CHAR CHAR CHAR!
1位 176票 瓜生桜乃＠ましろ色シンフォニー -The color of lovers-
2位 122票 チアキ・クリハラ＠モーレツ宇宙海賊
3位 98票 コーデリア・グラウカ＠探偵オペラ ミルキィホームズ シリーズ
1位 182票 長月早苗＠侵略!?イカ娘
2位 117票 相生祐子（ゆっこ）＠日常
3位 90票 宮川あつみ＠リコーダーとランドセル シリーズ
1位 205票 シャルロット・デュノア＠IS -インフィニット・ストラトス- アンコール 恋に焦がれる六重奏
2位 144票 池田千歳＠ゆるゆり
3位 64票 MIX＠アクエリオンEVOL
This result is confirmed.
Nothing surprising here – just the calm before the storm.
As reflected in the fantasy results, I called Sakuno to eke out a win against Cordelia and Chiaki, but it ended up being a rather comfortable win. Faction power was enough to force through a win for Sanae, as she was against weak competition. Lastly, Char avoided the pitfall that befell other HanaKana characters – as she managed to dodge an upset from a freefalling YuruYuri faction – represented in this match by Chitose.
Predictions: 3-0 (41-10)
Picks: 1-2 (Chiaki, Yukko) (28-23)
Now this is where things get interesting.
Erio should be a shoo-in against Yumi even though Saki will be out in force today. Same goes the all-Saki matchup – the only way Arata gets this if there’s massive tactical voting orchestrated by the anti-Saki opposition – Yuu is the overall favorite in this block, after all. I don’t think that will be enough to stop the Scarf Ace.
Hinagiku-Sanya is easily the match of the day. Hinagiku is probably seen as the threat in the other side of Block E, but Sanya is obviously no pushover. Even straight up I don’t have complete confidence that Hina will pull this out – Hayate fading (Nagi being the only consistent force now), and Sanya being one of the top witches. However, we’ve seen another top Strike Witch flounder already (Erica).
So yeah, this matchup should be really good (or entertaining, at the very least). Although Sanya hasn’t shown that she can hang out with best of the best (yet), reaching Round Two was her best Saimoe achievement to date. This will be her best chance to do so. I think she’ll fall short though, unless Saki massively pushes her for strategic reasons (wouldn’t surprise me, but it won’t be enough).
I picked Hina to win this only because her past losses have been against upstarts who eventually went on to reach at least the quarterfinals (Mafuyu in 2010, Yui in 2009, etc). Given her pedigree for choking though, would it really be a surprise if she loses?