saimoe reporter volume 3 number 60

The Wait is Over

previews, results

Gatecrash.

C2-2
1位 251票 竹井久@咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
2位 159票 桜田麻音@たまゆら -hitotose-
3位 133票 中川かのん@神のみぞ知るセカイ 4人とアイドル

D2-2
1位 236票 袴田ひなた@ロウきゅーぶ!
2位 197票 牧瀬紅莉栖@STEINS;GATE
3位 95票 乾紗凪@ましろ色シンフォニー -The color of lovers-

This result is confirmed.

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Saki got their act together fast and avoided another letdown with a methodical win over Maon and Kanon. I thought this would be more contested, but Saki wouldn’t have any of that. The victory is Hisa’s career-high, after getting derailed by Louise and Maria in her previous Saimoe campaigns, both in Round Two. She now sets up an intriguing match against Kuuko, who’s coming off a stunner over Shizu.

Hinata did what was expected, but Kurisu fought valiantly to keep it as close as she can. RKB now has a representative in Round Three after facing an early crisis in the opening round, and at the same time denying the Imai Asami head-to-head. Sana fared worse than I thought…

Predictions: 11-1

Picks: 0-2 (Maon, Kurisu) (5-7)

On Deck:

And now for something completely different. No Sakis today, instead we get the other half of the two defining forces of Saimoe so far. Kugimiya Rie combo today, and I don’t expect them to misfire. Not at this stage, considering what’s at stake.

Lotte will be looking to get even against Sherlock, who defeated Asuha the round before. Lotte should be the favorite considering that she should be much stronger than Asuha, and Sharo barely squeezed in a win against the latter. Ringo could be a wildcard, but I’m skeptical.

Nagi’s looking to tie Nanoha in the all-time wins list, and she’s really in a prime position to do that. Even without the combo, she’s bound to do this despite Hayate’s struggles. Having Lotte on her side is quite the insurance. I think the only matter to be resolved here is who finishes second: Yasuna or Madoka. I’m going with the former.

So yeah, for a non-Saki day, this looks to be clear-cut. I hope for will be a twist here, but I find that improbable.

2 thoughts on “The Wait is Over

  1. I honestly don’t think seiyuu combos are that great of an advantage, at least not compared to series combos. With a series, you’re bound to have characters that people are less fond of than others (even to the extent that they probably wouldn’t go out of their way to vote for them when their round comes up), though they still appreciate the character herself (even if only for being part of the series). Thus, a lesser character comboing with another character will ensure that fans of the other character, and thus fans of the series in general, can add votes to the lesser character while they’re at it. With seiyuu, on the other hand, people tend to fangasm over practically ANYTHING that actress touches, with the Rie faction being no different. That said, they’re all converging to vote for characters they all would’ve bothered to vote for anyway.

    Though, maybe it’s just wishful thinking on my part; I actually despise the Kugyuu fanbase, and the sooner some of these type-casted bitches can be out of the tournament, the better. I don’t really mind Rie Kugimiya as an actress, but all the pigeonholing, and the over-hyping surrounding all that pigeonholing, gets on my nerves. Doesn’t help that the fanbase will put (IMO) crappy, poorly developed characters like Louise and Aria on a pedestal, but when it comes to Rie playing a character that actually differentiates from the norm, nobody seems to give a crap (Rosario+Vampire, Queen’s Blade, and now Persona 4 can all attest to this).

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