Predictions, results, and more!~
Nothing too surprising went down here. Saki was almost taken out by Maho Misawa from Ro-Kyu-Bu, which would have been an exciting start if it went through. Remon exceeded my expectations, garnering the second highest total of Group A1., not that she was up against tough competition or anything. For me this round shows a weakness for the Saki supporters, who despite getting a record breaking number of characters through to the main tournament have simply provided a large amount of fodder for everyone else. At this point I can see only one outcome for Group A1, and that’s a showdown between Saki and Kobato.
Two pleasant surprises for me in Group A2 were Reika and Miki, the support of which I underestimated. It’s nice to see both Idolmaster and Smile Precure doing well! Otherwise, this round went by somewhat predictably. Although I had Yuno pegged as the winner of her match, I was silently rooting for Natsuiro’s Saki who fell short by a small margin of votes. What’s worse is that she was in the lead for a long period of time, right up until the last couple hours or so. The Miki-Tomoka match was also one of the more intense matches to watch, as both girls went back and forth between first throughout the round, but thanks to a final push Miki ended up taking the win!
Except for Kanade, who barely slipped past Hayate’s Isumi, these matches were all very one-sided. Toki’s huge win margin was surprising, and that says a lot about how she’ll perform from now on, and looking at the other girls it seems her biggest enemy at this point in Group B1 is Iori, but I won’t count out the donut-loving vampire just yet! Chris Yukine’s win was the only big surprise to me. If a Symphogear wins Saimoe … just kill me.
AKARIN~ DOMINATION. Those other girls didn’t stand a chance. I’m looking forward to her next match with Azusa, it should be one of the best this year. Oh, and another surprise, Chihaya Ayase ALMOST WON! A last minute voting surge almost pushed her through, which would have been the most awesome upset this year. It’s too bad it wasn’t enough, but really … 4 votes. Another one of the closer matches was Mei verse Ayano, and even though I’m rooting for the Yuru Yuris, I was happy to see Mei win. In fact, it’ll probably be Mei facing off against the winner of the Akari-Azusa showdown. Look forward to it!~
( My Current Prediction Record: 17 / 24 )
|8/23: Shizuno Takakamo // Rise Matsumoto // Kyouko Toshinou
8/24: Kokoro Akechi // Hare Menjou // Eila Ilmatar Juutilainen
8/25: Cthugha // Francesca Lucchini // Chinatsu Yoshikawa
8/26: Maria (Hayate) // Maon Sakurada // Laura Bodewig
8/23: Fuu Sawatari // Kanon Nakagawa // Norie Okazaki
8/24: Yuuka Morigaki // Hisa Takei // Sae Nakata
|8/25: Awai Oohashi // Astarotte Ygvar // Mami Futami
8/26: Sherlock Shellingford // Mayuri Shiina // Asuha Tohara
8/23: Kaoru Hanawa // Ringo Oginome // Professor Shinonome
8/24: Sen Yarizui // Suruga Kanbaru // Ui Hirasawa
8/25: Yune (Ikoku Meiro) // Sonya (Kill Me Baby) // Erica Hartmann
8/26: Yayoi Kise // Gruier Serenity // Ai Haibara
GROUP C1: The next group kicks off with an intense match-up between Saki front-runner and protagonist Shizuno facing off against popular Yuru Yuri TOSHINO KYOUKOOOO! I’m giving this one to Shizuno, simply because of how large the Saki fanbase is, this is their opportunity to knock out a tough competitor. Rise’s voice won’t be heard this time, as usual. My choice of Hisa for the last match was easier to make.
Hare is more of a personal choice than a prediction, best guilty gear right there. ;_; The support for Strike Witches and Milky Holmes doesn’t seem nearly as strong as last year, so someone like Hare has a good chance of slipping in. I get the feeling this match will be revealing for the those two fanbases.
Cthugha and Maria felt like obvious choices. Poor Chinatsu just doesn’t have the same popularity as the other Yuru Yuris. The next match was a bit more difficult to pick, but I went with Kanon, though I still feel wary of that choice. The Tamayura girls got really screwed over by the placings. All four of the representatives are in Group C, not that I expect them to do well or anything.
GROUP C2: Both Lotte and Erica Hartmann, who made it to the final eight last year, are in group C2 and I feel confident that they’ll both make it through. Lotte seems to have it easier though, as Erica is going up against Yune, who in my opinion has as much potential as Mei Misaki.
