AST Block A-B Round 1 Recap

Toki Shift to top of Round 1 vote totals.

Anime Saimoe Tournament has started it’s elimination phase with Round 1 finished in Blocks A and B. For Round 1 I would be posting after the block results are settled as I do not want to bog down the post with long excessive look at each match. Readers could go to ‘Saimoe Update Blog’ or ‘Moetron’ which are giving day to day updates for every match. I would only start after Round 2 commences.

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Day One (GROUPS A1 A5 A9)

Winners:

Miyanaga Saki (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A) – 245 Votes

Inami Mahiru (WORKING’!!) – 201 Votes

 Aoki Reika (Smile Pretty Cure) – 208 Votes

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Day Two (GROUPS A2 A6 A10)

Winners:

Ilyasviel Von Einzbern (Carnival Phantasm / Fate/zero) – 239 Votes

Hasegawa Kobato (Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai) – 249 Votes

Gasai Yuno (Mirai Nikki) – 201 Votes

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Day Three (GROUPS A3 A7 A11)

Winners:

Oshimizu Nako (Hanasaku Inoha) – 224 Votes

Kataoka Yuuki (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A) – 291 Votes

Amae Koromo (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A) – 274 Votes

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Day Four (GROUPS A4 A8 A12)

Winners:

Yamano Remon (Ano Natsu de Matteru) – 266Votes

Ayatsuji Tsukasa (Amamagi SS+ plus) – 273 Votes

Hoshii Miki (iDOLM@STER) – 323 Votes

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These are the results for Block A Round 1. So Saki opens up the massive Saki campaign with a win right from the bat but there was a close scare by Maho of RO-KYU-BU! though. Other Saki aces had not much problem with Yuuki and Koromo mopping up to proceed to Round 2. Miki was the surprise as iMAS did not do so well in prelims but she actually knocked down Tomoka Minato of RO-KYU-BU! by an impressive score to book a Round 2 berth facing Amae. Kobato the only non Saki ace in these blocks did well too to proceed onto Round 2 and so far this block is progressing as I would have predicted. No major upsets so far with the exception of the Miki-Tomoka incident.

A Block Round 2 Picks and Predictions:

Picks: Miyanaga Saki, Hasegawa Kobato, Kataoka Yuuki, Amae Koromo

Predictions: Miyanaga Saki, Hasegawa Kobato, Kataoka Yuuki, Amae Koromo

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Day One (GROUPS B1 B5 B9)

Winners:

Hanaki Yuka (Natsuiro Kiseki) – 189 Votes

Suzutsuki Kanade (Mayo Chiki!) – 215 Votes

Akaza Akari (Yuru Yuri) – 325 Votes

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Day Two (GROUPS B2 B6 B10)

Winners:

Minase Iori (iDOLM@STER) – 288 Votes

Onjouji Toki (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A) – 417 Votes

Misaki Mei (Another) – 324 Votes

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Day Three (GROUPS B3 B7 B11)

Oshino Shinobu (Nisemonogatari) – 288 Votes

Nakano Azusa (K-On!! Movie) – 293 Votes

Mikazuki Yozora (Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sukunai) – 259 Votes

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Day Four (GROUPS B4 B8 B12)

Yukine Chris (Senki Zesshou Symphogear) – 203 Votes

Run (A Channel + smile) – 190 Votes

Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke (Strike Witches Movie) – 222 Votes

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For Block B the headliners is of course the two new S Tier (Championship Calibre) contestants namely Akaza Akari and Onjouji Toki. Akarin is poised to take on which is arguably Saki’s best ace this year Toki as mentioned in earlier post about the draws. In fact Akarin is mentioned to be one of the few non Saki contestants to spoil the Saki party this year. Both totally overwhelmed their opponents and if my predictions goes correct both shouldn’t face much problem reaching Block B finals which we will see a match worthy of actually being the tournament finals. Of course there is 2010 Saimoe Champion Azunyan who finally bounced back from last year’s disastrous first round exit and Misaki Mei whom is actually surprisingly strong. Potential challengers for the tipped Toki-Akarin finals but I honestly doubt it anything will derail the two from meeting each other in the block finals.

B Block Round 2 Picks and Predictions:

Picks: Oshino Shinobu, Onjouji Toki, Nakano Azusa, Mikazuki Yozora

Predictions: Minase Iori, Onjouji Toki, Akaza Akari, Misaki Mei

Note: I bolded three names (Onjouji Toki, Misaka Mei and Akaza Akarin) as they have garnered the top 3 votes (417, 325 and 324) for Block AB. Just some statistics.

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PERSONAL TAKE

Saki is really mopping up the floor by having all of their so called ace calibre characters advancing to Round 2 in this Block AB. Amae Koromo, Kataoka Yuuki and Onjouji Toki sort of blew through their matches with only Saki surviving a scare but it was sufficient to prevent an early upset of the year unlike last year (Mikoto VS Homura remember?). Personally I am fine with this since I am a Saki supporter but even with the record numbers Saki is sending into the competition they are not as insurmountable compared to PMMM last year. Could 2012 be Sakimoe like 2011’s Saimadoka is still too early to tell but one thing is for sure Saki is a faction to look out for this year.

Haganai is one other faction to look out for. A potential Saki wrecker along with Yuru Yuri it could seized the coveted prize right under Saki again. Akarin is obviously one of the strongest rivals for the crown too and whats best for her if she could knock down Saki best Ace this year Toki to secure her Elite Eight berth? Kobato will also play this role in Block A potentially shutting out a Saki Elite Eight berth from Blocks AB.

Since its a personal take I am making it clear I am supporting Toki and Saki series as a whole. It would be great to see Toki winning it all but then again Saimoe is never predictable.

Who will win the coveted championship after these tussles? Only Toki will tell~

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Oh and my Block CD predictions. Starting from CD I will keep track of my prediction accuracy.

Prediction for Block C

Toshino Kyouko (Yuru Yuri)

Kokoro Akechi (Tantei Opera Milky Holmes)

Chinatsu Yoshikawa (Yuru Yuri)

Maria (Hayate No Gotoku Movie HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH)

Kanon Nakagawa (Kami Nomi Zo Shiru Sekai)

Takei Hisa (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A)

Astarotte Ygvar (Astarotte No Omocha)

Mayuri Shiina (Steins;Gate)

Oginome Ringo (Mawaru Penguindrum)

Hirasawa Ui (K-On!! Movie)

Erica Hartmann (Strike Witches Movie)

Yayoi Kise (Smile Pretty Cure)

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Predictions for Block D

Shinonono Houki (Infinite Stratos)

Chihaya Kisaragi (iDOLM@STER)

Kunihiro Hajime (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A)

Hinata Hakamada (RO-KYU-BU!)

Tamao Kurei (Haiyore! Nyaruko-san)

Fukuji Mihoko (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A)

Miyanaga Teru (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A)

Nagi Sanzenin (Hayate No Gotoku Movie HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH)

Oribe Yasuna (Kill Me Baby)

Louise De Vallerie (Zero No Tsukaima)

Kikuchi Makoto (iDOLM@STER)

Ryuumonbuchi Touka (Saki Achiga Hen Episode of side A)

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That’s about it. Sorry for such a long post. Whew tiring.

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