"That was incredible, Lady Tsukuyo!"
"I always knew you had the makings of a ninja master!"
"N-No...T-This has to be some kind of mistake. I still have so much to learn.... it should have been Izuna-chan, or you Prez."
"Izuna will do her best to surpass you and be the next greatest ninja!"
"With this victory, the Ninjutsu Research Club is sure to receive hundreds- no, thousands of new subscribers!"
"But I don't want to stand out...!"
"Are you sure you want that kind of attention? Ninjas are supposed to work in the shadows, you know."
"O-Of course! Sure, it might not be very ninja-like, but everyone deserves to know how cool ninjas are!"
"Ohohoho! And learn from a stupid rat like you? You placed so much worse than your subordinates!"
(Says the woman who didn't even place herself...)
"Guh! I-I... I was just holding back to give my kouhai a chance to shine! I could have done so much better if I had upgraded my Michiru-style shotgun!"
"I seem to recall you begging me to upgrade your shotgun at the last second, promising to pay me back after you splurged on those limited-edition Ninpero figurines."
"What's this? My autobiography, the culmination of my 46 years of blood, sweat and tears, DIDN'T EVEN PLACE!? Just ONE measly vote!? THIS IS AN OUTRAGE! Kids these days have terrible tastes! I will file a complaint to these "Voters" and sue this contest!"
"Oh please. Why don't you do all of us a favour and commit seppuku?"
"I didn't place alongside my fellow ninja... I will make amends by committing sudoku!"
"Stop Ninon! You don't need to go that far!"
"Speaking of board games, shall we go finish our game of shogi, Yagami-senpai?"
"Sure thing. (I won't lose to this kid again...)"
I am massively satisfied. This felt like my absolute best contest performance-wise, so I’m really glad that I got the placements and acknowledgement to represent that. I feel like I won the contest myself - in fact, I always feel like a winner when characters that I love do well. I honestly don’t care about beating out movesets that deserve their glory, and would much, much rather have the kind of results that I have had over the last few contests than to straight-up take 1st place, if it means getting to rep some of my favourite characters. Aside from Jigoro and Miruca, all my sets were planned and done throughout the contest, most being characters that I never thought I would make. I only got into Blue Archive at the beginning of May!
Oono Tsukuyo - Really satisfied with Tsukuyo’s placing, was hoping to get a Blue Archive moveset on the Top 10. She has become my personal favourite set I’ve made, largely thanks to the praise from n88 and Froy - getting a 5th Super Vote Plus rocks and really meant a lot. If you told me that Tsukuyo was going to be my best set when I first saw her character, I wouldn’t have believed you. Also funny that Tsukuyo placed 1 spot higher than Ferrijit in MYM24, who placed 1 spot higher than Pennywise in MYM23, who placed 1 spot higher than Yui Hirasawa and Himiko Toga in MYM21.
Kuda Izuna - I didn’t think Izuna would crack the Top 10 at all, but the last set of votelists were really kind to her. Very happy with that, as I’m really proud of Izuna and Tsukuyo’s unique base mechanics (plus Izuna is among my Top 5 favourite fictional characters so far). Love that Blue Archive has 2 Top 10 placings, the second franchise I’ve gotten in the Top 10 twice since Disgaea. Also, Izuna and Tsukuyo have now beaten out Shinobu for being my most successful ninja sets. I couldn’t ask for better ninja characters to do that.
(Also it’s funny that Izuna was essentially the Catarina of MYM25 - she got SVs from Froy and Slavic, the latter whom was their favourite set of mine like Catarina. Both sets got 4 SVs, but the other two SV’ers did not vote in MYM24 or 25.)
Miruca Crotze - Yes, finally broke into the Top 20 with an Atelier set! On my favourite Atelier character no less, who I was expecting to place like, between 25-30th or so. Anyway, Izuna, Tsukuyo and Miruca are my holy trinity of MYM25 sets with mechanics that I’m proud of. Even if Miruca does have some gimmicky Aerials, I still love everything about her moveset. She exceeded my expectations for what she had to go up against.
