To Aru Kagaku no Railgun was triumphant once again in the First Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011, as Saten Ruiko followed Kazari Uiharu’s win with a convincing victory over To-Love-Ru’s Konjiki no Yami and Jewelpet’s Mizushiro Kanon.
Sora no Otoshimono’s Mitsuki Sohara is also through to the Second Round, after dominating Shukufuku no Campanella’s Minette and Arakawa Under the Bridge’s Nino.
Finally, Hasegawa Hirano of Tantei Opera Milky Holmes edged Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai’s Makishima Saori. Keikan Yura from Nurarihyon no Mago finished third.
1 250 Saten Ruiko @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA / To Aru Majutsu no Index II
2 167 Golden Darkness (Yami) @ Motto To Love-Ru
3 108 Mizushiro Kanon @ Jewelpet Sunshine
1 235 Mitsuki Sohara @ Sora no Otoshimono series
2 134 Minette @ Shukufuku no Campanella
3 80 Nino @ Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge
1 206 Hasegawa Hirano @ Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
2 197 Saori Bajeena (Makishima Saori) @ Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
3 86 Keikain Yura @ Nurarihyon no Mago
Well, I don’t know if I should be surprised with Saori going down to Hirano. They are even in strength as support characters, but I figured OreImo is the stronger series and that should have been the edge. True, the Oreimo triumvirate has always been Kirino-Kuroneko-Ayase, but I think the same logic also applies to Milky Holmes, I reckon. Looking ahead there’s a lot of MH-OreImo tussles ahead (the crucial Kuroneko-Sherlock match and the potential Kokoro-Ayase faceoff). Right now it appears OreImo is not looking impressive, but their main guns have yet to debut, so we just can’t jump into conclusions.
Saten thumping Yami was expected, but they might have put themselves in a hole here against an expected match against Sayaka with the split. It gets interesting as Raildex might have something in store for the heralded Puella Magi (albeit she is one of not-so-strong ones).
In the last match, again, Sohara got lucky in the pairings and cruised. That’s just part of Saimoe, but it does not get easy for her after this cakewalk…
Group 4 8th 172 23.15% Wakura Yuina @ Hanasaku Iroha
Group 11 24th 63 9.78% Kusano @ Sekirei: Pure Engagement
Group 10 1st 392 47.52% Miki Sayaka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
>The rout is on. Puellamagiwinslol
Okay, it’s certainly not as simple as that, but this would be a very different match if Sayaka’s opponent was in the tier of Nako or Minko, and not Yuina to pull off the Toradora-esque “snipe” (reference to Taiga and Ami jumping on Kagami’s match against Mikuru to escape the split). As such, I doubt the same is gonna happen here. Sayaka is not as vulnerable as Kagami was during her post-championship year. It won’t be a rout, but I still see a solid win for Sayaka.
Group 2 7th 173 30.84% Takahara Ayumi @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series
Group 12 10th 178 27.99% Reki @ Hidan no Aria
Group 5 15th 149 17.61% Feyris Nyan-Nyan @ Steins;Gate
>Oh god, what a difficult match to predict. Ayumi is in Group Two, so once again the numbers are distorted. Reki’s group is slightly better, but she finished worse. Feyris was in Group Five and won her second prelims, so it’s tough to treat her as a lolsecondprelims character. I’m going with Ayumi. This is a support character battle but Ayumi generally has several upsides in her that ultimately gives her the edge. In cases like this I end up looking for the slightest of edges and Ayumi might have trump card in the form of “Taketatsu Ayana”. Yeah, really.
LC aside, (who had a very easy match), KamiNomi has been hurping badly, and Ayumi seeks to avoid that. Feyris meanwhile attempts to make it three of four for Steins;Gate. Lastly, Reki will go for Hidan no Aria’s first win. Seems like a fair three-way here and definitely the most interesting match of the day.
My reasoning for Ayumi is really shoddy, but I feel like going for the numbers. That approach has failed me several times, and it may fail me again here. Trusting my snap judgment on this one though, let’s see how it goes. Anybody’s ballgame, nothing surprising if Reki or Feyris ends up prevailing.
Oh by the way, if Reki wins this, it will be appropriately called a snipe, right?
Group 13 13th 136 17.32% Tsuda Kotomi @ Seitokai Yakuindomo 785
Group 4 1st 334 44.95% Matsumae Ohana @ Hanasaku Iroha 743
Group 6 11th 158 19.92% Sawanatsu Kotone @ Softenni 793
>The rout is really on now. HanaIro combo is just overkill.
Yep. Overkill it is, and no amount of strategic voting can stop Ohana here. The possible upset candidates are just not strong enough. The combo with Yuina is just insurance in the unlikely event.
Predictions: Sayaka, Ayumi, Ohana (40-14)
Picks: Yuina, Ayumi, Ohana (19-35)
Manga Saimoe gave us a bit of a surpise (at least to me) as TLR did a Saki and sent a strong message as Yami-Mikan went 1-2 against Mihoko and the gang. Even RM was far-off though they only have a support character for this round (HinaIchigo). And it appears that Yami is stronger than Mikan in this “meta.” One of the more interesting results of the second prelims, for sure.
Pretty amusing that while the Yami-Mikan streak was broken in AST, it did happen today in MS, so yeah, I guess that streak’s still alive. Yeah.
MS has another break today, so the previews for Group Ten will be up tomorrow.
Not surprised about Hasegawa’s victory – Saori’s character type and appearance doesn’t bode well with Saimoe, but still I was expecting Oreimo support would push her through. Well, from the outcome of Manami’s and Saori’s match-ups, I guess it only applies to Kirino, Kuroneko and Ayase.
Moving on…(man I’m already missing the intensity of Char-Erio matchday), the HanaIro ace debuts in the main round, as Ohana seeks to impress in an easy day out. Yuina will hope to ride on Ohana’s coat-tails, but she faces a very tough opponent in Sayaka. There could be an element of strategic voting over here by Saten fans, but Sayaka should be able to survive that if it were to occur.
The other match-up is slightly trickier – Feyris is probably the lowest in popularity among the Steins;Gate girls who qualified to the main round and so is Reki among the Hidan girls. Reki’s vote count in the prelims were also boosted by Shirayuki’s presence. Support for TWGOK girls has been generally dismal so far, so there’s no advantage for Ayumi either. Could be anyone’s game here, but I’m gonna go with Feyris.
Picks: Kusano, Ayumi, Kotone
Prediction: Sayaka, Feyris, Ohana