Perfect Blue

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica  continued to be invincible in the Preliminary Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 as Miki Sayaka was the latest character from the series to win her match, as she edged Gosick’s Victorique de Blois to win Group Ten by one vote. At third place was Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko’s Touwa Meme, Hidamari Sketch’s Yuno fourth, and Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen, fifth.

Tied for sixth place were Nohotoke Honne (Infinite Stratos) and Sakura Akari (Jewelpet). Eight to twelfth place finishers were Nagi (A-Channel), Kamizaki Risa (Amagami), Mitsuki Sohara (Sora no Otoshimono), Himegami Aisa (To Aru Majutsu no Index) and Tsuchiura Iroha (Onii-chan no Koto).

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1st – 392 votes – Miki Sayaka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
2nd – 391 votes – Victorique de Blois @ Gosick
3rd – 268 votes – Touwa Meme @ Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
4th – 238 votes – Yuno @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ Tokubetsu-hen
5th – 221 votes – Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen @ Strike Witches 2
6th – 209 votes – Nohohon-san @ Infinite Stratos
6th – 209 votes – Sakura Akari @ Jewelpet Tinkle
8th – 195 votes – Nagi @ A Channel
9th – 186 votes – Kamizaki Risa @ Amagami SS
10th – 179 votes – Mitsuki Sohara @ Sora no Otoshimono series
11th – 167 votes – Himegami Aisa @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
12th – 164 votes – Tsuchiura Iroha @ Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!

Mahou Shoujo Madoka continued to be invincible in the Preliminary Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 as Miki Sayaka was the latest character from the series to win her match, as she edged Gosick’s Victorique de Blois to win Group Ten by one vote. At third place was Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko’s Touwa Meme, Hidamari Sketch’s Yuno fourth, and Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen, fifth.

Tied for sixth place were Nohotoke Honne (Infinite Stratos) and Sakura Akari (Jewelpet). Eight to twelfth place finishers were Nagi (A-Channel), Kamizaki Risa (Amagami), Mitsuki Sohara (Sora no Otoshimono), Himegami Aisa (To Aru Majutsu no Index) and Tsuchiura Iroha (Onii-chan no Koto).

Simply stunning. As predicted, it really came down the wire, with Sayaka emerging victorious simply by one vote. And just like that Madoka has their fourth prelim win. Madoka will go for the fifth and last one in the Prelim Finale (and match Haruhi 2006’s record for most prelim wins? [I need to look this up to verify]).

Victorique matching up with her until the final moments might be a good sign, but then again Sayaka is supposed to be one of the weaker one. It still means that Victorique won’t be Round One roadkill unless she gets paired with a high-tiered ace. Ten of twelve in predictions, so we 97-23 now. Completely overlooked Pika-tan and Stalker-tan though. Not much to talk about really, except that the battle between the Victorique and Sayaka was entertaining and interesting.

Today’s group is about curbstomping, Kuroneko style. Simple as that. Looking forward to how she will challenge Mikoto’s record last year, or even match the current record held by Homura for this year when it comes to vote percentage. It will be tough to match, but this group is such a giveaway, I wouldn’t really be surprised if she comes close.

And then we get the battle for second: it probably will come down to Hidamari’s Miyako vs. Amagami’s Tsukasa, I can’t see anyone else making a run at it with this utterly underpowered group. It will probably end up Tsukasa at two, and Miyako at three. I also see the following as locks given the nature of the competition: Strike Witches tandem Yoshika and Mio, KamiNomi’s one-two of Mio and Chihiro, Yosuga no Sora’s duo of Kazuha and Nao, Mitsuko (Raildex), and of course it won’t really be Saimoe without the annual Haibara Ai Main Draw berth.

As for the remaining slot they will probably be for the following to fight for: Meruru (also from Oreimo), Kureha (Sora no Woto), Miho (A-Channel), Mikako (SoraOto), Hirano (Milky Holmes), Kusano (Sekirei), Houzuki (Zakuro), Yusa (Angel Beats) and Avril (Gosick). I see Hirano making a run for that final slot.

Check back tomorrow to see how another Hanazawa Kana-powered character aim for the top of her group. That, and finally, the main guns of that certain faction rumored to take this Saimoe by storm finally takes flight.

***LUN HIJACK***

SO NEAR, YET SO FAR: Victorique almost brought the Madoka train to a halt today, but it wasn’t meant to be as Sayaka manages an extra vote more to make it four from four. It’s now up to Madoka to complete the clean sweep of top spots for the Puella Magi main five, though we’ll have to wait till the last prelim group for that. As for Victorique, she has shown that she would be able to do well on her own, pretty much in the Ika Musume fold.

FACTION WATCH: Yuno finished in a distant fourth place, which means that the Hidamari Sketch series follows K-ON!!, Raildex and Angel Beats into downward spiral. Pika-tan also becomes the first IS character to qualify, ahead of the main IS girls who will start featuring from Group 12 onwards. Good signs ahead?

ON THE NEXT MATCH: Kuroneko to win it. Need I say more? Let’s talk about second place then. There’s Tsukasa from Amagami SS, Chihiro from Kaminomi, Miyako from Hidamari Sketch and Yoshika from Strike Witches. Miyako probably benefits from series support here. As for the rest, let’s see the earlier prelim groups. Erica Hartmann defeated Ayumi, Haqua defeated Rihoko. Chihiro’s supposedly more popular than Ayumi, while Tsukasa is supposedly less popular than Rihoko according to popularity polls in Japan. Yoshika’s one of the aces of her series, so here’s my take…

Top 3 Prediction: Kuroneko, Miyako, Yoshika

5 thoughts on “Perfect Blue

  1. Regarding the Hidamari fraction.

    They never been a tier group anyone but generally could be counted on to get enough votes to make other fraction very nervous. i don’t see that changing here.

  2. I have a feeling Madoka Magica could steal a 6th prelim win with pseudo-green ranger Hitomi. But that’s just a guess.

    1. there are a couple of good names in there, so it will be tough.

      @ Inugami – yep, I just have to see if that’s the record. Saki on 2009 also had winners, but it’s not really the same format as this one (384 characters, more prelim groups, etc).

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