Greetings! We have reached the finish line of the 2018 Waifu Madness Tournament! It has been 6 weeks of battles for supremacy for our 64 waifus and now we have our champion. It has been a thrilling ride and I want to thank all of you for taking part. There were a grand total of 1793 votes case throughout the tournament which was way more than what I thought would be cast. The poll was distributed on this blog, on Twitter and on Facebook. The feedback has been great for this event. I hope all of you had fun taking part and have enjoyed following the tournament. So let’s not delay any further and look at the results.

Here are the final results:

4th Place: Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail)

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3rd Place Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica)


2nd Place (Saber Fate/Zero)

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And that means that the character who won the 2018 Waifu Madness tournament and gains the title of best girl is…

Champion: Rem (Re/Zero)


Here is how the voting played out in the final round.

3rd Place Battle: Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica) 26


Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail)  13


Championship Battle: Rem (Re:Zero) 25


Saber (Fate/Zero) 14

Here is a link to the final bracket for those who are curious:

And here are the final standings and vote totals for all of the entrants including which round they exited.

Final Votes Votes Exit round Ranking
Rem (Re:Zero) 132 Champion
Saber (Fate/Zero) 117 Runner Up
Homuar Akemi (Madoka Magica)* (26) 99 3rd Place Extra votes from 3rd Place Battle in Parenthesis
Lucy heartfilia (Fairy Tail)* (13) 95 4th Place Extra votes from 3rd Place Battle in Parenthesis
Ryuuko Matoi (Kill la Kill) 75 4 5th Place
Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion) 73 4 6th Place Tie
Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) 73 4
Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia) 71 4 7th Place
Yoko Littner (Gurren Lagann) 57 3 8th Place
Asuka Langley Souryuu (Neon Genesis Evangelion) 54 3 9th Place
Mikasa Ackerman (AOT) 51 3 10th Place
Chise Hatori (Ancient Magus Bride) 50 3 11th Place
Holo (Spice & Wolf) 48 3 12th Place Tie
Megumin (Konosuba) 48 3
Revy (Black Lagoon) 47 3 13th Place
Taiga Asaka (Toradora) 42 3 14th Place
Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell) 31 2 15th Place
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/Stay Night UBW) 29 2 16th Place (Tie)
Umi Sonoda (Love Live!) 29 2
Asada Shino (Sinon) (SAO) 29 2
Celty Sturluson (Durarara!) 25 2 (Tie Breaker) 17th Place (Tie)
Sakura Haruno (Naruto) 25 2
Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) 24 2 18th Place (Tie)
Winry (FMA Brotherhood) 24 2
Kana (Miss Kobayahi’s Dragon Maid) 24 2
Yuri Nakamura (Angel Beats!) 24 2
Mako Mankanshoko (Kill la Kill) 24 2
Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun) 24 2
Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond the Boundary) 21 2 19th Place (Tie)
Akatsuki (Log Horizon) 21 2
Kurisu Makise (Steins; Gate) 21 2
Erina Nakiri (Food Wars!) 17 2 20th Place (Tie)
Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura) 12 1 (Tie Breaker)
Nico Yazawa (Love Live!) 11 1 (Tie Breaker) 21st Place (Tie)
Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop) 11 1
Madoka Kaname (Madoka Magica) 11 1
Yuno Gasai (The Future Diary) 10 1 22nd Place (Tie)
Diane (The Seven Deadly Sins) 10 1
Emilia (Re:Zero) 10 1
Bulma (Dragonball Z) 10 1
Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club) 10 1
Yuki Nagato (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) 10 1
Sasha Blouse (AOT) 10 1
Aqua (Konosuba) 10 1
Hifumi Takimoto (New Game!) 10 1
Asuna Yuuki(SAO) 10 1
Rize (Is this Order a Rabbit?) 9 1 23rd Place (Tie)
Bishamon (Noragami) 9 1
Sena Kashiwazaki (Haganai) 9 1
Kuroko Shirai (A Certain Scientific Railgun) 9 1
Megumi Tadokoro (Food Wars!) 8 1 24th Place (Tie)
Kanade Tachibana (Angel Beats!) 8 1
Darkness (Konosuba) 8 1
Eru Chitanda (Hyouka) 8 1
Konata Izumi (Lucky Star) 7 1 25th Place (Tie)
Nadeshiko Kagamihara (Yuru Camp) 7 1
Nao Tomori (Charlotte) 7 1
Akko Kagari (Little Witch Academia) 6 1 26th Place (Tie)
Selesia Upitiria (Re:Creators) 6 1
Sakura Chiyo (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun) 5 1 27th Place (Tie)
Megumi Kato (Saekano) 5 1
Yozora Mikazuki (Haganai) 5 1
Meteora Ossterich (Re:Creators) 5 1
Hotaru Shidare (Dagashi Kashi) 3 1 28th Place

Also for those who are curious here are the contestants ordered by their popularity on MyAnimeList with the favorites count listed to the right. These are arranged in order of favorites count and obviously these are not necessarily the top 64 on MyAnimeList.

