Ika Musume dominated her anticipated match against K-On’s Akiyama Mio with a 203-vote shellacking to advance to the Second Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011. The win sets up Ika Musume in a three-way battle against Tougi Shiro (Fortune Arterial) and Kotegawa Yui (To-Love-Ru) next round. Strike Witches’ Lynette Bishop finished third.
Takanashi Nao continued Onii-chan no Koto’s perfect run so far, cruising past Fukiyose Seiri (To Aru Majutsu no Index) and Elis (Asobi ni Iku yo).
Raildex suffered to more casualties as Kanzaki Kaori and Musujime Awaki fell to Hidamari Sketch’s Yuno, who has won in the opening round for the fifth straight year.
1 470 Ika Musume @ Shinryaku! Ika Musume
2 267 Akiyama Mio @ K-ON!!
3 107 Lynette Bishop @ Strike Witches 2
1 349 Takanashi Nao @ Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!
2 237 Fukiyose Seiri @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
3 109 Elis @ Asobi ni Iku yo!
1 400 Yuno @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ Tokubetsu-hen
2 186 Kanzaki Kaori @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
3 138 Musujime Awaki @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
Ika Musume passed the Mio test in flying colors. Not even an attempt to take out Ika at all, as the graph showed she lead wire-to-wire. It got me thinking who can stop her now in this block, but that’s for another day. K-On is still blanked, and after Mio barely challenged in this one, that Azusa/Yui matchups are getting more iffy as each day passes by.
The Yuno and Nao matches won as expected, although I was a but suprised that Nao styled harder than expected, completely making the combo votes irrelevant.
3-0 in predictions
(42-13) (32-13), 2-1 in picks (15-30) And that’s it for Block D.
Now, for unfinished business, I’ll just pasta my preview from days ago =/
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.
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
Group 5 16th 145 17.14% Tanamachi Kaoru @ Amagami SS
Group 16 4th 303 38.31% Honma Meiko (Menma) @ Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai
>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)
No changes, though I’m thinking today will give us better-than-expected matches.
Manga Saimoe, Prelim Two, Group Seven Quick Preview
Ayanami Rei (Eva)
Misa Ackerman (Shinjeki no Kyoujin)
Hitou Nami (SZS)
Underpowered group with only one first place finisher (Boku). She should cruise here given the dolls’ power level in this tournament. After this, we will be halfway done and closer to the main draw.
Predicted Winner: Souseiseki
Lastly, no MTG stuff today, for better, will :try: tomorrow.
Impressed with Ika’s victory today – she amassed 55.69% of the votes in her match-up, bringing her average to 51.77% which is only behind that of Madoka and Elsea so far. Considering that the latter two have had easier match-ups, this is quite the feat for our lil’ invader. Yuno was equally impressive too, destroying her competition today, proving that she is still one of the competitors to look out for.
So moving on, copypasta-ing of the preview I’ve already did:
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