Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 Preview: Part One

Saimoe season has started, and it’s time for some serious business. Nope, this ninth installment of the Saimoe tournament won’t be setting records for the biggest Saimoe ever, since the field has been reduced to 288 players in the main draw. However, I believe that it’s going to be one of the most competitive Saimoe ever, and ¬†the second major change for this year has something to do with that. Saimoe is down to six rounds of action now, meaning , the block final matches are going to be triple-threat showdowns. I think this really helps the stronger characters as they become less susceptible to hate-votes, but on the other hand, the contending series will have to be wary and vote strategically to avoid split votes.
With my initial impressions for this year’s changes out of the way and while still waiting for the nomination period to end, for the meantime, I have prepared a season preview divided in five parts, the first of which i will be posting after the jump, arranged alphabetically by notable eligible series, accompanied by my impressions and predictions on how they will do on the upcoming tourney.

it’s coming…

well, the schedule has not been finalized yet, but the official site and the wiki for this year’s Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 have updated their pages with the dates for the nomination period, beginning as early as 6/26. though there’s a mention that the schedule for the main event is still subject to change, and considering that the nomination period is usually not given that much regard, nevertheless, ¬†Saimoe enthusiasts like me just can’t shake off the feeling that it’s finally beginning… Saimoe 2010 is coming, and it’s coming fast!

also, while i also posted this in the twitter account, it bears mentioning again that two “warm-up” tournaments from China and Korea have concluded (see sidebar), with Akiyama Mio and Fujibayashi Kyou winning respectively. i intend to put the Best 8 from both tourneys in the Archive soon.

that’s all for now, although i have a feeling that it’s gonna get busy from hereon. and with that i leave you with Ritsu.