It’s time for the Sweet Sixteen! For those of you have forgotten, here are the remaining characters left in the bracket:
#1 Rei Ayanami (Evangelion) vs. #13 Rem (Re:Zero)
#6 Leafa (Sword Art Online) vs. #7 Siesta (The Familiar of Zero)
#1 Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero)
#7 Tomoyo Daidouji (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Karin Ishida (Shangri-La)
#1 Asuka Langley Soryu (Evangelion) vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo (Shangri-La)
#2 Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) vs. #3 Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill)
#1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #5 Kenpachi Zaraki (Bleach)
#10 Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight (Hunter x Hunter)
Today we will deal with the EVA Region and MAIN Region!
#1 Rei Ayanami vs. #13 Rem
Rei has had so much success in this tournament, having never missed an Elite Eight, and four times played for the championship (winning once). Her success is mainly based off how super-cute she is in the Ayanami Raising Project game. As for Rem, her Cinderella run to the Sweet Sixteen included victories over Loly Aivirrne and Ryoko Naruse. The lower seed again, Rem has that awesome scene in Episode 18 of Re:Zero where she confesses her love for Natsuki Subaru (the main character), and not only that, completely breaks Subaru out of his depression, and Subaru promptly rejects her. And what does she do? She chooses to help him regardless. I can’t deny a Cinderella story like this, Rem moves on!
#6 Leafa vs. #7 Siesta
There are two things each of these characters has in common. Can you guess them? If you can’t, then just google their names and see their pictures. In fact, there’s a character in Siesta’s series The Familiar of Zero who looks almost identical to Leafa, but is generally useless as a character. It would be a great story if Siesta won this one, because Rem and Siesta are bridesmaids forever, never brides. However, Leafa played a pretty big role in the Sword Art Online movie, and because of that, she’s moving on to the Elite Eight.
#1 Asuka Langley Soryu vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo
Asuka’s best days are clearly behind her. She twice won this tournament, but in a different era, an era where I was totally into Evangelion. As for Kuniko, she was a brilliant character in Shangri-La, and I don’t have to stretch out my feelings very far to pick her to win. It’s actually kind of an easy win for her. The second straight #1 seed goes down, and Kuniko moves along.
#2 Homura Akemi vs. #3 Satsuki Kiryuin
Here we go, two utter powerhouses, both of whom have won this tournament before (Homura twice). I also get the feeling that the result of this match will determine the bracket contest (but that’s just a hunch). The defending champion Satsuki rode the Kill la Kill wave last year, after I had watched all of the series. That’s ancient history now, but so is Madoka Magica. Why, then, am I picking Homura? Because like Kuniko, she’s a very self-sacrificial character. Maybe a little too much, actually. Ultimately Homura gets the edge over Satsuki and advances.
Make sure you stay tuned for the second part of the Sweet Sixteen tomorrow!