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Sapphire Period 2021 Featured Match Write-ups

Post by Momento10 » Wed Oct 13, 2021 3:52 pm

Featured Match previews/descriptions/teasers for ISML matches are needed every round. Anyone in the community is welcome to contribute in any language. Accepted submissions will be displayed on the front page during the voting round and archived on the site afterwards. You may receive cookies when you submit and/or help edit write-ups.

Archived write-ups can be found here for reference: http://2016.internationalsaimoe.com/con ... _index.php"

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  • 200-word limit for each Regular Season Female preview, Regular Season Male preview, and 1v1 Exhibition preview, regardless of content or style.
  • 300-word limit for each Exhibition 2v2 preview, due to the pairing of contestants.
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Re: Sapphire Period 2021 Featured Match Write-ups

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Yūki Asuna (Sword Art Online) vs Yatogami Tōka (Date A Live)
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For who do they draw their blades for? For Yūki Asuna, it is for her family and friends. Now that she has experienced love for the first time, she wants to do everything she can to preserve the connection she has with those whom she trusts. By forging various bonds through multiple games, Asuna is able to grow her family in various ways that she would never imagine. With a swift strike of her blade, she will pierce through her opposition in order to assist those whom she cares about the most. For Yatogami Tōka, it is her friends and classmates. Now that her spirit power has been sealed, she can finally live the normal life that she was always curious about. Whether it is figuring out problems in class or hanging out in the bakery after school, Tōka rarely experiences a dull day. when the call for help is needed, she will raise her blade and take arms to protect this peaceful city. Can Asuna continue to dash towards victory, or will Tōka slice away her competition?
Zero Two (Darling in the FranXX) vs Aoyama Nanami (Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo)
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To change the perception of those around them, one must be willing to change oneself for the better. Zero Two does not need the scorn and fearful eyes of her peers to know that she is different from the rest of them. She understands that she is one of the most powerful pilots in some eyes, but a monster in other people's eyes. Rather than play along to the images that they have in mind, Zero Two chooses to be more aloof and carefree, trying to be more approachable and confusing others as to what her true personality is. Aoyama Nanami knows that she needs to work as hard as possible in order to achieve the goals that she has set for herself. When she is surrounded by talented people who seem to produce results effortlessly, Nanami has no choice but to keep pushing forward. She does not want to be left behind by her colleagues, so she must continue to practice in order to catch up to them. Who will be able to stay true to herself once the dust settles?
Emiya Shirō (Fate Series) vs Akabane Karma (Ansatsu Kyōshitsu)
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Having a good teacher can help shape the future for the students. Because his foster father saved him from the terrible fire many years ago, Emiya Shirō looks up to him not only as a fatherly figure, but also as a teacher. Shirō wants to continue his father's legacy by helping and saving as many people as he can without unnecessary bloodshed. Even after his father's passing, Shirō continues to train diligently, hoping to one day find the proper use for his untapped potential. Due to the betrayal of his former teacher, Akabane Karma learned to only care for himself without fearing the consequences of his actions. An encounter with an unorthodox teacher forces him to reconsider his willingness to put his faith on adults once more. After seeing the results that his peers had under his new teacher's influence, Karma decides to open his heart once more, becoming a courteous, yet cunning student and assassin. Who will be able to continue to hold onto his teacher's lessons until the very end?
Arima Kōsei (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso) vs Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist)
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The past can have a major impact in one's overall views in life. Throughout his life, Arima Kōsei was taught that the notes on the sheet music are law and should not be adjusted in any way. When an unideal parting occurs prior to his mother's death, Kōsei became inept to play the piano without hearing the haunting words of his mother. Still, Kōsei has found ways to work around his trauma and still be a part of the music world in some way by focusing on composition and listening to other potential pianists. What should have been a normal life for Edward Elric ends in tradegy after the disappearance of his father and the passing of his mother. When an attempt to revive his mother goes wrong, Edward not only loses his arm and leg, but also his youger brother. In an attempt to redeem himself from his wrongs, Edward became a full-fledged alchemist, hoping to find a way to get his and his brother's bodies back to normal. Who will be able to continue forward even after all the things he has experienced thus far?
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Re: Sapphire Period 2021 Featured Match Write-ups

