Its time again for the most awesome game you have ever encountered. The Grand Stage48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo Prediction Game With Awesome Prices (TGSSSPGWAP) is waiting for you. Here are the rules: 1. You predict the Top16 of this year's senbatsu sousenkyo, i.e. the senbatsu for AKB48's 41th single. 2. You can change your prediction any time until the last day before result announcement, midnight CET. Afterwards, your prediction should not be changed. I'll ask the staff to either lock down our editing rights for this thread or to monitor edits happening afterwards. By then, it is mandatory to have each rank occupied by just one member only (so, no "7. Takamina/Kojiharu" - type of shenanigans). Members must by clearly identifiable. I can not count unclear rankings and/or member names. This also means, you can change your ranking after the intermediate results had been announced. 3. Points will be awarded according to the following list: a) Correct rank: 3 points per member b) For each member that was predicted to be in senbatsu, but ranked differently: 1 point c) Bonus points are awarded if you managed to correctly predict rank sequences but at a wrong position (1 point each). For example, if your prediction has 4 members coming in at 4-7, but were actually ranking at 11-15, you get 4 additional points. Minimum requirement for bonus points is a sequence of 3. b) + c) and a) + c) are additive, but not a) + b) The maximum amount of points is 64 (16 x 3 + 16 bonus points (i know, this is redundant). Spoiler: Example Calculation Your prediction: 1. Acchan 2. Yuko 3. Tomochin 4. Mariko 5. Meetan 6. Maimai 7. Sayaka 8. Yuttan Outcome (your prediction): 1. Yuko (2) 2. Acchan (1) 3. Maimai (6) 4. Tomochin (3) 5. Mariko (4) 6. Meetan (5) 7. Sayaka (7) 8. Kasai (-) Score: a) 1 girl was correctly predicted = 3 points b) 6 girls were correctly predicted to rank, but at wrong positions = 6 points c) 3 girls were correctly sequenced, but at wrong positions = 3 points Total = 12 points 4. Rules Update: Please format your predictions like this: 1. Family Name First Name as in 1. Miyazawa Sae Prizes: There is only one obvious choice: The 41st single will be directly delivered to your house without you actually paying for it! WOW, rka is the most amazing guy ever, isnt he?! I know its not awesome, but then again winning this competition (demanding awe-inspiring skills) is bringing you much fame, street cred and i hear, last year's winner was directly hired by Goldmann-Sachs as chief analyst! I will also ask the staff to change your user title to something awesome, like Predict0r_g0d, but this is not up to me. See the 2014 thread here.