Kurimu, Sawa, Mikasa, Nyaruko through…
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The Saki series’ mixed fortunes continue, with Hisa and Mairu crashing out just a day after Shizu excelled. With the both of them knocked out, Nodoka is now Saki’s sole representative in Block F, and she’ll have it all to do. Meanwhile, Mikasa won her match with ease, while Kurimu was able to rally in the final hours of voting to deny Yayoi a place in the second round.
Now we move on to the match-day that’s been highly anticipated by everyone:
If this match can be described in one picture then it’s kirino_bueno.gif. Watashi is one of the highly-regarded newcomers in this year’s tournament, having impressed in the prelims – finishing just 3 votes behind an even stronger debutante in the form of Chu2Koi’s Rikka. This match will be a good test for her, with Kurisu and Kirino being worthy opponents. These two debuted in 2011 – while Kurisu did fairly well, Kirino had a surprisingly early exit, considering the high expectations of her back then. The latter now finds herself in a precarious position, with Oreimo not lighting up the tournament so far, while the former will be hoping for a lucky break here.
Mikan has never been knocked out in R1 of the main round, but her record will be put to the test against RKB’s Saki. Her task will not be made any easier as she’ll have to contend with combo-voting, with Maho around.
Three reasonably strong opponents up against each other as early as the first round – it gets no better than this. Nagi is undeniably not as formidable as she used to be, but she’ll still able to put up a good fight. Yui herself might not be a big name, but with Yuru Yuri in splendid form you can’t count her out – though she’s not on the same level as Akari or Toshinou Kyouko. Biri Biri has always been seen as a Block Final choke, having lost at that stage twice (though if you’re speaking of chokes, then Nagi is unfortunately the mroe notable one having lost two finals). That said, she has the best balance out of the three here – a prominent character in a series that’s still decent in strength.
What makes this match even more interesting though is the fact that Nodoka, assuming she wins her match against the Hidamari girls, awaits the winner in the second round. With Saki looking a bit shaky, they might want to engage in some tactical voting. Also, Mikasa will be involved in the tussle, and there are some sections of 2ch who would love to see a Mikasa vs Misaka battle.
This will be a battle between Maho and Hinagiku. Both are being backed up with combo voting today, so it could very well go down to which series has the greater support now – and that series is Ro-Kyu-Bu.