Tsukuyomi Komoe kept To Aru Kagaku no Railgun firing from all cylinders as she scored a victory over the once-mighty Suzumiya Haruhi, and thus advancing to the Second Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. ToHeart 2’s Kusugawa Sasara was the third place finisher, and trailing her was Asura Cryin’s Minakami Misao.
Akeno Mihoshi from Sora no Manimani was off to a successful debut as she overcame Queen’s Blade’s Airi. Tsukabae Shizuka from Taishou Yakyuu Musume, and Tomokane from Geijutsuka Art Design Class were third and fourth, respectively.
1st 277 votes | Tsukuyomi Komoe @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
2nd 237 votes | Suzumiya Haruhi @ The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi
3rd 77 votes | Kusugawa Sasara @ ToHeart2 adplus
4th 55 votes | Minakami Misao @ Asura Cryin’ 2
1st 220 votes | Akeno Mihoshi @ Sora no Manimani
2nd 179 votes | Airi @ Queen’s Blade: Gyokuza wo Tsugu Mono
3rd 86 votes | Tsukubae Shizuka @ Taishou Yakyuu Musume.
4th 69 votes | Tomokane @ GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class
Well, so much for my winning run, but at least Mihoshi made it. True enough, the Haruhi match was close, but just she was at the wrong end at it. Well, we’ve seen Komoe doing decently last year (Top 32) but I thought that was pretty much a product of a good draw. This definitely puts her on a good position to contend for Top 24, and against Nakamachi Kana and Cecily Cambell, she might have chance. In any case, those three aren’t the ones that were likely to make it to the endgame of this huge tournament, but Saimoe, being crazy that it is, pulls off a surprise once again. So it appears that Haruhi mojo has faded dramatically. Man, I remember in 2006 when Haruhi, Yuki, Mikuru and company used to win preliminary groups (even Kyon’s sis and Tsuruya as well, iirc). Times have changed and the general rule that relevancy fades fast in Saimoe has proven itself true once again.
From a personal perspective, I wanted Haruhi to do well because I felt she never really was given a chance to shine in 2006. But that’s the way it goes. Moving to better news, Mihoshi puled it off! A feel-good win, in my book. As Micchi said, stargazing is awesome. Heh. So to close off Blocks E and F, 1-1 in both picks and predictions, so 26-27-1, and 45-9 respectively on those accounts.
And so we are into Block G, in my opinion, one of the more powerful block insofar as star power is concerned, and Block H, while not as powerful, but definitely tricky.
But the first batch of matches however are not exactly that tricky. Biribiri is a shoo-in to advance to Round Two, and I can sense that the beatdown will be so bad, that it will end up the biggest rout so far in this tournament. However, I’m going to cast my vote for Ein. I think Takagaki Ayahi played her character well, and one of the reasons for watching Phantom. So yeah.
The other match has Mikan on it. Autovoting her. Despite the split, TLR is lucky because the other two characters barely pose a threat to either Mikan or Yami. This is no longer 2005/2007, so Konoka won’t do enough damage to cause an upset. We’ve seen MIkan and Yami face off directly several times before (including this year’s prelims) so it’s easy to predict that MIkan will win this one again. Although it feels kinda bad to vote against Konoka. :<
And with that I am done for the day.