Round 1 submissions closed
. If you have any further submissions/translations/edits, please PM them to me.
[spoiler=Huang Lingyin (IS <Infinite Stratos>) vs. Shinonono Hōki (IS <Infinite Stratos>)
凰铃音(IS <Infinite Stratos>) vs.筱之之箒 (IS <Infinite Stratos>)]Ichika might be clueless when it comes to love, but neither of his childhood friends are nearly so oblivious. The moment these two, lovestruck pilots set eyes on one another, they knew that one day, they would inevitably face each other in an ultimate showdown. That day is today. That battle is now. Both girls have endured hardship and difficulty on their way to this final battleground, but equipped with their state-of-the-art IS, both are ready to show everyone their inner strengths and determinations for victory, and for the heart of their beloved. China has sent their best-of-the-best, the ever-cheerful genki-girl, Huang Lingyin, to face Japan's national kendo champion, tall, dark, and bishōjo, Shinonono Hōki. Will the bright smile of the cheeky fang-tan prove there's far more to this challenger than meets the eye? Or, will Hōki's graceful beauty steal the show?[/spoiler]
[spoiler=Yui (Angel Beats!) vs. Fujibayashi Kyō (CLANNAD)
唯 (Angel Beats!) vs. 藤林杏 (CLANNAD)]Both Yui and Fujibayashi Kyō know how to cause pain. Lots of it, to be exact. Whether it be performing a German suplex or throwing a dictionary, these two girls do not show any mercy in their assaults. But under these violent fronts are two, suffering prisoners, waiting to be freed. For Yui, a childhood of paralysis robbed her of the simple joys in life, from playing the guitar and singing, to playing baseball. Kyō, on the other hand, struggles with love, not knowing whether to help her sister or help herself. In the end, these two girls managed to solve their problems and find peace. So, today, which one of them will gain favor in your eyes? Will Yui's high energy grab your vote, or does a tsundere like Kyō interest you more?
唯和藤林杏都知道如何製造傷痛。兩位女孩的攻擊很多都是準確的。無論是執行德國抱摔或是扔一本厚重字典，這兩個女孩在發動攻擊時將不顯露任何的憐憫。但在 這些暴力表象之下禁錮著兩個痛苦的靈魂，等待著被人釋放。對於唯，童年癱瘓搶奪了她彈吉他、唱歌和打棒球的簡單快樂生活。另一方面，杏，在愛情與親情間掙 扎，不知道是否要幫助她的妹妹或幫助自己贏得同樣一份愛戀。最後，這兩個女孩設法解決他們的問題並找到和平之道。所以，今天，這兩人哪位將會獲得妳的贊 同？會是唯的精力充沛抓住你的一票，或傲嬌點範--杏會使妳更加感興趣呢？[/spoiler]
The opening round of the Emerald Period couldn’t be any harder for Kuroi Mato. Standing before her is another member of the HanaKana faction: Tachibana Kanade. The young basketball player’s record in ISML 2011 is currently 11 wins and 17 losses from the 28 matches she has endured since the Regular Season began. On the other hand, boosted by an immaculate score of 28 wins, the quiet Tenshi is currently neck-to-neck with Misaka Mikoto in the race for the Heavenly Tiara. This match theoretically pits the strongest against the weakest members from the HanaKana faction. So, will the cheerful Mato receive the same treatment from the unassuming Kanade, and get blown into smithereens by her much-fabled Hand-Sonic move, or will she manage to spring a surprise, and claim the scalp of her much more heralded opponent instead?
In the Emerald Period’s opening bout, we witness a pair of ninjas squaring off against each other. The vampire ninja, Seraphim, hasn’t been doing well enough to emulate her companion, Eucliwood Hellscythe. This same scenario mirrors the fate of Shiina, as she’s lagging behind the other members from Angel Beats! With only two wins under her belt, Seraphim’s chance to enter the Postseason has all but evaporated. The solitary win for Shiina also means that she can forget about entering the Postseason. But, this will not dim their spirits, as a win for any one of them will be the perfect tonic, as well as help them climb the leader board. As the bokken clash, which one of these two ninjas will emerge victorious? Will Seraphim be able to chalk up her third win in the Regular Season, or will Shiina manage to collect her second win, instead?
