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Best Girl 4: A Certain Salty Railgun was the fourth edition of the annual Best Girl Contest, organized by the r/anime subreddit and held in the voting website AnimeBracket. It was hosted by moderator ShaKing807, and ran from June until July 2017. The competition ended in a Fate vs. Oregairu rematch, with opposing heroines filling their roles; Rin Tohsaka won the championship after defeating Yui Yuigahama in a very lopsided title match. Ryuko Matoi (Kill la Kill) and Shinobu Oshino (Monogatari) rounded up the final four.

This is Shinobu's final Best Girl appearance as she won Best Character 3 a few months later, rendering her ineligible for future contests.

The subtitle is a pun on Best Girl 3 champion Mikoto Misaka's anime series A Certain Scientific Raligun.


Bracket[]

For logistical reasons, the first two rounds (512 and 256) are shown in tables instead; and the bracket format will be used for rounds 3 and onwards.

Round 1[]

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Round 2[]

Rounds 3-6[]

Group A[]

Group A-1
Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16
1 Megumin.png Megumin 10,277
129 Chiho.png Chiho Sasaki 2389
1 Megumin.png Megumin 8757
64 Mio kon.png Mio Akiyama 6955 64 Mio kon.png Mio 4753
65 Nia.png Nia Teppelin 4631
1 Megumin.png Megumin 10,654
32 Mako.png Mako Mankanshoku 6404 33 Cc.png C.C. 5801
97 Yuno1.png Yuno Gasai 4884 32 Mako.png Mako 5305
33 Cc.png C.C. 7104
33 Cc.png C.C. 6600
96 Nagisa.png Nagisa Furukawa 4320
--- 1 Megumin.png Megumin 8962
16 Jibril1.png Jibril 7062 17 Holo Holo 8990
113 Rei ayanami.png Rei Ayanami 4644
16 Jibril1.png Jibril 6463
49 Shizuka.png Shizuka Hiratsuka 6474 49 Shizuka.png Hiratsuka 5750
80 Mirai.png Mirai Kuriyama 3830 16 Jibril1.png Jibril 5926
17 Holo Holo 9833
17 Holo Holo 8096
145 Revy.png Revy 2889 17 Holo Holo 8884
176 Yurippe.png Yurippe 3297
48 Faris.png Faris 5182
176 Yurippe.png Yuri Nakamura 5263


Group A-2
Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16
8 Ryuuko Matoi Ryuko Matoi 8502
136 Touka tg.png Touka Kirishima 2997
8 Ryuuko Matoi Ryuko 8203
57 Azusa n.png Azusa Nakano 6469 57 Azusa n.png Azusa N. 4418
72 Sasha.png Sasha Blouse 4955
8 Ryuuko Matoi Ryuko 10,473
25 Kanade Tachibana Kanade Tachibana 5910 25 Kanade Tachibana Angel 5144
104 Rias.png Rias Gremory 4223 25 Kanade Tachibana Angel 6662
40 Tsuyu.png Froppy 5368
40 Tsuyu.png Tsuyu Asui 5760
89 Akane pp.png Akane Tsunemori 5036
--- 8 Ryuuko Matoi Ryuko 10,769
9 Megumi t.png Megumi Tadokoro 7214 21 Yoko.png Yoko 5848
120 Ais.png Ais Wallenstein 3271
9 Megumi t.png Tadokoro 6178
56 Homura.png Homura Akemi 6201 56 Homura.png Homura 6395
73 Komachi.png Komachi Hikigaya 5163 56 Homura.png Homura 7624
21 Yoko.png Yoko 7941
24 Yoko.png Yoko Littner 7568
105 Yume.png Yume 3532 21 Yoko.png Yoko 8008
41 Nonon.png Nonon 4191
41 Nonon.png Nonon Jakuzure 6108
88 Renge.png Renge Miyauchi 4643


Group B[]

