2017 Anime Bracket – 1st Round, Part 2

First and Second Rounds

Let’s move on with more first round matchups, this time in the HARUHI Region and the BOYS Region!

HARUHI Region

#1 Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #16 Meowth (Pokemon)
Haruhi: 2009 E8, 2010 Runner-Up, 2011 Runner-Up, 2012 R32, 2013 F4, 2014 S16, 2015 Champion, 2016 E8
Meowth: 2010 R64, 2011 R64, 2012 R64

Haruhi’s managed to win 6 matches, 5 matches, 4 matches, 3 matches, 2 matches, and 1 match in various years. Of course, she’s never lost a first-round match, and why would she? Especially not up against this opposition. Meowth tries hard, but Haruhi beats him easily.

Winner: Haruhi

#8 Mine (Akame ga Kill) vs. #9 Haruka Tenoh (Sailor Moon)
Mine: 2016 S16
Haruka: 2014 S16, 2015 S16, 2016 S16

Ever since I decided that I like Haruka (Sailor Uranus), she’s been amazing in this tournament. Mine got her first appearance last year, and she was really successful as well. This is one of those matchups I’m deciding on a complete whim. I think I had planned on taking Mine for weeks now, but I look up at my Sailor Uranus figure and say…

Winner: Haruka

#5 Hinata Hyuga (Naruto) vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero)
Hinata: 2009 Runner-Up, 2010 R32, 2011 R64, 2012 R64, 2013 R64, 2014 R64, 2015 S16, 2016 R32
Priscilla: First year in tournament

Hinata was oh so close to winning it all the first year we held this thing. Sadly, she came up short, and has struggled ever since. She goes up against a red-hot Priscilla, who is not only hot in an attractive fashion but also hot off Re:Zero‘s great first season (hopefully there are more seasons to come!). Priscilla ends up pulling off an easy upset here.

Winner: Priscilla

#4 Yoruichi Shihouin (Bleach) vs. #13 Mio Akiyama (K-ON!)
Yoruichi: 2009 R64, 2010 F4, 2011 F4, 2012 R64, 2013 R32, 2014 S16, 2015 R64, 2016 E8
Mio: First year in tournament

Look out for these characters making their first appearance in the tournament! Mio is the very definition of “moe.” She’s one of the best characters of K-ON! Yoruichi has a lot of past history of success, as I’ve fallen in and out of love with her. Right now, I’m out of love with her, and thus Mio advances.

Winner: Mio

BOYS Region

#1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #16 Abel Nightroad (Trinity Blood)
Kurapika: First year in tournament
Abel: 2015 R64, 2016 R64

Kurapika makes his first appearance in the tournament, and due to the addition of the BOYS Region, he gets to debut as a #1 seed. Will he find any trouble with Abel? Not one bit, actually. Kurapika will use his skills later; this match is quite a breeze.

Winner: Kurapika

#8 Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece) vs. #9 Kamina (Gurren Lagann)
Chopper: First year in tournament
Kamina: 2015 R32, 2016 R64

This one’s actually quite easy. Since it’s been a long time since I’ve seen Gurren Lagann, and since I’ve been watching One Piece every week, Chopper beats Kamina easily. Sorry, Kamina, you’re a great guy, but Chopper has grown on me over the past months. Sadly, this might be Chopper’s best chance, what with One Piece disappearing from Toonami in a couple weeks.

Winner: Chopper

#5 Kenpachi Zaraki (Bleach) vs. #12 Austria (Hetalia)
Kenpachi: 2009 S16, 2010 R32, 2011 E8, 2012 R64, 2013 R64, 2014 R64
Austria: 2011 S16, 2012 R32, 2013 R32, 2014 R64, 2015 R64

Hetalia is dead, people. No one cosplays it anymore, no one cares about it anymore. It’s sad. I was a huge Hetalia fan. Now Hetalia’s buried and rotting. Meanwhile, I was going back through Bleach under the prior blog. So I did get some Kenpachi screen time, and that’s going to be enough for him to defeat Austria.

Winner: Kenpachi

#4 Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop) vs. #13 Saitama (One-Punch Man)
Jet: 2009 R32, 2010 R32, 2011 R64, 2012 R64, 2013 R32, 2014 R64, 2015 R64, 2016 R64
Saitama: First year in tournament

Saitama almost didn’t make the tournament! I had forgotten all about One-Punch Man, and it got left off the “automatic bids” list. Fortunately, I remembered him in time for setting up the bracket. He goes up against Jet Black, one of the coolest characters of all time. You just want to be Jet Black. Since I nearly forgot about Saitama altogether, I can’t give him the win over Jet.

Winner: Jet

Stay tuned tomorrow for the second half of the first round of the Anime Bracket!

2017 Anime Bracket – First Round, Part 1

First and Second Rounds

Welcome to the start (in earnest) of the Anime Bracket! Tip-off is just moments away. These matchups here are taking place in the EVA Region and the MAIN Region.

