Kaname Madoka successfully completed the Puella Magi sweep in outstanding fashion, as she won Group Sixteen of the Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 via landslide. Way back in second place was Index Librorum Prohibitorum. Trailing Index was Sanya Litvyak from Strike Witches. At fourth and fifth were Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai’s Honma Meiko, and To-Love-Ru’s Mikan Yuuki.
Filling in the last of the First Prelims qualifiers were Infinite Stratos’ Shinonono Houki, Tantei Opera Milky Holmes’ Cordelia Clauca, Kore wa Zombie Desuka’s Haruna, Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne’s Kondou Mayuka, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu’s Shimada Hazuki, Hakuouki’s Yukimura Chizuru, and Heartcatch Pretty Cure’s Kurumi Erika.
1st – 459 votes – Kaname Madoka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
2nd – 323 votes – Index @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
3rd – 309 votes – Sanya V. Litvyak @ Strike Witches 2
4th – 303 votes – Honma Meiko (Menma) @ Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai
5th – 295 votes – Yuuki Mikan @ Motto To Love-Ru
6th – 285 votes – Shinonono Houki @ Infinite Stratos
7th – 281 votes – Cordelia Glauca @ Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
8th – 237 votes – Haruna @ Kore wa Zombie Desuka?
9th – 170 votes – Kondou Mayuka @ Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!
10th – 169 votes – Shimada Hazuki @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
11th – 167 votes – Yukimura Chizuru @ Hakuouki Hekketsuroku
12th – 163 votes – Kurumi Erika (Cure Marine) @ HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
And that’s how you close out a Preliminary Round. Madoka sure made her respectable opponents look like Second Prelim qualifiers. Scary to think, but this Saimoe 2011 may be looking like MAdokaBowl. She received a whopping 58% of the votes cast, good enough for fourth all-time in Saimoe history. Thing is, all five Puella Magi looked like aces in their own right, they made it look all so easy. We might have seen the second coming of Rozen Maiden (for one year only).
The five prelim wins ties a record held by Rozen Maiden in 2005 and 2006, Haruhi, also in 2006, and Saki in 2009. RM’s 2006 campaign ended up in a championship, while Haruhi’s obviously ended up in a disappointment. Let’s see how Madoka Magica stacks up.
Index is forever 2nd, and as a result, it’s her third consecutive year coming up second to a pink-haired girl. Sanya was a surprise at third, capping of an impressive performance for Strike Witches (based on my expectations anyway, since Summer show, and old). Menma placed as expected, while Houki surprisingly sank as low to number six. Personally I’m thrilled that Erika made it directly this time. She won’t do much, obviously, but still a pleasant surprise. And withn 11-1 prediction score for this group, I wrap up Prelims One at 158-34. I can’t really say that’s good or bad though, lol.
And that’s a wrap for now. Second Prelims is scheduled August Four, so one-day break. I’ll probably end up doing a summary post for the First Prelims action, so you might want to check that out. Finally, First (fixed) Prelims Chart:
… Saving the best for last, Puella Magi supremo Madoka deciminated her competition today, posting the largest victory margin of the prelims. With that, she completes a sweep for the Madoka faction and heads into the main round as the top gun to watch out for. Will anyone be able to stop Madoka and her prophet, Homura? Only time will tell.
As for the others, I’m impressed with Index’s second-place finish, considering the fact that she had tough competition from some promising newcomers today. She’ll be hoping for a kinder draw this time round in order to lead the Raildex assault, along with Saten and BiriBiri. Another character who impressed today was Sanya, who shrugged off several newcomers to claim third spot. The ace proved that the Strike Witches love is still well and alive and with that, all the members of The 501th Joint Fighter Wing have once again qualified for the main round as in 2009. Sanya and Yoshika remain their brightest prospects too.
Meanwhile, the disappointment continues for the IS girls as Houki ends up in 6th. The hopes of IS seems to lie solely on Charlotte for now, but you never know what can happen in Saimoe. Also, Haruna’s dismal performance as ace of Korezom is the final nail in the coffin for the series; they won’t be serious contenders for the crown.
In any case, we have come to the end of the first preliminary round. It’s been a good warm-up to the main round, though it’s a bit disappointing that we’ve been relegated to spectators. A break for now and then the second preliminary round… but most of us will be looking forward to August 10 instead where the laws of probability fuck shit up again to provide us with lulz and rage.