Some of you already anticipated this exact outcome, but for others, this comes as a total surprise. For me, I kinda saw it coming, seeing just how much support this work has gotten from the very beginning. It’s also one of the few ongoing ones that besides Citrus—which for obvious reasons wasn’t featured in this tournament—is definitely one of the most popular ones around right now.
Personally, I had a feeling and the hope it would be this awesome kind of non-Japanese vs Japanese kind of finale, and that was actually how things had already turned out in the past few rounds. I just loved seeing your reactions to so many of the awesome and oh so close “fights” that took place this tournament.
We were all really into this one, and I’m pretty sure it helped a lot of people find new awesome works to read, too. I guess somewhere during the tournament, some of us might have forgotten that this one wasn’t about your favorite manga, but rather, as the title said, about the one most deserving of an anime adaptation. Now seeing Bloom Into You as the winner and Pulse in second place, I think we actually did find the right works to actually make into a show; Pulse possibly being an awesome Grey’s Anatomy-like drama with super sexy scenes every now and then, and Bloom Into You this oh so intriguing romance with a slowly but steadily forming relationship that still has to overcome so many obstacles. Oh man, I can totally see both of them becoming so big as anime, but I could say that about so many more of the participating manga.
To see the completed bracket with all of the results from every round of the tournament, click here.
All in all, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that this was an awesome tournament with many great surprises and some totally unexpected twists and turns.
To be honest though, the biggest surprise for me in this tournament is probably not the fact that Bloom Into You won, since I think it was one of the top 5 or so favorites to make it when this all began. The thing that really surprised me, however, was how Girl Friends was kicked out of the tournament some rounds earlier. Pulse surely showed us just how “powerful”, or more like popular, the non-Japanese works really are. And that is something I think a lot of people didn’t know. Having them realize the greatness of these works through something like this is simply awesome in my eyes, and I sure hope that those who haven’t yet given any of the non-Japanese works a chance, managed to change their minds along the way.
Anyway, we hope you all had fun with this one, and if so, we’ll be sure to get you another one sometime soon~