AniMarch Madness 2023: And the Champion is…

The polls have closed. Votes have been tallied. And we have a brand new champion in AniMarch Madness!

Spy x Family was the top seed for the Emerging Anime region of the bracket and was appearing in its first AniMarch Madness. Meanwhile, Kaguya-sama was a number three seed in the Romance / Comedy / Sports region. A strong competitor annually, this was nonetheless its first finals appearance.

And in the match between two new finalists, Spy x Family emerged victorious, 60.5% to 39.5%!

From the beginning, the match wasn’t in any doubt. Spy x Family easily dispatched Kaguya-sama, which otherwise was probably the story of the tournament, defeating both of last year’s finalists (Fruits Basket and Violet Evergarden) as well as a previous finalist (Demon Slayer) on the way to runner-up.

Spy x Family, meanwhile, destroyed its competition the entire way through, a dominating performance as it dropped virtually no platform counts in any round. It was the only anime in the competition to record a total of more than 1,000 votes and had a total vote count almost 40% higher than second-place Kaguya. Absolutely dominant.

Here’s how Spy x Family got there (and how the whole field shook out):

Thank you to everyone who participated this year! This was clearly the most competitive and fun tournament we’ve had. We can’t wait to bring it back next March when we’ll bring a couple more improvements into the mix.

We hope you enjoyed it! Until next year!

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