She’s still Poplar.
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1st – 223 votes – Taneshima Poplar @ Working’!!
2nd – 184 votes – Kise Yayoi (Cure Peace) @ Smile Pretty Cure!
3rd – 182 votes – Tanigawa Kanna @ Ano Natsu de Matteru
4th – 175 votes – Miyanaga Teru @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
5th – 131 votes – Cecilia Alcott @ IS – Infinite Stratos Encore: Koi ni Kogareru Sextet
6th – 118 votes – Kawashima Ami @ Toradora!: Bentou no Gokui
6th – 118 votes – Menjou Hare @ Guilty Crown
8th – 114 votes – Todoroki Yachiyo @ Working’!!
9th – 105 votes – Ayatsuji Tsukasa @ Amagami SS+ plus
10th – 100 votes – Aizawa Sakuya @ Hayate no Gotoku! Heaven Is a Place on Earth
11th – 97 votes – Saouji Ranko @ Sankarea
12th – 96 votes – Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke @ Strike Witches Movie
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13th – 88 votes – Oshiroi Hana @ Ben-To
13th – 88 votes – Matou Sakura @ Carnival Phantasm / Fate/Zero
15th – 80 votes – Laura Bodewig @ IS – Infinite Stratos Encore: Koi ni Kogareru Sextet
16th – 77 votes – Henrietta de Tristain @ Zero no Tsukaima F
17th – 73 votes – Yasufuku Riko @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
18th – 70 votes – Funakubo Hiroko @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
19th – 69 votes – Ooe Kanade @ Chihayafuru
20th – 68 votes – Wakura Yuina @ Hanasaku Iroha
21st – 67 votes – Takamura Mihoshi @ Ro-Kyu-Bu!
22nd – 66 votes – Shichijou Aria @ Seitokai Yakuindomo
23th – 65 votes – Amagi Yukiko @ Persona 4: The Animation
24th – 62 votes – Honda Futayo @ Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
24th – 62 votes – Tanamachi Kaoru @ Amagami SS+ plus
26th – 61 votes – Yukinokouji Nobara @ Inu x Boku SS
27th – 56 votes – Akari’s sister that seems to be infatuated with her (Akaza Akane) @ Yuru Yuri
28th – 52 votes – Urushibara Ruka @ Steins;Gate
29th – 45 votes – Nakamura Aika @ Persona 4: The Animation
30th – 44 votes – Higashi Setsuna (Cure Passion) @ Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi
31st – 38 votes – Tachibana Gin @ Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
32nd – 36 votes – Kiryuu Moeka @ Steins;Gate
32nd – 36 votes – Toono Akiha @ Carnival Phantasm
34th – 34 votes – Eureka @ Eureka Seven: AO
34th – 34 votes – Sakimori Saki @ Acchi Kocchi
36th – 33 votes – Schokolade @ Jormungand
36th – 33 votes – Amaha Yuiko @ Mashiroiro Symphony: The Color of Lovers
36th – 33 votes – Hagoromo Gitsune @ Nurarihyon no Mago: Sennen Makyou
39th – 32 votes – Chinatsu @ Jormungand
39th – 32 votes – Katou Natsumi @ Bakuman. 2
41st – 30 votes – Aida Miyu @ Ro-Kyu-Bu!
42nd – 29 votes – Kuujou Hikari (Shiny Luminous) @ Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi
This result is confirmed.
Apparently Teru did just what you’d expect her to do in an opening round. Observe. Yeah, right. But again, Poplar was the safe to choice to win this group to begin with.
With Reika and Miyuki stepping up for the Precure franchise in the recent sets, it was to be expected that Yayoi will follow suit. Still it’s amazing to see her in second place. Long-time Saimoe followers know that this is not something out of the ordinary.
Again, I expected Kanna to make it directly. Nonetheless. this is an impressive showing for her at third place.
Obviously this is an improvement for Teru, who used to just hang around in the second prelims during her past two years of Saimoe eligibility. Although we anticipated more from her.
Cecilia at top five is not surprising in this pool. Laura got booted out though and will have to try again.
For just an OVA appearance, ToraDora’s Ami did fine at sixth place.
I’m guilty for counting out Hare, who is tied for sixth place, which should portend good things for Inori in the following group.
Yachiyo tags along with Poplar to make it directly to the Main Draw.
Tsukasa got in there, but Kaoru (who was also left out in the first prelims last year) didn’t for Amagami.
Strange that Hayate’s Sakuya makes it without further hassle while the more powerful Izumi has to do it all over again. Okay, not really, because Izumi’s group was way tougher
Now for the much-anticipated debut of one of this year’s top contenders.
My initial list of characters expected to battle it out for the direct qualification:
- Onjouji Toki
- Miyanaga Saki
- Ikeda Kana
- Araragi Karen (NiseMono)
- Yuzuriha Inori (Guily Crown)
- Rea (Sankarea)
- Miyafuji Yoshika (Strike Witches)
- Shinonono Houki (IS)
- Goshiki Agiri (Kill Me Baby)
- Asama Tomo (Horizon)
- Tainaka Ritsu (K-On)
- Mizuki Himeji (BakaTest)
- Maekawa (DenpaOnna)
- Henriette (Milky Holmes)
- Saku (Milky Holmes)
- Sana (MashiroIro)
- Suzutsuki Kanade (MayoChiki)
- Ikeda Chitose (Yuruyuri)
- Kisaragi Chihaya (im@s)
- Miura Azusa (im@s)
- Tachibana Miya (Amagami)
That’s more than the twelve so we have to prune down that list.
I would be very surprised if Toki doesn’t finish first here. Although the last Saki anime poll had the titular character nabbing top honors, Toki definitely stole the show for Saki Achiga-hen.
There are a lot of Saki characters here by the way, making the likelihood of an all-Saki top three. In fact, that’s what I’m going for in fantasy today.
Saki and Kana have proven themselves to be formidable in Saimoe in the past. They may not have the track record of Nodoka, Koromo and even Mihoko, but block voting will push them over the top of this one.
Nisemono’s Karen will likely be the top wrench in the plans of an all-Saki top three. Maybe even Rea (seems farfetched) or even Inori? But considering that Hitagi couldn’t measure up to Shizu and Tacos the last time Nisemono and Saki faced off should give us a clue as to how this one will go.
The other six I expect to qualify directly ouf of this deep pool are Yoshika, Houki, Himeji, Agiri, Kanade and Chihaya. After the Iori’s stellar showing let’s see if Chihaya can follow suit.
1.) Toki 2.) Saki 3.) Kana 4.) Karen 5.) Rea 6.) Inori
7-12.) Houki / Chihaya / Yoshika / Agiri / Kanade / Mizuki
Lun’s take: 1.) Toki 2.) Saki 3.) Kana 4.) Karen 5.) Rea