saimoe reporter volume 3 number 59

Arcadia Fire

previews, results

Kuu d’etat.

C2-1
1位 257票 クー子@這いよれ!ニャル子さん
2位 255票 高鴨穏乃@咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
3位 94票 エイラ・イルマタル・ユーティライネン@ストライクウィッチーズ劇場版

D2-1
1位 288票 如月千早@THE IDOLM@STER
2位 201票 国広一@咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
3位 113票 篠ノ之箒@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

This result is confirmed.

***

There it is, dissension in the ranks!

Saki got double ron’d and we didn’t really see this coming. Very good use of the fake vote fog of war here by the anti-Saki resistance to keep the mighty faction a bit complacent. Saki, known for their trademark endgame rushes fails them this time. Kuuko was surprisingly leading throughout the day and this is indeed a great win for the Nyaruko faction. Maybe with a little help from YRYR perhaps? We’ll leave that up for speculation, but one thing’s for sure, if there is a great example of a “blockbuster” this is one. This win surely opened the way for Block C, essentially freeing the block from the Saki stranglehold that they once held after Shizu ousted Kyouko. Block C looks wide open now.

Chihaya doing the “Blue Jay Way” and making me regret my choice of ever doubting her (fantasy reference, along with the interim results). My initial hunch was correct, Hajime never had a real shot here, and this was indeed a great way to rebound from Miki’s loss. Two Idolmasters now in the Top 32, and now it is Saki’s turn to regroup.

Predictions: 1-1 (9-1)

Picks: 1-1 (Shizu) (5-5)

On Deck:

We’ll see if the surprises continue today.

First off, C2-2 – there are a few subplots in this match: Kanon took advantage of the Tamayura split to seal her victory, and Maon will be looking for some payback. (Not really, actually, since Maon is a very nice girl). Meanwhile, Hisa will be looking to rebound after a shocking loss of one of their heavy hitters. She’s actually the favorite here, although we’ve entered the stage of this round where things can get a bit messy. I believe Maon has a shot at a miracle here – Hisa is actually one of those Sakis that haven’t found a way to break through past Round Two. So I guess you could say she’s quite vulnerable. Kanon is not a pushover, too, making this match even more interesting. I’m still compelled to go with Hisa being the favorite here, but based on this (obviously flawed) logic, Maon might have a shot: Maria beat Hisa in 2010, Maon beat Maria this year, ergo Maon can beat Hisa… grasping at straws, yes, but who knows? Let’s also not forget, Hisa was not really convincing in her win over Sae.

D2-2 is also interesting. Two rookies going at it and a returnee coming off the biggest win of her Saimoe career. Hard to count out Kurisu here, after that scintillating win over Mihoko to break her side of the bracket. However I actually fancy Hinata’s chances the most, as I see RKB a shade stronger than Mashiroiro in the Saimoe faction hierarchy. Mashiroiro does give it all in their matches, although oftentimes not enough. I’m expecting a good clean fight here that’s essentially a die roll, but a royal plush redux looks to be in the works.

4 thoughts on “Arcadia Fire

  1. This is the happiest day of my life, well actually, this tournament. I thought for sure Chihaya had lost since the graph was filled with fakes and showed Hajime leading by a huge amount. Turns out the Saki combo actually failed as not only did Chihaya win, but Shizuno lost. Hopefully this means that an anti-Saki faction is on the rise now to keep them from dominating the rest of the tournament.

    Anyway, Chihaya winning is definitely a glorious occasion. Now, if Kurisu wins her match, we’ll have an Imai Asami face off in the next round (which I’m both looking forward to and dreading).

    1. I would be happier about Chihaya winning but…. T.T

      Those fake votes looked so natural too. StilI its possible that getting hit like this only makes the Saki faction stronger and more on guard against something like this in the future, like what happened last year with PMMM. I was begging to think that all resistance had disappeared outside of the ace of a few other series.

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