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ODE TO MALENTINE
Brought to you by MAL's Cupid-nyan~


Welcome to MAL's annual Valentine's Day event! This year, short poetry meets anime/manga.

Part One: Submissions
You are tasked with matching either an existing poem, or one of your own creation, to one or more anime/manga images. The resulting poem+image pair can either be romantic, tragic, or funny.

Existing poems can have a maximum of 5 lines.
Original poems can have a maximum of 14 lines.
Either your image or poem (or both) should refer to some kind of Valentine's theme: romance, loneliness, chocolate, etc.
Images can be still or animated. Please try to incorporate your poem onto image though, if possible.




"Love Haiku" by Mia Rose
Anime: Toradora



For image editing, you can use a program like MS Paint, GIMP (free), or Photoshop. For gif editing, you can use online editors like EZgif (what we used) or image programs like GIMP. Then upload your finished image to a site like Imgur and send.


Once your poem+image pair is finished, send Cupid-nyan a PM with:
Link to your poem+image.
Link to the MAL database entry of the anime/manga.
Link to where you found the poem, or state that it's an original.
Pick a category: romantic, tragic, or funny.




"Her Eyes" by Luntian
Anime: Nagi no Asukara



Part Two: Voting
Once we collect all of the entries, we will create a voting thread/form where the community can look over all the submissions and vote on their favourites. Even if you do not make a submission, you can still vote

We will then rank the MALentine "odes" in each category:
Romantic
Tragic/Sad
Funny
Original Poems (these will also still appear in the above categories)

Creators can aim for first or last place in these rankings ;) The only prize offered is, as usual, bragging rights~



Card Submission Deadline
Wednesday, Feb 14th, 23:59 PST

Please send in your poem+image before this date




Voting Thread Posted
Thursday, Feb 15th

Once the thread is posted, you can start voting



Join Us
If you need help or want a place to chat, you can use our Discord server.

First, join the MAL server by using this link: https://discord.gg/E2xC8ZF
Next, go to #bot-spam (under Miscellaneous) and type ?join malentine.

This will give you access to a special MALentine channel.



Frequent Questions



Big thanks to @ImperfectBlue for the examples!
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buying mal valentine. hmu on runescape.



 
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Hoping to make some cool poems!!
I'm Just An Innocent Writer. > ͜ <

 
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Good Luck everyone! May the best poetier win!
 
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I'm not good enough to do this; ; -;
 
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Hmm I might give it a shot, we'll see

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*begins looking through list of personally written poetry* Best of luck everyone!
 
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How many times can we submit stuff? Only once or to our heart's desire? :D
 
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Hmm this event idea seems good. Gj to the person who thought it. Good luck people.


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Feb 10, 7:23 AM

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so pretty much no point of doing this other than showing off your mad poem skillz, welp, people'll still enjoy it
 
Feb 10, 7:37 AM

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Can you modify some parts of a poem that already exists? Just need to change 1 word...



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Can I do the poem in another language?
Because I don't know any poem in English so it could be easier to me if I can do it with a poem in spanish
 
Feb 10, 7:50 AM

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Looks like I have to pass on this...
 
Feb 10, 8:25 AM

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I love writing poems but this gif editing thing is a bit mendokusai!

so I'm just here to say: "Good luck guys!"

 
Feb 10, 8:36 AM
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Nobody cares if the poem in question spoils stuff, right?
All Dubs must die!

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Feb 10, 8:41 AM

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DessiJ said:
How many times can we submit stuff? Only once or to our heart's desire? :D

I'm wondering about this too, if you can post multiple then there's a chance someone may win more than 1 category.
Or someone could aim for the bottom of all of them :P

Either way, seems like it's gonna be interesting.
 
Feb 10, 8:59 AM

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Eh....? I want to join.. But English isn't my native language so it will be too hard... TwT

Oh well... Good luck!
Hmm... But... I think I'll try it too.. XD


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UnTaMeDGerble said:
DessiJ said:
How many times can we submit stuff? Only once or to our heart's desire? :D

I'm wondering about this too, if you can post multiple then there's a chance someone may win more than 1 category.
Or someone could aim for the bottom of all of them :P

Either way, seems like it's gonna be interesting.


Well, the bottom is still a first place, it just depends from where you look :D
 
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good luck to those who will actually do something!
I wish i was at least 1% of a good artist
 
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Hai.... I shall give it a try!! (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚

Even though I literally don't know anything about valentine's!! =3=
 
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Good luck! May the best win.
 
Feb 10, 9:43 AM
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Eh you think so ?
 
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this is good .. i would do this if i have free time
but may be next time.
so, good luck for you all <3
 
Feb 10, 9:49 AM
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Major_Gilbert said:
Can you modify some parts of a poem that already exists? Just need to change 1 word...
Sure. Please still include a link to the original in your submission.

Pabloncholosk said:
Can I do the poem in another language?
Because I don't know any poem in English so it could be easier to me if I can do it with a poem in spanish
I don't really know many poems either. Basically just searched "love haiku" or "short poems", things like this. If you still want to do it in Spanish, you can. Just please include an English translation of the poem.

OtakuOne said:
Looks like I have to pass on this...
How come?

149597871 said:
I love writing poems but this gif editing thing is a bit mendokusai!
You aren't required to edit gifs. The text can be on a still image, that can be added below a gif, or just be a still image.

Gorganoth said:
Nobody cares if the poem in question spoils stuff, right?
I forgot about spoilers... maybe try to avoid big spoilers / tag it in the submission.

DessiJ said:
How many times can we submit stuff? Only once or to our heart's desire? :D
+ @UnTaMeDGerble 1 per category, maximum. Please include which of the three is your #1 pick, in case we get hundreds like last year :'D

@Meira_Eve You can use existing poems. Remember poems don't need to rhyme or have any particular reason to them. See haiku or tanka poems, for example.