I wanted to give the second round to Mayuri, but I have this gut feeling Sherlock will get through as the main protagonist of Milky Holmes. Similarly with Ringo, Hakase seems more popular. Suruga vs. Ui should be a close one, but Suruga has never been as popular as the other Bakemono girls in Saimoe. Yayoi was an obvious choice.
|8/27: Houki Shinonono // Rinko Tamaki // Harue Akado
8/28: Chihaya Kisaragi // Hibiki Tachibana // Koneko Toujou
8/29: Henriette Mystere // Suzu Hagimura // Hajime Kunihiro
8/30: Hinata Hakamada // Unused Character (Kill Me Baby) // Perinne H Clostermann
8/27: Tamao Kurei // Hibino Shiba // Sana Inui
8/28: Ayumi Tokita // Kurisu Makise // Mihoko Fukuji
|8/29: Teru Miyanaga // Madoka Kyouno // Tomoki Sawamura
8/30: Hiroe Atago // Utao Kuga // Nagi Sanzenin
8/27: Gertrud Barkhorn // Yasuna Oribe // Sakurako Gibbard
8/28: Louise De La Valliere // Yuuko Shionji // Kei Arakawa
8/29: Karuta Roromiya // Makoto Kikuchi // Fear Kubrick
8/30: Agiri Goshiki // Touka Ryuumonbuchi // Saber
GROUP D1: These three second prelim winner got pretty lucky being grouped up together! It’s a hard one to call however. Rinko topped Harue originally in R2 of the second prelims, but Harue will most likely do better in this much smaller pool of options. Which leaves Houki. After some debating I went with Houki.
I would love to think Chihaya has an easy match-up, but Hibiki might prove tougher than her first show. I went with Chihaya anyway, because I loveu~ her. The next three were all a toss-up and are definitely going to screw up my prediction record, but whatever! Kurisu is matched against Mihoko unfortunately, which doesn’t give her much of an opportunity to win.
GROUP D2: If you haven’t noticed the trend, Group D is one of the weaker of the tournament. I fully expect Nagi to sweep through, unless she gets sniped. But anyway, Saki’s big sister Teru should do well against Madoka. Sakurako might get joke votes like Sui last year, but I’m predicting against it.
Karuta, one of the most popular choices from MetaMoe, is up with an easy match-up. Makoto will be one of the easier iM@S girls to beat luckily. Louise seems to have an easy match. I was on the edge for the last match-up, but ultimately I went with Touka.
Updates : The following is a list of players who have characters on their list that have either advanced to the next round or been eliminated. If your name isn’t here then obviously there is nothing new to report! The changes are also being reflected in the banners underneath the spoiler below this list.
- Akagami : Miki Hoshii advances to Round 2.
- Anemorj : Oshino Shinobu advances to Round 2.
- BlackBriar : Oshino Shinobu advances to Round 2.
- D-LaN : Yuka Hanaki advances to Round 2.
- Hawthorne : Akari Akaza advances to Round 2.
- Highway : Lost 1st pick Saki Mizukoshi in tight match against Yuna Gasai (201 – 190) and 5th pick Asia Argento in close match against Tsukasa Ayasuji (273 – 200).
- Kai : Azusa Nakano and Remon Yamano advance to Round 2.
- Karakuri : Lost 3rd pick Nanako Doujima in one-sided match against Saki Miyanaga (294 – 55).
- Kyokai : Lost 3rd pick Chihaya Ayasa in tight match against Yozora Mikazuki (259 – 255).
- Raiyuu : Lost 3rd pick Tomoka Minato in tight match against Miki Hoshii (323 – 299).
- Rakkyo : Lost 1st pick Tsumiki Miniwa in one-sided match against Toki Onjouji (417 – 74) and 4th pick Miya Tachibana in close match against Mahiru Inami (236 – 177).
- Thorgrim01 : Oshino Shinobu, Kobato Hasegawa, and Miki Hoshii advance to Round 2.
- Tofu : Kobato Hasegawa advances to Round 2.
- Yerocha : Remon Yamano advances to Round 2.
That’s all for this now! I’ll be back on the 30th to report the results of Groups C and D, though there’s a small chance it might not be as quickly updated as this round was because I’m starting college in a couple days, but I’ll try to be as timely as possible.
So, what are your predictions for the upcoming rounds? Surprised by any of the results?