ISML 2015: Yukino, Ayase win Circlets
Yukinoshita takes Sapphire, Aragaki wins Diamond, Nao Tomori claims Summer Diadem
By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
November 9, 2015
Match Day 4 of the 2015 International Saimoe League Postseason concluded with Yukino Yukinoshita winning the Sapphire Circlet and Ayase Aragaki overcoming regular season difficulties to run away with the Diamond Circlet.
In the Nova Division, Yukinoshita blew apart Kosaki Onodera, 3713-3356 to finish tops of the Division. Wrapping up Nova play for the year, Yui Yuigahama thrashed Chitoge Kirisaki 45073-2203, Chiyo Sakura throttled Jibril 4905-2425, Yoshino silenced Shiro 3575-2809, Shino Asada defeated Kurousagi 3671-3370, Isuzu Sento drove past Marika Tachibana 3790-3211, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Tohka Yatogami 3888-2887 and Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi won a 3439-3375 thriller over Maki Nishikino.
"Aquamarine and Sapphire heists, not too bad," said Yukinoshita at a press conference in Tokyo. "But now, the real work begins. I want to make this month a month to remember. I am in it to win it. I want that Tiara."
Aragaki took the Diamond circlet with a clinical 3948-3319 smashing of Mashiro Shiina. Because of Aragaki's late-season struggles in the regular season, this is declared by the Bedlam as the Upset of the Round. Wrapping up Stella play for the year, Eru Chitana leveled Yuri Nakamura 4067-3086, Saber slashed past Nanami Aoyama 3899-3024, Kurisu Makise trounced Saber 3678-2704, Illyasviel von Einzbern defeated Rikka Takanashi 3721-3534, Rin Tohsaka routed Kuroyukihime 3847-3190, Eucliwood Hellscythe silenced Azusa Nakano 3562-3531 and Taiga Aisaka roared past Yui-nyan 3671-3555.
"Finally!" Ayase said, raising her fists high like a heavyweight champion after a massive prize fight at the press conference. "It feels good to be back on top and win the trust of the voters. I hope that I can enjoy this feeling one more time and join Ruri among the retired of this competition with a Tiara victory because I've been doing this way too long!"
Nao Tomori won the Summer Diadem with a 4024-3248 scalping of Umaru Doma, while Kurumi Ebisuzawa claimed third place with the closest victory of the round, a 3491-3445 nailbiter over Ayumi Otosaka.
"I want to thank Yuu (Otosaka) personally for his faith in me as well as Joujirou and Yusa and Ayumi for their support," said Tomori at a press conference in Tokyo. "All the voters came out and wanted to give me a taste into what I can expect next year. I won't disappoint you all. I'm going to give it everything I got and make a splash in the Nova in 2016!"
Finally, in other news, Accelerator won the Sapphire crown while Lelouch Lamperouge claimed the Diamond Crown. Accelerator now becomes the odds-on favorite at EVEN to earn the Scepter over Hachiman Hikigaya, who has been downgraded to a 3-2 second choice.
Match Day 5 of the 2015 International Saimoe League Postseason is scheduled for November 15, 2015. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate. And keep it right here on the Bedlam on Baltic Avenue for continuing coverage of the International Saimoe League, the world's premier anime character competition!