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Match 5

School-Live - I thought it would be another fun/silly show with cute girls because that's how it looked to me before watching it. Boy was I wrong and I loved that I was! Others have mentioned the opening, and I have to agree with them. I loved that the opening changed just a little each time. Depending on the episode, the end would change a little also and I loved that. After the first episode (which I watched twice) I tried to watch a little more closely to make sure I didn't miss anything. I loved all the characters, Megumi especially.

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Haikyuu!! - I loved both shows and it was hard to choose, but I loved Haikyuu!! more. Introducing Yachi was a great way to start. She was such a cute/sweet character. The matches always had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath on any close shot for Karasuno. I really liked that we were able to see a little more of some of the characters from the other teams and Karasuno's training, though it didn't seem to go well for them at the time, paid off when they were in their matches so seeing them practice what they needed to and get better for the tournament was great. It's such a great show and I looked forward to every episode.
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Match 5
School-Live - this was easily the show I looked forward to (and dreaded) most week after week. The cutesy visuals lured me in, but the tension kept me interested. The OP was great and I absolutely enjoyed scouring through it and the ED for hidden bits of foreshadowing.

Match 6
Haikyuu - Loveable characters and the best matches to date, the second season of Haikyuu proved even better than the amazing first. Aragoto had the Bishamon arc, which was good, but even that pales in comparison to the epic match between Karasuno and Seijoh.

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Haikyuu!! - Honestly the sports genre isn't really my thing and there are only a handful of sports anime I really like, Haikyuu being one of them. The main thing that draws me to Haikyuu is the energy of the show. It really pulled me into the emotions of playing sports, putting me on the edge of my seat (like losing and overcoming it).
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Match 5
Vote: School-Live!
While I wasn't entirely convinced of this show's merits early on, it managed to completely win me over by the end of its run. While it could have settled for being 'Delusions and Zombies' (I'm sure some would argue that it indeed amounted to no more than that, but bear with me here), it instead focused on telling a cautiously optimistic story about not merely survival, but more so about living and how "living" (i.e., trying to do something with your life, even if that something is simply being happy or content) compares to simply "being alive" (heart and brain functioning), which, as I mentioned before, is a theme I greatly appreciate - possibly even because I watched this anime. The 'Horror x Slice-of-Life' aspect was certainly to my interest, but if not for the story and the characters (more on them in a moment), this "gimmick" would have amounted to nothing more than a passing "hmm" in my memory (well, aside from some of the parallels between the two genres, such as the double meaning of life after high school in the context of the story). As for the characters, while I can't deny that I liked them on a surface level due to their personalities largely fitting with the SoL side of the show and me being a fan of SoL in general, I need to mention that I was impressed by how the characters all had more to them than they were obligated to have (though I can see that still not being enough for many people) and how much I appreciated how well they functioned as a group of characters despite none of them really blowing me away as individuals. That's not to say I can't still see, break down, and appreciate who each character is on an individual level (Yuki - I can definitely appreciate someone who wants her friends to be safe and happy to the extent that she unconsciously acts in line with this very purpose despite not consciously realizing just how important her actions are to the group; Kurumi - shovel aside, it seemed to me that she was always rushing forward because she didn't want the others to have to bear the burden of "killing" something that had had a life probably not dissimilar to their own not long ago, a burden she'd learned about the hard way when the whole ordeal began and whose effects she continued to feel throughout the story, and that's something I find admirable; Yuuri - I know even a lot of fans of the show don't seem to like her, and while that's certainly understandable as her character isn't fleshed out or particularly relevant until a little later in the story, at which point the gradual cracking of her 'undaunted leader' shell could easily turn off a lot of fans, I know the feeling of keeping things bottled up inside until it's unhealthy well enough that I can empathize with her pretty easily; Miki - it's easy to become complacent when surrounded by older and more experienced people in your trade, even if that trade is surviving a zombie apocalypse, and kind of sink into the background while they do all the work, but Miki was always focused on doing what she could to contribute to the cause, which ended up being extremely important when things started getting out of hand in the last few episodes, but which I would say is still a very good quality to have in real life; Taromarou - dog or otherwise, he was a loyal and friendly companion who brought some happiness to the girls' lives during times when happiness was hard to come by and even "mere" dogs could be replaced about as easily as humans could, which is to say not easily at all, and I feel like that has to count for something; "Megu-nee" - I can't imagine many teachers [or people in general, for that matter], especially ones as young as she was, being able to guide their students as well as she did during such a major crisis, i.e., to the point where a part of her stayed with them even after she was gone.) despite none of them striking me as particularly amazing individual characters. I'm realizing that I could still mention a number of other, somewhat smaller things that may or may not add up to a lot, but I started this late and have already written much more than I intended, so I guess I'll conclude by saying this is an anime that I don't think I can describe both succinctly and wholly, and while I don't doubt that these are inadequate reasons to vote for School-Live here, they are my honest reasons, and that's all I can offer.


