I’m desperately trying to catch up after all the lost time that has caused the Anime Bracket to fall way behind schedule. Here’s the conclusion of the first round.
#1 Sango (InuYasha) vs. #16 Ryuk (Death Note)
Yeah, no way I’m going against Sango here. She remains in a special spot in my heart, even though InuYasha is celebrating the 10th year of its manga conclusion this year.
#8 Tomo Takino (Azumanga Daioh) vs. #9 Siesta (The Familiar of Zero)
Now this is a tough one to call. Tomo became my favorite character in Azumanga Daioh because of her spirit, her energy, and her merciless picking on Yomi. As for Siesta, I’ve always thought she would make a better pair with Saito than his choice Louise. Ultimately, Siesta loses this one thanks to the fact that her character is acting out of character in the final season of The Familiar of Zero. As a result, I have to give it to Tomo.
#5 Ryuko Matoi (Kill la Kill) vs. #12 Kamina (Gurren Lagann)
Ryuko remains the only character to reach multiple finals yet not win the championship. She is severely underseeded here with only a #5. Kamina doesn’t put up much of a challenge to her, and she advances easily.
#4 Yoruichi Shihouin (Bleach) vs. #13 Jet Black (Cowboy Bebop)
It’s an upset but really not much of one. Jet is one of those characters who’s just really cool. Yoruichi hasn’t had a chance to shine in a very long time. I have to go with Jet here just because Cowboy Bebop still holds up well today.
#6 Izumi Himuro (Princess Nine) vs. #11 Nico Robin (One Piece)
Himuro wins here not just because I loved Princess Nine, but also because she was a fantastic villain throughout the series, all the way up until the point where she became pretty much the victim. Her journey throughout the series was one of those great character arcs that is reserved for only the best.
#3 Rem (Re:Zero) vs. #14 Saitama (One-Punch Man)
Yeah, there’s no way I’m going against Rem in round one. Saitama brings a lot to the table, but he can’t punch his way past Rem, who is one of the faces of the to-be-released Re:Zero series.
#7 Aisha Clan-Clan (Outlaw Star) vs. #10 Allison Whittington (Allison & Lillia)
I never got around to finishing Allison & Lillia thanks to a malfunctioning DVD player; I’ll have to do that in the future. In the meantime, Aisha was my favorite character in Outlaw Star because she was always angry at someone and also always saying how great the Ctarl-Ctarl were. As a result, I’m passing her by with an easy victory here.
#2 Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) vs. #15 Fuu (Samurai Champloo)
I think I see a Homura meme every single day. Fuu can’t claim the same.
That’s all for round one, see you tomorrow for round two!