Kanade - Kanade might be one of the most extreme examples of a “hit or miss” moveset alongside Saul Goodman this contest, which is funny because they were posted around the same time. Kanade might not have been a big hit with everyone, but I’m very happy with his 3 Super Votes and cracking into the Top 20. Makes all the work I put into him pay off. I don’t think Kanade was underrated in the slightest, but I still hold him in extremely high regard among my movesets - and I’m sure that even those who weren’t big on Kanade got something out of his unique Akashic Records mechanic or beyond that. Also, I feel like Kanade was the Yin Manacuff of MYM25 - good boy mage character with a 24k set, got an SV from FA and Kupa and placed near the bottom of the Top 20. Kanade and Yin would definitely get along.
Kosaka Wakamo - While not on the level of Catarina from last contest, I’m still very happy with how Wakamo turned out as a Jamcon set. I’m not as personal on her character or moveset as the above 4 characters, but having another solid Blue Archive moveset on resume is always a win.
Light Yagami - Absolutely not a character I was expecting to make this contest. I always envisioned Light Yagami as being an ambitious Walter White-esque 20k moveset made over several months, but he ended up being a Jamcon moveset instead. I think the moveset didn’t have nearly as much flavour as it could have, like more references to the Death Note series, but that’s what I get for not having watched the series or revisited it for years. I did end up getting back into Death Note a little and reading various manga volumes a while after making Light’s moveset, though. Anyway, I love that this moveset exists for being a big (potential endgame) Katverse villain, and being that rare character that people actually find hype.
Mai and Yui - I wanted to make a BOFURI moveset ever since I watched season 1 in 2020, but it wasn’t until 2 years later that I figured out how to make Mai and Yui work. I knew they were going to be a hit-or-miss, but I am honestly pretty fond of their moveset, more so than Light - I like their tag team control scheme and how it led itself to a simple but unique heavyweight set. It’s funny how both BOFURI movesets ended up being pretty crazy hit-or-miss movesets: it felt fitting for how over-the-top the members of the Maple Tree Guild can be. I definitely want to make more BOFURI movesets when the inspiration strikes, but next time I’ll see about making the third character more grounded.
Chidori Michiru - I was worried that Michiru wouldn’t end up placing, but I’m very glad she did and that all 4 of my Blue Archive movesets (and all 3 members of the Ninjutsu Research Club) placed on MYM’s most competitive contest to date. Michiru might have some of the least unique ideas among my MYM25 sets, especially among those that placed, as I started her like a few hours after I found out about Blue Archive and didn’t have much time to research. It feels ridiculously fitting that Michiru’s two kouhais just did so much better than her: I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Ninon Joubert / The Midori Gang / Jigoro Hakamichi - This is the first contest in a while where I haven’t been ashamed of having movesets not place; I have been satisfied with every moveset I’ve made since MYM23. Ninon was probably my weakest moveset this contest, she felt a little lacking in substance, but it seems like n88, Slavic and Froy among others got a lot from her promising mechanic. I like her character, but she doesn’t speak to me as much as the Ninjutsu Research Club (I have a harder time imagining how she would act in a story mode), so I’m not concerned that she didn’t place.
Midori Gang were very fun to make and serve as antagonists to the Ninjutsu Research Club - I was worried that they would rob Michiru of a placement, but I’m glad that didn’t come to pass. I don’t have much attachment to their characters, because it’s hard to like characters a lot when you don’t have their dialogue translated or a full grasp on their actual characters. Some votelists did make me wonder if a few people are inherently against the idea of Hugo movesets - and whether the answer to that would just be a Skeleton-style moveset where the character starts out complete but has the option to split up their body by using certain moves, like Gate Guardian from Yu-Gi-Oh!.
Jigoro is one of my rare character picks who calls under the “I do not care about this character at all,” umbrella. I wanted to strike a balance between “I am happy with this moveset,” and “I don't want this moveset to be successful or place,” so I’m happy with where Jigoro ended up.. Probably helped that I told Froy to remove Jigoro from some reading lists: Goliso’s, n88’s, Slavic’s and his own (and the fact that I intentionally made various moves in his set tacky, to be off-putting and to reference the tackiness seen in much older movesets). I do somewhat wonder what people would have thought about Jigoro though. Specifically, how they would have reacted to all those in-game lines I spread out across the moveset, as Goliso and Froy have some fun commentary where they react to stuff like that. Not the type of character or moveset I’ll do again - from here on out I’ll be focusing on characters I care about.
