K-On!’s Akiyama Mio rebounded from her disastrous 2009 Saimoe outing with a victory over Heartcatch Precure’s Myoudouin Itsuki in First Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. Sekine from Angel Beats! and Aria from Seiken no Blacksmith finished a distant third and fourth respectively.
Hinamori Amu was also stellar in her opening match, soundly beating Sora no Woto’s Kazumiya Rio, Hanabishi Miki from Hayate no Gotoku!, and Ushiromiya Jessica from Umineko no Naku Koro ni.
1st 411 votes | Akiyama Mio @ K-ON!!
2nd 242 votes | Myoudouin Itsuki (Cure Sunshine) @ HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
3rd 36 votes | Sekine @ Angel Beats!
4th 34 votes | Aria (Demon Sword of Wind) @ The Sacred Blacksmith
1st 297 votes | Hinamori Amu @ Shugo Chara! series
2nd 135 votes | Kazumiya Rio @ So Ra No Wo To
3rd 114 votes | Hanabishi Miki @ Hayate no Gotoku!!
4th 56 votes | Ushiromiya Jessica @ Umineko no Naku Koro Ni
So, Mio won anyway although she was tiptoeing with Itsuki early on. But at the end of it all, she was barely in “treble.” And so the K-On core all advance to the second round, all with impressive wins, after struggling last year (with Mugi and Mio losing right away). So great news for K-On fans out there, but it does not get easier from here. The same can be said for Amu who styled thoroughly although the opposition was nothing to be afraid of. Now the real battle begins with the impending Itou Kanae classic part I as soon as Fumino wraps up her match.
Oh so yeah, time to move on to the penultimate matchups of Round One. Block G might draw mild interest with Kobato going up against (maybe) Hime or Tsukihi, but eh, she’s the odds-on favorite here. And again, she has to look pretty good to give her a legitimate chance to upset Mio in the next round. I’d say she has potential with a somewhat impressive preliminary round performance, but none of that matters if she can’t get through here. I trust she will, but I’m gonna have to throw my support to Hime for the last time. Then Kobato all the way until the timing is right, I guess.
Block H also offers an interesting match between Fumino and Anzu, but the former is the way to go in terms of prediction. Itou Kanae is on a roll, and Fumino will ensure that she will overrun the competition. I have her going all the way to the Block Finals, but Anzu might cause her some problems. This should be a good indication on how Fumino matches up to the other Block H stars (Fate, Mugi and Saten) so I guess this is something worth looking forward to. Supporting Kagura however, which is in my book one of the best Kugyuu roles out there. And she’s just an awesome character. aru~
Speaking of looking forward to, Round Two in three days, oh God, let the countdown begin!