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Divine Retribution

Saimoe 2013

Results:

 
 1st - 209 votes - Kaname Madoka @ Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari / Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari
 2nd - 206 votes - Tomoe Mami @ Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari / Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari
 3rd - 194 votes - Ika Musume @ Shinryaku!? Ika Musume
 4th - 174 votes - Akiyama Yukari @ Girls und Panzer
 5th - 169 votes - Miyanaga Saki @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
 6th - 157 votes - Kirigaya Suguha (Leafa) @ Sword Art Online
 7th - 150 votes - Sugiura Ayano @ Yuru Yuri♪♪
 8th - 146 votes - Kashii Airi @ Ro-Kyu-Bu!
 9th - 136 votes - Yuuki Mikan @ To-Love-Ru Darkness
 10th - 121 votes - Matsumae Ohana @ Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home
 11th - 120 votes - Miyamoto Konatsu @ Tari Tari
 12th - 100 votes - Ayano Keiko (Silica) @ Sword Art Online
 13th - 98 votes - Saori Bajeena (Makishima Saori) @ Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.
 14th - 96 votes - Uchida Yuka @ Minami-ke Tadaima
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 15th - 92 votes - Isshiki Momo @ Vividred Operation
 16th - 72 votes - Haruna @ Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead
 17th - 68 votes - Choi Mochimazzwi @ Tamako Market
 18th - 67 votes - Regina @ DokiDoki! Pretty Cure
 19th - 65 votes - Kurusu Kanako @ Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.
 20th - 58 votes - Kurasaki Fuuko (Sky Raker) @ Accel World
 21st - 54 votes - Charlotte (Okashi no Majo) @ Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari / Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari
 22nd - 52 votes - Ume-sensei @ Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb
 22nd - 52 votes - Yotsuba Alice (Cure Rosetta) @ DokiDoki! Pretty Cure
 24th - 49 votes - Motouchi Naruka @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
 25th - 40 votes - Melty @ Suisei no Gargantia
 26th - 36 votes - Yoshino Charles @ Da Capo III
 27th - 35 votes - Big Sister Maid @ Maoyuu Maou Yuusha
 28th - 33 votes - Miishi-sama @ Natsuiro Kiseki Festival 15-kaime no Natsuyasumi
 28th - 33 votes - Yuzurizaki Nero @ Tantei Opera Milky Holmes Alternative
 30th - 31 votes - Yamatani Hina @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
 30th - 31 votes - Furuya Mero @ Sankarea
 32nd - 30 votes - Nogizaka Haruka @ Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Finale
 32nd - 30 votes - Akizuki Maria @ Shinsekai yori
 34th - 29 votes - Erina Pendolton Joestar @ JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
 35th - 25 votes - Maki @ Minami-ke Tadaima
 36th - 24 votes - Akiha Rumiho (Faris Nyannyan) @ Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu
 36th - 24 votes - Renboukoji Akira @ Kakumeiki Valvrave
 38th - 23 votes - Hyuuga Hinata @ Naruto Shippuuden
 39th - 22 votes - Ueda Ryouko @ Saki: Achiga-hen - Episode of Side-A
 40th - 21 votes - Shamal @ Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha: The Movie 2nd A's
 40th - 21 votes - Walpurgis Night (Butai Souchi no Majo) @ Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica Movie 1: Hajimari no Monogatari / Movie 2: Eien no Monogatari
 40th - 21 votes - Tennouji Nae @ Robotic;Notes

So these results pretty much confirm that Girls Und Panzer won’t be a huge threat many were expecting them to be in this year’s tournament as their ace Yukari was unable to gun down the magical girls from Madoka. Madoka got her revenge of sorts for her 2011 semi-final defeat, while Ika-chan’s 3rd place finish was somewhat a surprise, factoring in the decreased screen-time she has had compared to her prior two campaigns. Suguha continued from where Asuna left off, exceeding expectations by finishing in a respectable 6th place ahead of the likes of Ayano, Airi and Mikan and Konatsu. Oreimo’s bad form continues as they barely sent Saori into the main round, and so is Vividred’s too as Momo failed to make the cut.

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And we’re finally down to the last group for the first prelim round. Basically a Yuru Yuri vs Saki battle, something we’ve seen often last year. Akarin will team up with Yui to take on Koromo, Ryuuka and a bunch of other Saki characters. Akarin is the slight favorite to come up top here, considering Yuru Yuri’s good form and the fact that Koromo is no longer the beast she was back in 2009/2010. However, the Haitei user will certainly not make it easy for Akarin to emulate her exploits in last year’s prelims, where she ended up with the highest no of votes.

The dark horses for today include Chiaki from Minami-ke, a series that hasn’t lost much of its touch despite a few year’s absence from the tournament. Tari Tari’s Sawa is the most popular in her show, and while Konatsu’s performance wasn’t convincing in the previous group, expect Sawa to rectify that. Also, with Sena and Yozora having done well for Haganai, don’t discount Kobato out.

As for the other spots:

  • Umi from Love Live will be hoping to perform better than her other comrades
  • Sanae will be attempting to stalk Ika-chan to the main round
  • Mikan without Yami is an unthinkable thing
  • The Nanoha series are definitely on the decline, but Hayate might be able to sneak in
  • While Tamako Market hasn’t done well at all, Anko is the token loli of the show and could grab a spot
  • Seizon’s fortunes hasn’t been good either, but 2010 quarter-finalist Mafuyu should still have enough in reserves to qualify here
  • The Monogatari series is really suffering from the absence of their aces, but Shinobu should be able to go through.
  • Konoe from Nakaimo, Tsurugi from Sasami-san, Sasami from Little Busters are also possibilities
  • And of course, the other Saki characters like Seiko and Hatsuse

Prediction (Top 3): Akarin, Koromo, Ryuuka
The rest: Kobato, Yui, Chiaki, Sawa, Yami, Shinobu, Mafuyu, Umi, Anko, Konoe, Sanae

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