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Shirai Kuroko (Toaru Series) vs Nakano Azusa (K-ON!)
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To say that they are not serious about their craft is a disservice. As a member of her security force, Shirai Kuroko takes her job very seriously. When her adversaries are not looking, Kuroko quickly traps them where they stand so she can capture them with ease. Whenever she has any downtime, Kuroko would spend her days hanging out with her friends, enjoying her days via shopping or going to cafés. Nakano Azusa is very serious about perfecting her craft as a musician. Daily she is seen either practicing in her room or practicing in her clubroom to the admiration of her peers. Every now and again, Azusa will relax by hanging out with her club members, having tea parties or going on various trips. Will will be able to showcase her passion until the very end?
Yoshino (Date A Live) vs Honma Meiko (AnoHana)
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What will it take for them to truly be seen? Because people kept hunting her down, Yoshino was unable to trust anyone once she appeared in a new world. She keeps herself encased in a blizzard of snow, not allowing anyone to enter her lonely heart. She hides in fear, waiting for a way to properly approach others without getting harmed. For some reason, Honma Meiko could only be seen by one person. However, that person is the only link for her to properly communicate with other people. She knows that there is a reason why she is at this state, and she will do whatever she can to find a way to best mend the wounds of her friends without getting noticed. Who will be able to show her true face to the one who will truly open up to her?
Emilia (Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu) vs Megumin (KonoSuba)
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Ice and fire rage across the lands as Emilia and Megumin are set to clash. Emilia does not have to be afraid any longer. She knows that there are people who are willing to accept her without judging her based on her looks. With her head held high, she takes on the role as a noble princess, letting everyone know who she is in hopes that they will accept her as the next potential candidate to the throne. Megumin is not alone anymore. She knows that there are others who are willing to go along with her antics even if she is a one-trick pony. With a team of people who will be with her through thick and thin, Megumin sets off on another adventure with eyes gleaming towards the future. Can Emilia freeze her opponents where they stand, or will Megumin blast her competition away with ease?
Uchiha Itachi (NARUTO) vs Archer (Fate Series)
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It can be difficult to tell what is going through the minds of these two individuals. Uchiha Itachi is feared throughout the land for killing every member of his clan expect for his younger brother. Still, Itachi's eyes are dim, living under the belief that his brother will one day surpass him, find him, and ultimately defeat him. Until then, he will continue to play the role of the villain, testing his brother's resolve for revenge and toying with him to ignite his anger. Despite being summoned into this world to fight, Archer seems to do things his own way at his own pace. Archer can be seen looking out at the distance, surveying the scene around him and readjusting his plans accordingly. Archer appears to know more than what he lets out, keeping his guard at all times and reacting when things go his way. Will either of them be able to find the path that he desires?
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Saber (Fate Series) vs Kochō Shinobu (Kimetsu no Yaiba)
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The sadness that they are burdened with outweigh the sword that both competitors are carrying. Life was not easy for Saber prior to giving up her life to become a servant for the Holy Grail. Saber had to go through multiple hardships, ruling a kingdom while hiding her true gender from the public. With a chance to change her past for a better outcome, Saber fights for the Holy Grail in hopes to undo all the mistakes that she has made on her life as a king. Shinobu was not always full of smiles and happy-go-lucky. This personality was borrowed from her older sister, who died in the hands of a demon. With a strong grudge against them and a merciless outlook towards slaying them, Shinobu masks her scorn with a smile, expressing her disdain towards demons with her words and actions. Who will be able to find salvation when all is said and done?
Nishimiya Shōko (Koe no Katachi) vs Azusagawa Kaede (AoButa)
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Overcoming one's hardships is never easy. Nishimiya Shōko understands that her deafness could prove to be a detriment for her family; therefore, she tries to alleviate their worries as much as she can. She uses her hearing aids to listen to what her teachers are saying without needed them to sign anything to her. She will occasionally try to speak out her thoughts rather than sign it, although people still would not understand what she is saying. Azusagawa Kaede had trouble making friends, and her fears led her to be isolated from the outside world. As her brother brings various eccentric people into her home, Kaede regains her curiosity to step back into the world once more. Slowly, Kaede tries out several different methods to leave her house to quell her fears of the world. Who can continue to reach out and find a better path for herself?
Sakurajima Mai (AoButa) vs Tōsaka Rin (Fate Series)
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The beauty that walks around the school campus may be hiding secrets that she does not wish to share to others. As a popular TV personnel, Sakurajima Mai is very well-known in her school, with various admirers coming from different directions. In truth, Mai never wanted this kind of exposure, wishing for a life where no on could see her unless they knew who the real her truly is. When she finds out that there are some people who barely recognize her, much less pay attention to her, Mai tests her theory in various levels, wearing provocative clothing to see if anyone would react to her. With her looks, grades, and athleticism, Tōsaka Rin is a admired by many of her classmates. This drive to become the best at whatever she does comes from her double life as a mage. Every day, she spends her free time honing her craft, striving to become stronger and stronger by the day. She hopes that her training bears fruit, trying to accomplish what her father couldn't - capture the Holy Grail. Who will be able to show her true nature to the one who cares about her the most?
