Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi’s Akai Ringo pulled away late from Tiger and Bunny’s Karina Lyle to clinch the top spot of the Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 Second Preliminary Round Group Three. Forging a three-way tie for third place were Hyaka Ryouran Samurai Girls’ Tokugawa Sen, Hourou Musuko’s Sasa Kanako and Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi’s Sakai Hina.
Isara Gunther of Senjou no Valkyria also tied with Suite Pretty Cure’s Houjou Hibiki for sixth place honors. Celty Sturluson (Durarara!!) finished eighth, while tied for ninth were Evangeline A.K. McDowell (Mahou Sensei Negima), Usami Mimi (also from Ookami-san), and Morita Mayu (Morita-san wa Mukuchi). Asaka Hinata (Jewelpet) nabbed twelfth place, and the last four spots were occupied in a four-way tie by Fuyukawa Kurusu (Softenni), Yuzuhara Konomi (ToHeart), Shiina (Angel Beats!) and Kuze Kiriha (Fortune Arterial).
1st – 131 votes – Akai Ringo @ Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
2nd – 121 votes – Karina Lyle (Blue Rose) @ Tiger & Bunny
3rd – 100 votes – Sasa Kanako @ Hourou Musuko
3rd – 100 votes – Tokugawa Sen @ Hyakka Ryouran Samurai Girls
3rd – 100 votes – Sakai Hina @ Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi
6th – 96 votes – Isara Gunther @ Senjou no Valkyria 3: Tagatame no Juusou
6th – 96 votes – Houjou Hibiki (Cure Melody) @ Suite Pretty Cure♪
8th – 92 votes – Celty Sturluson @ Durarara!!
9th – 91 votes – Evangeline A.K. McDowell @ Mahou Sensei Negima! Mou Hitotsu no Sekai
9th – 91 votes – Usami Mimi @ Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
9th – 91 votes – Morita Mayu @ Morita-san wa Mukuchi
12th – 90 votes – Asaka Hinata @ Jewelpet Sunshine
13th – 89 votes – Fuyukawa Kurusu @ Softenni
13th – 89 votes – Yuzuhara Konomi @ To Heart 2 Adnext
13th – 89 votes – Shiina @ Angel Beats!
13th – 89 votes – Kuze Kiriha @ Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
Heh, so it turned out to be a Red vs Blue affair instead as Ringo held off competition from Karina to take top spot today. Was expecting Kuze and Evangeline to do better but it didn’t turn out that way. Shiina of Angel Beats was able to squeak through to the next round, with Alicia Melchiott crashing out by a mere vote.
And with that, we’re finally halfway into the second prelims! The next group is a slightly more interesting affair than this one, with a higher percentage of characters having finished above 20th in their respective first preliminary groups. Between them, it could be anyone’s game – the ones that stand out are the Astarotte, K-ON!!, Ika Musume and To Love Ru combinations, and there’s also Yin of Darker than Black, Sara of Jewelpet, Mio of TWGOK and the last main Amagami girl, Sae. Yin, Jun of K-ON!!, Haruna of To-Love Ru and Ingrid of Astarotte would probably be the favorites for the top spot.