Man, you guys are rough. You’re also giving me heartburn. You’ve shown a distinct willingness to poop all over expectations and destroy what is beloved in your quest to promote your own favorites. I LOVE IT!
The first half of the Round of 32 is in the books, and you can go look at those results, which were ridiculous if you were paying attention over the course of the day; NECRONOMIDOL saved their title hopes despite having been down by teens of votes at one point, and Babymetal roared back in the second half to annihilate Nippon Budokan. And we still got some cool upsets, so imagine what might be in store today.
This is the final determining vote for this week; we’ll regroup over the next couple of days, then be back again with the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight over Wednesday-Saturday next week. Your choices will only become more difficult, and your frustration with the human condition only more pronounced.
For instance, to everybody who questioned why so-and-so was matched with so-and-so, I could answer “that’s the process and nbd, it’s just for fun,” but the truth is that I set it up to be annoying because nothing pleases me more than watching you jamokes squirm! AHAHAHAHAHAHA!
On to business.
Shinjuku Region Review
Shinjuku was actually kind of boring, as all five of the top seeds advanced, and Hanako-san beating Dots was about as surprising as Wichita State downing Dayton. PassCode and NEVE SLIDE DOWN’s agency, we-B Studios, though, toppling the Idol Still Actually Known as Yukueshirezutsurezure, that was a surprise. The fake voting had a say in that for sure, but every other nominal favorite managed to recover from that influence, so the PassCode element must have been strong.
For this round, things do get interesting. I’m a little afraid to say what I really think because I don’t want to jinx anything, but … look, what advances to the Sweet 16 out of Shinjuku is probably going to surprise us a little bit. Great!
Osaka Region Review
Osaka was almost as boring as Shinjuku, except that we got our first real bracket buster of the Corenament when FRUITPOCHETTE held on to knock off BiSH, who a lot of folks had pegged as a likely Final Four contender, if not the outright winner when all was said and done. As I noted yesterday, fans showing up made a big difference, and the BiSH contingent didn’t show up as well as FRUITPOCHETTE’s did. I love a good upset, so all the better as far as I’m concerned. And it’s not like Chitti and Aina aren’t still alive, each a terrifying matchup for anybody.
For this round in this region, though, there’s still room to do some bracket damage by FRUITPOCHETTE (Billie Idle showed just how vulnerable they can be), and the Deathrabbits Army (Desu.Rabbits Army now?) have proven in the past that they can get out in support for their own, so PassCode will need to be very, very careful. If the seed don’t hold in the bottom half of the bracket, though, I’ll be legitimately shocked.