Kaname Madoka gave Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica its first-ever Anime Saimoe Tournament win, with a 165-vote pounding of Fortune Arterial’s Sendou Erika and Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai’s Tsurumi Chiriko, as the First Round, Block C continued Saturday.
In the second match, Arashiyama Hotori also earned Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru its first victory, as she held of Hidamari Sketch’s Sae and Yondemasuyo,Azazel-san’s Sakuma Rinko.
A-Channel’s Run also walked past her competitors for the series’ second win, beating Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi’s Akai Ringo and C’s Q in the third match.
1 285 Kaname Madoka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
2 120 Sendou Erika @ Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
3 67 Tsurumi Chiriko @ Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai
1 191 Arashiyama Hotori @ Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
2 140 Sae @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ Tokubetsu-hen
3 86 Sakuma Rinko @ Yondemasuyo, Azazel-san.
1 220 Run @ A Channel
2 115 Akai Ringo @ Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
3 87 Q @ C
That went as expected. Madoka alone wasn’t enough to get the rest of 2ch voting, but a win is a win. It’s not the highest vote%, even for this year, nevertheless it’s good enough to get things started.
In the other matches, Sae got the [i]shaft[/i] as Hotori won with a decent margin. That final episode really put her over the top, didn’t it? Not like Sae was the strongest of the Hidamari anyway. She has always been Round One fodder, when it comes to this.
The last one involved Run winning easily as well. I guess that qualifies as running away from the competition?
Nothing really noteworthy, 3-0 (19-11) in predictions, 1-2 (10-20) in picks.
Group 12 15th 106 16.67% Kuronuma Sawako @ Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season
Group 15 7th 193 26.84% Laura Bodewig @ Infinite Stratos
Group 9 10th 149 19.81% Miyamae Kanako @ Maria†Holic Alive
>Laura’s first Saimoe match: she’s gonna win it. Meanwhile, she has X matches in ISML at the time of this writing and she hasn’t earned a win. Kornheiser.jpg
Saimoe =/= ISML is just stating the obvious, but then again this is just a textbook example of how different the “meta” of each tourney is. Anyway, focusing on the match, Laura might be one of the weaker ones in IS, but her opponents this time are just even weaker Saimoe-wise. Should be an eassy win for Germany.
Group 12 4th 217 34.12% Francesca Lucchini @ Strike Witches 2
Group 16 3rd 309 39.06% Sanya V. Litvyak @ Strike Witches 2
Group 1 26th 52 9.54% Usami Mimi @ Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi
>I probably need to do more of a research concering Strike Witches popularity polls, but in this intra-series match, my insta-pick would be Sanya. Just better numbers all-around in a stronger prelim group too!
Most of the polls I checked had Sanya on a higher tier than Lucchini, so there’s that. Then 2ch can always pull the swerve so I’m not completely counting her out. So yeah, Sanya to win in what should be a close fight, regardless.
Group 14 12th 101 18.36% Rebecca Anderson (Becky) @ Dog Days
Group 7 10th 127 19.01% Seraphim (Sera) @ Kore wa Zombie Desuka?
Group 5 14th 153 18.09% Komoto Madoka @ Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi
>Ah, this is the type of match that I hate predicting since most of the time I get it wrong. I think Madoka, despite being the second prelim qualifier that she is, pulls off the upset over Seraphim and comes back to win it. She was in Group Five after all, and placing fourteenth there is like placing eighth or ninth in a normal group.
Considering Kore wa Zombie’s struggles you figure that they at least get this one, but I’m not counting on it. HoshiKaka will get this one, and even though Rebecca hails from a stronger faction, she’s not “relevant” enough to cause a dent in the Madoka-Sera faceoff.
TBH, another one of those midcard days for Saimoe. Block C in general, I guess.
Predictions: Laura, Sanya, Madoka
Picks: Sawako, Sanya, Sera
See quick results for P1, G3 here, and past results in the archive (character list in the sidebar, updated daily).
In the Manga Saimoe front, the Mysterious Girlfriend did take it down as predicted, but Maria did give her a good fight. Sign of good things to come for Hayate? Well, they got their big guns in the next group… (scheduled for August 29, might as well put my preview here).
If you’ve been reading my Manga Saimoe bits, you may have chanced about my raving regarding this group. Well, that is certainly warranted, since this might be the most powerful group so far. It doesn’t have a former winner but it does feature a lot of first placers in their respective prelim groups.
There’s Hina, Isumi, Izumi and Nagi (who finished 2nd) to lead the seven Hayate characters in this group. Then for the dolls, there’s the duo of Shinku and Suiseiseki. Also placing first in their prelims that happen to be in this group are SHNY’s Mikuru, and Ghost Sweeper Mikami’s Okinu. There’s a distinct lack of Saki (whom I consider one of the MS trinity along with Hayate and RM), but there are aces from other relevant series in the form of LC (KamiNomi), Yamamoto-sensei (Hanamaru), and Mikoto (Raildex).
Expect Hina to win via the power of block voting, but I won’t be surprised if Suiseiseki or even Mikoto end up stealing the W.
So Madoka seizes 60.4% of the votes in her match-up today – an expected result and a much welcomed one by the Puella Magi fans after the Homura debacle a while ago. Hotori and Run also managed comfortable wins, with Sae disappointing yet again.
Moving on to today’s match-up, it should be an easy win for Laura although she’s not the strongest IS girl around – expect her to perform around the level Rin did in her match. Two Strike Witches are unfortunately entangled up in the same group, and Lucchini will likely be sacrificed here for the more popular Sanya. Sanya is perhaps one of the greatest threat to Madoka in this block, but it’s still too early days – they’ll be eyeing Sanya’s possible tie against Elsie instead.
The last match-up for the day features less prominent characters in this year’s competition. Although Madoka of Hoshikaka had to make it through the second prelims to qualify for the main round, I think she’ll emerge victorious against a minor character from Dog Days, and a representative of a series that has performed far below expectations so far in this competition.
Picks: Laura, Sanya, Sera
Prediction: Laura, Sanya, Madoka
Also, updated stats here. I’ll probably upload a fresh document every day instead of updating the same one because Google Docs is a bitch at times.