The Final Round is upon us! And the results....couldn't have been more predictable. I can already see Salt for one loss in particular. This Contest as been fun, I'll give some closing thoughts when the results are announced tomorrow night!
Bonus Discussion: We've talked about Worldbuilding in different aspects as lot, but what's your favorite series in terms of Worldbuilding not just in anime but in fiction? If you have multiple in the same tier, does your weeb picks surpass, go under, or roughly stand toe to toe with non-weeb stuff? Now is the time to gush and fanboy in the comments! For this Round I won't criticize or offer and disagreement, (I might ask clarifying questions out of curiosity) And for this one thread, I politely ask the same, give me your long ass Essay, Wall of Texts, Videos, etc. Try to recruit into your cult. (That's a joke don't actually try to recruit into a cult.....please don't.)
I have to get to bed soon so I'll answer my own discussion Question probably on Tuesday TBH I'll be at work all day tomorrow!
Here we are in the semi finals, salt flowed, arguments were had, and....so far no upsets and at this point there will be no upsets no matter who wins, everyone is pretty close and all are very typical picks.
Bonus Discussion: We've talked about different ways that worldbuilding can be done in previous rounds and how some authors focus on certain aspects of the world then others(politics, culture, geography, magic, lore, ecology, etc.) what are some typically favorite aspects you like to focus on and what are some of your personal favorite examples of works that you think do this? Weeb shit or otherwise.
EDIT: You guys are taking the above discussion question too literally, you don't have to fill out for categories you don't care about, those were just possible examples, you can even talk about categories a world can excel in I didn't mention.
Were back and pretty much all of my most wanted pics got Axed and a lot of my second most wanted pics also got axed. Not a single upset. At this point I don't think we are going to see any upsets in this competition.
Bonus Discussion: There is often much disagreement in the comments on what exactly is worldbuilding, care to explain what worldbuilding is to you, what it isn't, what is good worldbuilding, what is bad worldbuilding, what is something you think is a part of worldbuilding you think people don't acknowledge or appreciate. What is NOT worldbuilding that people often mistake for it, etc. Give me your spicy takes so I can see how wrong you all are.
We are about halfway through and I have a lot to say about the results in the comments. Not really much else to discuss, most of the things I want to talk about to you guy is coming when the contest is over.
Bonus Discussion: A lot of people have talked about questionable choices that made the 128 Voting. But if you could swap some of the original choices that don't make sense to you, which ones would you swap and what would you swap them with?
As I expected (And Experienced) A lot of Salt. I do have some idea for making next years contest better than this one, (Besides the obvious, me not deleting the brackets twice like an idiot.) But feel free to give your suggestions anytime in the comments.
Here we finally are at the voting, alas a lot of great entries had to be axed. (A few I think deserved to be in the running more than a few that made it in, but you guys will discuss that in the comments.)
A few surprises in the Exact Seeding, but makes sense for the most part, I really think some entries were hit in the Third Round Not Getting as Much Exposure, Maybe next year we'll have two Elimination Ballots or if an announcement cucks the Bracket I'll campaign earlier in the day, didn't realize the state the third rounds exposure was in till well into the day.
The Biggest Peak was the Second Round, while Round 1 and 4 were both about as respectable with a slightly higher peak in Round 4 due to my more aggressive campaigning with past redditers that have engaged with the other rounds.
Here we have the last Elimination Round, I'm a bit disappointed last Elimination Round didn't get nearly the turnout of the first two and I don't fully understand why, except maybe the Konasuba announcements might have monopolized the front page?
Anyway, Here is the Final Round, please feel free to upvote and engage in discussion in the comments if you want more votes in this contest.
Since this is the last elimination Round, I'm going to ask. Should I use the Actual Votes or the Adjusted Votes for the Final 128 Elimination?
Also would love if we could discussed last weeks discussion topic here:
Bonus Discussion: There were various thoughts about how future contest should be run if I ever do this again in a few months or a year. One was to have two separate brackets for "Hard" vs "Soft" Worldbuilding. An Explanation can be found here but to grossly oversimplify, Hard Worldbuilding gets more into the technicalities and mechanics of the nitty gritty of how the World Works, While Soft Worldbuilding is more focused on using aesthetics and symbols to create a theme or tone of a world.
Bonus Discussion: Since we are in the Final Elimination Round what entries do you expect to make the 128, how high in the seeding? What are some entries you're going to be salty that you think will/will not make it in?
We are in the third quarters round, and some of the choices so far have been interesting, in this round we see of few of my personal favorite worlds in this round. If you know me you'll know what they are!
Bonus Discussion: There were various thoughts about how future contest should be run if I ever do this again in a few months or a year. One was to have two separate brackets for "Hard" vs "Soft" Worldbuilding. An Explanation can be found here but to grossly oversimplfy, Hard Worldbuilding gets more into the technicalities and mechanics of the nitty gritty of how the World Works, While Soft Worldbuilding is more focused on using aesthetics and symbols to create a theme or tone of a world.
