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Saimoe Round One Thoughts

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I won’t do this for each round but it’s just that I normally do predictions before hand and I didn’t get a chance to this year. So I figured I would wait.

So far this year hasn’t been super thrilling, mostly thanks to shit Saki. Nico and Honoka were knocked out in the first round which was a shocking party upset but thanks to the stupid Loser’s Round, they’re right back in again (more or less). And plus my Saimoe hopeful lost by one vote so really why do I even CARE.

But  whatever, I’ve been paying attention and here’s what I’m thinking so far.

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Madoka Kaname is 2013’s Saimoe Champion

Were you expecting Sayaka? Too bad! It’s a cute girl! Wait. I’m a Sayaka fan.

Well, I predicted Madoka would win… two years ago. Well, better late than never? This makes Puella Magi Madoka Magica the first series to have two different champions to come from its show. And really? I was kinda disappointed. Like sure I’m glad Madoka won, better than a Saki right? Saki had a surprisingly poor showing after last year. I was worried another season would tilt Saimoe next year but I guess I don’t need to worry.

I do need to worry that we’ll end up with an all Madoka final group again though. Homura once again was the only character not to make it to finals. Homura, according to Saimoe voters 1 is the least popular. Kyouko better than Homura? Whatever they’re on must be some powerful stuff.

One of the biggest surprises was Watashi from Jinrui doing so fantastically and being the only non-Madoka to make it to the final four. She beat Kirino from Oreimo, Kyouko from Yuruyuri, AZUSA AZUKI, and Sawa from Tari Tari. I predicted Azusa and Tsukiko would wipe the floors with most girls but apparently they really were just flavours of the month.

The losers round is like redemption island on Survivor. An unnecessary, boring addition that dragged the tournament on beyond the point that I could care about. Really, if Watashi hadn’t made it so far I would have stopped watching it altogether. I mean, like I know it’s a totally stupid, meaningless event but I enjoy it from afar and seeing a surprising, non-popular character go that far? It was amazing. If only she had won. There’d be no need for Saimoe. How could you top Watashi winning? It would be the underdog story of our lifetimes. We’d tell our grandchildren (well, Saimoe is over ten years old, right) and have them pass down the legend of Watashi’s victory against Sakis and Madokas alike. I guess we’ll never know what could have been.

I know it’s not like I post every single day or even what could be considered ‘regularly’ but I did have a bunch of posts planned leading up into December including a very special edition of the music feature and a very, very big rant about Korra. However, between trivial stuff like trying to complete NaNo on my short amount of free time to Very Important Adult things like working two jobs (around 40-50hrs and up a week) to moving out on my own to my very first apartment, I haven’t had time for stuff like this.

I will eventually post both of those in due time. The feature at the beginning of December when it’s still relevant, hopefully and the Korra later if my time doesn’t free up once I’ve moved. However December is usually a busy time for me as I rush to get in my year end compilation posts or the 12 days thing done. So, hopefully I’ll get back to this soon!

Also, real talk? I am one hundred percent done with packing figures.

Notes:

  1. whose taste is questionable to begin with

Saimoe 2013 Picks

It’s that time again. Last year was such an abomination with Saki dominating right until the end. There are a lot of Saki characters in this year as well (though not nearly as many) so if it seems like it’s going that direction again I’ll probably stop paying attention altogether. Which is a shame.

As usual, I’ve gone through the list of contestants and made a few notes about my predictions and stuff. X’s are to give you a visual on just how many Sakis we’re dealing with this year (in retrospect I should have added a symbol for Girls und Panzer to compare), ♥’s are the characters I really like in that match and hope win (though in most cases it’s pretty damn unlikely), and ✔’s are who I predict I will win, whether I like it or not. I mostly went for the obvious choices and how well they fared in past tournaments.

