Wednesday, September 03, 2008



I'll just copy-paste what I said on the MT forums, since i'm too lazy to type it out again.

Oh god, now we're on to Block E. To me, this is probably this year's group of death. I can also see some surprises waiting to happen in this block - and be bracket busters. The tournament did better this year at least in spreading the favorites around, but there's a good number in this block.

But yea, a block with Otoha, Shana, Rei Ayanami, Ranka, Nanoha, Nia, Tamaki, and Horo - just to name those who I think who will probably advance. Okay, really it's just because Nanoha and Shana are in the same block, and it seems like no one else will probably have a shot outside of Rei. But still, that's a good amount of moe that will be cut down by Shana/Nanoha.

Well, on to the individual matchups:

[[E01]] 9/04
<<久遠寺森羅@君が主で執事が俺で>>(Kuonji Shinra@Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de)
<<神凪綾乃@風のスティグマ>>(Kannagi Ayano@Kaze no Stigma)
<<桜野音羽@スカイガールズ>>(Sakurano Otoha@Sky Girls)

I don't see how Otoha can lose this. Ayano is not a endearing character, in my mind. I don't know anything about Shinra, but apparently she has good feet? o.O Otoha, probably by a bit.

[[E02]] 9/05
<<加賀愛@さよなら絶望先生>>(Kaga Ai@Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
<<久遠寺未有@君が主で執事が俺で>>(Kuonji Miyu@Kimi ga Aruji de Shitsuji ga Ore de)
<<シャナ@灼眼のシャナII>>(Shana@Shakugan no Shana Second)

Oh God, Shana is Hawt! Sorry, had to say it. Shana, by a runaway. Don't even bother with the other two, Shana is just too tsundere moe for them. Glad to see her back though, after her 18 vote loss in the Kugimiya Civil War last year against eventual runner-up, Nagi Senzanin.

[[E03]] 9/06
<<綾波レイ/綾波三姉妹@新世紀エヴァンゲリオン シリーズ>>(Ayanami Rei@Neon Genesis Evangelion)
<<鏡黒@こどものじかん>>(Kagami Kuro@Kodomo no Jikan)
<<結城ノナ(現プリマ・アスパラス)@ななついろ★ドロップス>>(Yuuki Nona/Prima Asparas@Nanatsuiro★Drops)

Really Japan? I hope they come out with some Card Captor Sakura movie so we can bring back Sakura Kinomoto, and not her older Tsubasa proxy. Though, with Haruhi's defeat earlier in the tournament, things may not look as bright for Rei as it seems. But I still expect Rei Ayanami, practically the de-facto icon of Akihabara to advance easily. I would be deeply surprised if she doesn't.

[[E04]] 9/07
<<桂心@School Days シリーズ>>(Katsura Kokoro@School Days)
<<ランカ・リー@マクロスFRONTIER>>(Ranka Lee@Macross Frontier)
<<月村真由@ご愁傷さま二ノ宮くん>>(Tsukimura Mayu@Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun)

I've been raving for weeks on how good Macross Frontier is, and I don't see why Ranka would lose in this matchup versus a very loli-moe imbued character in Kokoro. Mayu, you can go home ~ Reika already did. Though, Ranka's rep did take a hit a bit in the series, but we still have another 2-3 episodes to go for her to make that up.

[[E05]] 9/04
<<高町なのは@魔法少女リリカルなのはStrikerS>>(Takamachi Nanoha@Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS)
<<湯浅比呂美@true tears>>(Yuasa Hiromi@true tears)
<<シグナム@魔法少女リリカルなのはStrikerS>>(Signum@Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS)

Nanoha. By a big margin. She's not the SaiMoe 2005 champion and perennial favorite every year for nothing.

[[E06]] 9/05
<<仙童紫@ロザリオとバンパイア>>(Sendou Yukari@Rosario+Vampire)
<<キャロ・ル・ルシエ@魔法少女リリカルなのはStrikerS>>(Caro Ru Rushe@Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS)
<<月島きらり@きらりん☆レボリューション>>(Tsukishima Kirari@Kirarin Revolution)

I don't know enough of the other two characters to really make a good decision, but I doubt the MSLN fans will just let Caro go down that easy. I expect her to advance so she can get smacked down by Nanoha next round.

[[E07]] 9/06
<<梅枝ナオミ@絶対可憐チルドレン>>(Umegae Naomi@Zettai Karen Children)
<<南千秋@みなみけ シリーズ>>(Minami Chiaki@Minami-ke)
<<座敷童@xxxHOLiC◆継>>(Zashikiwarashi@xxxHOLiC Kei)

It took me reading volume 8 of the xxxHOLiC manga to remember who Zashikiwarashi is, and honestly ~ she has no chance against Chiaki. Teh Minami is strong this year, and I think it'll be strong here.

[[E08]] 9/07
<<稲森光香(みかん)@がくえんゆーとぴあ まなびストレート!>>(Inamori Mika/Mikan@Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight!)
<<シエスタ@ゼロの使い魔 〜双月の騎士〜>>(Siesta@Zero no Tsukaima ~Futatsuki no Kishi~)
<<葛城みかん@レンタルマギカ>>(Katsuragi Mikan@Rental Magica)

I actually changed my vote today on this matchup. Originally I was going to go with Siesta, but after seeing the previous matchups so far, 2ch sure loves it's lolis. Mikan is that loli that gives 2ch orgasms. So going with Mikan here.

[[E09]] 9/04
<<猫宮のの@よつのは>>(Nekomiya Nono@Yotsunoha)
<<ニア・テッペリン@天元突破グレンラガン>>(Nia Teppelin@Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
<< 麻生夏海@スケッチブック 〜full color's〜 >>(Asou Natsumi@Sketchbook ~full color's~)

I expect Nia to come away the victor here. I don't know anything on Natsumi or Nono. Nono looks like a interesting character though.

[[E10]] 9/05
<<桑原鞘子@バンブーブレード>>(Kuwabara Sayako@Bamboo Blade)
<<川添珠姫@バンブーブレード>>(Kawazoe Tamaki@Bamboo Blade)
<<アンゼロット@ナイトウィザード The ANIMATION>>(Anzelotte@Night Wizard the Animation)

We could see a split vote effect here and Anzelotte to advance to take advantage, but I don't know how strong of a character Anzelotte is. I haven't seen enough of Night Wizard to make a good guess about her, but my assumption is she just won't have the votes to overtake either one. I like Tamaki ~ one of the main girls of Bamboo Blade, to advance here.

[[E11]] 9/06
<<小神あきら@らき☆すた>>(Kogami Akira@Lucky☆Star)
<<水瀬伊織@アイドルマスター シリーズ>>(Minase Iori@IDOLM@STER)
<<月島小恋@D.C.II 〜ダ・カーポII〜>>(Tsukishima Koko@D.C.II)

This is a very weak group in a otherwise very strong block. Going with Akira, only because she's from Lucky Star.

[[E12]] 9/07
<<ホロ@狼と香辛料>>(Horo@Spice and Wolf)
<<咲野明日夏@キミキス pure rouge>>(Sakino Asuka@Kimikiss pure rouge)
<<乱崎月香@狂乱家族日記>>(Midarezaki Gekka@Kyouran Kazoku Nikki)

I see a wolf advancing here. Sakino will be the third Kimikiss girl to go down in the first round, and I felt Yuumi and Eriko should have advanced too. Sakino has no chance in hell against Horo, and the same probably can be said of Gekka.

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