Match 6
Vote: Noragami Aragoto
I'm sure it's no secret by now that a number of action-oriented anime don't work well for me. One way to make such an anime appeal to me is to make sure all or at least most of the action is tied to major character conflicts or other forms of characterization/character development. This is what Noragami Aragoto did during its Bishamon Arc. Learning more about Bishamon's life after being led to see her as an antagonist of sorts in the first season allowed me to see her in a very different light and even develop a sense of concern over what she might do and what might happen to her as a result of her own - or rather, her manipulated actions. Tying this to a conflict that revealed more about the gods in general (not only Bishamon), other bits of lore surrounding the far shore, and an intense action sequence during which more was at stake than just the main trio's survival and which concluded in a way that I found appropriate, satisfying, and even a bit relieving was a surefire way to get me on board with the arc, to the point where the following arc actually dragged a little for me by comparison. In spite of that, I did appreciate the Ebisu arc to a certain extent while watching it due to it expanding even further on the lore behind the far shore and the gods who inhabit it and incorporating the nature of gods and their dependence on believers to survive into the story; I really love this kind of mythological stuff, if you couldn't tell. But while I did appreciate the Ebisu arc throughout its run, it wasn't until the conclusion that everything came together and flipped a switch in my mind that gave me a redoubled appreciation for both arcs. After seeing Yato learn a thing or two about life from Ebisu (who in turn had learned a thing or two about life from Yato), I was able to fully grasp the fear Yato displayed over the thought of Hiyori - for all intents and purposes his only human believer - forgetting him; sure, it's rough for someone close to you to suddenly forget you ever existed, but it's even worse when that would lead to the end of your entire existence. While I certainly understand Yato's clinginess annoying a number of people, even plenty of fans, I find it hard to give the guy a hard time about it when he's recently been made aware of just how vulnerable to death, if you want to call it that, he is after not really worrying about it for a very long time. A state of mind like this can be vulnerable, so it's no real wonder that Nora was able to do what she did, and that Yato fell down the path he did. Putting aside Yato's mistakes/flaws for the moment, I found the finale of Aragoto to be a fascinating and rewarding conclusion thanks to both Yato and Ebisu. A god lecturing another god about what it really means to live inspiring the latter to look at life in such a new and different way that he inspires the former to the point of changing his entire outlook on the world, throwing away the thing that had been holding him back - a thought he probably hadn't fully understood until then, and finally asking those closest to him to help him along a new path - I don't know exactly what it is, but something about all of that just speaks to me; it may even turn out to be that I'll quickly think of Yato and Ebisu whenever I hear the term "character development" from now on, though I guess it's hard to say for sure. I could go into some more detailed story elements at this point, but there are way too many of them for me to mention, and I don't really like going into excessive detail in these votes, anyway. Suffice to say that what I would call mild pacing problems in the second half weren't nearly enough to deter my interest in an anime that can work in mythology, heavy character development, varied character dynamics, and even a bit of action that manages to get through whatever mental barrier plagues me into a story told with a combination of intensity, a bit of melancholy, and an open-mindedness that applies to even those beings (should they exist) beyond ordinary human perception. And so Noragami Aragoto gets my vote here.

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This is another last minute vote.

Match 5
Prison School : I didn't expect to like this anime but it was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be. It was funny.

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Haikyuu!!: I love this anime so much. It has so many cute and great characters. They all have fun personalities and the games are also fun to watch.
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That concludes this matchup!
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Are you trying to make Jesus weep again?
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Sweet 16 Results




The results are in...




Match 5

1. School-Live (18)
2. Prison School (13)

Match 6

1. Haikyuu!! (20)
2. Noragami Aragoto (14)






That last minute rush really tipped the scales at the end. Two more shows gone, two more shows added to the Revenge of the Fallen pool. It's not quite over for those shows yet folks! Don't forget to vote and support your favorite shows! Stay tuned for the next round.




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Sweet 16 Round 4 will end on...

July 29, 2016 @ 11:00 PM EST







Sweet 16 Round 4




Match 7

Rokka no Yuusha
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Jojo's Bizarre Adventure - Stardust Crusaders

Match 8

One Punch Man
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Sweet 16

☠ The 16 shows that make it out of the Round of 32 will be pitted against each other in 1 vs. 1 matches.
☠ Vote for the show you want to see advance. Starting from this round, you must provide a valid reason for your choice. Reasons such as "this show is awesome", "the other show sucks", "WOOOOOOOOOOO", "just because", "someone told me to", etc., are not acceptable. All votes are subject to admin approval and will be checked to see if they meet our requirements.
☠ 8 shows will make it out of this round.
☠ Example vote:

Match 1: Food Wars - It is probably one of my favorite Shounens of all time. It combines classic shounen fighting with food, what more can I ask for?
Match 2: Assassination Classroom - Koro-sensei was one of the best characters of 2015 and his interactions with all his students made for an enjoyable show.
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BioNews: Vote for the Strongest Man in the World! Vote Rokka!


Rokka no Yuusha. Okay, for all the flack this show gets, it does locked room mystery very well. The characters are unique and gradually get their moments to shine, the action scenes are phenomenal. Meanwhile Jojo... I've only seen 5 episodes, but I definitely prefer my locked room mysteries. Even if the stupid OP spoiled who was the culprit...



Warning shot for Jojo fanatics.


One Punch Man. How did Grisaia get this far? One Punch Man thrives off its build-up, cause lets face it, always ends the same. But man, the action is madhouse classic.

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Rokka vs Jojo's? That's actually a tough decision for me.

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Rokka vs Jojo's? That's actually a tough decision for me.



Just the Jojo that aired in 2015.
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Once again, many thanks to the Picasso of our generation, pongo903, for making this round's graphic. Even though he may hurt my feelings on a consistent basis, the guy is the best damn artist I have ever seen. Someday, I'll get to his level. Someday.
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