EVA Region

#1 Rei Ayanami (Evangelion) vs. #16 Ryuk (Death Note)
Rei: 2009 E8, 2010 E8, 2011 Champ, 2012 Runner-up, 2013 Runner-up, 2014 Runner-up, 2015 F4, 2016 F4
Ryuk: 2010 R64, 2011 R64, 2013 R64, 2015 R64, 2016 R64

Come on, is this even a battle? Sure, Ryuk’s apple antics are cool and stuff, but he’s going up against freaking Rei Ayanami, the inventor of moe. I have umpteen reasons to choose Rei, and not a one to choose Ryuk. I’ll save the reasons for Rei for later, when she needs them.

Winner: Rei

#8 Meiling Li (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #9 Kuroneko (Oreimo)
Meiling: 2009 R64, 2010 E8, 2011 R32, 2012 R64, 2013 R32, 2014 R32, 2015 R32, 2016 R64
Kuroneko: 2014 R32, 2015 R32, 2016 R64

A tough one to call, for sure. Both Cardcaptor Sakura and Oreimo have been series I’ve gotten into in the last year. This is about as close as it gets, which is why it’s a #8 vs. #9 battle. Kuroneko is as cute as a button, while Meiling is a fiesty one. Wow, I’m splitting hairs with this one, and I don’t know who to go with. Do I take Kuroneko for all her super-cute antics in Oreimo? Or do I choose Meiling for bringing up the quality of Cardcaptor Sakura? This one goes to overtime.

Winner: Meiling

#5 Ryoko Asakura (Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #12 Ryoko Naruse (Shangri-La)
Asakura: 2009 R32, 2010 S16, 2011 S16, 2012 R64, 2013 S16, 2014 F4, 2015 S16, 2016 R64
Naruse: First year in tournament

It’s the battle of Ryokos! Making her first appearance in the Anime Bracket is Shangri-La villain Ryoko Naruse. She was such a fantastic villain that I just had to include her in the field. Ryoko Asakura is also a villain, although a more sympathetic one. Naruse is just pure evil. And while Asakura makes up for her evil ways by helping Yuki Nagato in The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan, I’m going with the villain who helped make Shangri-La as good as it was.

Winner: Naruse

#4 Loly Aivirrne (Bleach) vs. #13 Rem (Re:Zero)
Loly: 2010 S16, 2011 R32, 2012 S16, 2013 F4, 2014 E8, 2015 R32, 2016 R32
Rem: First year in tournament

Loly is living large off past glories. Unfortunately for her, Bleach is long gone, and she wasn’t even a very big part of it. Rem is a fan favorite who caused everyone to fall in love with her in episode 18 of Re:Zero. Who can forget her beautiful love confession to Natsuki Subaru, who promptly rejected her on the spot? Rem deserves better, and for that, I’m giving her the win.

Winner: Rem

MAIN Region

#1 Asuka Langley Soryu (Evangelion) vs. #16 Hatchin (Michiko & Hatchin)
Asuka: 2009 Champ, 2010 Champ, 2011 F4, 2012 R32, 2013 S16, 2014 S16, 2015 S16, 2016 R32
Hatchin: 2016 Play-in

Come on, seriously? A legendary anime icon against… Hatchin? Hatchin’s lucky I allow her into this tournament. No explanation needed for Asuka here.

Winner: Asuka

#8 Kagome Higurashi (InuYasha) vs. #9 Madoka Kaname (Madoka Magica)
Kagome: 2009 S16, 2010 R32, 2011 R32, 2012 S16, 2013 R64, 2014 R64, 2015 R32, 2016 R32
Madoka: 2013 R32, 2014 R32, 2015 R32, 2016 R64

Kagome is a character I’ve liked for a long time; she was part of my “gateway to anime” in InuYasha. Madoka is part of the fantastic Madoka Magica series which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. Ultimately, I choose Kagome because I just feel she’s a more well-rounded character than Madoka.

Winner: Kagome

#5 Kuniko Hojo (Shangri-La) vs. #12 Duck (Princess Tutu)
Kuniko: First year in tournament
Duck: First year in tournament

Both of these characters are making their maiden voyage. Only one will get past the harbor, however. And while Duck was a very interesting character, Kuniko was the type of character who could put an entire series on her back and carry it. Kuniko was really that important to Shangri-La, with its other various interesting characters, and for that, I’m giving her a first-round win. Look out! She could go far.

Winner: Kuniko

#4 Ryuko Matoi (Kill la Kill) vs. #13 Jonathan Joestar (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Ryuko: 2015 Runner-Up, 2016 Runner-Up
Jonathan: First year in tournament

Ryuko came in hot in 2015, having a great start to Kill la Kill, which enabled her to ride all the way to the tournament final. In 2016, her completed body of work allowed her to return to that final, only losing to her sister this time around. As for Jonathan, he might not ever get another shot at this. Other characters from Jojo may take his place in the future. For now, however, Ryuko wins easily.

Winner: Ryuko

Stay tuned for more matches from the 2017 Anime Bracket!