Shana passed her first challenge in her bid for Saimoe glory as she overcame Nakamura Yuri of Angel Beats! 450-397 in one of the more anticipated matches in the opening round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. Shana led throughout the match and was on even terms with Yuri on the final sprint to the finish line. Trailing Shana and Yuri were Kuzaki Rino of Omamori Himari and Selnia Flameheart from Ladies versus Butlers!
Hidamari Sketch’s Yuno delivered as expected in the other matchup, dispatching Yoshida Kazumi of Shakugan no Shana quite easily and with an aid of an endgame finishing blow, 437-296. At third was Irie from Angel Beats! with 128 votes and Mikugami Rimu who collected 104 votes.
1st 437 votes | Yuno @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆
2nd 296 votes | Yoshida Kazumi @ Shakugan no Shana S
3rd 128 votes | Irie @ Angel Beats!
4th 104 votes | Mikogami Rimu @ Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo
1st 450 votes | Shana @ Shakugan no Shana S
2nd 397 votes| Nakamura Yuri (Yurippe) @ Angel Beats!
3rd 117 votes | Kuzaki Rinko @ Omamori Himari
4th 69 votes | Selnia Iori Flameheart @ Ladies versus Butlers!
So in the end, Shana passes her first obstacle in a somewhat decent performance from her usual standards. Does this bode well with her impending collision course against Nanoha? Can’t really tell yet, but the first pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. Big loss for the AB camp, whose top three girls are facing dangerous matches. Yuri now falls, let’s see how it goes. Will AB end up the year’s biggest Saimoe disappointment? That question suddenly becomes highlighted with this loss.
On the other hand, good stuff from Yuno, who will gonna have to replicate or even improve on her performance. Not that her match was hard or anything, but I’ll take this win. First step of the plan, also accomplished. Improved to 4-2 on both picks and predictions based on the outcome of this match, and now it’s time to move forward…
This will be an interesting matchup despite the lack of superstar names. This is Higurashi’s last stand and I think Hanyuu has the best chance of ensuring that the fabled franchise reaches at least the second round in what could be their final hurrah. But I think Hanyuu will fall short against upstarts Chizuru and Nymph. I snap-picked Chizuru to win this match solely on the power of the SeiZon voters but I decided to change my mind on game-day and I am now predicting Nymph to win. As I was making the material for this match it occured to me that Nymph actually nabbed 400 votes, although aided in most part in the heated matchup between Yui and Shana. But somehow I still think that Nymph has enough gas to carry her forward into the second round against what appears to be the least popular of the SeiZon big four. So yeah, I’ve decided to predict Nymph to win this entertaining three-way.
Well, this is one match i’m having no second thoughts. Mayoi is the easy pick to advance although Mikuru might challenge and make it closer. I’ve said in my pre-Round One preview that this is no longer the Haruhi series that could have dominated 2006 had they not been grouped together. So Mayoi is gonna take this, fast and easy.
And that’s it for the day. Let’s continue to have a good great one.