Seitokai no Ichizon’s Shiina Mafuyu engineered the biggest upset of the Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010, defeating Hayate no Gotoku!’s Katsura Hinagiku as Round One of Saimoe resumed Monday. The anticipated match saw Mafuyu leading the rest of the match, which expectedly broke the record for votes received so far. Miria Marigold Mackenzie from Jewelpet Tinkle ranked third, followed by Mayoi Neko Overrun’s Umenomori Chise.
The Block E match saw Working!!’s Yamada Aoi put on a clinic against fellow competitors Ogasawara Akiko from Taishou Yakyuu Musume, Kyon’s Sister from Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu and K-On!’s Tachibana Himeko.
1st 605 votes | Yamada Aoi @ Working!!
2nd 314 votes | Ogasawara Akiko @ Taishou Yakyuu Musume.
3rd 147 votes | Kyon’s sister @ The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
4th 89 votes | Hirasawa Yui’s classmate who sits next to her (Tachibana Himeko) @ K-ON!!
1st 605 votes | Shiina Mafuyu @ Seitokai no Ichizon
2nd 564 votes | Katsura Hinagiku @ Hayate no Gotoku!!
3rd 87 votes | Miria Marigold Mackenzie @ Jewelpet Tinkle
4th 75 votes | Umenomori Chise @ Mayoi Neko Overrun!
Thoughts later. Sorry, you know me, as a Hinafag I need to get over this first. ;_;
PS: Prediction and Picks: Ranka and Saki for predictions, Erika and Kanata for picks.
Well, it would be an outright lie if I said I’m not disappointed with the results. Definitely worst case scenario in a personal standpoint happened here, because 1.) Hinagiku is my number one character, 2.) she had to lose at the first round, and 3.) she performed well in the preliminaries, which definitely makes it more painful.
But this is the way it goes. As I wrote in my preseason preview, I had the feeling that this is not the year for Hina either. And I already resigned myself to the fact that it might never be year, but it’s fun to believe. Hopes were raised anew when she performed in fantastic fashion in the prelims. So consequently, I figured that she’s gonna win a round or two, but not a first round knockout. Guess, instead of delaying the inevitable, it just had to happen early. And I’m not gonna take away anything from Mafuyu, she really earned it, and even got the foreign votes in her favor.
And Yamada winning is no certainly no surprise, and as one of my top characters, it’s cool to see her win.
So yeah, Hinagiku losing means Saimoe is just not the same for me (which I guess applies to everyone losing his/her top chara), but gotta soldier on. It’s quite funny that out of the seven girls in the banner and in my sig, the most important one is the only one not moving on to the second round. Quite a blow, but I’ll manage. So forgive me for that personal rant (this is a blog after all), and time to proceed to today’s matches:
I think this group is well-balanced, but I think it all comes down to Erika against Ranka. I’m rooting for the former, but I’m predicting the latter, because I think she performed better and MacrossF had “it” last year. Don’t know it will be the same this year, but no point in backing down now with my initial prediction. I hope I’m wrong though. Heh
As for the second match, Saki will pretty much style here although Kanata might be able to offer some resistance. Going with the former as my prediction, but Kanata definitely is my pick here. Anyway, fot the last 2 days, 2-2 in picks and predictions, bringing my total to 39-7 for predictions, and 20-25-1 in picks. Yes, that last number is reserved for those losses that really hurt. and yeah, not mad… just frustrated. lol.
To cap it off, I think this Saimoe has the chance of matching 2006 and 2007 in the epic scale. We’ve got the 1 point win, the huge upset and who knows what’s next in store? Well, I’m in here for the long haul, even though the true end for this Saimoe 2010 route might never come to pass *cough* bias *cough*. I’ve got more matches to look forward to, more materials to gather and *try* to create, and more coverage on the way. I hope for at least a good end. To arms!