Friday, March 07, 2014

ISML 2014: Stage set for more Preliminary showdowns

ISML 2014: Stage set for more Preliminary showdowns

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
March 7, 2014

Match Day 11 of the 2014 International Saimoe League Preliminaries concluded, and the stage is set for showdowns to determine the next eight in the main draw of the world's premier anime character competition.

In the hunt for a spot out of Nova Group 1 are Eru Chitanda (2943 votes), with wins over Ai Astin (1387 votes) and Kyouko Sakura (1334 votes); Chocolat (2287 votes), with wins over Yui Yuigahama (1877 votes) and Maki Nishikino (1054 votes); and Mikan Yuuki (2642 votes), with wins over Noire (1504 votes) and Kouko Kaga (1201 votes).

Scheduled to settle the score in Nova Group 2 are Karuta Roromiya (2702 votes), with easy wins over Tamako Kitashirakawa (1668 votes) and Celestia Ludenberg (997 votes); Charlotte Belew (2506 votes), with wins over Manaka Mukaidou (1355 votes) and Komari Koshigaya (1312 votes); and Tohka Yatogami (2890 votes), with wins over You Kasukabe (1285 votes) and Ouka Yuuouji (1252 votes).

It's time to put up in Nova Group 3 for Kurousagi (2641 votes) after wins over Ai Shindou (1609 votes) and Ai Fuyuumi (1142 votes); Renge Miyauchi (2339 votes) after victories over Neptune (1821 votes) and Gou Matsuoka (989 votes); and Mei Misaki (1942 votes) after wins over Natsume Tsuchimikado (1876 votes) and Himeko Inaba (1507 votes).

In Nova Group 4, look for a great battle between Yukino Yukinoshita (2501 votes), who defeated Noumi Kudryavka (1752 votes) and Asuka Kudou (1140 votes); Ririchiyo Shirakiin (2263 votes), who routed Nepgear (1690 votes) and Karen Kujou (1125 votes); and Sanae Dekomori (2842 votes), who defeated Yuno Gasai (1500 votes) and Sayaka Miki (1121 votes).

Nova Group 5 will have a nice finale as well, featuring Yuiko Kurugaya (2097 votes), who defeated Madoka Kaname (2008 votes) and Iona (1150 votes); Momo Velia Deviluke (2205), who took care of Furano Yukihira (1804 votes) and Hotaru Ichijou (1223 votes) and Touka Takanashi (2551 votes), who crushed Akatsuki (1573 votes) and Myucel Foaran (1374 votes).

In Nova Group 6, take your pick between Shiori Shiomiya (2650 votes), who blew past Cthugha (1778) and Takao (875 votes); Laura Bodewig (2450 votes), who defeated Masaki Shokuhou and Tomoko Kuroki (950 votes); and Suguha Kirigaya (2637 votes), who rolled past Leticia Draculair (1751 votes) and Komari Kamikita (1108 votes).

Nova Group 7 might be a two-horse race between Nyarlathotep (2539 votes), who defeated Suzuka Dairenji (1441 votes) and Kyouko Kirigiri (1428 votes), and Origami Tobiiichi (2318 votes), who trounced Yukina Himeragi (1672 votes) and Masuzu Natsukawa (1277 votes) but don't count out Mitsuki Nase (2476 votes), who picked up wins over Frenda Seivelun (1993 votes) and Ryuuko Matoi (912 votes).

Finally in Nova Group 8, there is a possibility that someone will move up in Yui (2403 votes), who demolished Mikasa Ackerman (1557 votes) and Chisaki Hiradaira (1537 votes), or Rin Natsume (2129 votes), who defeated Frey (2035 votes) and Kazusa Touma (934 votes), but there is also a chance that Haqua du Lot Herminium (2402 votes) will finally get the chance she wanted, after wins over Emi Yusa (1447 votes) and Morgiana (1352 votes).

Match Day 12 of the 2014 International Saimoe League Preliminaries is scheduled for March 9, 2014. Vote for your favorite candidates at and join the ongoing debate.