Round 1 has concluded and I need to voice my overall thoughts for it here. As a whole the round was very entertaining and had many good campaigns. Many people too were convinced to check out shows that they’ve missed (i.e. Xam’d), which is always a good thing.
For those who don’t know what I’m talking about, the Megatokyo Anime Grand Prix is a yearly character contest held in the Megatokyo Forums (MTF). Old and new characters can be nominated, and there’s this little prediction game in which the person who gets the most bracket predictions right would win a bag of goodies from fellow forumites. What can I say? It’s fun.
WARNING MASSIVE POST AHEAD
To give you an idea of how the round went, I’ll post the individual matches and comment on them as I go: (note: first two advance)
Shiki Ryougi (Kara no Kyoukai) – 1st
Najimi Tenkuji (Akikan)
Master Vamp (Astro Fighter Sunred)
Kirino Chiba (Bamboo Blade) – 2nd
Birdy Cephon Altera (Birdy the Mighty Decode)
Shiki had an advantage in the form of the 5th (and best yet) Kara no Kyoukai movie recently released on DVD. Granted that KnK is the least-known TYPE-MOON show, it fell into the campaign’s hands for the most part (mmm ice cream). Likewise I would’ve voted for Shiki if I didn’t have to support my own nomination, Master Vamp from the barrelfull of lols show Sunred. What’s sad is that people don’t realize that Sunred is the best bang-for-buck show ever! Kirino achieved more support this AGP than the last one, which is a good thing since Bamboo Blade is a highly entertaining show FWIW. Birdy had the old-school advantage here but it didn’t really amount to anything.
Final words: RIP Vamp.
Mom (Chi’s Sweet Home)
Yuuko Amamiya (ef – A Tale of Melodies)
Lelouch Lamperouge (Code Geass) – 1st
Johannes Krauser II (Detroit Metal City)
Nagisa Furukawa (Clannad) – 2nd
This was a very close match, with 3-way ties even occurring between Lelouch, Krauser and Nagisa. Krauser took the early lead with a largely antagonistic and strong-worded campaign (working well for his character), but Clannad mistress Nagisa rallied her loyal dangoites to her support. I decided to negatively campaign for Lelouch here, but the Geassfags were too much gay to appreciate metal and are all Ali Project fans instead. That said, a couple of people were intrigued enough to give DMC a try.
Final words: I hate you and the shows you like.
Mizuki Hayama (ef – A Tale of Melodies)
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/Stay Night) – 1st
Yomi Isayama (Ga-Rei Zero)
Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell) – 2nd
Musashi Miyamoto (Gundoh Musashi)
Very fun. Esteemed men like Link and WAH had a blast with the Musashi campaign. Granted, the Major still had a solid following despite winning an AGP already, which most people took against her (“she won already, give the others a chance!”). I would’ve voted for the Major if not for this fact. Anyways, TYPE-MOON zettai ryoukki princess Rin got the lead easily (hey guys, I did save a couple of your Rin pics too!). I voted for Yomi myself, because she’s a very unique character in a very entertaining show. Oh well.
Final words: Meh, Motoko.
Chika (Hidamari Sketch)
Tsugumi Aoba (Kannagi) – 1st
Tsukasa Hiiragi (Lucky Star)
Torako Kageyama (Hyakko)
Kogarashi (Kamen no Maid Guy) – 2nd
All 5 campaigns were pretty solid in this match. The Hyakko one particularly, and I’m inclined to check the series out sooner or later. Maybe Maid Guy too, if I get past the repulsiveness of the concept that is. There was a strong reaction against Tsukasa, since the forum is rather torn by Lucky Star. I campaigned actively for Tsugumi, and was glad that she got a sound lead.
Final words: Tsugumi \o/
Suzume Saotome (Hyakko)
Miyako (Hidamari Sketch) – 2nd
Kagami Hiiragi (Lucky Star)
Madoka Ayukawa (Kimagure Orange Road) – 1st
Despite Miyako winning the last AGP (tiebreaker against Despair), the people of MTF still loved her (as we usually have a natural inclination to enjoy Shinbo x SHAFT shows), and got off with the 2nd place. Madoka proved that her charm is evergreen, taking the lead. Her campaigned swayed me, and I’ll make it a point to watch KOR within the year.
Final words: Poor Nagi.
