Mental Toughness

Round One Block D Day One Results

Kotori, Yuka, Hanayo, Asia and Misaki advance to Round Two.

This result is confirmed.

1位 112 [34.46%] Minami Kotori (Love Live!)
2位 77 [23.69%] Kamazuki Suzuno (Hataraku Maou-sama!)
3位 72 [22.15%] Tamura Manami (Oreimo)
4位 64 [19.69%] Kotegawa Yui (To-Love-Ru Darkness)

1位 112 [37.09%] Koizumi Hanayo (Love Live!)
1位 112 [37.09%] Asia Argento (Highschool DxD)
3位 78 [25.83%] Inaba Himeko (Kokoro Connect)

1位 150 [47.47%] Uchida Yuka (Minami-ke Tadaima)
2位 97 [30.70%] Regina (DokiDoki! Pretty Cure)
3位 69 [21.84%] Shibuya Takami (Saki: Achiga-hen)

1位 148 [47.90%] Shokuhou Misaki (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S)
2位 98 [31.72%] Yatogami Tohka (Date A Live)
3位 63 [20.39%] Takamiya Nasuno (Teekyuu)

It’s just one of those days. As opposed to yesterday where aces came to play, today was a day devoid of superstars. It does not help today was rather predictable. Except for first place tie, for obvious reasons.

As such, there is not much to say. It was amusing that Yuka ended up being the one with the most votes in a match day with Misaki and Kotori in it. In a Saimoe-like twist, the only Minami-ke likely to have a R2 berth is the one without the Minami surname.

The aforementioned Kotori win and the sort-of miraculous tie involving Hanayo continued the current winning run for Love Live. It is the opposite for Date a Live as the dispirited Tohka crashed out against the Mental Out.

And out of here we go, and onward to the next set of matches:


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Fortunately, for the second day of Block D, we have two match-ups that have a potential to be great.

Hakamada Hinata (Ro-Kyu-Bu!)
Kashiwazaki Sena (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Next)
Amatsuka Mao (GJ-bu)

This is a tough matchup for Sena. Most tend to go for the prelim winner here, but it’s trickier than that especially with a huge match on the other side of the bracket.

This is actually Ro-Kyu-Bu’s chance to prove that they will be no pushovers after a rather unspectacular showing in the preliminaries. However, Hinata will probably fall short against the Haganai ace. I’m going with Meat in this one for it is hard to ignore how well Haganai has been doing, including Yozora’s dominant performance in R1.

As for Mao, GJGE.

Shimizudani Ryuuka (Saki: Achiga-hen)
Kobashire Yae (Saki: Achiga-hen)
Kurei Tamao (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W)

A good opening fell in Ryuuka’s lap and obviously she is going to take advantage of it.

Amae Koromo (Saki: Achiga-hen)
Toshinou Kyouko (Yuru Yuri♪♪)
Kawashima Momo (Girls und Panzer)

After winning the ‘hip last year, it may seem like Saki’s days of winning with “cameos” are over. Obviously, Koromo, 2009 quarterfinalist and 2010 semifinalist, is not your ordinary cameo, so she’ll be giving Kyouko a hard time, especially with Ryuuka and Arata assisting her.

This is redemption time for Yuru Yuri, though. Kyouko can erase the heartbreak of last year and redeem herself with a momentous win here. She has shown in the prelims that this year, she can go head on with the Saki aces (specifically Nodoka). I am expecting her to win, and take the Saki-Yuru Yuri rivalry to another notch. If not, then I don’t know anymore.

Oomuro Nadeshiko (Yuru Yuri♪♪)
Sagimori Arata (Saki: Achiga-hen)
Shiina Minatsu (Seitokai no Ichizon Lv.2)

Totally Arata’s alley – strikes all day.


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