Different people had different favourites among my movesets, so I thought I’d list them here relative to people’s placings of them on their votelists:
FA: Oono Tsukuyo (SV)
Arctic Tern: Kanade (SV)
UserShadow: Oono Tsukuyo (RV+)
GolisoPower: Chidori Michiru (RV)
bubbyboytoo: Mai and Yui (SV)
Bkupa666: Kanade (SV)
Slavic: Kuda Izuna (SV)
n88 : Oono Tsukuyo (SV)
FrozenRoy Oono Tsukuyo (SV+)
In my opinion, MYM25 was hands-down our best contest ever.
This might sound strange, but in some ways I think MYM25 was an amplified version of MYM24. MYM24 was already a big step-up in moveset quality, but then MYM25 had even more quality sets and created the need for a bigger votelist. In having more sets and bigger votelists, I think that MYM25 really exacerbated some people’s MYM’ing habits. Bubby and Goliso’s wildcard voting quirks were more obvious (from the perspective of a vote guru), and Froy and Slavic had to cut it even closer and miss out on a few (still good) reads to send in their votelists.
- Congratulations on your second win! It finally happened, after countless 2nd-placings, and on a very fitting set in the form of a serious swordfighter with a heavy emphasis on melee. You certainly had a memorable contest this time around, where the majority of your entries were joint sets that continued where you left off last contest. Once again, it was great to work with you as the vote guru and just have that communication. Here’s to more joint sets next time around, especially from setmakers you haven’t jointed with yet.
- It’s great to have you back - and very unexpected that you straight-up won MYM25 alongside Froy, but about time for how much you contributed to MYM in the past. And of course, there’s always room for more funny writers like Slavic and KholdStare (not that -everyone- needs to be a good or funny writer - everyone is different). I was always interested in which direction your movesetting philosophy would go, and like Froy and Slavic it seems to have veered in the direction of clean if Akechi and Hakumen indicate anything. That threw me off-guard when I had you pegged for crazy stuff given Venom Strange - a set that I absolutely loved and am arguably the biggest fan of. Baron Mordo was also an innovative set, and Firebar and Idar were great semi-joke sets. It’s fascinating that you’re so flexible and have all those sides to you as a setmaker.
- Congratulations on your Top 5 placing! We were blessed to get you this contest - even though this is technically your first contest, I can’t really think of you as a newcomer when you’ve lurked around for such a long time and displayed familiarity with a lot of movesets and terms from past contests. From the sound of it, it seems like you’ll Smash it with the moveset count again next contest. Aside from your big, great movesets like Remilia, Sam & Max, Madame Verre and Crewmate, it was very impressive that - like US - you participated in every Jamcon. It was fascinating that the majority of your Jamcons were -10k entries, and all of them were solid entries that I would have voted for in MYM24. I never understood why people didn’t vibe with Seth as much, and I was a bit surprised that Daniella didn’t get big votes from anyone except US and myself. Of every set that didn’t place, Naoto Shirogane absolutely feels like she should have placed on the Top 50 when nearly everyone was solid on her. Unfortunately, the 44 Votes meta made it difficult for movesets that don’t get an RV or WV to place.
On a self-indulgent note, I’m very happy that all my movesets resonated with you this contest (Wish I could have returned the favour with more Super Votes for you - Sam & Max were soooo close to getting a Super Vote from me). While you probably think of your MYM’ing style as being closer to Froy’s, I see a lot of myself in you: we both describe frame data in the middle of moves and lean towards mix-ups for spicing up our melee. Even our (speedy reading) and moveset rankings are similar: we are more soft to less popular movesets than other setmakers, and both almost never rank sets below 5 stars. As a fellow speedy commenter, I have loved having you around as someone who gives feedback to other sets quickly, just as I will for yours and other movesets.
