Test Your Anime Knowledge – Anime Quiz 1

I am not going to say that this soon to start Winter 2015 season of anime looks like a poor season. I will say that the extraordinary number of sequels airing will really limit opportunities to discuss the season because everyone already knows if they are or aren’t watching the various sequels. Therefore, I’ve been thinking about what I could do this season because I’m resolving to post more on The Null Set this year and, eventually, I thought of the idea of creating a weekly anime quiz might be worth a try.

When I tried to find examples of quality anime quizzes to see what types of questions were good questions to ask and to gauge the difficulty of the questions I had a hard time finding a good anime quiz. They either focused too narrowly on a single topic and required an encyclopedic knowledge of that single topic or were put together by somebody that’s only seen 10 anime series or they were ‘What anime character are you?’ type quizzes. As a result, the first couple quizzes might be a little rough as I try to dial these quizzes in so that someone that’s moderately well-versed in recent anime and has spent some time studying anime and it’s component parts will get the majority of the questions right.

So, this is the first of thirteen weekly quizzes covering anime identification, anime history, personnel and organizations behind animation production, anime characters, and a small amount of general knowledge about Japan found in anime. I’ll post the questions on Monday afternoon, as defined by my living in the Eastern time zone of America, and will post the answers on Friday afternoon. People may leave a comment in the initial post of that week with their guesses and I’ll tally correct answers in the answers post and keep a running total for the entire 13 week run. No cheating, though I’m okay with people looking up how to spell names but spelling doesn’t have to be 100% accurate. I don’t want anything too serious so there will be no prizes involved. I will attempt to ask questions that have one real answer but if a second answer is given and is also correct I will mark it correct too and mention it in the answers post.

Okay, onto this week’s quiz:

(1) Name the anime that features these three characters: Roy Mustang, Edward Elric, Ling Yao.

(2) Name the anime that features these three characters: Griffith, Casaca, Guts.

(3) Name the anime that features these three characters: Battler Ushiromiya, Maria Ushiromiya, Beatrice.

Refer to the following picture for questions 4 – 8.

anime_quiz_01_01(4) Name these three anime:

(5) Which of these anime series aired first?

(6) Which of these anime series aired last?

(7) Which two anime series share a musical connection?

(8) Which two anime series share an organizational connection?

Refer to the following picture for questions 9 – 12.


(9) Name the animation studio that animated these three works.

(10) What decade was this animation studio founded?

(11) The people who founded this animation studio were former members of what animation studio?

(12) One of the original co-founders of the studio named in question 9 left to form what animation studio?

(13) Name the seiyuu that voiced these characters:


(14) Name the seiyuu that voiced 4 of the 5 characters shown and give the letter of the fifth one not voiced by this seiyuu.


(15) Magia was used for which anime’s ending theme?

Good luck. Constructive feedback is also much appreciated.

8 thoughts on “Test Your Anime Knowledge – Anime Quiz 1”

  1. I’d suggest people post how many TV series they’ve watched at the top of their comments, while this doesn’t really say much because I’ve some knowledge about series I haven’t watched and won’t it helps a bit when it comes to measuring the difficulty. Also, providing better quality images would help a bit.
    I’ve watched around 175 TV shows.

    1) Fullmetal Alchemist
    2) Berserker
    3) When They Cry
    4) A – Ghost in the Shell // B – FLCL // C – ?
    5) Gonna guess C, looks older.
    6) B (Well, it’d be A if you count sequels and stuff)
    8) Production I.G. made A and B
    9) Madhouse?
    10) 70s?
    12) MAPPA
    13) Queen of Tsunderes, don’t know her name though ;_;
    14) HanaKana, B?
    15) Madoka


  2. I don’t usually get into these sorts of things but I found myself drawn into answering despite myself, might as well post my answers.

    1) Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood


    3) Umineko no Nako Koro ni

    A: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex-2nd Gig
    B: FLCL
    C: Fantastic Children

    5) Fantastic Children

    6) GitS:SAC-2nd G

    7) GitS & Fantastic Children

    8) FLCL & GitS (Production IG)

    9) Madhouse

    10) the 80’s

    11) Toei

    12) MAPPA

    13) Don’t know, don’t care

    14) Don’t know, don’t care

    15) Madoka Magica


  3. Did some checking and by my count I missed 6 questions, more than I expected!

    According to MAL I’ve completed 116 TV anime.


  4. Also, shouldn’t really focus too many questions on a single topic, here if you don’t know the answer to 4) you basically can’t answer 5 questions unless you guess, not really ideal.


  5. 1. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
    2. Berserk
    3. Umineko no Naku Koro ni
    4. Ghost in the Shell, FLCL, ???
    5. FLCL (?)
    6. ?
    9. Madhouse
    13. Kugimiya Rie
    14. Hanazawa Kana, C

    God, I know close to nothing. 😥

    Thanks for the quiz!


  6. 1. Fullmetal Alchemist
    2. Berserk
    3. don’t know
    4. a) Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig, b) FLCL, c) don’t know
    5. guessing C, it looks older
    6. Stand Alone Complex
    7. don’t know
    8. don’t know
    9-12. don’t know – I don’t recognize any of them
    13. Rie Kugimiya
    14. don’t know
    15. Madoka Magica


  7. @PP: Thanks for the feedback. I see your point about asking too many questions about one thing; I’ve been thinking of these quiz as ~200 questions split up into 13 parts. I tried to spread the questions out so if in questions 4-8, someone didn’t know Fantastic Children then it was still possible to get number 8 correct.

    I think I will tweak my questions to break up the number of questions about the same thing for each quiz, maybe spread them out.

    @miharusshi: You did just fine. I’m aiming for most everyone to be in the 8-10 range unless they really know their stuff and I think shrinking the number of questions per item will help and with only asking 15 questions at a time it’s very possible that it was an unlucky group of questions.


  8. 1) Full Metal Alchemist
    2) Berserk
    3) ???
    4-8) ???
    9) Madhouse
    10-12) ???
    13) Rie Kugimiya
    14) ???
    15) Puella Magi Madoka Magica

    Wow, I am very bad at this. O.o


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