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Anime Quiz 11 Answers

What does it say about me as an anime fan that I remember being excited when KyoAni’s Kanon came out because of how good it looked and now, when I look at it, I think about how dated it looks? Probably volumes and in ways I couldn’t even fathom myself.

The limited slice of this question I’ve been pondering is how fans of anime for a longer period of me (~13 years) handle this slow shift of style over such a greater degree of change – many I think don’t, having been imprinted on an earlier style, and either stop watching the newer stuff or complain about the new airing anime loudly – is it something that’s only noticeable when looking back at older, watched, anime or is it a sudden and jarring thing that takes a conscious decision to embrace time and again.

I’m curious to know, though, I guess if I’m patient I can find the answer out myself over the next decade or two.🙂

Enough introspection, introspection is apparently nowadays a bad thing, so let’s hit the streets and make a mess with the answers to this week’s quiz.

Question 1: Name the anime that features these three characters – Shinji Ikari, Rei Ayanami, Asuka Langley Soryu.

  • The answer is Neon Genesis Evangelion.

Question 2: Name the anime that features these three characters – Haruko Haruhara, Canti, Naota Nandaba.

  • The answer is FLCL. Nearly 15 years old and still looks like it could be airing now. If this had been completely done by Gainax I would say that FLCL was the best thing they animated.

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Question 3: Name these four anime series.

  • These four anime series are ASakamichi no Apollon, BGhost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, CCowboy Bebop, and DTurn A Gundam.

Question 4: Arrange these four anime series by the number of episodes of their TV series from least to most.

  • The correct order is A, C, D, B. – Sakamichi no Apollon, A, had the least episodes with 12 and this was followed by Cowboy Bebop, C, with 26. Next is D, Turn A Gundam, with 50 episodes and finally Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, B, with 52 episodes over two seasons. I wasn’t sure how to word it that I wanted both seasons of GiTS:SAC included but not the upcoming Arise series or just the Turn A Gundam series (which I haven’t seen) and not the entire franchise. I could have just said consider only those seasons with music written by Yoko Kanno but that kinda defeats the next question.

Question 5: These four series share a personal connection. What is it?

  • The personal connection is these four series all share having Yoko Kanno composing the music for them. There were plenty of other series I could have swapped out for this question. It’s kinda staggering how often Yoko Kanno was composed the music for an anime series. Here’s a nice write-up on her.

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Question 6: Name the animation studios that animated these four anime series.

  • The animation studios that animated these series are A – Wit Studio, B – Pierrot Plus, C – Bee Train, and D – Madhouse. Hyouge Mono, C, would have been especially hard to guess since Bee Train hasn’t done a series since that one and it aired by in 2011. On the other hand, Nana, D, was guessable since it kinda looks like a Madhouse series. (I’ve never seen Nana but it’s long episode count and demographic – always looking for a good josei series – makes me curious.)

Question 7: Each of these four series belongs to one of the four demographics in Japanese manga/anime: shounen, shoujo, josei, and seinen. Match the series to the correct intended demographic.

  • The correct demographics are as followed: A – shounen, B – shoujo, C – seinen, and D – josei. Teehee, I forgot to mix these up better.

Question 8: At least in anime, Japanese people appear to think of their nation as a north and south country or as a east to west country?

  • The answer is as a East to West country. This is something that took awhile to dawn on me. I always thought of Japan as a North to South country so it always looked weird when I’d see map displayed in an anime (normally in one of those Sengoku era anime) that tilted the country to it’s side. Then I noticed whenever their was a group of something, say a sports team, they would be part of either the Western or Eastern part of the organization. It eventually clicked after never seeing it the other direction. I suspect, without doing any actual research, this is because Kyoto And Tokyo are generally east and west of each other and are the two major power cities in Japan. Speaking of power, Japan has two different power grids, one running on 50 Hz and the other on 60 Hz and are each one is centered on either Kyoto or Tokyo.

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Question 9: Name these four anime series.

  • These four anime series are AAKB0048, BNagi No Asukara, CToradora, and DTatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra.

Question 10: Arrange these four anime series from oldest to youngest.

  • The correct order is C, D, A, B. Toradora, C, is the oldest hailing from the fair off time of Oct. 2008 (wow, where did those six years go). Next is D, Tatakau Shisho: The Book of Bantorra, which aired the following year in Oct. 2009. Then we jump ahead to Apr 2012 for A, AKB0048, before ending with Nagi No Asukara, B, from Oct. 2013. The Book of Bantorra was a very interesting anime. The biggest problem it had was the story felt very fragmented because as each book of the source material was adapted there was a break in the flow of the story that was very jarring to the viewer. It was still well worth watching, though.

