The slight tardiness of this week’s answer post comes in part because I’m finally starting on my 2014 Year’s Best Anime posts. I had to delay because I was very late in getting to the Haikyuu anime series and realized early on that I couldn’t cover 2014 properly without it.
So, with out further ado, here’s the answers.
Question 1: Name the anime that features these three characters – Holland, Talho, Renton Thurston.
- The answer is Eureka Seven. One of Studio Bones’ most known works, I watched it early on as an anime fan and disliked how “weird” it got at the end and have wondered if a rewatch would end better.
Question 2: Name the anime that features these three characters – Yuusuke Urameshi, Kazuma Kuwabara, Hiei.
- The answer is Yu Yu Hakusho. Apparently some of Akiyuki Shinbou’s earliest work in anime was as an episode director for Yu Yu Hakusho. I’ve been meaning to rewatch the couple of episodes where he had the most creative control over and see, with my amateur eyes, if I can tell they were his.
Question 3: Name these four anime series.
- These four anime series are A – Gatchaman Crowds, B – Space Battleship Yamato 2199, C – Dororon Enma-kun Meeramera, and D – Cyborg 009:The Cyborg Soldier.
Question 4: These four series are an example of what?
- The four series are remakes/reboots/reimaginings of early series.
Question 5: Which animation studio is older – Satelight or Shaft?
- The animation studio Shaft is older, being founded in 1975. Satelight was founded in 1995.
Question 6: Which animation studio is older – Kyoto Animation or Studio Deen?
- The animation studio Studio Deen is older, being founded in 1975. Kyoto Animation was founded in 1981.
(A) Summer 2011 (C) Fall 2012
(B) Winter 2006 (D) Spring 2008
- The answer is D – Spring 2008 and the anime series, from left to right, are Kaiba, Kure-nai, The Daughter of 20 Faces, and Soul Eater. The Daughter of 20 Faces holds the ignoble personal distinction of being the only anime that I dropped one episode before finishing (21/22 episodes watched). I hated how bad the show had gotten after starting out so strongly and that was the best protest I could think up for it.
(A) Summer 2006 (C) Fall 2008
(B) Winter 2010 (D) Spring 2011
- The answer is B – Winter 2010 and the anime series, from left to right, are Durarara!!, Sora no Woto, Hanamaru Youchien, and Dance In The Vampire Bund. If you’re not familiar with Hanamaru Youchien, it was produced by Gainax and is completely different from the type of series one associates with them. It is also the last series by Gainax that I genuinely liked (Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt came later but I have love/hate feeling towards it).
Question 9: Name these four anime.
- These four anime are A – Inari Konkon, Koi Iroha, B – Star Driver, C – The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, D – Mushishi.
Question 10: Arrange these four anime series from oldest to newest.
- The correct order is D, C, B, A. The first season of Mushishi aired in October 2005. The movie The Girl Who Leapt Through Time was released in July 2006. Next, Star Driver began airing in October 2010 and finally Inari Konkon, Koi Iroha aired this past January 2014.
Question 11: I apologize ahead of time if this one is a bit too esoteric but I can’t think of a good hint without giving it away. These four anime share a personal/organizational connection. What is it?
- The director of each of these anime (A – Toru Takahashi, B – Takuya Igarashi, C – Mamoru Hosoda, and D – Hiroshi Nagahama) worked under and were influenced by Kunihiko Ikuhara during the production of Revolutionary Girl Utena. Ikuhara, as director of Utena, was basically given free range and so he sought out the young talent he wanted to work with. This article goes into greater depth and is a pretty interesting read. To see how this anime has shaped anime of the 21st century really argues for it’s importance (and makes my inability to find the time to watch it already all the more embarrassing). Maybe after Yuri Kuma Arashi is finished airing.
- The answer is Aya Hirano. The four roles, from left to right, are Haruhi Suzumiya from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Migi from Parasyte -the maxim-, Paiman from Gatchaman Crowds, and Weekend from Witch Craft Works. I still think she’s one of the most talented seiyuu out there; it’s a shame that all the drama that’s surrounded her appears to have cut into her ability to land the good main character roles that she deserves.
- The answer is Tomokazu Sugita. The four roles, from left to right, are Hoshi from Arakawa Under the Bridge, Joseph “JoJo” Joestar from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (2012), Kyon from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Akira Agarkar Yamada from Tsuritama.
Question 14: The song “nornir” is the opening song to which anime?
- The song “nornir” is the first opening song to the 2011 anime series Mawaru Penguindrum, also directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara.
Question 15: The song “Wareta Ringo” is the ending song to which anime?
- The song “Wareta Ringo” is the first ending song to the 2012 anime series Shin sekai Yori.
To tally results:
miharusshi – 12 points (50 total points)
Jim D – 10.5 points (40 total points)
Tune back in on Monday for next week’s quiz.