Fire Blast

Shana blazed her way into her second Quarterfinals appearance with a victory over Takamachi Nanoha in the Block Finals of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. This marks the second time in Saimoe history that Shana has defeated Nanoha in a high stakes affair, the first being the 2008 Round of 32 battle.

Shana broke open a close fight in the finals hours of the match, and withstood a late rally by the 2005 champion to emerge victorious. The win also moved Shana into a two-way tie with a fellow Kugimiya Rie-voiced character: Sanzen’in Nagi, who also advanced to the Quarterfinals in the previous match. Finishing third in the Block B decider was Saginomiya Isumi from Hayate no Gotoku.

On deck for Block C clincher are Haramura Nodoka and Kataoka Yuuki, both from Saki, and Maria from Hayate no Gotoku.

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Block B Final
1st 816 votes | Shana @ Shakugan no Shana S
2nd 719 votes | Takamachi Nanoha @ Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha The MOVIE 1st
3rd 109 votes | Saginomiya Isumi @ Hayate no Gotoku!!

That was disappointing, but I can’t say I did not see it coming. Once again though, the fakes made it look closer than it really was, with only a 14 point deficit for Nanoha when it ended. But Nanoha had more fakes (it was obvious this time) so yeah, that’s all she wrote. Shana inched closer to Nanoha’s all-time mark now and she maintains her mastery over the White Devil (do note it’s not only in Saimoe). Tough luck, I guess. That doesn’t change the fact that Nanoha though is still one of the all-time greats and her ability to win despite the changing times in hte moe landscape.

Then again the same applies to Shana, who competes with Shinku and Nagi as the most consistent characters of all-time. She’s tied with the latter now in second all-time, so could who be seeing a rematch between the two. Somehow, considering the way 2ch trolls, i can just see it happening. Hopefully Shana remains Nagi’s bitch, lol.

So yeah, called it right, but I wish I didn’t. The mediocre performance by Nanoha against Kana was an ominous sign, and true enough, it came back to hurt her. Down goes one of another banner girl, it can’t be helped – we can’t have nice things all the time.

But moving on to today’s preview. Uh yeah, I wanted to get these cards done earlier, but supervening events did not give me enough time to finish it on time for the Block A match. Gonna be working on those for later, but at least we have now Block C cards.

So Maria up first. She’s coming up from a critical win over Hisa in one of this Saimoe’s most entertaining match, and she will be looking to carry that momentum. I think she’ll be able to do it.

As for Tacos, she’s been cruising all the way – until now. With wins over Hayate’s Ayumu and Himeji, I can say that her path is the easiest among the three. But she’ll be derailed by split votes this time, I think.

Haramura Nodoka’s path has been rougher on the first round as opposed to the second round quite ironically. She was hassled by Jewelpets’ Akari in the opener before calling up for reinforcements to win. Then in the three-way Saki affair she proved to be the ace, beating former fellow semifinalist Mihoko quite handily.  But then, split votes look to be the factor.

The verdict: Maria wins by using Saki’s strength against them. Will still be a close match, regardless. But then it may be a three-way affair because I’ve seen splits broken up before, but that was during the time of the Rozen Maidens. Hopefully that does not happen to Maria, and I’m confident it won’t since Maria’s fairly strong too. Weaker than these two yes, but that’s why it’s gonna be fun to watch. I hope I won’t get disappointed again, as Maria is due to a top eight after running against top-tier foes in the early years. And this one is no exception.

And with that I’m done, sitting back to enjoy another fun match.

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