2017 Anime Bracket – 2nd Round, Part 4

First and Second Rounds

Let’s finish up this round the right way!

HARUHI Region

#3 Ryoko Hakubi (Tenchi Muyo!) vs. #11 Karin Ishida (Shangri-La)

This one is really tough: going with a character whose show is two decades old, or going with a relatively minor character from a more recent show. Ultimately, it again comes down to the teddy bear. Karin has a teddy bear that “talks” to her. (It’s really just her talking to herself.) I appreciate any character who hears voices – I know what it’s like. Sorry, Ryoko, but I’m going with Karin here.

Winner: Karin

#2 Sango (InuYasha) vs. #7 Tomoyo Daidouji (Cardcaptor Sakura)

Ah, the good battles this round brings. Sango obviously is one of my all-time favorites, but this is Tomoyo’s time of year. She always seems to make these magical runs in the tournament. She’s not even a magical girl; she just hangs out with one. And she is definitely going to continue her magical run here, thanks to her cute, funny, and even sometimes creepy antics with Sakura.

Winner: Tomoyo

BOYS Region

#3 China (Hetalia) vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight (Hunter x Hunter)

This is the rare matchup where I look at each character’s flaws instead of their strengths. China is from a dead anime fandom in Hetalia, but no one gave him the message in Round 1. Leorio has an incredibly stupid last name. But I can’t go against a character just because I don’t like his last name, right? Actually, I can. However, I’m not going to. Leorio advances based on his actual good screen time in the Yorknew City arc.

Winner: Leorio

#2 Armin Arlert (Attack on Titan) vs. #10 Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura)

All that’s left is to decide who advances here. Armin is a surprise high seed from Attack on Titan. Syaoran comes in here hot off my big watch of Cardcaptor Sakura. Really, I’ve got no reason to take Armin here. Maybe once the second season of Attack on Titan comes out. Until then, I’m allowing Syaoran to advance.

Winner: Syaoran

That’s it for Round 2! Here are the Sweet Sixteen:

EVA Region

#1 Rei Ayanami (Evangelion) vs. #13 Rem (Re:Zero)

#6 Leafa (Sword Art Online) vs. #7 Siesta (The Familiar of Zero)

HARUHI Region

#1 Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero)

#7 Tomoyo Daidouji (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Karin Ishida (Shangri-La)

MAIN Region

#1 Asuka Langley Soryu (Evangelion) vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo (Shangri-La)

#2 Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) vs. #3 Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill)

BOYS Region

#1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #5 Kenpachi Zaraki (Bleach)

#10 Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight (Hunter x Hunter)

See you on Thursday!

2017 Anime Bracket: 2nd Round, Part 3

First and Second Rounds

Let’s get this on! The third part of Round 2.

EVA Region

#3 May Chang (FMA: Brotherhood) vs. #6 Leafa (Sword Art Online)

Here’s where recency bias comes in big time. While it’s been such a long time since I’ve seen Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, I just saw the Sword Art Online movie, and it was great. Very seldom do you see me making positive comments about Sword Art Online, but I did there, and Leafa played a part in it. Thus I have to go with Leafa here, and it’s actually an easy pick.

Winner: Leafa

#2 Soi Fon (Bleach) vs. #7 Siesta (The Familiar of Zero)

No recency bias here, no real episodes to go off. This is one of those classic matchups that gets completely decided by whatever whim I’m feeling at the moment. I know a lot of you probably had Soi Fon winning this one (that’s just my guess); I apologize for costing you a couple points. I was part of a friendly debate about “best girl” in The Familiar of Zero; obviously, most people said Siesta. I said Siesta too, and I say Siesta here as well.

Winner: Siesta

MAIN Region

#3 Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill) vs. #11 Rukia Kuchiki (Bleach)

Last year, Satsuki went all the way to the championship as a #11 seed. This year, she takes on a #11 seed in Rukia. Satsuki just powers her way past Rukia by simply being the character I like more. Sometimes, it isn’t that hard.

Winner: Satsuki

#2 Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) vs. #7 Allison Whittington (Allison & Lillia)

Even if Homura did something wrong (she didn’t), she still wins this one easily by being the more self-sacrificial of the two, and also being much more iconic of a character than the rather obscure Allison. Ultimately, Homura wins by a big margin here.

Winner: Homura

Stay tuned for the final part of the second round!