Nope, this isn’t the year either.
1位 460票 加治木ゆみ＠咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
2位 406票 藤和エリオ＠電波女と青春男 真夜中の太陽
3位 124票 ヒロ＠ひだまりスケッチ×SP
1位 517票 サーニャ・V・リトヴャク＠ストライクウィッチーズ劇場版
2位 396票 桂ヒナギク＠ハヤテのごとく! HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH
3位 86票 轟八千代＠WORKING’!!
1位 639票 松実宥＠咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
2位 206票 鷺森灼＠咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
3位 66票 永水女子の小柄な選手（薄墨初美）＠咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
This result is confirmed.
Quite a day for Saimoe.
For starters – one of my worst fears came to pass – Hina losing on the opening round (again). Prelim group winners losing on the opening round has always been Saimoe tradition, and this year is no exception as the once powerful flower is the first to earn this dubious distinction this year. Props to Sanya, though, this was a rather convincing win, and easily Hina’s worst defeat in her five year career, and a stern reminder that even though the Witches have shown signs of vulnerability, they are never out of it. Hina’s defeat also means that it’s up to Nagi once again to carry Hayate to another quarterfinals appearance.
The outcome of Erio-Yumi was also surprising to me. The Saki combo has been inconsistent all this time, but this time it worked wonders for the mahjong technician Yumi. Sure, Denpa Onna’s mojo has also fallen dramatically, but if anyone from Saki can defeat Erio at this point, Yumi certainly wasn’t one of those characters that immediately come to mind. So yeah, I think this qualifies as an upset.
Matsumi “Scarf Ace” Yuu isn’t certainly upset with her brilliant performance in the Saki 3-way. Arata was erratic, yes, but getting 600 votes at this stage of the tournament (and considering the circumstances) is just flat out amazing. This certainly is a statement win for Saki – when their game is on, it’s REALLY on.
Oh yeah, that 70% win percentage had me looking as to where it stands in Saimoe lore – right now it’s at number five, just behind Fate, Rosemary, Hinagiku and Ika Musume.
Predictions: 1-2 (42-12)
Picks: 1-2 (Hina, Arata) (29-25)
Taiga and Kurumi are the easy favorites in their match based on the numbers alone. Kugimiya mojo will be too much to handle, perhaps overkill given who they are up against.
So that brings us to Hibiki-Ringo-Natsumi as hands down the most interesting match of the batch. Idolmaster has been doing really well after a clunky prelims performance, so Hibiki should be the favorite, right? Not so fast. Yep, Nichibros is an unknown entity at this point with Ringo posting rather decent numbers (and she combos with the Literature Girl too), so that makes this one a tricky match. The edge as to faction strength belongs to im@s obviously, as well as the group strength test favors her, but something tells me that Ringo wouldn’t lie down easy. Still, I have to go with danketsu power here to help Hibiki win a close one.