Saki’s Haramura Nodoka overcame an insipiring effort by Jewelpet Tinkle’s Sakura Akari and eventually emerged victorious to advance to the Second Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. The 2009 semifinalist had to play catch-up in the early stages of the match but pulled away after the initial rush to complete an all-Saki second round match with Kunihiro Hajime and Fukuji Mihoko. Settling for distant third and fourth places were B Gata H Kei’s Yamada and Shugo Chara’s Yuiki Yaya, respectively.
Yamamoto Nanako finally put Hanamaru Youchien in the Saimoe scoreboard as she dominated Omamori Himari’s Lizlet Chelsie, Mayoi Neko Overrun!’s Satou and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Himegami Aisa.
1st 441 votes | Haramura Nodoka @ Saki
2nd 355 votes | Sakura Akari @ Jewelpet Tinkle
3rd 95 votes | Yamada @ B Gata H Kei
4th 21 votes | Yuiki Yaya @ Shugo Chara! series
1st 297 votes | Yamamoto Nanako @ Hanamaru Kindergarten
2nd 176 votes | Lizlet L. Chelsie (Liz) @ Omamori Himari
3rd 150 votes | Satou @ Mayoi Neko Overrun!
4th 140 votes | Himegami Aisa @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
The Nodoka-Akari match delivered more than what was expected. Akin to the Nagi-Chizuru match, Nodoka had to rally and bring the best of what Saki has to offer in order to pull away from a valiant charge by Akari. Man, I was totally off my prediction that Yamada will come in second. Shows how much we can know about Saimoe, right lol. Anyway, at the end of it all, the more favored Nodoka came through and set up a match against Mihoko and Hajime. That will be hilarious to watch.
Of course Nanako styled on the other match, given who she had to contend with in terms of Saimoe strength. It will be interesting how she would fare against Hiro and Aruruu for a slot in the Block Finals. Not that they’ll go further than that, realistically ._.
Now 1-1 (16-20) in picks and 2-0 (32-4) in predictions. And that’s a wrap for Blocks C and D, and we’re halfway through the first round. Moving to Blocks E and F, which are also filled with intriguing matches. Not the Block openers though :V
Today’s card showcases anew how unfair Saimoe can be. All four characters in E01 are way stronger than that in F01, and yet, they have to duke it out. Yuki is the easy prediction here, although all her opponents made it directly via Prelim1. Well, she’s really gonna have to perform well because she’s gonna meet the winner of the much-anticipated Tenshi-Index match. And looking good against capable opponents would be something Yuki has to do. Korone and Utau will challenge, but they will not be close enough. I’ll be supporting Green/Trollbot/Korone.
The other match will not also be competitive enough. Even without the Katanagatari split, three prelim two qualifiers matching up against Someya Mako is just asking for too much. She’ll win with decent margin, although she’s not the strongest characters out there. In fact, in the Saki power hierarchy, she’s in the lower echelon. However, seaweed-head gets my vote considering the dearth of characters I like in this selection.
So not really the warm-up that would make a nice jump towards the storied E02/F02, but I’ve said time and time again, this is the calm before the storm, and time to get ready.