Kurisu Makise (Steins; Gate) 28038
Rem (Re:Zero) 24437
Yuno Gasai (The Future Diary) 24382
Taiga Asaka (Toradora) 22931
Mikasa Ackerman (AOT) 21956
Saber (Fate/Zero) 20544
Holo (Spice & Wolf) 19747
Asuna Yuuki(SAO) 17646
Homura Akemi (Madoka Magica)* (26) 16547
Haruhi Suzumiya (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) 15289
Erza Scarlet (Fairy Tail) 14347
Megumin (Konosuba) 14288
Revy (Black Lagoon) 12888
Konata Izumi (Lucky Star) 13700
Asuka Langley Souryuu (Neon Genesis Evangelion) 13603
Kanade Tachibana (Angel Beats!) 11735
Mikoto Misaka (A Certain Scientific Railgun) 10534
Rei Ayanami (Neon Genesis Evangelion) 9178
Rin Tohsaka (Fate/Stay Night UBW) 9132
Ryuuko Matoi (Kill la Kill) 9017
Emilia (Re:Zero) 8940
Yuki Nagato (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya) 8280
Motoko Kusanagi (Ghost in the Shell) 8220
Lucy Heartfilia (Fairy Tail) 5911
Celty Sturluson (Durarara!) 5628
Mirai Kuriyama (Beyond the Boundary) 5532
Asada Shino (Sinon) (SAO) 5414
Kana (Miss Kobayahi’s Dragon Maid) 5237
Haruhi Fujioka (Ouran High School Host Club) 5187
Yoko Littner (Gurren Lagann) 5138
Madoka Kaname (Madoka Magica) 4982
Sakura Kinomoto (Card Captor Sakura) 4979
Mako Mankanshoko (Kill la Kill) 4706
Nico Yazawa (Love Live!) 4667
Nao Tomori (Charlotte) 4404
Eru Chitanda (Hyouka) 4400
Megumi Kato (Saekano) 4338
Sakura Haruno (Naruto) 3668
Faye Valentine (Cowboy Bebop) 2971
Sena Kashiwazaki (Haganai) 2945
Aqua (Konosuba) 2911
Sasha Blouse (AOT) 2888
Ochako Uraraka (My Hero Academia) 2687
Yuri Nakamura (Angel Beats!) 2570
Erina Nakiri (Food Wars!) 2550
Winry (FMA Brotherhood) 2452
Umi Sonoda (Love Live!) 2319
Darkness (Konosuba) 2246
Akatsuki (Log Horizon) 2133
Sakura Chiyo (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun) 2100
Megumi Tadokoro (Food Wars!) 1856
Akko Kagari (Little Witch Academia) 1795
Hifumi Takimoto (New Game!) 1786
Chise Hatori (Ancient Magus Bride) 1627
Kuroko Shirai (A Certain Scientific Railgun) 1485
Bishamon (Noragami) 1370
Yozora Mikazuki (Haganai) 1187
Hotaru Shidare (Dagashi Kashi) 884
Bulma (Dragonball Z) 780
Diane (The Seven Deadly Sins) 742
Nadeshiko Kagamihara (Yuru Camp) 646
Rize (Is this Order a Rabbit?) 468
Meteora Ossterich (Re:Creators) 292
Selesia Upitiria (Re:Creators) 215

So our little sample poll matched up fairly well with what the community thinks. Our winner was the 2nd highest ranked character among the group and many of the more popular characters amongst this event are also high on the MyAnimeList. It is interesting the Kurisu Makise, who is on the top the MyAnimeList list, only made it to round 2. Goes to show the difference the results can be based on the group of people.

As for any trends, it seems like we had a tendency to vote more for characters from older more established franchises. Out of the top 16, only Ochako, Chise, and Rem were from series which started after 2015. I honestly thought that there would be a trend towards newer characters especially with the constant turnover in anime. Yes a newer character won the overall tournament but as can be seen by the MyAnimeList results, she is an immensely popular character.

Also it was cool to see that many of my favorite characters survived to the later rounds. While I know I don’t need justification for my picks. It is cool to know that many others enjoy the same characters I do.

A big thanks to all of those who voted and to those who helped spread the word about this event. You have helped to make this a big success. This was a lot of fun to be apart of and the results were certainly fascinating to look at. Some characters which I would have thought would have made a huge splash lost in the early rounds and a couple of surprises survived to the late rounds. I fully intend to do this again- likely next spring with hopefully a way to include more people in the selection process for the characters. Any suggestions or input on this would be appreciated. Also I am considering doing a best boy tournament in the fall and want to know if the readers would be interested in taking part in that.  If you have any thoughts on the results or any character suggestions for the next tournament please comment below. You can also message me on Facebook (Railgunfan75’s Geek Blog) or Twitter (@railgunfan75). So until next time, this is Railgunfan75 signing off and saying see you next time!