Eclair Martinozzi overcame a stern challenge from Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu’s Kinoshita Yuuko to give Dog Days its first Saimoe win, advancing to the Second Round in the process. Ao no Exorcist’s Kamiki Izumo settled for third place.
Astarotte no Omocha scored its second win as Ingrid Sorveig Sorgríms upset Gintama’s Kagura to keep the latter winless in five attempts. Steins;Gate was dealt its second loss as Urushibara Ruka also feel to Ingrid.
Elysia de Lute Ima also put Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai on the board as she delivered a total beating to Shukufuku no Campanella’s Agnes Boulange and Occult Gakuin’s Kumashiro Maya.
1 172 Ingrid Sorveig Sorgríms (Ini) @ Astarotte no Omocha! [37.64%]
2 158 Kagura @ Gintama [34.57%]
3 127 Urushibara Ruka @ Steins;Gate [27.79%]
1 195 Eclair Martinozzi @ Dog Days [42.76%]
2 166 Kinoshita Yuuko @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri [36.40%]
3 95 Kamiki Izumo @ Ao no Exorcist [20.83%]
1 287 Elucia de Lute Ima (Elsie) @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series [61.85%]
2 110 Agnes Boulange @ Shukufuku no Campanella [23.71%]
3 67 Kumashiro Maya @ Seikimatsu Occult Gakuin [14.44%]
Eh, Kagura (one of the better KugiRie roles), just can’t catch a break unlike her more fortunate brethrens. I did not even consider an Ingrid win yesterday, but I suppose it’s a better positioned show in Saimoe as it’s more moe-oriented. I guess that’s the plausible explanation for her win.
As expected, LC looked great as once again her opponents were just not in the same tier. This would make it hard later on to determine how strong she really is. Would be interesting how she would fare against the resurgent Witches at this point.
Eclair and Yuuko went at it as expected although I didn’t really consider the latter winning. As it is, Dog Days had its day today. Will there be more?
2-1 (16-11) prediction day, but I got blanked in picks again (9-18).
Coming up next:
Group 14 5th 153 27.82% Wajima Tomoe @ Hanasaku Iroha
Group 2 8th 171 30.48% Isurugi Mio @ MM!
Group 9 12th 145 19.28% Imagawa Yoshimoto @ Sengoku Otome: Momoiro Paradox
>Mio’s gonna beat it down, and I don’t even need to look at the stats for this one.
We already got a peek at HanaIro’s capabilities when they even managed to get Sui into the second round, but I’m not fazed in this one. I think Mio’s gonna end up prevailing, though it’s gonna be closer than it should be. And in the event that Tomoe gets it, HanaIro should be considered as something to be reckoned with (if they aren’t already).
Group 14 6th 147 26.73% Aizawa Chizuru @ Shinryaku! Ika Musume
Group 11 11th 117 18.17% Satsukitane Mikako @ Sora no Otoshimono series
Group 1 7th 167 30.64% Hercule Barton (Elly) @ Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
>Hercule is too strong for these two supporting characters. SMASH!
This is an opportunity for Elly to avange Cordelia’s demise against Sora no Otoshimono, but also look out for Chizuru, who opens up Ika Musume’s campaign for Saimoe glory. No changes in predictions, but it will be a tougher match now.
Group 10 11th 167 20.24% Himegami Aisa @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II 825
Group 5 16th 145 17.14% Tanamachi Kaoru @ Amagami SS 846
Group 16 4th 303 38.31% Honma Meiko (Menma) @ Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai 791
>Amagami just can’t catch a break as Kaoru draws Menma. Don’t forget this win, Menma fans.
Ha, another one of my early Saimoe season misconceptions. Amagami turned out to be stronger than expected, but Menma still has this. This is our first look at AnoHana’s actual strength in the real deal – Kaoru should be a decent test for Menma.
TL;DR: Solid matches, but nothing eye-popping. We might be in for a surprise in this one.
Predictions: Mio, Elly, Menma
Picks: Yoshimoto, Mikako, Sexhair (ha ha time for 0-3 again)
The spellslinger in me just can’t resist on making more Saimoe-themed custom cards, so have at it.
Manga Saimoe: Hello, Goodbye
Apologies for the makeshift pastebin link for the results, but >wordpress just doesn’t have a spoiler option. I’ll figure out a way to display these long MS results eventually.
Moving on, 2009 quarterfinalist Komori Kiri from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei expectedly did her thing, winning, but look out for the expectedly new players in the MS scene. Mami finishes second. Shiori at fifth, and Chisame at seventh are welcome results. Then there’s Miki, who happens to be one of my favorite characters as well.
For the next group, (see updated character list at the sidebar) the standout names for this set are 2005 winner Kukuri, who also won her prelim group, along with Nausicaa and KamiNomi’s Haqua. There’s also Najimi from Medaka Box, Nonomiya Nono, and evergreen candidate Haibara Ai. Lastly, there’s Stealth Momo from Saki, making this a pretty strong group. Should we see some fireworks for today.
Poor Kagura. That said though, I was kind of surprised at Ini winning it as I thought that the lack of screen-time will work against her. Never underestimate lolis, eh.
Moving on to today’s matches. Tomoe of HanaIro goes up against Mio of MM!. The former benefits from series backing, but I suspect that Mio could prove to be a challenge for her despite her unimpressive prelim result. It’s a head-to-head battle after all, and she is the main girl of her show, so Mio could just edge this out. Some might point to the grandma match and draw some parallels here, but Hibiki wasn’t really that fancied in the first place, and besides, that match did have some trollin’ purpose. However, if Tomoe wins today, we can start thinking about HanaIro as a somewhat strong force.
Elsewhere, Elly takes on Chizuru and Mikako, two characters of similar disposition. While Sora No Oto’s been impressive, Mikako’s admittedly their weakest representative in the main round, so it will be down to Chizuru and Elly. I’m not really sure of the potential of the Ika Musume cast other than Ika herself, while Milky Holmes hasn’t really been making huge waves since Kokoro’s win in Prelim Group 2. However, I’m still gonna go with Elly on this one.
Menma should have an easy ride against Kaoru and Himegami, both the weaker representatives of their respective series. Menma should be wary of the miko though, but Raildex support will not be enough here.
Picks: Yoshimoto, Elly, Menma
Prediction: Mio, Elly, Menma
P.S With regards to the Saimoe stats, I decided to update them today but end up messing the formatting instead (italics for winners, etc.) – I’ll hopefully sort that out over the weekend.