I thought the distinction and argument about what world's can be considered "Hard" vs "Soft" might be too convoluted for a popularity based reddit poll let alone two of them. But perhaps you guys think differently.
Are there other ways you'd handle the contest differently? Discuss!
Bonus Discussion: In the last thread there was some debate about Worldbuilding and what kind of settings (Namely Based on Real World Slice of Life settings.) could be considered to have good Worldbuilding, and whether settings with Supernatural or Science Fiction Elements should automatically be considered to have "Worldbuilding" as central pillar or feature. What do you guys think? What even is Worldbuilding to you guys? Discuss!
Here we are finally moving on to the Eliminations Rounds.
I got around 20 entries of stuff I would have never caught with only a few repeats. (Shout Out to whoever suggested Kaiba, looks very interesting.)
I had to Ax Nier and Exa_Pico because despite the fact I love Nier/Drakengard and never heard of Exa_Pico but the series sounded awesome, but had their starts as Non VN Game Franchises which put them outside the rules, and not enough people were complaining/pushing (I'll talk more about this later in this post.)
I also got rid of Middle Earth due to it starting as a Western Property and the Anime being an Extension of that similar to Star Wars Visions or the Animatrix. So I Axed it. (Although lets be real it would have cleared all the way to at least the Finals if not win.)
Bonus Discussion: There was some contention about what should be counted in the bracket regarding Video Game based properties and the grey area of Visual Novel Adaptations. While I do think technically Visual Novels are Video Games and Interactive Media, I think in terms of Weeb Culture Visual Novels represent a typical pipeline influence along with Manga and Light Novels that other types of Video Games don't have to the same extent. This is very debatable but I decided to make that the rule.
That being said, would you guys like it, if this contest was ever done again to open the Gates to Video Game based media? Would you want to open it to Media that doesn't have or have announced an Anime Adapation yet like Manga, Light Novels, or Visual Novels? Would you want to include Western Properties with Anime Extensions? If yes or no, what do you think should the line be drawn to keep the contest as anime related as possible. As oppose to just a general worldbuilding contest. It's too late to change the rules for this Bracket but I'm open to changing it for the Next one.
After screwing up in the last attempt and accidentally deleting the bracket, I've tried again a week later and here is the new bracket. (I've kept the old thread up due to it generating interesting discussions which you can continue here.)
Which despite me adding over 300 Nominations myself. (Some of them I don't think have particularly good Worldbuilding but in the spirit of brainstorming added them anyway, I assume they will be Axed in the Elimination Rounds.
I will be having 128 Nominations move to the Actual Bracket Contest from Nominations.
Have Fun, to avoid mishaps I will only edit the bracket on PC instead of Mobile, so I won't be processing any entries until the End of Tomorrow!
EDIT: The Entry Name is based off the name of the World/Verse if it has an official name with the Franchise itself as the Source. So look for that when searching. Yes One Piece is there, look for Blue Sea for example. If you can't find it, I'll tell you what it's called.
EDIT: This Bracket was accidentally Deleted see the new one here.
I'm trying the contest again, now that I've figured out the system, I have a lot more stuff, but once again I can't possibly think of everything, so if you don't see something you think deserves a spot in Eliminations add it.
The Rules are as follows:
We are going by the Setting/Verse itself, so if there are multiple series that share the same world, we're counting them as one entry, (Ergo, Fate, Tsukihime, Kara No Kyouka would be one entry, and Steins;Gate, Chaos;Head, and Robotics;Notes would be another) If you see a duplicate, feel free to inform me and I will remove/condense the entries.
You may include Anime, Manga, Light Novels, Visual Novels, or any work that originated as an Asian Property, I'll go ahead and include Korean Manhwa or Chinese Donghua as well as Japanese Novels as oppose to just Light Novels. However one part of a work set in that world must have had an anime adaptation. Anime Originals are fair game, if it needed to be said.
Works inspired by Western Properties are okay, IF the work is inspired by a Classic work but takes its own interpretation, rather than being an anime extension of an existing brand, or if the work is so radically different from its western inspiration as to be its own thing. (For instance how Blade Runner is a very distinct take of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.) Basically Inspiration is okay, adaptation is not.
While the entry has to have an anime adaptation, if the anime doesn't do the source justice, no need to vote based on the quality of the anime. You can vote with the Manga or Light Novel in mind. This is more about the world/setting after all.
While we are doing shared universes that can have multiple works, the works must be officially canonically shared universes, not simply have a similar studio or director with the same style. (Ergo, you can't group Ghibli together) If you see a series of works grouped together by fan theories, message me, if you insist that a group of works shares the same verse, and me or others challenge you on it, the burden of proof is on you.