Time’s Up

And the winner is…

1位 311票 園城寺怜@咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A
2位 291票 松実玄@咲-Saki- 阿知賀編 episode of side-A

Congratutions to ONJOUJI TOKI, your 2012 Saimoe champion!


So Saimoe 2012 finally comes to an end after a decent finale with Toki winning it by 20 votes, which is a proof of how competitive it was, considering that she’s being curb-stomping her opponents all this while. Funnily enough, the voting patterns in this match was completely opposite of what each contestant was expected to do in order to seize the advantange – Kuro actually beating Toki in the final rush, but it was the champion who built up her lead steadily throughout the day instead of the runner-up. Kuro supporters are probably stinging from this defeat, but the Dragon Lord can be proud that she was able to make this a close contest. As for Toki, a well-deserved victory, and she can now take her spot in the history books.

A quick-wrap on the tourney as a whole: well, I predicted a complete Saki domination from the very beginning, and it turned out that way. In a way, that’s disappointing because there’s no real surprises and many Saimoe followers (even the hardcore ones) have indeed lost interest in this after two consecutive years of mono-series domination. Not to blame the Saki faction though, they’ve played their cards right and done superbly, and they do deserve something after coming so close in their previous two tournament appearances. Vote restrictions are forever increasing, and no one (except Toki) knows whether the trend will be reversed after appalling numbers in this year’s tourney.

In any case, it has still been a blast covering yet another edition of this tournament. As usual, here’s the credits list:

2ch for organizing the tournament, whether we like it or not
frustra for being a BASED SHISHOU as always (hopefully he regains motivation again)
ando for once again hosting the vote tracker
chaosprophet for his work on translations, especially during the prelims
Saimoe Anon from animesaimoe.org for being awesome as always with the coverage, news and posters
Saimoe blogging comrades for their insights. You know who you are, and it’s always nice to see more ppl blogging about the tourney
Readers and participants of the Fantasy game Thanks for your patronage as always!

And I’ll leave you guys with the same questions as always:

– Best match(es) of the tourney?
– Surprises? Disappointments?
– How did your favorites fare?
– Suggestions? Queries?

My personal responses are here if you’re interested in reading them.

Well then, that’s it! Not sure if there’s any future plans from now to the next tourney, but we’ll keep you informed if there’s any via Twitter. Bye for now!


17 thoughts on “Time’s Up

  1. Monster November 3, 2012 / 2:44 pm

    Congratulation to Toki.

  2. The Guy November 3, 2012 / 3:45 pm

    Is it the next tournament yet?

    • LuniazKun November 3, 2012 / 7:52 pm

      Only 250+ days away!

  3. J November 3, 2012 / 3:52 pm

    Congrats Toki.

  4. Don Don Kun November 3, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    – Best match(es) of the tourney?
    Toki vs. Akarin seems to be the majority’s pick here, and I’d have to go with that as well. It might as well have been the championship match because Akarin was the last hope for any non-Saki voter.

    Any match involving Chihaya also had me on the edge of my seat.

    – Surprises? Disappointments?
    Kurisu besting Mihoko in the first round. Never would have seen that one coming. What puzzles me even more was how she barely put up a fight after that.

    Biggest disappointment would have to be the im@s’ overall performance. They were originally hyped to be up there with Saki but after the prelim results, they gradually fell into obscurity. They did have a few moments of success in the first round, but that was about it. What was most upsetting was seeing Chihaya crash in the third round. And it’s not like there really will be a next year for them either as this was their big debut. Oh well, they’re probably 2good4Saimoe

    – How did your favourites fare?
    Iorin: Did quite well overall. Fell to Toki which was to be expected.
    Chihaya: Performed the best out of the idols but had a disappointing finish.
    Yayoi (Cure Peace): She got much further than I had originally thought. A bit of a disappointment that she lost to Hisa by so little, but it’s nice to see the Cures back in action after so long.
    Kurisu: Besting Mihoko was a huge surprise. Sadly her support vanished after she played her role
    Marika: I wasn’t even expecting Marika to make the main tournament due to how obscure a show Pirates was. So she did much better than I expected.

    – Suggestions? Queries?
    Not really anything major I can think of. You guys have been doing a great job all these years with your Saimoe reports and I hope they continue to maintain the same quality in the future (assuming Saimoe is still up and running next year).

  5. Orin November 3, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    I’m so happy with this result. My favourite character won!

  6. Delta November 3, 2012 / 6:18 pm

    I’ve dumped my thoughts already into my blog, but thanks again for another year of fantastic bullshit. Back to bullshitting about anime now!

  7. Kaosu November 3, 2012 / 7:04 pm

    Too happy that Toki won, can’t think straight ☆*:.。. o(^Д^)o .。.:*☆

  8. uhlocalboy November 3, 2012 / 10:44 pm

    I think this was a fair result, given that Toki has been highly touted by the Saki voting fanbase after her valiant performance in the national semifinals. Such a sacrifice must be rewarded with a victory of this magnitude,

  9. Anisu November 3, 2012 / 11:21 pm

    – Best match(es) of the tourney: Toki vs Akarin was the tournament in a single match. Kyouko/Shizu was a great battle, too.
    – Surprises? Disappointments: The way most of them just failed to show up. This was supposed to be a hard-fought tournament full of both strong veterans and exciting newcomers, but in the end, the Saki faction were the only ones who showed the kind of collective passion that was common in the past.
    – How did your favorites fare: Stealth Momo got screwed by a bad draw again, Toki was Toki, and Akarin only lost to the champion. Counting the last two years, it’s now official that I have the most mainstream (in Japan) taste ever. Life is good.

