ISML Phase Two. End of Phase.

8 New Girls Locked into Regular Season. Rest fight it out in Phase III

Nova Division

Yuzuriha Inori <Guilty Crown>

Towa Erio <Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko>

Irisiviel Von Einzbern <Fate/Zero>

Shiomiya Shiori <Kami Nomi No Shiru Sekai>

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Stella Divison

Hirasawa Yui <K-On!>

Last Order <To Aru Majutsu No Index>

Illyasviel Von Einzbern <Fate/stay night>

Holo <Spice and Wolf>

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Thoughts so far

Like Himeji Mizuki from the earlier round, Shiomiya Shiori was another pleasant surprise to make it into Regular Season especially missing it out last year. She is the first like Himeji, first entry to represent her series, hopefully Elsie and Haqua and Kanon can make it in to from Phase III provided they do not get a lousy draw for their group. The Einzbern duo make it through as expected but unlike Phase I I do not see the 3k plus vote strength that propelled them forward quite abit in Phase I. Nevertheless they make it. Last Order make it through too which I expected as she actually defeated Hirasawa Yui earlier in Phase I so looks like her strength is not as weak as I thought.

HanaKana faction should be happy with this, with Phase II conclusion they have 7 representatives now in ISML 2012. Series wise Angel Beats seem to be the strongest series as a whole but one man armies like Mikoto, Shana and Taiga have proved numbers are not everything. Boku Wa Tomodachi seems to be doing well too, I would say they are stronger then Ore No Imoto last year but still weaker then Angel Beats from 2011.

I really like the idea of Nova and Stella as I am actually seeing new faces in ISML, something that some voters say is lacking. After all with both Stella and Nova it is a grand total of 72 contestants. Hope to see more new faces from Phase III and round up the Pre Season phase.

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