Todoroki Yachiyo of Working!! fended off a comeback attempt by Hanamaru Youchien’s Hiiragi with a rush of her own, to win 276-254 votes as Day Two of Saimoe Main Draw concluded Wednesday. Yachiyo was able to advance despite being grouped with Shirafuji Kyouko, and a speculated split appearing to happen. However, her strength was more than enough to overcome the genius of Hiiragi to advance to the Second Round. Finishing at third was Ushiromiya Maria from Umineko no Naku Koro ni with 129 votes, while Kyouko garnered 36 votes.
In the other match, Clannad’s Fujibayashi Ryou easily advanced to the second round, unthreatened by the challenge of Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu’s Nogizaka Mika, Hattori Kanon of Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo, and Chikumaen Kaho from Mayoi Neko Overrun!, who all finished second, third, and fourth respectively.
1st 276 votes | Todoroki Yachiyo @ Working!!
2nd 254 votes | Hiiragi @ Hanamaru Kindergarten
3rd 129 votes | Ushiromiya Maria @ Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
4th 36 votes | Shirafuji Kyouko @ Working!!
1st 220 votes | Fujibayashi Ryou @ Clannad: Another World, Kyou Chapter
2nd 162 votes | Nogizaka Mika @ Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza
3rd 155 votes | Hatori Kanon @ Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo
4th 144 votes | Chikumaen Kaho @ Mayoi Neko Overrun!
Well, just like yesterday, series mojo ended up as a huge factor. The split was beaten quite easily, because Kyouko is not a strong character by herself. Not disappointed with me getting it wrong, but definitely saddened to see the most awesome Hanamaru Youchien character get booted out quickly. Panda neko ;_;
As for the other match, no comment. It was unexciting although it has me curious about Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo. Gonna put that show in my watchlist. The most interesting character (I know there) was Kaho, and obviously it’s not enough.
The first huge match of the the opening round of Saimoe 2010 beckons. Nakamura Yuri against Shana, with an expected nutbladder stomping by Yuno as a side event. Expect vote totals to rise. Shana on the same day as Yoshida is an interesting dimension to the match, since they’ll either side with Shana or vote against her since the fanbase of both tend to loathe each other. We’ll find that out today. Now onto my impressions on the upcoming match.
Yuno v Yoshida would’ve been interesting if it was the 2006 counterpart, because at that time, Yoshida was good enough to get to the Top 32. Now, a shell of her former self, she no longer compares to Yuno, who should be good enough to advance. I’d like to see Yuno style by a good margin here, since she’s gonna need that confidence in the future matches. But for now, yes to Yuno.
Now this is the more intriguing match. This could’ve been a block semifinal or final in the old format, but the draw has been unkind. Shana has the experience advantage, plus the backing of Kugyuu faction. Yuri has the faction advantage, and she’s the fresher face. Looking on accomplishments, they both were in the same group which saw Shana impress by beating Hirasawa Yui herself, and with a reasonable distance to boot. Yuri got outclassed badly in that match, though not a slouch by herself. The elimination rounds are definitely different from prelims. There’s a tactical factor to look into, and look for schemers to capitalize. And yes, there will be fake votes. But at the end of the day, Shana is on a class of her own, and I think it would not be enough to topple her this early. I’ve got a feeling Shana has this, and in her quest for the sought-after Saimoe crown, it surely has to be earned. In any case, it’s gonna be a hotly-contested match, if you know what I mean.
Man, matches of this caliber are the ones that make following Saimoe so worth it, and there will be more. HABEEB IT. For now, let’s enjoy the ride.