Round one of our tournament has concluded and boy, did it get exciting! Thanks to everyone who chimed in, especially through Twitter and Facebook, expressing disgust, hopefulness, and just pure adulation for their favorites and at the matches. There was some anxiety, too—Why are these two going against each other?! was uttered more than once!
Check out these initial thoughts about the tournament and then scroll down to start voting in round two—the sweet sixteen of Anime March Madness.
- A few Cinderellas have emerged—Toradora, who hasn’t performed particularly well in past tournaments, overthrew the three seed, One Piece, in a minor upset, while Cells at Work made quick work of Goblin Slayer, despite being slotted as an the underdog.
- The biggest shocker, though, was Mob Psycho 100, an eight seed (lowest), dropping an upset on Haikyuu, which as far as I can tell, is the first time a number one seed has lost in the first round. Obviously, this prognosticator underestimated MP100, whose second season has been lit, and overvalued Haikyuu, which has been a middling performer in this tourney despite both critical acclaim and popularity (and with a new season in the works).
- A number of exciting “buzzer” beaters punctuated this tournament, with former final four competitor Rurouni Kenshin slipping by Evangelion despite a late push from the blog readers and Food Wars defeating Gintama by less than 1% in a battle between perennial heavyweights.
- Some stories to look out for: a return to form for Cowboy Bebop, which has twice made the final four; strong performances by Your Lie in April, Violet Evergarden, Fairy Tail, and One Punch Man; last year’s champion (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) and runner-up (My Hero Academia) easily winning their matches; and The Ancient Magus Bride with the most dominating win of the opening round.
- While the biggest story of the first round may have been the Haikyuu shocker, equally notable are losses by ERASED, which in two years has gone from finals runner-up to first round also ran, and Steins;gate, a two-time final four competitor that got KO’ed by Saitama this year.
- And the leader so far in the bracket challenge is…ME! But I don’t count. I have 13 of 16 possible points; Tommy and Edward are tied for second right now with 11. And Ryan, I’m sorry, but with you picking Steins;gate to win…your bracket’s busted.
Shounen / Popular Region
Critical Darlings Region
Staff Favorites Region
2018 Anime Region