Sports Anime Shipping Olympics

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Name: Sports Anime Shipping Olympics (SASO)
Date(s): May 2015 - September 2017
Moderator(s): Kite, Indigo, Icie, Cap, Whit, Psiten, K8, Seren
Founder: Unknown
Type: Shipping Challenge
Fandom: sports anime
Associated Community: Sportsanime on Dreamwidth
URL: Introduction and Rules

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The Sports Anime Shipping Olympics (SASO) was a summer prompt-based shipping challenge for all sports anime and manga fandoms![1] The event combined features of multiple challenges such as fests, games, and theme challenges. It was heavily inspired by the 2014 event, Homestuck Shipping World Cup.

Overview

SASO occured annually for about three months each summer. Participants were split into teams of 4-8 people and competed for points in a series of collaborative Main Rounds and kink meme-like Bonus Rounds. An additional team, named "Team Grandstand" was a non-competitive option for people who only wanted to participate in the bonus rounds. It had no limit on the number of members.

Main Rounds

Each year, SASO had two themed Main Rounds in which teams would collaborate to produce a single work that would then be voted on by other participants. Teams had one month to complete their entry, and it had to abide by a series of rules including work minimums and maximums.

Although fanfiction, fanart, and combinations of the two were the most popular type of entry, Main Round entries could consist of any type of fanwork! Past entries have included games, fanvids, and even cosplay!

Bonus Rounds

The event kicked off each year with Bonus Round 0, a one-week long graphics round. During this round, participants could earn points by creating banners and icons for qualified teams, including Team Grandstand. Five to seven Bonus Rounds followed br0. These lasted two weeks each and overlapped with the Main Rounds, forcing teams to be strategic about what they worked on. This included themed kink meme rounds, a remix round, a rec round, and an encore round.

During the remix round, participants could create fanworks based on other works created for the event (with permission). During the rec round participants earned points by recommending works created by other participants during the event. At the end of the event, an Encore Round was held, which functioned more like a typical kink meme where participants could prompt with no limitations.

As of February 14, 2019, all of SASO's bonus rounds are still open to new fills.

SASO Through the Years

2015

The very first iteration of SASO took place from May 2015 - August 2015.

Teams

  • Grandstand
  • Daiya no Ace
  • Haikyuu!!
  • Love Live!
  • Yowamushi Pedal
  • abe takaya/mihashi ren
  • akaashi keiji/bokuto koutarou
  • akaashi keiji/bokuto koutarou/kuroo tetsurou
  • akashi seijuro/kuroko tetsuya
  • akashi seijuurou/nijimura shuuzou
  • aomine daiki/kagami taiga
  • aomine daiki/kagami taiga/kise ryota/kuroko tetsuya
  • aomine daiki/kagami taiga/kuroko tetsuya
  • aoyagi hajime/izumida touichirou
  • aoyagi hajime/teshima junta
  • arakita yasutomo/fukutomi juichi
  • azumane asahi/nishinoya yuu
  • fukutomi juichi/kinjou shingo
  • haiba lev/yaku morisuke
  • hazuki nagisa/ryuugazaki rei
  • hinata shouyou/kageyama tobio
  • hinata shouyou/kozume kenma
  • imaizumi shunsuke/naruko shoukichi
  • iwaizumi hajime/oikawa tooru
  • kageyama tobio/oikawa tooru
  • kishigami komari/yamaguchi noriyuki
  • kousaka honoka/minami kotori
  • kuroo tetsurou/oikawa tooru
  • makishima yuusuke/toudou jinpachi
  • manami sangaku/teshima junta
  • manami sangaku/toudou jinpachi
  • matsuoka rin/nanase haruka
  • matsuoka rin/ryuugazaki rei
  • nanase haruka/tachibana makoto
  • nanase haruka/yamazaki sousuke
  • nishinoya yuu/tanaka ryuunosuke
  • oikawa tooru/sugawara koushi
  • oikawa tooru/ushijima wakatoshi
  • sawamura daichi/sugawara koushi
  • tachibana makoto/yamazaki sousuke
  • tsukishima kei/yamaguchi tadashi

Rounds

Main Rounds

  • MR1 - Dreams[2]
  • MR2 - Sins and Vitues[3]

Bonus Rounds

Results

The event had 268 participants, 58 total main round entries, and over 2,000 Bonus Round fills![4]

The top 3 teams overall were: Tachibana Makoto/Yamazaki Sousuke (3151 points), Akaashi Keiji/Bokuto Koutarou/Kuroo Tetsurou (2966 points), and Imaizumi Shunsuke/Naruko Shoukichi (2962 points).

2016

The second iteration of SASO ran from to May 2016 - September 2016.

