So a quick semifinal fallout first- I’m not really surprised that Aisaka Taiga and Hirasawa Yui won their respective matches, but I still find it hard to believe how a series like Saki, who posted records after records as the tournament progressed, came out flat in the end, and couldn’t win when it mattered the most. Gotta feel for Saki fans for this heartbreak exit. 2ch proved me wrong about their trolling intents of a Kyoutarou Harem End, and thus i’m 0-2 at predictions this round while 2-0’ing Manga Saimoe, which is a completely opposite of the previous round. But enough of that, and moving on with my thoughts for both the AS and MS finale.
Anime Saimoe Tournament 2009 Championship Match:
We’re at the finish line, time to cap it off with a bang. Aisaka Taiga vs. Hirasawa Yui. For me, both these girls deserve to win the crown based on their previous accomplishments. Much has been said in the Saimoe community on how these girls got here on the biggest stage of moe tournaments. Still, I’ve got my own take of the matter.
Both will be shooting for history, especially for Taiga. The allure of having 2009 as “Year of the Taiga” is too much to ignore. We’re talking about instant Saimoe Hall of Fame eligibility if there ever was one, if Taiga manages to grab this one alongside with her earlier Best Moe crown. Thriving in both completely different voting environments, of some sort, which only a legendary doll named Suiseiseki could accomplish, would be a testament to one of the greatest Saimoe performances ever. And if Taiga wins this one, her fans will be proud of one thing that Suiseiseki never did – do it on her first and only attempt. That’s just awesome.
As for Hirasawa Yui, although the record she is chasing is not as grandiose as that of Taiga, winning Saimoe is a huge accomplishment in itself. She’ll be putting KyoAni in the map as the only studio to win two consecutive Saimoes. She’ll also be making an argument as to one of the most convincing Saimoe wins ever, rivaling Suiseiseki (again) for the toughest schedule ever. For the record, the latter had the gauntlet of Suigintou, Alice Carroll, Nagato Yuki, Shana and Fate Testarossa consecutively on her route to the crown, while Yui will have Furude Rika, Katsura Hinagiku, Kushieda Minori, Amae Koromo, Fukuji Mihoko and Taiga should she win. Also, Yui’s character archetype has never won a Saimoe before, and that will be history in her own right.
At the end of the day, I predict a Yui win. Just guessing, since all the stats won’t matter in this match right here, as both are so evenly matched, and both having fulfilled the “championship checklist.”
As far as picks go, I want Yui to win by more than 18 votes. That’s all I ask for in this tournament, yeah. /Hinafagging.
Quick Manga Saimoe Championship Match Preview:
Rozen Maiden’s Suigintou vs. Hayate no Gotoku’s Katsura Hinagiku
Both have close wins over their respective semifinals opponents, but I expected Suigintou to dominate. Expecting Hinagiku to win here, and I hope she does. One thing I’m quite sure 2ch does not like are repeat winners, especially in a tournament which happens only once in two years. I have outlined before that Kanaria of RM won this before, and maybe some of the voters will want change. And yeah, this will be good consolation to Hina should she win, after miserable performances in 2005 and 2007. As far as performances for this year, I think Hina has the better resume beating Kawazoe Tamaki, Fukuji Mihoko in a split vote handicap, Kinomoto Sakura, and Haramura Nodoka. Suigintou’s performance is not to scoff at either, with wins over fellow doll Suiseiseki and Evangelion’s Ayanami Rei. Still, I think Hinagiku will finally pull a win in a Japanese moe tournament (even though a small one), to finally put an end to Hayate no Gotoku title drought.
So we have two championships at the same day. In the end, I wish both these matches deliver a performance worthy of a Saimoe championship. It’s been a long road, it will finally end here. 🙂