Wonder Wind

Hayate no Gotoku!’s Sanzen’in NagiĀ  survived a late rush by Bakemonogatari’s Senjougahara Hitagi to claim the top spot in the heavyweight Group Eight of the preliminary round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. Nagi edged Hitagi by one vote as she sustained a manageable lead until the final hour of voting. Hitagi overtook third-place finisher, Hayate’s Maria, in the wee hours of the match, but could not rally past Nagi.

Working!!’s Inami Mahiru settled for a fourth-place finish, followed by Aizawa Sakuya, the third Hayate character to qualify in the Main Draw in this group. They will be joined by sixth place finisher Umemori Chise of Mayoi Neko Overrun!, Asahina Mikuru from Suzumiya Haruhi series, Shimada Minami of BakaTest contingent, Seitokai no Ichizon’s Akaba Chizuru, Ichiban no Ushiro no Daimaou’s Korone, Hanamaru Youchien’s Tsuchida Satsuki, and finally Kuronuma Sawako of Kimi ni Todoke.

The comprehensive results are found here.

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Well, what do we have here, Nagi makes it three straight preliminary round wins since 2008. The last time she didn’t top a prelim group was in 2007, when she was second to Hinagiku. And yes, I am impressed with how Hayate as a faction managed to hold their ground against the newcomers and returnees. They still haven’t lost their mojo, although it will definitely be tougher this year. This makes me look forward even more to Group 12. Hinagiku vs. Tenshi vs. Mio suddenly became a lot more competitive.

Hitagi took second place as predicted, but my projected first place finisher did not pan out in the end. I might have overhyped Inami Mahiru, but I was so certain that she was the top Working!! chara. Looks like it does not apply in Saimoe though, as the distinction appears to belong to Poplar. Mayoi Neko had a decent, if not, great showing, as its first major character broke through in a tight group. Chise had some mojo reminiscent to that of Index (same VA hurr). Mikuru’s performance was slightly disappointing, and that does not bode well for the other two (Yuki and Haruhi) come the elimination rounds. Still, they are on deck in the prelims and can prove me wrong anytime.

Shimada and Chizuru proved that their factions are on the middle ground, but granted they are not the Saimoe “aces” of their respective shows. Sae really is the unlucky one in Hidamari as their series support was not enough to carry her in a tough group.

In the end, ten out of twelve in predictions, while in picks I ended 7-2-1. Lost another KobaYuu character. drat.

Group Nine Preview

Time for a breather, and this is exactly what this group is. There’s not much to say, except that Koromo and Isumi will rout the rest, although on the flipside, it will give the others a chance to shine (pessmisitically they’ll be first round fodder for the former).

Without further ado, here are my predictions.

  1. Amae Koromo
  2. Saginomiya Isumi
  3. Anzu
  4. Ogasawara Akiko
  5. Selnia Iori Flameheart
  6. Toudou Elis
  7. Kinoshita Yuuko
  8. Miyanaga Teru
  9. Minakami Misao
  10. Kitsu Chri
  11. Clan
  12. Tachibana Himeko

Nothing much to say again, but let the mid-tiers take over for a while. It’s tough to predict who’s gonna make it or not due to the absence of the heavy-hitters. Himeko is a lulz prediction there, maybe K-On voting is enough to carry her. Not that i don’t love some of them though. I’ll be supporting the following:

Koromo-Isumi-Anzu-Akiko-Chiri-Ran-Elis-Juvia-Koyomi-Miki

First three are the priorities. Yay Kodomo.

I’m expecting casualties today, but so be it. :V

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