuuta Togashi leveled Kinji Touyama 1490-860.



In Divine Circlet action, Yui Hirasawa rolled past Origami Tobiichi 1451-1196 and in the Upset of the Round, Kotori Minami cruised past Kumiko Oumae 1323-1063.



Match Day 4 of the 2016 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is scheduled for September 26, 2016. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

Friday, September 23, 2016

BoBA ISML 2016 Predictions: Emerald Match Day 3

ARENA 01: Yatogami Tōka [Aoyama Nanami]
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 02: [Shirai Kuroko] Yui-nyan
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 03: [Tokisaki Kurumi] Oshino Shinobu
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 04: [Sakagami Tomoyo] Shirayuki
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 05: Jibril [Yoshino]
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 06: [Nibutani Shinka] Hiiragi Shinoa
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 07: Hikigaya Komachi [Aragaki Ayase]
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 08: Victorique de Blois [Yūdachi]
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 09: [Yukihira Sōma] Itsuka Shidō
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 10: [L Lawliet] Ōji Mochizō
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 11: Emiya Shirō [Otonashi Yuzuru]
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 12: [Zen Wistalia] Kurosaki Ichigo
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 13: [Kamijō Tōma] Mikoshiba Mikoto
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 14: [Emiya Kiritsugu] Aki Tomoya
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 15: Maō Sadao [Sora]
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 16: [Tōyama Kinji] Togashi Yūta
by >=200
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 17: [Hirasawa Yui] Tobiichi Origami
by >=300
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 18: Minami Kotori [Ōmae Kumiko]
by >=400
Over/Under: 2500
Over


Thursday, September 22, 2016

ISML 2016: Emerald Rolls On

ISML 2016: Emerald Rolls On

By JR Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
September 22, 2016

Match Day 2 of the 2016 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is history. In the Female Division, Rikka Takanashi defeated Utaha Kasumigaoka 1406-1289, Shiro routed Yuuki Konno 1727-965, Yukino Yukinoshita rolled past Nadeko Sengoku 1733-984, Chiyo Sakura whipped past Kongou 1467-1156, Illyasviel von Einzbern leveled Sora Kasugano 1640-1039, Marika Tachibana prevailed over Shimakaze 1386-1228, Rin Tosaka took down Yuri Nakamura 1506-1260 and Megumi Katou defeated Inori Yuzuriha 1406-1209.

In the Male Division, Korosensei demolished Rito Yuuki 1537-805, Rentarou Satomi barreled past Shizuo Heiwajima 1182-1050, Izayoi Sakamaki defeated Gintoki Sakata 1255-1076, Gilgamesh stormed past Ikki Kurogane 1298-986, Edward Elric demolished Yuuji Sakai 1400-902, Yato won the closest race of the round: a 1254-1132 thriller over Ryuunosuke Akasaka, Kosei Arima whipped past Adlet Mayer 1292-835 and Saitama scored the Upset of the Round: a 1316-1155 upending of Saika Totsuka.

In Divine Circlet action, Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi romped past Louise Francoise Le Blanc De La Valliere 1555-951 and MIkan Yuuki defeated Kobato Hasegawa 1436-1066.

Match Day 3 of the 2016 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is scheduled for September 23, 2016. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

BoBA ISML 2016 Predictions: Emerald Match Day 2

ARENA 01: [Kasumigaoka Utaha] Takanashi Rikka
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2400
Over

ARENA 02: Konno Yūki [Shiro]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2400
Over

ARENA 03: [Yukinoshita Yukino] Sengoku Nadeko
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2400
Over

ARENA 04: Kongō [Sakura Chiyo]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2400
Over

ARENA 05: [Illyasviel von Einzbern] Kasugano Sora
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2400
Over

ARENA 06: [Tachibana Marika] Shimakaze
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2400
Over

ARENA 07: [Tōsaka Rin] Nakamura Yuri
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2400
Over

