Anime March Madness Selection Sunday

Our Anime March Madness tournament, where you vote all month long to determine the top anime, is just around the corner. It begins March 4th, but first…we have to reveal the entrants today on Selection Sunday!

Thirty-two anime participate in the tournament proper, but we had a series of play-in games last weeks to fill in some of the spots for our four regions: Shounen / Popular Anime, Critical Darlings, Staff Favorites, and 2018 Anime. Here were the results:

Play-in Games Results

Shounen/Popular Region

  • Assassination Classroom def. InuYasha
  • Bleach def Sword Art Online

Critical Darlings Region

No matches

Staff Favorites Region

  • Toradora def Golden Kamuy
  • Evangelion def Re:Zero
  • Clannad / Clannad After Story def Trigun

2018 Anime Region

  • Fairy Tail def Darling in the Franxx
  • Violet Evergarden def Black Clover
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai def Dragon Ball Super
  • Goblin Slayer def Overlord (I, II, and III)
  • Cells at Work def Zombieland Saga
  • Megalo Box def Hinamatsuri
  • A Place Father Than the Universe def Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime def Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

Regional #1 Seeds

There are your first 13 teams into the tournament! And now…here are your four number one seeds:

Shounen / Popular Region #1 Seed: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
Critical Darlings Region #1 Seed: Haikyuu!
Staff Favorites Region #1 Seed: Your Lie in April
2018 Anime Region #1 Seed: Fairy Tail

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, the three-time defending champ, is the number one seed overall. These seeds, and all the others, were determined through a variety of factors, but mostly based on how they’ve been reacted to by Beneath the Tangles readers and subscribers (or in the case of the Staff Favorites region, BtT staff) and primarily, if they’ve participated before, how well they’ve done in the tournament. Therefore, Your Lie in April trumps more popular or critically acclaimed series based on those factors.

The Entire Field

Now, to reveal all the rest of the entrants and their seeds!

Shounen / Popular

  1. Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
  2. My Hero Academia
  3. Naruto Shippuden
  4. Attack on Titan
  5. Death Note
  6. Angel Beats
  7. Assassination Classroom
  8. Bleach

Critical Darlings

  1. Haikyuu!!
  2. Food Wars
  3. One Punch Man
  5. Cowboy Bebop
  6. Steins;gate
  7. Gintama
  8. Mob Psycho 100

Staff Favorites

  1. Your Lie in April
  2. Rurouni Kenshin
  3. One Piece
  4. Ancient Magus Bride
  5. Serial Experiments Lain
  6. Toradora
  7. Evangelion
  8. Clannad / Clannad After Story

2018 Anime

  1. Fairy Tail
  2. Violet Evergarden
  3. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai
  4. Goblin Slayer
  5. Cells at Work
  6. Megalo Box
  7. That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
  8.  Place Farther Than the Universe

Congrats to all the anime that got in. As for those bubble anime—there’s always next year! Click below to see the field on a bracket and come back TOMORROW, when we’ll reveal a cool new way you can participate. Thanks for joining us, and I hope you’re excited for the tourney!

8 thoughts on “Anime March Madness Selection Sunday

    1. Just as with the NCAA tournament, your bracket is a prediction of who will win. Once you’ve completed yours, you’re entered—you’ll just need to wait and see if by the end of the tourney, your bracket got the highest score.

      But all through the month, the tournament will be going on—you can vote on our weekly posts here (starting Monday) and also on our social media sites. Those votes are what determines who moves forward!

              1. There should be a question to answer: when it asks how many teams are in the NCAA tournament, enter “64.”

                The winner is the most accurate bracket—the one closest to how it actually turns out. Points and so forth are discussed in the rules on the previous post.

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