Best 2015 Character Tournament Discussion Thread



  • I'm sure many of you have your favorite characters from this past year. Now it's time to have your voices heard. Welcome to the "Best 2015 Character Tournament," which will focus solely on characters from series that aired in 2015. The nomination period begins today and lasts until Saturday, January 23th; and the tournament itself will begin on Monday, January 25th.

    Here are the basic rules for this tournament:

    1. Eligible series must have begun and/or ended in 2015, and must have a maximum confirmed episode length of 104 episodes for series that began in January, 91 episodes for series that began in April, 78 episodes for series that began in July, and 65 episodes for series that began in October. Series with discontinuous seasons or split cours are allowed, but only the episodes that aired in the past year will be taken into consideration.

    2. Eligible characters must have appeared in at least two episodes that aired in 2015. Again, characters from series with discontinuous seasons or split cours are allowed, but only if said characters appeared in episodes that aired in the past year.

    3. You can nominate characters from as many series as you wish. A single person can only nominate a particular character once. Nominations should be put in the following format:

    Character name, Anime title

    Please separate your nominations by gender, as there will be a men's and a women's bracket; the two brackets will be running concurrently. Multiple nominations for the same character from different parties are encouraged, as they will be taken into account for the seeding process. Any ties after the nomination process ends will be broken by random draw.

    4. A single person can nominate a maximum of four male and four female characters from the same series. Also, a maximum of four characters from a single series will be allowed into a single bracket. If after the nomination process ends there are more than four male or four female characters from a single series nominated, the top four of each gender after resolving ties will be given priority, and all others will be excluded from the final seeding process. The 32 characters from each gender with the most nominations will be selected for the tournament.

    5. The way the single-elimination tournament itself will play out will be more post-intensive than many of the tournaments on the forums here. Matches will play like a typical sporting event, with each post counting as one point. You may vote only once per match. You must post your vote, as well as the current score after taking your vote into account. For example:

    Person 1 votes for character A:
    Vote for character A:
    Character A - 1
    Character B - 0

    Person 2 votes for character B:
    Character A - 1
    Character B - 1

    As you can see, you can use BB Code to highlight your vote in the score if you so wish. Once you post, you cannot change your vote. However, if for some reason multiple voters post at the same time, voters are allowed to check their score tallies and can edit them if they are incorrect. The character who reaches ten points first, or the highest score after 24 hours, wins and advances to the next round. If after 24 hours there is a tie, the character who reached the tying point first wins.

    6. After the semifinals of each bracket, there will be a third-place match between the two losers before the finals. The final match is first to fifteen points within 24 hours.

    Special thanks go to shoaibghori on the Crunchyroll forums for introducing this scoring system there. I wanted to test this system out here, so this tournament is also an experiment of sorts. Hope everyone has fun with this new system, and I hope this tournament is a big success.

    Here is the tentative schedule of the tournament if 32 male and 32 female characters are selected:
    January 25 - January 28, First Round: 8 matches per day, alternating between brackets each day beginning with the men's bracket
    January 29 - January 30, Second Round: men's matches on Friday, women's matches on Saturday
    February 1, Quarterfinals: both men's and women's matches on the same day
    February 2, Semifinals
    February 4, Third place matches
    February 5, Final matches



  • Here are my nominations for the tournament:

    Men's nominations:
    Shizuo Heiwajima, Durarara!!x2
    Kyohei Kadota, Durarara!!x2
    Aoba Kuronuma, Durarara!!x2
    Mizuki Akabayashi, Durarara!!x2
    Bell Cranel, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
    Welf Crozzo, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
    Soma Yukihira, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
    Takumi Aldini, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
    Satoshi Isshiki, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
    Akira Hayama, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
    Issei Hyodo, High School DxD BorN
    Yuuto Kiba, High School DxD BorN
    Vali Lucifer, High School DxD BorN
    Leonardo Watch, Blood Blockade Battlefront
    Klaus von Reinherz, Blood Blockade Battlefront
    Zapp Renfro, Blood Blockade Battlefront
    Arslan, The Heroic Legend of Arslan
    Daryun, The Heroic Legend of Arslan
    Narsus, The Heroic Legend of Arslan
    Yashiro Isana, K: Return of Kings
    Kuroh Yatogami, K: Return of Kings
    Reisi Munakata, K: Return of Kings
    Yukari Mishakuji, K: Return of Kings
    Saitama, One Punch Man
    Genos, One Punch Man
    Speed-Of-Sound Sonic, One Punch Man
    Boros, One Punch Man
    Qwenthur Barbotage, Heavy Object
    Havia Winchell, Heavy Object
    Ayato Amagiri, The Asterisk War
    Mikazuki Augus, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    Orga Itsuka, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    Naze Turbine, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