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Head_Hunter47 said:
Hai.... I shall give it a try!! (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚

Even though I literally don't know anything about valentine's!! =3=

hehe Sanchy you have to make sure that you will show it to me first!! o(≧∇≦o)
 
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I dont think I can do this man. Its hard :(
 
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BlankNote said:
Head_Hunter47 said:
Hai.... I shall give it a try!! (ノ´ヮ`)ノ*: ・゚

Even though I literally don't know anything about valentine's!! =3=

hehe Sanchy you have to make sure that you will show it to me first!! o(≧∇≦o)

Nope nope nope nope.... I don't wanna be made fun of!! C= C= C= C=┌( `ー´)┘
 
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Head_Hunter47 said:
BlankNote said:

hehe Sanchy you have to make sure that you will show it to me first!! o(≧∇≦o)

Nope nope nope nope.... I don't wanna be made fun of!! C= C= C= C=┌( `ー´)┘

Ehhh why would I do that? I seriously want to see it!! >_<
 
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BlankNote said:
Head_Hunter47 said:

Nope nope nope nope.... I don't wanna be made fun of!! C= C= C= C=┌( `ー´)┘

Ehhh why would I do that? I seriously want to see it!! >_<

O-Okay then... I will show you!! ( ._.)
 
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BlankNote said:

Ehhh why would I do that? I seriously want to see it!! >_<

O-Okay then... I will show you!! ( ._.)

Yaaaass!! whoaa I got excited!! ⤴︎ ε=ε=(ง ˃̶͈̀ᗨ˂̶͈́)۶ ⤴︎
 
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Yumina_Sky said:
I dont think I can do this man. Its hard :(
Which part are you having trouble with?

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@Kineta will mostly just I cant think of anything when I try to Lol
 
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Kineta said:
Major_Gilbert said:
Can you modify some parts of a poem that already exists? Just need to change 1 word...
Sure. Please still include a link to the original in your submission.


Would it still be counted as original? Since that would change the number of lines allowed, if not.



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Well, submitted mine. Let's see what happens.

 
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If a manga/anime occasionally includes small poetic texts/reflections, can I consider those to be poems? I think it would be interesting to use the words of the own author (they are the ones who know best how their characters feel, right? )
 
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Major_Gilbert said:
Kineta said:
Sure. Please still include a link to the original in your submission.


Would it still be counted as original? Since that would change the number of lines allowed, if not.
Not if it's a 1 word change, no.

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@Kineta will mostly just I cant think of anything when I try to Lol
Try looking at some random existing poems or some random anime gifs, and reverse search a word :D I liked the Toradora gif and ImperfectBlue Googled poems with "morning" in them. You don't need to think of it immediate, just see what pops out.

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If a manga/anime occasionally includes small poetic texts/reflections, can I consider those to be poems? I think it would be interesting to use the words of the own author (they are the ones who know best how their characters feel, right? )
Sure, that sounds interesting.

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Are we allowed to splice parts of a gif together if they are from the same scene/anime and do the lines in an existing poem have to be consecutive?
 
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Are we allowed to splice parts of a gif together if they are from the same scene/anime and do the lines in an existing poem have to be consecutive?
You can even splice different anime if you want. No, they don't need to be consecutive.

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Mh. Was looking forward to this cause I really enjoyed last year's event. Sadly, poetry isn't my cup of tea and the guessing part which I found to be the most interesting aspect is missing.

Also, since this will be a popular vote, I feel like you basically can't afford to write a poem about anything that's not popular if you want a chance at winning.

Anyway, not sure I'll be participating this time around, but still, have fun and good luck to those who will.
 
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Question: can we use song lyrics?
 
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I want to try...but I have a feeling that the gifs will have a significant advantage over the still images. Perhaps the voting for gifs should be separate from the still images...

Questions!
1. Size limits (Image size, etc.)? I might be using a lot of frames...
2. We're limited to 3 submissions (one for each category). Can we still submit more images but not include them as part of the voting? Just for fun?
3. Gore and Ecchi! How far can we go?
 
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It can turn into something very Doki Doki

Poems for all.
 
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One more question, sorry. When it says an existing poem can only have 5 lines, does that mean the entire poem cannot be longer than that or is it saying that we can only use at most, 5 lines from a longer poem?
 
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Will try but seems hard:(

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Feb 10, 1:07 PM
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Here's my question: Is a joint submission acceptable (i.e. one person writes the poem, another person creates the image)?

Also, I assume of one person of the joint submits to their own one category, the joint would have to be in another category?



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DessiJ said:

Well, the bottom is still a first place, it just depends from where you look :D

Touché, In my opinion, the bragging rights for getting the bottom are just as good as the top.
 
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Well, whatever, maybe I'll give it a try. Why not :)
 
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This is rather interesting. Maybe I will give it a try :^)
 
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Mh. Was looking forward to this cause I really enjoyed last year's event. Sadly, poetry isn't my cup of tea and the guessing part which I found to be the most interesting aspect is missing.

Also, since this will be a popular vote, I feel like you basically can't afford to write a poem about anything that's not popular if you want a chance at winning.

Anyway, not sure I'll be participating this time around, but still, have fun and good luck to those who will.
Completely agree with you.
At first it sounded really interesting because I thought we would combine poems and anime, and then in the second round people would have to guess the anime or something. But just voting isn't interesting to me and it basically just seems like a contest for the best graphic makers.

I won't participate, but I'm interested in seeing the results.
 
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does anyone know if it matters how many lines the poem is if I put it all on an image
 
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