This is about, uh, 5-6 days late.. heh. Work has been busy the last weekend and I didn’t have a chance to update this.
First off, I’m pleased to announce that I will be joining the artfags again this year in making match posters for Rounds 3 onward. They aren’t as legendary as animesaimoe.org or pretty as Saimoe Updates but they are modeled this year after the match screen in Starcraft 2 up until the semi-final and final, for that I am reusing the design I used last year. I had to modify the template I posted here awhile back for three contestants but it came out pretty well. I figure by next year I might have something that looks nicer… maybe.
For now, here is a preview of the new format for Group A next week:
Bonus: A new alternate poster idea I came up with on the fly this morning at work:
Group A and B – 9/14: In a pretty tight race vote wise, Yuno (Hidamari Sketch) edged out both Miki Noda (GA ~Geijutsuka Art Design Class~) and Yachiyo Todoroki (Working!) while in the middle of the block, Nanoha Takamachi (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha) edges out Saki‘s Kana Ikeda and Mayoi “Snail” Hachikuji (Bakemonogatari)
Group A and B – 9/15: In a stunning upset, newcomer Nadeko “Snake” Sengoku from Bakemonogatari upset last year’s Saimoe runner-up, K-ON!‘s Yui Hirasawa in probably one of the bigger assassinations this year and the first for Round 2. Lower side, Hayate the Combat Butler favorite Isumi Saginomiya prevents a double-Bakemono-whammy defeating Shinobu Oshino, and removing one of the two Omamori Himari players in Round Two, Himari Noihara.
Group A and B – 9/16: South side, Hayate the Combat Butler‘s Nagi Sanzenin holds on to her place in the tournament defeating Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu‘s Minami Shimada and Ikaros (Sora No Otoshimono). North side, Shana makes quick work of Nazuna (Hidamari Sketch) and even veteran contender Ryou Fujibayashi (Clannad)
Group C and D – 9/17: Proving you can’t keep the “Tacotical Master of the East” down, Yuuki Kataoka (Saki) delivers satisfaction to Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu favorite Mizuki Himeji and Nodoka Manabe (K-ON!!). Mid-side, Koromo Amae doubles up on Saki‘s sweep of the day by defeating Kuroko Shirai (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) and Kyou Fujibayashi (Clannad).
Group C and D – 9/18: Maria (Hayate the Combat Butler) scores another win this year, defeating Hisa Takei (Saki) by a narrow 39 votes, with poor Mii Konori (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) failing to break over 50 votes in another loss for Team Railgun. South side, Nanako Yamamoto (Hanamaru Kindergarten) wins a lame-duck match against Utawarerumono‘s Aruru and Hidamari Sketch‘s Hiro.
Group C and D – 9/19: Three Saki contenders, and only one can win. Mihoko Fukuji, Hajime Kunihiro, and Nodoka Haramura. Sakifags must’ve had a hard time deciding who to weigh in with, but in the end. Titty Monster took the cake. North side, Kurimu Sakurano (Seitokai No Ichizon) continues her forward momentum, clearing away Shakugan no Shana‘s Wilhelmina Carmel and Saki Amano (Kanamemo).
Group E and F – 9/21: As most people expected, Angel Beats! favorite Kanade Tachibana shut down Haruhi‘s Yuki Nagato in a narrowly won match, while Seitokai No Ichizon‘s Mafuyu Shiina put the brakes on main character Saki Miyanaga (Saki) and Rima Mashiro (Shugo Chara!).
Group E and F – 9/22: Aoi Yamada (Working!) keeps the series love alive defeating Masami Iwasawa (Angel Beats!) and Erika Kurumi (Heartcatch Pretty Cure!), while on the south side, Hitagi Senjougahara (Bakemonogatari) staples K-ON!‘s Ritsu Tainaka to the ground to advance into the group final.
Group E and F – 9/23: Komoe Tsukuyomi (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) makes quick work of her two foes, Kana Nakamachi (Kanememo) and Cecily Campbell (The Sacred Blacksmith). North side, Dead Monster Diva Yui (Angel Beats!) defeats Negima’s Evangeline A K McDowell and Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu‘s Hazuki Shimada.
Groups G and H are today through Sunday Japan time, including matches such as Misaka v. Shizuku v. Miyako, and Fate v. Mikan v. Natsume. Group finals are next week with the final road to the winner starting soon after. Posters, quips, and more can be had on my site link in the sidebar and details on this blog.