Murasaki Kuhouin (Kure-nai)
Hiro (Hidamari Sketch) – 1st
Asako Shibasaki (Library War)
Konata Izumi (Lucky Star) – 2nd (tiebreaker)
Belldandy (Ah! My Goddess)
This match scarred my soul. It pit two of my nominations together, Shibasaki and Murasaki. I like Shibasaki more, but decided to lend support to Murasaki and her stellar show Kure-nai. Fellow library fanatic dm did the brunt of the Shibasaki campaign, in which I am grateful. Hiro, another Hidamari character, got the lead, with Murasaki and Konata tied. As opposed to the previous tiebreaking method which involved omo doing things to a coin (to the grief of many), an IRC channel was set up for the tiebreaking in order for witnesses to witness despair live. Dice roll from Keine (the bot), Konata wins.
Final words: THAT FUCKING KEINE
Sebastian Michaelis (Kuroshitsuji)
Kei Yuuki (Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture)
Kiri Komori (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei) – 1st
Ranka Lee (Macross Frontier) – 2nd
Sachiko Ogasawara (Maria-sama ga Miteru)
I had fun with this one, having amassed a whole lot of KIRA~ pics. I was surprised that Kiri got a lot of votes, but Ranka wins in terms of pure viral potential. You’ve been Nyan’ed! Also, Marimite supporter Hisui pulled off a campaign by herself. Impressive!
Final words: KIRA~!
Shimako Todou (Maria-sama ga Miteru)
Enora Taft (Mars Daybreak)
Chiri Kitsu (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei) – 1st
Aspergillus oryzae (Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture) – 2nd
Sheryl Nome (Macross Frontier)
RAGE. Close matchup. While Ranka got considerable success with her match, Sheryl lost hers. I campaigned hard for her, but fungus vote-snipers destroyed the tie. Omo you were too late in closing them! Interestingly, the Macross Frontier debate happened here instead of in Ranka’s bracket, because Ranka’s meme-based campaign would skew it to the pro-Frontier group’s favor. If I knew that, I should’ve spammed more LISTEN TO MY SONG. Fuck. This match spawned the infamous “HUSSY!” image macro, brought to us by Sochie HeimEnora Taft, who in her own show was defeated in love by a stacked hussy. Also, fellow /m/an JONJONAUG, you goddamn traitor, choosing despair over fairy!
Final words: The proper response is to bring down Chiri in her next match.
Garchomp (Pokemon) – tie for 1st
Deedlit (Record of Lodoss War)
Reimu Hakurei (Touhou) – tie for 1st
Klan Klein (Macross Frontier)
Hatsune Miku (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Garchomp had the best campaign this entire round, hands down. It was made of lol and wut, but did amass a shitton of voters. I went for the old-school choice and hottest (Terran) elf ever, Deedlit. Klan got an okay campaign and okay votes, but not enough to compete with the lolnoms Garchomp and Miku (Reimu and the Toehoes are perfectly legit now thanks to the Touhou anime). It came to a tie for 2nd place between Garchomp and Miku, and the tiebreak ended in Garchomp’s favor. So long, bland leek imagespam.
Final words: *GAR-CHOMP*
Rin Asogi (Mnemosyne)
Mikoto Misaka (To Aru Majutsu no Index) – 2nd
Kamina (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann) – 1st
Erica Hartmann (Strike Witches)
Not the most exciting of matches. I mostly campaigned for Railgun because Kamina didn’t really need it. The Gurren Brigade, still seething from Kamina’s defeat last year from Youko Nakajima of 12 Kingdoms, bounced back with fury. That said, Qix had a well-researched Strike Witches campaign with relevant WW2 trivia. Awesome. There was a bit of buzz about Mnemosyne here, which from what I gleaned is a 90’s style violence show. I’ll probably pass.
Final words: Pierce the heavens with your coin!
Ryoko Yakushiji (Ryoko’s Case Files)
Francesca Lucchini (Strike Witches)
Darry Aday (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Ryuuji Takasu (Toradora!) – 1st
Kyon (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) – 2nd
Quite a close match. The star of this match was JONJONAUG and his much-criticized Kyonko campaign. Kyon had already won an AGP (beating Genshiken’s Saki and spawning the popular catchphrase “I HATE YOU AND THE SHOWS YOU LIKE” from omo). Add the fact that Kyonko is virtually a character of her own (people voted for Kyonko, not for Kyon) brought in a lot of haters. I believe I voted for Ryuuji, but campaigned a bit for Ryoko too, as to get a few people to watch her fantastic show. Not sure if I succeeded though.
Final words: Kyonko is a hussy.
Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)
Minori Kushieda (Toradora!)
Simon (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann)
Mio Sakamoto (Strike Witches)
Another close matchup. Minorin had an early lead, but the Gurren Brigade and the SOS-dan got their gears running afterwards. I’m very glad that vote-sniping in this match turned to my favor as Simon kicked that hussy Haruhi in the face by narrowly avoiding a possible Keine incident.
