July 25, 2007
So far, sheer numbers point to StrikerS - even though there's some junk characters in there, there's at least five or six serious contenders, enough that the organizers will have a hell of a time clumping them (to prevent them from carrying the whole damn bracket) without having a Nanoha-only block or something. Still, expect Fate, Nanoha, and Hayate to all end up in the same block (and maybe Rein too!)
Rozen Maiden qualified six of the seven dolls plus Tomoe, and both of the -seiseki twins, Shinku, and Suigintou are perennial high-performers.
Kanon essentially qualified every major female character. It's another one where it's hard to pick out which are the characters to look for (aside from Ayu, heh). That makes it hard to stack them in a block...
Other shows with a whole passel of qualifiers are Utawarerumono (which had Aruru and Eruru do well last year), Hayate (not every last female character, but most of 'em), Hidamari Sketch (which actually hurt me to watch, so no witty comment here), Negima ("only" seven girls qualified, heh), Lucky Star (the main cast, the DWI cop, the hellion of Lucky Channel, and a photo), Higurashi (the whole main cast), and Code Geass (haven't watched much of this, but there's seven of 'em).
Lots of characters is not necessarily a good thing, though. Last year, Gokujou Seitoukai had a dozen characters in the main tourney, but none of them advanced past the second round. One of the major disadvantages of having too many characters, especially if the show's popular enough to have secondary characters beat out other shows' leads, is that you tend to generate a lot of revenge votes later on...
Ah well, 'nuff said there. Still too early to go calling it one way or the other; there's still half the participants to pick, some of which had more votes in their round than the characters who made it below.
Here's the qualifiers:
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS
Reinforce Zwei (Rein)
Fate T. Harlaown
Caro Ru Lushe
Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière
Hayate the Combat Butler
ARIA the Natural
Aika S. Granzchesta
Kanna Chitose (Orinaru)
Evangeline A.K. McDowell
Izumi Kanata (Konata’s mom)
Seto no Hanayome
Iinchou (class rep)
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
Shakugan no Shana
Darker than Black
Euphemia Li Britannia
Nunnally Lamperouge (Nunnally Vi Britannia)
Shirafuji Natsuki(White Loli)
Hayama Kotono(Black Loli)
Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
Eto Mei (Mee)
Inamori Mika (Mikan)
Ouran High School Host Club
Otogi Jushi Akazukin
Gretel (Shizumori Erika)
Maria-sama ga Miteru
Feena Fam Earthlight
Welcome to the NHK
To Heart 2
Asatte no Houkou
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at July 26, 2007 02:38 AM (+rSRq)
Posted by: Xellos-_^ at July 26, 2007 11:01 AM (12gxe)
But there are definitely weak blocks and strong blocks. Since the tourney organizers are fond of sequestering the strongest entries from a series in a single block, I fully expect a Nanoha block, a Rozen block, and a Lucky Star block... and if you're a character from a different series in one of those blocks, you're essentially screwed to begin with. Not formally or anything, sure. Up against one of the big names, the only hope a character has is some heavy strategic voting by factions opposed to that show. But there's no point in attempting strategic voting against one character from show A if you then have to do the same thing with another popular character from show A later. In fact, it's much better to arrange for the two to meet, split the fanbase of that show, and throw the entire strategic vote you can muster behind the perceived weaker character of the two - you're a lot more likely to sink the stronger moe that way!
Also, on a personal level, the "down-card" rounds are interesting as a kind of filter. I don't need somebody to tell me to go watch Rozen or Nanoha or Lucky Star at this point, but characters doing well from shows I've never heard of at least indicate that somebody finds that show and character enjoyable. I hadn't seen any FSN until Rin made it into the quarterfinals last year, and I would have also watched Utawarerumono if it wasn't being worked on by the local crowd. ;p Shana's just waiting funds, for that matter...
The only worry I have this year is Nanoha, simply because there's just SO MANY characters qualified already, and enough contenders that putting all six or seven of them into a single block would feel pretty raw. But it's not good for the tourney if two or three of the quarterfinalists are from the same show, moe or not...
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at July 26, 2007 04:00 PM (LMDdY)
Hidamari Sketch (which actually hurt me to watch, so no witty comment here)
...and here I was, thinking you had taste.
Posted by: Wonderduck at July 27, 2007 07:43 PM (6krEN)
Posted by: Avatar_exADV at July 27, 2007 08:41 PM (LMDdY)
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