2017 Anime Bracket – Final Four

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It’s time for the Final Four! This year we have a lot of firsts. Our first male character is in the Final Four, Kurapika. Our first Shangri-La character is here in Kuniko Hojo. An anime making its debut sent two characters to the Final Four for the first time, as Re:Zero sent both Rem and Priscilla Barielle. In fact, all four characters are making their first appearance in the tournament, and all are in the Final Four.

Now it gets dicey – how to pick winners at this point in the game? It’s going to be hard to narrow it down. Getting this far is a real accomplishment, but it’s going to take something extra to get to the championship.

#13 Rem (Re:Zero) vs. #1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)

Rem has made a Cinderella run to the Final Four, on a journey that no one could have expected. Kurapika was obviously a much less surprising pick; everyone knows that I love Kurapika and purposely gave him the #1 seed so he could go far. These characters don’t have much in common, so it’s hard to decide between the two. Rem starts out as a bit character, then turns into a main character, before fading away at the end. Kurapika starts out as a main character, fades into the background for a while, then becomes the star of the show for a while, before falling off the face of the earth. I’m making this pick based on who I think is overall more entertaining as a character, and that pick is…

Winner: Kurapika

#12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero) vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo (Shangri-La)

Priscilla is my favorite Re:Zero character, but she is a bit character, you know. That’s as opposed to Kuniko, who’s the main character of Shangri-La and in almost every scene. But when it comes to the Anime Bracket, you can throw out those things. It all comes down to who I like better. Kuniko is definitely the better person of the two; in fact, there’s no comparison there. Priscilla is sort of a villain, while Kuniko is the heroine. But who do I like better? Ultimately, I’m going with…

Winner: Kuniko

Yeah, that’s it – the championship match will be Kurapika vs. Kuniko! Stay tuned Monday to find out who the champion of this year’s Anime Bracket is, as well as the winner of the bracket contest!

2017 Anime Bracket – Elite Eight

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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!

Winner: Rem

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.

Winner: Priscilla

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.

Winner: Kuniko

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.

Winner: Kurapika

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!

2017 Anime Bracket – Sweet Sixteen, Part 2

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Time for the second half of the Sweet Sixteen!

HARUHI Region

#1 Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero)

This one really isn’t fair to Haruhi. I’ve been rewatching Re:Zero this week, and Priscilla was just as awesome as she was the first time I watched it. She is just amazing. She’s a lot like Haruhi, too; stuck up and full of herself. You’ve got to love Priscilla, even though you hate her. Sorry, Haruhi, but you’re the third #1 out.

Winner: Priscilla

#7 Tomoyo Daidouji (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Karin Ishida (Shangri-La)

I’ve been all over the place with Karin; I’ve thought she’d reach the Final Four, and I’ve also thought she’d get eliminated in Round 1. Tomoyo is an interesting case, and she’s making another great run through this tournament. Ultimately, I think back to those episodes of Shangri-La where Karin was plotting to make her billions while dealing with a creepy young girl and creepy old men. Karin’s just too much. I pick her once again.

Winner: Karin

BOYS Region

#1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #5 Kenpachi Zaraki (Bleach)

The curse of the #1 seed! All other three #1 seeds have lost here in the Sweet Sixteen. What about Kurapika? Does he get shortchanged as well? Well, he certainly did in the Hunter x Hunter anime for about 40 episodes, but not here in this tournament. Just wait until you see him in these next episodes on Toonami. He’s an awesome character, and potentially more of a beast than even Kenpachi himself. Nice run for Kenpachi, but it ends here.

Winner: Kurapika

#10 Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight (Hunter x Hunter)

I love when there’s a battle of double-digit seeds in a late round such as this. You’d never expect these two characters to be battling it out for a spot in the BOYS Regional final. Who wins here? Syaoran Li was a great character in Cardcaptor Sakura, but he really made it this far just based on poor competition. Leorio stepped up to the plate in Hunter x Hunter just enough to earn another win here, and setting up the rivalry of the decade in the BOYS Regional final: Kurapika vs. Leorio.

Winner: Leorio

We have our four Regional finals! Here they are:

EVA Region: #6 Leafa vs. #13 Rem

HARUHI Region: #11 Karin Ishida vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle

MAIN Region: #2 Homura Akemi vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo

BOYS Region: #1 Kurapika vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight

The Regional finals start tomorrow!

2017 Anime Bracket – Sweet Sixteen, Part 1

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It’s time for the Sweet Sixteen! For those of you have forgotten, here are the remaining characters left in the bracket:

EVA Region

#1 Rei Ayanami (Evangelion) vs. #13 Rem (Re:Zero)

#6 Leafa (Sword Art Online) vs. #7 Siesta (The Familiar of Zero)

HARUHI Region

#1 Haruhi Suzumiya (Haruhi Suzumiya) vs. #12 Priscilla Barielle (Re:Zero)

#7 Tomoyo Daidouji (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Karin Ishida (Shangri-La)

MAIN Region

#1 Asuka Langley Soryu (Evangelion) vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo (Shangri-La)

#2 Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) vs. #3 Satsuki Kiryuin (Kill la Kill)

BOYS Region

#1 Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter) vs. #5 Kenpachi Zaraki (Bleach)

#10 Syaoran Li (Cardcaptor Sakura) vs. #11 Leorio Paradinight (Hunter x Hunter)

Today we will deal with the EVA Region and MAIN Region!

EVA Region

#1 Rei Ayanami vs. #13 Rem

Rei has had so much success in this tournament, having never missed an Elite Eight, and four times played for the championship (winning once). Her success is mainly based off how super-cute she is in the Ayanami Raising Project game. As for Rem, her Cinderella run to the Sweet Sixteen included victories over Loly Aivirrne and Ryoko Naruse. The lower seed again, Rem has that awesome scene in Episode 18 of Re:Zero where she confesses her love for Natsuki Subaru (the main character), and not only that, completely breaks Subaru out of his depression, and Subaru promptly rejects her. And what does she do? She chooses to help him regardless. I can’t deny a Cinderella story like this, Rem moves on!

Winner: Rem

#6 Leafa vs. #7 Siesta

There are two things each of these characters has in common. Can you guess them? If you can’t, then just google their names and see their pictures. In fact, there’s a character in Siesta’s series The Familiar of Zero who looks almost identical to Leafa, but is generally useless as a character. It would be a great story if Siesta won this one, because Rem and Siesta are bridesmaids forever, never brides. However, Leafa played a pretty big role in the Sword Art Online movie, and because of that, she’s moving on to the Elite Eight.

Winner: Leafa

MAIN Region

#1 Asuka Langley Soryu vs. #5 Kuniko Hojo

Asuka’s best days are clearly behind her. She twice won this tournament, but in a different era, an era where I was totally into Evangelion. As for Kuniko, she was a brilliant character in Shangri-La, and I don’t have to stretch out my feelings very far to pick her to win. It’s actually kind of an easy win for her. The second straight #1 seed goes down, and Kuniko moves along.

Winner: Kuniko

#2 Homura Akemi vs. #3 Satsuki Kiryuin

Here we go, two utter powerhouses, both of whom have won this tournament before (Homura twice). I also get the feeling that the result of this match will determine the bracket contest (but that’s just a hunch). The defending champion Satsuki rode the Kill la Kill wave last year, after I had watched all of the series. That’s ancient history now, but so is Madoka Magica. Why, then, am I picking Homura? Because like Kuniko, she’s a very self-sacrificial character. Maybe a little too much, actually. Ultimately Homura gets the edge over Satsuki and advances.

Winner: Homura

Make sure you stay tuned for the second part of the Sweet Sixteen tomorrow!