Anime Saimoe Tournament 2010 – AND THE WINNER IS…

We waited three months for this battle and this battle was an absolutely great battle. And who was the winner of Saimoe 2010? The winner is no other than…AZU-NYAN!!!:

1. Nakano Azusa (K-On!!): 1516 votes

2. Sanzen’in Nagi (Hayate): 1339 votes

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Anime Saimoe Tournament – CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH – Sanzen’in Nagi vs. Nakano Azusa

We had 130 matches throughout this tournament, from the preliminary matches that determined who would fight it out in the main tournament all the way to the semifinals that determined who would be up today. A lot has happened in this tournament, some expected and some surprising. So now, we’ve hit the 131st and final battle in this tournament. Here are the two girls that will fight today for the title of Saimoe, the number one moe girl this year:

Sanzen’in Nagi (Hayate): 1st (Group F8), 50.5% (A9-1), 57.7% (A3-2), 50.1% (A Final), 57.6% (Q1), 57.1% (SF1)

Nanako Azusa (K-On!!): 1st (F1), 68.9% (G6-1), 47.4% (G2-2), 46.8% (G Final), 60.5% (Q4), 55.0% (SF2)

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Anime Saimoe Tournament – Semifinal Summary

The second-to-last match in this tournament has just finished and Azu-nyan has won the chance to try to become this year’s Saimoe champion. Here is a summary of the second semifinal match:

1. Nakano Azusa (K-On!!): 939 votes

2. Haramura Nodoka (Saki): 769 votes

And it happens again! Last year, Saki choked in the semifinals, losing both matches in pretty small margin. Well, they did it again. Nodocchi fell behind Azu-nyan after the first hour and she could not make up any ground. She tried to catch up in the last hour but by then, Azu-nyan’s lead was just too large for Nodocchi to get close to her. Saki had a chance to do what they couldn’t do last year, but they end up suffering at the end, even more than last year. The amount of votes both Koromo and Nodocchi were behind was much larger than last year’s. That brings my predictions and picks up to 81-29 (1-1) and my picks to 55-55 (1-1).

So, does this final match-up look familiar? Absolutely! I’ll talk more about that tomorrow before the championship match starts. Enjoy the rest day and see you tomorrow!

Anime Saimoe Tournament – Semifinals – Nodocchi vs. Azu-nyan

The first of two semifinal matches has just finished and Nagi has won the match. Here is a summary of semifinal match #1:

1. Sanzen’in Nagi (Hayate): 1228 votes

2. Amae Koromo (Saki): 923 votes

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Anime Saimoe Tournament – Semifinals – Sanzen’in Nagi vs. Amae Koromo

We have finally made it to the semifinals. We’re almost there, so let’s look at the first match in this semifinal round:

Sanzen’in Nagi (Hayate): 1st (Group F8), 50.5% (A9-1), 57.7% (A3-2), 50.1% (A Final), 57.6% (Q1)

Amae Koromo (Saki): 1st (F9), 42.7% (D4-1), 50.5% (D2-2), 53.6% (D Final), 53.0% (Q2)

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Anime Saimoe Tournament – Quarterfinals Summary

The last of the four quarterfinal matches have just ended and Azu-nyan has won. Nagi, Koromo, and Nodocchi also advanced in the other three matches. Here is a summary of those matches:

Match Q1:

1. Sanzen’in Nagi (Hayate): 721 votes

2. Shiina Mafuyu (Seitokai no Ichizon): 531 votes

Match Q2:

1. Amae Koromo (Saki): 931 votes

2. Saten Ruiko (Railgun): 825 votes

Match Q3:

1. Haramura Nodoka (Saki): 946 votes

2. Shana (Shana): 890 votes

Match Q4:

1. Nakano Azusa (K-On!!): 961 votes

2. Yamada Aoi (WORKING!!): 627 votes

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Anime Saimoe Tournament – Quarterfinals – Yamada Aoi vs. Nakano Azusa

With the first two matches of the tournament finished, here is a look into the next match in this quarterfinal round:

Match Q4:

Yamada Aoi (WORKING!!): 2nd (F14), 52.4% (E5-1), 56.1% (E2-2), 50.5% (E Final)

Nanako Azusa (K-On!!): 1st (F1), 68.9% (G6-1), 47.4% (G2-2), 46.8% (G Final)

Predictions:

Here is another girl that surprised some people. Aoi did well in the preliminaries, getting second, just behind Captain. Here next two matches were a breeze for her, not getting much resistance. Her biggest match was the group final against Kanade-chan. Some people, including me, thought Kanade-chan would win that match, but she ended up never getting a chance to compete with Aoi. Aoi was just too strong for the Angel Beats! favorite. She will be up today against Azu-nyan, who is in her second tournament. Last year, just like this year, she won her preliminary match. She had a tough first round match against Index, a not-so-tough second round, and a not-so-easy win against Clannad’s Nagisa in the third round. In the group final, she could not get past the eventual winner Taiga-chan. This year, she had an easy first and second round. In the group final, she had to go up against Mikoto-chan with her companion, Mio-chan, as the other opponent. Split votes could have given Azu-nyan her second group final loss, but she prevailed, just inching past Mikoto-chan. Interesting thing is that during the preliminary, she faced Poplar-chan, barely getting past her. I think that Azu-nyan will have the advantage here today. I will also vote for her.

Anime Saimoe Tournament – Quarterfinals – Shana vs. Haramura Nodoka

With the first two matches of the tournament finished, here is a look into the next match in this quarterfinal round:

Match Q3:

Shana (Shana): 1st (Group F15), 45.6% (B3-1), 55.8% (B1-2), 49.6% (B Final)

Haramura Nodoka (Saki): 3rd (F6), 48.7% (C9-1), 48.1% (C3-2), 53.4% (C Final)

Prediction:

In this match, we have one of the two girls with the most experience and the one girl with the most success in this tournament. Back all the way in 2006, Shana-chan made it all the way to the quarterfinals, but could not survive against eventual champion Suiseiseki. The next year, she tied against loli vampire Eva in the first round, but she was able to make it all the way to the finals, losing to Nagi. In 2007, she had a tight third round match against Nanoha, which she would eventually win; however, the next round, the group finals, she lost to Bamboo Blade’s Tamaki. She had a year off last year, but that didn’t stop her from advancing to the final eight this year. She beat Haruhi’s doppelganger, Yurippe, twice and beat Nanoha again. She is going to be facing the girl with the biggest oppai in this year’s final eight. During Shana’s year off, Nodocchi had an easy time until the group finals, where she faced Nagi and barely won. She easily beat Louise in the the quarterfinals and lost against the eventual winner, Taiga-chan. This year, Nodocchi had to battle against her comrades in several matches. She lost to Momoko in the preliminaries, but she won against Mihoko and Hajime in the second round and Tacos in the group final. Nodocchi has seen this exact scene last year, facing against a Kugimi tsundere, but I think that Shana-chan is stronger than Louise and I think that Shana-chan will inch past Nodocchi. Shana-chan is also going to be my pick.

Anime Saimoe Tournament – Quarterfinals – Amae Koromo vs. Saten Ruiko

The Nagi/Mafuyu match has just ended, which means, Koromo the kodomo and the level zero are about to fight. Here is a look into the next match:

Match Q2:

Amae Koromo (Saki): 1st (F9), 42.7% (D4-1), 50.5% (D2-2), 53.6% (D Final)

Saten Ruiko (Railgun): 1st (F10), 62.5% (H4-1), 46.8% (H2-2), 46.8% (H Final)

Prediction:

Koromo did well in her first year in this tournament. Last year, she just slipped past Izumi-chan at the end of that match, but she had an easy time in the other matches up into the quarterfinal match against Yui. Koromo did not have the power to compete with Yui. She will be facing a level zero that managed to surprise many people. She proved that a level zero could be powerful, winning her preliminary and inching past Mugi and Fate-chan. However, I think that her luck runs out in this match. I think our strong loli mahjong girl will survive this round. However, I will be voting for Ruiko-chan.

Anime Saimoe Tournament – Quarterfinals – Sanzen’in Nagi vs. Shiina Mafuyu

It has been just under three months since the beginning of the first preliminary round and it has been an interesting three months. We saw many wins that we were expecting and we also saw many surprises. We had some old timers finally accomplishing something that they couldn’t achieve years before and we had many disappointments. And now, we’re here at the final eight. We have some familiar faces in the final eight and we also have some new faces.

There are four interesting matches in this round (so we’ve finally hit the two person matches!!). Tomorrow’s (Friday) match is going to be Nagi vs. Mafuyu, Saturday’s match is going to be Koromo vs. Ruiko, Sunday’s match is between Shana and Nodocchi, and Monday’s match Aoi and Azu-nyan.

I do usually post each match daily; however, the New York Anime Festival is from Friday to Sunday and I will be there the whole time, so I will not be able to update with results until Sunday night (New York time). I will post each match and my predictions several hours before the match starts (like usual), but I won’t be posting results. On Sunday night, I’ll post the results of the first three matches in this round. You can either wait until Sunday night, or you can go to either animesaimoe.org or the Saimoe Update Blog (link is on the right). So, onto the first match in this quarterfinal:

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