Miss Maetel Contest 2011
Yes, you heard right!
The competition is being held to promote a GE 999 themed pachinko game. A dream come true? A fan’s worst nightmare? I guess it’s up to each of us to decide.
As a committed Maetel fan I felt compelled to look through every single competitor (30 in all) and choose my favorite. If you click on the site [here] you’ll see a page with all the models. Click on one of the pictures and you’ll get the candidates’ video. On the right side you’ll see a Profile button and that will take you to a screen like the one below:
What I’ve put in red squares is where you need to click. The center bottom square will take you back to the video, where the candidate does some Maetel cosplay and then delivers a famous quote from Maetel herself, and after that there’s the bikini scene [Maetel often wears swimsuits, it’s canon]. Right above it, there’s a yellow button that takes you to a little clip where the candidate makes a final plea for your vote. You can vote where it says “VOTE” (duh) and use the arrows to look at the next or previous candidate (duh). If the vote went through, then when you look at the profile again the box will say VOTED in English. There seem to be special prizes you can win but you must be registered with the pachinko maker’s site and I’m 99% sure you have to be in Japan etc so I didn’t even bother to look into that.
The voting system is weird and I’m not sure if I understand it. Apparently you can vote once per candidate per every 24 hours. So I guess you could vote for several (or even all) candidates once everyday if you so chose. Or vote for one candidate one day and another the next. Weird. Anyway, September 10th is the last day to vote and the winner will be announced on the 15th.
What’s at stake? Well, Miss Maetel will show up in Japan’s Weekly Playboy, which has a huge circulation (in the hundreds of thousands) and which let’s be clear has nothing to do with the American publication of the same name. This could be the beginning of a very lucrative career for the winner. Plus Miss Maetel will receive a special prize from Leiji Matsumoto himself, though what that is hasn’t been made clear 🙂
I’m voting for No. 3.