Man this is as brutal as I've seen it so far. We're not all the way through the 1st round, and some regions are on the verge of being shut out. I was kind of hoping that my analysis wasn't that accurate, but the Kyushu region hasn't won a game yet, and if Itoman loses to Tenri tomorrow, they're completely eliminated.
Same goes for the Chuugoku region. If Ube Koujyou loses to Kendai Takasaki, they're eliminated as well.
Shikoku has 1 of its 2 representatives left as Imabari Nishi beat Touin.
Kinki isn't looking in good shape either. Oumi's win puts the region's record at 2-3 with the aforementioned Tenri left to play.
Head east from Kinki and of course the results improve (it has to somewhere). Tokai has both of its representatives still alive. Hokushinetsu has their champion poised for a deep run.
Kanto, which I though was weak, is about to send all 4 representatives to the 2nd round should Kendai Takasaki win. Tokyo on the other hand, rests its hopes on Nishougakushadai Fuzuoku, who plays Matsuyama Higashi.
And the region that seems to be getting stronger? The Tohoku region! All 3 teams, including Oomagari Kougyou, have advanced! (You can tell I'm really surprised by the Akita representative).
Lastly, Toukai Dai-yon from Hokkaido will be the last game to play of the 1st round.
It's been known that the Chuugoku and Shikoku regions struggle for relevancy. But to see Kyushu performing as poorly as they have is shocking. Again, not like the statistics didn't point to that being a possibility, but still.
It really does look like we're losing parity at a growing rate. I hope it's not the case because I'd like to believe that every school has a chance - though I already know they don't.