Violet Evergarden (Violet Evergarden) vs Yukinoshita Yukino (OreGairu)
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Behind their stoic faces lies a girl with more emotion than one would perceive. Violet Evergarden has only known war throughout her life. Working as a ghostwriter for those who are unable to write, Violet's choice to express what others wish to convey stuns many of her coworkers. Violet wishes to understand these varying emotions that people have, and doing so in writing may be the first step she needs in order to truly understand what she desires. Yukinoshita Yukino has a stern approach for dealing with the various issues her classmates have. Given her black and white outlook in life and her goal to complete a tasks as quickly as possible in an efficient manner, Yukino frightens many of her companions who wonder if she even has a heart. With the right circumstances, Yukino would smile and laugh at a variety of discussions and topics, only to revert to her calm self and resume her work as normal. Who will be able to showcase her full range of emotions when all is said and done?
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Zero Two (Darling in the FranXX) vs Ichigo (Darling in the FranXX)
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Perhaps because they are so different from each other in terms of appearance, personality, and philosophy that they learn to accepts those differences as strengths to overcome their weaknesses. While Zero Two is more free-spirited and does not care about adult authority, Ichigo is serious and does what she can to abide by the orders from above. While Zero Two is mostly seen smiling, believing that life is too short to hold on to grudges, Ichigo is stern and careful, knowing that the next mission could be her last if she is not careful. While Zero Two is more emotional, letting everyone know who she really is in order to see who will truly be friendly with her, Ichigo keeps things to herself, believing that the safety and the bonds that her group has is more important than her own wishes. By learning and understanding how the other thinks and feels, Zero Two and Ichigo form a unique chemistry only they can share. Between the fire in Zero Two's eyes and hear and the calculating mind and spirit of Ichigo, which will you go for?
Tokisaki Kurumi (Date A Live) vs Tachibana Kanade (Angel Beats!)
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A tale as old as time. A battle between the darkness and the light. The evils of humanity is something that Tokisaki Kurumi knows all too well. Seeing how humans mistreat the weak, including their own kind, has led Kurumi to believe that humans are no more but nutrition for her to continue to stay and sustain her power in this world. Kurumi does not see her actions as menacing per se. After all, she thinks she's doing humanity a favor by purging those who she deems is unclean. The belief that there is light in the end of the dark tunnel is something Tachibana Kanade holds firmly to. Kanade plays along with the riots of the students in order to understand what it is they are fighting for and why they are against her. Kanade believes that law and order must be retained in order for the students to be protected by the mysteries that surround her world. When push comes to shove, Kanade has no problem heading to the front lines to take care of any adversaries that threaten the sanctuary of the school. Who will stand tall in this never-ending encounter?
Togashi Yūta (Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!) vs Itsuka Shidō (Date A Live)
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No matter what sort of eccentric girls they encounter, Togashi Yūta and Itsuka Shidō remain the glue of their respective groups. Togashi Yūta hoped to live a normal high school life, but a chance encounter with a delusional student prevented that from happening. To his surprise, there are several students who are just like them, people who wish to forget the chaos they created in middle school and those who choose to stay firm to their imaginative persona. Yūta takes this opportunity to connect the two groups together in hopes that they are able to understand and appreciate each other. Itsuka Shidō was confused when he found out that he was the only one who could seal the powers of mysterious individuals by going on a date with them. By hanging out and learning about these powerful beings, Shidō understands their worries and concerns and tries to relieve them to the best of his abilities. Although they may be attacked by those who wish to exterminate them, Shidō will be their shield, believing that there are peaceful means to settle things. Who will be able to continue to keep the peace of his circle of friends?
Riku Dola (No Game No Life) vs Emiya Shirō (Fate Series)
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No matter how difficult life can be, they will take charge of their own destiny. Riku Dola refuses to continue to live his life underground and in fear of the chaos from the endless struggle between those that were more powerful than him. He uses his cunning and tenacity to manipulate the other races into fighting each other as well as provide critical information to turn the tides of this battle. His plan may be do more harm to him than good, but Riku will do whatever it takes so that his family and his community can live in peace. Emiya Shirō wanted to live his life by helping out others as much as he can. When he is thrusted into the Holy Grail War unbeknownst to him, his resolve to assist as many people as possible remained firm. Shirō knows that he is not as magically apt as his comrades, but he has the strongest will and the biggest heart, and he will use every means necessary in order to retain his peaceful life. Who will finally carve the path that he desires when all is said and done?
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