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ISML 2013: More tickets punched

ISML 2013: More tickets punched

By JR Salazar
February 12, 2013

Six more contestants have booked their place in the 2013 International Saimoe League following Match Day 6 of the 2012 International Saimoe League Preliminaries. In Stella Group 1, Konjiki no Yami is back after winning 5181 votes. C.C. was second with 4247 votes, Last Order was third with 4185 votes and Maria was fourth with 1994 votes. Misuzu Kamio will be ecisting the competition after earning just 1718 votes.

Saber is also in it, after winning 5196 votes to take Stella Group 2. Tomoyo Sakagami was second wioth 3918 votes, Nagi Sanzen'in was third with 3177 votes and Mafuyu Shiina was fourth with 2931 votes. Sakura of Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle is eliminated from the competition after winning just 1761 votes.

Louise Francoise Le Blanc De La Valliere, who put on an admirable performance in the 2012 2channel Anime Saimoe Tournament, is back to her old stomping grounds after winning 4616 votes to take Stella Group 3. Tsumugi Kotobuki was second with 3805 votes, Kagami Hiiragi was third with 3796 votes and Sakura Kinomoto was fourth with 2860 votes. Ayu Tsukimiya is out after taking just 1865 votes.

Where there is Saber and Illyasviel von Einzbern, there is Rin Tosaka. She won 4625 votes to win Stella Group 4. Nymph was second with 3984 votes, Haruna was third with 3660 votes and Mei Sunohara was fourth with 2615 votes. Shiki Ryogi's ISML run is done after winning only 1974 votes.

Victorique de Blois, the face of GOSICK, is coming back to the ISML after securing 4687 votes to win Stella Group 5. Konata Izumi was second with 4169 votes, Kotomi Ichinose was third with 3490 votes and Amu Hinamore was fourth with 2125 votes. Chii is out after gaining just 2019 votes.

Mato Kuroi, the Black Rock Shooter, was nonexistent in Japan after her anime series tanked in the eyes of fans on both sides of the Pacific. Here's the problem with that: Kuroi is back in the ISML. Have the voters acquired Stockholm Syndrome? And the Bedlam is talking about all 5271 of them who helped Kuroi win Stella Group 6. Masami Iwasawa was second with 4239 votes, Index L. Prohibitorum was third with 3661 votes and Kyon no Imouto was fourth with 2247 votes. Shinku is out of the competition after winning only 1851 votes.

Yozora Mikazuki is one victory away from returning to anime's grandest stage. Mikazuki won 4466 votes to take Nova Group 7. Mikan Yuuki was second with 3578 votes, Karuta Roromiya was third with 3480 votes, Yuiko Kurugaya was fourth with 2878 votes and last is Shizuku Mizutani, who earned 2371 votes and is relegated to the second phase.

There's already two Yuis confirmed in the International Saimoe League. Will Yui of Sword Art Online join them and make it three? 5347 votes are hoping that with this Nova Group 8 victory, it will be realized. Touka Takanashi was second with 3954 votes, Ritsu Tainaka was third with 2887 votes and Mami Tomoe was fourth with 2743 votes. Minami Shimada will have to ented the second phase of prelims after winning just 2528 votes.

Erio Touwa is not going anywhere anytime soon. With 4001 votes to secure Nova Group 9, it's safe to say that she is a lock to be the first 12 from the Nova into the tournament. Kurisu Makise was second with 3880 votes, Tsukihi Araragi was third with 3295 votes and Kyouko Toshinou was fourth with 2838 votes. Tenri Ayukawa will be in the second phase of Nova prelims after managing just 2390 votes.

Another guaranteed lock to qualify from the first phase of Nova prelims barring a meltdown in the last match day is Kuroyukihime, who easy won Nova Group 10 with 5364 votes. Nanami Aoyama was second with 3809 votes, Shouko Kirishima was third with 2724 and Shiori Shiomiya was fourth with 2580 votes. Himeko Inaba will have to settle for the second round of Nova preliminaries after winning 2527 votes.

Rikka Takanashi could be only her way to sealing her place in the ISML regular season after winning 5913 votes to take Nova Group 11. Homura Akemi was second with 3254 votes, Neko was third with 2927 votes and Elucia De Lute Ima was fourth with 2882 votes. Haruka Saigusa is relegated to the second phase of Nova preliminary action after earning onloy 2375 votes.

Asuna Yuuki is the face of Sword Art Online, and with 5669 votes to go with another Nova Group 12 victory, she may be on her way to punching her ticket. Inori Yuzuriha was second with 3860 votes, Ririchiyo Shirakiin was third with 3168 votes and Kyouko Sakura was fourth with 2380 votes. Fuuko Kurasaki is relegated to the second phase of Nova prelim action after winning 2228 votes.

In the first of three seeding pools, Sawa Okita finished first with 3411 votes. Iori Nagase was second with 3089 votes, Morgiana was third with 2597 votes, Medaka Kurokami was fourth with 2045 votes, Hakaze Kusaribe was fifth with 1955 votes and Toki Onjouji was last with 1828 votes, adding to the international backlash from Saki running the tables on 2channel in Japan.

In the second of these seeding pools, Asako Natsume was on top with 3166 votes. Miho Nishizumi was second with 2564 votes, Erica Blandelli was third with 2544 votes, Watashi was fourth with 2386 votes, Yuuko Kanoe was fifth with 2311 votes and Ran Mouri—and this shouldn't have surprised anybody, seriously—was last with 1931 votes.

In the last seeding pool, Ruri Gokou took top honors with 3723 votes. Mikoto Misaka was second with 3473 votes, Mio Akiyama was third with 3022 votes, Yuri Nakamura was fourth with 3013 votes, Shana was fifth with 3012 votes and Haruhi Suzumiya was last with 2308 votes.

Match Day 7 of the 2012 International Saimoe League Preliminaries is scheduled for February 17, 2013. Vote for your favorite candidates at and join the ongoing debate.
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