K-On!’s Kotobuki Tsumugi finally found the keys to victory in the First Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010, beating Ryuuguu Rena, the last surviving representative from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni. Mugi bounced back from her awful 2009 Saimoe campaign where she lost to Touyoko Momoko in the opening round. ToLoveRu’s Kotegawa Yui finished third, and Hayate no Gotoku!’s Harukaze Chiharu, fourth.
Taneshima Poplar from Working!! debuted in impressive fashion, garnering more votes than the rest of her opponents combined. Succumbing to Poplar were Utawarerumono’s Eruruu, Koihime Musou’s Kan’u, and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Kongou Mitsuko.
1st 354 votes | Taneshima Poplar @ Working!!
2nd 116 votes | Eruruu @ Utawarerumono OVA
3rd 84 votes | Kan’u Unchou (Aisha) @ Shin Koihime†Musou series
4th 79 votes | Kongou Mitsuko @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
1st 344 votes | Kotobuki Tsumugi @ K-ON!!
2nd 197 votes | Ryuuguu Rena @ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Rei
3rd 107 votes | Kotegawa Yui @ To LOVE-Ru
4th 49 votes | Harukaze Chiharu @ Hayate no Gotoku!!
So what I once considered as the most interesting match of Block H ended up in a rout. Mugi was poised to take one for K-On after last year’s disaster and that hiccup from Ui last match. And she gets the privilege of retiring one of the all-time greats, Rena. Although it’s kind of sad that Higurashi had to exit from the Saimoe stage by getting blanked on their last year. However, they sure have cemented their legacy in the Saimoe stage, highlighted with that miraculous 2007 win by Rika.
Also probably retiring unless another Utawarerumono OVA happens is Eruruu. Poplar beat her up good though, showing all the comers what she is capable of. A message sent to Stealth Momo perhaps? And how will Azusa react, perhaps with a bigger thrashing? In any case, these Round Two matches are shaping up in exciting fashion. Which is the only way to somewhat amp me for the few remaining (predictable) days of the First Round.
And as to my picks, pity Kokegawa, you still have a chance next year! I believe. And Poplar is just too Poplar. So in the end,
Picks: 1-1 (30-31-1)
Predictions: 2-0 (54-10)
There’s not much to be said about today’s matches, so i’m just gonna plaster this post with today’s charts. Azusa and Shouko will style, and their opponents won’t challenge. And yeah, this is one of the rare times I’m supporting Azusa, because there’s just not much today. Oh well, just gonna have to wait it, because Round Two promises lots of huge matches that should get me going more. For now, le sigh.