Sign of the Times

Round One, Block A, Day Three Results:

Yozora, Yuu, Yui and Toki advance to Round Two

A03
1位 240 [55.43%] Mikazuki Yozora (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next)
2位 117 [27.02%] Anrakutei Kukuru (Joshiraku)
3位 76 [17.55%] Sugisaki Ringo (Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2)

A06
1位 249 [51.23%] Matsumi Yuu (Saki: Achiga-hen)
2位 195 [40.12%] Tokisaki Kurumi (Date A Live)
3位 42 [8.64%] Nitta Io (Devil Survivor 2 The Animation)

A09
1位 195 [44.62%] Yuigahama Yui (OreGaIru)
2位 144 [32.95%] Aoyama Nanami (Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo)
3位 98 [22.43%] Nakagawa Kanon(Magical☆Star Kanon 100%)

A12
1位 238 [46.03%] Onjouji Toki (Saki: Achiga-hen)
2位 221 [42.75%] Frenda Seivelun (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S)
3位 58 [11.22%] Leviathan (Zettai Bouei Leviathan)

Mirroring yesterday’s results, the expected winners advanced, yet the story is how (hard) they got there.

This won’t be a cakewalk the second time around, Toki. It is a given that she is carrying an additional burden – everyone will be out to get the defending champion – but nevertheless, I didn’t think it would be this tough on her early on. Again, much like the 2011 winner Tomoe Mami, Toki cruised her way deep into the tournament during her championship run, with the only close matches being against her fellow Saki rivals.

Trying times lie ahead for Toki. On one hand this would be warning for Saki to be more vigilant, on the flip side, this could serve as a rallying point for the opposition. The juggernaut function might be finally starting to show some chinks in the armor.

Credit is due to Frenda though, for putting the Saki ace on the ropes. If not for that decisive last hour rush, we would have witnessed one of the biggest upsets in Saimoe lore.

Warm Welcome

Toki might have to treat Yuu a warm drink or something. Speculative, yes, but those insurance combo votes might be the ones that have saved the 2012 champ. Io and Kurumi couldn’t survive the Scarf Ace, who moves on with much tougher assignment ahead in Round Two against Fate Testarossa and Shiirakin Ririchiyo.

Sky High

Yozora continues to impress. It is true that she might be riding the waves of the intense Toki-Frenda match, but a rout is still a rout. Not much time for celebrating though, as a Second Round date with Tomoe Mami lies ahead.

Comedy and Tragedy

No SNAFU happened for Yui, advancing to Round Two seamlessly while snuffing out Nanami’s hopes at the same time. Her win officially sets her up for a very interesting all-newcomer match with Yusa Emi and Ayase Eri.

Round One, Block B, Day One Preview

Image courtesy of animesaimoe.org
Image courtesy of animesaimoe.org

B01
Akaza Akane (Yuru Yuri♪♪)
Aikawa Chiho (Yuyushiki)
Nene (Oda Nobuna no Yabou)
Aragaki Ayase (Oreimo)

Ayasewinslol

B04
Oda Nobuna (Oda Nobuna no Yabou)
Isshiki Akane (Vividred Operation)
Hanada Kirame (Saki: Achiga-hen)

Before today’s results, asking Nobuna to beat the marvelous Kirame is too ambitious. I couldn’t have considered Akane even having puncher’s chance. The outcome of Toki-Frenda impacts how I see this match now, but I still want to believe that Shindouji will find a way. If the opposition fails to figure out who to lean to, Kirame might escape this round without getting busted.

B07
Buratei Marii (Joshiraku)
Nijou Izumi (Saki: Achiga-hen)
Matsumi Kuro (Saki: Achiga-hen)

Kuro and Subara on the same match day. Saimoe please.

On a more serious note, Kuro might be able to give Kirame a hand in that now-potentially-difficult encounter. The Dragon Lord doesn’t have it any easier though. While this is a prelim group rematch, there is always a chance that the antis will jump on this one.

B10
Kuroki Rei (Vividred Operation)
Tsuyuri Kumin (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)
Shiina Mayuri (Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryouiki no Déjà vu)

If Rei beats Kumin, I will eat crow (or cardboard). The aforementioned Akane is in the same match day looking to DOCKINGU so there’s the ray of hope for Vividred fans.

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6 thoughts on “Sign of the Times

  1. Kiririn August 25, 2013 / 4:05 pm

    Even though the vote count isn’t as high as the old days, for a day it felt like the previous glory has returned. Congrats on Toki making it through, it was a very touch match.

    • MadPanda August 25, 2013 / 4:41 pm

      Agreed. Given the champ was out there to be taken down (not to mention the combo), more votes should have been expected. Or did the Saki-folk believe this to be a walk, and didn’t turn out until it was almost too late?

      MadPanda…(can’t use the tracker–I’m on a Mac)…

  2. MadPanda August 25, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    Almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. They might not miss next time. Poor Aoyama.

    Well, Ayase’s a cinch. Hoping Nobuna’s ambition is supported by the anti-faction. Kumin can win her match in her sleep. And given Frenda’s near-surprise, I’m curious to see how Marii does…

    MadPanda…(getting some popcorn…this is getting good!)…

    • Kiririn August 26, 2013 / 2:00 am

      Marii is following Kuro really close, but since Saki still has its typical MiracleRush I’d say Kuro’s got this easily. Subara is out though, she’s falling behind too far.

      • Kaosu August 26, 2013 / 3:26 am

        She is?

      • Kiririn August 26, 2013 / 4:19 am

        Now Subara is slowly catching up and Marii is falling behind Kuro, almost 10 vote difference and she has probably 10 more fakes, so 20 already. I think Kuro has this already. Subara is still in the air though.

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