Nakano Azusa of K-On! was crowned Saimoe 2010 after she defeated Hayate no Gotoku!’s Sanzen’in Nagi in the championship match of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010. Azusa won by the score of 1516-1339 votes, the most decisive Finals in the tournament’s existence, as she lead in the entirity of the match.
The victory made it a clean sweep for K-On! in the three major moe tournaments after Akiyama Mio won this year’s International Saimoe League and Best Moe. Nagi’s loss continued four years of Saimoe drought for Hayate no Gotoku.
And there you have it, your Saimoe 2010: Nakano Azusa.
1st 1516 votes | Nakano Azusa @ K-ON!!
2nd 1339 votes | Sanzen’in Nagi @ Hayate no Gotoku!!
Anyway, just like last year, I’m still in the process of sorting my thoughts and all that jazz, for the meantime, here’s my quick take on the finale:
Although the match did end up as the most decisive finale in Saimoe championship matches, this match definitely did have its share of rollercoaster of emotions. Man, they concealed those fakes well to make it appear a close match. Man, following the match was heart-thumping and intense, especially in the closing moments. But in the end, Azusa prevailed.
History chose to side with Azusa – consecutive finals appearance for a series in Saimoe meant a win one way or another. Nanoha got one 2005-2006, same with Rozen Maiden. On the other hand, though Nagi is the first character to have two separate finals appearances, the Saimoe gods weren’t kind to her. Gotta feel for her though, she kept on trying, and the feeling of futility is indeed painful. Will Hayate no Gotoku end up as the greatest franchise never to win it all? I hope not, so JC Staff, hurry up and announce that Season 3! We Hayatafans shall never give up! (cue thisistheyear.jpg)
As for K-On!, it was now or never (although they’re eligible next year) but you can’t pass up on any chances to win. And for Yui, Azusa did win, a Rie-venge of some sort. Well Azusa throughout the tournament looked like she had what it takes, especially surviving that Mikoto death-sentence in Round Three. So from this perspective, I can fully say she deserved to win. Gotta tip it to their fans’ dedication: man, there was never a shortage of hngggg-inducing artwork out there for her, and not only thatm the show gave her enough focus to make sure she was relevant enough to win. So yeah, well-earned, in my honest opinion.
It was a win-win situation for me either way, the bracket was kind, and somehow my moe list was in the same wavelength as 2ch. As I’ve said in the top eight for me were good ends, and that’s what I’ve got. First time I was satisfied with the winner since 2006 actually, where I started following the tournament fervently. And man, the feeling is cathartic. Maybe it gets even better next year: i.e. great end. But again, I’ll take this anytime over 2007, 2008 and 2009.
So now that it’s over and done, where do we go from here?
Well, the posting from me is not done, definitely, as I plan a series of posts as part of my Saimoe wrap-up. Housekeeping is another, gotta make the necessary updates and stuff. So once again, and for now, congratulations to the Azusa supporters, good effort by the Nagi supporters and man, this Saimoe 2010 has been awesome for me. Seeya next post, lol.