saimoe reporter volume 3 number 55

Smoky Thrill

previews, results

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A2-1
1位 327票 宮永咲@咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
2位 196票 押水菜子@花咲くいろは
3位 135票 イリヤ(イリヤスフィール・フォン・アインツベルン)@Carnival Phantasm/Fate/Zero

B2-1
1位 277票 水瀬伊織@THE IDOLM@STER
2位 229票 忍野忍@偽物語
3位 129票 花木優香@夏色キセキ

This result is confirmed.

***

Expected outcome was expected, although it wasn’t immediately apparent during the opening hours of the match. Shinobu raced to an early lead that had Iori backpedaling early, but  the Kugimiya Rie-powered idol from Idolmaster wouldn’t be denied, sending the series’ first representative to the Round of 32.

Saki had some fun of her own, utterly schooling Nako and Ilya to return to a familiar place – Block Semis.

Predictions: 2-0

Picks: 2-0

On Deck:

I didn’t have time to work out any visual materials for this round, so I’ll just use the tried-and-tested posters from AnimeSaimoe.org.

Toki smashed all comers in her R1 match, expect the same here. It is arguable that Airi is a stronger opponent that Kanade and Chris, so it might even be a bigger beatdown this time. We’ll see.

So the focus is expectedly on the A2-2 match, which is mainly a Kobato-Inami matchup. Inami styled harder in the previous round, but Inami had more experienced opponents. Faction-wise I’d say that Working is slightly stronger based on R1 overall performance. I’m still leaning towards Kobato here,  but if Saki is looking for even more carnage she’ll probably have an easier time against Inami in the Block Semis, and thus for the meantime, assist her in this one. That’s quite farfetched though so let’s just stick with the obvious pick.

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