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~