Wings of Change

Sora no Otoshimono’s Nymph defeated Higurashi no Naku Koro ni’s Hanyuu, Seitokai no Ichizon’s Akaba Chizuru, and Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou’s Hattori Junko to advance to Round Two of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. Impressive was Nymph’s victory in her debut in the elimination brackets as she managed to overcome a former top sixteen competitor, as well as a character from one of the more prominent factions in the tournament.

Bakemonogatari also made a splash in their Main Event debut as Hachikuji Mayoi routed Asahina Mikuru from Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu, 316-205. Mikuru was a former top sixteen character as well in 2006 and Mayoi made quick work of her from the get go. Finishing third was Yin from Darker than Black, and at last place was Saikyou Tomomi from Ladies versus Butlers.


1st 271 votes | Nymph @ Sora no Otoshimono
2nd 211 votes | Hanyuu @ Higurashi no Naku koro ni Rei
3rd 122 votes | Akaba Chizuru @ Seitokai no Ichizon
4th 68 votes | Hattori Junko @ Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou

1st 316 votes | Hachikuji Mayoi @ Bakemonogatari
2nd 205 votes | Asahina Mikuru @ The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
3rd 105 votes | Yin @ Darker than Black – Ryuusei no Gemini
4th 62 votes | Saikyou Tomomi @ Ladies versus Butlers!

Well, expected results were expected, nothing much to distill from their results aside from the obvious >implications:

  • Chances are high that Higurashi will be bounced out of the tourney in the first round;
  • Bakemonogatari is a force to be reckoned with;
  • Chizuru is the weakest main chara in the SeiZon four;
  • Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou a.k.a Color Wars’ future looks dark;
  • Sora no Otoshimono has decent mojo.

Well, that’s it for post-match impressions, and again, vote totals are still low. Can’t be helped I guess.

Nadeko will style all over this match despite being pitted against First Prelim qualifiers. She’s the unofficial ace of the powerful Bakemonogatari faction, and with a good showing today, she’s gonna put the pressure on last year’s finalist Hirasawa Yui, to bring on the goods in the inevitable second round clash. Therefore, I’m counting on Nadeko to destroy the opposition, and anything less than a 150 vote margin would be disappointing. Also, my pick is the same as my prediction, because Nadeko is just HNGGGH-inducing.

Next up, a tasty matchup that will showcase the difference of years that have passed. 2006 has come and gone, and Nanoha looks to be in top-form, dispatching some of the best that Saki has to offer in the preliminaries. Meanwhile, Rin floundered badly in the hotly-contested Group Twelve match against Hinagiku, Tenshi, Mio and the rest. Still, not to be underestimated is a former quarterfinalist in that golden 2006 year of Saimoe. However, 2005 champion Nanoha is the ace of aces for a good reason, and she should be able to handily manage Rin’s magic, and continue to stockpile her unchallenged Saimoe record in terms of all-time wins. As for pick, Nanoha is my number two girl in this Saimoe, so asking the question is just rhetorical. 😛

In the end, both the favorites for today’s bouts has plenty of incentive to showcase what they can bring for battle, with impending matches against someone of their own level waiting in the horizon. Oh by the way, check out the changelog for a significant schedule change for Round Two.

-frustra, signing out for the day~


5 thoughts on “Wings of Change

  1. fyrebrick August 6, 2010 / 2:47 pm

    What’s with the low vote totals? Also for some reason my IP was recently banned from voting

    • frustra August 6, 2010 / 3:28 pm

      Saimoe vote totals have been declining steadily since 2006, so the trend appears to be continuing this year. specifically for the match though, no superstar names, so it’s naturally lower than say, b03 match, which featured Shana vs. Yuri. Another factor for the low votes is what you have put in your comment yourself: IP bannings. the major ISP providers for most part have been banned.

      But still, we are still in the opening round, expect vote totals to rise when the huge matches happen.

    • ando August 7, 2010 / 12:06 am

      Absence of Rosen Maiden 🙂

      I think the low vote totals is not a serious problem unless the support material is running out.

      • frustra August 7, 2010 / 4:26 am

        i agree. personally i don’t have a problem with the low vote totals themselves since the unique luster and dynamic of saimoe is still there, high vote totals or not.

        and yeah, i miss the Rozen Maiden dolls. Season 3/Remake where? ;_;

  2. nissannut August 7, 2010 / 2:32 am

    Yeah, the vote totals should increase as the tournament progresses. However, as frustra stated, the vote totals have been declining over the years. I remember my first Saimoe in 2006 had outstanding turnout. I miss those days.

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