Friday, March 23, 2012

ISML 2012: Who will survive Prelims II?


ISML 2012: Who will survive Prelims II?


By JR Salazar (Bongaboi)
March 23, 2012

Match Day 6 of the 2012 International Saimoe League Preliminaries Phase II is in the books, and we can indeed say that the stage is set for Super Sunday and Super Tuesday to determine the next 16 regular season contestants in both the Nova and Stella Divisions.

In Stella Group 5, Hecate, Kagami Hiiragi and Yui Hirasawa are expected to contend for the ticket. Hecate defeated Lala Satalin Deviluke 2887-2171 and Rukia Kuchiki 2887-1054. Hiiragi dominated Minori Kushieda 2981-2284 and Kagura 2981-1060. Hirasawa, tabbed by the Bedlam on Baltic Avenue as the group winner here, rocked Ruiko Saten 3260-1712 and Rena Ryuuguu 3260-1422.

Yuno Gasai, Asami Iwasawa and Inori Yuzuriha will duke it out for Nova Group 5 honors. Gasai slashed past Reki 2626-1316 and CHihaya Kisaragi 2626-1316. Asami Iwasawa blew past Wendy Marvell 3053-1633 and Rin Kaga 3053-1507. Yuzuriha, the face of Guilty Crown, rolled past Mami Tomoe 2896-2072 and Haruka Morishima 2896-1304.

Watch for a huge turnout on Tuesday between Mikuru Asahina, Konjiki no Yami and Last Order in Stella Group 6. Asahina whipped past Maria 2937-1861 and Yomi Isayama 2937-1418. Konjiki no Yami, the perennial breadwinner for To-Love-Ru, earned victories over Tsubasa Hanekawa 3024-2021 and Sawako Kuronuma 3024-1006. Last Order, picked by BoBA to win this group, defeated Ushio Okazaki 2944-2153 and Suiseiseki 2944-1178.

The Goddess, Madoka Kaname, was all business in her Nova Group 6 victories over Akari Akaza 2784-1797 and Nako Oshimizu 2784-1254. However, this will go down to either Haqua du Lot Herminium and the BoBA-tabbed Erio Touwa. Haqua cruised past Kirika Ueno 2962-1717 and Nano Shinonome 2962-1204. Touwa dominated Ayase Shinomiya 2880-1845 and Airi Sena 2880-1196.

Ikaros, Ui Hirasawa and Illyasviel von Einzbern will settle Stella Group 7. Ikaros flew past Sakura Kinomoto 3304-1785 and Ai Enma 3304-1030. Hirasawa trounced Rika Furude 3203-1999 and Shinku 3203-893. Illyasviel, projected by BoBA to win this group, defeated Kurimu Sakurano 3200-1810 and Kazari Uiharu 3200-1173.

Kanon Nakagawa, Irisviel von Einzbern and Kanade Suzutsuki have an equal chance of winning Nova Group 7. Nakagawa wiped out Kyouko Toshino 3194-1662 and Haruka Amami 3194-747. Irisviel scored victories over Ohana Matsumae 2947-2046 and Naruko Anjou 2947-989. Suzutsuki took down Houki Shinonono 2531-1942 and Sayaka Miki 2531-1683.

Holo, Kyou Fujibayashi and Mafuyu Shiina are ready to settle Stella Group 8. Holo chomped up Fate Testarossa 2622-2084 and Kobato Hanato 2622-1241. Fujibayashi laid the book on Shiki Ryogi 3106-1511 and Mai Kawasumi 3106-1213. Shiina outlasted Kaori Kanzaki 2983-2024 and Hinata Hyuuga 2983-933.

Subaru Konoe is the favorite by BoBA to win Nova Group 8, after scoring victories over Shirayuki Hotogi 2462-2135 and Horizon Ariadust 2462-1137. However, she will face still competition from Shiori Shiomiya and Fear Kubrick. Shiomiya scored victories over Mio Amaha 2993-1870 and Himari Takakura 2993-817. Kubrick took down Mayuri Shiina 2780-1847 and Miki Hoshii 2780-1230.

Super Sunday, March 25, is Match Day 7 of the 2012 International Saimoe League Phase II, or Match Day 13 of the entire Preliminary Period. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.
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