1st 256 votes Miki Sayaka @ Puella Magi Madoka Magica
2nd 164 votes Tomoe Mami @ Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Well, that’s one shock result to bring some spark to the tournament as we’re approaching its end. That said, there was always the possibility that a greater portion of the Madoka faction would give a chance for the other Puella Magis to take the crown this year, so perhaps this wasn’t surprising after all. However, the margin of victory for Sayaka was definitely not expected, especially since Mami had dominated all of her opponents up to this point. In any case, Mami’s defeat means that she fails in her bid to surpass Nanoha who, as a fellow ex-champion, had made it to the quarter-finals in her subsequent appearances once before.
So we won’t have a repeat winner this year, at least in terms of personnel. It makes things a lil’ bit more interesting – the Madoka faction will have to decide which pairing they would want go with for the finals – the OTP route or the best friend route. Of course, don’t rule out Watashi just yet as stranger things have happened in Saimoe.
So a one-day break before we head into the semi-finals. We’re almost there, folks. Check this post again tomorrow for the preview.
Sakura Kyouko @ Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Block C Winner
- Notable opponents defeated: Takanashi Rikka, Azuki Azusa, Okita Sawa, Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko
Kaname Madoka @ Puella Magi Madoka Magica
- Repechage Winner
- Notable opponents defeated: Akiyama Yukari, Chitanda Eru, Aragaki Ayase, Kuroneko
Kyouko vs Madoka – both have made it to this stage before, though only one reached the finals in the end. This match could have easily been 2011’s final, since it was a closely fought battle between Mami and Madoka then. However, Mami’s now gone, and Madoka is presented with another chance to take the crown this year.
However, Kyouko must not be underestimated – she has put in a decent shift throughout the tournament, defeating most of the strong newcomers who were expected to mount a serious challenge for the crown this year. As such, some might find Kyouko to be more deserving of a place in the finals based on the opponents she had defeated, as compared to Madoka who went through a somewhat easier repechage route.
That said, there’s a hierarchy within the Madoka faction, and Kyouko is probably below Madoka in that list. However, Sayaka fans will probably have a big say in the outcome today – as I’ve mentioned above, will they go for the OTP route or the best friend route here? Also, don’t forget Watashi supporters which consist of fans, neutrals and antis – they might vote against the greater threat here. Still, I think Madoka should be able to get through here – if she wins this, the crown is probably as good as hers… unless the fairies conjure up some magic for Watashi.