Knowledge is power, and these two know how to put their knowledge to good use. Senjōgahara Hitagi always makes sure that she keeps her profile low so that no one discovers her secret. If anyone finds out, she immediately contacts the person when he or she is alone. Failing to heed her words may cause physiological damage, but she is willing to go that far to hide her own insecurities. Having lived several hundred years, it is no wonder that some people call Holo the “Wise Wolf." She seems to know the tricks of various trades, providing her a way of giving advice without the receiver knowing it. As shrewd as Holo may be, even someone of her caliber looks for someone to fill the loneliness within her heart. It is going to take more than intelligence to get out of this one alive. When everything is settled, which of these two girls will come out on top?
There I was, resting underneath the maple tree, hoping for some respite from the troubles burdening me. As I scanned the horizon, I caught a glimpse of a girl clad in a nifty half skirt, her hazel eyes filled with hopes and dreams. Joyfully, she played several pranks on a guy with white hair. It seemed like she had no care in the world and that all she wanted to do was have fun all day long. As the guy meekly retaliated, I heard him utter the name, “Last Order,” to the girl—what kind of name is that? As the pair left, my gaze fixated on another peculiar couple. While the guy looked like a delinquent, his companion could be described as a painting. As the wind rustled through the maiden’s long, silky hair, it swayed gently. Captivated, I couldn’t help but stare at the girl. But suddenly, out of nowhere, I heard the guy scream out her name in pain as the girl hit him with a bokken—“Aisaka Taiga.” As I continued to rest, my mind wondered, if given the choice of which girl would fit me better, would it be Last Order or Aisaka Taiga...
Sapphire was better. But, not much better. After dismal 1-6 Topaz and Amethyst Periods, Shiina Mafuyu only managed to squeeze out a 2-5 record for Sapphire. With Emerald now starting, this is her chance to replicate the result of a successful Aquamarine period where she went 4-3. However, the lack of new material will not make it easy for her. HIrasawa Yui, on the other hand, has strung together three consecutive winning periods, going 4-3 in each one of them. Although she is five places away from a spot in the Postseason, Yui is determined to make the Emerald Period a successful one. At the conclusion of this battle between an avid gamer and a sweets addict, which one of these girls will prove to be more moe?
With just two more periods to go, the race to the Top 16 heightens for girls near the borderline. Currently at #18, Victorique be Blois looks to have another bountiful period in Emerald after an impressive run in Sapphire. As long as Victorique continues to pace herself like this, she may very likely obtain a spot up there when everything is said and done. Hopefully, that does not mean that Saber will have to lose her spot just to let her in. At a shaky area of #15, Saber hopes to remain on top until the Regular Season is over. Any simple mistake that she makes may jeopardize her chances of returning to the Postseason once more. With multiple contestants eager to take Saber's place, it is up to her to defend her spot until the end. Can the one who wields the sword make her way to the Postseason once more, or will the one who controls the Wellspring of Wisdom find her way and make it to the top?
[spoiler=Sanzen'in Nagi (Hayate no Gotoku!) vs. Gokō Ruri (Kuroneko) (Ore no Imōto)
三千院凪(旋風管家) vs. 五更琉璃(黑貓) (我的妹妹哪有這麼可愛！)]Another battle between a Kugimiya Knight and a member of the HanaKana faction will take place today as Sanze'nin Nagi and Gokō Ruri square off against each other. After a mediocre Sapphire Period, where she went 3-4, Nagi hopes to bounce back with a win today in the first round of Emerald. However, her opponent is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Currently sitting comfortably at 6th, Kuroneko had just come off a spectacular Sapphire Period, where she managed to defeat 2010 Heavenly Tiara bearer, Akiyama Mio. Will this momentum carry into Emerald, allowing her to cruise past Nagi, or will the blond twin-tail emerge with another win for the Kugimiya Knights?
另一場釘宮理惠騎士與花澤香菜派系之間的戰役將在今天舉行，三千院凪和五更琉璃互相槓上。凪，渡過一個平淡的3勝4敗藍寶石賽程，她希望在綠寶石賽程的第 一天贏得勝利來回穩自己的地位。然而，她的對手是一個絕對不可小看的勢力。目前，穩坐舒適的第六名，黑貓剛剛戴上了一個壯麗的藍寶石項鍊，她成功地戰勝 2010世界萌主，秋山澪。繼續將這鋒頭延續到綠寶石賽程，她將輕鬆地碾壓超越凪，或是另一位釘宮理惠騎士--金髮雙馬尾贏得這場比賽？[/spoiler]
[spoiler=Sakagami Tomoyo (CLANNAD) vs. Katsura Hinagiku (Hayate no Gotoku!)
