Anime Saimoe Tournament 2011 – An early look

Saimoe has not started yet, but since it is about time for Saimoe 2011, I will go through several characters and shows that can (or cannot) push through in this tournament. First, let’s look at veterans that will not be in this tournament:

Nanoha and Fate are very important characters in this tournament. Nanoha was the winner of 2005 and Fate was the runner-up of 2006. They haven’t been doing very well since their wins, but they’re going to have to wait another year if they want to recapture the title since they did not make an appearance this year. Maybe in 2012 or 2013 depending on when the second movie comes out.

Another important franchise in this tournament is Hayate no Gotoku. Nagi was the runner-up in 2007 and 2010 and Hina-chan, who some people consider as a top contender in Saimoe, always seems to get screwed somewhere in the tournament. Unfortunately, they too will have to wait another year to get their revenge. The Hayate(/Negima) movie is coming two months too late for this tournament, so they are not eligible in this tournament.

Saki has been an annoying force for many contenders in this tournament. Unlike Negima, which has lots of girls but few contenders that advance, Saki has lots of girls and many contenders that advance. They managed to get 2 girls in the quarterfinals for the past two years and managed to even get 4 girls in the Elite 8 in 2009. Well, they won’t have a chance this year since it’s been over a year (almost two) since the anime showed. They’ll have to wait until the next season starts (yes, it was announced several days ago).

Now this last one is a little weird for me to put, but Toradora’s Aisaka Taiga was the winner of the 2009 tournament. She didn’t get a chance to defend her title last year since Toradora didn’t show last year. However, in one episode of Ookami-san (which is eligible this year), Taiga-chan, Ami, and Minorin made a surprise cameo. Unfortunately, I don’t think that will be enough for eligibility. I might be wrong. If she is not eligible, she’ll need her older self, Ookami Ryouko-chan, to do well. (UPDATE 7/19: Actually, I just noticed that they are eligible. Their official entry is “The student called ___-san”)

Now on to anime and characters that matter this year. First, let me talk about this year’s veterans (underlined shows are shows with at least one character that I think could possibly win the tournament):

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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 – Round 3 Group C finals

The second group final match has just ended and Shana-chan has just won. Here is a summary of that match:

Group B Match:

1. Shana (Shana): 816 votes

2. Takamachi Nanoha (Nanoha): 719 votes

3. Saginomiya Isumi (Hayate): 109 votes

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Anime Saimoe Tournament – Round 3 Group B finals

The first group final has just ended and Nagi has won. Here is a summary of the group A final:

Group A Match:

1. Sanzen’in Nagi (Hayate): 960 votes

2. Sengoku Nadeko (Bakemonogatari): 799 votes

3. Yuno (Hidamari Sketch): 157 votes

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Anime Saimoe Tournament – Round 2 – A3/B1

The second day of the second rond has just ended and Nadeko and Isumi won. Here is a summary of A2 and B3:

Match A2:

1. Sengoku Nadeko (Bakemonogatari): 911 votes

2. Hirasawa Yui (K-On!!): 727 votes

3. Nymph (Sora no Otoshimono): 96 votes

Match B3:

1. Saginomiya Isumi (Hayate): 591 votes

2. Himari (Omamori Himari): 438 votes

3. Oshino Shinobu (Bakemonogatari): 376 votes

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