Second Preliminary Round of the Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 continued Wednesday with Higurashi no Naku Koro ni’s Sonozaki Shion scoring top honors on Group Two. Shion rallied past early leader Sae of Hidamari Sketch. At third was Airi from Queen’s Blade, Chikumaen Kaho at fourth, and completing the top five finishers was Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu’s Shimada Hazuki.
Sekine from Angel Beats! finished sixth, Sousou from Koihime Musou clinched seventh, Ein of Phantom got eighth and Kisaragi from Geijutsuka Art Design Class claimed ninth. The rest of the top twelve were Yasuri Nanami form Katanagatari, Komori Kiri from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, together with Lily Shiraishi of Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou and Irie of Angel Beats!, who were tied for twelveth.
The top twenty four finishers earn a spot in the Main Draw, and they can be found here togethere with the rest of the results.
Shouldn’t be surprised, Shion used to be a first-prelim grade character, same with Sae. Although for some strange reason I overlooked the former. For a second prelim group that was pretty entertaining. Sae and Kaho were leading pretty much all day, until Shion finally broke through with a rush to break things wide open. But yeah, nothing of note otherwise from this round, except for the major factions continuing to fill their roster with the mid-tier characters, powerwise. +1 Hayate, +1 Saki, so on and so forth.
So I went 5-7 in that round, but lost so much more, since it was a pretty packed group for my picks. Anyway nice to see the main priorities go through, with the exception of Chiu-chan. Also, Yellow > Purple, 2ch agreed. Although I love them both.
Moving on to the third group, very slim pickings. There are characters that I’ll gladly vote for, but no real heavy-hitters or priorities. Only priority is Cure Marine. Fuck yeah.
(Ada Vessalius @ Pandora Hearts)
(Makita Hime @ Sora no Manimani)
(Miki @ Shugo Chara! series)
(Nozaki Namiko (Namiko-san) @ GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class)
(Harukaze Chiharu @ Hayate no Gotoku!!)
(Awara Chikako (Aa-san) @ GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class)
(Sonogi Yukina @ Senkou no Night Raid)
(Sasaki Makie @ Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai)
(Anehara Misa @ Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou)
(Kitsu Chiri @ Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Series)
(Tsukubae Tomoe @ Taishou Yakyuu Musume.)
(Kurumi Erika (Cure Marine) @ HeartCatch Pretty Cure!)
On the brighter side, two down, two to go. And that’s it for now. Second prelims, not much to say, etc. 😛