Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai scored their first major victory in Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 as Kousaka Kirino stamped her authority over Hanasaku Iroha’s Tsurugi Minko and and Angel Beats’ Nakamura Yuri. Kirino will face Index and Strike Witches’ Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen in the next round.
Sakurai Rihoko continued Amagami’s impressive opening round run after edging Nichijou’s Naganohara Mio. Marui Futaba settled for the third spot.
Also still streaking is the Strike Witches franchise as Charlotte E. Yeager dominated her three-way match against Hidamari Sketch’s Yoshinoya and Dog Days’ Leonmitchelli Galette des Rois to clinch a slot in the Second Round.
1 328 Kousaka Kirino @ Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
2 246 Tsurugi Minko @ Hanasaku Iroha
3 102 Nakamura Yuri (Yurippe) @ Angel Beats!
1 290 Sakurai Rihoko @ Amagami SS
2 276 Naganohara Mio @ Nichijou
3 51 Marui Futaba @ Mitsudomoe series
1 287 Charlotte E. Yeager @ Strike Witches 2
2 160 Yoshinoya-sensei @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ Tokubetsu-hen
3 151 Leonmitchelli Galette des Rois @ Dog Days
Oh look, finally a 3-0 (57-22) day. It’s been a while, feelsgoodman, etc. Even more so, since all of them are my picks (34-43-1) too.
Kirino didn’t look like the all-world championship contender that I expect her to be, but she really didn’t have to (like Madoka this round). There are obviously sentiments to oust Kirino immediately but it was for naught as HanaIro’s Minko just isn’t dangerous enough to qualify as an upset candidate. To add insult to injury a torrent of fake votes really made it confusing to the spectators pining for an upset. Kirino’s real mettle though, will be thoroughly tested against a very hungry Index. I’ll put more thought into it in my Round Two preview.
Rihoko prevailed and yep, it did turn out to be a really good matchup that had Mio trying to challenge but only to fall short. It really could have gone the other way, but maybe some of the 2ch Rihoko sympathizers prove to be the difference-maker.
Lastly, Shirley really looked fabulous out there. Expected a closer fight in this one too, but she really made it look easy. Strike Witches is soaring right now, but can they keep it up? Can’t wait to get the pen rolling (or keyboard, even) to make my R2 previews soon enough!
Time to wrap up Block G with three matchups that should have obvious outcomes:
Group 1 18th 73 13.39% Yuuki Haruna @ Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
Group 13 5th 267 34.01% Morishima L. Haruka @ Amagami SS
Group 8 16th 88 10.77% Kuze Kiriha @ Fortune Arterial: Akai Yakusoku
>Even without the split, Haruka’s gonna be styling on either of these unfortunate gals.
I think that sums it up, it would really be unfathomable if our lovely gal somehow manages to lose here. Amagami gets a W yet again.
Group 4 11th 145 19.52% Nazuna @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ Tokubetsu-hen
Group 3 4th 299 38.04% Aragaki Ayase @ Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai
Group 13 23th 87 11.08% Sakura Kiyomi @ Shinryaku! Ika Musume
>Ayase cruise control, etc
Let the good times roll, and look for Ayase to continue that trend, this time for OreImo.
Group 5 6th 260 30.73% Tainaka Ritsu @ K-ON!!
Group 5 1st 372 43.97% Sakura Kyouko @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
Group 5 18th 118 13.95% Sorami Kanata @ So Ra No Wo To
>For the first time, Ritsu will lose a round one match, which is my alternate way of saying Puellamagiwinslol.
Amusingly, all of them are from the same Prelim Group. Has this actually happened before? Anyway, yeah, I’ve come to terms that it is a hopeless cause for Ricchan here and the only consolation would be that she makes it more of a competition. Spoilers: she won’t.
Kyouko cruise control, etc.
Predictions: Lovely Haruka, Ayase, Kyouko
Picks: Lovely Haruka, Ayase, Ricchan
Just needs Nakanon (coming next block), and a lyrist or two, and we might actually have a band here.
So my gamble backfired and Rihoko emerged victorious. My gut feeling has been letting me down so far in this year’s tourney, lol. That’s that for Nichijou, and like I said yesterday, Nano remains their best chance of getting something out of the tourney.
I guess today’s matches are pretty straight-forward. Another Amagami and Oreimo win on the cards, and Kyouko should be still be safe for now.
Picks: Haruka, Ayase, Kanata
Prediction: Haruka, Ayase, Kyouko