On to the next part of the first round! We will stick to the EVA Region and the MAIN Region.
#6 Leafa (Sword Art Online) vs. #11 Tsuruya-san (Haruhi Suzumiya)
Leafa: 2014 S16, 2015 S16, 2016 E8
Tsuruya: 2009 R32, 2010 R32, 2011 S16, 2012 R64, 2013 R64, 2014 R32, 2015 R64, 2016 S16
Tsuruya-san has had tons of success in this tournament for such a minor character. It’s really amazing how many matches she’s won. But having just watched the Sword Art Online movie, which gave Leafa some ample time on screen, there’s no doubt about who I’m going with here.
#3 May Chang (FMA: Brotherhood) vs. #14 Anri Sonohara (Durarara!!)
May: 2011 S16, 2012 F4, 2013 E8, 2014 E8, 2015 S16, 2016 R32
Anri: 2013 S16, 2014 R32, 2015 R32, 2016 R32
Neither of these characters has ever lost in the first round entering today. I need more May in my life; I miss her dearly. Sadly FMA: Brotherhood is one of those anime that I’ve forgotten a lot about. As for Anri, Durarara has made a comeback with a second season… only that I haven’t seen it yet. So until I see it, Anri’s going to struggle, and May wins it here.
#7 Siesta (The Familiar of Zero) vs. #10 Nonon Jakuzure (Kill la Kill)
Siesta: 2016 S16
Nonon: 2016 S16
Both of these characters made it to the Sweet Sixteen in their first tournament appearance a year ago. Siesta has the big benefit of being “best girl” in The Familiar of Zero. Nonon suffers a bit from Kill la Kill being put on the shelf, so to speak. I think this one ends up being a lot easier of a win for Siesta than would have previously been expected. She’s just so moe.
#2 Soi Fon (Bleach) vs. #15 Hiyori Moritani (Kotoura-san)
Soi Fon: 2009 S16, 2010 R32, 2011 E8, 2012 E8, 2013 E8, 2014 E8, 2015 E8, 2016 E8
Moritani: First year in tournament
Soi Fon remains one of my all-time favorite characters, yet she just can’t get into the Final Four. Will this year be her year? Moritani would probably have won this matchup had this taken place a year ago, after Kotoura-san was fresh in my mind. But for now, she’ll have to settle for simply getting into the tournament. Soi Fon wins quite easily.
Winner: Soi Fon
#6 Kaname Chidori (Full Metal Panic) vs. #11 Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)
Kaname: 2010 R64, 2011 R64, 2012 S16, 2013 E8, 2014 F4, 2015 R32, 2016 R32
Rukia: 2009 R64, 2010 R64, 2011 R32, 2012 R64, 2014 R64, 2015 S16, 2016 R64
Wow, we are really splitting hairs here. See, this is what the MAIN Region is all about – two main characters who have so many strengths. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Full Metal Panic, but Kaname’s great character is still fully entrenched in my mind. Rukia of course is strong in her own way; she grows stronger as the series goes along. Ultimately, it’s Rukia’s growth and the fact that I was watching Bleach that gets her into the second round of this tournament.
#3 Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill) vs. #14 Yukino Miyazawa (Kare Kano)
Satsuki: 2015 R64, 2016 Champion
Yukino: 2009 R32, 2010 R64, 2011 R64, 2012 R64, 2013 R64, 2014 R64, 2015 R64, 2016 R64
This is obviously a total mismatch. The defending champion against a character who I haven’t watched in nearly a decade. Yukino gets in because of my rule about having watched at least 6 episodes of a series. That rule may have to change. For now, Satsuki cruises by, with little trouble here.
#7 Allison Whittington (Allison & Lillia) vs. #10 Kyon (Haruhi Suzumiya)
Allison: 2016 R32
Kyon: 2009 R32, 2010 S16, 2011 S16, 2012 R64, 2013 R64, 2014 R64
Kyon is back in this tournament after a two-year absence. His first-round opponent is the upstart Allison Whittington, who came off hot in 2016. This year, I’m trying to choose between the calm, cool-headed Kyon and the fiery, unpredictable Allison. It’s a tough choice, but I’m going with Allison here.
#2 Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) vs. #15 Shinichi Izumi (Parasyte)
Homura: 2013 Champion, 2014 Champion, 2015 F4, 2016 F4
Shinichi: 2016 Play-in
This is about as easy of a choice as it gets. Homura is one of my all-time favorite characters, while Shinichi only gets into this tournament because Parasyte had to have someone. The only surprise here is that Shinichi got into the field as a #15 seed instead of having to scrape by in the play-in round like he did last year.
Stay tuned for the conclusion of the first round of the 2017 Anime Bracket!