ARENA 08: [Katō Megumi] Yuzuriha Inori
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2400
Over

ARENA 09: [Korosensei] Yūki Rito
by <=900
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 10: [Satomi Rentarō] Heiwajima Shizuo
by <=900
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 11: [Sakamaki Izayoi] Sakata Gintoki
by <=900
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 12: Kurogane Ikki [Gilgamesh]
by <=900
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 13: [Edward Elric] Sakai Yūji
by <=900
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 14: Yato [Akasaka Ryūnosuke]
by <=900
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 15: [Arima Kōsei] Adlet Mayer
by <=900
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 16: [Totsuka Saika] Saitama
by <=900
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 17: [Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko] Louise Vallière
by <=800
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 18: [Yūki Mikan] Hasegawa Kobato
by <=800
Over/Under: 2300
Over

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

ISML 2016: Race For Tiara, Scepter Continues With The Emerald

ISML 2016: Race For Tiara, Scepter Continues With The Emerald

By JR Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
September 20, 2016

Match Day 1 of the 2016 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is in the books. In the Female Division, Tohka Yatogami dscored the closest victory of the round: a 1329-1306 thriller over Kuroko Shirai, Nanami Aoyama defeated Yui-nyan 1453-1209, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Tomoyo Sakagami 1735-969, Shinobu Oshino drubbed Shirayuki 1554-906, Jibril hammered Shinka Nibutani 1495-1176, Yoshino whipped past Shinoa Hiiragi 1544-1031, Komachi Hikigaya scored a 1428-1115 victory over Victorique de Blois and Ayase Aragaki thrashed Yuudachi 1521-1016.

In the Male Division, Souma Yukihira roasted L Lawliet 1354-906, Shidou Itsuka throttled Mochizou Ouji 1504-740, Shirou Emiya pummeled Zen Wistalia 1483-765, Yuzuru Otonashi routed Ichigo Kurosaki 1718-620, Touma Kamijou broke Kiritsugu Emiya 1281-1131, Mokoto Mikoshiba prevailed over Tomoya Aki 1186-1012, Sadao Mao stormed past Kinji Touyama 1277-848 and Sora slammed Yuuta Togashi 1577-892.

In Divine Circlet action, Hitagi Senjougahara dismantled Megumi Tadokoro 1510-967 and Sena Kashiwazaki earned the Upset of the Round: a 1270-1201 nailbiter over Cocoa Hoto.

Match Day 2 of the 2016 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2016. Vote for your favorites at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

Monday, September 19, 2016

BoBA ISML 2016 Predictions: Emerald Match Day 1

ARENA 01: Shirai Kuroko [Yatogami Tōka]
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 02: Aoyama Nanami [Yui-nyan]
by <=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 03: Sakagami Tomoyo [Tokisaki Kurumi]
by <=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 04: Shirayuki [Oshino Shinobu]
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 05: [Jibril] Nibutani Shinka
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 06: [Yoshino] Hiiragi Shinoa
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 07: [Victorique de Blois] Hikigaya Komachi
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 08: [Aragaki Ayase] Yūdachi
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 09: L Lawliet [Yukihira Sōma]
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 10: [Itsuka Shidō] Ōji Mochizō
by <=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 11: Zen Wistalia [Emiya Shirō]
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 12: [Otonashi Yuzuru] Kurosaki Ichigo
by >=400
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 13: [Kamijō Tōma] Emiya Kiritsugu
by <=400
Over/Under: 2200
Over

ARENA 14: Mikoshiba Mikoto [Aki Tomoya]
by <=400
Over/Under: 2200
Over

ARENA 15: [Maō Sadao] Tōyama Kinji
by >=400
Over/Under: 2200
Over

ARENA 16: [Sora] Togashi Yūta
by >=500
Over/Under: 2200
Over

ARENA 17: Senjōgahara Hitagi [Tadokoro Megumi]
by <=200
Over/Under: 2300
Over

ARENA 18: Kashiwazaki Sena [Hoto Kokoa]
by <=300
Over/Under: 2300

Over

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Back On The Rocks! Be There!



