I did something that I hadn’t done in awhile – marathon an anime series. The anime in question – Kaitou Joker – was recommended in a comment by Jim D. and I decided to give it a try. It aired during the Fall 2014 season and was almost completely overlooked because it was a kid’s show and the animation was handled by Shin-Ei Animation, who also animated Tonari no Seki-kun, and the quality was on the same level – merely adequate. Why watch it then? The guy handling the screenplay and series composition to Kaitou Joker was Dai Saito. That name should ring a bell; he’s written for a number of well-known anime series including Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Samurai Champloo, and Eureka Seven. Is Kaitou Joker in the same league as though anime? No, but the story to Kaitou Joker kept surprising me with how well done it was and how well thought out it was.
Kaitou Joker can be summed up as saying it’s like Lupin the Third minus the fan service plus a professional thief rivalry with a childhood friend and the attention of a evil villain who wouldn’t mind killing Joker while going about his evil plan. However, that sells the series a bit short because it tackles stories that one never sees in Lupin. One example is Joker planned to steel a treasure that was on display in a high-rise building but the building caught fire while he was in it and the episode became about how Joker was going to get a group of stranded people safely out of the building.
A second season comes out this spring 2015 season and I’ll definitely be watching it.
Now, on to this week’s answers.
Question 1: Name the anime that features these three characters – Tomoya Okazaki, Nagisa Furukawa, Tomoyo Sakagami.
- The answer is Clannad.
Question 2: Name the anime that features these three characters – Chiaki Minami, Makoto, Hosaka.
- The answer is Minami-ke.
Question 3: Name these four anime series.
- These four anime series are A – Sailor Moon, B – Cardcaptor Sakura, C – Princess Tutu, and D – Boys Over Flowers. I’m sure the questions that I’ve asked on these quizzes show a clear bias to anime series I most like, but, sometimes I try to even it out. I will admit to having not watched any of these series but recognize their importance to anime as a whole.
Question 4: Arrange these four anime series by the number of episodes of their TV series from least to most.
- The correct order is C, D, B, A. Princess Tutu, C, ran 26 episodes over two seasons. Next longest was D, Boys Over Flowers, with 51 episodes and then Cardcaptor Sakura, B, at 70 episodes. Sailor Moon, A, had the longest run of 200 episodes over multiple seasons and that’s not counting the new remake series.
Question 5: Arrange these four anime series from oldest to newest.
- The correct order is A, D, B, C. Sailor Moon, A, began airing in July of 1992. Next was Boys Over Flowers, D, which started airing in September 1996 and then Cardcaptor Sakura, B, from April 1998. And the newest Princess Tutu, A, began airing in Auguest 2002.
- The geographical similarity these four anime series share is they take place in or adjacent to the mountain ranges that make up the Japanese Alps. The four anime series from left to right are Higurashi no Naku Koro ni which takes place in Hinamizawa and is modeled on Shirakawa-go, Hyouka takes place in Kamiyama City which is based off of the city of Hida-Takayama, Ano Natsu de Matteru is set near Lake Kizaki, Mai no Mahou to Katei no Hi is set in the Toyama Prefecture.
- These four companies were formed by members who left the animation company known as Mushi Pro, which was started by Osamu Tezuka, due to it’s bankruptcy. As I’ve mentioned before the anime industry in Shirobako mirrors real life but is jumbled up. The flash back in episode 19 of Shirobako is to an animation studio that’s meant to be Mushi Pro. The animation studio featured in Shirobako, MusAni, is meant to be Kyoto Animation and the guy that’s president of MusAni is modeled on Masao Maruyama who left Mushi Pro to co-found Madhouse (before leaving there and starting Mappa).
Questions 8-9: Name the two highest selling anime series (per volume average) from the year 2000 onwards in Japan.
- The two highest selling anime series based on per volume sales since the year 2000 (the data gets spotty before the year 2000) are the Shaft animation studio series Bakemonogatari, with an average of 79,201, and Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica, with an average of 71,057.
Question 10: Name the animation studios that animated these series.
- The animation studios that animated these series are A – Manglobe, B – Wit Studio, C – David Production, and D – A-1 Pictures. The four anime series, from left to right, are Samurai Champloo, Attack on Titan, Ristorante Paradiso, and Big Windup!.
Question 11: What significance do these anime series have for their respective animation studios?
- The significance of these anime series for their respective animation studios is that these series were the first full TV anime series that were animated by these studios.
- The seiyuu is Yu Kobayashi. The four roles, from left to right, are Kaere Kimura from Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Kyouka Kanejou from B Gata H Kei, Tsuyuko from Koufuku Graffiti, and Sasha Blouse from Shingeki no Kyojin. She is a personal favorite and is known for having absolutely horrible drawing skills.
- The seiyuu is Rina Satou. The four roles, from left to right, are Mikoto Misaka from Toaru Majutsu no Index and Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, Kaoru Tanamachi from Amagami SS, Makoto Harada from Uchuu Senkan Yamato 2199, and Nagi from Eve no Jikan.
Question 14: The song “Platinum Disco” is an opening song to which anime?
- The song “Platinum Disco” is an opening song to the 2012 anime series Nisemonogatari. The naming of the various seasons of the Monogatari franchise is inconsistent so I would have also accepted Bakemonogatari or the Monogatari franchise.
Question 15: The song “My Soul, Your Beats” is an opening song to which anime?
- The song “My Soul, Your Beats” is an opening song to the 2010 anime series Angel Beats.
To tally results:
Jim D – 11.5 points (89 total points, I gave half credit on question 6)
miharusshi – 7.5 points (100.5 total points)
Return on Monday for next week’s quiz of anime knowledge.