One thing I strongly suggest is ISML 2011 should give less automatic entry spots to Saimoe 2010 participants. Instead of giving seats to all semi-finalists, I think it's better to give none or 1 or 2 (I would say two seats for finalists or one seat for the winner). The reason why I suggest this is due to the following reasons.
1. Saimoe 2010 does not represent a sizable anime fan population. I am not sure if you guys also follow Saimoe 2010 or not, but if you do, you also probably noticed significant drops in voting population in recent years. Saimoe 2010 just finished block finals, but the total votes hardly go over 1500. Compared to ISML and KBM, we have to question whether the results from the competition reflect the fair representation of anime fan population in Japan.
2. Saimoe 2010 lacks credibility. If you followed the competition, you probably also noticed controversial results. Upsets do happen. It makes the competitions interesting, therefore, I also want some matches to have unexpected results, but Saimoe 2010 has gone too far.
Hina's early exit by Mafuyu was somewhat understandable as those kinds of things happen in every single Saimoe tounament. But anti-voting has gone too far later on.
Some examples of controversial results...
I cant’s remember which block it was - Nadeko (Bakemono) defeated Yui (K-on) G block 2nd round - Mikoto (Railgun) defeated Miyako (Hidamari) by 'two' votes E block final - Yamada Aoi (Working!) defeated Tenshi (Angel Beats!) F block final - Mafuyu (Setokai Ichizon) defeated Senjogahara Hitagi (Bakemon)
Nadeko, Miyako , Aoi and Mafuyu are pretty strong, but they are not capable of knocking their opponents out in Saimoe. Imagine Nagi knocking out Mikoto in ISML 2010 in the post-season. That is probably a similar comparison in terms of strength. If you look at their records starting from the preliminary stages in Saimoe, you would see the drastic differences between the strengths of those characters. Therefore, I am sure many people would question whether the votes they received were mainly from their own fans or just haters of their opponents.
so far many Samimoe favourites such as Mikoto, Hitagi, Mio, Hina, Popula, Fate, Yui (K-on) and Tenshi have been knocked out. With all of them not even making into quarter final, I am not sure if many fans will agree with the results.
The people who are behind these anti-voting are not trying to knock out few characters, it seems they just want to knock out all the favourites of the competition (well maybe not saki, as I haven't seen any anti-voting against them yet). Therefore, I don't think Saimoe 2010 competition results will be a credible source of strengths of potential ISML 2011 participants.
3. Extremely poor performances from Saki participants in ISML 2010. As you all have seen, Saki girls had gone through nightmare throughout the competition. They did not manage to win a single match (excluding the match between themselves) and sit at the rock bottom of regular season results. It is difficult to not think that other characters who narrowly missed out the regular season probably deserved those spots more than Sakim girls did.