Let’s see how long I can keep this up before I inevitably get lazy and fall behind.
August 16, 2011:
A-01: Haibara Ai vs Nagase Jun vs Hagimura Suzu vs Mikogami Nagisa
Personal Preference: Nagase Jun > Hagimura Suzu
Prediction: Nagase Jun > Hagimura Suzu > Haibara Ai > Mikogami Nagisa
A somewhat weak group; Kaminomi power will easily win this one. SYD might try to put up a fight, but I doubt it. I haven’t watched Meitantei Conan or Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzoo so I can’t really comment on those, but this is Ai’s eighth (ninth?) year in saimoe so I imagine that she’ll get some support too.
A-05: Akemi Homura vs Sara vs Misaka Mikoto
Personal Preference: Akemi Homura > Misaka Mikoto
Prediction: Akemi Homura > Misaka Mikoto > Sara
This is arguably the biggest first round match in the tournament, and it’s on the first day… but, this is a match that has already happened in preliminaries, and not only did Mikoto lose to Homura, she lost to Ika Musume too. This is the best chance that Homura-snipers will get, but Homura should still take this with ease. Sara will get less than 50 votes.
A-09: Rio Rollins Tachibana vs Itsuwa vs Manabe Nodoka
Personal Preference: Manabe Nodoka > Itsuwa
Prediction: Itsuwa > Manabe Nodoka > Rio Rollins Tachibana
Index is this year’s Saki, and K-ON!!’s strength is fading. It should be a fairly close match, though. I spaced out through the entirety of Index II so I can’t even remember who Itsuwa is.
August 17, 2011:
A-02: Astraea vs Nakata Sae vs Cordelia Glauca
Personal Preference: Astraea > Nakata Sae > Cordelia Glauca
Prediction: Astraea > Cordelia Glauca > Nakata Sae
SoraOto does a lot of things right (plot, animation, characters, comedy) making it a strong competitor in saimoe. Milky Holmes has a massive following in Japan, which somewhat annoys me because I didn’t enjoy the show at all, but well, detective lolis. It can’t be helped. Anyway, this match is between Astraea and Cordelia; either could win but I’m hoping for Astraea. Amagami SS has a decent following, but Sae had to go through the second preliminaries so I doubt she has enough support.
A-06: Eucliwood Hellscythe vs Ferris Eris vs Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Personal Preference: Eucliwood Hellscythe > Ferris Eris
Prediction: Eucliwood Hellscythe > Toyotomi Hideyoshi > Ferris Eris
Eu is moe. Densetsu sucked. I haven’t watched Sengoku Otome but she did pretty well in the preliminaries (way better than Ferris at any rate).
A-10: Himeji Mizuki vs Kawashima Minami vs Shiina Mayuri
Personal Preference: Himeji Mizuki > Shiina Mayuri
Prediction: Shiina Mayuri > Himeji Mizuki > Kawashima Minami
I’m probably alone in saying this, but I’m not much of a Mayushii fan (Kurisu is my girl of choice from Steins;Gate). That said, she placed 3rd in her preliminary group, compared to Himeji’s 9th. I still haven’t watched Moshidora, but I’m certain that it won’t do that well.
August 18, 2011:
A-03: Victorique de Blois vs Nagi vs Kosaka Chihiro
Personal Preference: Victorique de Blois > Nagi > Kosaka Chihiro
Prediction: Victorique de Blois > Nagi > Kosaka Chihiro
Rolling moe. Nagi vs Chihiro should be a close match for second place; it could go either way, really.
A-07: Ume-sensei vs Carina Verritti vs Tachibana Miya
Personal Preference: Tachibana Miya > Ume-sensei > Carina Verritti
Prediction: Tachibana Miya > Ume-sensei > Carina Verritti
Nishishishi. Shukufuku no Campanella was such a bad show. Ume-sensei is one of those saimoe traditions; I think she’ll take 2nd here, especially because of increased popularity from Madoka designs.
A-11: Ricotta Elmar vs Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke vs Tooru
Personal Preference: Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke > Ricotta Elmar > Tooru
Prediction: Tooru > Ricotta Elmar > Minna-Dietlinde Wilcke
This is a tough one to predict. Tooru got 1st in her preliminary group whereas Ricotta got 4th. However, Dog Days is a really strong faction this year, so it should be an interesting match. However, Tooru will probably still win because A-Channel is also a strong competitor and Tooru is arguably the most popular character from there. Minna is my favourite strike witch but she’ll get cast aside here. ):
August 19, 2011:
A-04: Karina Lyle vs Toudou Kasane vs Chaos
Personal Preference: Chaos
Prediction: Chaos > Toudou Kasane > Karina Lyle
I only know one character in this match, lol. Chaos should win this because of SoraOto strength. Kasane will do somewhat decently (like the rest of the HoshiKaka cast), while Karina loses because Tiger&Bunny isn’t a saimoe-type show.
A-08: Zakuro vs Makise Kurisu vs Nanasaki Ai
Personal Preference: Makise Kurisu > Zakuro > Nanasaki Ai
Prediction: Makise Kurisu > Nanasaki Ai > Zakuro
A nice match between three characters that I really like. Kurisu has already proven her strength, beating Saten-san and Azunyan in preliminaries. Zakuro was a great show, but it isn’t popular enough to stand up against one of the more popular Amagami girls.
A-12: Suzuki Jun vs Yukimura Chizuru vs Astarotte Ygvar
Personal Preference: Astarotte Ygvar > Suzuki Jun
Prediction: Astarotte Ygvar > Suzuki Jun > Yukimura Chizuru
Lotte-chan~~~ Lotte will dominate this match easily – she’s up against a very minor character and a character from a show with zero saimoe presence.