Seiken no Blacksmith earned their first Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 win after Lisa defeated Mahou Sensei Negima!’s Ayase Yue Friday. Lisa used a late rally to put an end to an otherwise close match against Yue and that was enough to see the former advancing to the Second Round, against Tachibana Kanade and Nagato Yuki. Third and fourth placers was K-On!’s Suzuki Jun and Asura Cryin’s Takatsuki Kanade.
Negima however was not blanked as Evangeline McDowell overwhelmed her foes to help her series register its first win in this year’s tournament, as well as its 25th win all time. Finishing second was Chouhi from Koihime Musou, followed by Ania Fortuna from Asura Cryin’, and Sakura Kaede from Kampfer.
1st 202 votes | Lisa @ The Sacred Blacksmith
2nd 166 votes | Ayase Yue @ Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
3rd 100 votes | Suzuki Jun @ K-ON!!
4th 85 votes | Takatsuki Kanade @ Asura Cryin’ 2
1st 225 votes | Evangeline A.K. McDowell @ Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
2nd 141 votes | Chouhi Yokutoku (Rinrin) @ Shin Koihime†Musou series
3rd 97 votes | Ania Fortuna Somesheru Miku Crowzenbruhi (Nia) @ Asura Cryin’ 2
4th 58 votes | Sakura Kaede @ Kämpfer
Well, it ended up as I expected to be. So, 2-0 predictions (37-5) and 1-1 in picks (18-24).
Yue did put up a good fight until the wee moments of the match, I suppose that’s enough. Maybe if it was Konoka or Setsuna, it would’ve been a double Negima win. I don’t mind Lisa winning though, but that’s the end of the line for her as she’ll be lost in the shuffle against Tenshi and Yuki.
As for Evangeline, definitely elated because I thought the matchup would be much closer, considering that Koihime did do well in last year’s Saimoe. But I’ll take this win, at least Negima wasn’t shut out in this year’s tournament unlike the other factions. And a fitting way to mark their 25th victory overall.
Now move on for another series of EXCITING MATCHES.
Sarcasm aside, the absurdity of random god shows once again as we are rewarded with a matchup featuring four second prelim characters! Yes, four of them, while we see some top-tier characters bite the dust early. And yeah, not mad at all, but I just find it oddly amusing. Such is Saimoe.
First one will end up being Iwasawa vs. Nino. Tough to call, but I find myself leaning on Nino here. She ended up on the top 12 of a hell group with Shana, Yui, et. al. Iwasawa did fine as well in that packed group one, so i might have to make a gamble here. All I know is that they are the only two characters that have a chance here. I’m thinking that MC status prevails over mojo here, so throwing caution in the wind and betting that Nino takes this one. Let’s see if it works out, I hope it does, because I’m also rooting for her.
My pick will be the same for prediction. I think Rima has the chance to take this one despite how bad Shugo Chara is struggling right now. Wahaha is the only other one which has a good chance to take this one, but strength-wise it looks like they are equal. Saki might have superior series mojo, but I’m relying on the logic used in the Iwasawa-Nino matchup. And the split vote with Maho might prove enough of a liability to doom Satomi’s chances of advancing. So yeah, Rima should be able to tilt the balance of this match.
After this we get a one-day break, and resume with a huge match between Hinagiku and Mafuyu. Getting giddy about that.