- Just another all-around, great and packed contest from you. Like last contest, you had the big frontrunner set that, in my opinion, was a notable gap between the rest of your sets in quality. Berkerley and Cartwright placed much higher than anyone expected, thanks to the gigantic boost from Bubbyliso, but even if those two had RV’d or WV’d them I suspect they would have still placed around the Top 20. And Joey Operetta had the honor of being the highest-placing moveset not to receive a Super Vote. Beyond them, you’ve been absolutely killing it with your perfect attendance with Jamcons, a feat I suspect Tern will match.
I was also very impressed with your commenting this contest - I recall you were disappointed with your performance last contest and wanted to step it up, so changing that up and commenting on nearly every set throughout the contest was just really good. Some people will comment on opening sets, Jamcon 1 stuff and the maybe the first 30 movesets that get posted, then fall off the reading bandwagon as the contest enters its mid-phase.
- With 3 giant passion projects this time around, this contest made it really obvious that you put your all into every set you make (though I’m curious how you would fare in a Jamcon if you ever had the time and inspiration to compete in one). I’m glad that I could Super Vote Plus one of your movesets this time around - I feel like I owed it to you, because Mysterio and Walter White were very close contenders for it last contest. Shroob could have very easily won this contest, too. Cranky Kong getting Top 10 rep is awesome, and I’m glad Saul Goodman did as well as he did, as one of the people who was very high on him. On my end, I’m very glad that you were high on Tsukuyo, as she was my first serious take on the superheavyweight genre and I know you love your heavyweight movesets.
It was also really cool to see 2 joint sets from you this time around, and hearing from Smady + Froy that they got to see the sheer amount of effort and proof-reading that you put into your movesets. I could certainly see jointing with you being quite the project in a good way (I would personally be down to doing any Disney villain with you). Also echoing that Big Jack Horner is a hype moveset plan.
- Your hand in two big joint sets over the last 2 contests has certainly been an interesting direction for your movesetting. KOS-MOS had the unique writing of different moves being written by different setmakers with different writing styles, whereas with Cranky the two writing styles were blended together by Kupa’s stellar revision on the writing, from what I heard. Looking forward to seeing who you joint up with next, or whether you make your grand solo return - iirc you’ve said that you’ve had a bit more free time/better time management. I’m sure you would have loved a lot of the sets that MYM25 offered, too.
- Really appreciated your good commentary and dedication to MYM in spite of having taken a backseat. You’re still one of the strongest and most vocal readers we have around. You have had a bit of a history with movesets that place arguably higher compared to where you might think they deserve (iirc you felt that Metroid Prime blatantly overplaced), but Valkyrie has a bit of influence in being a test in a more compact writing style and inspiring and echo fighter. Not sure what MYM plans you have for the future, but I would be cool even if you just wanted to post one simple set or even nothing over a contest.
(Also neat to hear that you’re going with your gut decision to rewrite your books 1-2 to help with book 3 - that reminds me of the process I went through with writing Tsukuyo, where I had to rewrite most of her moveset when she was nearly done because I thought of a much, much better and more character-fitting concept for her moveset. Her re-write paid off massively, so talking from experience I’m sure it will pay off for you too. )
- Another 10th place One Piece placing! Also fun to see the double-joints, echo what I said about Saul Goodman for Kupa. Beyond Whitebeard and Saul, I do think Sam Fisher is just as impressive and influential as Law, if not more so. Sam Fisher’s presentation and writing were absolutely peak, and as others have mentioned you are very good at getting a lot out of short descriptions for what was a very clean read. Sam honestly placed better than I expected, too (very glad that you didn’t withdraw him from getting voted on - that would have been criminal). I would also like to give a shout-out to Two-Face for his really awesome intro presentation - even if you weren’t proud of that set, you should be proud of that presentation, because good things can be salvaged from even the weakest movesets. I understand you had a bit of a setback in life and couldn’t vote this time around, but here’s hoping that MYM26 is better for you!
