To Aru Majutsu no Index’s Misaka Mikoto blitzed to the Block Finals of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011, as she easily contained Gosick upstart Victorique de Blois. Mikoto lead from start to finish, ultimately ending with a 97-vote cushion and will now await the winner of today’s match between Steins;Gate’s Makise Kurisu and Astarotte no Omocha’s Astarotte Ygvar.
The Block B semifinal between Erica Hartmann (Strike Witches) and Amane Suzuha (Steins;Gate) proved to be much closer, with a miniscule margin of two votes, with Erica Hartmann prevailing after surviving a final hour rally by Suzuha. She will contend with the victor of the other Block B semifinal bout between Angel Beats’ Tachibana Kanade and fellow Strike Witch Gertrud Barkhorn.
1 613 Misaka Mikoto @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
2 516 Victorique de Blois @ Gosick
1 498 Erica Hartmann @ Strike Witches 2
2 496 Amane Suzuha @ Steins;Gate
Victorique versus Mikoto delivered the drama early on as fakes made it appear that the match is razor-thin close, but ultimately that feel by the wayside when Mikot began accumulating votes in the late stages of the match and that proved too much for the Golden Fairy. True enough, this one went to the odds-on favorite to win, but I kinda thought it would be closer than that. It wasn’t and concerned factions (read: Madoka) couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity to take out Mikoto. This might prove costly in the crucial stages of the tournament.
And with this Mikoto pads her numbers even further. And take Block A along with it. We’ll see what Astarotte/Kurisu has to say about that. Personally, a SCIENCE showdown between Mikoto and Kurisu will be a blast (albeit predictable).
One of the better Block Semifinals matches in recent memory turned out to be Erica-Suzuha’s classic. True enough, it’s this type of midcard matches that end up stealing the show. Two votes – a 0.2% vote percentage differential puts it in Saimoe’s record books as one of the closest matches ever considering the amount of votes cast (see Saimoe Overview in sidebar). Too bad for Suzuha. She failed. But it was a good try. And the storybook run for Strike Witches continues. After flopping badly in 2009, the series has finally broke through. Easy bracket or not, still, their characters had to win. And now Erica’s up there as the first Top 16 character ever for the Band of Witches.
I’ve covered today’s matches in my Blocks A-D Preview and I have no intention of changing my stance for those two for now, so I’ll leave it to LuniazKun to take care of that. Let’s see if Kurisu can change the world line to that point where she is winning, and if Tenshi can continue her winning ways.
SUZUHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA （ つ Д ｀）
Okay, moving on to today’s matches. Tenshi will have to face Trude who will be fully backed by Strike Witches fans who fancy a Barkhorn-Hartmann block final, but I think it should be a victory for the Angel Beats ace. The main highlight for today would be Lotte vs Kurisu. Personal records from prelims to R2 sees Lotte having the advantage, but this will be her first real test in the competition, unlike Kurisu who has had her fair share of tough opponents, having to beat two top-tier Amagami girls to make it this far.
Let’s bring up the statistics for both series in terms of average votes and average vote %.
Round 2 (winner-only)
Steins;Gate 276 44.24%
Lotte no Omocha 230.5 41.18%
Round 1 (winners-only)
Steins;Gate 301.5 49.43%
Lotte no Omocha 263.3 49.20%
It seems like Steins;Gate has the outright upper hand here.
So how will this one go? Will Lotte’s loli charm give her an edge in this match-up? Or will the ppl of 2ch go with Kurisu who’s one of their own kind (at least in the anime)? It’s crunch time, and I think Kurisu will win it here, especially after Suzuha came so close to winning hers yesterday.
Picks: Trude, Kurisu
Prediction: Kanade, Kurisu