    Women's nominations:
    Celty Sturluson, Durarara!!x2
    Anri Sonohara, Durarara!!x2
    Mairu Orihara, Durarara!!x2
    Kururi Orihara, Durarara!!x2
    Hestia, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
    Aiz Wallenstein, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
    Erina Nakiri, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
    Megumi Tadokoro, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
    Yuki Yoshino, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
    Alice Nakiri, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma
    Rias Gremory, High School DxD BorN
    Akeno Himejima, High School DxD BorN
    Asia Argento, High School DxD BorN
    Xenovia, High School DxD BorN
    Chain Sumeragi, Blood Blockade Battlefront
    K.K., Blood Blockade Battlefront
    Farangis, The Heroic Legend of Arslan
    Alfreed, The Heroic Legend of Arslan
    Miia, Monster Musume
    Centorea Shianus, Monster Musume
    Suu, Monster Musume
    Rachnera, Monster Musume
    Anna Kushina, K: Return of Kings
    Seri Awashima, K: Return of Kings
    Neko, K: Return of Kings
    Tornado of Terror, One Punch Man
    Frolaytia Capistrano, Heavy Object
    Milinda Brantini, Heavy Object
    Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld, The Asterisk War
    Claudia Enfield, The Asterisk War
    Saya Sasamiya, The Asterisk War
    Kirin Toudou, The Asterisk War
    Kudelia Aina Bernstein, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    Amida Arca, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
    Lafter Frankland, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans



  • Men's Nominations

    Nagisa Shiota -Assassination Classroom
    Karma Akabane - Assassination Classroom
    Korosensei -Assassination Classroom
    Tadaomi Karasuma - Assassination Classroom
    Decim - Death Parade
    Jotaro Kujo - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
    Noriaki Kakyoin- Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
    Jean Pierre Polnareff - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
    Muhammad Advol - Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
    Shiroe - Log Horizon Season 2
    Naotsugu - Log Horizon Season 2
    Nyanta - Log Horizon Seaosn 2
    Joseph - Maria the Virgin Witch
    Ryo Kurokiba - Food Wars! Shoukugeki no Soma
    William "Black" Macbeth - Blood Blockade Battlefront
    Takeo Gouda - My LOVE Story!!
    Makoto Sunakawa - My LOVE Story!!
    Kimihito Kurusu - Monster Musume
    Worick Arcangelo - Gangsta
    Nicolas Brown - Gangsta
    Ushio Aotsuki - Ushio & Tora
    Takehito "Gakuto" Morokuzu - Prison School
    Kiyoshi Fujino - Prison School
    Chairman - Prison School
    Bang "Silver Fang" - One Punch Man
    Mumen Rider - One Punch Man
    Yato - Noragami Aragoto
    Yukine - Noragami Aragoto
    Kazuma - Noragami Aragoto

    Women's Nominations
    Kaeda Kayano - Assassination Classroom
    Irina Jelvic - Assassination Classroom
    Akatsuki - Log Horizon Season 2
    Aoi Miyamori - Shirobako
    Ema Yasuhara - Shirobako
    Midori "Diesel" Imai - Shirobako
    Shizuka Sasaki - Shirobako
    Maria - Maria the Virgin Witch
    Shinoa Hiiragi - Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
    Mary "White" Macbeth - Blood Blockade Battlefront
    Ryuu Lyon - Is It Wrong to Try and Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
    Mito Ikumi - Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma!
    Kumiko Oumae - Sound! Euphonium
    Reina Kousaka - Sound! Euphonium
    Asuka Tanaka - Sound! Euphonium
    Alex Benedetto - Gangsta
    Shirayuki - Snow White with the Red Hair
    Kurumi Ebisuzawa - SCHOOL-LIVE
    Yuki Takeya - SCHOOL-LIVE
    Miki Naoki - SCHOOL-LIVE
    Yuuri Wakasa - SCHOOL-LIVE
    Umaru Doma - Himouto! Umaru-chan
    Nana Ebina - Himouto! Umaru-chan
    Kirie Motoba - Himouto! Umaru-chan
    Sylphinfold Tachibana - Himouto! Umaru-chan
    Ayame Kajou - SHIMONETA
    Hyouka Fuwa - SHIMONETA
    Anna Nishikinomiya - SHIMONETA
    Lafter Frankland - Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans
    Sakurako Kujou - Beautiful Bones - Sakurako's Investigations-
    Milinda Brantini - Heavy Object
    Hiyori Iki - Noragami Aragoto
    Bishamon - Noragami Aragoto
    Tatsumaki "Tornado of Terror" - One Punch Man



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  • Come on, I'm going to need more than one other person to nominate characters. Remember, just because someone else has nominated a particular character doesn't mean you cannot do the same yourself.



