K-On’s Hirasawa Yui, last year’s finalist was outstanding in her return match in Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010, stopping an early challenge by Mahou Sensei Negima’s Sakurazaki Setsuna, and eventually ending up with more than fifty percent of the total votes cast in the match. Finishing in third and fourth place were the Geijutsuka Art Design Class duo of Nozaki Namiko and Awara Chikako.With the victory, Yui has now formally set a matchup against Bakemonogatari’s Sengoku Nadeko and Sora no Otoshimono’s Nymph.
In the other match, favored Ikeda Kana of Saki also trumped the opposition, winning easily against Taishou Yakyuu Musume’s Ishigaki Tamaki, and Umineko no Naku Koro ni’s tandem of Bernkastel and Beatrice.
1st 448 votes | Hirasawa Yui @ K-ON!!
2nd 264 votes | Sakurazaki Setsuna @ Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
3rd 74 votes | Nozaki Namiko (Namiko-san) @ GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
4th 61 votes | Awara Chikako (Aa-san) @ GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
1st 347 votes | Ikeda Kana @ Saki
2nd 218 votes | Ishigaki Tamaki @ Taishou Yakyuu Musume.
3rd 104 votes | Beatrice @ Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
4th 88 votes | Bernkastel @ Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
In the end, Setsuna just got fake-voted early. I question the use of this tactic early on, against Secchan of all people, but yeah, Yui has to style in this match or else she’s gonna be stunned by Nadeko. That is going to be an interesting matchup, and I sure am excited for that to finally take place.
As for the other match, nothing really noteworthy, except that Ikeda did not “double up” unlike what Yui did. Well, a rematch against the fabled Nanoha is now formally set, although we won’t be seeing that soon. Ikeda’s still the underdog in that match, for sure.
After much styling going the past two days, we find ourselves a potentially close match:
I am intrigued by this match. Should be a great one. After Nymph’s impressive performance, it’s difficult to dismiss Ikaros on this one. However, I am still under the belief that Hanekawa Tsubasa has this one, with Bakemonogatari magnificent this year so far. And they have met before in Group One in the Prelims, and Tsubasa managed to outrank Ikaros. Though elimination rounds are different from the prelims, I’m sticking to my prediction that Tsubasa has this one in the bag. My pick is the same as my prediction.
This one does not look so exciting, Isumi is easily the favorite here. This is essentially a battle for second place, but Isumi better not lose herself in the shuffle, and she must gain momentum in her impending uphill battle against Nanoha and Shana in the Block Finals. In any case, I want to see how Hayate characters will fare in their 2010 Main Draw debut, and they better replicate their impressive Prelim Round showing if they want it to be “the year.” Lastly, picking for Alicia Melchiott for the last time. ;_; An Isumi is fine too, but yeah.
Counting down the days before the long (ugh) break, but still, let’s have great one.