Swordplay

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Miki Sayaka became the second Puella Magi to advance to the Second Round of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 after she throttled Hanasaku Iroha’s Wakura Yuina and Sekirei’s Kusano. She faces To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s duo of Saten Ruiko and Uiharu Kazaru next.

Hanasaku Iroha easily dodged the wrong end of the sweep as Matsumae Ohana routed Softenni’s Sawanatsu Kotone and Seitokai Yakuindomo’s Tsuda Kotomi.

Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai also notched its second victory as Takahara Ayumi dispatched Steins;Gate’s Feyris. Ayumi’s win also kept Hidan no Aria winless as Reki took the loss for the latter series.

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E03
1 445 Miki Sayaka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
2 291 Wakura Yuina @ Hanasaku Iroha
3 40 Kusano @ Sekirei: Pure Engagement
E07
1 271 Takahara Ayumi @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series
2 242 Feyris Nyan-Nyan @ Steins;Gate
3 149 Reki @ Hidan no Aria
E11
1 407 Matsumae Ohana @ Hanasaku Iroha
2 177 Sawanatsu Kotone @ Softenni
3 86 Tsuda Kotomi @ Seitokai Yakuindomo

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Predictions: 3-0 (43-14)
Picks: 2-1 (21-36)

It ended up being a rout after all for Sayaka, but more so for Ohana. That’s one mean-looking rush for the Blue Ranger though. Fake votes did make it entertaining though. It was easy to call them fakes since they were done midway where there are low volume of votes.

The only match whose outcome was in doubt was the Ayumi-Feyris one and true enough, Ayumi had just enough of an edge to sprint past Feyris. Let’s see if her win would give KamiNomi enough of a momentum to lift Haqua in her next match…

E04
Group 12 7th 201 31.60% Shimada Minami @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
Group 3 13th 121 15.39% Yuuki Kanade @ Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
Group 8 5th 263 32.19% Hirasawa Yui @ K-ON!!

>Impending second round exit for Yui? That’s left for speculation for now, for the meantime, she will clearly take care of business here.

frustold. This one is much more complicated than it seems. It’s quite easy to conclude that K-On combos and wins easily, but during the time I said that K-On’s support characters have been getting styled on badly. Same with Mio and Mugi. To their defense, the latter two’s matches are hard ones.

K-On enters the match one not as an underdog, however, for the first time this round. Yui is favored against Minami, but not that much. The latter though has been gaining momentum lately with her show currently airing and focusing on her. Anti K-On votes might also factor in.

Yui has Azusa comboing with her, and that certainly helps a little. But I think the factor that will ultimately tilt this match in her favor is the sense of desperation from K-On voters. This is their real last chance to win this year, and I’m quite sure they want to avoid a shutout after winning it all last year. And this is a golden opportunity for this duo to convert on. And I think they will.

E12
Group 15 16th 123 17.11% Kon Futaba @ Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
Group 6 4th 306 38.59% Nakano Azusa @ K-ON!!
Group 8 6th 250 30.60% Haqua d’Rot Herminium @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series

>Any hopes of a Haqua upset is dashed because apparently the two K-On aces are on the same match day. Imagine if this actually happened last year. It is noteworthy that they also combined forces two years ago to aid each other in victories over Hina and Nagisa respectively in Block E semis.

As for Azusa, being the defending champ is tough, and it’s safe to assume her loyal legion will attempt to avoid an embarassing early exit. It has happened twice already though, in 2004, and most recently in 2009.

This is going to be a great match. I’ve touched already on points as to why the duo will prevail. There’s gonna be a concerted effort to shut out K-On, but I think it will fall short.

E08
Group 1 13th 99 18.17% Hinata Ibuki @ Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi
Group 10 6th 209 25.33% Nohohon-san @ Infinite Stratos
Group 7 19th 84 12.57% Sheryl Nome @ Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa

>Tougher than it looks, but faction superiority actually gives Pika-tan a better chance than Char to make it to the second round. lolrandomdraw.

That comment is moot now because Char pulled through, but it still doesn’t change the fact that this is a tough match. Ibuki was in a deep group, while Pika-tan? Not so much in the depth chart. Infi still has been rolling especially with that crucial Char victory.

In the end I’m going with Pika-tan, because she seems to be a support chara that Infi voters care about. This is no knock on Ibuki though, she will make it hard, and might even come away with the victory. I won’t really be surprised if it that ended up happening.

So yeah, three stellar matches today with plenty of >implications. A fitting conclusion for an explosive round for Block E.

Predictions: YuiAzu, Pika-tan
Picks: Minami, Azusa, Pika-tan

Uh yeah, this is the last time (for this year) I’m predicting K-On to win anyway, whatever happens. It really is win or go home for them, lol.

Manga Saimoe, Prelim Two, Group Ten Quick Preview

We’ve seen Rozen Maiden, Saki and Hayate do their thing, time for the number one contender Ika Musume to show what she is capable of in her campaign to invade Manga Saimoe. I believe she’s really one of the girls to beat in this year’s tilt and I think she’s gonna show her just that. She does not have a major Hayate/Rozen/Saki opponent to derail her run, but she’ll have last year’s quarterfinalist to contend with. Psyren’s Frederica will try to stop her. But Ika will still end up styling.


===LUN HIJACK===

Since I’m rather tired today, I’ll just post a short paragraph.

Picks: Minami, Pika-tan, Azusa
Prediction: Minami, Pika-tan, Azusa

Why not a combo K-ON!! prediction, you may ask? Well, Yui lost out to Mayuri by a decent margin in the prelims, and the latter was taken down by Himeji. Minami should prove to be stronger competitor than Himeji thanks to her tsun traits, and the latest episodes of BakaTest have been focusing on Minami, so that could prove to be a boost of sorts. Also, it’s likely that more of Yui’s votes are a by-product of Azusa’s rather than the other way round. Of course, that doesn’t mean that Azusa will have an easy day out against Haqua, but the reigning champion is really K-ON!’s last stand for this year’s tournament.

2 thoughts on “Swordplay

  1. Epic fake round
    Sayaka 114 fakes, Yuina 153 fakes. At one time it seemed like Yuina had 44 votes more than Sayaka. In real, Sayaka was safely leading whole day long.
    Ayumi & Feyris both got 100 fakes. Yes, exactly 100. Both of them. Hilarious.
    Ohana got 201 fakes but still, she got overwhelming 60,75% At some times she had even like 70,15% Record? Maybe. Top? Definitely.

  2. To put things in perspective regarding fake votes during Saimoe’s heyday, Hiiragi Tsukasa had 1384 fake votes during her Block Final Match against Suiseiseki (2007).

    That’s a staggering 44.2% of her votes being fakes. She still won anyway.

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