  • Almost everything I saw last year has already been covered, so here's all I can manage.

    Dudes:

    Seiichi Kinoshita - SHIROBAKO
    Gasper Vladi - High School DxD Born
    Kousei Arima - Your Lie in April
    Ryouta Watari - Your Lie in April
    Takeshi Aiza - Your Lie in April

    Ladies:

    Koneko Tojo - High School DxD
    Kaori Miyazono - Your Lie in April
    Tsubaki Sawabe - Your Lie in April
    Emi Igawa - Your Lie in April
    Hiroko Seto - Your Lie in April
    Shimakaze - KanColle
    Kongo - KanColle
    Akagi - KanColle
    Yuudachi - KanColle

    Also, is it just characters from television series only? No OVAs or movies? Because if I'm going to nominate, there's no way I'm not pushing for the Witches from volumes two and three of Operation Victory Arrow ~_^



  • @7jaws7:

    Also, is it just characters from television series only? No OVAs or movies? Because if I'm going to nominate, there's no way I'm not pushing for the Witches from volumes two and three of Operation Victory Arrow ~_^

    OVA's are an iffy thing, since quite a number of them might be single one-off episodes. Maybe I'll allow any OVA's if there have been either more than two of them related to a particular series over the course of the past year or if the OVA is more than two episodes long. If the character is from an OVA that qualifies, make sure you note it in the nomination. However, movies are definitely out since they are one-off things.

    Also, just to elaborate on the first rule about nominations, putting in a nomination for a character that someone else has already nominated is allowed and in fact encouraged. The more nominations a character receives, the higher the seed that character can potentially be in the tournament. For example, classyspartan has nominated Nagisa and Karma from Assassination Classroom, but someone else is allowed to nominate those same two characters if that person so wishes. Also, only the top 32 characters of each gender will be put in the tournament, so more nominations for a certain character will increase the chances of that character being selected.

    So far, only three characters have received more than one nomination, and they're all female:

    Milinda Brantini, Heavy Object
    Tornado of Terror, One Punch Man
    Lafter Frankland, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

    Unless more characters get more than one nomination over the course of the nomination period, these three will definitely be in the main tournament.



  • Eh, that's okay. I'm not sure they'd fit the criteria since technically the first volume aired in 2014 (the last two in 2015)

    Also, be careful about how you format this tournament. If more nominations means a higher rank and determines who gets left out, that's kind of like saying the tournament starts right now.



  • Right now I'm more concerned that people might not be getting the right message about nominations for this tournament, although I am tempted to extend the nomination period an extra week. I'm just worried that everyone's thinking that if a particular character is nominated by someone, no one else can do the same. I don't want to have the entire tournament left to random draw.



  • Nagato Yuki, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu

    All those nominations and everyone forgot Best Girl of 2015 :'(

    Though I feel sorry for all the fellas. Obviously I, like most people who frequently find themselves on anime forums at nearly 3 AM, am a widely loved and popular individual, but even I wouldn't want to go up against Saitama in a popularity contest :/



  • Is that really the only nomination you're putting up!? You can nominate characters that other people have nominated, you know.



  • SHE'S THE ONLY ONE THAT MATTERS BECAUSE SHE'S GOING TO WIN.

    I think pretty much all the rest are covere-…oh wait just one damn minute YOU ALL FORGOT BINAN-LOVE YOU MONSTERS.
    Okay, let's try this again, and this time, I'll try to understand the rules better ^_^ sorry, sorry

    Gentlemen

    Zen, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
    Obi, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
    Tachibana Hotaru, Aoharu x Kikanjuu
    Yukimura Tooru, Aoharu x Kikanjuu
    Matsuoka Masamune, Aoharu x Kikanjuu
    Hakone Yumoto, Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!
    Yufuin En, Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!
    Zaou Ryuu, Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu LOVE!
    Takajou Joujirou, Charlotte
    Kuromine Asahi, Jitsu wa Watashi Wa
    Okada, Jitsu wa Watashi Wa
    Shimada, Jitsu wa Watashi Wa
    Koizumi Itsuki, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
    Shuu Maiko, Nisekoi:
    Yato, Noragami Aragoto
    Yukine, Noragami Aragoto
    Saitama, One Punch Man
    Genos, One Punch Man
    Mumen Rider, One Punch Man
    Hyakuya Yuuichirou, Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya
    Kobayashi Yoshio, Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace
    Takanashi Souta, Working!!!
    Satou Jun, Working!!!
    Souma Hiromi, Working!!!
    Yamada Kirio, Working!!!

