Anime Saimoe Tournament – Round 1 – C5/D5

The fourth day of group C and D matches have just finished and Maria and Koromo have won. Here is what happened in yesterday’s matches:

Match C4:

1. Maria (Hayate): 337 votes

2. Aizawa Sakuya (Hayate): 202 votes

3. Kujiin Mika (Kanamemo): 124 votes

4. Oomichi Miyabi (GA Geijutsuka Art Design Class): 98 votes

Match D4:

1. Amae Koromo (Saki): 350 votes

2. Kiriya Nozomi (Mayoi Neko Overrun): 302 votes

3. Suzukawa Koume (Taisho Yakyuu Musume.): 121 votes

4. Kirishima Akari (Nyan Koi!): 47 votes

Mika and Miyabi had no chance in match C4. That match was all Hayate and like in the preliminary, Maria easily beat Sakuya. Their placements were basically set in the beginning of the match with no major changes throughout the match. The same thing happened in match D4, but the matchup between Koromo and Nozomi was a little bit tighter. The 2009 quarterfinalist showed that she is still a strong force in this tournament. This brings my predictions up to 19-7 and my picks remain at 50% at 13-13.

Here is a sneak peek of today’s matches:

Match C5:

Takei Hisa (Saki): 2nd (Group F10)

Segawa Izumi (Hayate): 1st (Group F3)

Souya Yuki (Taisho Yakyuu Musume.): 10th (Group F6)

Uiharu Kazari (Railgun): 2nd (Group F11)

Match D5:

Tsuruya-san (Haruhi): 6th (Group F7)

Kijima Saki (Hayate): 5th (Group F3)

Soga Keena (Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou): 7th (Group F13)

Shirai Kuroko (Railgun): 5th (Group F12)

Predictions:

Match C5 is probably the most interesting match in this tournament so far. Three girls finished in the top two with Izumi-chan taking the top spot in her preliminary. First, let’s focus on the head of Kiyosumi’s mahjong club, Hisa. She got second in a group where level zero girl Ruiko-chan won. Now, if Ruiko-chan was replaced by flower girl Kazari, I think that Hisa would have still gotten 2nd. If Hisa replaced Touka in Izumi-chan’s match, Izumi-chan would have still won her preliminary. So, I’m afraid I have to leave Hisa out of this one. Now, it’s between Kazari and Izumi-chan. That, my friends, is much harder to predict. Well, this is Kazari’s first year here and this is Izumi-chan’s fourth year here. Izumi-chan lost to Shana-chan in the third round in 2007, she got third in the second round in 2008 against Nanoha’s Hayate and Lucky Star’s Yutaka, and she lost to Koromo by two votes in the first round in 2009. Izumi-chan did win her group in the preliminary, but she didn’t have many notable girls in her group. Kazari lost to Haruhi’s Yuki, but this group was tougher than Izumi-chan’s group. Kazari will also have Kuroko by her side since they both have matches today. So, I think Kazari will have a slight advantage over Izumi-chan and that she will win this match. I will still vote for Izumi-chan and hope that she ends up winning.

Match D5, I think, is a bit easier to predict. All of the girls in this matchup did well in their preliminary matches, so the key to who will win this group is whoever had the toughest competition. And of the four girls here, Kuroko had the toughest competition of all of the girls in D5. She had to face Hina-chan, Kanade-chan, Yuuki, and Mio-chan. She ended up in fifth, not too far from Mio-chan. As much as I don’t want to say this (because I really don’t like her), I think Kuroko will win this match. I will be voting for Keena in the hopes that she will do much better than I’m hoping right now.

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