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Takahara Ayumi rallied past Infinite Stratos’ Nohotoke Honne to help Kami Nomi zo Shiru Sekai stay perfect in Round Two of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011. Trailing closely at third was Dog Days’ Yukikaze Panettone.

A-Channel’s Yuuko, best remembered for dealing Shana a career-first opening round loss, added another chapter in her remarkable Saimoe 2011 campaign after defeating Nichijou ace Shinonome Nano.

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E2-3
1 175 Takahara Ayumi @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai series
2 170 Nohohon-san @ Infinite Stratos
3 149 Yukikaze Panettone @ Dog Days
F2-3
1 230 Yuuko @ A Channel
2 193 Shinonome Nano @ Nichijou
3 67 Nori @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ Tokubetsu-hen

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For a low voter turnout day, these two matches ended up being solid and exciting down the wire. Another close defeat for Infinite Stratos, which earlier lost Rin by three votes. I still believe KamiNomi has been aided by the draw, but when tested, its characters delivered. Ayumi had to rally to win, but in a low-scoring meta this year, those final rushes will be the winning formula.

Who would have thought Yuuko would still be standing after two rounds. I don’t think anyone would have foreseen this, but it has become a reality. Another A-list performance from A-Channel, and the show will have two representatives coming in the Block Semis. Much like Ayumi, Yuuko had to resort to a comeback victory, but with a crushing final hour rush like that, it is enough. Oddly this reminds me of again Prelim 1, Group 15 where Tooru had an amazing rush to win the group.

The next batch will determine who Ayumi and Yuuko will face, and regardless of who wins, these two will be underdogs heading into those matches

Ohana gets her first test here, but I think she’ll pass it with flying colors nevertheless. She’s Top 16 material the way the Block is shaping up. Her battle against Haqua will be a really good indicator on how capable she is on beating the really good ones in her block (Sayaka/Char), so this is still a match that I’m going to be keeping an eye, although the outcome is quite obvious.

Block F’s last Round Two match also has its share of intrigue. Shirayuki is a dangerous one, having knocked off Prelim winner Nako earlier. We’ll find out now if she did it all by her own strength or if she had a good amount of help from her opponent, Cecilia. Infinite Stratos is not looking so hot right now despite Char’s victory but Cecilia can erase all those doubts away with a good old-fashioned drubbing. If she does end up doing that, then consider her as the only hope of stopping Mami’s rampage in this Block.

TL;DR: Cecilia and Ohana are my picks and predictions for this round.

Lastly, MST results. Summary to come within the next few days.

A07
1 47 No.18@Dragon Ball
2 34 Tainaka Ritsu@K-ON!
3 24 Tsuda Kotomi@Seitokai Yakuindomo
4 23 Fujinomiya Chitose@Kingyo Chuuihou!
5 10 Kagura@Gintama
B07
1 77 Suigintou@Rozen Maiden
2 31 Mayu@Elfen Lied
3 22 Hiiragi Aika@M×0
4 17 Takara Miyuki@Lucky☆Star
C07
1 49 Dark Magician Girl@Yu-Gi-Oh! series
2 39 Amakusa Shino@Seitokai Yakuindomo
3 36 Evangeline A.K. McDowell@Mahou Sensei Negima! series
4 15 Iwasaki Minami@Lucky☆Star


-LUN HIJACK-

Ah, another three-way battle which stayed true to its name, as Ayumi edges out Pika-tan. Ayumi’s vote percentage (35.43%) is even lower than that of Last Order’s (35.69%) a few days ago, which shows how tight the match was. That’s the third loss for IS in Round 2, and they need to get their act together fast as Cecilia faces a tricky battle against Shirayuki today. Yuuko did well, ending Nichijou’s miserable debut in this tournament and also proving that her win against Shana wasn’t a total fluke.

For today’s match-ups, there might be a small chance that strategic voting might take place in the match between Ohana and Haqua, but with Sayaka backers confident and IS seemingly not that active in Round 2 thus far, I guess Ohana should have no problems going through.

As for Cecilia vs Shirayuki, well it could turn out to be an interesting one. While Shirayuki’s vote totals were boosted in R1 by Mami’s presence, she could still provide Cecilia with a tough test. However, it could also be possible that Shirayuki was assisted by Cecilia voters themselves in R1 who perceived Nako as the greater threat at that time. There probably won’t be any strategic voting here since Mami doesn’t even need it with the form she’s in at the moment, so I’ll go for a Cecilia win.

Picks: Haqua, Cecilia
Prediction: Ohana, Cecilia

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