So with the preliminaries now over and done with, it is time for me to step forward and begin Moetron’s coverage of 「Anime Saimoe Tournament 2012」.

Next week begins a 3-month event filled with passion and bitterness of every level. To claim Saimoe glory will truly be a long and exhausting road ahead.

Looking at the nominees who made it into this year’s main tournament, you’ll notice a lot of returning veterans, the usual powerhouses, and some newcomers who look rather promising in ’12.

As for who I’m supporting early on? I have 5 top picks who I personally favorite the most. Kobato (Haganai) – I gave my prediction last year of who will win in 2012 and I’m sticking to it. Iori (Idolmaster) – my top idol has a chance to win in an anime-related contest. Yayoi (Smile Precure) – who doesn’t love Cure Peace? Ika (Ika-Musume) – she lost to last year’s champion so I’m out for revenge. Yui (K-ON) – Been supporting her since Day 1.

Saimoe winner Mami (Madoka☆Magica) made for many an exciting conclusion in 2011. So I’m hoping this year’s tourney will be as thrilling if not more. I know I’ll definitely have to campaign even harder for my top choices this year — especially when seeing just how fierce the competition will be this time around.

Best of luck to each and every one of our 2012 nominees.

*Saimoe 2012 MAD Promo:

*Schedule:

  • 8/14~8/17 – First Round (Group A)
  • 8/18~8/21 – First Round (Group B)
  • 8/22 – Break
  • 8/23~8/26 – First Round (Group C)
  • 8/27~8/30 – First Round (Group D)
  • 8/31 – Break
  • 9/1~9/4 – First Round (Group E)
  • 9/5~9/8 – First Round (Group F)
  • 9/9 – Break
  • 9/10~9/13 – First Round (Group G)
  • 9/14~9/17 – First Round (Group H)
  • 9/18 – Break
  • 9/19~9/22 – Second Round (Group A & B)
  • 9/23~9/26 – Second Round (Group C & D)
  • 9/27 – Break
  • 9/28~10/1 – Second Round (Group E & F)
  • 10/2~10/5 – Second Round (Group G & H)
  • 10/6 – Break
  • 10/7~10/8 – Third Round (Group A & B)
  • 10/9~10/10 – Third Round (Group C & D)
  • 10/11~10/12 – Third Round (Group E & F)
  • 10/13~10/14 – Third Round (Group G & H)
  • 10/15 – Break
  • 10/16~10/23 – Group Finals (A through H)
  • 10/24 – Drawing for Quarter-Finals
  • 10/25 – Break
  • 10/26~10/29 – Quarter-Finals
  • 10/30 – Break
  • 10/31~11/1 – Semi-Finals
  • 11/2 – Break
  • 11/3 – Grand Finals

*Main Tournament Bracket:

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