Hidamari Sketch’s Yuno continued her inspiring run in Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 with a victory over To Aru Majutsu no Index’s Last Order to advance to the Block Finals for the third time in her career. The win was also the tenth of her career, becoming only the tenth character to do so in Saimoe history, joining former champions Suiseiseki, Takamachi Nanoha, and Furude Rika, among others.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica’s titular character Kaname Madoka proved to be too powerful for Tantei Opera Milky Holmes’ Hercule Barton in the other Block Semifinals match. Madoka more than doubled Elly’s vote total and will now await the winner of the Elysia de Lute Ima-Run encounter.
1 421 Kaname Madoka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
2 207 Hercule Barton (Elly) @ Tantei Opera Milky Holmes
1 371 Yuno @ Hidamari Sketch x ☆☆☆ Tokubetsu-hen
2 246 Last Order @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
First of all, congratulations to Yuno for reaching ten wins all-time. It’s never an easy task, but she somehow did it. Luck may have been involved but still, that’s till a lot of winning for a span of five Saimoe campaigns. Kudos for a job well done, and for a day, she’s grabbing the headlines. This might be her finest moment so far…
Another straightforward day, and it certainly showcased the disparity in the powers between the contestants involved. Madoka posted a 67% pounding of poor Elly, while Last Order, who proved to be resilient in the past few rounds, never recovered here from an early deficit and got buried in the final hours. That’s what the difference between the 3-seed and 30-seed is as well, as a 17th one from a 29th.
The trend will continue in the following match, as noted in my past preview, it is fourth-seed Ikazabeth against the last-seeded Nero. LC and Run might be relatively closer (ninth versus twenty-fifth), but it’s still not close enough. So more unsurprising results in store for us after opening the round with two potential classics. The thing to watch here might be how well LC will do in her warmup match, if anything.
And that’s it, and tomorrow I plan to go through Blocks E to H hopefully in time.
P.S. I updated the bracket for Manga Saimoe with the results from the past week. I know I’ve been not focusing on it recently, but I’ll get there eventually once all these other priorities get taken care of. It is schedule to run long after AST is over anyway, for what it’s worth.