Astarotte no Omocha dealt the crushing blow to Steins;Gate 2011 campaign as eponymous character Astarotte Ygvar edged Makise Kurisu in the Block Semifinals of Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011. The victory sets up Lotte versus To Aru Majutsu no Index ace Misaka Mikoto for a spot in the quarterfinals.
Angel Beats Tachibana Kanade reached her second consecutive Block Finals after she handily dealt with Strike Witches’ Gertrud Barkhorn. Erica Hartmann will seek to avenge her comrade in the Sweet Sixteen skirmish against the Angel Beats captain.
1 420 Astarotte Ygvar (Lotte) @ Astarotte no Omocha!
2 410 Makise Kurisu @ Steins;Gate
1 474 Tachibana Kanade (Tenshi) @ Angel Beats!
2 361 Gertrud Barkhorn @ Strike Witches 2
Gotta feel for Steins;Gate fans- this was another heartbreaking loss for the faction. At least Kurisu and co. didn’t go down without a fight. The movie will give it one more shot at 2012, but this year was its best chance. Not that it really had much in the first place. And not that the series was expected to do that well.
So yeah, Steins;Gate serves up another thriller, but and on the wrong side once again. Lotte was threatened for the first time in her campaign and what awaits her is even more threatening. More dose of SCIENCE coming her way. Should be interesting, but the question for now is that is Lotte any stronger than Victorique and if that’s not the case, then might as well give Block A to Mikoto already. (Note: she might have already earned it after toppling initial favorite Akemi Homura).
Tenshi did hold up and lead wire to wire though fake votes made it appear that Trude had a chance. She really didn’t, as once again a Witch fell to a greater power. Kanade is primed for a Top Eight now, at this point, without a certain ceiling cat to stop her. We will find out soon enough if she does clinch it.
Two more wins for the statistical favorites, and four matches in, we still don’t have a real upset. There’s bound to be one in this Round but I don’t think it will come in the next match.
And speaking of that, the only other thing I failed to note in my Block A-D preview is that Yuno will be going for a place in the Saimoe pantheon – 10 all-time wins, which was achieved only by a select few. Once again, check the Saimoe overview in the sidebar to find out who she will be joining should she be victorious against Last Order.
That’s all I have for the day.
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And there goes my top pick for this year’s tourney. Even up till the end, Kurisu continues to make her match-ups a nervy affair, but alas it wasn’t enough to topple Lotte this time round. Well-played to Lotte fans who turned up in full force today. I’m still amazed with the support that she has been receiving, considering the poor BD sales.
Moving on, it should be a stroll in the park for Madoka today, so the focus will be on Yuno vs Last Order. Last Order with the better faction support here, but she’s the weakest of the Raildex characters left. Her Round 2 performance wasn’t convincing either, barely edging out the unfancied Nao. Of course, that turned out to be a three-way battle, so the outcome might turn out to be different this time round since it’s a 1 V 1. However, Yuno is one of the evergreen veterans, and I think she would be able to hold her own ground. Besides, the Madoka/Yuno combo will be the most common vote combination today for obvious reasons.
Prediction: Madoka, Yuno