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Today's Featured Matches
Yukihira Furano (NōKome) vs. Yatogami Tōka (Date A Live)
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Innocence. No matter how tough a girl is, deep down within her heart is her pure-hearted innocence. No amount of cruelty or hiding can take this precious thing away. Furano acts high and mighty. She belittles the unpopular guy and would rather eat herself to death than be associated with him. But that act is entirely false. What she truly wants is to be with him, for him to hold her affectionately in his arms, to cuddle her, to spoil her. It is the same for Tōka. Being alone for thousands of years seems to have toughed her up to the point of shunning all emotion. And yet, when he talked to her, she broke down. That supposed steel heart started to beat with various emotions, because she finally found someone who could truly appreciate her, whom she could protect and who would love her until old age. And even when he dies, she'll have fond memories that will last forever. Never underestimate the power of the people around you, for they are your one and only.
Kuriyama Mirai (Kyōkai no Kanata) vs. Yoshino (Date A Live)
What purpose do they fight for? What do they exactly live for? What if Mirai's job is finished as a Spirit Warrior? Will she go back to where she once lived or will she stay on, having found new friends and people who accept her? Or will she suffer a different fate altogether? And what about our dear Yoshino? What exactly is her purpose in life? Is she truly a Spirit Disaster? Or is her fate changed forever, to remain by his side? Or is it something else altogether? Fate works in strange ways and is never absolute. No one person will always be one thing, as fate is something that cannot be grasped but is changed through minor movements. A small change makes a large difference in how you live your life. Can these girls place their dark pasts down and move on?
Kuroyukihime (Accel World) vs. Laura Bodewig (IS <Infinite Stratos>)
They once performed the role of the villain. Laura felt that she was better with her top-rate skills and military lifestyle, such that she mocked newcomers. She taunted them by stating that because of their lousy skills, the only reason they even qualified was due to their country. Kuroyukihime wanted more. She wanted to have the final level, to know what happened when someone reached that final level. With that, she executed one of her friends without notice, and even planned to kill even more of the level 9s. Since then, they reformed. Laura became acquaintances with the newcomers, even friends. Kuroyukihime changed, giving up her spot so as to start anew, never trying such a stunt again. To sin is to be human, but to be sorry takes courage.
Yuzuriha Inori (Guilty Crown) vs. Kasugano Sora (Yosuga no Sora)
No matter how much injustice they faced, they never buckled under pressure. They remained loyal and never doubted their partners. Yuzuriha Inori was a girl with few emotions. She did not understand why people did certain things and never understood her emotions well. Though she couldn't comprehend, she never doubted her partner's actions and even did her best in protecting him when everyone deserted them. While she didn’t understand many of the emotions she faced, her partner taught her much. She was grateful and supported him by being the emotional backing that he needed in return for showing her how beautiful but sad the world was. Kasugano Sora was a quiet, reclusive girl who had a weak body, which caused her to fall sick easily. She was once traumatized by the accident that took her parents' lives away. Coupled with her frail body, she was robbed the chance of living the life of a normal person and was dependent on her brother—her only close relative. Afraid of him leaving her, she learned of and corrected her bad attitude, which was developed from the resentment she had for being robbed of her independent life. Whose loyalty do you admire?
Tōwa Erio (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko) vs.
Shiina Mashiro (Sakura-sō no Pet na Kanojo)
Emotions are something that distinguishes how humans feel towards their surroundings and are something easily understood by everyone. However, neither of them understood the myriad of emotions that are expressed in everyday life. Tōwa Erio grew up in a household where her mother neglected her. A terrible accident befell her and she began withdrawing within herself. Her cousin slowly taught her what her many unknown emotions were and encouraged her to step out of her comfort zone. Though it didn't progress well, she did her best in confronting her fear as she tried to experience how a normal person lives. Through that, she began to understand the many emotions that were once alien to her. Shiina Mashiro, on the other hand, while being unable to understand the many emotions around her, wasn’t as unfortunate. Being cooped up since birth to hone her talent meant she received little to no interaction, resulting in her inability to comprehend what people were feeling and doing. Her partner, however, did his best to educate her, and slowly, she began to start living the life of a normal person. With both girls doing their best, whom will you reward?
Nakano Azusa (K-ON!) vs. Akiyama Mio (K-ON!)
Azusa will have to take down one of her most difficult obstacles yet. She has to battle her senpai, the one and only Mio-chan. Azusa greatly respects Mio, not only for her seriousness and her bass playing, but for how easily she can communicate with the other members of the band, whereas she feels that the others members are way too immature. Likewise, Mio greatly loves her junior, being the only one junior. She is the only one serious enough here. She is the one whom she can ask for pro guitar tips. Defeating either foe brings great implications to both parties here. For Azusa, it means that her senpai has finally stepped down and that she is on her own. For Mio, she will have to limit Azusa's potential to do better here in this tournament. Which party will you nominate, despite knowing it will do no good to the other side?
Honma Meiko (AnoHana) vs. Last Order (Toaru Majutsu no Index)
When you see these two girls, you might first wonder what cute and snuggable girls they are. Once you listen to their pasts, their back stories, you will wonder why and how they maintain such optimism, despite facing their harsh realities. Meiko died at a young age and became a ghost, seen only by the one she was closest to. Seeing her family going on with their daily lives fills her with relief, and yet a sense of regret fills her sometimes as tear drops fall to the ground, never leaving a stain. Last Order was a weapon used in case the other weapons were to be destroyed, a detonator. Living her life like that, she seemed cheerful and abuzz with energy. But while she can do that, it will never change the fact that she is responsible for thousands of innocent lives and that if she does something wrong, she might never get them back. To suffer is to live, and to be happy is already a blessing in itself.
Thanks to Fuijiwara and Jiharo for contributing today's match previews.