Anime Bingo is back stronger than ever, ready to make a lot of nerds wrestle in the mud for the title of Anime Connoisseur. We’re starting earlier this year, so I’m giving people two weeks to send me their lists featuring 9 guesses or predictions about the anime industry in 2014. As always, you’re encouraged to write a short explanation as to why you think each of those is going to happen; not required at all, but that way you can’t pretend you’re not blindly guessing and that you’re a tryhard who takes internet contests very seriously. Anyone who wants to participate should send me their lists to mawapen at gmail.com before January 15. You can also message me @Yuyucow on twitter, on IRC or anywhere you know you can find me.

Rules:

  • The contest consists of two parts: the first person to reach 5 points and the one with the most points at the end. In case no one gets that many (highly unlikely, considering how last year went) then we’d only have one winner.
  • Anything qualifies as long as it’s related to anime and newsworthy. New anime announcements are going to populate everyone’s lists, but anything from “Mizuki Nana to marry Yukari Tamura” to “My little sister is a Zombie becomes this decade’s top seller” is fair game. That includes western news, if they’re remarkable enough (so “Sentai licenses every show of any given season” is a no-go, but “Nozomi to release Utena’s blurays on the US” works). In any case, I’ll email you back if there’s any entry that clearly breaks this rule.
  • The line between rumors and announcements can be quite blurry at times so I’m willing to accept projects that have been confirmed but haven’t officially launched. Those will obviously not count until there’s an actual announcement, be it the launch of an official site or reports by real press (and, as much as ANN might think otherwise, Yaraon is no official source). Again, if there’s anything that goes over the line I’ll contact you and ask for a new prediction.

For the most part the same as last year’s, only with the first part requiring a couple more points to avoid having it end within 2 months again. Removing that entirely didn’t feel very bingo-esque since you’re supposed to reward the fastest, and not counting the points at the end would be equally dumb because there’s plenty of predictions that by definition can’t be proven until the year ends. It should work better this way, and having two winners means we can crown them King and Queen Of Anime at the end. Then they can fight for the roles.

Good luck to you all!

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