The much-anticipated Saki block started off in the right track as Kataoka Yuuki took one for the team, defeating Hayate no Gotoku!’s Nishizawa Ayumu to advance to the Second Round of the Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. Saki dealt Hayate no Gotoku! its first setback in the 2010 Main Draw, while earning at the same time its second representative to the second round, along with Ikeda Kana. Finishing at third and fourth in the match were Nogizaka Haruka and Asagiri Kaname, respectively.
In the other match, Sakurano Kurimu of Seitokai no Ichizon helped notched the series its first series win in the Main Draw as she survived a late furious rally by Kaichou wa Maid-sama!’s Ayuzawa Misaki. Kikusaka Kochou from Taishou Yakyuu no Musume settled for third, followed by Mahou Sensei Negima’s Kagurazaka Asuna, at fourth.
1st 348 votes | Kataoka Yuuki @ Saki
2nd 299 votes | Nishizawa Ayumu @ Hayate no Gotoku!!
3rd 75 votes | Nogizaka Haruka @ Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza
4th 37 votes | Asagiri Kaname @ Ookami Kakushi
1st 288 votes | Sakurano Kurimu @ Seitokai no Ichizon
2nd 273 votes | Ayuzawa Misaki @ Kaichou wa Maid-sama!
3rd 110 votes | Kikusaka Kochou @ Taishou Yakyuu Musume.
4th 44 votes | Kagurazaka Asuna @ Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
Expected results were expected, so 2-0 in predictions (17-3 overall) while unfortunately going to 0-2 in picks (9-11). I thought Misaki was gonna give Kurimu a run for her money in the said virtual battle for block final slot, and true enough, it was a clean, tightly contested match. Gotta give Misaki props for giving one of Seitokai’s ace a hard battle.
As for Tacos, she won handily, but this may be the result Hayate tacticians might be looking for to steal this block from Saki. Of course they still have business with Izumi and Maria (2nd round) locked in difficult matches in the future, and it’s a pity that Hamster had to be sacrificed. In any case, I can’t really say if Yuuki was in top form in winning this match, but she did deliver, so I guess, it’s still a definite maybe if she can make it big against tougher opponents. In any case, this marks Saki’s 32nd all-time win, and the first defeat for Hayate in 2010. More importantly, by surviving this match, Yuuki, I can say with confidence, has also nabbed herself a ticket to the block finals.
Also, a first defeat for someone who finished first in the preliminaries. well, it happens every year in Saimoe, so that’s not really saying something, anyway, lol.
Moving on to the next batch of matches…
This is basically Himeji vs Horo, and I am under the impression that Himeji will prevail. While the third wheel here, Kajiki Yumi, has the mighty Saki mojo, I don’t think it’s enough to carry her to victory. That being said, I’m expecting Himeji to win because BakaTest still has a considerable amount of series mojo despite said mojo being weaker than what I had initially expected before the tournament. Horo on the other hand, is past her prime, and it was unfortunate that she kept being dealt with insane matchups early in her Saimoe campaigns (second round matches with Kawazoe Tamaki in 2008, Ikeda Kana in 2009). Anyway, sticking my support to her, but Himeji will push through to meet Tacos in the second round.
The other part of today’s card features an underwhelming matchup between Yamanaka Sawako and Amano Saki. The classic mojo vs. MC tiff, and this is one of the toughest matches to predict, amusingly. The numbers are similar, but I expect Saki’s loli charm to power her to a close victory against Sawako. As for my pick, she is doomed to finish last after barely sneaking in to the main draw. Isn’t it sad, Alice ;_;
And that’s it for the day. And check out my AS post for additional Saimoe material since it takes double the effort to reupload it in >wordpress. lol.