- I know you had a rough time irl this contest, and that going from a really strong contest to something below that level is a major bummer. I can definitely relate: my MYM17-19 performances were weaker than 16, and MYM22 I hold in lower regard than 21, 20 or the contests that came after it. Nonetheless, Nino was a great set and I’m glad I could give you another Super Vote for a third contest in a row. Baseball Boys was a very strong set too, in my personal Top 5 Slavic sets right now, one that placed criminally low due to a few surprise NVs and being that one set that -just- missed out on a few RVs.
Even beyond those sets, your entries made a good impression on me beyond being great reads in general. I really like how you spread out Magdelena Reinier’s lore throughout her set in trivia boxes instead of dumping all the lore at the start of the set - I’m going to steal that idea for the next lore-heavy OC I make. It is unfortunate that Isabella didn’t place - on top of just being a good set, she was literally the most hype character for me this contest, as I love seeing sets for under-represented anime and characters who don’t fight in their source material/have an obvious fighting style like Shonen Jump characters. I will always be happy to see more anime sets of this style from you down the road.
- A giant step-up from MYM24! I may have overlooked Hugo big-time last contest, so I’m glad that I could give Sleaze and Alex the love they deserved. Those two sets had some influence on Izuna and Tsukuyo, as I have mentioned before, so they have a little extra importance for me. Like Sam Fisher, Alex will definitely go down in history, for reasons beyond his placement and what he offered as a quality moveset.
You’ll definitely be taken a lot more seriously from here on out - and very promising to hear that you’ll attempt to comment more as your studies ease. I think you’re a bit like Kupa with how you approach movesets, where everything you make is a giant all-out passion project over shorter and more simple entries. But there are other setmakers to provide us with those, so don’t worry there.
- You showed steady improvement from last contest in an insane contest, so getting Top 30 with Sana is still something to be proud of! Your movesets all have a clean quality that makes your stronger entries appeal to everyone, which is notable when Sana got a vote from everyone. I think you have a great writing style for seamlessly describing stuff in your movesets. Glad I was able to vote for Sana and Asbestos - Calliope was one of those sets that I might have overlooked relative to how popular she was with other setmakers, so I tried to be more mindful here to compensate.
As far as placing higher, I think that taking bigger risks in your setmaking is something to strive for, or developing a further understanding of melee and Smash mechanics. If you’re not willing to do either of these things (you NV’d for a lot of movesets that did either or both), then perhaps you could emulate a set like Law - super strong mechanic that can be played off in really fun ways with simple melee. Sana was a very solid set, but I don’t think you’d be willing to take constructs as far as they could be with your design philosophy (though some would definitely argue that this is a good thing!).
I would also like to see you comment and talk about sets more - you had by far the most esoteric votelists this and last contest, which makes some of your votes or not-votes come across as random and frustrating. I know you have a hard time expressing your thoughts on sets you read, but even a little acknowledgement goes a long way - don’t forget that all of us minus Kupa acknowledged your movesets, and that back in MYM23 you expressed frustration over Robobot Armor not getting comments. There are also occasions where you flip and make overly-negative comments when you comment on something that you’re not big on (Syndrome, Elder Princess Shroob, Jodie Reynolds, Light Yagami), which could be really dialed down on - it’s not the fact that you’re low on the set, but how you express your thoughts. Truth be told, your Light comment was actually the motivation for me to write my article on Comments.
- You’ve improved a lot with each contest. The Creature was a step-up from Judgement and Chosen Undead despite placing lower, and Eldlich was an even bigger step-up from Creature in spite of placing a bit lower (I’m sure you’ll definitely break this trend!). Eldlich and Veronica were both admirably ambitious movesets, the type of work that will definitely serve you well in creating a truly amazing moveset later down the line. And while Meltryllis was mostly Tern’s work according to them, you deserve a lot of credit for some of the concepts and the insane work of updating the Melt Virus page with -every- moveset made in MYM25!
I commend you for putting in a nomination for each Jamcon, and slowly getting through their reading at a consistent pace and acknowledging everything they read. If there’s one thing I’ll say as vote guru, it’s that your votelist had a lot of what I heavily suspect to be recency bias, which led to an esoteric votelist where a lot of deserving sets that got praise from you not making the votelist due to reading in order of high to low priority sets. I can kind of see where you’re coming from, more recent reads might make a better impression than older stuff as they’re more fresh in your memory. Just thought that I should bring this up. It does make me curious what a votelist from you would look like if you read sets in the order they’re posted or from low to high priority. Other than that, it’s been very enjoyable to have you around as usual: here’s to more story mode related fun from you.
