We have a winner!
After six rounds, stretching back more than a month, and more than 25,000 votes in the tournament, a champion has been determined by vote from yesterday’s championship match between two unexpected finalists, Fruits Basket, a third seed in its region, and Violet Evergarden, a fourth.
And the winner is…
Here are the full results:
Violet Evergarden def. Fruits Basket (2019), 181 – 145
What a unexpected tournament. After mostly playing out as seeded in the first couple of rounds, more and more upsets, and just as telling, interesting vote totals, started to play out until all four number one seeds were knocked out. Violet, armed with amazing animation, unbearable sadness, and KyoAni heart, charged in and defeated another series with stunning animation, heartbreaking storylines, and so much love instilled in it as well, connecting these two worthy finalists.
Congratulations, Violet Evergarden! And thank you to all you voters out there who participated. We had far more votes in this year’s tournament than ever before, and we already can’t wait until next March when we start all over again with our fourth different champion in as many years defending her crown!