Angel Beats! asserted its presence as a major power in Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 as the duo of Tachibana Kanade and Yui both overpowered their opponents Index (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun) and Inami Mahiru (Working!!) respectively. The match met expectations in so far as voting interest is concerned as the four characters wound up with the four highest vote totals in the First Round so far. Finishing at third place in the Kanade-Index duel was Darker than Black’s Suou Pavlichenko, followed by Heartcatch Precure!’s Hanasaki Tsubomi. Kamyu from Utawarerumono and Lily Shiraishi from Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou trailed behind Yui and Mahiru.
Kanade’s win set her a matchup against Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu’s Nagato Yuki in the Second Round, while leaving Index still winless in the Saimoe Main Draw after two tries.
1st 646 votes | Tachibana Kanade (Tenshi) @ Angel Beats!
2nd 536 votes | Index @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
3rd 67 votes | Suou Pavlichenko @ Darker than Black – Ryuusei no Gemini
4th 47 votes | Hanasaki Tsubomi (Cure Blossom) @ HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
1st 602 votes | Yui @ Angel Beats!
2nd 562 votes | Inami Mahiru @ Working!!
3rd 52 votes | Kamyu @ Utawarerumono OVA
4th 35 votes | Lily Shiraishi @ Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
In contrast to the Uiharu-Kuroko combo, this one by Tenshi-Yui held up to the stern challenge of Index and Mahiru. The wins finally put Angel Beats! in the win column, and what important wins they both were. AB looked really good going into the second round regardless of who Tenshi and Yui will be additionally facing, and you gotta love their chances to make it to the Block Finals.
I feel bad for Index again, because I would have been rooting for her most of the time, but this happened to be an exception. But with Index S2 looming in the horizon, I think she’ll be back with a bang next year. As for Lily, it just wasn’t meant to be. Pity she finished last.
As to the matches themselves, they were expectedly littered with fakes, nothign to see there. Fakes included, Tenshi got 780 while Index had 728. Yui had 735, and Mahiru 711. Do the math. And obviously, both matches broke the record for most votes so far as predicted. Speaking of predictions, 2-0 on that as AB delivered (35-5 overall) and picks went 1-1 (17-23). Grats to Tenshi, try again next year, Index and Tsubomi. Who knows, Lily ;A;
The next matches will probably end up as a pseudo-break as the votes will vote dramatically anew. But that doesn’t stop both matches from being competitive despite the fact that the characters involved are on the lower tier of the Saimoe power hierarchy.
Jun takes on Lisa, and might make it difficult for the latter. However I think Lisa will win this group despite the Negima combo vote because Yue just lucked out by having an easy group so she looked stronger than she actually is. As for the other Kanade, she might have a shot, but I think this really just boils down to Lisa vs. Jun. And Lisa’s inspiring performance in a tough group gives her the nod for me. However, that doesn’t stop me from supporting the combo.
Evangeline on the other hand might be helped by the combo. I think this one is essentially her against Koihime Musou’s Chouhi, and while the latter’s series mojo might end up being more powerful than Negima’s, I think the combo votes will probably help a ton, enough an edge for Evangeline to eek by. And I sure do hope so. Eva is my pick and prediction, although I wish I’m not just being deluded by optimism here.
And that’s a wrap for today, let’s see how much today’s outcome affect the tourney as a whole, soon.