Nakano Azusa of K-On became the third defending champion to lose in the opening round of Anime Saimoe Tournament after she fell to Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai’s Haqua d’Rot Herminium. Haqua is scheduled to face Hanasaku Iroha’s Matsumae Ohana and Tantei Opera Milky Holmes’ Hasegawa Hirano in Round Two.
K-On is on the verge of crashing out without recording a victory as 2009 finalist Hirasawa Yui also faltered in the hands of Baka Test to Shoukanjuu’s Shimada Minami. The latter is slated to battle Infinite Stratos’ Charlotte Dunois and Sora no Otoshimono’s Sohara Mitsuki for a third round slot.
Infinite Stratos recorded yet another victory as Nohotoke Rinne defeated Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi’s Hinata Ibuki and Macross Frontier’s Sheryl Nome. Rinne joins KamiNomi’s Takahara Ayumi and Dog Days’ Yukikaze Panettone in the Second Round three-way.
1 381 Shimada Minami @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
2 334 Hirasawa Yui @ K-ON!!
3 59 Yuuki Kanade @ Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
1 318 Nohohon-san @ Infinite Stratos
2 212 Hinata Ibuki @ Hoshizora he Kakaru Hashi
3 147 Sheryl Nome @ Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa
1 371 Haqua d’Rot Herminium @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series
2 352 Nakano Azusa @ K-ON!!
3 55 Kon Futaba @ Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru
The 2ch’s love affair with Houkago Tea Time ended faster than expected. Even Lucky Star did better post-championship, as they were at able to snag a win or two, but K-On is on pace for being shut out completely. With the restrictions of foreign voting tighter than ever, Azusa and Yui just didn’t get the support they need to overcome the clamor for their early ouster. They certainly vulnerable, but I thought the combo was enough to save even one of them. That was not the case at all. Looks like they didn’t have that sense of desperation, since they have won it all the year ago. Should have caught on to this quickly enough.
So KamiNomi is rolling now after a slow start, and BakaTest proved that it is idiotic to bet against them. *cough*. Same with Infi, who have now won four out of five.
1-2 in predictions (44-16), 2-1 picks (23-37).
Today’s another batch that can easily get me to another 1-2 day.
Group 16 5th 295 37.29% Yuuki Mikan @ Motto To Love-Ru
Group 3 16th 98 12.47% Ryuubi Gentoku (Touka) @ Shin Koihime†Musou series
Group 15 11th 163 22.67% Salsa Tortilla @ Shukufuku no Campanella
>As usual Mikan gives TLR most likely their lone win. Oh yeah, so much also for Mikan and Yami’s fates being intertwined.
More like two wins, but anyway, this is the easiest match of the day to call. Mikan is the most consistent TLR out there, and even if TLR might have faded a bit, Mikan is capable of beating mid-tier foes. Like today.
Group 5 8th 250 29.55% Yuuno Arashiko @ MM!
Group 2 9th 158 28.16% Hakase @ Nichijou
Group 7 5th 252 37.72% Hirasawa Ui @ K-ON!!
>Quite the interesting lineup we have here. It will likely end up Arashiko vs. Ui. The latter has Saimoe jinx going against her and I’m gonna follow superstitions and give Arashiko the win. She was in a stronger group anyway and she did fine in that slobberknocker of a group.
Replace Ui with Hakase and remove the jinx part and what I said there will make sense now. It’s easy to screw this up, but I’m siding with Arashiko to join Mio in Round Two. Nano’s the main bet of Nichijou anyway.
Group 7 4th 255 38.17% Yuuko @ A Channel
Group 2 5th 190 33.87% Kirishima Shouko @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu: Matsuri
Group 13 1st 326 41.53% Shana @ Shakugan no Shana S
>For the umpteenth time, BakaTest got screwed badly by the draws, and Shouko will give Shana her fifteenth win and one more closer to Nagi for second all-time, barring an upset of gigantic proportions.
For the umpteenth time, frustold. It is not apparent that they weren’t screwed by the draws at all, as Minami and Himeji already got theirs. I don’t think Shouko will make it three though. If she does make it three, it will be a monumental upset because she’s facing a legend who has never lost an opening match ever.
It’s foolish to bet against Shana in a match like this, and unlike Azusa, she has never won it all, and that will still continue to drive her fans to keep her on winning. Speaking of wins, she’s just a few wins away from the top all-time, and within striking distance of the all-time number two, Hayate’s Nagi. The Flame Haze will make it just one more win separating her.
And Shana is lucky that her opponents are even in strength so there’s no clear recipient of strategic votes to take her out.
Predictions: Mikan, Arashiko, Shana
Picks: Mikan, Ui, uh…
Expectedly all Ika in Manga Saimoe, and that is yet another statement win for her. Does this put her in a vulnerable position in the future? Time will tell, and things will only get interesting from now on.
The next group has the 2007 champ (Kanaria) going against the new magical girls in the block. I am expecting a 1-2 finish from Madoka and Homura, with Saki’s Ikeda, Kanaria, Index and Negima’s Nodoka trying to make this a fight (and won’t).
Looking forward to the Main Draw soon. And yeah, I just realized that this tournament will run longer than Anime Saimoe. Expectedly so, but yeah, looks like more fun times ahead!