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Trance Mode

Saimoe 2013

Toki, Ayase through

有効コードがある票の順位
1位 459票 Onjouji Toki @ Saki
2位 389票 Yuigahama Yui @ Oregairu

有効コードがある票の順位
1位 487票 Aragaki Ayase @ Oreimo
2位 370票 Hanada Kirame @ Saki

An early scare for Toki with Yui leading in the early hours (probably the Madoka faction sticking around), but it was never going to be enough to oust Saki’s top ace. Toki’s victory means that we’ll be witnessing a battle between champions in the Block A finals, where one of either Toki or Mami will create history by being the first champion to win two successive Block Final matches. A tasty proposition, but the Saki faction will have reason to worry after seeing Mami’s commanding performance.

They were also unable to seize the opportunity to salvage Block B early as Kirame crashed out to Ayase who’s on a roll now. The Saki faction will now pin their hopes on Miho in order to increase their numbers in the repechage round. A Block Final match between Ayase and Miho, eh? Who would have thought of that at the start of the main round…

Preview:
Nibutani Shinka
Azuki Azusa

The battle between two strong newcomers – it’ll be interesting to see how this one pans out. The Chu2Koi duo of Shinka and Rikka have been somewhat able to attract more votes than Henneko’s Azusa and Tsukiko, though it was partly because their matches coincided with that of the Madoka girls and also high-profile matches. Still, the fact that Shinka was able to finish ahead of Madoka’s Kyouko in the prelims and that she got past an Ika Musume that was being backed by the Madoka faction is perhaps an indicator that she has what it takes to get past Azusa here.

That said, the Madoka faction does recognize this threat and they might want to take Shinka out here. But that might spark an immediate backlash with the match between Kyouko and Rikka taking place tomorrow. Also, with the repechage system in mind, they would have to mull this move very carefully – if Kyouko were to fail, a Shinka vs Rikka match is more likely to send Kyouko to the repechage round than a Azuki Azusa vs Rikka match.

Minato Tomoka
Sagimori Arata

After suffering disappointment in recent days, the Saki faction will be hoping to bounce back quickly and finish the job in Block D by sending Arata through to the next round. Arata has had backing from her fellow Saki representatives since the preliminary round, but she’s all alone now and this will be a true test of her capability to stand on her own feet. Tomoka is no push-over, despite the fact that she received help from the Saki faction themselves in her victory against Toshinou Kyouko. With the Yuru Yuri faction pushing for Kyouko to qualify for repechage and the neutrals on her side, Tomoka could very well take the Saki faction’s misery into overtime.

7 thoughts on “Trance Mode

  1. I doubt Arata even has a chance. And Shinka is sure win, and I’d also bet my money on it that she can win vs Kyouko in the group final, if Kyouko can make that far.

  2. Toki or Mami will NOT be the first champion to win two Block Final matches.
    Nanoha already won her second Block Final in 2007 (after she had won the Tournament in 2005).
    If Toki or Mami ever reach Semifinals, then they will be making history.

    I always enjoy reading your posts but I had to point that out.

    1. Thanks for highlighting. I meant to say ‘two successive Block Finals’ but I missed out on the word orz

  3. Well jokes on me, Shinka is falling behind Azuki Azusa by 50 votes and Arata is actually not too far away from Mokkan.
    Almost 700 codes are given out already, it looks like another fierce battle 3 days straight. I don’t even know anymore.

  4. Still no result today huh? I guess the rumor is true after all, that Shinka is organizers’ favorite and since she clearly lost today they are trying to fix the result?

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