Final words: Simon and Minorin, yay yay yay!
Akari Mizunashi (Aria) – tie for 1st
Tomoyo Sakagami (Clannad)
Revy (Black Lagoon) – tie for 1st
Lloyd Asplund (Code Geass)
C.C. (Code Geass)
Not a match I cared about. I voted for C.C. but my vote DID NOTHING. There was a big gap between the tied winners and Tomoyo here. Well it would be bad if Tomoyo actually won because she’s really boring. This match also spawned an impromptu ass contest (Revy vs C.C.), but not being much of an ass fan, I had to pass on most of the ass-themed pics. Anyways, I still haven’t watched Black Lagoon yet, but Random Wanderer’s comment against Revy did spark off a mound of explaino for the woman, and I learned a lot about her character. I’ll have to go with the “like Revy” camp.
Final words: Aw, C.C. ;_;
Arcueid Brunestud (Tsukihime)
Aika S. Granzchesta (Aria)
Kyou Fujibayashi (Clannad)
Ryou Fujibayashi (Clannad)
Jeremiah “Orange” Gottwald (Code Geass)
The Moon Princess gets the top spot easily thanks to hardcore TYPE-MOON support. However, her campaign had had a negative effect wherein a poor soul was convinced to order DVDs of the nonexistent Tsukihime anime! The Fujibayashi twins in the same bracket greatly hurt their chances, though nobody cares about Ryou and Kyou is just a generic tsundere with hot legs. Not that I really care for Clannad anyway! I voted for LOYALTY here, and was glad that he pulled through despite that Aria girl getting dangerously close. Jeremiah’s stellar performance in R2 gave a lot of people reason to vote for him, unlike last AGP where his campaign was composed solely of Orange jokes.
Final words: Loyalty inspires loyalty.
Cobra (Cobra the Animation)
Kotomi Ichinose (Clannad)
Nozomu Itoshiki (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei) – tie for 1st
Kallen Stadtfeld (Code Geass)
Alice Carroll (Aria) – tie for 1st
This match made me sad. WAH raised the banner of Cobra and all those who appreciated 80’s pulpy sci-fi fun (me included) rallied behind him. Thanks to his efforts, an unprecedented 3-way tie happened between Cobra, Despair and Alice. In the tiebreak that followed, Cobra got the short end of the stick. SHIT. Support for Kotomi and Kallen were minimal.
Final words: ZETSUBOUSHITAAAAAA~
Lafiel (Crest of the Stars) – 1st
Chika Ogiue (Genshiken) – 2nd
Reika Houjou (Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun)
Rahzel Anadis (Hatenkou Yuugi)
Haru Nishimura (Xam’d: Lost Memories)
I had loads of fun campaigning for Haru here, and was happy that she got decent support. I also got someone to watch Xam’d! Anyways, Lafiel is still the best anime elf character in an amazing series, and the oldies who weren’t into new shows gave her their vote (if only they had watched Xam’d…). The highlights of this match was sdshamshel popping up to give his pledge of allegiance to the Oguie cause, and Vallen Chaos Valiant’s extremely bombastic negative campaign on Lafiel and the Abh in general (which still DID NOTHING and may have even contributed to more votes for her).
Final words: I have no regrets supporting the character I love.
Yuno (Hidamari Sketch) – tie for 1st
Rena Ryuugu (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai)
Justy Ueki Tylor (Irresponsible Captain Tylor) – tie for 1st
Kana Minami (Minami-ke)
Didn’t care for this match, so I traded my vote here for a Nakiami vote, which Xellos took for Tylor. Tylor had an awesome campaign that seemed to have been composed of Chuck Norris jokes, but his supporters claimed that his so-called exploits were all true. That’s another show I must watch, then. The Hidamari was still strong in this one, and Yuno got through with little difficulty. Poor Kana.
Final words: Mission completed, Nakiami votes bought.
Mariya Shidou (Maria Holic)
Nakiami (Xam’d: Lost Memories) – 1st
Yuka Uchida (Minami-ke)
Isaac Dian (Baccano!)
Ginko (Mushishi) – 2nd
Omo went into full gear with this match from the get-go, assaulting us with his massive collection of Nakiami pics (all legitly acquired!). A horde of voters were swayed to the support of our exiled Tenjo. “Watch Xam’d now!” became the battlecry of the Xam’d/Nakiami campaigners. Ginko struck back with a well-written campaign, while Mariya’s trapness became a double-edged sword for him.