坂上智代(CLANNAD) vs.桂雛菊 (旋風管家)]It's the long-awaited battle between two of the most popular Seitokai presidents in the anime world: Sakagami Tomoyo and Katsura Hinagiku. Both of these successful girls have now been in ISML for four years now, with each girl claiming superiority over the other in two of these years. Tomoyo was at her peak in ISML 2008 and 2009, posting a 118-8 record in that span. On the other hand, after winning the Heavenly Tiara in 2009, Hina has dominated Tomoyo in ISML 2010 and, now, 2011, obtaining 71 wins in comparison to Tomoyo's 59. With the possible end to Tomoyo's ISML career coming nearer and nearer, will Emerald be her opportunity to win one more necklace before she bows out? Or, will Hina show that she is the superior Seitokai president by walking out of Emerald Round 1 with a convincing victory?
這是期待已久的戰役，兩個在動漫世界裡最有人氣的學生會長：坂上智代和桂雛菊。這兩個成功的女孩現在已經參與世界最萌(ISML)四年了，兩個女孩皆自稱 在這些年裡擁有比其他選手更多的優勢。智代在2008年和2009世界最萌(ISML)登上最高鋒，繳出一張擴越兩年賽季118勝8敗的漂亮成績。另一方 面，在2009年摘下高貴的后冠，與智代在世界最萌(ISML)2010年的對決中佔據了主導地位，現在，2011年，取得71勝的雛菊對上智代的59 勝。不可避免的，智代的世界最萌(ISML)生涯終章將越來越近，綠寶石將會是她鞠躬下台前贏得的另外一條項鍊？或雛菊將表明，她將以超級學生會主席身分 邁步贏得綠寶石第一戰?[/spoiler]
Kōsaka Kirino and Sengoku Nadeko compete in what should be a high-paced match. With Kirino’s high grades, great athletic ability, and work as a model, it is hard to guess that she also plays eroge in her spare time. Kirino feared that she would lose her friends if they were to learn about her dirty, little secret. Even so, she managed to hang on to those who are dear to her and who are willing to support her, despite her taste. In contrast, Nadeko is a shy and soft-spoken girl, who usually stops herself before she says what is on her mind. While she attempts to show her strong will, she still needs someone beside her whenever she is down and in dire need of help. When things cannot get any worse, Nadeko is the first to try to cheer everyone up, even if her jokes are not funny. Which of these two girls will the voters prefer to have as their "little sister?"
[spoiler=Kinomoto Sakura (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. Sakurazaki Setsuna (Mahō Sensei Negima!)
木之本櫻 (庫洛魔法使) vs.櫻咲剎那 (魔法老師!)]The will to protect something that is cherished dearly. So strong is that feeling that one will charter through multiple worlds, reach down to the depths of the underworld, and even go as far as sacrificing one's own life just to protect that special someone and what one believes is right. It does not matter what is in front of them. Climbing an obstacle greater than themselves and achieving victory is worth nothing if they fail to protect those in need of it. To have those people in her arms, to see those people smile, is priceless. That is the true treasure. This is not their duty; they chose to take this path, even if it consists of seeing many people suffer before their eyes. A magical girl. A half-demon. Everything will be all right. They speak those magical words to themselves and soar...
想要保護她們最為珍惜的東西，強大力量是多種世界的共通方法，降到最深的地下社會，甚至會犧牲自己的生命，只是為了保護對自己重要的人以及她們的正義。在 她們面前所有的障礙都不要緊。如果她們不能保護那些需要的人，那她征服障礙比起自己和榮耀更為重要。有一個特別的人在她的懷裡受呵護著，看到這個特別的人 的笑容，是無價的、這是真正的寶藏。這不是她們的責任，但她們選擇了走上這條道路，即使它包含了許多人在她們眼前受傷。一位是神奇的魔法少女--木之本 櫻，一個擁有天使般潔白翅膀的半人半鳥--櫻咲剎那。一切都會往好的方向發展。她們唸出祝福自己咒語然後飛騰高升。[/spoiler]
Thanks to Eclairs, Jeffrey-sama, Momento10, and Momokutenshi for contributing today's match previews.
Translations by Aria.H and fujibayashi (Chinese).