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  • the first match features what I assume is a bunch of nobodies. I mean, I can’t see any of those four shows having a big fanbase. So whoever wins is nothing but cannon fodder.
  • Mami undoubtedly has her match though I am a bit disappointed since Wakaba is my second favourite next to Aoi.
  • Not sure how popular Seitokai no Ichizon is and I couldn’t remember how well its characters did in past tournaments. I think Yozora probably has it though.
  • Precure characters traditionally haven’t done very well so I’m not putting much hope on them except for maybe Yayoi and her match is practically a walk in the park. I wouldn’t mind if Emi won though since I liked her originally and she isn’t a Saki.
  • I like Sasha and Chihaya and they’re both great characters but this is a tournament neither of them could ever succeed in. Glad that it’s Peace who has such an easy match though.

  • Ayase is the best Oreimo character (aside from her yandere tendencies, I guess). She probably has her match but I didn’t want to call it with a Yuruyuri in it.
  • Asuka vs. Homura vs. Nanoha. Probably the most interesting and hype match of the whole tournament, sadly. Asuka originally made it to the finals in 2002 (losing to Tomoyo and proving that people don’t always have terrible taste) but in her next match she lost to Golden Darkness so I doubt she stands a snowballs hell in chance against two juggernauts like Nanoha and Homura. The only time Nanoha didn’t make it to the finals was in 2008 when she lost to Shana (who again defeated her in 2010 when Nanoha returned to her groups final). Has Nanoha’s popularity waned enough to let a newcomer like Homura defeat her? Homura lost in the first round when paired against instant kill Misaka. It’d be nice if she could redeem herself so I’m pulling for Homura this time around.
  • Following that, Madoka is up against Yukari from Girls und Panzer. I imagine this will be a tough fight though a bit anticlimatic after Nanoha vs. Homura.
  • I like Mayuri but I had to go with Nap Girl on this one. Kumin is precious. Hopefully Rei and sher stupid giant ass doesn’t take it though.
  • Maki is one of the most popular Love Live characters (she did recently win the poll to be center on the 6th single) so I think she has this one.

  • Nibutani was my favourite Chuu2koi character so I hope she has this one. I doubt Christa will be much of a challenge and just how popular is Date a Live? Maybe I’m underestimating it.
  • LUCKY STAR. LUCKY STAR IN 2013. I don’t even know. Like. Who even cares about that anymore? Saori isn’t that bad and Squid Girl lost to a Saki last year so I’m hoping Squid Girl has this.
  • If Azuki Azusa and Tsukiko don’t totally dominate their matches I will be speechless. They’re both OK so I won’t mind if they win it all instead of a Saki. But you know, there have been a lot of up and coming popular gals that haven’t scored a real big victory so who knows. A few years ago I would have given up because I would be sure they had it but now? Not so much. Anything can happen, I guess.
  • Aoi is the best Vividred character but goddamn Kyouko probably will win.
  • I love Tamako Market and I love everybody in it so I’m obviously rooting for all of of the characters from it. Tamako’s match might not be that difficult but that might be wishful thinking. It probably is.

  • Kotori is another popular Love Live character so I don’t think she should have trouble.
  • I really don’t want Koromo to win because she’s one of the more powerful Sakis. I think Kyouko is just popular enough that she should stand a chance.
  • This group is really dull.

  • Another dull group.
  • Dekomori vs Karuta: I’m pretty sure I don’t need to repeat this anymore but AS LONG AS THE SAKI DOESN’T WIN. I would rather Karuta because all Dekomori is good for is being annoying and being Nibutani’s girlfriend.
  • Hayate is my fave Nanoha character and she’s always done pretty well. Her first round is usually against low-level characters like this and she can dominate popular characters in the second round but she’s had some trouble on group three. Well, one step at a time!

