Fake Out


 1st - 194 votes - Azuki Azusa @ Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.
 2nd - 165 votes - Takamachi Nanoha @ Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A's
 3rd - 162 votes - Misaka Mikoto @ Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
 4th - 160 votes - Fukuji Mihoko @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
 5th - 155 votes - Furutani Himawari @ Yuru Yuri♪♪
 6th - 148 votes - Minami Haruka @ Minami-ke Tadaima
 7th - 145 votes - Shokuhou Misaki @ Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S
 8th - 137 votes - Yazawa Niko @ Love Live!
 9th - 116 votes - Araragi Karen @ Nekomonogatari: Kuro
 10th - 115 votes - Isuzu Hana @ Girls und Panzer
 11th - 103 votes - Shiina Mashiro @ Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo
 12th - 100 votes - Hagiwara Yukiho @ The iDOLM@STER series
 13th - 93 votes - Ayase Eri @ Love Live!
 14th - 92 votes - Segawa Izumi @ Hayate no Gotoku! series
 15th - 88 votes - Maria @ Hayate no Gotoku! series
 16th - 81 votes - Hachisuka Goemon @ Oda Nobuna no Yabou
 17th - 67 votes - Takanashi Sora @ Papa no Iukoto wo Kikinasai!
 18th - 66 votes - Ibara Mayaka @ Hyouka
 19th - 65 votes - Mizutani Shizuku @ Tonari no Kaibutsu-ku
 20th - 56 votes - Fuwa Aika @ Zetsuen no Tempest
 21st - 55 votes - Someya Mako @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
 22nd - 54 votes - Kuurubiyuutei Gankyou @ Joshiraku
 23th - 47 votes - Aizawa Natsumi @ Natsuiro Kiseki Festival 15-kaime no Natsuyasumi
 24th - 43 votes - Sodoko (Sono Midoriko) @ Girls und Panzer
 24th - 43 votes - Togashi Kuzuha @ Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!
 26th - 42 votes - Sairenji Haruna @ To-Love-Ru Darkness
 27th - 40 votes - Himejima Akeno @ Highschool DxD
 27th - 40 votes - Mifune Yuriko @ Kotoura-san
 27th - 40 votes - Sakura Ichiko @ Binbougami ga!
 30th - 39 votes - Makinami Mari Illustrious @ Evangelion: 3.0 Q
 31st - 38 votes - Horizon Ariadust @ Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon II
 32nd - 37 votes - Asagiri Shiori @ Tamako Market
 33rd - 35 votes - Haruka @ Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter
 34th - 34 votes - Anchovie @ Girls und Panzer
 34th - 34 votes - Female Knight @ Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
 36th - 33 votes - Kurokami Medaka @ Medaka Box Abnormal
 37th - 32 votes - Oono Aya @ Girls und Panzer
 37th - 32 votes - Yukimura Chizuru @ Hakuouki Reimeiroku
 39th - 30 votes - Miraclun @ Yuru Yuri♪♪
 39th - 30 votes - Hibari @ Senran Kagura

Henneko sent a strong signal of intent today as Azuki Azusa emerged victorious over veterans Nanoha, Biri Biri and Mihoko in a day filled with fake votes particularly for the magical girl and the esper. Henneko has been tipped to be J.C. Staff’s leading light for this year’s tournament, and today’s results seem to confirm that. As for BiriBiri, would it be another year where she slips up before the quarter finals yet again? We’ll see.

As for the other contestants, Yuri Yuri continued their encouraging performance as Himawari obtains a 5th place spot, not far from the three veterans above her. Minami-ke gets another main round spot as Haruka is through, leaving Chiaki left to complete the set. Misaki did well for her first time out, though it was done with assistance from Biri Biri. Niko does surprisingly well considering Love Life’s performances so far, finishing above her comrade Eri -another surprise in itself as Eri has been one of the more popular idols in the polls. Guess 2ch voters still prefers ’em small. Garupan continues to perform below expectations with Hana only managing 10th, while Karen’s performance will not be an encouraging sign for the Monogatari girls.

