Sora no Otoshimono continued its impressive Round One run as Nymph delivered yet another win for her series by beating Dog Days’ Millhiore F. Biscotti, who could not overcome an early deficit and ultimately fell short to the SoraOto ace. Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai’s Kasuga Kusunoki was also eliminated after finishing third in the encounter.
Strike Witches followed SoraOto’s lead, as Miyafuji Yoshika also recorded a victory over Jewelpets’ Miria Marigold Mackenzie, as the latter could not rally past Yoshika despite the late rush.
Jewelpets was not empty-handed however, as Asaka Hinata successfully overtook Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai’s Anjou Naruko in the final minutes of the match.
1 256 Nymph @ Sora no Otoshimono series
2 252 Millhiore F. Biscotti @ Dog Days
3 50 Kasuga Kusunoki @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series
1 250 Miyafuji Yoshika @ Strike Witches 2
2 213 Miria Marigold Mackenzie @ Jewelpet Tinkle
3 82 Kongou Mitsuko @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA / To Aru Majutsu no Index II
1 232 Asaka Hinata @ Jewelpet Sunshine
2 227 Anjou Naruko (Anaru) @ Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Boku-tachi wa Mada Shiranai
3 86 Kondou Mikoto @ Kämpfer für die Liebe
I expected a good match and it delivered, albeit a low-scoring one and a result that should have gone the other way for me.
It’s just typical Saimoe humor that after two consecutive days where we saw Saimoe household names crashing out unceremoniously, here we get two of three matches were the “old” faces prevail. And Jewelpet was also a series from last year (though Hinata, iirc correctly, is a new character introduced this year).
The only real surprise here (Millhi losing is not really that big of a surprise since they are even in strength, as expected) was Anaru crashing out to a character that she “defeated” in the Prelims. The “Prelims mean nothing” school of Saimoe thought has another fine exhibit in their hands with this outcome. Not that AnoHana was as strong as others were expecting anyway.
I admire Jewelpets’ rushing capabilities, and if they have a lot more support, they will be dangerous adversaries. Alas, it’s not meant to be that way.
1-2 in predictions leads to an underwhelming 47-19 clip, as well as a 25-40-1 in picks. Boo. For a perspective on how tough to call this year’s Saimoe is, see how I fared in calling this two years ago in approximately the same amount of matches. So either I’m losing my touch, or it’s just so much different today. I’d say both. LOL.
Today we have…
Group 2 12th 90 16.04% Kan’nagi Noël @ So Ra No Wo To
Group 8 1st 410 50.18% Tomoe Mami @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
Group 6 7th 203 25.60% Nagatsuki Sanae @ Shinryaku! Ika Musume
>What’s with Puella Magi getting all these easy opening matches? (sans Homura obviously). Musket massacre in the making here.
Mami making the tomorrow’s headlines. Book it. I’m not expecting snipes here. Mami will be doing the gunning.
Group 15 17th 105 14.60% Elizabeth Warren @ Softenni
Group 12 13th 143 22.48% Konori Mii @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA / To Aru Majutsu no Index II
Group 15 2nd 245 34.08% Shinonome Nano @ Nichijou
>Nichijou winning doesn’t happen everyday so I’m sure Nano will gladly take this one.
This is one of those matches where we are just going through the motions.
Group 12 3rd 235 36.95% Hotogi Shirayuki @ Hidan no Aria
Group 7 1st 312 46.71% Oshimizu Nako @ Hanasaku Iroha
Group 15 20th 92 12.80% Subaru @ Houkago no Pleiades
>Interesting match between two sleeper factions’ second strongest characters. Unfortunately for Shirayuki, Nako’s not your ordinary support character as she took down Tenshi as pointed out countless times. Nako clearly has the edge, but Shirayuki will at least make it interesting.
Now we have one that has potential to be entertaining. Or not. Hidan no Aria is still searching for its first win. Nako looks really good right now. Infi might have an interest in taking her down so Cecilia will have an easier time the next round. But I think that’s farfetched, it’s still Shirayuki’s only chance of getting out of this round alive.
Predictions: Mami, Nano, Nako
Picks: Mami, Nano, Nako
As for Manga Saimoe Prelim Two, Group Twelve results, it’s another Dollfest as Gin and Megu 1-2 combo’d the Squid Girl support crew, with a little Kirakishou in the side. At this point I’m just looking forward to the draw.
Anyway, since today is Group Two make-up day, I’ll just pasta what I wrote back then.
For the next group, (see updated character list at the sidebar) the standout names for this set are 2005 winner Kukuri, who also won her prelim group, along with Nausicaa and KamiNomi’s Haqua. There’s also Najimi from Medaka Box, Nonomiya Nono, and evergreen candidate Haibara Ai. Lastly, there’s Stealth Momo from Saki, making this a pretty strong group. Should we see some fireworks for today.
Lastly, since we can never have enough head jokes…
Wow, certainly didn’t expect Anaru to lose. Jewelpet has had some strong final rushes lately, so that could be an explanation. There were also some noises that strategic voting might have taken place, and while it seems riduculous, it could well be the case, as I’ll follow up later in my preview for today’s match-ups.
So two of today’s match-ups are rather interesting, because it could have implications on crucial second round matchups on 30th September and 3rd October. Should Mami and Nako win their matches, then there will be block voting, with Sayaka featuring on the same day as Mami and likewise for Ohana and Nako. The former situation would spell difficulty for Saten, while the latter would be trouble for Cecilia. Hence, there could be an element of strategic voting today.
Noting the fact that Anaru was ousted, it could well be possible that this was a movement by Cecilia fans in an effort to boost their chances against a possible match-up against a Ohana-powered Nako. The explanation for this is that Cecilia would probably get more of the share of votes with Akari than with Anaru. Would Cecilia fans take an additional step today and oust Nako?
Mami has a larger target on the back than Nako, since she’s the top favorite to win this group after Shana’s early exit. It would probably be impossible to stop her in Round 2, where votes will be probably shared uniformly between Nymph and Mikan. To prevent her from reaching the block finals, she has to be ousted now, or in Round 3.
With the forces of the major series being entangled together, this could turn out to be an intriguing event to watch. However, I’m expecting Mami and Nako to brave whatever that’s been thrown at them. As we have seen from the match-day featuring Sayaka and Ohana a few days back, MadoMagi and HanaIro can turn up the heat when required.
Picks: Sanae, Nako
Prediction: Mami, Nano, Nako