Wednesday, July 04, 2018

ISML 2018: Violet Evergarden Poised To Win Winter Diadem

ISML 2018: Violet Evergarden Poised To Win Winter Diadem

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
July 4, 2018

Pound for pound, Violet Evergarden has been the strongest character in the 2018 International Saimoe League Winter Seasonal Tournament. She is now poised to claim the Diadem after routing Takagi 10365-5885. She will be tipped by BoBA to win this prize by at least 5000 votes with a turnout of at least 16000 votes.

But don't sell Ichigo short. Listed as the second choice to win the Diadem, she acquitted herself well and defeated Zero Two 5164-4473 to become the strongest among the Parasite Pistils of Darling In The Franxx. Still, with Evergarden's form potentially carrying over to victories over the Spring, Summer and Fall Diadem winners in the exact manner as Chtholly Nota Seniorious, Ichigo will have to be content with automtically qualifying for next year's International Saimoe League. Zero Two, meanwhile, is tipped to defeat Takagi for third place by under 2000 votes with a turnout of under 16000.

Match Day 3 of the 2018 International Saimoe League is history. In the Female Division, Kamui Kanna pumped Gabriel White Tenma 9008-2246, Mirai Kuriyama hammered Aria Holmes Kanzaki 6839-2346, Origami Tobiiichi shot down Mayuri Shiina 5681-4240, Rem routed Kotori Minami 6900-4087, Umaru Doma leveled Touka Kirishima 5751-4534, Shinka Nibutani eased past Nao Tomori 5335-3788, Tooru trounced Tomoyo Daidouji 8033-3402 and Nero Claudius slaughtered Shinobu Oshino 5849-4040.

Nagisa Furukawa dismantled Nayuta Kani 6699-2333, Shouko Nishimiya thumped Madoka Kaname 8231-2210, Shino Asada blasted Kaede Kayano 5647-4040, Kumiko Oumae slayed Ayase Aragaki 5639-4229, Mashiro Shiina overpowered Diamond 6133-3404, Yuki Nagato blew apart  Miyako Shirakawa 6201-2521, Inori Yuzuriha whipped past Sora Kasugano 5671-4677 and Asuna Yuuki slashed past Suguha Kirigaya 6807-3662.

Wrapping up Female Division action, Yui Hirasawa rocked Maki Nishikino 6747-2865, Mitsuha Miyamizu drubbed Kuroyukihime 6342-4113, Rikka Takanashi annihilated Elf Yamada 8087-2532, Eriri Sawamura Spencer crushed Keiko Ayano 5650-2718, Isla leveled Aqua 5944-4324, Shiro rolled past C.C. 5960-4912, Yui Yuigahama hammered Kosaki Onodera 5295-4245 and Reina Kousaka cruised past Ruiko Saten 5366-3263.

In the Male Division, Hachiman Hikigaya routed Yashiro Isana 6574-3730, Kazuma Satou defeated Tomoe 5025-4129, Ken Kaneki prevailed over Shirou Tokisada Amakusa 5108-4689, Levi leveled Osamu Dazai 6245-1779, Tomoya Okazaki made it a dango sweep with a 5539-3759 pumping of Haruka Nanase, Subaru Natsuki whipped past Kyousuke Kousaka 5180-4032, Taki Tachibana knocked down Ren Amamiya 6309-3687 and Sorata Kanda exploded past Sebas Tian 5063-4158.

Souma Yukihira dominated Hideri Kanzaki 5187-3921, Kiyotaka Ayanokouji drubbed Mikoto Suou 6316-3764, Shidou Itsuka overpowered Kojou Akatsuki 4967-3609, Willem Kmetsch bounced Satoshi 5239-4447, Nagisa Shiota took down Armin Arlert 5384-4021, Taihei Doma took down Katsuki Bakugou 5190-4387, Li Syaoran thumped Seiya Kanie 4032-3546 and Rintarou Okabe slammed Son Goku 6170-3930.

Wrapping up Male Division action, Izuku Midoriya pulverized Killua Zoldyck 5586-3693, Takashi Natsume flattened Izayoi Sakamachi 6495-3737, Archer dominated Izaya Orihara 5621-4622, Kousei Arima whipped past Leonardo Watch 5226-4178, Sakamoto won the closest race of the round, a 4861-4681 barnburner over Sasuke Uchiha, Shirou Emiya blew Tatsumi apart 6251-3556, Saika Totsuka defeated Haruka Kasugano 4838-4513 and in the Upset of the Round (though it wasn't too much of a scalp), Yato eased past Ryuunosuke Akasaka 5578-4178.

In the midst of Anime Expo 2018, set your eyes to one tournament and one tournament only: the 2018 International Saimoe League, the world's premier anime character competition. Match Day 4 of the Topaz Period and Winter Seasonal Election Day 2018 is scheduled for July 5, 2018. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.