In less than a month, my heart, mind and soul will be on something other than soccer, Los Angeles, California, AFL, NRL, Vine banter, tumblr postings, and America in general. The details are still being flushed out, but in less than three weeks, I leave for Canada. I am heading to Vancouver to spend a few days, take plenty of photos, take plenty of action shots, and celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving, which doubles as Columbus Day in the United States. More on that in a bit.

Spring will turn to summer in Australia, but first, the winter will have to end and right now, it is, with a focus on cricket, basketball, and soccer. Teams in the A-Leeague and W-League are reloading and refreshing and in some special cases, resetting. The AFL and NRL seasons are concluding and there is a chance that the NRL's premier will be from Victoria and the AFL's premier will be from New South Wales.

I think to myself, as my updated iPad belts out an Atlas Genius ballad: can Greater Western Sydney win two more games and live up to the words of its bold fight song that go, "You feel the ground a-shaking, the other teams are quaking in their boots before the Giants!" Already their reserve team have won the North East Australian Football League flag, their first-ever piece of palmares. (Yes, I am using the French term for honors.) Maybe a flag double is in the offing. Of course, if Hawthorn FC defeat the Western Bulldogs, it's a matter of "take your pick."

I don't have too much motivation to make a sequel to "Butterflies and Dragons." I enjoyed the journey, I enjoyed writing the story, but I don't feel obliged to write a follow-up yet. I have a Gochiusa vignette that is being drafted, which will parallel with my escapades in Vancouver. If I can surmise something of note, I might decide to make this last a few chapters, maybe 10-20.

Having a strong period of rest is going to be necessary for me to keep my mind in check, keep my mind in focus. My mom bought a new luggage case for me, and I will be bringing it to go with my new knapsack and my Anime Expo 10 Years bag, to show that I am an anime fan heading into Vancouver. All that is really needed is for my sister to provide me with the cash needed for lodging and for any food or souvenir expenses.

I can't wait to post the album of my trip to Canada, and I plan to use up as much camera space to provide everyone with my journey. Hopefully no snags take place on the trip, and I am able to enjoy the journey without any problems. Because of this, my Bold Predictions for the Ruby Period may be impacted, and no voting will be taking place for a good deal of the matches. However, I will be posted recaps of all the action that took place in the rounds I didn't get to vote on here on The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue. Look forward to it!


Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Nanggigigil.



Hyped for my Canada trip next month.



Song: "Nanggigigil" by Hagibis.

ISML 2016: Shana Takes Amethyst Necklace, Yukino Wins Sapphire

ISML 2016: Shana Takes Amethyst Necklace, Yukino Wins Sapphire
Koyomi Araragi, Sora Claim Amethyst, Sapphire Pendants

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
September 14, 2016

The Necklace Rounds for the 2016 International Saimoe League Amethyst and Sapphire Rounds has concluded, and Shana and Yukino Yukinoshita have run away big winners. Shana, listed as a 2-1 second choice won the Amethyst Necklace in a landslide result with 1,128 votes (28.59%) over favorite Megumi Katou, who only earned 554 votes (14.04%). Rounding out the order were Kosaki Onodera (495 votes, 12.54%), Shiro (440 votes, 11.15%), Rin Tousaka (435 votes, 11.02%), Chino Kafuuu (368 votes, 9.33%), Illyasviel von Einzbern (301 votes, 7.63%) and Shino Asada (225 votes, 5.7%).

Also listed a second choice to win a necklace was Yukino Yukinoshita at 2-1 but she earned 750 votes (19.37%), holding off 15-1 longshot Saber (581 votes, 15.01%), and 5-1 dark horse Yoshino (490, 12.65%) to win the Sapphire Necklace. Rounding out the order were favorite Kuroyukihime (439 votes, 11.34%), Isla (422 votes, 10.9%), Nanami Aoyama (406 votes, 10.49%), Sora Kasugano (401 votes, 10.36%), and Yui Yuigahama (383 votes, 9.89%).