Group B-1
Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16
4 Ochako.png Ochako Uraraka 8582
125 Ema.png Ema Yasuhara 4557
4 Ochako.png Uraraka 7671
61 Reina.png Reina Kousaka 7932 61 Reina.png Reina 5801
68 Sinon.png Sinon 4965
4 Ochako.png Uraraka 6832
29 Kanbaru.png Suruga Kanbaru 8142 29 Kanbaru.png Kanbaru 7683
100 Mashiro.png Mashiro Shiina 4707 29 Kanbaru.png Kanbaru 7393
93 Asuka ls.png Asuka L.S. 5941
36 Felt.png Felt 5638
93 Asuka ls.png Asuka Langley Soryu 7927
--- 29 Kanbaru.png Kanbaru 8503
13 Shiro1.png Shiro 8644 45 Hanekawa.png Hanekawa 7206
141 Haqua.png Haqua du Lot Herminium 3780
13 Shiro1.png Shiro 7924
52 Sucy.png Sucy Manbavaran 5669 77 Kayo.png Kayo 5261
77 Kayo.png Kayo Hinazuki 6538 13 Shiro1.png Shiro 6566
45 Hanekawa.png Hanekawa 7991
20 Tatsumaki.png Tatsumaki 7099
109 Ikumi.png Ikumi Mito 5417 20 Tatsumaki.png Tatsumaki 5139
45 Hanekawa.png Hanekawa 8332
45 Hanekawa.png Tsubasa Hanekawa 7802
84 Ami.png Ami Kawashima 4928


Group B-2
Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16
5 Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka 9630
124 Diana.png Diana Cavendish 3640
5 Rin tohsaka.png Rin 8860
60 Ritsu.png Ritsu Tainaka 7577 60 Ritsu.png Ritsu 4963
69 Hestia.png Hestia 5117
5 Rin tohsaka.png Rin 8399
28 Riza.png Riza Hawkeye 8583 37 Iroha.png Iroha 6519
156 Marika.png Marika Tachibana 4430 28 Riza.png Riza 6132
37 Iroha.png Iroha 7729
37 Iroha.png Iroha Isshiki 8961
92 Olivier.png Olivier Mira Armstrong 4374
--- 5 Rin tohsaka.png Rin 10,339
12 Saber.png Saber 9403 12 Saber.png Saber 7433
140 Nanami.png Nanami Aoyama 3822
12 Saber.png Saber 9366
53 Illya.png Illyasviel von Einzbern 6215 53 Illya.png Illya 3752
76 Megumi k.png Megumi Katou 6170 12 Saber.png Saber 9148
44 Yui h.png Yui H. 5977
21 Satsuki.png Satsuki Kiryuin 7451
108 Kallen.png Kallen Stadtfeld 5347 21 Satsuki.png Satsuki 2629
44 Yui h.png Yui H. 7205
44 Yui h.png Yui Hirasawa 7608
85 Akatsuki.png Akatsuki 5244


Group C[]

Group C-1
Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16
2 Rem.png Rem 8158
130 Touka t.png Touka Takanashi 3687
2 Rem.png Rem 8920
63 Hiyori.png Hiyori Iki 5432 63 Hiyori.png Hiyori 4591
66 Rory.png Rory Mercury 4495
2 Rem.png Rem 8704
31 Winry Rockbell Winry Rockbell 7952 31 Winry Rockbell Winry 7320
98 Bishamon.png Bishamon 2798 31 Winry Rockbell Winry 7527
34 Akko.png Akko 5311
34 Akko.png Atsuko Kagari 5536
95 Faye.png Faye Valentine 4874
--- 2 Rem.png Rem 9997
15 Mikasa.png Mikasa Ackerman 7683 47 Eru.png Chitanda 7898
114 Urara.png Urara Shiraishi 3580
15 Mikasa.png Mikasa 7964
50 Isuzu.png Isuzu Sento 5523 50 Isuzu.png Isuzu 5232
79 Kosaki.png Kosaki Onodera 4581 15 Mikasa.png Mikasa 7709
47 Eru.png Chitanda 7810
18 Ram.png Ram 6949
111 Esdeath.png Esdeath 4273 18 Ram.png Ram 5513
47 Eru.png Chitanda 7775
47 Eru.png Eru Chitanda 7092
82 Haru o.png Haru Onodera 3092


Group C-2
Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16
7 Taiga.png Taiga Aisaka 6473
122 Asuka t.png Asuka Tanaka 4156
7 Taiga.png Taiga 8006
58 Crusch.png Crusch Karsten 5649 58 Crusch.png Crusch 5026
71 Krista.png Krista Lenz 5398
7 Taiga.png Taiga 7385
26 Haruhi.png Haruhi Suzumiya 6142 26 Haruhi.png Haruhi 7284
103 Aoi m.png Aoi Miyamori 4181 26 Haruhi.png Haruhi 7411
39 Suzuha.png Suzuha 5349
39 Suzuha.png Suzuha Amane 5903
90 Minori.png Minori Kushieda 4807
--- 7 Taiga.png Taiga 7044
10 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Yuigahama 7486 10 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Y. 9939
138 Ayase.png Ayase Aragaki 2815
10 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Y. 7911
55 Mugi.png Tsumugi Kotobuki 5577 55 Mugi.png Mugi 4826
74 Chitoge.png Chitoge Kirisaki 4889 10 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Y. 8836
42 Karen a.png Karen 5962
23 Mayuri Shiina Mayuri Shiina 7633
106 Yuuki k.png Yuuki Konno 3436 23 Mayuri Shiina Mayuri 6435
42 Karen a.png Karen 6574
42 Karen a.png Karen Araragi 6713
87 Albedo.png Albedo 3817


