Power of Flower

Hayate no Gotoku!’s Katsura Hinagiku opened her fourth Saimoe campaign with a huge win as she emerged on top of a very competitive Group Twelve which featured heavy tournament favorites Tachibana Kanade from Angel Beats!, Akiyama Mio from K-On!, and Kataoka Yuuki from Saki. Together with To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Shirai Kuroko, which finished fifth, the top five finishers from this group broke the previous record for most votes in the Preliminary Round of the Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010.

Joining the aforementioned five in the main draw were 2007 champion Furude Rika from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Tsukuyomi Komoe, also from Railgun, Tohasaka Rin from Fate/Stay Night, Chika from Hidamari Sketch, Sakura Akari from Jewelpet Tinkle, Haibara Ai from Detective Conan, and lastly, Wilhelmina Carmel from Shakugan no Shana.

Click for rest of the results.


Well, shit just got real. In all honesty, I did not see Hinagiku doing well against tournament favorites Tenshi and Mio. Genuinely surprised, and elated. This proves that Hayate still really has it, despite the fact that it has been almost a year since the last episode of Hayate has aired, and nary a presence compared to K-On!! and Angel Beats. The only plausible explanation I have for this outcome would have to be Hayatefags really are pushing their favorite characters for that sought-after Saimoe win, after three years of coming close (Finals, Semifinals, and Quarterfinals appearance for the faction in the last three years). Great win is great, but fans like me have to be wary that hate votes now will inevitably come Hinagiku and Nagi’s way now that it is finally revealed how strong they (still) are.

As for Mio’s performance, I’m a little surprised and disappointed. Going down to fourth place is just not cutting it. Even Kuroko got almost close to her. Tenshi, on the other hand, I can’t really say. Perhaps, I expected too much? Anyway, absent the unexpected Hayate surge, Tenshi would have owned this group. All is good.

There’s a huge gap between the top five in the rest (almost 100 votes). Rika performed as expected of her, so did last year’s top 32 contender, Komoe. Rin, 2006 quarterfinalist is a disappointment, in my opinion. Indeed how far FSN has fallen since then. Chika clinched, and once again, Jewelpets is represented. Ai makes her 9001th Saimoe main draw appearance, while Wilhelmina sneaked in for the final slot.

6-4-0 in picks, again super tough group so imokaywiththis.jpg. Predictions went 10 of 12, and again Jewelpets fell under my radar together with Ai. Didn’t call the winner right. Definitely okay with that though.

All in all, this group sure did break the record for votes this round, and perhaps a sign of things to come. I hope this reinvigorated the voters’ interest back in Saimoe, as it is all serious business now. The hype was met, and time for more Saimoe action.

Group Thirteen Preview

After that superb match which broke records, we have a breather once again. A becoming patterin in this year’s Prelims so far. Basically this bunch is about Fate, and everyone else. Which is a good thing since in a field of midcarders, some of my picks have a great chance of sneaking in at the main draw without having to resort to with the second prelim. And I’ll leave it to [i]fate[/i] how my guesses for qualifiers will go. Well it’s not entirely a blind guess, but a hunch based on the series performance of the other characters so far.

  1. Fate
  2. Serizawa Fumino
  3. Hanyuu
  4. Kujiin Mika
  5. Himari
  6. Soga Keena
  7. Lily Shiraishi
  8. Ichinose Yumiko
  9. Sawamura Tomoki
  10. Shuri
  11. Satou
  12. Ein

other “contenders”
Sonohara Anri
Margery Daw
Komori Kiri
Sakurami Kyouko


  • Lily Shiraishi – Hatters gonna hat. Dat fang. Dat Hat. Dat voice.
  • Yumiko – fuck yeah dual form, plus Haruka Tomatsu. Dat hair.
  • Serizawa Fumino – Tsundere Saten is something to behold
  • Soga Keena – rice moe ❤
  • Namiko-san – Tsukkomi Hocchan.
  • Komori Kiri – superior Hikki Moe
  • Satou – overrun by that voice. Rina.
  • Ein – number one character in Phantom. \Ayahime/
  • Fate Testarossa – dat ass. but basically it’s all about Nana.
  • Sakurami Kyouko – amusing chara in TYM. Also, Makino Yui.

Lengthy post is lengthy, and I am done for the day~ Thanks for reading :>


7 thoughts on “Power of Flower

  1. Xellos-_^ July 20, 2010 / 4:37 pm

    “This proves that Hayate still really has it, despite the fact that it has been almost a year since the last episode of Hayate has aired,”

    she got a lot more air time in the manga where she earn a lot of sympathy votes int he A-tan arc.

    “Tenshi, on the other hand, I can’t really say. Perhaps, I expected too much? ”

    The prelims is too early for a Zerg rush, look for those late round Protess Surge.

    “but fans like me have to be wary that hate votes now will inevitably come Hinagiku and Nagi’s way”

    main attraction of saimoe.

  2. Micchi July 20, 2010 / 4:39 pm

    Watching the match unfold was very entertaining. Hina doing well here means good news, but Hayate chars will probably have it tough in the main draw. Let’s see how it compares to Saki’s situation last year. Also, I don’t understand how Ai always manages to get in.

    • frustra July 21, 2010 / 8:50 am

      just need to avoid the split votes. as for Ai, it’s actually her 7th main draw appearance. Japan loves her, heh.

  3. jewelpet July 22, 2010 / 12:21 pm

    Celebrate Akari qualified and her birthday!

  4. Victor August 20, 2010 / 11:16 am

    hayatefags? why call them that ? it sounds really offensive to anyone who is a fan of it

    • frustra August 20, 2010 / 4:08 pm

      uhm, i’m sorry if that offended you in any way, but i’m just using internet jargon there and meant no offense. fags = fans essentially in a friendly banter, but if you do continually get pissed by my use of such banter then i’ll refrain from using it from thereon. so yeah Hayatefags = Hayatefans, i’m a Hinafag, etc.

      • Victor August 21, 2010 / 5:44 am

        Ok i didnt mean to be too rude to you though so i’m sorry.nice 1 and same im a hinafag.sry if i offended you too…..^^

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