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Today we’re announcing Round Three of March Japan-ness with another face-off between the (seriously surprising) victors from the previous round. Our Elite Eight lineup appears in the chart below. Make sure you vote in all four polls!
Ramen vs Okonomiyaki
Hayao Miyazaki vs Onigiri
Ramen: Mama Mia, what an upset! Nintendo, the franchise of nostalgia completely succumbed to… a bowl of soup. Those are some mighty powerful noodles.
Hayao Miyazaki: You all must know something about Miyazaki’s combat prowess that we don’t, because it looks like Ninjas didn’t even put up a fight. The way Miyazaki is just powering through these rounds, I wouldn’t be surprised if he releases another film before this competition is over.
Okonomiyaki: I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that the most iconic image Japan has to offer, a literal mountain, was defeated by a pancake. It’s not even a national dish! Like I don’t?? understand???
Onigiri: Was everyone just really hungry when they voted last week? Food items have taken 3 of the 4 slots from Regions 1 and 2 to enter the new round. Maybe before you vote today, go eat a sandwich first. Restore your objectivity. You’re not you when you’re hungry.
Pokemon vs Samurai
Ukiyoe vs Onsen
Pokemon: Collecting all the Pokemon leaves you with a sense of accomplishment. Collecting all the plates from an evening of kaitenzushi leaves you with indigestion and immediate regret. No surprise who the winner was there.
Ukiyo-e: In the time honored tradition of pitting anything classic against its modern equivalent, tradition tallied another victory today. In the end the flying boy was no match for the floating world.
Samurai: Poor Matcha, you may be good for us, but we certainly weren’t good to you. Samurai won the last round by nearly two times the votes; let’s see how they match up against the equally dominating Pokemon.
Onsen: Onsen has just been steaming through the competition thus far, managing to remain buoyant in a pool of fickle voters. It’s looking pretty hot right now, but will Onsen’s seemingly bottomless popularity cool off in the face of an opponent like Ukiyoe?