She’s just getting warmed up…
===============Advance to Main round===============
1st – 244 votes – Matsumi Yuu @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
2nd – 196 votes – Ika Musume @ Shinryaku!? Ika Musume
3rd – 163 votes – Araragi Tsukihi @ Nisemonogatari
4th – 148 votes – Elsie (Elucia de Lute Ima) @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Yonin to Idol
5th – 144 votes – Yune @ Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation
6th – 127 votes – Fear @ C³ -C Cube-
7th – 122 votes – Gertrud Barkhorn @ Strike Witches Movie
7th – 122 votes – Urabe Mikoto @ Nazo no Kanojo X
9th – 117 votes – Hoshizora Miyuki (Cure Happy) @ Smile Pretty Cure!
10th – 107 votes – Takakura Himari @ Mawaru-Penguindrum
11th – 105 votes – Charlotte E. Yeager @ Strike Witches Movie
12th – 102 votes – Unused Character @ Kill Me Baby
=============Advance to Prelims Round 2============
13th – 85 votes – Someya Mako @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
14th – 70 votes – Okahashi Hatsuse @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
15th – 63 votes – Shiba Inuko-san @ Shiba Inuko-san
16th – 60 votes – Tabitha (Charlotte Helene Orléans de Gallia) @ Zero no Tsukaima F
17th – 59 votes – Brunette @ Ben-To
18th – 55 votes – Aizawa Eiko @ Shinryaku!? Ika Musume
19th – 49 votes – Muginami @ Rinne no Lagrange
20th – 48 votes – Tachibana Misato @ Nichijou
21st – 47 votes – Yuki-Onna (Oikawa Tsurara) @ Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou
22nd – 46 votes – Coorie @ Mouretsu Pirates
23th – 45 votes – Sasa Kanako @ Hourou Musuko
24th – 42 votes – Adéle Balfette @ Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
25th – 41 votes – Shirogane Naoto @ Persona 4: The Animation
26th – 39 votes – Momozono Love (Cure Peach) @ Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi
26th – 39 votes – Aiba Ruri @ Sacred Seven
28th – 38 votes – Suehiro Anna @ Hourou Musuko
29th – 37 votes – Muramasa Konoha @ C³ -C Cube-
30th – 35 votes – Furutani Kaede (Himawari’s sister) @ Yuru Yuri
31st – 34 votes – Mikami Reiko (Mikami-sensei | Reiko) @ Another
32nd – 32 votes – Montmorency Margarita la Fère de Montmorency @ Zero no Tsukaima F
32nd – 32 votes – Yamakawa Michiko (Micchan) @ Strike Witches Movie
32nd – 32 votes – Kamiki Izumo @ Ao no Exorcist
35th – 30 votes – Black Rock Shooter @ Black★Rock Shooter
36th – 28 votes – Arcueid Brunestud @ Carnival Phantasm
37th – 27 votes – Minamoto Shizuka (Shizuka-chan) @ Doraemon
38th – 26 votes – Riza Hawkeye @ Fullmetal Alchemist: Milos no Seinaru Hoshi
38th – 26 votes – Natori Umi @ Katte ni Kaizou
38th – 26 votes – Sekiguchi Yuria @ Nichijou
41st – 25 votes – Camille Blanche @ Ikoku Meiro no Croisée The Animation
41st – 25 votes – Tonami Yuma @ To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
Yuu better believe it.
Matsumi Yuu led this match from the beginning and never looked back. Score another one for Saki.Ika settles for second again, just like last year. NiseMono bounced back with an expected performance from Tsukihi.
LC still has enough to finish fourth, while Yune appears to find her comfort zone in fifth place. Fear didn’t get boxed out of the top 12 with a decent showing, same with the witches Gertrud and Shirley. Mikoto makes the cut.
As for the surprises, Penguindrum had enough punch as Himari had the right survival plan. Precure fans have plenty of reasons to smile as Cure Happy is happily in ninth. Finally Kill Me Baby’s unused chara killed the chances of two Saki characters’ (Mako and Hatsuse) attempt for direct qualification.
Now, time for a look at Group Three.
For the first time we’re looking at a group that’s not filled with Saki characters – Yumi’s the lone representative in this set.
Nevertheless, this is shaping up to be an interesting group. Based on what we’ve seen so far, the newcomers are making immediate impact. Yuu handily bested one of 2011’s best, Ika Musume, while Chitanda took group one.
I’m expecting another rookie to take this third group, even though there is plenty of veteran presence here, most notably 2007 and 2010 finalist and Hayate’s ace Sanzenin Nagi.
I can’t help but feel Kuroyukihime‘s going to garner the most votes in this one. The fact that her show is currently airing definitely helps. We’ll see if she measures up well against the “old guards.”
A Saimoe-relevant Yuruyuri character finally steps up in the plate as Chinatsu seems to be a lock in this one. The thing to watch out for is whether or not she can do well against this type of competition. I’m irrationally confident about this one.
I’m also expecting 2011 participants Yuno (Hidamari), Sherlock and Kokoro (Milky Holmes), Tooru (A-Channel), Char (Infinite Stratos) and Aria (Hidan no Aria) to advance, on account of them doing well last year (except for Sherlock, but she was up against an ace in round one).
As for the other “newcomers”, HagaNai’s Yozora‘s a good bet to sneak in, as well as a KugiRie-powered Iori. Eleven slots filled in, one to go.
In consideration are Hiro, (also from Hidamari), RKB’s Airi (who might do better than expected, KoreZon’s Sera (doubtful though), and of course Yumi.
Again I expect Black Lotus to win a close one, although let it be known that Nagi rarely loses in the Prelims. But after Izumi’s latest setback, I just have to deal with Kuroyukihime on this one.
TL;DR: A good bunch.
1.) Black Lotus 2.) Nagi 3.) Chinatsu 4.) Char 5.) Sherlock 6.) Kokoro
7-12.) Yuno, Aria, Tooru, Yozora, Iori, Airi
Lun’s take: 1.) Kuroyukihime 2.) Nagi 3.) Iori 4.) Char 5.) Chinatsu