Back In Saimoe 2005…

With 8 matches done in this first preliminary round, out of 45 Saki girls that have competed so far, we have 13 girls advancing to the tournament and 20 girls going to the second preliminary round. The most girls that Saki had in the main tournament was 23 back in 2009. However, this does not come close to the record set back in 2005.


Saimoe…and the Future of this Blog

Well, if you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been using this blog very often. I’ve actually been using Tumblr much more often than here. And it will continue that way. Tumblr has just been easier for me to post my short thoughts and I can post more random thoughts. I will continue using this blog in a limited fasion, but remember that most of my random thoughts will be on Tumblr.

Now about my coverage in Saimoe. Well, Saimoe is starting soon. However, I won’t be covering it as much as last year. Not much time and my busy convention schedule is what brought me to this decision. What I will probably do is give a summary of each preliminary rounds and a summary of each group and my thoughts about each group. For more a detailed look in Saimoe, you can look at the saimoe update blog.

Now to look a bit into this year’s Saimoe:

Well, remember when Madoka dominated last year? Well, they will not be here this year. They will be here next year, but for now, they get a rest. Now, if there’s one series to watch for, it’s Saki. They had a rest last year, but they’re back…with even more girls! They also came back in a perfect time. They came back in a time where they remain fresh in the voters’ mind. They also came back when there isn’t another particular series that can dominate them. That doesn’t mean that they will have trouble.

There are plenty of girls that will cause trouble to the Saki girls if they don’t watch out. Some series that could cause problems are THE IDOLM@STER, Nisemonogatari, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, and YuruYuri. The Hayate, K-On!, and Strike Witches girls could also cause problems, though girls in just movies don’t tend to do well in this tournament. Some girls that might possible give the Saki girls headaches will be Inu x Boku SS’s Karuta (or any Hanazawa Kana girl), Guilty Crown’s Inori, and Zero no Tsukaima’s Louise (or any Kugyuu girl). We should also pay attention to Shana since this could be her last Saimoe.

Some of the girls that I will be rooting for are Zessica Wong (Aquarion EVOL), Kuroyukihime, Kurashima Chiyuri, and Kouzuki Yuniko (Accel World), Roromiya Karuta (Inu x Boku SS), Shinomiya Ayase and Yuzuriha Inori (Guilty Crown), Eucliwood Hellscythe, Haruna, and Yoshida Yuki (KoreZon), Kisaragi Chihaya (THE IDOLM@STER), Presea Combatir (Tales of Symphonia), Mifune Ryuuko (Denpa Onna), Hanaki Yuka (Natsuiro Kiseki), Sengoku Nadeko (Nisemonogatari), Toujou Koneko (High School DxD), Nyaruko and Kuuko (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san), Shimada Minami (BakaTest), Katsura Hinagiku and Segawa Izumi (Hayate), Black Rock Shooter, Inui Sana (Mashiro-iro Symphony), the Negima girls, and Konoe Subaru and Masamune Usami (Mayo Chiki!). Probably too many girls to cheer for, but hey, I’ll be cheering for them.

Next report will be after the end of the first prelims.