The number of ties here are starting to get a bit out of proportioned, but with few people in the voting room now than when this first started, such closeness in numbers should have been more apparent. Still, I think this was the first time I got to see so many ties in one string of group votes.
The younger girls certainly make themselves known in these group of girls. Araragi Tsukihi makes Nisemongatari a faction to consider as she takes the main leader board with a high score of 106 votes, the highest votes so far and the score to beat for all other potential KBM title holders out there. Not to far behind is Tohsaka Rin in her child form from Fate/Zero, setting another character and possibly the Fate/Zero group in general. Shana is the first in her group of girls, but with 86 votes, Shana needs to step up to the plate not to get knocked down by the never girls. Still, she shows that the finalist from 2007 still shows some strength in her to take out some potential new girls who may get rise here.
The first results of the match are up, and already, there are some interesting things that are happening at this time. I think an even shocking observation is the clear obviousness of which characters are going to make it big and which characters are just there for the ride. There is almost no middle ground here: you are either top material or the bottom of the pack. In any case, here are the results for the first preliminary groups.
After fear of wondering if they were even going to do this again after what conspired last year, I am glad that it is back up and ready to go. The schedule for the female division of KBM has now revealed itself. The tournament is here!
Written in the Books
No one said this match was going to be clean. In more ways than one, both of these keeper of books were about to get down and dirty. Be it Masamune’s forward personality to push things in order to make sure work can continue to move forward or Takashi’s determination to search for the spirits who have lost their names, both of them were going to have a tough time trying to figure out a victory from here. Both were slugging back and forth for the top seat as the match appeared to be very close on both ends. In the end, however, Masamuna (60) managed to stay above Takashi (56) just barely and long enough such that he could be crowned the winner of this year’s KBM male tournament. Congratulations to Takano Masamune for the victory. Surely, this would give the editing staff some boost in morale. Then again, I am sure they schedule will act against them once more and they will be back to their same old selves.
The final match is on as Natsume Takashi and Takano Masamune fight for the right to be crowned the new KBM male champion. Both have fought thick and thin to be able to make it this far. Now that both of them have ascended to the top, only one of them was going to have his hand raised when all is said and done. They may think they are safe now, but they are nowhere near calm waters. This will be the biggest challenge they have to face. It is time to see who will attain the KBM male title.
I cannot say that I am a bit disappointed. More so, I expected something like this to happen. While I already knew, based of their data, that Takano and Takashi would be the the victors of their match. I have said this many times before, and it is a bit redundant for me to sat, at this point, but I cannot help but stress that we need more voter participation here. Seeing voting numbers only at the 100 range is a bit sad compared to the two other big more tournaments as well as its past performance. Again, there is not really anything I can do here, since I cannot vote. However, I hope that the final match will at least bring a few more people into the table, since it is the final match. Until then, I do not know what to expect.