2018 Anime Bracket – BLEACH Region, 1st Round

Anime Bracket First & Second Rounds

My apologies to you who may have been looking forward to seeing this yesterday – on Monday morning I had oral surgery and had to be made unconscious. That led to a crazy series of events where I not only forgot where I was, but also lost my wallet, and ended up having a very painful evening. I got my wallet back thanks to the police, but yesterday was just a lost day.

Anyway, here we go:

#1 Asuka Langley Soryu (Evangelion) vs. #16 Mira (Dimension W)

Thanks for playing, Mira! However, I will admit that it’s been 10 years since I watched the original Evangelion. Methinks it’s time for a rewatch, no? Or at least a rewatch of the movie series? Cool things are coming this spring/summer on the blog, that’s for sure!

Winner: Asuka

#8 Mine (Akame ga Kill) vs. #9 Ryo Hayakawa (Princess Nine)

Princess Nine is this year’s Shangri-La. After Shangri-La won my attention in early 2017, Princess Nine won my heart later in the year. It’s a fantastic anime. Mine, however, is still a great character who deserved more air time in Akame ga Kill. In the end, I’m going with the main character of Princess Nine, just barely over Mine.

Winner: Ryo

#5 Haruka Tenoh (Sailor Moon) vs. #12 Honoka Sakurai (Suzuka)

As good of a character as Honoka is in Suzuka, she doesn’t reach the iconic appeal of Sailor Uranus. Haruka is that character that everyone wants, boy or girl, male or female. She’s definitely one who’s hard to beat, and going to be a really tough out this year.

Winner: Haruka

#4 Ryoko Asakura (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #13 Izumo Kamiki (Blue Exorcist)

I’ve been following a “SOS Brigade” page on Facebook which has given me lots of cool Ryoko pics over the weeks. Kamiki just doesn’t have that. Asakura is definitely a cool character who escapes this round quite easily.

Winner: Asakura

#6 Meiling Li (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 China (Hetalia)

I hear Meiling gets some screen time in the Clear Card arc! I’m still waiting to see it. In any case, she has a lot more great memories that come to mind when thinking about her, while China just doesn’t have enough to carry him through this round.

Winner: Meiling

#3 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero) vs. #14 Meowth (Pokemon)

While I’d love to pick a cat to win, Priscilla was one of my very favorite characters in Re:Zero. She was a great villain of sorts. I don’t know what her endgame is, but she ought to be one to watch if Re:Zero ever gets a second season. Meowth is more of a comic relief character.

Winner: Priscilla

#7 Kagome Higurashi (InuYasha) vs. #10 Sena Kobayakawa (Eyeshield 21)

Obviously, Kagome is a character I’ve liked for a long time. But Sena has helped make Eyeshield 21 a very fun anime to watch. And while I’ve missed it for a couple of weeks now, I look forward to seeing Sena’s next challenge. He wins this one quite easily, actually.

Winner: Sena

#2 Soi Fon (Bleach) vs. #15 Mamimi Samejima (FLCL)

From what I read, there’s no Mamimi in the new FLCL. What happened, did she die of cancer from smoking too much? In any case, there was no chance I was picking her over Soi Fon anyway. FLCL may have a different representative in next year’s Anime Bracket as a result.

Winner: Soi Fon

Stay tuned for the final part of Round 1, tomorrow!

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