I-i-is this the y-year?!
===============Advance to Main round==============
1st – 306 votes – Katsura Hinagiku @ Hayate no Gotoku! Heaven Is a Place on Earth
2nd – 275 votes – Akiyama Mio @ K-ON!! Movie
3rd – 272 votes – Matsumae Ohana @ Hanasaku Iroha
4th – 253 votes – Astarotte Ygvar (Lotte) @ Astarotte no Omocha! EX
5th – 201 votes – Kurei Tamao @ Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
6th – 174 votes – Atago Hiroe @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
7th – 158 votes – Yurin L’Ciel @ Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
8th – 151 votes – Shirabe Ako (Cure Muse) @ Suite Pretty Cure♪
9th – 148 votes – Yamanaka Sawako @ K-ON!! Movie
10th – 147 votes – Ghutatan @ Haiyore! Nyaruko-san
10th – 147 votes – Sae @ Hidamari Sketch x SP
12th – 141 votes – Shiba Hibino @ Kamisama Dolls
=============Advance to Prelims Round 2============
13th – 135 votes – Shijima Sui @ Hanasaku Iroha
14th – 120 votes – Nijou Izumi @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
15th – 108 votes – Mizushiro Kanon @ Jewelpet Sunshine
16th – 101 votes – Honda Mazasumi @ Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
17th – 98 votes – Suirenji Ruka @ Hayate no Gotoku! Heaven Is a Place on Earth
18th – 94 votes – Shirafuji Kyouko @ Working’!!
19th – 85 votes – Suminoe Ako @ Kiss x sis
20th – 72 votes – krkr @ gdgd Fairies
21st – 69 votes – Shiina Miyako @ Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!
22nd – 62 votes – Maryan (Asagiri Maako) @ To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
22nd – 62 votes – Kasugano Tsubaki (6th) @ Mirai Nikki
24th – 60 votes – Malga Naruze @ Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
25th – 58 votes – Mizutani Eri @ The iDOLM@STER
26th – 48 votes – Mine Fujiko @ Lupin III series
27th – 47 votes – Matsuo Bashou @ Sengoku Collection
28th – 41 votes – Minazuki Karen (Cure Aqua) @ Precure All Stars New Stage: Mirai no Tomodachi
29th – 40 votes – Hiiragi Main @ Cooking Idol Ai! Mai! Main!
29th – 40 votes – Procurement girl @ Beelzebub
31st – 39 votes – HMX-17c Silfa @ To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
32nd – 37 votes – Sena Ranka @ Mashiroiro Symphony: The Color of Lovers
32nd – 37 votes – Mukae Ristuko @ Sakamichi no Apollon
34th – 36 votes – Nanri Furea @ Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream
35th – 34 votes – Shindouji Girl’s High player with sharp hair @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
36th – 33 votes – Himeyuri Ruri @ To Heart 2: Dungeon Travelers
37th – 32 votes – Sayo @ Recorder to Randoseru series
37th – 32 votes – Miyoshi Kaya (Takagi Kaya) @ Bakuman. 2
39th – 31 votes – Flora Perfume @ Battle Spirits: Brave
40th – 30 votes – Erza Scarlet @ Fairy Tail
40th – 30 votes – Dorami @ Doraemon
42nd – 29 votes – Natalia Kaminski @ Fate/Zero
42nd – 29 votes – Kirishima Yuuko @ Tasogare Otome x Amnesia
This result is confirmed.
No surprises as Hinagiku once again bested Mio in the prelims (they met in 2010) to kick off her campaign. The former will be hoping for better luck this year, but hitting the 300-vote margin should be encouraging enough. Meanwhile, Lotte was not able to finish in the Top 3 as widely expected, as her popularity slowly begins to wane after the highs of 2011. In other news, Cure Muse and Hibino were perhaps surprise Top 12 finishers, while voters were almost successful in their cheeky bid to secure Sui’s position in the main round. Seems like Grandma will have to kick some ass in the second prelims instead.
On to Group 15 we go, and this should be an exciting contest for the top 3 positions.
One of the favorites to finish top is Haganai’s Kobato, whose popularity probably equates to that of Sena. One of her main opponents will be Ririchiyo. We haven’t seen much of the InuXBoku girls in action, mostly because of the fact that their two aces are in each of the final two groups. Will Ririchiyo prove to be a worthy opponent, or will she stumble like Alice from Memochou or Tsumiki from Acchi Kocchi? We shall see.
Arata will be the top Saki representative in this group. While not being the most popular Saki girl around, she’s still (more popular than the likes of Shizu) and more than capable of putting up a tough fight. Sonya of KMB will also be another one to look out for after Yasuna’s brilliant performance in Group 7. After all, the duo must come in a pair.
As for the others:
- Nao (Cure March) will hope to complete the set for the Smile Precures. She’s the least popular Smile Cure though, but that probably won’t hinder her march to the main round
- Ui will ride on the recent K-ON!! revival.
- Illya will receive a boost from her loli form in F/Z.
- Mion of Higurashi will seek to join Rika and Rena, though Hanyuu did falter. But a lack of competition should see her through.
- Lan would want to follow her lesbian partner, Madoka, to the main round.
- Baka Test is in bad condition but Shouko will probably scrape through.
- Tsubaki would do well to qualify and complete the Symphogear trio.
- Yune qualified, but will voters remember Alice?
- We know Chiyu bombed, but will Yuniko take advantage of the lack of competition and join Kuroyukihime in the main round?
tl;dr 1.) Kobato 2.) Arata 3.) Sonya 4.) Ririchiyo 5.) Ui 6-12.) Illya/Cure March/Lan/Mion/Alice/Tsubaki/Shouko