K-On! ‘s Nakano Azusa posted one of the biggest wins in Anime Saimoe Tournament history in terms of vote percentage as she demolished the competition to advance to the second round. Falling to Azusa’s rampage were Working!!’s Takanashi Kozue, Umineko no Naku Koro ni’s Shannon, and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei’s Itoshiki Rin. Azusa garnered 68.88% of the votes, which is the highest so far in the tournament this year, and the sixth highest all time.
Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu sent its fourth representative to Round Two as Kirishima Shouko cruised past To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Haruue Erii, Senkou no Night Raid’s Sonogi Yukina and Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou’s Etou Fujiko.
1st 425 votes | Nakano Azusa @ K-ON!!
2nd 100 votes | Takanashi Kozue @ Working!!
3rd 62 votes | Shannon @ Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
4th 30 votes | Itoshiki Rin @ Zan Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Series
1st 232 votes | Kirishima Shouko @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu
2nd 141 votes | Haruue Erii @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun
3rd 105 votes | Sonogi Yukina @ Senkou no Night Raid
4th 50 votes | Etou Fujiko @ Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou
True enough, Azusa delivered an utter beating to her opponents, the sixth biggest of all time insofar as vote% is concerned. Gotta like her chances to make it out of her block if not for that potential split for Mio, which the seemingly organized K-On faction has to solve. But for now, Azusa fans can bask in glory for now but she has to deal with Poplar and Momo next and that will be an amazing match, unlike the rout we just saw here. And Shouko went through, there’s not much to say about that, but I thought it was not an impressive as I wanted it to be, but a W is a W, and I’ll take it. She’ll probably be going down next round though, because Saten and Mugi are gonna duke it out for a slot in the block finals. Anyway, before i get too much ahead of myself, time to move on for the next set of matches:
If not for Mio’s untimely choke last year, I would have easily called this a guaranteed Mio win. But we have seen lots of strange things happen in Saimoe, and this one could fit the bill. The numbers has Mio the overwhelming favorite, but I’d say this should be closer because Cure Sunshine is a late bloomer in her show. Regardless of how tough the match will be, I can still see Mio prevailing in the end. She might have trouble with Kobato though, but that’s for another day. She’s also my vote (another rare occasion for me).
The other match also has nothing going much for it, but I’m definitely voting Amu. She is my prediction too, because while Shugo Chara has regressed mightily from last year, her competition this round is not that powerful in terms of Saimoe strength. So yeah, let’s see if this day will offer somethign different. But for now, I’m not counting on it.