Group D[]

Group D-1
Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16
3 Emilia.png Emilia 8300
131 Miia.png Miia 3904
3 Emilia.png Emilia 6965
62 Rikka chuuni.png Rikka Takanashi 5160 67 Kaori.png Kaori 6227
67 Kaori.png Kaori Miyazono 5925
3 Emilia.png Emilia 9427
30 Chiyo s.png Chiyo Sakura 5486 30 Chiyo s.png Chiyo 7417
99 Inaba.png Himeko Inaba 5168 30 Chiyo s.png Chiyo 6553
35 Mayoi.png Hachikuji 5658
35 Mayoi.png Mayoi Hachikuji 7400
94 Mami Tomoe Mami Tomoe 3656
--- 3 Emilia.png Emilia 10,219
14 Eris ks.png Eris 6423 46 Iri.png Irisviel 7162
115 Kyouko s.png Kyouko Sakura 5629
14 Eris ks.png Eris 6273
51 Momo y.png Momo Yaoyorozu 5369 51 Momo y.png Momo 6380
78 Celty.png Celty Sturluson 5273 51 Momo y.png Momo 6788
46 Iri.png Irisviel 8827
19 Wiz.png Wiz 6573
110 Airi1.png Airi Katagiri 4930 19 Wiz.png Wiz 6272
46 Iri.png Irisviel 6590
46 Iri.png Irisviel von Einzbern 5358
83 Utaha.png Utaha Kasumigaoka 5339


Group D-2
Round of 128 Round of 64 Round of 32 Sweet 16
6 Aqua.png Aqua 8888
123 Lan fan.png Lan Fan 3364
6 Aqua.png Aqua 8021
59 Erina.png Erina Nakiri 5568 59 Erina.png Erina 5216
70 Kumiko.png Kumiko Oumae 5334
6 Aqua.png Aqua 9604
27 Steph.png Stephanie Dola 6334 27 Madoka.png Madoka 7171
102 Hinata.png Hinata Hyuuga 4593 27 Steph.png Steph 5896
38 Madoka.png Madoka 6943
38 Madoka.png Madoka Kaname 6424
91 Tsugumi.png Seishirou Tsugumi 4439
--- 6 Aqua.png Aqua 8606
11 Shinobu Oshino Shinobu Oshino 8359 11 Shinobu Oshino Shinobu 8892
118 Nui.png Nui Harime 2783
11 Shinobu Oshino Shinobu 7446
54 Alice.png Alice Nakiri 7319 54 Alice.png Alice 5159
75 Fubuki opm.png Fubuki 3520 11 Shinobu Oshino Shinobu 8840
22 Darkness.png Darkness 7630
22 Darkness.png Darkness 8474
107 Akame.png Akame 3225 22 Darkness.png Darkness 8723
43 Asuna.png Asuna 4667
43 Asuna.png Asuna Yuuki 6249
86 Tohru mha.png Tohru Hagakure 5365


Elite Eight[]

Elite Eight Bracket
Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
17 Holo Holo 10,861
8 Ryuuko Matoi Ryuko Matoi 12,074
8 Ryuuko Matoi Ryuko Matoi 8186
29 Kanbaru.png Suruga Kanbaru 8068 5 Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka 12,841
5 Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka 13,839 5 Rin tohsaka.png Rin Tohsaka 13,733
10 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Yuigahama 7935
2 Rem.png Rem 10,812
10 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Yuigahama 11,511 10 Yui yuigahama.png Yui Yuigahama 9584
11 Shinobu Oshino Shinobu Oshino 9487
3 Emilia.png Emilia 9214
11 Shinobu Oshino Shinobu Oshino 13,052


Tournament summary[]

Best Girl 4 saw the debut of Konosuba, Re:Zero, and My Hero Academia, highly popular shows whose contestants would become heavy-hitting forces of the r/anime contests for the next few years.


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