2018 Anime Bracket – Championship

2018 Final Four

It’s time for the 2018 Anime Bracket Championship! Our two contenders tonight have both won one Anime Bracket championship each, Rei Ayanami in 2011 and Haruhi Suzumiya in 2015. That means that the winner of tonight’s matchup will move into a tie with Asuka Langley Soryu and Homura Akemi for the most-ever championships.

Before I give away who will win this year, let me announce for the first time, a change in format for the 2019 Anime Bracket 10th Anniversary!

  • All former champions will officially be retired from competition. That means that Asuka Langley Soryu, Rei Ayanami, Ryoko Hakubi, Homura Akemi, Haruhi Suzumiya, Satsuki Kiryuin, and Kuniko Hojo will no longer compete in the Anime Bracket.
  • Instead, the former champions will be entered into a special “Champions’ Bracket” where the winner of the 2019 competition will enter into play against the seven champions.
  • The field will be expanded from 68 to 96.
  • Only series that I have seen the majority of the episodes will be entered into the competition. Series that I’ve only seen half of or part of will no longer receive an automatic bid.
  • There will again be a monetary prize for the winner of the bracket-picking competition. (This was removed this year mainly due to the fact that I had no idea when it would start, leading to the possibility of someone picking too late.)
  • Every anime of which I have seen the majority (51%) of episodes will receive one automatic bid to the tournament. Anime series represented by former champions will receive a new auto bid. (For example, Evangelion could get Misato Katsuragi in now that Rei and Asuka are gone.)
  • With 96 characters in, 32 characters will receive first-round byes. The other 64 will battle it out in round one to advance to round two to face the top 32.

And now, the announcement of this year’s champion!

HARUHI SUZUMIYA!!!

She is now the third and final two-time champion of the Anime Bracket. Poor Rei, so much heartbreak. But sorry, Rei, when I think “anime,” I think Haruhi. She’s my go-to anime character. She makes my heart melt anytime I see her. She’s the girl I wish I could have as a girlfriend. Not that she’s the most beautiful, but that she has the most spunk. The most spirit. The most energy. The attitude of someone I’d love to spend my days with. She is the epitome of wish-fulfillment in an anime character.

And thus, Haruhi is champion. Congratulations, Haruhi, you’ll soon be getting your face upon this blog’s banner for a second time. In the meantime, see you next year – oh, and next week for more anime reviews!

BC 15: Teamwork

Black Clover episode 15 review

BC 15

This episode is all about the teamwork within the Black Bulls when it comes to defeating their opponent. Unfortunately, this episode isn’t very memorable outside of their combo attack. I really don’t know what else to say about it. There was a little bit of a backstory on one of the Black Bulls, which was nice, but so far the best adjective I have for Black Clover is “bland.” It’s not bad, but there’s no spice there. Nothing that makes it stand out. Maybe that’s why Adult Swim is moving it back in the lineup.

Character of the episode: Asta

Episode rating (out of four stars): **

2018 Anime Bracket – Final Four

2018 Final Four

Time for the Final Four!

Rei Ayanami vs. Rem

The two girls look alike. They act alike, at times. They both are dearly beloved by their respective fan bases, and they both have a cute relationship with the main character. But does Rem have her own dating game? Because that’s what my beloved Ayanami Raising Project is, and every time I see the pics of Rei doing life from that game, my heart melts. She’s just so adorable. I know Rem is too, but ultimately I can’t pick against Rei this time, and she moves on to yet another championship match.

Winner: Rei

Haruhi Suzumiya vs. Haruka Tenoh

Haruka is a Cinderella story in a way. I would have never picked her to even reach the tournament 10 years ago. Now she’s knocking on the door of the championship match. But there Haruhi stands, my first-ever figure of her standing amongst my LEGO Architecture sets. She stands with her hands on her hips, expecting to be picked. And while Sailor Uranus definitely deserves to be here, I got to go with Haruhi yet again. Yes, once again we have a Rei vs. Haruhi championship!

Winner: Haruhi

If the last 10 Anime Brackets are any indication, it looks like my favorite two characters are pretty clear. I can’t wait for next year’s 10th anniversary Anime Bracket, when there will be a big format change that will shake up everything. In the meantime, tomorrow we’ll decide who will get their second face on the blog’s banner – Rei Ayanami or Haruhi Suzumiya!