The championship match has just been completed and this year’s Saimoe is…Tomoe Mami! Here is the result from that match:
1. Tomoe Mami (Madoka): 512 votes
2. Sakura Kyouko (Madoka): 435 votes
This final was kind of a close match, but Mami had the lead the entire time. Kyouko-chan tried to catch up at the end, but Mami survived. Mami keeps her head for today. Final Predictions record are 121-38 (76.1%) and picks are 80-79 (50.3%).
While this year’s Saimoe had some exciting matches, this year was pretty anti-climatic. Even before Saimoe started, we knew that the Puella Magi were going to dominate this tournament and for the most part, they did. Had Homura-chan not been taken out early by Mikoto-chan, this tournament would have been even more anti-climatic.
This final was also pretty anti-climatic. This final was also really quiet compared to past years. The vote count did not even reach 1000 votes. The last time that happened was all the way back in 2004, when only 384 votes were tallied. So if they were looking to bring Saimoe back to a time when no foreigners knew about Saimoe, they were successful. The IP blocking was pretty successful, so if you got to vote and you were not in Japan, you were pretty lucky.
So what comes next year? Well, we have a lot of past favorites coming back. 2009 champion Aisaka Taiga, 2007 champion Furude Rika, and maybe 2005 champion Takamachi Nanoha (depending on when movie 2 comes out) will be there. So will Katsura Hinagiku, Sanzen’in Nagi, and maybe Haramura Nodoka. The HTT girls will be looking to improve from their abysmal performance this year and Ika Musume will attempt to invade the tournament once again. We might see Mikoto-chan, Index, and others again, but like in the case of Nanoha, we’ll have to see when their movie comes out.
If you are looking for an exciting tournament,
I have good news: As of now, we don’t have a Madoka-type series that can take over this tournament. (UPDATE: Spoke too soon, Madoka will be back in the future) The bad news: We still have eight months before we can be sure about that.
So, with this tournament over, that’ll be it for AST-talking until we get closer to next year’s tournament. So, goodbye for now Saimoe.