Teams

  • Grandstand
  • Chihayafuru
  • Hikaru no Go
  • Ookiku Furikabutte
  • Tennis no Ouji-sama
  • abe takaya/mihashi ren
  • akaashi keiji/bokuto koutarou
  • akaashi keiji/bokuto kotarou/kozume kenma/kuroo tetsurou
  • aldini takumi/yukihira souma
  • azumane asahi/nishinoya yuu
  • azumane asahi/sawamura daichi/sugawara koushi
  • bokuto koutarou/kuroo tetsurou
  • furuya satoru/miyuki kazuya
  • furuya satoru/sawamura eijun
  • hanamaki takahiro/matsukawa issei
  • hoshizora rin/koizumi hanayo/nishikino maki
  • imaizumi shunsuke/naruko shoukichi
  • iwaizumi hajime/oikawa tooru
  • kanzaki miki/tachibana aya
  • kobayakawa sena/shin seijuro
  • kominato ryousuke/kuramochi youichi
  • kozume kenma/kuroo tetsurou
  • kuramochi youichi/miyuki kazuya
  • kuroo tetsurou/tsukishima kei
  • kyoutani kentarou/yahaba shigeru
  • matsuoka rin/nanase haruka
  • midousuji akira/onoda sakamichi
  • mihashi ren/tajima yuuchirou
  • miyuki kazuya/miyuki kazuya
  • miyuki kazuya/narumiya mei
  • miyuki kazuya/sawamura eijun
  • nishinoya yuu/tanaka ryuunosuke
  • oikawa tooru/sugawara koushi
  • sawamura daichi/sugawara koushi
  • shimizu kiyoko/yachi hitoka
  • tachibana makoto/yamazaki sousuke

Rounds

Main Round

  • MR1 - Duality[5]
  • MR2 - Circuit[6]

Bonus Rounds

Results

The event had 294 participants, 61 total main round entries, and over 3,000 Bonus Round fills![7]

The top 3 teams overall were: Miyuki Kazuya/Miyuki Kazuya (4111 points), Imaizumi Shunsuke/Naruko Shoukichi (3939 points), and Kozume Kenma/Kuroo Tetsurou (3036 points).

2017

The third and final iteration of SASO ran from May 2017 - August 2017.

Teams

  • Grandstand
  • Daiya no Ace
  • Eyeshield 21
  • Hikaru no Go
  • Prince of Tennis
  • akaashi keiji/bokuto koutarou
  • akashi seijuurou/nijimura shuuzou
  • aone takanobu/sugawara koushi
  • aoyagi hajime/koga kimitaka/teshima junta
  • aoyagi hajime/teshima junta
  • arakita yasutomo/shinkai hayato
  • azumane asahi/nishinoya yuu
  • bokuto koutarou/kuroo tetsurou
  • himuro tatsuya/nijimura shuuzou
  • imaizumi shunsuke/kinjou shingo
  • imaizumi shunsuke/naruko shoukichi
  • imaizumi shunsuke/sugimoto terufumi
  • iwaizumi hajime/oikawa tooru
  • kageyama tobio/oikawa tooru
  • kanzaki miki/miyahara
  • katsuki yuuri/victor nikiforov
  • kirishima natsuya/yamazaki sousuke
  • kominato ryousuke/kuramochi youichi
  • kuramochi youichi/miyuki kazuya
  • kuroo tetsurou/sawamura daichi
  • miyuki kazuya/oikawa tooru
  • miyuki kazuya/sawamura eijun
  • nishinoya yuu/yaku morisuke
  • oikawa tooru/ushijima wakatoshi
  • otabek altin/yuri plisetsky
  • sawamura daich/sugawara koushi

Rounds

Main Round

  • MR1 - Boundaries[8]
  • MR2 - Idioms [9]

Bonus Rounds

Results

The event had 311 participants, 53 total main round entries, and over 7,000 Bonus Round fills![10]

The top 3 teams overall were: Kageyama Tobio/Oikawa Tooru (4788 points), Prince of Tennis (4336 points), and Himura Tatsuya/Nijimura Shuuzou (4052 points).

Conclusion of SASO

[...W]e realized a couple of things: first, we are exhausted, and second, the trust between us (the mods) and you (the participants) is now irreparably broken, and that is our fault. For these reasons, we will not be running SASO next year.[11]

Following SASO's end, a new version of the event, Sports Festival, or SportsFest, was founded.

References

  1. ^ Introduction and Rules, an introduction to SASO and an explanation of the event rules
  2. ^ saso2015_r1, The posting community for Main Round 1 in 2015
  3. ^ saso2015-r2, The posting community for Main Round 2 in 2015
  4. ^ SASO 2015 Stats, A collection of statistics for SASO 2015 courtesy of catlarks, blueminuet, and winterstuck.
  5. ^ saso2016-r1, The posting community for Main Round 1 in 2016
  6. ^ saso2016_r2, The posting community for Main Round 2 in 2016
  7. ^ SASO 2016 Stats, A collection of statistics for SASO 2016 courtesy of blueminuet, winterstuck, and karahashi.
  8. ^ sas2017_r1, A posting community for Main Round 1 in 2016
  9. ^ sas2017_r2, A posting community for Main Round 2 in 2016
  10. ^ SASO 2017 Statistics Review, A collection of statistics for SASO 2017 courtesy of psiten.
  11. ^ SASO 2017: Closing Announcement, A statement from the mod team concerning the ending of the Sports Anime Shipping Olympics.