I was lazy about getting this out last Saturday, not that anyone probably reads them, but because I am trying to amuse myself for 30 minutes, without further ado:
Group E and F – 8/30: Apparently Aoi Yamada (Working!) collected a strong following, or no one wanted Akiko Ogasawara (Taisho Baseball Girls) or Kyon’s Sister (Haruhi) to win, as she clean swept E. F side, the most unlikely of stories, Hinagiku Katsura is not only denied a final for another year, but this year she was denied even getting out of the first round by newcomer Mafuyu “Gamefaqs” Shiina (Seitokai No Ichizon) in what was, IMO, the first major upset in the tournament for a veteran character, but not that last.
Group E and F – 8/31: Erika Kurumi (Heartcatch Pretty Cure!) takes a win over Macross Frontier’s Ranka Lee and others while Saki main character Saki Miyanaga squeaks past Kanata Soram (Sora no Woto) and Sawako Kuronuma (Kimi Ni Todoke)
Group E and F – 9/1: For the first time since Saimoe began in 2002, Mahoro Andou (Mahoromatic) returns to compete, sadly the tournament is not what it used to be, and fell to Cecily Campbell (The Sacred Blacksmith) but put up a decent fight. Bakemonogatari’s Hitagi Senjougahara took out a veteran player Rika Furude (When They Cry) to advance to the next round.
Group E and F – 9/2: Kana Nakamachi (Kanamemo) shuts down another Kampfer hopeful, Shizuku Sangou by a narrow margin while K-ON!!‘s Ritsu Tainaka defended another Seitokai No Ichizon combatant Minatsu Shiina from passing through her into the next round.
Group E and F – 9/3: With only 40 votes inbetween, the short chain-smoking Komoe Tsukuyomi (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) locks away Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya) to deny her a bout in round two, while Mihoshi Akeno (Sora No Manimani) clears out the final round of Group F.
Finally, the week ends with the beginning of G and H, starting with Group E and F – 9/3, which puts “Tokiwadai’s Railgun” Misaka Mikoto (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) up against mainly Kanae Naruko (Mayoi Neko Overrun!). Misaka won handily, but it was hardly an epic match, or epic vote total unlike Kuroko or Uiharu. On the other side we got a To Love Ru square-off between Mikan Yuuki and Golden Darkness, with Mikan Yuuki coming out on top, and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha‘s Suzuka Tsukimura finishing third.
Next Report: The final matches of round one, including Fate, Saten, Poplar, Mugi, Shouko, Alisa, Fumino, and plenty more.
Here’s a hint on Fate though: