Great Start

Kunihiro Hajime from Saki took advantage of an excellent start and then survived a late rally from Sora no Otoshimono’s Mitsuki Sohara to advance to the Second Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. Hajime’s win marks the sixth one from the series, which at the same time dealt the upstart Otoshimono faction their first defeat. At third place was Higurashi no Naku Koro ni’s Sonozaki Mion, followed by Needless’ Eve Neuschwanstein.

The other match had Utawarerumono’s Aruruu victorious afer capitalizing from an early lead and regaining it when Mayoi Neko Overrun!’s Tsuzuki Otome rallied. Finishing at third was Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou’s Ichinose Yumiko Christina, and at fourth place was Umineko no Naku Koro ni’s Ushiromiya Ange.

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Block C08
1st 285 votes | Kunihiro Hajime @ Saki
2nd 273 votes | Mitsuki Sohara @ Sora no Otoshimono
3rd 91 votes | Sonozaki Mion @ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
4th 68 votes | Eve Neuschwanstein @ NEEDLESS

Block D08
1st 253 votes | Aruruu @ Utawarerumono OVA
2nd 229 votes | Tsuzuki Otome @ Mayoi Neko Overrun!
3rd 113 votes | Ichinose Yumiko Christina @ Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahou
4th 85 votes | Ushiromiya Ange @ Umineko no Naku Koro Ni

The fights delivered despite the lack of star power. If you were following the tracker (especially during the final hour) you’d notice that both matches took their respective twists and turns, most notably the Hajime and Sohara match. Just when I thought Hajime’s a shoo-in and prepared the headlines in advance, then came Sohara rallying and almost stunning Hajime. Yeah, it was intense. Not too shabby of course was the Aruruu-Otome match, which saw both competitors gaining the lead and losing them. But in the end, the two more-heralded characters prevailed, and subsequently my picks went 1-1 (15-19) and predictions 2-0 (30-4). Great matches overall. But my poor Yumiko ;_;¬† underrated characters from an underrated show are underrated. D:

We have clear-cut favorites in their respective matches as Blocks C and D come to a close.

Saki is almost guaranteed their seventh win as Nodoka is hugely favored against her competition, most notably, Yamada. If this Working’s Yamada there’s a great possibility of an upset, but Yamada Aoi she is not. Still, B Gata H Kei’s Yamada will try to make it a respectable battle, but I’m looking at 120+ vote margin of victory here. And yeah, voting for Yamada, though it’s pretty much a lost cause.

The other match has Yamamoto-sensei blessed with a lucky draw against weaker opposition. Even though she was previously in a weak prelim group 5, she showed some semblance of Hanamaru mojo by styling together with K-On!’s Ui. With this in mind Yamamoto will give Hanamaru Youchien a much needed victory, and she is my pick as well.

So in the end, there’s really not much around here except the predicted Saki styling, but where inching closer to what might end up as the match that will break Hisa-Uiharu vote record: Index and Tenshi will face off in the 26th, and along with that match, another main-event worthy bout AB’s Yui against Working!’s Inami. Yeah, hyping them right now, because these¬† matches will really be exciting, and I’m very much looking forward to them.

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