Today we’re announcing our March Japan-ness Preliminary Round, featuring four entries competing for the last two spots in our 32-team bracket, because we just couldn’t narrow it down. In one corner we have popular anime franchises Dragon Ball vs. One Piece, with the winner facing off against Nintendo in the first round. In the next corner we have star pop idols AKB48 vs. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, one of whom will go on to battle Karaoke. Let the battle begin!
Dragon Ball vs. One Piece
Why you should vote for Dragon Ball: It’s one of the most popular and successful anime franchises of all time. It’s over 9000!! What else is there to say?
Why you should vote for One Piece: Pirates! Buried Treasure! Epic battles on the high seas! Come on, this is the stuff your favorite childhood adventure stories were made of. Oh, and did we mention, they’re PIRATES!
AKB48 vs. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Why you should vote for AKB48: There’s a lot of them. Like, a lot a lot of them. Soooo many. More than 48 in fact, if you can believe it (I didn’t). Also, they’re unique to other idol groups in that their (very large) numbers allow them to perform daily concerts in rotating teams, making them a much more accessible group to fans. So yeah, more is better than less, right?
Why you should vote for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: It may seem unfair to pit one person against much, much more than one person, but we figured Kyary was special enough to stand on her own. As for her music, the experience of watching one of her videos can best be described as the juxtaposition of emotions like “This is so cute I want to throw up” and “I’m feeling deeply uncomfortable and want to go lie down in my room for a while.”