Astarotte no Omocha’s titular character Astarotte Ygvar pulled off one of the biggest shockers in Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 so far, defeating the much-heralded Misaka Mikoto of To Aru Majutsu no Index fame to reach the Quarterfinals of this year’s tournament. Astarotte led from the beginning and used a crushing final hour rush to break the match wide open.
1 446 Astarotte Ygvar (Lotte) @ Astarotte no Omocha!
2 327 Misaka Mikoto @ To Aru Majutsu no Index II
So much for an unpredictable round. The first thing that comes to mind is, where did Misaka’s 500-ish average votes go? There were apparently allegations of multi-voting, and Mikoto being the one benefited the most, suffered from the backlash and thus giving Lotte a premium chance of winning it all. Lotte capitalized on the chance, and got the victory.
Well, looking at the data mining, indeed the code generator tightened up on the codes and in the previous rounds where Mikoto usually got a lot of votes, there was a significant reduction for today’s match. Compare the B, G, F and O codes to see where most of the disparity lies. So yeah, if it’s the truth that indeed Mikoto voters were cheating, it’s quite a disappointing turn of events because Homura and Victorique had to pay dearly for that. Artificial strength it appears, but let’s just leave that to speculation.
That was a shocker! Beating Biri Biri is one thing, but short-circuiting her by 100+ votes was something I never expected Lotte to do. Yes, there’s the whole strategic voting thingy and Biri’s multivote saga, but hey, Lotte is capable of getting 400+ votes on her own as shown in the previous round. So kudos to her, and let’s see if she can spring another surprise in the future.
Moving on, today’s Block Final features Kanade of Angel Beats and Erica of Strike Witches. The former has been the top favorite to win Block B since the main round began, while the latter not so. However, Erica has braved through the storm to make it this far, disposing of Riko in the first round, and squeezing past IS’s Rin and Steins;Gate’s Suzuha in the subsequent rounds. Meanwhile, Kanade has made her wins look easy, securing more than 50% of the votes in her match-ups for each of the three rounds. As such, Kanade has the better record statistically.
So who’ll win it? Will Kanade go one better than she did last year, or will Erica squueze through to the next round yet again? If strategic voting is involved, then Kanade would be in danger here, but I don’t think it’ll be out in full force today. Furthermore, Erica’s performance against Suzuha leaves much to be desired, so I’m going with Kanade.