4-Way Junction

1st 82 Sakura Kyouko @ Madoka Magica
1st 82 Suiseiseki @ Rozen Maiden
1st 82 Nishikino Maki @ Love Live!
1st 82 Ayase Eri @ Love Live!
5th 75 Kousaka Honoka @ Love Live!
6th 69 Charlotte Dunois @ Infinite Stratos
7th 68 Noumi Kudryavka @ Little Busters
8th 61 Tsuruta Himeko @ Saki
9th 59 Katsura Hinagiku @ Hayate No Gotoku
10th 57 Furude Rika @ Higurashi
11th 54 Kotegawa Yui @ To Love-Ru
12th 53 Fukuyo Kouko @ Saki

Take-away points from today’s group:

  • Madoka and Saki are still looking very solid coming into the second day of the veterans’ prelim round. Could we be in for another year of either of these two dominating proceedings?
  • In any case, it seems that they will face a tougher challenge this time round, with the girls from Love Live turning up the heat. The idols could be indeed turn out to be their biggest threat
  • Rozen Maiden’s lengthy absence from Saimoe has not affected their ability to compete, it seems. Good ol’ Desu. The old powerhouse of Saimoe vs the new ones – certainly something to watch out for, provided the dolls can keep their joints intact
  • Hayate’s Saimoe performance has been pretty bad in the past two years but at least Hinagiku didn’t suffer the ignominy of not qualifying via the first prelim round. No such luck for Maria and Izumi though
  • While Love Live is looking good this year, im@s has slumped, with Miki unable to obtain a spot in the Top 12

Ball Game

1st 102 Minato Tomoka @ Ro-Kyu-Bu
2nd 95 Miyanaga Teru @ Saki
3rd 91 Kaname Madoka @ Madoka Magica
4th 90 Yazawa Nico @ Love Live!
5th 89 Sonoda Umi @ Love Live!
6th 82 Touyoko Momoko @ Saki
7th 76 Shirai Kuroko @ Railgun
8th 65 Hanada Kirame @ Saki
8th 65 Kunihiro Hajime @ Saki
8th 65 Minami Kana @ Minami-ke
11th 62 Ryuuguu Rena @ Higurashi
12th 54 Rin @ Infinite Stratos

Late to the party, blog rejig is still a work in progress, not even an intro post done, but well here we go again. Owing to RL commitments and declining interest, coverage won’t be as in depth as in previous years, but I’ll try to post as and when I can.

Take-away points from today’s group:

  • Mokkan topping the group comes as a surprise, considering the presence of last year’s champ, several Saki characters and the fresh Love Live threat
  • The pre-match main talking point was how Love Live would fare against the traditional heavyweights, considering their immense popularity at the moment. Looks like it’s not being carried over to Saimoe… just yet. Perhaps they can build up momentum and unleash their full potential in the main round
  • Nico and Umi did come very close though, which is an encouraging sign compared to the previous year where the Love Live cast failed to convince from the onset
  • However, if you are the eternal pessimist, then you might start being skeptical once again as support for the Madoka and Saki series still seem to be going strong