On Sunday, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament unofficially begins in the United States. 68 university-level teams will play each other over three weeks in a now-famous single-elimination tournament. It’s believed that millions, if not billions of dollars worth of productivity will be wasted watching sports on TV and online, in addition to all the man-hours spent on those infamous bracket pools. Even those who don’t even know a bounce pass from a hole in the ground will get involved in this four-week falderal. To Americans, this tournament is what World Cup is to the rest of the world.
In honor of this fun waste of time, I decided we should have a fun time-waster of our own. And thus, the Vocaloid Invitational Tournament was born. We’ve lined up 24 Vocaloids from both sides of the International Date Line to compete in a bracket-style tourney, and the winners will be determined by, of course, you, the reader.
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Here’s how it’s going to work. Our Tournament Selection Committee has assigned each of our 24 competitors a ranking from 1 to 6. They are then placed into one of four arbitrarily-named regions so that one member of each rank is arranged as such:
As you can see, everyone is initially arranged into head-to-head matchups, with the top 2 seeds in each region getting a free pass to the 2nd round. You’re going to vote on who wins these matchups in a series of simple “Who wins?” polls. The criteria for who wins is completely up to you: whether it’s singing ability, looks, popularity, or the number of points their name would earn in Scrabble (even though all proper names are illegal). Whoever wins after one week of polling moves on to the next round. In the thrilling conclusion, all four regional winners will square off in one final four-‘loid poll to determine our inaugural champion.
Sounds like fun? I certainly hope so, because the opening round has begun. Polls close for round 1 on March 15. You can cast your ballots below and sound off in the comments section. Good luck, choose wisely, and have fun!