SM2010: Level Upper

Round One is over and a few interesting notes to file into the next round:

Group G and H – 9/4: “Tokiwadai’s Railgun” Misaka Mikoto (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) had no trouble putting away Kanae Naruko (Mayoi Neko Overrun!) and two others to advance into the next round while Mikan Yuuki defeats Golden Darkness in a To Love Ru face-off.

Group G and H – 9/5: The tempting water-loli Shizuku (Omamori Himari) edged out a 26 vote win over Chika (Hidamari Sketch) while Fate Testarossa (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) makes quick work of Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu‘s Yuuko Kinoshita and Fate/Stay Night‘s Saber.

Group G and H – 9/6: Miyako and Natsume (Hidamari Sketch) take both sides over Suruga Kanbaru (Bakemonogatari) and Isara Gunther (Valkyria Chronicles).

Group G and H – 9/7: In an upset, Momoko “Stealth Homo” Touyoko takes out Ui Hirasawa (K-ON!!) in quite the close battle. Many viewed this as an assassination given that Ui’s popularity rose this year due to K-ON’s second season, but considering Momo has a strong showing in last year’s competition, it’s no surprise she got a late push. Other speculation was that Saki fans did not want to see two K-ON!! characters pushed up if Azusa were to win, although having Ui eliminated would help Azusa greatly. Meanwhile, Ruiko Saten (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) took a surprise victory over Sae (Hidamari Sketch) and Winry Rockbell (Fullmetal Alchemist) by 3x the votes Sae received to add to the impressive overall vote total the Railgun cast has amassed in only the first round, even with losing Uiharu.

Group G and H – 9/8: I can’t think of two better characters to win for my birthday than Poplar Taneshima (Working!) and Tsumugi Kotobuki (K-ON!!).

Group G and H – 9/9: K-ON!! keeps the momentum going with Azusa Nakano taking her block, along with Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu‘s Shouko Kirishima taking hers.

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Group G and H – 9/10: The party doesn’t stop for K-ON!! as Mio Akiyama undercuts Itsuki Myoudouin (Heartcatch Pretty Cure!) while “Cool and Spicy” Amu Hinamori (Shugo Chara!!) registers another win for the franchise in the tournament.

Group G and H – 9/11: Fate/Stay Night walks away from the tournament empty-handed as Kobato Hanato (Kobato) takes the win over Illyasviel Von Einzbern while Fumino Serizawa puts more stock in Mayoi Neko Overrun!‘s chances with a win over Hanamaru Kindergarten‘s Anzu and Kampfer‘s Natsuru Senou finishing last.

Finally the last match, Group G and H – 9/12: in a double-upset, Alisa Bannings (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) upsets Angel Beats!‘s Shiina while longtime Saimoe competitor Ai Haibara (Detective Conan) actually wins a round one match over Hidamari Sketch‘s Nori.

Some interesting stats to note, taken from AnimeSaimoe.org’s Stat page:

(Round 2 by series prevalence)
1st 9 Saki
2nd 6 K-On!
3rd 5 A Certain Scientific Railgun
3rd 5 Hidamari Sketch
5th 4 Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu
5th 4 Ghostory
7th 3 Angel Beats!
7th 3 Hayate The Combat Butler
7th 3 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
7th 3 Working!
11th 2 Clannad
11th 2 Kanamemo
11th 2 Omamori Himari
11th 2 Seitokai No Ichizon
11th 2 Shakugan No Shana
11th 2 Shugo Chara!
11th 2 Sora No Otoshimono
11th 2 The Sacred Blacksmith

Much like last year, Saki always aims to get as many characters from it’s seemingly endless stable into the first round so that at least half of them make it to the next rounds. Heavies like Nodoka, Captain, and Tacos were obvious while Mediums like Momo were more of after-thoughts. Railgun is certainly playing well this year putting all but a couple of their contenders into the next round, with several close-calls. Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu and Bakemonogatari also show promise and it’s good to see Nanoha hasn’t lost their touch.

Series that walk away this year with no wins include older franchises like Fate/Stay Night, and recent series like Kampfer and Ichiban Ushiro No Daimaou.

(Round 1 by vote totals) (Top 10)
1st 652 Ruiko Saten @ A Certain Scientific Railgun
2nd 646 Kanade Tachibana @ Angel Beats!
3rd 605 Aoi Yamada @ Working!
3rd 605 Mafuyu Shiina @ Seitokai No Ichizon
5th 602 Yui @ Angel Beats!
6th 564 Hinagiku Katsura @ Hayate The Combat Butler
7th 562 Mahiru Inami @ Working!
8th 549 Momoko Touyoko @ Saki
9th 536 Index @ A Certain Scientific Railgun
10th 525 Ui Hirasawa @ K-On!

It’s interesting to note that this year, Railgun took home the most votes among winning and losing characters, along with Angel Beat’s Tenshi and Working’s Aoi Yamada.

(Round 1 by vote totals) (Bottom 10)
280th 42 Konayuki Itezora @ Katanagatari
281st 40 Mikoto Kondou @ Kampfer
282nd 37 Kaname Asagiri @ Ookamikakushi
283rd 36 Kyouko Shirafuji @ Working!
284th 36 Shiori Sekine @ Angel Beats!
285th 35 Lily Shiraishi @ Ichiban Ushiro No Daimaou
286th 34 Aria @ The Sacred Blacksmith
287th 30 Rin Itoshiki @ So Long, Mr. Despair
288th 23 Ume Kurumizawa @ Kimi Ni Todoke
289th 21 Yaya Yuiki @ Shugo Chara!

Yet again Yaya ends up last in the vote total for this year, which makes me often wonder how she gets into the main tournament to begin with. Shugo Chara!! was only able to slide in Amu and Rima this year, not even Utau could take a win.

In Round Two, expect to see some heavy swinging as we look to pair down the favorites from Round One as well as some of the lame-duck match wins in the next 24 matches to bring us down to the group finals in Round Three. It’s gonna be a Saki v K-ON!! v Railgun v Nanoha v Angel Beats fight to the finish, no doubt.

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