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!

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