Tanyuu Karibusa (Mushishi)
Kanae Kotonami (Skip Beat)
Megumi Noda (Nodame Cantabile) – 2nd
Holon (Real Drive)
Clint Eastwood (Pani Poni Dash!) – 1st
What the hell, Clint Eastwood in the AGP. He got in through a cameo, so it’s all fair. But still, lols. I went for the classical music vote, but didn’t have campaign material for Nodame herself.
Final words: I’m lucky.
Charlton Heston (Pani Poni Dash!)
Moka Akashiya (Rosario + Vampire)
Batman (Batman: Gotham Knight) – 1st
Aya Tozawa (Mushishi)
Kyoko Mogami (Skip Beat) – 2nd
Before you say anything about Batman or Heston, fuck you. They’re legal (especially Batman, because Gotham Knight is technically an anime and even had a Japanese release). However, Heston’s supporters weren’t able to follow through (and the split-“joke” vote messed things up even more). As omo noted, however, funny how the Batman campaign went on for a few pages with nary a screencap from Gotham Knight itself. omnilynx demanded that we Bat-voters justify ourselves using only the Batman anime as reference. Well, we did, and he voted Batman in the end. \o/
Final words: Holy smokes, Batman!
Xellos (Slayers) – 2nd
Sora Suzuki (Someday’s Dreamers)
Tsubomi Tachibana (Naisho no Tsubomi)
Horo (Spice and Wolf) – 1st
Miu Matsuoka (Strawberry Marshmallow Encore)
I was supposed to campaign for Sora here, but I fell really ill and only managed to type in a few words of support. Ugh. Landslide victory for Horo, whose show is sitting on my HD for months without being watched yet. Qix made good use of Naisho no Tsubomi’s WTF content, but it only got him 2 votes. A lot of people were relieved.
Final words: Sora ;_;
Yuuko Ichihara (xxxHolic)
Shoukei (The Twelve Kingdoms) – 2nd (tiebreaker)
Lala Satalin Deviluke (To Love-Ru)
Taiga Aisaka (Toradora!) – 1st
Remilia Scarlet (Touhou)
Taiga overpowered this bracket thanks to her being a lovable girl in an amazing show, but that didn’t mean she won without a good campaign. The remnants of the Youko Mafia put out Shoukei this time around and gathered enough support for her to secure tie with Yuuko, which ended in Shoukei advancing. I didn’t campaign that hard for Taiga, as she was very secure in this match, choosing instead to conserve my ammo for Round 2.
Final words: Taiga~
Suika Ibuki (Touhou)
Aya Shameimaru (Touhou)
Alpha (Yokohama Shopping Log) – 1st
Sanya Litvyak (Strike Witches) – 2nd
Ariabart Tytania (Tytania)
A fun match with a 4 great campaigns. Qix pushed for Sanya with his trivia-driven campaign, while lastarial campaigned for both Aya and Alpha with a combination of words and tasteful imagespam. The Tytanians upheld the name of their champion Ariabart in a tea and boogie extravaganza. Alpha’s coffee and Ariabart’s tea clashed in an epic battle to decide which is the more awesome drink. I, having sworn loyalty to Tytania, supported the tea (and drank 4 cups of it throughout the duration of the match). Alas, the Power of the Pantsu helped Sanya gain ninja votes to beat out Ariabart for the 2nd place. I helped myself to bitter coffee afterward.
Final words: The bitterness of coffee suits defeat.
Hinagiku (Hayate the Combat Butler)
Excalibur (Soul Eater) – 2nd (tiebreaker)
Kanu Unchou (Ikkitousen)
Madara (Zoku Natsume Yuujinchou)
Patchouli Knowledge (Touhou) – 1st
Close fight between Hinagiku, Excalibur, and Patchy. If it wasn’t my duty to campaign for Madara and his fun show Natsume Yuujinchou, I would’ve voted for the Toehoe librarian. Granted that I was running a solo campaign without a lot of material, the fat cat bodyguard got some votes. Excalibur’s campaign was the annoying campaign to end all annoying campaigns, as his atrocious personality garnered both support and hatred. I found him highly amusing, moreso upon knowing that he’s voiced by Takehito Koyasu. In the end Hinagiku and Excalibur tied for 2nd, and the latter advanced much to the joy (and chagrin) of many.
Final words: THIS
Despite having less characters than the last AGP, this one proved to be more entertaining for me, as I was still learning the ropes last year. I actively campaigned in a lot of matches, and achieved generally good results.
The “WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?” image macro has also been updated for this year, too. There are Minorin and animated Tsugumi versions. Also, omo made a macro for the hussy meme, featuring the lovable Enora Taft.
I liked the new tiebreaker system because we get to see its results. But people still complain about it being completely random. *shrug*
Here’s to Round 2! Now I must go and set up my bracket predictions.