Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica continued its domination of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 as Tomoe Mami placed first in Group Eight of the First Preliminary Round, handing the series its third Prelim win. Touwa Erio, representing Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, settled for second place, while Shiina Mayuri of Steins;Gate fame garnered third place honors. Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai’s Tamura Manami finished fourth, and K-On’s Hirasawa Yui, fifth.
Haqua d’rot Herminium (Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai), Tsukuyomi Komoe, Fukiyose Seina, and Orsola Aquinas (all from To Aru Majutsu no Index), Sakurai Hiroko (Amagami SS), Zakuro (Otome Youkai Zakuro), and Yoshinoya (Hidamari Sketch) also advanced to the Main Draw of the tournament.
1st – 410 votes – Tomoe Mami @Madoka ☆ Magica
2nd – 392 votes – Touwa Erio @ Denpa Onna
3rd – 299 votes – Shiina Mayuri @ Steins;Gate
4th – 294 votes – Tamura Manami @ Ore no Imouto
5th – 263 votes – Hirasawa Yui @ K-ON!!
6th – 250 votes – Haqua d’Rot Herminium @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai
7th – 241 votes – Tsukuyomi Komoe @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
8th – 206 votes – Sakurai Rihoko @ Amagami SS
9th – 199 votes – Fukiyose Seiri @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
10th – 188 votes – Orsola Aquinas @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
11th – 181 votes – Zakuro @ Otome Youkai Zakuro
12th – 164 votes – Yoshinoya-sensei @ Hidamari Sketch
MA-RIO DESTRUCTION: No head jokes, or any joke for that matter. Mami makes it 3 from 3 for the main girls of Madoka, while Erio tagged along in second place as they annihilated the other contenders, with the latter defeating third-placed Mayuri by 92 votes. Even K-ON!!’s supposed ace wasn’t spared, as Yui finished in a measly 6th position. The Raildex side characters are able to make it as usual, and on a personal note, it was nice to see Zakuro getting into the Top 12.
VETERAN SLUMP: There wasn’t even a need for a top-tier character to beat Yui as Manami, a side-character from OreImo, was able to brush her aside by 29 votes. The likes of K-ON!!, Raildex and Angel Beats are facing a demise, while Madoka and Oreimo are emerging as the top factions for this year. If 2010 was the year of veterans, 2011 is shaping up to be the exact opposite.
I was expecting that K-On would have a little more staying power, but I gues they can never be the force that Rozen Maiden once was (even on the year after Suiseiseki won the title, Rozen Maiden made it hard even for newcomers to win a Prelim). Yui should have performed better here, and losing to one of the less popular Oreimo characters just won’t cut it.
Speaking of newcomer power, Madoka continues to impress, although they might be calling for too much attention at this rate. The possibility of a Madoka main five sweep is real. Erio shows her series is not the low-tier series I thought it to be, and she’s going for dark horse at this rate. Oreimo did well, same with Steins;Gate, while Raildex frankly just continued to fill in spots with characters that will end up as first round fodder. I ended up going 10-2 in predictions, putting me at 80-16 as we head for the break. I underestimated Amagami this time as I thought Rihoko didn’t have it, maybe she’s one of the more popular characters (lolsympathyvotes) in her show. And I missed out completely on Orsola. That’s it, since today we have a one-day break, we’ll be previewing Group Nine tomorrow. Quick word: it’s underwhelming. For now here’s a quick overview of our main draw qualifiers so far.