It’s time for the Elite Eight! Regional finals of all four regions will occur today.
EVA Regional Final
#6 Leafa (Sword Art Online) vs. #13 Rem (Re:Zero)
Who would have thought a Sword Art Online character would make it so far? However, as is often the case, the character in the show I watched more recently – which would be Re:Zero – is the easy winner here. Rem is so obviously best girl in Re:Zero. Not only that, but the way she got shafted by both Subaru and the writers makes me want to pick her even more. I appreciate what Leafa brought to the Sword Art Online movie, but ultimately, it’s an easy pick: Rem is headed to the Final Four!
HARUHI Regional Final
#11 Karin Ishida (Shangri-La) vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero)
This is a tough one to call. A secondary character from an obscure anime, or a very minor character from a more popular one? In fact, I still don’t know who I’m picking. I have been wrestling with this one for a long time now, and I can’t come up with who I want to win. I think I just have to go with the one I saw more recently. I know it’s such a cop-out, but that’s the way I’m rolling today. Remember: this tournament is completely “subject to my whims.” And on a whim, I’m taking Priscilla with me to the Final Four.
MAIN Regional Final
#2 Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo (Shangri-La)
Both of these characters are very lovable because they are both self-sacrificial. Neither of them will blow you away with attractive bodies; no, the reason they’re as good as they are is because of how much they give. Homura gave everything for Madoka; Kuniko gave everything for complete strangers and girls who hated her. That’s what gives Kuniko the edge. She literally took the punishment of a girl who had been beating up on her. With that, Kuniko gets rewarded with a berth in the Final Four.
BOYS Regional Final
#1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight (Hunter x Hunter)
We have our first intra-anime battle of the tournament! If you noticed, there hasn’t been a single battle between two characters from the same anime, and that was by design. But now there is nothing stopping Kurapika and Leorio from going at it. Leorio is the Cinderella of this region, if you can call him that. Kurapika, however, is the Gonzaga of this region; once overlooked by everyone, he has turned into a powerhouse. And now there’s nothing stopping him. Wait till you see his battle with Uvogin. You’ll know why I’m picking him to go to the Final Four, and wipe out his pal Leorio along the way.
And that’s it! We have our Final Four! They are:
Rem vs. Kurapika
Priscilla Barielle vs. Kuniko Hojo
It’s a Final Four for the ages! Will we get an all Re:Zero championship? Will Kurapika become the first male to reach the championship? Can Kuniko keep taking down top-notch opponents? It’s all going to happen next weekend, the Final Four of the 2017 Anime Bracket!