AST: Preliminary 1: Group 1 Results

===============Advance to Main round===============
1st – 172 votes – Chitanda Eru @ Hyouka
2nd – 171 votes – Misaki Mei @ Another
3rd – 168 votes – Kataoka Yuuki @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
4th – 164 votes – Takakamo Shizuno @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
5th – 139 votes – Senjougahara Hitagi @ Nisemonogatari
6th – 135 votes – Mihirogi Uta @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
7th – 134 votes – Inami Mahiru @ Working’!!
8th – 132 votes – Haruna @ Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead
8th – 132 votes – Amami Haruka @ The iDOLM@STER
10th – 123 votes – Oshino Shinobu @ Nisemonogatari
11th – 119 votes – Takanashi Miu @ Papa no Iu Koto o Kikinasai!
12th – 115 votes – Saber @ Fate/Zero / Carnival Phantasm
=============Advance to Prelims Round 2============
13th – 105 votes – Segawa Izumi @ Hayate no Gotoku! Heaven Is a Place on Earth
14th – 101 votes – Shinonome Nano @ Nichijou
15th – 65 votes – Crea Dolosera (Chairman) @ Aquarion Evol
16th – 64 votes – Hirai Yukari @ Shakugan no Shana III – Final
17th – 63 votes – Futami Ami @ The iDOLM@STER
17th – 63 votes – Mine Riko @ Hidan no Aria
19th – 57 votes – Akado Harue @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
20th – 55 votes – Hanaki Yuka @ Natsuiro Kiseki
21st – 54 votes – Mukai Suzu @ Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
22nd – 53 votes – Senoo Kaori @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
23th – 50 votes – Sakura Kiyomi @ Shinryaku!? Ika Musume
24th – 49 votes – Yoshinoya-sensei @ Hidamari Sketch x SP
25th – 48 votes – Rias Gremory @ Highschool DxD
26th – 47 votes – Ariel (Dai-sensei) @ Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead
27th – 44 votes – Shimada Hazuki @ Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu Ni!
28th – 41 votes – Kohinata Miku @ Senki Zesshou Symphogear
29th – 39 votes – Nakata Sae @ Amagami SS+ plus
30th – 37 votes – Neris Filiam @ Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
30th – 37 votes – Tsuchiura Iroha @ Onii-chan no Koto nanka Zenzen Suki Janain Dakara ne!!
32nd – 33 votes – Amil Manaflare @ Shining Hearts: Shiawase no Pan
32nd – 33 votes – Shamo @ Nekogami Yaoyorozu
34th – 32 votes – Shigure Haruka @ Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi
35th – 29 votes – Oomiya Pink (Shining Pink) @ Jewelpet Kira Deco!
36th – 28 votes – Sovereignty @ C³ -C Cube-
36th – 28 votes – Tsuyama Mutsuki @ Saki: Achiga-hen – Episode of Side-A
38th – 27 votes – Sonozaki Shion @ Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kira
39th – 26 votes – Tokura Misaki @ Cardfight!! Vanguard series
39th – 26 votes – Mochida Fusako @ gdgd Fairies
41st – 25 votes – Karina Lyle (Blue Rose) @ Tiger & Bunny
42nd – 24 votes – Fam Fan Fan @ Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam

There was a bit of confusion as to what is going on with an unconfirmed results shown until things started to calm down. The true results of what happened this round have now been settled upon, thus the results above.

I have to say though, I did not expect Eru to win this one overall. Hyouka, while a good anime, does not come out as something outstanding or relatively popular in the Japanese region. It was interesting that she got over the main Saki brigade that overflows AST every year it gets on. Even if it was by four votes, that alone should mean something, even if it is not much. Again, this is the very start of the tournament, so low vote counts are expected. However, as someone else has stated, even as a start, the numbers look pretty low for AST standards. I am hoping for a voter increase in the next coming rounds as more people remember that this exists. Mei is another face that I did not believe would do well, let alone pass through in the first preliminary, but for her to take second place, even up by three votes over third place, that also states something. It looks like Mei is not as invisible to others as I first thoguht she would be.

As always Saki continues to be a major competitor in terms of numbers for how many girls get into Saimoe every year. It is of no surprise that Yuuki and Shizuno make it in as third and fourth respectively without breaking a sweat, but for someone like Mihirogi Uta, a commentator for the games, to make it in, it looks like Saki has enough influence to the voters enough to get even their adults in the moe tournament as well. It sadly makes Hitagi’s fifth place victory, with Uta at a close 6th, look like nothing, which is not a good sign foe someone of her caliber. The same can be said for Shinobu of the same series at tenth, but at least she makes it in with a statement, unlike not participating in any of the years she could have been in.

Inami jumps back into the fire at 7th, but I do not know if this girl will be able to get far. Hopefully for a round 2, but that may be as far as she can do, unless she seriously surprises me. Haruna is probably doing the same as she always has form her previous performances, be it a bad thing for not. Contrary of most beliefs, iDOLM@STER is not as popular in terms of numbers as one might think they have. While Haruka is one of the main focused girls, compared to her other representative Ami, iDOLM@STER does not look too hot out there. Interestingly enough Takanashi Miu of Papakiki makes in into the cut, and Saber takes the last spot in a firm hold, something I did not expect to happen. Maybe with these people on board, I should have seen it coming.

Hayate no Gotoku needs to do better than that if they want to get in early without regrets. Izumi just missed the cut by ten votes, a character that I thought would be able to make it in in her first try, but that looks to me a mistake. To my own surprise, Nichijou still has their power form last year, when I thought they were all but forgotten. It is nice to see Nano getting some love, considering her disadvantage for having her series shown nearly a year ago.

The gap between 14 and the rest is quite devastating. While a numbers of these girls are going to get in for the second preliminary round anyway, it is still a sight to see when there is an obvious gap in power, stating that all those girls are going to be nothing but fillers for the more powerful to get in with ease. Well, this is only one group of girls, there would most certainly be more interesting things to come in these next fifteen days for the first preliminary round.

I forgot to mention, if you want to also vote in this match as well, you can get the code for participation in voting here. Be warned though. I heard that this year, they are restricting foreign voters even more than they had last year, so it made not bode well for some foreign participants. If you see the words “Proxy” when you try to get a code, it means your voter, IP is blocked and, therefore, cannot vote. If it does not, good for you. Just wait one hour, come back to the site again, grab your code and vote here,  the official Saimoe website. Just scroll down until you see a post that contains that voting date and place your votes in. All information about what to do can be found in http://www.animesaimoe.org/, already set up in the links section of the website. Also, I highly recommend to go to this website for all the latest updates on what is going on in the three moe tournaments. While I too will write something down about the results, they have more experience about what may go down than I do, so check it out when you have the time to. I will provide a link for them in the widgets momentarily.

A complete list for the results can be found here.

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