Also, fun fact: WeirdChilFever had Eldlich the Golden Lord set as their 5th Super Vote, from their most recent proto vote-list that Froy had shown me a few months back. Eldlich wasn’t competing with just a few sets either: WCF had read Shroob, Saul Goodman, Sleaze, Sam & Max, Valkyrie, Cranky Kong and of course all the Jamcon 1 entries. It is probably rude of me to disclose this information without WCF’s permission, but I thought you should know that WCF was very high on Eldlich, so he has another big fan besides FA, US and myself.
- It feels like Quackfaster underplaced, as she was arguably the biggest casualty of the Bubbyliso votelist pair. I still think she’s one of your stronger sets though, and I hope her performance hasn’t put a damper on your ambitions - I’m sure she was just a taste of what’s to come from the Ducktales franchise. I really enjoyed Quackfaster: all her in-universe references, the take on gravity-flipping that I attempted in MYM24, and her improved Up Tilt was a cool take on stale-move negation that I could see being a fun centerpiece in a set that focused on it. I was also the biggest fan of FE Daisy: Pursuit was a brilliant mechanic that could have made Daisy one of your best were it refined further.
- It was fun to get you associated with Nostalgia Critic, who was a fun set and even more fun to associate with the story mode. I think you’ve been having a bit of trouble taking off set-wise, but I would still like to see something from you as you have a lot of cool characters ideas and have a presence in the movesetting chats. I want to make a moveset for Hitori Gotoh myself - I would happily collaborate with you on her to get her off the ground.
- Echoing from Discord that Jacky Bryant was a solid, cool fighting game set that earned his placing, and that Nomad almost placed. Looking forward to seeing whether you’ll comment more in MYM26, or how far you’ll go with your in-Smash style of movesetting. Your return to MYM was probably overshadowed this contest, as we got Tern as a newcomer and n88 returning as well as FFC, but it just goes to show that we got an abundance of people this contest.
- Definitely want to give you a shout-out, because Herminia and Mao were both an improvement over Kactuar in my opinion. Herminia nearly made my votelist, and would have straight-up got on in MYM24 - she was really good for a Jamcon and showed that you can still make awesome sets within short notice. Mao not getting into the Top 50 was a bit of a crime for the absurd amount of work and extras that went into him. There’s definitely room for your melee to develop to modern sensibilities, if you wanted to go in that direction, but I really love the unique and creative ideas you’ve shown in… literally all of your modern movesets. Stuff like Pete with growing different crops on different parts of the stage, Mao and his magichange attacks, it’s all stuff you wouldn’t see anywhere else in MYM. I honestly believe that you could make a big Top 20/frontrunner moveset if you wanted to.
- Just want to see that I miss your movesets, and am looking forward to your grand return next contest.
FFC (OldManHan, Daehypeels)
- You guys certainly made the last day of MYM25 eventful! I apologize if I’m not acknowledging every FFC member who posted a moveset here, just going by the members who I felt had the most presence in the Discord chat and with their movesets. OldManHan had easily the biggest presence in my opinion, being the most active member in the movesetting threads and being very open with setreading (got through a few sets, but I don’t blame you there because there were just too many this time around) as well as editing Illias and Adramelech in response to comments. Those two sets definitely would have placed in -any- past contest - they and /v/-tan honestly did really well when the FFC community was largely held back by not being familiar with what MYM likes in movesets. Definitely look forward to seeing what you all can do in MYM26 when you’ll be around from the start, whether that’s commenting or making movesets that surpass what you’ve already shown. And of course, we’re all waiting for the legendary Luka moveset.
It’s been great to have you all - like all newcomers, especially you guys with your tournament-style movesetting community, you all offer something new and significant to MYM. It would be really, really cool if any of you entered the upcoming Jamcon that Froy will host a few weeks into MYM26.