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Anime Quiz 8 Answers

Hi!

If your reading this then you might realize that I’m a bit late on this post🙂 . A couple self-imposed deadlines aren’t going to get made (I wanted to have my 2014 year in review posts done before March, for one) but that’s okay because this February is just about done and I’ve gotten through the month better then I have been because of all the writing I’ve been making myself do.

I hate February for all the normal I’m sick of winter reasons – this year’s February will easily be the coldest in over 117 years, since before records were kept in my hometown, and be the third snowiest on record. But I also hate it because both of my grandparents on my mother’s side died this month and I will always remember how every February of the 15 years my grandma lived after my grandfather would see her health fall apart and she’d barely make it to March but when she did, she’d perk right up; it was like the month of February stalked her like a predator to prey.

Okay, I’m starting to depress myself. Here’s the answers to this week’s quiz questions.

Question 1: Name the anime that features these three characters – Haruhi Fujioka, Tamaki Suou, Mitsukuni Haninozuka.

  • The answer is Ouran High School Host Club.

Question 2: Name the anime that features these three characters – Sasuke Uchiha, Hinata Hyuuga, Sakura Haruno.

  • The answer is Naruto or it’s sequel Naruto: Shippuuden.

anime_quiz_08_01Refer to the following picture for questions 3 – 5.

Question 3: Name these four anime series.

  • These four anime are A Natsume Yuujin-chou, BMinami-ke, CChihayafuru, DHaikyuu!!.

Question 4: Arrange these four anime series from oldest to newest.

  • The correct order is B, A, C, D. B – Minami-ke first aired Fall 2007 then A – Natsume Yuujin-chou which begin airing Summer 2008. Followed by C – Chihayafuru, during the Fall 2011 season, and finally Haikyuu!! who recently aired this Spring 2014 season.

Question 5: As you probably know, anime and manga is broken down and sold by four broad age categories. They are shounen – young boys, shoujo – young girls, josei – young women, and seinen – young men. Each of the above four anime came from a manga magazine targeting one of these categories. Match the anime to the correct demographic.

  • The correct demographics are as followed: A – shoujo, B – seinen, C – josei, and D – shounen. And while it might be easy to figure out the right answers, if one rigidly applied these categories to people’s tastes then it would be assumed that each person would only like one, maybe two – assuming you’d be allowed to still like something from your childhood, of these anime series and that would be plain silly. All four series are great series and are ones that I’d recommend to anyone looking for a good anime series.

Question 6: What American TV series directly inspired the creation of the magical girl subgenre of anime and manga?

  • The American TV series was named Bewitched. It ran from 1964 to 1972 and featured a military man who married a witch who could do magic with a twitch of her nose. As a kid, catching reruns, I thought it was a pretty funny series. Not as good as I Love Lucy but, then again, nothing is as funny as I Love Lucy.

Question 7: This clip appears to be a pretty ubiquitous piece of anime action animation but it is a call out to an master animator who helped revolutionize anime by creating action sequences that were not static and staid, as was common in his day. Name either the famous animator or what this trademark scene is called.

  • The famous animator is Ichiro Itano and this clip is an example of an Itano circus. This interesting and short video goes into more detail about how important Itano was to making anime, anime. The below clip is an example of an Itano circus animated by Ichiro Itano.

screenshot_08_01Question 8: Talking about ubiquitous components of anime, this screenshot is a recent example of a trademark stylistic quirk of a influential and talented director. Name this famous director or what this type of scene is called.

  • The famous director is Osamu Dezaki and he invented this type of scene and it is called a Pastel-Chalked Freeze-Frame, though he called them Postcard Memories. Osamu Dezaki was one of the co-founders of Madhouse. He believed in maximizing the impact that resulted from each scene of anime. Cynically, one could say that he was trying to merely cover-up the small budgets of his anime series; but, his genius at developing a style that did maximize the impact without excessive animation leaves the cynic without much an argument. It might be an overstatement to say that Osamu Dezaki has influenced everyone that makes anime, but, it’s probably only a slight overstatement. Two directors who were especially influenced by Osamu Dezaki and his philosophy towards animation are Kunihiko Ikuhara (Utena, Penguindrum, Yuri Kuma Arashi) and Akiyuki Shinbou (Bakemonogatari, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Hidamari Sketch) which explains why some people think the one is “copying” the style of the other and vice versa.

anime_quiz_08_02Question 9: These four series share a personal connection. What is it?

  • The personal connection is that they were all recent series directed by Tsutomu Mizushima. The series, from left to right, are Another, Girls und Panzer, Witch Craft Works, and Shinryaku! Ika Musume.

anime_quiz_08_02aQuestion 10: Using the personal connection in question 9 as the basis, which of these two anime series could be added to the group of four anime series in question 9?

  • The answer is A. Tsutomu Mizushima directed the series Joshiraku. I chose KyoAni works as the other choices for this and the next question because, in the jumbled up animation industry of Shirobako, the main character of the series works at an animation studio, Musani, which is meant to be KyoAni though with several key differences made because Japan does not protect a person’s right to parody.

anime_quiz_08_02bQuestion 11: Using the personal connection in question 9 as the basis, which of these two anime series could be added to the group of four anime series in question 9?

  • The answer is B. Tsutomu Mizushima is currently directing the series Shirobako. When I went looking for a question where the answer would be Shirobako, because it would give me an excuse to mention how much I’m loving the series, I discovered the director has directed a great number of recent series. Shirobako is definitely his best work of this group but none of these works were bad. I often found myself liking the series more then I thought I should be which is probably a testament to his skill. Tsutomu Mizushima is definitely an underappreciated figure in anime fandom.

anime_quiz_08_03Question 12: Name the Japanese seiyuu that voiced these four characters.

  • The seiyuu is Miyuki Sawashiro. The four roles, from left to right, are Kotoha Isone from Yozakura Quartet, Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter, Celty Sturluson from Durarara!!, and Rita from Shingeki no Bahamut: Genesis.

anime_quiz_08_04Question 13: Name the Japanese seiyuu that voiced these four characters.

  • The seiyuu is Yuki Kaji. The four roles, from left to right, are Finnian from Kuroshitsuji, Takeshi Aiza from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Shu Ouma from Guilty Crown, Eren Yeager from Shingeki no Kyojin. Often called the most annoying voice in anime, I decided after hearing him voice Eren Yeager and a couple other roles that it’s not so much that his voice is annoying, it’s the characters that they give him to voice are annoying.

Question 14: The song “Days of Dash” is the ending song to which anime?

  • The song “Days of Dash” is an ending song to the 2012 anime series Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo.

Question 15: The song “Tank!” is the opening song to which anime?

  • The song “Tank!” is an opening song to the 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop and was composed by Yoko Kanno, who I’ve mentioned more then once here.

To tally results:

miharusshi – 12 points (80.5 total points)

Jim D – 10.5 points (67.5 total points)

Come back on Monday for next week’s quiz of anime knowledge.

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