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Media Brackets: Episodes From Slice Of Life Shows

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Hey everyone. This is SofiaBlythe2014. Slice of life shows don't get as much attention as they used to, but it's slowly coming around. I decided to do a Media Brackets competition dedicated to showing some great episodes from slice of life shows. I only have a few rules:

1. It helps if the setting is relatively realistic, like in the city or the countryside, and have a fairly grounded tone.

2. The shows should be episodic. They can have some continuity here and there, but full on story driven shows, or those that heavily emphasize telling overarching stories, are disqualified.

3. Shows that have action, fantasy, or other such fantastical elements (essentially hybrid shows) can be qualified, but only if the general plot is something you can find in a slice of life show. For example, having a "save the world" plot would not really qualify if that's more or less what the show is about and not just special occasions. In contrast, having plots like "babysitting pets" or "hanging out at the park" or "finding something to do when bored" would help them qualify for the list. In other words, the plots should be small in scale even if the characters take things seriously.

4. This isn't a rule, but more an observation. Since it's very common for preschool shows to be slice of life, there will be plenty of them here.

And the winner of the competition is... the Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide episode "Fundraising". That is pretty unexpected, but well earned. Let's talk about this.

Round 1:

Match 1: Welcome To The Beach: Beach Bummer (Esme & Roy) Vs Sand Hassles (The Loud House)

Winner: The winner of this matchup is Sand Hassles, which got 2 votes. Beach Bummer got 1 vote.

Match 2: The Big Race: Prize Piglet (The New Adventures Of Winnie The Pooh) Vs Around Metropolis In 80 Seconds (DC Superhero Girls 2015)

Winner: The winner of this matchup is "Prize Piglet", which got 3 votes. "Around Metropolis In 80 Seconds" got 2 votes.

Match 3: Making Money To Help Out: Fundraising (Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide) Vs Bear Lift (We Bare Bears)

Winner: The winner of this matchup is "Fundraising", which got 3 votes. "Bear Lift" got nothing.

Match 4: Hair Stories: Haircut (It's Pony) Vs The Haircut (Stillwater)

Winner: The winner of this matchup is "Haircut", which got 4 votes. "The Haircut" got 1 vote.

Match 5: Cooking Contests: What's Cooking (Arthur) Vs After School Snack Down (Craig Of The Creek)

Winner: The winner of this matchup is "What's Cooking", which got 3 votes. "After School Snack Down" got 2 votes.

Match 6: Lost In The City: George's Super Subway Adventure (Curious George) Vs Vacation Daze (The Casagrandes)

Winner: The winner is "Vacation Daze", which got 2 votes. "George's Super Subway Adventure" got 1 vote.

Match 7: Vehicle Trouble: Crash Course (DC Superhero Girls 2019) Vs Training Wings (Vampirina)

Winner: Both are tied with 2 votes each. I like both, but I pick Crash Course to move to the next round.

Match 8: Picture Day Problems: Nancy's Looth Tooth (Fancy Nancy) Vs Picture Perfect (Hero Elementary)

Winner: The winner of this matchup is Nancy's Looth Tooth, which got 2 votes. Picture Perfect got 1 vote.

The round 1 matchups were definitely interesting. Let's start with the ties. Both "Crash Course" and "Training Wings" are both fun and enjoyable episodes. However, I picked the former since it's a bit funnier and I really liked the car chases, both when Diana was going too far and when she learned to follow the rules. There's also 1 matchup that was almost a tie, but then a last minute vote came in. That was for "George's Super Subway Adventure" and "Vacation Daze". They initially tied with 1 vote each, but the latter went up to 2 votes at literally the last second. Regardless, I felt the conflict in Vacation Daze was more personal due to the emphasis on how Ronnie Anne and Maria don't see each other as much. As for everything else, we have some surprises. For example, "Fundraising" beat out "Bear Lift" in a clean sweep 3-0. I figured the latter would get at least 1 vote since most people like We Bare Bears. There's also Around Metropolis In 80 Seconds losing to Prize Piglet, with each one having 2 and 3 votes respectively. Just the idea of a DC show, even if lighthearted, losing to Winnie the Pooh is a surprise. "After School Snack Down" losing to "What's Cooking" is also a surprise given how this Craig episode is from season 3, where the show really got good. I'm guessing Arthur has the nostalgia factor. The other wins weren't that surprising. Esme And Roy and Stillwater are not talked about as much as The Loud House and It's Pony. Fancy Nancy and Hero Elementary are closer, but the former has the fanciness angle to help give it some more attention. Still, there were definitely plenty of interesting results here.

Round 2:

Match 1: Prize Piglet Vs Sand Hassles

Winner: Both are tied with 2 votes each. I'll be tiebreaker and pick Prize Piglet to move to the next round.

Match 2: Fundraising Vs Haircut

Winner: Both are tied with 2 votes each. I'll be tiebreaker and pick Fundraising to move to the next round.

Match 3: What's Cooking Vs Vacation Daze

Winner: The winner of this matchup is Vacation Daze, which got 4 votes. What's Cooking got nothing.

Match 4: Crash Course Vs Nancy's Looth Tooth

Winner: The winner of this matchup is Crash Course, which got 4 votes. Nancy's Looth Tooth got 2 votes.

So the round 2 matches were definitely interesting. Let's start with the ties. I was debating over whether to pick Prize Piglet or Sand Hassles. In the end, I chose the former since I did like how over the top things got involving the running competition, both when preparing and when doing the actual race. As for Fundraising and Haircut, the latter does get into some funny territory, but the former just has this charm and over the top humor that makes it more enjoyable. Now for the other matchups. I did have a feeling Vacation Daze would win over What's Cooking given Ronnie Anne and Maria's relationship receiving a good deal of focus, but having it be 4-0 is a surprise. Crash Course winning out over Nancy's Looth Tooth isn't much of a surprise given how wild it gets, but at least the results are fairer with 4-2.

Round 3:

Match 1: Prize Piglet Vs Fundraising

Winner: Both are tied with 2 votes each. I'll be tiebreaker and pick Fundraising to move forward.

Match 2: Vacation Daze Vs Crash Course

Winner: The winner of this matchup is Vacation Daze, which got 3 votes. Crash Course got 2 votes.

This will be pretty short. We have 1 tie and 1 surprising win. I like the fun of Prize Piglet, but the tips given by Fundraising help to make it both fun and educational. As for Vacation Daze and Crash Course, I figure the craziness of the latter would help it out, but the former winning is no surprise. It does have a good emotional core involving Ronnie Anne and Maria.

Round 4:

Match 1: Fundraising Vs Vacation Daze

Winner: And the competition is over. The winner is Fundraising, which got 2 votes. Vacation Daze got 1 vote. It's definitely a first for a live action show to win the competition, but it's well earned. Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide is a show that has a grounded enough tone that can make it relatable, yet also has a fun, cartoony vibe that sets it apart from other live action kids shows taking place in a school.

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Thank you to everyone for taking part.. Have a good day.
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