Mami, Ayase, Shinka through
有効コードがある票の順位 1位 526票 Tomoe Mami 2位 374票 Mikazuki Yozora 3位 103票 Mushanokouji Iwai 有効コードがある票の順位 1位 438票 Aragaki Ayase 2位 413票 Kaname Madoka 3位 201票 Akemi Homura 有効コードがある票の順位 1位 461票 Nibutani Shinka 2位 427票 Ika Musume 3位 102票 Nonohara Yuzuko
I guess this is the moment we’ve all been craving for – a surge in the number of votes, close battles, and a shock result to top it off. While Mami managed to secure a comprehensive win over Yozora, the same cannot be said for her compatriots Madoka and Homura, who fell to Ayase. A greater portion of the Puella Magi supporters decided to go with post-show popularity by favoring Madoka, but the amount of Homura loyalists meant that a total sacrifice was unlikely to happen. Ultimately, a heavy price was paid and both have been knocked out, though Madoka might still have a chance to return provided Ayase wins the block. Still, kudos to Ayase – Oreimo hasn’t been in top form, so to actually garner such a great number of votes is a feat in itself.
This result also has implications elsewhere – for one, the Saki faction would be happy with this result. With Ako and Kuro waiting in the wings, they could take control of Block B if the both of them are able to navigate through their second round matches successfully – and if Ayase awaits them in the finals, knocking her out would mean ending Madoka’s chances of returning in the repechage round.
Meanwhile, it was also a close battle between Shinka and Ika Musume, though the former led from the start to the finish. Ika Musume had a strong final rush, but her delusional invasion plans were reduced to shreds by a former delusional herself.
Yuu’s performance so far in this year’s tournament seem to indicate that she’ll be one of Saki’s big players, and she should be able to overcome a weakened Fate and a Ririchiyo lacking in screentime. Ririchiyo though will be hoping to exact some sort of revenge, as she was knocked out last year’s competition by the younger Matsumi sister.
Of course, this would be a match that the Madoka supporters might interfere with to help Mami’s chances of getting through to the next round, though they’ll have to decide on which character to heap their votes onto. That said, Yuu should be able to attract a large amount of votes to see her through this possible obstacle.
Yeah, Saki side characters have tailed off, but having any combo voting with a contestant of Yuu’s caliber would be greatly helpful, and Subara should see off the others here. Besides, a win for Subara here will further help Saki gain control of Block B, as I have mentioned above.
A match involving three debutant series. Love Live has the greater numbers, but the two representatives Henneko has are promising candidates that could actually go the distance in this tournament. One of them is Azuki Azusa, and she’ll be the favorite to triumph over here. As for Mako, well, let’s just say I have no confidence in Garupan’s ability to challenge having seen their woeful form in this tournament, aside from Miho and Saori.