Round One, Block A, Day Three Results:
Yozora, Yuu, Yui and Toki advance to Round Two
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)
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)
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%)
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.
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.
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
Akaza Akane (Yuru Yuri♪♪)
Aikawa Chiho (Yuyushiki)
Nene (Oda Nobuna no Yabou)
Aragaki Ayase (Oreimo)
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.
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.
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.