Time for the next part of the second round!
#1 Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #9 Haruka Tenoh (Sailor Moon)
Haruhi is so iconic that it’s hard to come up with simple reasons for her to win. It may be true that I have more Sailor Uranus figures than Haruhi figures, but I have more Haruhi pillows than Sailor Uranus pillows. What does that say about me? I don’t know. It’s a tough call, but ultimately I’ve got to go with my beloved Haruhi.
#12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero) vs. #13 Mio Akiyama (K-ON!)
So it’s the gorgeous Priscilla against the moe Mio. This one comes down to which series I like more. In this case, it’s Re:Zero, the show I fell in love with over the summer. K-ON! is cool, but not great. So I have to go with Priscilla in this one, because Re:Zero is just that good.
#1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #8 Tony Tony Chopper (One Piece)
While Chopper grew on me as One Piece went along, there’s no question that Kurapika captured my heart throughout Hunter x Hunter‘s Yorknew City arc. And while Kurapika has gone missing in action in the series, I remember all the good times and thus pick him to win.
#4 Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop) vs. #5 Kenpachi Zaraki (Bleach)
Here we go, a battle of two manly men. Jet is the muscular captain of the Bebop, while Kenpachi is captain of Squad 11. Usually I’d go with the one who I’d seen more recently – in this case, Kenpachi. Jet makes a great case, however, for being so cool. You know what? I’m going with Kenpachi. It’s practically a coin flip.
Stay tuned for more action tomorrow!
It’s time for the second round of the Anime Bracket! You know the stats… now it’s time to get down to business.
#1 Rei Ayanami (Evangelion) vs. #8 Meiling Li (Cardcaptor Sakura)
Rei’s got competition this year. Meiling is a very fierce opponent. She’s like Asuka, and of course Rei and Asuka are fierce rivals. If not for the Ayanami Raising Project, I might pick Meiling, but I can’t get over seeing Rei as a fast food waitress (and getting people’s orders wrong). That alone wins it for Rei.
#12 Ryoko Naruse (Shangri-La) vs. #13 Rem (Re:Zero)
The best villain in recent memory against the cutest girl in recent memory. And while I have nothing against villains, it’s almost impossible to go up against Rem after all she’s been through. Screw you Natsuki Subaru and your “I love Emilia.” Rem’s the girl you should be going for.
#1 Asuka Langley Soryu (Evangelion) vs. #8 Kagome Higurashi (InuYasha)
Asuka has a bit of a disadvantage: I’ve been putting off seeing Evangelion 3.0 forever. But actually, that might be an advantage for her, since I’m fixated on what I know about her already. Her body of work is pretty hard to beat. Kagome is a great character, don’t get me wrong, but ultimately I’ve got to go with Asuka here.
#4 Ryuko Matoi (Kill la Kill) vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo (Shangri-La)
Is this the end of the line for another Shangri-La character? Kuniko goes up against a very tough Ryuko. In fact, Ryuko has been to the last two championship matches, only to lose both. This is where recency bias comes in to save the day for Kuniko. Both of these main characters are totally awesome, but ultimately I’m going with Kuniko’s boomerang over Ryuko’s Senketsu. And for the first time, Ryuko comes up short of the championship match.
Stay tuned for more matches!