Last Order expectedly won her opening match to keep To Aru Majutsu no Index on the winning track, as she blew past Nichijou’s Sakurai Izumi in the First Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011, Block D. Third place went to Tokita Ayumi (Shinryaku! Ika Musume).
Yukurizaki Nero also was victorious in her Saimoe Main Draw debut, as she pulled away from Koihime Musou’s Shuri and Star Driver’s Watanabe Kanako, to give Tantei Opera Milky Holmes its first series win.
Fortunate Arterial’s Tougi Shiro fought off Hourou Musuko’s Chiba Saori in a back-and-forth match, as the former inched away from the latter in the latter stages of the voting period. Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi couldnt obtain consecutive victories as Sakai Hina finished third in the match.
1 187 Yuzurizaki Nero @ Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
2 142 Shokatsuryou Koumei (Shuri) @ Shin Koihime†Musou series
3 101 Watanabe Kanako (President) @ Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
1 186 Tougi Shiro @ Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
2 178 Chiba Saori @ Hourou Musuko
3 52 Sakai Hina @ Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi
1 227 Last Order @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
2 156 Sakurai-sensei @ Nichijou
3 66 False Ika Musume (Tokita Ayumi) @ Shinryaku! Ika Musume
The only real surprise of the day was that Shiro-Saori turned out to be closer than expected. So, noitaminA still winless this year, unless I ended up overlooking something else.
3-0 in picks, 1-2 in predicts, so that’s 25-11 in the former, 12-24 in the latter.
Again, not much volume in the votes, though I have a feeling two (or even three) of today’s matches will be hotly-contested ones, so let’s proceed with the next group.
Group 14 2nd 204 37.09% Maekawa-san @ Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko
Group 14 12th 101 18.36% Hatori Kanon @ Anyamal Tantei Kiruminzoo
Group 8 4th 294 35.99% Tamura Manami @ Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
>Maekawa might have placed second on her group, but it was a crappy group. Meanwhile, Manami fared better than Yui in a contested group. It’s not hard to see who wins here, and that’s not even taking faction strength into account…
In the end, supervening events considered, this might become more of a battle as Denpa Onna is a lot stronger than expected, but I still expect Manami to prevail in a #3 vs. #4 battle. I mean, that’s the normal outcome, right? Probably so. Also note that this is Manami’s chance to avenge Kanako’s loss in the hands of Ryuuko earlier in this round.
Group 5 7th 258 30.50% Kotegawa Yui @ Motto To Love-Ru
Group 3 5th 293 37.28% Misaka sister (#10032) @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
Group 10 9th 186 22.55% Kamizaki Risa @ Amagami SS
>I don’t need 10032 reasons to see why Misaka’s sister wins this. Seriously though, this is actually a tough match to predict and it shall be down the wire. Kotegawa’s quite the unlucky one so I think faction strength of Misaka’s Imouto is enough to take her out in the first round, yet again.
While this should be another close match, I’m expecting “Kokegawa” to continue her losing ways in Saimoe. It’s just bad luck in general (the ReinZwei kind). So yeah, Misaka’s “sister” should clinch this. Amagami might be surging lately, but against Raildex, that would hardly matter.
Group 9 7th 171 22.74% Stocking Anarchy @ Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Group 7 17th 90 13.47% North Maiden (Sakana-chan) @ Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto
Group 7 16th 91 13.62% Watarai Asuka @ Oretachi ni Tsubasa wa Nai
>Oh come on now, RNG. Well, them’s the breaks and we get a match like this. Stocking gets it, begrudgingly. Coincidentally, Asuka and Sakana finished virtually the same in the same group, and they will share the same fate here.
Eh, we might see a prelim reversal here, and I won’t be surprised. Stocking is still the safe prediction here, but realistically, this could go to any of these three.
This is certainly more interesting than the previous day, but honestly we’re just counting down the days until huge Ika Musume-Mio and Erio-Charlotte matches.
Predictions: Manami, 10032, Stocking
Picks: Manami, Kokegawa, Sakana
Manga Saimoe, Prelim Two, Group Four
Wow, Suiseiseki styled in this one, confirming that the dolls are indeed a force to be reckoned with once again. Hina didn’t even come close to winning this group despite the block assist. Shinku also did do well, finishing second, while Isumi proved to be the best performer from Hayate, which was also a surprise. Mikoto also got in there, but she was still trailing Suiseiseki by a relatively huge margin. Lots of votes today, all considered, and expectedly so, since this was a very good group we have.
Preview for next group to follow as I wait for the updated character list.
Group Five is certainly lacking in power, which should be expected since most of the big names were just in the recently concluded group. Expect Mogana, (Miyanaga) Saki and Tamaki to contend for the top slot here, with the latter being the favorite to win. And I’m going with her to win this group.
For the meantime, today’s MTG batch:
=== lun hijack ===
Nothing much to say about the results – a good win for Nero and Last Order. So moving on…
Todya’s match-ups feature the second Denpa Onna vs Oreimo showdown in the main round as Maekawa takes on Manami. Ryuushi obliberated Kanako the last time out, but Manami is on a different level altogether. Maekawa was upstaged by Elsie by a sizable margin in a weak prelim group, but Manami experienced the same kind of situation as well, being pummeled by Erio and Mami in her prelim group. In my opinion, this could be a tricky one. Will the Oreimo faction back Manami fully like they do with Kuroneko and Kirino? We shall see.
Misaka #10032 takes on Yui Kotegawa and Risa, and I think it’ll go down to the former two, with the BiriBiri clone having a significant advantage thanks to backing from the Railgun faction.
Meanwhile, Stocking will most probably have an easy time out today based on her superior performance over her two competitors in the preliminaries.
Picks: Maekawa, Yui
Prediction: Maekawa, Misaka #10032, Stocking
As for Manga Saimoe, HAHAHA >frustra