Without handling both, cannot be sure which reel should have gotten top honors.
Early observations -
Daiwa Tatula, innovative T-Wing redesign. (not really new, refined old system). A heavier and bulkier reel - Not a direction one would have expected with others going to more compact and lighter weights. No doubt it will perform great with the Air Rotation. Excellent price point.
Shimano Ci4 Chronarch - Completely new design to the US market, External braking (new to the US Marker for Shimano), light weight, compact (been told it palms between a 50 and 100 sized reel), New construction material, X Ship is new to the US. Priced much higher than the Daiwa, but well below their top tier offering. Not that pricing should influence the choice for "best in show".
I'm a fan of both company's reels. Have more than I need of each, so I try and be as objective as I can.