Round One Block B Day Two Results
Homura, Rise, Kud and Miho advance to Round Two. This result is confirmed.
1位 293 [50.34%] Akemi Homura (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
2位 269 [46.22%] Takamachi Nanoha (Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha)
3位 20 [3.44%] Shikinami Asuka Langley (Evangelion: 3.0 Q)
1位 186 [38.27%] Matsumoto Rise (Yuru Yuri♪♪)
2位 166 [34.16%] Mizukoshi Saki (Natsuiro Kiseki)
3位 134 [27.57%] Nazuna (Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb)
1位 252 [48.28%] Noumi Kudryavka (Little Busters!)
2位 184 [35.25%] Minami Kana (Minami-ke Tadaima)
3位 86 [16.48%] Sisters (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S)
1位 241 [46.08%] Nishizumi Miho (Girls und Panzer)
2位 146 [27.92%] Shinomiya Himawari (Vividred Operation)
3位 136 [26.00%] Fuyuumi Ai (OreShura)
That was a great battle between two magical girls. This is the match with most votes in the tournament so far, effectively living up to the blockbuster billing. Unfortunately, first place ties are about a once-in-a-tournament thing, so only one can move forward to the next round.
Homura made this time count. Facing another ace to start her campaign for the second year in a row , the Ace of Aces even, the Puella Magi fell behind early, but rallied in the middle stages of the match. And yes, she really had to survive the White Devil in the end game as the latter tried to mount a furious comeback.
Kudos to Nanoha though. Despite carrying the heavy burden of age and being a former champion, she managed to pull off a stellar effort and give the relatively new (and still powerful) magical girl. It seems that the onus now will be on Sanzen’in Nagi to grab the all-time wins record by herself, barring any more repechage shenanigans.
In the end, one has to give it to the redeemed Homura. To grab her first win, against arguably the most accomplished character to ever grace Saimoe and send her packing at the opening round, which has never happened to Nanoha before, is really something.
On the Right Track
We might have had unreasonable expectations for the faction. At least for one match, something’s going right for Girls und Panzer. I expected Miho to win, but not a steamroll like this. Now, can she deliver again in a block filled with even more dangerous Sakis and Madokas? Stay tuned.
Kudryavka delivered big for Little Busters as she handily defeated the resident Minami-ke boss, Kana. Things really have gone south for Minami-ke after that hopeful (and likely deceptive) third place finish in the opening preliminary group.
Rise and Shine
Rise did what was expected, garnering a quiet yet close win against representatives of less-heralded factions of this year’s tournament.
ROUND ONE BLOCK B DAY THREE PREVIEW
Akiyama Yukari (Girls und Panzer)
Kaname Madoka (Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica)
Hiramatsu Taeko (Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead)
Block B concludes with yet another high-profile face-off.
Taeko’s unfortunately a prime candidate for the least votes/vote percentage (and compete against Izumi for the dubious distinction) thanks to this Madoka-Yukari encounter. While Miho’s win is impressive, and reassures us that Yukari will give her best (like she always does) to deliver another compelling match, that doesn’t change the fact that she is still up against a goddess. Goddesses have been slain before, but the Madoka faction, as enunciated by the even-more impressive Homura victory, has shown the capability of resisting upset attempts. Others will keep coming and challenge Madoka (and Saki), but it is really hard to doubt the champions of the past two Saimoe tournaments. Hence, Madoka is the safe bet to advance here.
Sanka Rea (Sankarea)
Kannagi Miyabi (Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru!)
Hagiwara Yukiho (The iDOLM@STER series)
I dig this – a matchup where Idolmaster actually has a decent chance of winning. The numbers do favor Yukiho, same with faction strength. Comboing with Iori certainly helps. Sadly, it won’t save the latter in her own match.
Kotoura Haruka (Kotoura-san)
Miyako (Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb)
Yui (Sword Art Online)
It’s kind of hard to read into this one. I think Miyako has been putting a lot of newcomers in the past few years though, so I’m inclined to go with Kotoura. Worthy of note – Miyako’s performance was very likely affected by being in Group 14, so she might even be stronger than Kotoura, who enjoys no faction support unlike the consistent fanbase of Hidamari. I’m going with the less sketchy choice notwithstanding, based on the numbers.
Minase Iori (The iDOLM@STER series)
Nishikino Maki (Love Live!)
Atarashi Ako (Saki: Achiga-hen)
Saki making quick work of idols is nothing new. It seems like Ako will be playing a bigger role in swinging the Yukari-Madoka matchup.