  • Has Kirino fall into disgrace like she has over here? Even so, Watashi doesn’t stand a chance and Kurisu has only done slightly well in the past but hey she’s still done better than Kirino. Kirino only made it to round two in 2011 and she lost to Index. WHICH WAS AWESOME.
  • Makoto best imas.
  • One hit kill Mikoto probably has her match but Nagi is a tough one to beat. Nagi made it to the grand finale twice. One losing to Rika and then to Azusa. Beyond that her worst is always stage three. Misaka’s worst was her first tournament appearance where she lost, surprisingly, to a Saki. Her other two appearances were then both group finals where she lost to Astarotte and Azusa, who went on to defeat Nagi. I take back what I said about Nanoha vs. Homura being the only interesting match.This will stain one of them with the disgrace of losing in the first match. It’s almost historic. Though, since Railgun just aired (it’ll be over by the time this match rolls around) I think it will still have revived everybody’s Mikasa ‘feels’ (ugh) and Mikasa will probably win. Though you know me, rooting for Nagi all the way!

  • Rin is my favourite Love Live character (AND WITH GOOD REASON) and I doubt she would stand a chance against most but against Kuroneko she’s especially going down. What a shame.
  • Tsukiko match, nobody survives.
  • I didn’t know how to call SAO matches. Is it obnoxiously popular over there still as it is here? Will those girls destroy their matches and I’ve made a terrible mistake? Well in any case, I assume Asuna for sure has her match underwraps. Sorry Yukari.
  • Choi woo Choi!
  • Kanna woo Kann- oh. Hi, Saten.
  • Only two Milky Holmes characters. Sad. But after how bad S3 is, I don’t blame you. Hercule made it to round three in her first appearance and had surprisingly took out Eclair from Dog Days and Laura Bodewig but lost, unsurprisingly, to Madoka. Sherlock has had terrible luck so far though. First appearance she was placed against Kuroneko and second tournament she made it to round two but lost to Astarotte. I’ll be hoping for both of them!
  • And the Index match. Always most important to me. Her first two tournaments saw her lose in the first round to Azusa (who, again, went on to win that year) and Kanade the next year. 2011 she fared better and defeated Kirino and Eila which I thought impossible. Eventually she lost to Kyouko from Madoka.This year doesn’t seem very promising since Akari and Chinatsu are both main characters and all. I’m really hoping the votes will be split between them and Index will prevail.

  • I like Maria and Yukino but I don’t know if they’re strong enough to take their respective matches.
  • How popular was Hyouka with 2ch? Imas didn’t do as strongly as I had projected a few years ago and I doubt it’ll do that good this year as well so I think maybe Chitanda will have a shot?
  • Anko is adorable but Ayumu is was a strong performer. In recent years she hasn’t even made it past round one, losing to Yuuki Kataoka and Yui Hirasawa. Maybe Anko does have a shot after all.

So there we go. There’s how I feel about THAT. Will Saki dominate again? Will Girls und Panzer steal the show? Hopefully not but hey. There are two big, interesting matches that I’m actually really excited about. Which is nice since my interest has been dwindling for awhile.

Saimoe 2012 Picks

(I didn’t use check marks which would have made sense because I am very bad at drawing check marks both irl and on here so shush)

Ah, Saimoe. My favourite time of year. Getting butthurt because the characters I like aren’t winning, complaining on twitter, waiting for the next match and then repeating the process. I really do love it though. I’ve already been tweeting a lot about the prelims but now that those are done, drawing for groups is done and Saimoe is on hiatus for Comiket, this is as good a time as ever to post about it.

I’ve been complaining about Saki this entire time. There are 41 characters from Saki in this year’s tournament.

41.

Forty-one.

IIII IIII IIII IIII IIII IIII IIII IIII I

That is a lot. And a TON of characters didn’t make it through. How many characters are there in total in Saki? Why do you people care if there are so many? How can you even remember all of their names?

Well, regardless it has really skewered things. The vast majority of them are fodder though. I’m hoping the votes will be so split between Saki voters that it gives other characters a chance to sneak by and take those matches. There is one match that is just three Saki characters so stuff like that will drive down the numbers quickly. Though they dominated the preliminaries, I’m hoping most of them should be weeded out by round two. In 2010, Koromo and Nodoka both went on to the quarter finals where they respectively lost to Nagi and Azusa.

