Saki’s Takei Hisa pulled off a victory in the jaws of defeat as she edged To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Uiharu Kazari by a single vote as one of the most anticipated matches of the First Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 concluded Friday. Hisa helped Saki to string consecutive victories and ramp up their series wins to a tournament-best four. Finishing at a disappointing third was Hayate no Gotoku’s Segawa Izumi, and at fourth, Taishou Yakyuu Musume’s Souya Yuki.
In the other match, the other part of the Judgment pair Shirai Kuroko easily teleported to the finish line, breaking the current record this year for votes in round and crushing her opponents in the process. Trailing Kuroko were Kijima Saki from Hayate, Soga Keena from Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou, and Tsuruya from Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu.
1st 446 votes | Takei Hisa (Buchou) @ Saki
2nd 445 votes | Uiharu Kazari @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
3rd 136 votes | Segawa Izumi @ Hayate no Gotoku!!
4th 51 votes | Souya Yuki @ Taishou Yakyuu Musume.
1st 507 votes | Shirai Kuroko @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
2nd 210 votes | Kijima Saki @ Hayate no Gotoku!!
3rd 144 votes | Soga Keena @ Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
4th 132 votes | Tsuruya-san @ The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
Yes, the match certainly delivered, except for Izumi. Man, that was an intense battle, and it will probably be one of Saimoe’s best fights ever. Yes, I followed the match as it unfolded, and it really was entertaining. Fake votes clouded the outcome until in the end, but Hisa just had that final magic touch. One hell of a wait indeed, and it was spectacular finish for the second most important match of Block C (except for Block Final, of course). The most important one? Hisa vs. Maria. I’ll get more into this soon, but if Maria wins, she has a huge advantage in the block finals, basically, because of a potential killer Saki split.
I am surprised that Uiharu couldn’t pull it off despite the advantage of having the same voting day as Kuroko, but that’s why they play the game. I’m really glad to be proven wrong and see Hisa win in a glorious fashion, although I’m disappointed with Izumi’s showing. She played the Miyako in last year’s Koromo-Izumi epic, but maybe it’s all part of a grand plan by Hayate. Maybe.
As for the other match, Kuroko was good as advertised, and she doubled up her opponents like predicted. It was overkill, against Prelim1 Q’ers even. So she’s in good shape to take on Koromo, but remember, Koromo will have the advantage of combo’ing with Tacos. Again, we’ll get more into that later. And yeah, 1-1 in predictions (24-4 overall), but 2-0 (13-15) in picks, fuck yeah!
For now, let’s have breather, well sort of.
We have a decent Saimoe midcard battle here. A second chapter perhaps, to a budding rivalry between Saki and Railgun? Well, I think Mii is favored here, and my prediction is her, but it’s hard to count out Teru who last year managed to win a match against prelim 1 q’ers despite barely making the cut in the 2nd prelim. So it’s going to be a bit difficult to pick who’s gonna make it out in this one, but it surely won’t be Sheryl or Liechtenstein. In the end, Mii gets the nod because she definitely had more screentime than Teru, and Railgun funs will be extra motivated to extract some revenge after the Hisa coup. Nonetheless, casting my vote to Sheryl, and hope for some galactic fairy miracle.
Just give this to Kyou already. I’d like to see how Kyou does here after seeing both Koromo and Kuroko style do well on their respective matches. I don’t expect her to win another match after this one unfortunately, but it’s just the way of Saimoe. The window of opportunity closes quickly for some. However, if Kyou is gonna come out crashing, I’d like to see her go out with a bang with a classic styling in this match. So in the end, Kyou gets my vote, as well as my prediction.
So lesson learned, folks. EVERY VOTE COUNTS. just restating the obvious, but the outcome of Uiharu-Hisa fight might have determined the winner of this block. Yes, determined by one single vote, and that theory will be tested much later on.