While catching up this year’s Niconico baseball simulation tournament that has anime, manga & game franchises as teams, I had the idea to conduct something similar with anime studios.
I came up with a list of 24 studios that have some notability and enough series/movies to fill out rosters with characters. I then randomly assigned them into four groups:
Group A: Gainax, Gonzo, Shaft, Sunrise, TMS Entertainment, ufotable
Group B: AIC, P.A. Works, Production I.G., Studio Deen, Xebec, Zexcs
Group C: A-1 Pictures, BONES, Kyoto Animation, Madhouse, Nippon Animation, Toei
Group D: Brain’s Base, J.C. Staff, Manglobe, Pierrot, Studio Ghibli, Tatsunoko
The schedule for the first round will be round-robin (each team plays each opponent in their group once) and the two teams from each group will advance to a single-elimination bracket. Each team will have 25 player rosters.
I’ve set up a website/blog for the project - animebaseball.com - where I’ll put up the rosters, schedule, box scores and stats as well as a Twitter account (@AnimeYakyu) where I’ll give updates during the games and whenever results/box scores have been posted.
What I’m going to use to simulate the games is a dice-based board game from the 1990s called Home Plate. It’s pretty simple compared to more well-known ratings-based games like APBA, Strat-O-Matic, or Out of the Park: there are no foul balls and there’s no indication of where a ball is hit (making it difficult to generate fielding statistics or batters’ spray charts).