Sunday, October 28, 2018

ISML 2018: Dark Horse Azusa Nakano Wins Emerald Necklace

ISML 2018: Dark Horse Azusa Nakano Wins Emerald Necklace
Favorite Nagisa Shiota Follows Form, Wins Emerald Pendant

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam On Baltic Avenue
October 28, 2018

Match Day 6 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Emerald Period Has Concluded. Listed as a 40-1 dark horse, Azusa Nakano turned back the clock and defeated third-choice Sagiri Izumi 18853-16313 to win the Emerald Necklace. Rounding out the order were Kurumi Tokisaki (4772), favorite Kamui Kanna (3850), Tooru (2220), Nanami Aoyama (1488), Yukino Yukinoshita (1251) and Shouko Nishimiya (1056).

An easy favorite, Nagisa Shiota followed form to win the Emerald Pendant, coasting past longshot Willem Kmetsch 18437-7687. Rounding out the order were Riku Dola (4407), Touma Kamijou (2943), Gilgamesh (2648), Saitama (2241), Li Syaoran (1725) and Ainz Ooal Gown (1443).

In the Emerald Wildcard Female Division, Emilia (10784), Mirai Kuriyama (9667.62) and Reina Kousaka (9248.95) advanced to the next period. Eliminated were Eriri Sawamura Spencer (964.24), Isla (3271.37), Kaori Miyazono (2386.87), Sakura Matou (1127.83), Chino Kafuu (6821.91), Umaru Doma (4967.31), Inori Yuzuriha (1686.71) and Mitsuha Miyamizu (1282.35).

Over in the Emerald Wildcard Male Division, Subaru Natsuki (8321.61), Kiritsugu Emiya (8343) and Karma Akabane (8568) advanced to the next period. Eliminated from the tournament were Souma Yukihira (3085), Sorata Kanda (4939), Yuzuru Otonashi (7885.52), Lancer (4386), Shizuo Heiwajima (3812), Satoshi (6701), Gintoki Sakata (5716) and Sakamoto (3384).

Seasonal action resumed with the Summer Seasonal Tournament. Ryouko Naoe defeated Rem Galleu 13893-13411, Chio Miyamo eased past Go Matsuoka 14288-13220, Mahiru Tsuyuzaki dominated Krista Lenz 14849-12991, Kuon Ohara thumped Satsuki Usui 15481-11948, Hikari Kagura cruised past Chisaki Miyazaki 14862-12775 and Aoi Mashiro defeated Ton Baileu 14363-12692.

Wrapping up Summer Seasonal play, Ayaka Sunohara prevailed over Yurine Hanazono 14043-13619, Satone Shichimiya, a favorite for the diadem, routed Siegrune 16217-8514, Mashiro Amatsuki defeated Hiyo Yukino 13764-13357, Shio Koube whipped past Airi Yamamoto 14712-12567, Nozomi Takamagahara won the closest race of the round, a 13207-12920 barnburner over Okou and Kano defeated Akira Ouno 13714-13328.

The home stretch is coming in this, the International Saimoe League, the world's premier anime character competition. Be sure to log on to InternationalSaimoe.com to join the ongoing debate and keep it right here on the Bedlam on Baltic Avenue for ongoing coverage.