1 407 Tomoe Mami @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
2 392 Kaname Madoka @ Puella Magi Madoka ☆ Magica
Quite the finish for an intra-series match with final rushes being the deciding factors. I was following the voting threads, Mami had an early rush at the beginning of the match (33 minutes in), giving her the early advantage and riding it all the way until Madoka rallied. With 15 minutes remaining in the voting period, Mami pulled off this beautiful rush, giving her the lead for good, albeit Madoka had a rush scheduled 2 minutes before the match ended. Interestingly, the thread the Madoka was supposed to rush in was cut short by a DESU spam, (although there is an available alternative thread), so we can only guess how it affected Madoka’s momentum (with not a lot of time to adjust even).
Even then, this is quite a match that had a feel of championship match, if you go beyond the intraseries rivalry and the dwindling vote totals. It was really hard to tell who’s gonna pull it off in the end, and would Madoka’s final rush would be enough, and as we know it, it wasn’t enough for the goddess.
In any case, Madoka Magica faction can still celebrate this another victory for the franchise, and now we have an unlikely pair squaring off for all the marbles. So yeah, again, for a match that featured only a single series, I have to say, this is quite good stuff. Not the most compelling of the myriads of matches I have seen before, but certainly, this has been a good match for a certain perspective.
And the last of my picks exits the tournament. Like I mentioned yesterday, I would not be surprised if Mami nicked it, and she managed to pull it off! The best performing Puella Magi of the tourney so far showed that her record wasn’t just for show, as she with-held the challenge of Madoka to head into the finals. What an impact three episodes can make, eh?
Fantastic stuff today. Hopefully, the finals will feature the same intensity as today’s match. Nothing much more for me to say for now, so check out the preview of the finals later on as Saimoe takes a one-day break.