    Ladies

    Shirayuki, Akagami no Shirayuki-hime
    Yajima Kanae, Aoharu x Kikanjuu
    Kurobane Yusa, Charlotte
    Kurokami no Onna, Death Parade
    Arita Mayu, Death Parade
    Naoki Miki, Gakkou Gurashi!
    Ebisuzawa Kurumi, Gakkou Gurashi!
    Takeya Yuki, Gakkou Gurashi!
    Wakasa Yuuri, Gakkou Gurashi!
    Alex Benedetto, Gangsta
    Aizawa Nagisa, Jistsu Wa Watashi Wa
    Shishido Shiho, Jistsu Wa Watashi Wa
    Koumoto Akane, Jistsu Wa Watashi Wa
    Shiragami Youko, Jistsu Wa Watashi Wa
    Nagato Yuki, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
    Asakura Ryouko, Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu
    Iki Hiyori, Noragami Aragoto
    Kofuku, Noragami Aragoto
    Hiiragi Shinoa, Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya
    Isla, Plastic Memories
    Kujo Sakurako, Beautiful Bones -Sakurako's Investigation
    Miyazono Kaori, Shigatsu Wa Kimi no Uso
    Sawabe Tsubaki, Shigatsu Wa Kimi no Uso
    Kohashi Wakaba, Wakaba*Girl
    Murasaki Wakako, Wakako-zake
    Inami Mahiru, Working!!!
    Yamada Aoi, Working!!!
    Taneshima Popura, Working!!!
    Takanashi Kozue, Working!!!

    Okay, so looking at all the current nominations there's more here that are new than I would've expected, and I'm only just realising that this might be because in a 'Best Character' tournament you're only really supposed to post the characters you think truly are the best, not just all the characters you really loved :$ However! Even though there are some more minor characters here that aren't remotely likely to be considered 'Best Character 2015', there is a always genuine reason why I love them so plz don't complain, they deserve to be there :)



  • @MirvaHobbes:

    Okay, so looking at all the current nominations there's more here that are new than I would've expected

    Well of course, there are a lot of new characters here; this tournament is focusing on series that aired in the past year only, hence the title "Best 2015 Character Tournament."

    Oh, and I just noticed these are your first two posts ever, so welcome to the forums.



  • Aha, thank you very much ^_^

    And I meant a lot of mine were new to this thread, not new this year ya donut xD They're all 2015 but some of them are from less well known shows so they hadn't been nominated yet, which makes me think those shows weren't popular enough to win votes (even though I think they're all great characters)



  • I've started to compile a spreadsheet of all the nominations that have been posted so far; it took a little longer than usual because someone posted their nominations with some of the titles in Japanese, so I had to find what the titles were in English. Thanks to MirvaHobbes, there are finally some male characters with more than one nod…...along with a bunch more female ones. Also, at the end of the nomination period, I'm eventually going to have to exclude at least one male and one female culinary student and one female devil from the final seeding process.



  • Anime Men of 2015
    Hans Humpty - Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
    Koyomi Araragi - Owarimonogatari
    Mikado Ryuugamine - Durarara
    Guren Ichinose - Seraph of the End
    Kotaro Amon - Tokyo Ghoul √A
    Yato - Noragami Aragoto

    Female Characters of 2015
    Sodachi Oikura - Owarimonogatari
    Ougi Oshino - Owarimonogatari
    Fremy Speeddraw - Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
    Megumi Sakura - School-Live
    Nao Tomori - Charlotte
    Hana Midorikawa - Prison School
    Varona - Durarara
    Shinoa Hiiragi - Seraph of the End
    Bishamon - Noragami Aragoto

    Had a difficult time thinking of a decent number of characters because I've hardly watched much anime this year.

    Oh, and I might as well ask, just in case. Are villains like Ougi eligible? It doesn't have to be good (or "good") characters?



  • @Heavenspiercing:

    Oh, and I might as well ask, just in case. Are villains like Ougi eligible? It doesn't have to be good (or "good") characters?

    Heroes, villains, it doesn't matter, as long as they appeared in two episodes or more in 2015.



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  • Since everyone seems so busy with 7Jaws's tournament, I've decided to extend the nomination period for one week and edited the opening post accordingly.


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