ISML 2019: Sagiri Izumi Wins Sapphire Necklace

ISML 2019: Sagiri Izumi Wins Sapphire Necklace
Kiyotaka Ayanokouji Wins Sapphire Pendant

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
October 4, 2019

Match Day 4 of the 2019 International Saimoe League Sapphire Period saw another Necklace and Pendant match go to the dark horses. Sagiri Izumi was listed as a 20-1 dark horse but the Challenger of Record won the Sapphire Necklace, defeating the new challenger of record, Mashiro Shiina, 11412-7853. Kurumi Tokisaki was third with 5666 votes, favorite Chtholly Nota Seniorious was fourth with 3295 votes, Asuna Yuuki was fifth with 2436 votes, Kurisu Makise was sixth with 1922 votes, Schwi Dola was seventh with 1649 votes and Mai Sakurajima was last with 1495 votes.

The Sapphire Pendant match turned out to be a classic battle of longshots, but 40-1 choice Kiyotaka Ayanokouji prevailed over 80-1  longshot Touma Kamijou 7895-7357. Levi was third with 5639 votes, favorite Rintarou Okabe was fourth with 4113 votes, Archer was fifth with 3505 votes, Yuuta Togashi was sixth with 2712 votes, Taki Tachibana was seventh with 2384 votes and Subaru Natsuki was dead last with 1871 votes. Kamijou is the Challenger of Record for the Emerald Period in the Male Division.

Advancing to the Emerald Period in the Female Division via the wildcard are Index Prohibitorum (5426), Iroha Isshiki (4212.3), Azusa Nakano (3774.4) and Nephren Ruq Insania (3653.6). In the Male Division, Katsuki Bakugou (4195), Sorata Kanda (3658.3), Lancer (4140) and Shidou Itsuka (3394) advance.

Finally, in Tournanemt of Champions action, Rem defeated Mikoto Misaka 9410-8700, Megumi Katou routed Kotori Itsuka 10149-6962, Ruri Gokou eased past Shana 8137-6902, Eru Chitanda delivered the Upset of the Round, a 7964-7712 scalp of Kanade Tachibana, Hachiman  Hikigaya thumped Lelouch Lamperouge 10267-5921, Korosensei defeated Hideyoshi Kinoshita 8838-6015, Houtarou Oreki whipped past Sora 8520-6997 and Accelerator accelerated past Kazuto Kirigaya 8441-7305.

Match Day 1 of the 2019 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is scheduled for October 6, 2019. Vote for your favorite characters at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate. And keep it right here on The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue for continuing coverage of the 2019 International Saimoe League, the world's premier anime character competition.

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