Gun x Sword

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Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica ensured that there will at least be three representatives in the next round for the series as Tomoe Mami and Miki Sayaka drubbed their challengers to join Kaname Madoka in Round Three of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011.

Mami opened Block F with a 285-vote pounding of her closest challenger, Sora no Otoshimono’s Nymph while To Love Ru’s Yuuki Mikan trailed at third place.

Sayaka Miki throttled To Aru Kagaku no Railgun’s duo Saten Ruiko and Uiharu Kazari in the Block E Round two opener.

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E2-1
1 519 Miki Sayaka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica [54.35%]
2 281 Uiharu Kazari @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA [29.42%]
3 155 Saten Ruiko @ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA [16.23%]
F2-1
1 571 Tomoe Mami @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica [60.48%]
2 286 Nymph @ Sora no Otoshimono series [30.30%]
3 87 Yuuki Mikan @ Motto To Love-Ru [9.22%]

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Monster wins for both the Madoka girls further confirming that the five of them are all aces. Kind of surprised that Uiharu got more than Saten, but in the end it was all for naught as even if they combine their powers they wouldn’t have beaten Sayaka.

As for Mami, she almost doubled up Nymph all by herself, and once again she has breached the 60% vote percentage threshold with this win. Scary stuff and you have to wonder who will stand up to these powers-that-be. We’re gonna find out after the following match who will be their opposition for Round Three, but then again, would it really matter?

That’s a question best reserved for later. For now, let’s move on to the next set of matches:

Arashiko’s stats are better than expected, but I still feel that Yoshika will end up winning this. Arashiko’s numbers were slightly skewed as it coincided with the big Yuuko-Shana match, while Yoshika had Nymph-Millhiore going on the same day.

This will be a very competitive fight, and I wouldn’t count out Arashiko despite Yoshika having the better faction backing her up. Still, the solid, safe bet for this is a Strike Witch victory.

As for Char-Minami, I think what you see is what you get. Char displayed what she is capable of by overcoming a character with a lot of potential: Touwa Erio. She’s definitely capable of beating Minami. However, Minami on the flipside, is also capable of delivering a shock victory. Her win over Yui was convincing, although unlike Yui, Char does not have the burden of being a “K-On.” True, Puella Magi might get involved to make things easier for Sayaka in the following round (not that she really needs to). Char needs to go all out one again to ensure victory here. And I expect that such will be the case.

Prediction: Char-Yoshika
Picks: Char-Hiro

-Lun Hijack-
Well if I had to be surprised about one thing from these results, it’s Uiharu finishing above Saten. But yeah, the Madoka girls are certainly in sizzling hot form – Sayaka getting more votes than the combined tally of the Raildex duo, and Mami being monstrous again. It was also nice to see the large amount of votes involved in this match after the low vote totals of recent Round 2 matches.

Moving on today’s matches, Charlotte should be able win her match-up – there’s no need for an assassination for now, with Madoka fans probably confident that Sayaka can beat Char in a one-on-one battle. Besides, backers of one of the other top favorites in Block E, Ohana, would probably want Char to provide some competition for Sayaka in the next round.

As for the other match-up, Yoshika is up against Hiro and Arashiko. Strike Witches has an outright better statistical record in Round 1 than Hidamari and MM!, and personally Yoshika has performed better than the other two in terms of combined prelim+R1 results. As everything seems to be Yoshika’s side, she should win this one.

Picks: Char, Yoshika
Prediction: Char, Yoshika

Oh yeah, I did say I’ll crunch R2 stats and write up a post on the proceedings of the Fantasy Game thus far, but I ended up being dead tired yesterday. Those will probably come later during the weekend.

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