UPDATED 3/17:Correction added
I think it’s safe to say that we would all like to give last week back for a do-over. Unfortunately, we can’t, so we must move on. I do appreciate everyone’s civility over the past few days. You guys have no idea how refreshing common decency on the Internet can be.
Vocaloidism is beginning to post articles and features again, and this Vocaloidism Invitational Tournament is a new one. Essentially, 24 Vocaloids battle against each other in a single-elimination tournament to see who wins, which is something you, the reader, vote on. We started last week, and today marks the end of the 1st round. It was meant to be a fun diversion, and maybe it can still be that, but I think there needs to be at least a small change.
Underneath the cut, you’ll see last week’s results and this week’s match-ups. More important, however, is announcement concerning this tournament going forward. If you want to aid in the relief efforts for Japan, but maybe don’t have the means or access, I encourage you to read on.
In order to do something to help, I’ve decided to hold a bit of a fundraiser involving the VIT. Starting with next week’s polls (March 23), for every 100 total votes cast in the VIT, $1 will be donated to the Red Cross.* I’m holding off for a week so you can spread the word to others. I also want to encourage other readers to hold similar fundraisers, whether it’s raising money-per-vote, doing a charity bracket challenge (share brackets on twitter using hash tag #VITbracket), or just making prop bets on the various possible outcomes. Show your pride as a Vocaloid fan while supporting a worthy cause.
So that comes later, first comes last week’s results.
After counting nearly 4,300 total votes (about 530 per match), I must say I’m a little disappointed. We had four matches where a Japanese Vocaloid was pitted against a European one, and the former won all four times, including Pikoloid’s major upset of Big Al. Things do not bode well for Lola or Sweet Ann.
Now the 2nd round commences as familiar faces join the fray. Will the bye week help or hurt the top seeds? It’s up to you to decide. Polls close in Tuesday at 4PM EDT and then we start voting for charity. Thanks for voting.
*-Maximum of $200. Amount and charity subject to change.