Mami and Miho through
有効コードがある票の順位 1位 673票 Tomoe Mami @ Madoka Magica 2位 589票 Matsumi Yuu @ Saki 有効コードがある票の順位 1位 653票 Nishizumi Miho @ Girls Und Panzer 2位 593票 Matsumi Kuro @ Saki
The Saki faction suffered a massive loss as both the Matsumi sisters were knocked out. The margin of victory suggest that the Madoka faction has the upper hand over the Saki faction in terms of direct confrontation, which could prove to be problematic for the latter with not many that are stronger than Matsumi sisters. Perhaps a full-strength Toki or Nodoka could mount a challenge – with the former most likely facing off against Mami in the Block A Finals. The Saki faction must be now be ruing Ako’s loss in the previous round, where they could have put Block B to bed.
However, not all is lost – as I mentioned before, by backing and making Miho victorious in the next round, they could send Ako and Kuro to the repechage and destroy Madoka’s hopes of returning to the fold at the same time. They could even put things right as early as in the next match-up involving Subara.
In any case, take nothing away from Mami’s victory – it was certainly as impressive as her performances back in 2011. She does look unstoppable, but I have a feeling that the Champion’s curse will still stop her eventually. As for Miho, she is certainly benefiting from the rivalry between the two strongest factions – the Mami+Maho combo votes amounted to 585, more than the Matsumis’ 535.
Just like Mami, Saki’s top ace is aiming to emulate Suiseiseki’s and Nanoha’s feat and also going one step further if she’s able to win the Block Finals. The Madoka faction might stick around but it’ll still not be enough for Yui to overcome Toki.
The conqueror of two Madoka girls will now face off against Kirame who’s probably Saki’s weakest representative left that’s still around in this tournament. These two have actually met before in the prelims – with Subara finishing 26 votes behind Ayase back then. Ironically, Ayase will now be backed by the Madoka faction so that Madoka will be able to qualify for the repechage round if the Oreimo yandere ends up winning Block B.
However, here’s an excellent chance for Saki to set things right in their favor – a victory for Subara here will give them full control of Block B, and even knock Madoka out of the tournament for good. With combo voting with Toki and a painful lesson learnt from Ako’s exit, it could very well spark the Saki faction into life. Will Subara end up being the Saki faction’s unlikely hero? Only time will tell.