Time for the second half of the Sweet Sixteen!
#1 Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero)
This one really isn’t fair to Haruhi. I’ve been rewatching Re:Zero this week, and Priscilla was just as awesome as she was the first time I watched it. She is just amazing. She’s a lot like Haruhi, too; stuck up and full of herself. You’ve got to love Priscilla, even though you hate her. Sorry, Haruhi, but you’re the third #1 out.
#7 Tomoyo Daidouji (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Karin Ishida (Shangri-La)
I’ve been all over the place with Karin; I’ve thought she’d reach the Final Four, and I’ve also thought she’d get eliminated in Round 1. Tomoyo is an interesting case, and she’s making another great run through this tournament. Ultimately, I think back to those episodes of Shangri-La where Karin was plotting to make her billions while dealing with a creepy young girl and creepy old men. Karin’s just too much. I pick her once again.
#1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #5 Kenpachi Zaraki (Bleach)
The curse of the #1 seed! All other three #1 seeds have lost here in the Sweet Sixteen. What about Kurapika? Does he get shortchanged as well? Well, he certainly did in the Hunter x Hunter anime for about 40 episodes, but not here in this tournament. Just wait until you see him in these next episodes on Toonami. He’s an awesome character, and potentially more of a beast than even Kenpachi himself. Nice run for Kenpachi, but it ends here.
#10 Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight (Hunter x Hunter)
I love when there’s a battle of double-digit seeds in a late round such as this. You’d never expect these two characters to be battling it out for a spot in the BOYS Regional final. Who wins here? Syaoran Li was a great character in Cardcaptor Sakura, but he really made it this far just based on poor competition. Leorio stepped up to the plate in Hunter x Hunter just enough to earn another win here, and setting up the rivalry of the decade in the BOYS Regional final: Kurapika vs. Leorio.
We have our four Regional finals! Here they are:
EVA Region: #6 Leafa vs. #13 Rem
HARUHI Region: #11 Karin Ishida vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle
MAIN Region: #2 Homura Akemi vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo
BOYS Region: #1 Kurapika vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight
The Regional finals start tomorrow!