The round proved to be one for the second choices on the men's side, too. Koyomi Araragi was listed as a 3-1 second choixe to win the Amethyst Pendant but prevailed with 699 votes (18.67%) over favorite Yuzuru Otonashi (521 votes, 13.92%) and 10-1 dark horse Touma Kamijou (520 votes, 13.89%). Rounding out the order were Saika Totsuka (493 votes, 13.17%), Kiritsugu Emiya (472 votes, 12.61%), Keima Katsuragi (434 votes, 11.59%), Yuu Otosaka (355 votes, 9.48%) and Light Yagami (249 votes, 6.65%).

Sora was one of the few favorites tipped by the Bedlam on Baltic Avenue that delivered as advertised, and he won 924 votes (24.89%) to win the Sapphire Pendant over Souma Yukihira (551 votes, 14.84%) and Archer (581 votes, 13.95%). Other finishers include Tatsuya Shiba (424 votes, 11.42%), Karma Akabane (381 votes, 10.26%), Gilgamesh (325 votes, 8.75%), Levi (296 votes, 7.97%) and Shirou Emiya (294 votes, 7.92%).

In the Amethyst Divine Circlet Qualifier, Yui Hirasawa finished first with 563 votes (14.95%). Also in are Sena Kashiwazaki (510 votes, 13.54%), Cocoa Hoto (475 votes, 12.61%) and Megumi Tadokoro (471 votes, 12.51%). Eliminated were Miuna Shiodome (464 votes, 12.32%), Eli Ayase (447 votes, 11.87%), Kirino Kousaka (430 votes, 11.42%) and Aoi Miyamori (406 votes, 10.78%).

The Sapphire Divine Circlet Qualifier saw Mikan Yuuki listed as a 7-1 dark horse to finish first and she in fact became the only dark horse to prevail on the night, winning 665 votes (17.52%). Also advancing are Miyuki Shiba (506 votes, 13.33%), Reina Kousaka (490 votes, 12.91%) and Origami Tobiichi (481 votes, 12.67%). Eliminated are Enju Aihara (476 votes, 12.54%), Konata Izumi (439 votes, 11.56%), Hestia (429 votes, 11.30%) and Tamako Kitashirakawa (310 votes, 8.17%).

Match Day 1 of the 2016 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is scheduled for September 19, 2016. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate. And keep it right here on The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue for continuing coverage of the 2016 International Saimoe League, the world's premier anime character competition.

Monday, September 12, 2016

BoBA ISML 2016 Predictions: Amethyst/Sapphire Necklace Round

ARENA 01: [Katō Megumi] Shana Tōsaka Rin Kafū Chino Asada Shino Shiro Onodera Kosaki Illyasviel von Einzbern
by >=400
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 02: [Isla] Yukinoshita Yukino Yuigahama Yui Yoshino Kasugano Sora Saber Aoyama Nanami Kuroyukihime
by >=400
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 03: [Hoto Kokoa] Kashiwazaki Sena Tadokoro Megumi Shiodome Miuna Ayase Eli Miyamori Aoi Hirasawa Yui Kōsaka Kirino
by >=400
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 04: Hestia Tobiichi Origami Kōsaka Reina [Shiba Miyuki] Aihara Enju Yūki Mikan Izumi Konata Kitashirakawa Tamako
by >=400
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 05: Kamijō Tōma Otosaka Yū Totsuka Saika Yagami Light Araragi Koyomi [Otonashi Yuzuru] Katsuragi Keima Emiya Kiritsugu
by >=400
Over/Under: 2500
Over

ARENA 06: Akabane Karma Yukihira Sōma Shiba Tatsuya Emiya Shirō [Sora] Archer Gilgamesh Levi
by >=400
Over/Under: 2500
Over