Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 resumes with a blockbuster match after the one-day break with a bang as Hayate no Gotoku’s Katsura Hinagiku faces a challenge as she is match up against Seitokai no Ichizon’s Shiina Mafuyu, Mayoi Neko Overrun!’s Umenomori Chise and Jewelpet Tinkle’s Miria Marigold Mackenzie in Block F.
The Block E match for the day on the day has Working!!’s Yamada squaring off against Kyon’s Sister from Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu, Taishou Yakyuu Musume’s Ogasawara Akiko, and K-On!’s Tachibana Himeko.
This is definitely a great way to resume Saimoe after the short break. First off, Working!! finally gets to show off the stuff they are made of with Yamada finally debuting. I see her totally dominating her match despite going against one of Taishou Yakyuu Musume’s best, Ogasawara Akiko. Of course this is worth musing on, can Yamada beat Kuroko’s record so far for biggest rout? I say there’s a great chance, because the other match will be garnering a lot of votes.
So yeah, this is one of the important matches of the First Round. Hinagiku vs. Mafuyu vs. Chise. This is easily Block Final material, but the Saimoe gods doesn’t want it to be. Instead, we get it at the opening round. Anyway, this should be a lot closer than it looks. And don’t forget Miria Mackenzie from Jewelpet. We saw Sakura Akari giving Nodoka fits recently, so she can’t be overlooked as well.
But yeah, Hinagiku is the favorite, there’s a great chance of an upset since Mafuyu might be the top character for the dark horse Seitokai no Ichizon faction. One cannot also discount Chise since MNO appears to be strong this year, although they have yet to hit the scoreboard. Still, I say that Hinagiku is blessed to have two-three tough competitors instead of one since hate votes can be deflected in this wise. And weren’t it for the fact that Hina had a history of losing to Luna despite being the favorite, I would totally call this a Hina victory right now. But yeah, it’s hard to fathom what 2ch is thinking, so I’m counting that it just pans out logically , i.e. the Prelim Perfomances reflecting the Round One results. Also of interest is how much voter attention today’s matches are gonna generate. Definitely not reaching level of the Tenshi fight, but it will probably end up high out there.
So in the my predictions and picks are the same again: Hinagiku and Yamada. Hope it does not blow up fabulously unlike the previous match. And yeah, let’s have a great one.