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.




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.


  • Nopy

    August 6, 2012

    Interesting picks, but what’s wrong with Louise Valliere?

  • Fang-tan

    August 7, 2012

    Nothing specifically. I like her more than Shana at least. I’m just tired of seeing her in Saimoe.

  • Mushyrulez

    August 24, 2012

    How do you even come up with so many female characters in one anime about MAHJONG for chrissakes

  • Fang-tan

    August 24, 2012

    The thing that bothers me is that a lot of them don’t even have seiyuu. Why do you even care if these characters never even say one word?!

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