On to Group 8, where we’ll see the return of the magical girls from the Madoka series. 2011 finalist Kyouko and Homura will lead the way, and they’re favorites for a 1-2 finish as there isn’t really much competition for them. Chu2Koi’s Shinka could spring a surprise here considering that Rikka and her arch enemy Dekomori have done well but it would be a tough ask.

There will be also a first glimpse of how Saki will fare against Madoka as Tacos and Hisa are up for battle. It would be intriguing to see how these two series match up against each other, both having dominated the tournament in the past 2 years. That said, Tacos and Hisa are not really Saki’s top aces though, despite the latter having reached the semi-finals of last year’s tournament.

As for the other spots we have,

  • Railgun’s Fren da, who’s been garnering some new fans thanks to the new Railgun season.
  • While Hayate has been on the decline, Hinagiku should still qualify from this group easily.
  • Garupan still fails to impress, but here’s a chance for them with Anzu representing them. Nonna might tag along too.
  • Cure Peace was the Precure’s star player in last year’s Saimoe, and she still is.
  • 2ch always fancy their imoutos, especially those who have main roles. Oniai’s Akiko will be the beneficiary of that.
  • Sasami managed to qualify and will be hoping that her best friend and adviser Kagami will follow suit.
  • Dog Days’ poor form in Saimoe shows no sign of stopping, but can Eclair sneak a main round spot for them here?
  • MGX’s Urabe managed to qualify directly last year, can she do it again?
  • Also the Yuyushikis Yuzuko and Fumi are also in contention for the qualifying spots.

Prediction (Top 3): Homura, Kyouko, Shinka
The rest: Tacos, Hisa, Frenda, Anzu, Hinagiku, Cure Peace, Akiko, Yuzuko, Kagami, Eclair, Nonna

Raisin’ Heart

Prelim One Group Six Results:

1st - 198 votes - Toshinou Kyouko @ Yuru Yuri♪♪
1st - 198 votes - Haramura Nodoka @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
3rd - 186 votes - Minato Tomoka @ Ro-Kyu-Bu!
4th - 154 votes - Kuroyukihime (Black Lotus) @ Accel World
5th - 153 votes - Hanekawa Tsubasa @ Nekomonogatari: Kuro
6th - 139 votes - Takenaka Hanbee @ Oda Nobuna no Yabou
7th - 132 votes - Kunihiro Hajime @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
8th - 120 votes - Kitashirakawa Tamako @ Tamako Market
9th - 112 votes - Index @ Toaru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki
10th - 96 votes - Morgiana @ Magi
11th - 93 votes - Fukuyo Kouko @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
12th - 86 votes - Kawashima Momo @ Girls und Panzer
13th - 84 votes - Minami Touma @ Minami-ke Tadaima
14th - 80 votes - Kurei Tamao @ Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W
15th - 75 votes - Ayukawa Tenri @ Kami nomi zo Shiru Sekai: Tenri-hen
16th - 72 votes - Makino Kanna @ Tamako Market
17th - 70 votes - Yukikaze Panettone @ Dog Days'
18th - 57 votes - Irisu Fuyumi @ Hyouka
19th - 55 votes - Akaba Chizuru @ Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2
20th - 51 votes - Kondou Taeko @ Girls und Panzer
21st - 48 votes - Emeralda Etuva @ Hataraku Maou-sama!
22nd - 43 votes - Dantalian (Dalian) @ Dantalian no Shoka: Ibarahime
22nd - 43 votes - Yasakouchi Yoshiko @ Saki: Achiga-hen
22nd - 43 votes - Yukinoshita Haruno @ OreGaIru
25th - 42 votes - Annie Leonhart @ Shingeki no Kyojin
25th - 42 votes - Kurashima Chiyuri (Lime Bell) @ Accel World
27th - 41 votes - Irie Tamaki @ Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince
28th - 37 votes - Shizuki Hitomi @ Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie
28th - 37 votes - Senomiya Akiho @ Robotic;Notes
30th - 36 votes - Oshimoto Yuri @ Teekyuu
31st - 35 votes - Neko @ K
32nd - 34 votes - Tajihi Mayuko @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
33rd - 30 votes - Erwin (Matsumoto Riko) @ Girls und Panzer
33rd - 30 votes - Shigu (SG550) @ Upotte!!
35th - 29 votes - Keiko @ Minami-ke Tadaima
35th - 29 votes - Ridget @ Suisei no Gargantia
37th - 27 votes - Kirita Rin @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
38th - 25 votes - Ban Airi @ Devil Survivor 2 The Animation
38th - 25 votes - Sasayama Hana @ Mangirl!
38th - 25 votes - Shinjou Kanae @ Teekyuu