Specific characters I’m hoping for:

Izumi Akazawa: I don’t think she  or Mei are from a popular enough show to pull themselves past the first round. I just really love Akazawa. And hate Shana every time she’s in Saimoe because she and Louise are super lame.

Nao/Reika/Miyuki/Yayoi/Akane: Nao and Reika are my favourites but I love all of the Smile Precure girls so I’d be ultra happy if any of them made it past the first round. Yayoi has a pretty easy match and she is by far the most popular so I think we’ll see her in round two at least.

imas: Chihaya and Makoto are the two imas I’m really hoping for. Makoto didn’t make it past first preliminaries though so I’m not confident about her popularity here. Mami is also infinitely cuter than Ami (don’t you “but they’re twins” me) so I’m also secretly hoping for her.

I marked who I’m hoping to take most individual rounds but I’m sure 90% of them really don’t have a shot and in a lot of cases I’m just hoping against Saki characters. A lot.

Mami Tomoe is 2011’s Saimoe Champion

Despite what people will say about the end of this year’s SaiMadoka, I thought things were interesting. Starting with the first match where Misaka beat Homura. If any of the Puella Magi should have won, I honestly think Homura would be the most moe. I wouldn’t say that if episode ten hadn’t happened though. Kyouko? Great character but hardly moe. I’m kind of disappointed that my dream of the magical girl legacy going full circle with Madoka winning didn’t happen. In that regard, it really did seem as if it was “who’s the most popular Puella Magi” contest at the end.

Idid realize WHY Madoka didn’t join the ranks of the great magical girl legends though. When Sakura and Nanoha won they were both a) from a smaller cast size and therefore not at risk of splitting the vote. If, say, none ofthe Puella Magi had made it to the finals but Madoka well obviously she would have won (though the fandom split the vote so that PMMM would win no matter what so Madoka’s popularity compared to Kuroneko (who by the end of the tournament had only a few overall more votes than her) might make for a challenge but certainly a more interesting final match). Nanoha only ever had Fate to really, really worry about and in 2005 when Nanoha won, Fate didn’t even make it to the finals. Sakura, who was the first Saimoe winner in 2002, had Tomoyo who did place and was a semi-finalist. The second reason why b) Madoka was not a loli. Madoka is in the eighth or ninth grade (I can’t remember) while Nanoha (when she won) was nine and Sakura was 10-12. Now it’s obvious that the first reason listed is why Madoka, her self, didn’t win. I’m just saying, if she had been a loli she might have won.

Anyways I guess I’m glad Mami won. Though Sayaka is my favourite (deal with it), I was surprised she even made it to the semi-finals. I guess Japan doesn’t hate her as much as the western fandom does. I still think Madoka and Homura were the best fits to win if only for the title character triangle and because of Moemura. On a non-Puella Magi Madoka Magica note though, the other character I pull for every time she’s in the tournament did really well. Index beat her personal best (does losing at the beginning of the first round every time count as a record?) and made it to the finals of her starting round but lost to Kyouko who went up to be this year’s runner up. But Misaka didn’t make it to the finals either so it really was a good year! And because I’ve rambled, have a Mami image dump.

  

  

  

  

Saimoe 2011 Picks

Saimoe 2011 is taking a breaking for C80 (which I’m super pumped about now) but that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking about it. I was going to write these out but then I remembered I’m lazy so here is an abridged version of my picks (who I hope will win).

Saimoe 2011 and the Mahou Shoujo Legacy

Saimoe (the real one, not the shitty ISML one) is one of my favourite times of the year. I enjoy, after a long hard day of doing nothing, checking the results of the last round and either celelbrating, accepting a loss gracefully or flipping right the hell out. It is usually the last one. I see a lot of people criticize  it because it’s been made so only those in Japan can really vote and while I think that is a bit unfair, I also don’t particularly care. It did make things unbalanced and I see Saimoe, now, as a spectator sport. I see the glass as half full that way, you can see it as half empty and say “but it isn’t a spectator sport. You just can’t vote because you don’t live in a certain place. That means it sucks.”

