Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 Round Two resumes Tuesday with two blockbuster matches for Blocks E and F.
Tachibana Kanade from Angel Beats!, coming from a stellar victory in the First Round against To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Index, will face from 2006 quarterfinalist Nagato Yuki from Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu, and Seiken no Blacksmith’s Lisa.
The Block F Round Two opener features Seitokai no Ichizon’s Shiina Mafuyu looking to continue her giant-killing ways against the Saki series’ main heroine, Miyanaga Saki. Rima Mashiro from Shugo Chara is also in the mix for the Round Two match.
Well, Saimoe’s fightan’ is back again, and intriguing matches are in the horizon. Like today’s card – let’s get to it.
One of this year’s early frontrunners finds herself in a tough draw to Saimoe fame. Kanade had a hard opening match, although the margin of victory does not really tell much, but Index was one of those foes that you wouldn’t want to face early. However, just as expected of a contender, Kanade delivered, and now she’s up against another difficult foe – Yuki. Both have a lot to prove this year – for Yuki, to overcome the ghosts of 2006 and to brave the notion that the Haruhi mojo is disappearing fast; and for Tenshi, to show that she really has what it takes to win it all and to meet the heavy expectations.
But at the end of it all, the numbers of Tenshi have been amazing overall, so it’s hard to doubt that she wil beat Yuki. It’s also hard to believe that the latter would end up as a medium for assassination, but if Yuki wants to beat Kanade, she would have to resort to such tactics. Yeah, it’s hard to fathom that who once was considered as the top moe figures of her time will have to rely on outside help to defeat Kanade.
As for the other match, it will also be a good one. Both have something to prove too: for Mafuyu, that her victory over Hina was not a fluke; and for Saki, that the low numbers don’t really show her true strength.
I’m not convinced that Mafuyu did it on her own, but defeating Saki soundly would be a good start. Personally I think they are equals in strength, but Saki has the aid of an experienced faction behind her. So yeah, it’s really hard to predict the way Saki won her opening match unconvincingly. My instincts tell me Mafuyu, but Saki is my bet for this one. I don’t think the disappointed Hinagiku fans have got over this one yet, and that will aid Saki to victory in one way or another. So yeah, maybe keikaku doori for Saki in this one.
In sum: Predictions and Picks are the same today: Tenshi and Saki. Let’s have a great one, I hope.