Tiger & Bunny’s Huang Pao-Lin ascended to the top of the penultimate preliminary group of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011, as she overcame a last-minute rush by her closest competitor, Dog Days’ Leonmitchelli Galette des Rois. Tied for third were Myoudouin Itsuki (Heartcatch Precure) and Futaba Kon (Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru). There were also ties for fifth, (Shukufuku no Campanella’s Carina Verritti and Softenni’s Harukaze Asuna), seventh (Freezing’s Satellizer el Bridget and Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai’s Watarai Asuka) and ninth place (To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s Konori Mii and Star Driver’s Sakana).
Rounding out the bottom half of qualifiers from Prelim Two, Group Five were Ume (Hidamari Sketch), Ootori Naru (OreTsuba), Elis (Asobi ni Iku yo!), Tatsuno Toshiko (SoreMachi) and Hoshimiya Yashiro (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko).
1st – 125 votes – Huang Pao-Lin (Dragon Kid) @ Tiger & Bunny
2nd – 124 votes – Leonmitchelli Galette des Rois @ Dog Days
3rd – 122 votes – Myoudouin Itsuki (Cure Sunshine) @ HeartCatch Pretty Cure!
3rd – 122 votes – Kon Futaba @ Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
5th – 121 votes – Carina Verritti @ Shukufuku no Campanella
5th – 121 votes – Harukaze Asuna @ Softenni
7th – 120 votes – Satellizer el Bridget @ Freezing
7th – 120 votes – Watarai Asuka @ Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
9th – 119 votes – Konori Mii @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA / To Aru Majutsu no Index II
9th – 119 votes – North Maiden (Sakana-chan) @ Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
11th – 116 votes – Ume-sensei @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ Tokubetsu-hen
12th – 112 votes – Miho @ A Channel
12th – 112 votes – Ootori Naru @ Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
14th – 111 votes – Elis @ Asobi ni Iku yo!
14th – 111 votes – Tatsuno Toshiko @ Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
16th – 110 votes – Hoshimiya Yashiro @ Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Well, that was somewhat surprising. Not Pao-Lin’s victory, but the subsequent finishers to be exact. For quite a sustained period of time, it appeared that Yashiro of DenpaOnna and Asuna of Softenni would be the ones challenging Pao-Lin, but the final rush certainly caused a shake-up, with Dog Day’s Leon managing to emerge second and Cure Sunshine joining Erika (Cure Marine) into the main round after finishing 3rd.
There’s nothing much to read into for today’s results since the results were tight. However, notable characters who crashed out were Hitomi of Madoka and Moeka of S;G, both despised by some sections of their respective series.
Moving on, it’s finally the last 2nd prelim group. The prominent ones here are Kanzaki of Raildex, Kaoru of Amagami SS and Sae of Hidamari Sketch, who will be challenged by Ibuki of HoshiKaka, Saori of Hourou Musuko, Kanata of Sora No Woto, Maya of Occult Gakuin and Misaki of Maid-sama, who actually finished a decent margin ahead of Kaoru in their first preliminary group. It would probably be a close affair once again, but I think the top spot will belong to either Sae, Ibuki, Saori or Misaki.
On another note, the draw for the main round will be held 1 hour after the end of the second prelims (August 10, 0010 hrs, GMT+9), with the draw for Block A starting 20 mins thereafter. Look forward to it!