I honestly think it is fun. Making my picks, showing support in childish ways and bitching like a loser when Index that character fails. It really is like the football season here (haha). Preliminaries are still ongoing (which I only found out now) so I won’t make a detailed chart for each match (yet?) because we don’t know what the matchs are yet (but I guess you could find out I am just too lazy). Hopefully I won’t be lazy in the future and will do that though. It sounds fun!

I think we all have a good guess who might win this year. Hate the show all you like but you’re being childish if you honestly think there isn’t a chance of a character from Puella Magi Madoka Magica winning. I could be wrong but we have to look at the history of this tournament. Mahou shoujo have an advantage. Not just any mahou shoujo. Precure girls? They come and go. Flavour of the month dealios. The very first winner of the very first saimoe (2002) was Sakura Kinomoto from CardCaptor Sakura (whih reminds me to write a post about that too…) and in 2005, Nanoha Takamachi from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha won. Since 2005 the caliber of girls who have won have changed and you might be apt to argue, “Azusa won, the era of moeblobs is here!” Well Madoka happens to be a moeblob and a mahou shoujo so there. (That would be my childish response) It is undeniable that Madoka has been just a strong presence in the mahou shoujo community as the victors before her have. Saimoe voters are predictable. Otaku are predictable. I’ve often though powerhouses like Mio from K-ON or that slut Mikoto from To Aru Majutsu no Index would win but neither ever did. Hell, Kanade who was WILDLY popular last year didn’t even make it to the finals. Being a flavour of the month doesn’t cut it.  I think Madoka has the history of saimoe, and the voters love of mahou shoujo, as well as the lasting impression she has left on fans and haters alike to back her up.

I say Madoka but of course it is possible one of the other girls might steal the winning spot for themselves. I find that unlikely as it always seemed that Fate was far more popular than Nanoha but it was still Nanoha who came out victorious in 2005. Fate, however, would reach second place in the following year but lose again, then, fan-favourite Suiseiseki from Rozen Maiden. Sayaka or Kyouko obviously don’t stand much of a chance and while Mami is popular I wonder if she is THAT popular. I think she is like Fate and would dominate a following tournament once the main characters did well. Which leaves Homura and Madoka. Homura is the proverbial Fate here. I would put my money down on Madoka as she is the titular character though. That is just me.

Well I have rambled for long enough here. The tournament hasn’t even officially started yet! I plan to use this barren wasteland of a blog to show support as the tournament goes on but I am fickle (read: lazy as all hell) so who knows~

Azunyan is 2010’s Saimoe Champion

I was thoroughly annoyed when I saw who was going into the quarter finals? A bunch of Saki characters? Shana? Saten? Nagi? Ughhhh, no please. I was hoping for Azusa because, despite my lack of interest in K-ON, she was clearly the cutest of them all. And she won! Hooray, Azusa! I was going to find a way to beat the hell out of 3ch if Nagi won anyways. Hopefully next year we’ll have some fresh faces. And no Saki. Congrats Azunyan and fans! Your moe queen has prevailed!

Saimoe 2010 PV

This lack of Celty was disturbing. Well, there was a little bit of Index. Those are my mains. Those are the two I’d like to see win or in the very least defeat Kanade and Railgun sluts characters. Umineko characters (hell, even Bern) and Holo are also high in my books. But they’re support doesn’t nearly reach the level of Index (or Celty).

Hanyuu vs. Fuko

Actually, it’s pretty hard for people outside of Japan to vote, not impossible, but hard. But try! Let’s hope for Hanyuu~ it’s too late for our beloved Bell Zepyhr but Hanyuu still has a chance!