Toshinou Kyouko‘s history with Saki, but after taking the backseat last year to Ako (in the prelims), and Shizu (1st round), she finally is on even ground against the perennial Saimoe heavyweights. A tie with the ever-consistent Nodoka should be a good indication that Yuru Yuri’s not going to fold easily after the previous year’s disappointment.

Mokkan‘s seems to be content on finishing second – second to Akarin in last year’s prelim, second to Miki in the opening round, and now second place again. Obviously she doesn’t want this trend to continue, and I’m confident she’ll step it up more once the stakes get higher this year.

Kuroyukihime with a showing good enough for fourth place, Chiyu’s not as fortunate. Hanekawa‘s one of the few eligible Monogataris this time around and she too is in a familiar place – the middle of the pack. Hanbei could have done better, but considering the expectations for Oda Nobuna (read: not much), this is welcome result.

Saki continues to fill up seats as Hajime and Kouko joins Nodoka in this group alone. As augured from Midori’s result from the previous group, Tamako wasn’t on par with the other KyoAni show Saimoe-wise. Index books her spot in the draw, but not on tier that we used to see her.

Group Seven Preview

Yeah, we have a break, but mise, because this is a good one.

Mikoto, Mihoko and Nanoha are the prominent veterans that headline the batch. Interestingly, the former two have crossed paths before back when they were still newcomers, with Mihoko getting the best of Mikoto in Round Two on her way to the Semifinals. The stakes are lower this time since obviously they’re shoo-ins whoever finishes ahead of the other, and I’m very much assured that Mikoto will beat out Mihoko on that she’s much stronger this time around. Much has been said about Nanoha, former champion and all that, but based on Vita’s uninsiring showing I don’t think she’ll be taking the top spot in this group.

Azuki Azusa from Henneko is touted top rookie in this fixture, and should be considered one of the best bets to finish on top of Group Seven. If she doesn’t finish at least in the top three, it would be a major blow to Henneko’s chances moving forward. I reckon she’ll do just fine. Also here is the other JC Staff and Sakurasou ace, Mashiro. Nanami did well in her debut, so the odds are really good Mashiro will be sketching her way to a respectable showing.

Based on the performance of other characters from their series, expect the Love Live pair of Eri and Nico to get in. Same with Monogatari’s Karen. Garupan’s Hana should be there too, albeit in the lower half of the qualifiers.

Minami Haruka is a safe bet since all the Minamis have been getting in anyway. Misaki has a remote chance of reaching the next level, but with Mikoto helping her, she’ll be alright. Goemon will sneak in the Ninja that she is.

Yuru Yuri’s Himawari, Hyouka’s Mayaka, Tamako Market’s Shiori, Hayate’s Maria and Izumi, Tempest’s Aika, Joshiraku’s Gankyou, TLR’s Haruna, Senran Kagura’s Hibari, im@s’ Yukiho and the other Sakis (Mako, etc) are also expected to fight it out for direct qualification to the Main Draw.