1st 196 Kuroneko @ Oreimo
2nd 125 Akaza Akari @ Yuru Yuri
Once bitten, not twice shy. Kuroneko was once again able to beat Akarin, by a even greater margin this time round. Was expecting Akarin to put up more of a fight, but it was not meant to be and as a result, she has now failed to make it to the quarter-finals 2 times in a row (or 3 times depending if you include the prior Block Final match).
Block Final Winners 2-2 Repechage Winners – A healthy balance as we approach the mid-point of Round 5.
Minato Tomoka @ Ro-Kyu-Bu
Toshinou Kyouko @ Yuru Yuri
The final rematch for this round is probably the most interesting one as Mokkan takes on Kyouko. Back in Round 2, the basketball ace was able to beat Kyouko thanks to some help from the Saki faction. This, in turn, resulted in Kyouko supporters backing Mokkan all the way – and their efforts paid off as Tomoka emerged as the surprise Block D winner after the Saki faction totally blew away their chances (having 3 out of 4 for Block D in Round 3 and still ended up losing it!).
So now that the two are going head-to-head with each other, it’ll be interesting to see how Mokkan copes without the support of her opponent for today. That said, Mokkan’s winning margins have been pretty convincing throughout the tournament thus far, which suggest that she could be the real deal. With Akarin putting up a tame performance against Kuroneko, it does not bode well for Kyouko here. As such, I’m leaning to Tomoka, though it seems that Kyouko’s the one taking an early lead as I’m typing now.