1st - 110 votes - Mikazuki Yozora @ Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next 2nd - 107 votes - Takebe Saori @ Girls und Panzer 3rd - 105 votes - Aoyama Nanami @ Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo 4th - 104 votes - Yuno @ Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb 5th - 98 votes - Shiramizu Mairu @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A 6th - 93 votes - Darjeeling @ Girls und Panzer 6th - 93 votes - Hikigaya Komachi @ Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. 8th - 83 votes - Shibuya Takami @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A 9th - 82 votes - Roromiya Karuta @ Inu x Boku SS 10th - 78 votes - Kobashire Yae @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A 11th - 69 votes - Leviathan @ Zettai Bouei Leviathan 12th - 68 votes - Niwa Nagahide @ Oda Nobuna no Yabou 12th - 68 votes - Kannagi Miyabi @ Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! 14th - 66 votes - Orange Pekoe @ Girls und Panzer ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15th - 65 votes - Nazuna @ Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb 16th - 62 votes - Saigusa Haruka @ Little Busters! 17th - 61 votes - Takatsuki Yayoi @ The iDOLM@STER series 18th - 56 votes - Hagimura Suzu @ Seitokai Yakuindomo 19th - 54 votes - Tennousu Athena @ Hayate no Gotoku! series 20th - 53 votes - Midorikawa Nao (Cure March) @ Smile Pretty Cure! 21st - 49 votes - Sachi @ Sword Art Online 21st - 49 votes - Aida Mana (Cure Heart) @ DokiDoki! Pretty Cure 23th - 46 votes - Ikeda Chizuru @ Yuru Yuri♪♪ 24th - 44 votes - Kinuhata Saiai @ Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S 25th - 43 votes - Yuugiri @ The Unlimited - Hyoubu Kyousuke 26th - 41 votes - Yeti @ Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san 27th - 40 votes - Hoshimiya Ichigo @ Aikatsu! Idol Katsudou! 27th - 40 votes - Sugisaki Ringo @ Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2 27th - 40 votes - Isobe Noriko @ Girls und Panzer 30th - 38 votes - Ann @ Busou Shinki 30th - 38 votes - Akizuki Ritsuko @ The iDOLM@STER series 32nd - 35 votes - Mori Yuki @ Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199 33rd - 33 votes - Kikaijima Mogana @ Medaka Box Abnormal 34th - 29 votes - Alisa Bannings @ Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A's 34th - 29 votes - Satonaka Chie @ Persona 4: The Animation 36th - 27 votes - Ranka Lee @ Macross FB7: Ore no Uta wo Kike! 37th - 25 votes - Kawasaki Saki @ Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru. 37th - 25 votes - Ayase Arisa @ Love Live! 39th - 23 votes - Rukawa Sara @ Da Capo III 40th - 22 votes - Neferpitou @ Hunter x Hunter
Well, hardly anyone saw that coming, eh. Yozora, who only qualified to the main round of last year’s tournament via the second preliminary round, has emerged as a group winner here. She finished 13th, 9 spots behind Yuno in last year’s prelim group. This time though, she finishes ahead of the seasoned veteran.
Girls und Panzer were unable to make an early mark in this tournament, with Saori narrowly missing out top spot by 3 votes and Darjeeling trailing behind in 6th. This has resulted in some panic signals, especially since many are expecting them to be the big players in this year’s tournament and match up to the likes of Saki and Madoka. However, it’s still early days, and a more accurate assessment can only be done when their aces do battle with the usual big players.
The Saki train shows no sign of wear-and-tear, sending 3 characters into the next round without the assistance of their key players. Mairu and Takami were able to profit from receiving additional screentime, while Yae follows suit. At the rate they are going, the Saki girls will probably eclipse the dolls as the most successful series in Saimoe history.
For the debutants, Haruka was unable to carry on from Komari’s good performance yesterday. Nanami impressed with a 3rd-placed finish, probably winning the sympathy of many for her fate in Sakurasou. 2ch still love their imoutos, as Komachi and Miyabi gets through, with the former doing better than expected – it would be interesting to see how the rest of the Oregairu cast fare. Levi is also into the next round, having capitalized on her recent popularity, while Nagahide qualifies too, which will be of good news to Nobuna favorites such as Hanbei and Goemon.
Also it seems like Precure’s not going to repeat its feat from last year, with Cure Heart finishing below Cure March. Guess Smile’s had its own charm that appeals to 2ch.
The highlight of the next prelim group will be Kirino vs Katyusha. Kirino is out for revenge this year after an early exit in 2012 and she’ll be looking to start out with a good performance. Katyusha’s supposedly one of the more popular Girls und Panzer girls, so it’ll be intriguing to see how she fares against one of the strongest returning candidates outside of Saki and Madoka.
There will be dark horses for today’s match – Chitanda last featured on TV last summer, but being a Kyoani girl, she still has every chance of seizing top spot here. She wasn’t as bad as her final position in 2012 makes her out to be, having had to face Ririchiyo with Saki strategists lying around. Then there’s Saki’s Himeko, who has definitely garnered more fans since last year’s tournament. With Mairu having done well in Group 2, she’ll probably do even better. Vividred’s Wakaba could be in the mix too, for prelims are always an unknown.
We have Wakana from Tari Tari – let’s see if they have match Hanasaku Iroha’s performances in Saimoe. Takane and Haruka will hope to salvage something for im@s, who has been poor so far. For idols who have a more optimistic outlook, Kanon‘s the girl, who will receive a boost with Kaminomi S3 currently airing. Madoka from Lagrange has been acknowledged as one of the better MCs in recent years, but it remains to be seen if she’ll retain the support she had last year. Vita would be hoping to be the first Nanoha girl through to the main round. Accel World hasn’t really been impressing in Saimoe, but Yuniko will hope to qualify in view of her increased screentime from the previous year. Sakurasou’s Yuuko, Sasami-san’s Sasami, OniAi’s Anastasia, OreShura’s Chiwa and Himeka, Chihayafuru’s Chihaya are other notable names. Also throw in some Saki girls like KokajiP too.
Prediction (Top 3): Kirino, Katyusha, Chitanda
The rest: Himeko, Wakaba, KokajiP, Kanon, Chiwa, Wakana, Vita, Madoka, Anastasia, Sasami, Yuuko