2018 Anime Bracket – HARUHI Region, 1st Round

Anime Bracket First & Second Rounds

Time to continue this first round!

#1 Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #16 Abel (Trinity Blood)

I’ve loved Haruhi for so long that it seems like I’m just wasting your time in explaining why she should win. Instead, I’ll tell you why Abel should lose – there is nothing about him that is worth remembering. He was just a bland character. He had his moments, but overall, Trinity Blood was a big disappointment for me.

Winner: Haruhi

#8 Mio Akiyama (K-On) vs. #9 Kuroneko (Oreimo)

Very hard one to call here. I mean, very hard. I’m seriously splitting hairs between these two. That’s the beauty of the #8/#9 matchup, it’s such a tight race. I love both of these characters a lot. I think what gives Kuroneko the edge is that she has her own manga. That’s just enough to push her past a very lovable Mio.

Winner: Kuroneko

#5 Rin Tohsaka (Fate/stay night) vs. #12 Ran-Mao (Black Butler)

Okay, so this one’s kind of a joke. Ran-Mao is great eye candy, but she never speaks, or at least only will only say a few syllables. Tohsaka is the reason I got into Fate after it looked like I was going to hate Fate. Instead, I ended up enjoying Fate quite a bit, and I look forward to seeing some of the other versions of it – but only if they contain Tohsaka.

Winner: Tohsaka

#4 Kaname Chidori (Full Metal Panic) vs. #13 Joseph Joestar (Jojo)

Just in time to rescue her from a horrid fate, Kaname and the Full Metal Panic crew are returning for a fourth season! Joseph is definitely a funny character, a guy who has potential in the future in this bracket, but Kaname still is one of my favorites, and she wins yet again.

Winner: Kaname

#6 Hinata Hyuga (Naruto) vs. #11 Utena Tenjou (Revolutionary Girl Utena)

We saw Hinata’s confession a few months ago, and I also watched Utena some time ago, not really liking it. But Utena’s definitely the better character. Hinata was one of my first loves, but she’s in the past now. Utena is the girl of revolution, and her revolution is pulling out a first-round upset.

Winner: Utena

#3 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #14 Hiyori Moritani (Kotoura-san)

Moritani is a bit character from a bit anime – Kotoura-san, which you’ve probably never heard of (but should definitely see!). Kurapika has gotten the shaft since that awful Greed Island arc, but that doesn’t take away all that he did in that awesome Yorknew City arc. Kurapika also has an ace in the hole – the new Hunter x Hunter movie. Just wait until I see that.

Winner: Kurapika

#7 Loly Aivirrne (Bleach) vs. #10 Hinako (Sister Princess)

If you’ve been following this blog at all, you should probably have figured out that I was going with Hinako here. She was just so cute in Sister Princess. So adorable, so wonderful. The way she typed on a calculator hoping to send an e-mail to her dear Bro-Bro was enough to melt your heart. Loly… well, Bleach is in the past, isn’t it?

Winner: Hinako

#2 May Chang (FMA: Brotherhood) vs. #15 Bulma (Dragon Ball)

Bulma moved up from a #16 to a #15 this year, giving her a legitimate chance at pulling off an upset. I’d even say that in this match, she had the lead at halftime, before giving it away to the uber-cute May Chang. May goes on to face Hinako in a battle of the supercutes.

Winner: May

That’s all for this region, stay tuned for the next region tomorrow!

2018 Anime Bracket – EVA Region, Round 1

Anime Bracket First & Second Rounds

Let’s get to it: who will win in the first round of the Anime Bracket?

#1 Rei Ayanami (Evangelion) vs. #16 Shinichi Izumi (Parasyte)

I wish I could tell you this was the year a #16 beat a #1, in particular the #1 overall seed. Oh, wait – it did! But that was college basketball. Rei is just too good to go down early. She wins this one with room to spare.

Winner: Rei

#8 Rio Takeuchi (Spiral) vs. #9 Konata Izumi (Lucky Star)

Both are first-timers in this tournament; Rio was a fantastic villain in Spiral, and then she turned into one of the “good guys” in a sense as the story progressed. Her anime left on a big cliffhanger. Konata was the “star” of Lucky “Star”; it’s hard not to like her character. But ultimately I’m going with the one who left me with more.

Winner: Rio

#5 Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill) vs. #12 Anri Sonohara (Durarara)

Satsuki was the champion of this whole thing just a couple of years ago. How she fell to only a #5 seed is beyond me. Anri still has some potential; I haven’t yet seen the second season of Durarara. It’s facts like that which make this tournament impossible to predict. I’m going with the seasoned veteran who has everything to gain.

Winner: Satsuki

#4 Tomoyo Daidouji (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #13 Duck (Princess Tutu)

This might be the biggest upset in this year’s tournament’s first round. Duck wins this one due to the fact that I haven’t yet seen the Clear Card arc (I’m waiting for the dub) and the fact that I look back fondly on Princess Tutu. Most years, Tomoyo makes a long run, but she’ll have to wait a year.

Winner: Duck

#6 Leafa (Sword Art Online) vs. #11 Armin Arlert (Attack on Titan)

How Leafa dropped to a #6 seed is beyond me. She’s almost always a contender in this tournament. She is winning points with me recently thanks to the fact that I got Sword Art Online: Lost Song the video game. Meanwhile, Armin was marginalized big-time in the second season of Attack on Titan. He got maybe two minutes of screen time the whole season. That’s not going to win him any matches here.

Winner: Leafa

#3 Kuniko Hojo (Shangri-La) vs. #14 Yukino Miyazawa (His and Her Circumstances)

As much as it’d be fun to pick Yukino because I’m now watching Kare Kano, I just can’t go away from the girl who won it all last year thanks to her amazing performance in Shangri-La. Some day I’ll get someone else to watch Shangri-La. Until then, Kuniko is just going to keep on winning.

Winner: Kuniko

#7 Sayaka Miki (Madoka Magica) vs. #10 Victor Nikiforov (Yuri on Ice)

Let the record show that Sayaka was the final character selected for this year’s bracket. She got in as the sixty-eighth character I selected; the reason her seed is so high is because there are so many automatic bids this year. (I choose the auto bids first, then fill in the rest of the bracket with “at-larges” or multiple-bid choices from anime series already represented.) In any case, Victor wins because of the strength of Yuri on Ice.

Winner: Victor

#2 Ryoko Hakubi (Tenchi Muyo) vs. #15 Motoko Kusunagi (Ghost in the Shell)

I really, really want to pick the Major. I’d love to have a bracket-busting upset. But let’s be honest; while I enjoy Ghost in the Shell to an extent, the Major doesn’t blow me away as a character. She’s a fine character, sure, but Batou could have made it in just as easily. I’m picking Ryoko because of all her experience, but she only escapes this one in overtime.

Winner: Ryoko

That’s all for the EVA Region; stay tuned tomorrow for the HARUHI Region!