The Second Round starts on Monday 9/16/, around 8PM EST.
Ladies and Gentlemen of Arlong Park, you are in for a treat. A repeat of something sweet, and a thing to remember. So hold on to your hats and enjoy the suspense with me for a bit. Things are going to get interesting from hereon out.
I am fairly excited to announce the Second Round today for several reasons. Firstly, Arlong Park, I must say you have honestly surprised me. Your dedication and zeal for campaigning this year has spawned numerous incredibly creative and amazing campaigns that have made the tournament thus far one of the best we've had in years. The fact that I know for sure this second round will only provide a massive boost for that is enough to make one bird feel giddy. Thank you for that feeling. Secondly, there is something about this round that I'm sure many of you will enjoy. Announcing fun things and seeing people react to them is an uplifting experience that I'm grateful I am allowed to have. And thirdly, well, I savour your tears and frustration just as much as I like seeing those happy reactions. Some birds just want to watch the world burn. Try to survive - if you can, that is.
The second round draw was held approximately three weeks ago and was conducted by me. I drew the names of the contestants that had been written on small slips of paper out of my beanie in sequence, pairing up characters as their names emerged from the cap. Upon seeing the results, I posted here to tell you that you would love this, and I stand by my word even today. In fact, as those three weeks and twenty more matches passed by, the draw only became more and more amazing. Be assured that nothing was altered or changed in any way after the first draw was made - you have my word for that. The format we'll be using this round might be familiar to some of you. You can decide for yourselves whether you love it or not.
Without much further ado, me and my trusty old beanie cap hereby proudly present to you, the matches of the Second Round of the Arlong Park Character Tournament 2013:
! 01. Doflamingo & Norland (133) vs. Robin & Magellan (124)
02. Monet & Sanji (119) vs. Caesar & Buggy the Clowns (124)
03. Jinbe & Akainu (130) vs. Kuma & Bepo (78)
04. Fisher Tiger & Bellamy (97) vs. Whitebeard & Garp (144)
05. Kuzan & Perona (126) vs. Hancock & Mr. 3 (76)
06. Moriah & Shanks (137) vs. Laboon & Nami (82)
07. Franky & Zoro (129) vs. Tyrannosaurus, Iceburg & Crocodile (109)
08. Brook & Enel (161) vs. Fujitora & Crocus (65)
! Yes, that's right. The tag teams are back.
We'll be launching a couple of filler matches to ease your landing onto this completely new round. Campaigners will have a couple of days to start working on their new material that they might want to stock up on before the day of their match. This one's going to be tough.
Campaign to your hearts' content and remember to have fun!