Anime Saimoe 2012: Group Predictions

Well, the first round is going to start in less than an hour, so I will go through my predictions in each group:

Group A: I don’t see Saki having any trouble advancing until the third round. She will have a tough time against Kobato, but I think she can make it to the group final. On the other side of the group, the Saki girls shouldn’t have any problem advancing, with Tacos and Kodomo facing each other in the final. I think that Koromo should advance, leading to a Saki/Koromo final. Since it sees like Koromo is stronger than Saki, Koromo will move on to the elight eight. Prediction: Koromo

Group B: On the left side of group B, Toki shouldn’t have any problems advancing to the group final, facing probably Iori during the third round. The other side of group B should have an interesting match in round 2, with Azu-nyan and Ricchan going up against _____. Well, one of two things can happen: either Azu-nyan can absorb the K-On! votes or split voting can happen, more likely the former. But, I think that Akari will use her disappearing presence attack on Azu-nyan and Ricchan and move on to the final. So, we’re left with Akari and Toki. But, I think this time, Toki’s presence cannot be erased during this round, so she will be in the final eight. Prediction: Toki

Group C: TOSHINOU KYOUKO! Her first challenge will be in the first round against Shizuno. This could be a problem match for Kyouko, especially with her student council president, Rise, in the mix. But I think that even with this, Kyouko will advance. Then, she has to face Kuuko, but I don’t think Kuuko will be strong enough for her, so she will go to the third round, probably against Kiyosumi’s Mahjong Club president, Hisa. I don’t think that Hisa will be strong enough to defeat Kyouko, so she will go to the group finals.

On the other side, Lotte will go up against Ui in the third round and I think that Lotte will be a bit too strong for Ui, so this will be a Kyouko/Lotte final. It has been some time since Lotte has shown up, so her presence will be weaker than last year, which I think Kyouko will take advantage of. Prediction: TOSHINOU KYOUKO.

Group D: In the third round, we will have a Saki fight, with Hajime going up against Captain, and a Kugyuu battle, with Nagi going up against Louise. I think that Mihoko and Nagi will advance, and of those two, I think Nagi will just be a bit too strong against Captain. Prediction: Nagi

Group E: Hina-chan has been getting screwed all the time, but I think she should at least make it to the third round. On the other side, I think Yuu can make it to the group final, but she will havve a tough time against Taiga and Yui. As for the group final, I don’t know. I think that Hina-chan is strong enough to advance to the elite eight, but knowing the Saimoe voting community, they will try to screw her over somehow. Prediction: Hina (though Yuu could easily advance also)

Group F: On the left side of this group, we will have either Ryuushi or Yui going up against Saki’s Subara! girl Either way, I think that Kirame will go on to the group finals. The other side of this group is really hard to predict. All I can guess is that either Kuro, Ryuuka, or Nyaruko will advance to the group final and beat Kirame. All of them are preliminary winners, but Nyaruko does have the advantage since split voting is a high possibility. Prediction: Nyaruko

Group G: Another tough call here. Momoko and Nodocchi and Sawa-chan-sensei will go up. Unlike in Group F, Sawa-chan-sensei is weaker than Nyaruko. And since I feel like Momoko is just a bit weaker than Nodocchi, she will advance to the final. Then, we will have Yamada going up against Ako. Certainly, Yamada did well last year, but I think that maybe Ako will advance here to the group final, making it a battle between childhood friends. This will be a close match, but I will give this to Nodocchi. Prediction: Nodocchi

Group H: In the third round, we will have Poplar going up against Shana. Though this will be a close match, I think that Shana-chan will somehow advance. We will also have Mio going up against Niku. This will also be a close match that either of them can win, but for now, I’ll say Niku wins this. I could be wrong. This will mean a no-niku/Niku match. And I think that if it’s between those two, Shana-chan will win. Prediction: Shana

Though Saki does have a ton of girls in this tournament, that doesn’t mean that they will dominate this tournament. We’ll see what happens in this first round and I’ll report back to you after the first round.

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.

Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – AND THE SAIMOE CHAMPION IS…

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


Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH – Sakura Kyouko vs. Tomoe Mami

The other semifinal match has just been completed and Mami has won. Here is the result from that match:

1. Tomoe Mami (Madoka): 407 votes

2. Kaname Madoka (Madoka): 392 votes


Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – Semifinal Match 2

The first match of the semifinals have just ended and Kyouko-chan has won. Here is the result from that match:

1. Sakura Kyouko (Madoka): 509 votes

2. Erica Hartmann (Strike Witches): 334 votes


Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – Semifinal Match 1

The final quarterfinal match has just finished and Mami has won. Here is the result from that match:

1. Tomoe Mami (Madoka): 710 votes

2. Ika Musume (Ika Musume): 612 votes


Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – Quarterfinal Match 4

The third match of the quarterfinals have just finished and Madoka has won. Here is the result from that match:

1. Kaname Madoka (Madoka): 371 votes

2. Miki Sayaka (Madoka): 327 votes


Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – Quarterfinal Match 3

The second quarterfinal match has just finished and Anko has won. Here is the result from that match:

1. Sakura Kyouko (Madoka): 657 votes

2. Kuroneko/Gokou Ruri (Ore no Imouto): 568 votes


Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – Quarterfinal Match 2

The first of the quarterfinal matches have just finished and Erica has won. Here is the result from that match:

1. Erica Hartmann (Strike Witches): 383 votes

2. Astarotte Ygvar (Lotte no Omocha!): 255 votes


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