「Saimoe ‘11」 Quarterfinals I – Lotte vs. Erica

Winner: Erica Hartmann.

Here you have two quarter-finalists who have beaten the odds and were fortunate enough to face each other — seeing as how all the other matches is against a Puella Magi. Lotte comes in having already tested the waters against difficult opposition from the likes of Mikoto and such. (She also has the KugiRie supporters on her side.) Erica on the other had started her cinderella story with wins over Suzuha and Kanade. Will her journey end here?

The results are in. Our winner today is Erica! Congrats to her for being our first Semi-finalist of the year! She finishes this round with a total of 383 votes — 128 more votes than Lotte. (Don’t know what’s more surprising. This big upset we just witnessed, or the incredibly low voter turnout for a QF match.)

Well now. QFII seems to have two seriously top contenders that have crushed their previous competition with ease. The Madoka faction has seen 16 straight victories so far. Is it now time for someone to go down for the count? (Hope not in this match. Kyouko is my favorite from the series!) Its up to Kuroneko and her campaign to push forward and do what many feel has been a relentless struggle since the tournament first got started. Good luck to each of them.

Source: http://mig380.chez-alice.fr/up0/file/u1_004732.txt

Quarterfinals I – Results:

  • 1位 383票 Erica Hartmann @ Strike Witches 2
  • 2位 255票 Astarotte Ygvar @ Astarotte no Omocha!


Next Round | Quarterfinals II:

*my pick: Kyouko
*my prediction: Kuroneko



  • 10/28~10/31 – Quarter-Finals
  • 11/01 – Break
  • 11/02~11/03 – Semi-Finals
  • 11/04 – Break
  • 11/05 – Grand Finals


Saimoe “Best 8” Bracket: (courtesy of Aya Reiko)

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4 thoughts on “「Saimoe ‘11」 Quarterfinals I – Lotte vs. Erica”

  1. Lotte’s luck has run out, and the Kugimiya faction’s fight this year is over.  Next year, look out for the Rienaissance.  Meanwhile, this battle shows why Erica is an ace: she has sniped out two strong fighters this year in Tenshi and Lotte in two consecutive rounds, and she has taken one step closer to being the first foreign medalist in Saimoe since 2004.  No doubt the flight lieutenant will sleep soundly for now.  Next round, she would either be subject to a Witch hunt by a magical girl, or dabble in dark magic against a gothic cosplayer.
    The next duel is the first of at least three (and no more than six) fights involving a Puella Magi.  Kyouko winding up alone in one half of the bracket, separated from the other three, may seem like she is a sitting duck among the non-Madoka people, since Kyouko is undoubtedly one of the two weaker magical girls.  But the red lancer has a good shot to reach an unexpected final (at least among the PMMM team).
    For Kuroneko, fresh off a resounding win over Houki, this is the next match where her strength must be displayed.  I’m pretty certain that if Kuroneko loses, Ika will have some turbulence going against Mami in the fourth fixture.  If Kuroneko and Ika are indeed the two biggest weapons preventing a romp by the Puellae Magi, then there should be a huge strength boost for Kuroneko.  It’s also possible that the winner today can get to the national final, because both of them are expected to be stronger than Erica.
    Therefore, my support heads toward Kyouko, but my prediction leans toward Kuroneko winning.

  2. Lotte lost lol. She defeated Mikoto n lost tsk. This year’s Saimoe is definitely not a predictable one esp even after looking at stats. Hope Kuroneko will win (my pick) but I have this feeling PMMM will continue to rush forward. The first Elite Eight match has proven perceived strength has proven nothing so I am split between who will win the next match. Shall see tmr.

    Good luck Kuroneko!

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