    The fantasy game has been fun given that there’s a shortage of interactivity in the tournament since campaigning is dead outside Japan after all the voting restrictions.

  10. MadPanda November 4, 2012 / 3:33 am

    Is it over yet? Is it safe to come out?

    Seriously, congrats to Toki and all of the Saki-tachi for their utter dominance. While I’d push for a restriction on the number of entries a show puts up, I doubt it would’ve mattered…the Saki Faction was determined to take it, and take it they did. Good on y’all.

    Best Matches: Toki/Akarin shoulda been THE FINAL. Yuu getting 600+ votes in the first round–then no one getting anything close to that in the entire tournament–made me wonder if the jig was up right then and there. Kurisu winning anything was just shocking to me…as was Hinata, as I had mistakenly written off RKB. Most fun match: Yune taking down Erica. Least fun match: Kyouko going down on–er, to Shizuo.

    Surprises: Yeah, people love Saki, but come on!! Overkill was an understatement. Seeing bright lights like Cure Peace, MARU, Yune, the bodacious Marika, Chihaya(furu) and others making their mark (or in the latter’s case, almost!) was a lot of fun. And while they didn’t do as well as I had hoped, I’m glad the K-On! girls rebounded from their disastrous 2011 season. I miss them so…but we’ll always have London. Oh, and the support for Im@s’ Chihaya was heartwarming!

    Disappointment: Im@s. The snipage must have been hot and heavy, ’cause there was no reason on earth for that bunch of girls not to get a single person in the quarterfiinals. Runner-up: Yuru Yuri. Once Kyouko was taken down, I feared for their lives. Akarin gave me that sliver of hope, but well, she ran into–and out of–time. Actually had high hopes for Squid Girl, Snow Black, Shana (last hurrah!), the Bokuganai girls…unfortunately, most got hit by the Saki train.

    Favorites: Already mentioned, especially the YY, K-On!, and Im@s teams. Glad people remembered Yune; I have VERY high hopes for Chihaya(furu) when she comes back; and Yayoi should get another shot, as there’s always an All-Star PreCure movie lurking. Was hoping for more from MARU and Lan, as well as Marika and Chiaka from BSP, but those shows didn’t have the fandom.

    Suggestions: Like I said, limiting the number of entrants from one show to, say, 10 per show (to give other shows a fair shot). A seeding element (a la March Madness) might deter faction voting and sniping a bit…but I doubt it. Oh…and hire someone to help frustra out! Gotta be the hardest working person in Saimoe! 🙂

    Welp, it’s been a blast. Looking forward to some more fun next season…and I’m actually drooling for the rumored Sailor Moon remake-up (!), but that’ll affect 2014’s race…if at all.

    MadPanda…(off to play some mahjong–don’t know why, but I suddenly got the urge)…

  11. Yamato-san November 4, 2012 / 4:18 am

    “many Saimoe followers (even the hardcore ones) have indeed lost interest in this after two consecutive years of mono-series domination.”

    What makes you say that? Can you even tell, considering the foreign restrictions have been put in place since their last appearance?

    Anyway, might post again later to give my overall thoughts. Though, I’ve already been pretty vocal about some of my bigger hopes and upsets.

  12. CureRainbow November 4, 2012 / 4:33 am

    Congrats to Toki, and great job to Kuro! But the radars looked pretty glitchy…wonder why?

    Best Matches: There were plenty! The match with Erica and Yune, any match with Precure winning(Peace!), any Shana matches(Shana vs Kuroyukihime, anyone?)and Toki vs. Akarin. Like what MadPanda said, Toki vs Akarin should’ve been the final!

    Surprises: Yune beating a semifinalist, Cure Peace almost living up to Cure Black’s potential(Finally! *is a major Precure fan*), Yuno actually winning a match considering how she did in ISML, Elsie beating Eu, there were a lot

    Disappointments: Definitely Idolmaster. I thought that they would do well and rival Saki this year, but the best they got was only a Round 3 berth(Is it me, or have most of the Im@s rivalries have been against Ro-Kyu-Bu?). Hayate no Gotoku was the runner-up, as I thought they would continue well with the movie. Guess not, but I hope Season 3 can change that. Yuru Yuri was another disappointment, but we already know what to blame. Stupid Sakifags…

    Favorites: YURU YURI(especially Akarin), Shakugan no Shana, Haganai, PRECURE(especially Yayoi), Mashiroiro Symphony, Hyouka, Accel World, list goes on…

    Suggestions:….Can’t really think of anything…except for more epic fantasy abilities like the Toki Shift, the Akari~n, and KINNINARIMASU. Those were awesome.

    Overall, I gotta say that was a pretty good match, had it not turn into the major overkill of Sakimoe at the end. Hope my favs can do better next year, and can’t wait to see Madoka again! *expects tons of intense anime clashes next year*

    Oh, and I dare you to search Yayoi with her Round 3 nickname on a fanart site. I DARE YOU.

  13. CureRainbow November 4, 2012 / 3:47 pm

    Oh, and btw, is anyone gonna make a magazine cover of Toki like that one of Mami in 2011?

  14. SpikyMice November 4, 2012 / 3:57 pm

    – Best match(es) of the tourney
    Toki vs Akari

    – Surprises? Disappointments?
    Kyouko losing to Shizu and Kyptain losing to Kurisu

    – How did your favorites fare?
    Toki has been my favorite the whole time and I’m unbelievably happy she’s got it.

    – Suggestions? Queries?
    Changes are up to the 2ch admins, hope it takes a turn for the better next year.

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