One of the recent storied rivalries in Saimoe resumes anew as Saki’s Kataoka Yuuki and Hayate no Gotoku’s Nishizawa Ayumu take centerstage in the first battle of Block C of the First Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. Saki and Hayate met multiple times during the course of the 2009 tournament including in its crucial stages such as the Block Finals featuring Ikeda Kana and Haramura Nodoka from Saki, and Saginomiya Isumi and Sanzen’in Nagi from Hayate. Joining Yuuki and Ayumu in the four-way elimination match are Nogizaka Haruka and Asagiri Kaname
The encounter with Kaichou wa Maid-sama’s Ayuzawa Misaki and Seitokai no Ichizon’s Sakurano Kurimu is the other main attraction of today’s Saimoe card,with Taishou Yakyuu Musume’s Kikusaka Kochou and Mahou Sensei Negima!’s Kagurazaka Asuna joining the action in a battle for a slot in the Second Round.
Oh dear, look at the time, looks like the four-day break just passed by so quickly.
Well, this is definitely a great way of getting things back into action. Block C is Saki Block, or Block Crazy, if you want to call it that. One of last year’s prominent storylines, Hayate versus Saki, resurfaces today as Ayumu dukes it out with Yuuki in match which has huge repercussions. I consider this as the first of the three most important matches that will decide the winner of Block C. Of course, there’s the actual block final itself, but the road there is long, and it starts with this one.
The numbers tell that Yuuki has this on the bag, but a glance at the whole of Block C tells us of an impending Saki split in the Block Final should Tacos emerge victorious in her two matches leading to the finale. Saki is definitely gonna come out the winner in the lower part of the block with last year’s semifinalists Mihoko and Nodoka looming, but do they really want a split in the block final? And that’s what will happen if Tacos manages to nab this win. But if Hamster wins, then Hayate is the one which will get screwed. Maria or Izumi definitely has the chance to emerge on top of the middle part of the block, but do they also want a split in the end? Of course this is not discounting Uiharu who can outright steal this block, but the winner of this current match is a double-edged sword. It’s really gona be tricky, and crazy stuff will happen here, I can assure you. So yeah, this is one hell of a match to get the ball rolling once again. At the end of the day, I can only see three possible winners for Block C: Maria, Uiharu, or Mihoko. Let’s see how wrong I get on this call, much later on. With Block C out of the way, let’s get on with another important match in Block D. Oh before that, I’m predicting Tacos to win, while my ballot goes to Hamster.
Looking at the lineup in Block D, which is somewhat the most underpowered block this year, this match between Misaki and Kurimu is essentially a battle for a slot in the upper half of the block finals. No offense to the rest belonging in the same group as the two student council presidents, but these two are head and shoulders above the rest of the crop. And Kurimu has the edge. Faction power, plus she’s one of their two aces (Mafuyu the other one), and the one with the best chance of getting far. But for now, she has to pass the challenge of Misaki, and it certainly is no cakewalk. I think Aka-chan will get through, however, and book herself a virtual slot in the final 24. Yeah, that’s how Saimoe works, folks. With this in mind, I’m going with Kurimu as the winner, but hoping that Misaki, my pick, proves me wrong.
And that’s it. Also, this is the first of the ten consecutive Saki days, so to fellow Sakifags, enjoy it, embrace it, ‘coz it’s gonna be tough from hereon. We’re just getting started with the exciting matches, and this is definitely a great springboard to Saimoe craziness that will surely ensue.