Question 11: These four series share a personal connection. What is it?

  • The personal connection is that they were all written by Mari Okada.

anime_quiz_11_04Question 12: Name the Japanese seiyuu that voiced these four characters.

  • The seiyuu is Aki Toyosaki. The four roles, from left to right, are Kazari Uiharu from Toaru Kagaku no Railgun, Inga from UN-GO, Nako Oshimizu from Hanasaku Iroha, and Fam Fan Fan from Last Exile: Ginyoku no Fam. She gets a lot of grief from some for voicing Yui from K-On! but I’ve always been impressed by the range of roles she can play.

anime_quiz_11_05Question 13: Name the Japanese seiyuu that voiced these four characters.

  • The seiyuu is Minori Chihara. The four roles, from left to right, are Kagura Tsuchimiya from Ga-Rei: Zero, Yuki Nagato from Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu, Chiaki Minami from Minami-ke, and Rätsel from Phi Brain: Puzzle of God 3.

Question 14: The song “Lion” is an opening song to which anime?

  • The song “Lion” is an opening song to the 2008 anime series Macross Frontier and, yes, is another song composed by Yoko Kanno. I discovered this song during the Animusic Tournament and instantly fell for it.

Question 15: The song “Toki wo Kizamu Uta” is an opening song to which anime?

  • The song “Toki wo Kizamu Uta” is an opening song to the 2008 anime series Clannad After Story. I also would have accepted just Clannad.

To tally results:

miharusshi – 11 points (111.5 total points)

Jim D – 11 points (100 total points)

9 thoughts on “Anime Quiz 11 Answers”

  1. If this had been completely done by Gainax I would say that FLCL was the best thing they animated.

    You mean, FLCL wasn’t completely animated by Gainax? *gasp

    Oh, I guess I was right about that east-west orientation of Japan. Whew. At least, this confirms I wasn’t delusional.

    Only two quizzes left, huh? Time sure flies fast!😀

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  2. @miharusshi: Somewhere in my research for these quizzes I came across an article that talked about FLCL, which I can’t re-find now. I know that the project was a joint production between Gainax and Production IG and both are credited for animation production on the ANN page. I want to say that I remember reading that Gainax people were largely in charge of the creation of the show and Production IG did a lot of the animation but that might just be a faulty memory.

    Checking the ANN page for FLCL does show that the director, episode director, story board, animation director are largely Gainax people, judging from the list of jobs they’ve done before and since.

    Yeah, only two quizzes left. As a way to help make time fly faster, in what I thought was going to be a weak anime season, they’ve been a success.

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  3. Did Production I.G do most of the KA or the in-betweens? Because wow, Gainax has been hogging all the glory for that show if what you remember from that article were true.

    Will you ever be hosting another set of anime quizzes again?

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  4. @miharusshi: From the ANN page, it looks like Production IG did most of the in-betweening. As for the Key Animation it looks like a mish-mash of Gainax, Production IG, and free lancers (with many in this group working on Bones or Madhouse series).

    To steal from the, as yet unwritten final quiz, I really enjoyed creating these quizzes and definitely plan to bring them back in some form in the future. I was also gratified to see the people who took the time to answer my questions, even when there was a lot of room to improve those questions. However, these quizzes took most of my writing time up and several other posts that I wanted to write didn’t get written this season; also, I would have liked to have been better prepared before I started. If they’d been wildly popular I would have just continued on but I’ve watched as the number of hits for each quiz drop from >100 to ~25.

    So, I’m going to think about ways to improve these quizzes – Maybe more multiple choice questions, I did always hate fill-in the blank questions in school; Maybe a longer quiz once a month; maybe shorten the weekly quiz to 10 questions; maybe focus on one element per quiz, seiyuu questions, music questions, etc.; maybe not carry the scoring over from week to week so people that can’t do the quiz every week aren’t scared away; and try to figure out if the questions were too hard or too easy for people. I’m also going to gather information/research useful for questions in the meantime.

    I’m kinda, tentatively scheduling to bring these quizzes back in some form for the summer season, though if the spring is a let down and I feel ready, it could be earlier.

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  5. That all sounds nice. I’m always ready for that. Learned a lot that I’ve only read from your quiz answers. Hehehe. And yup, it’ll be fun if others try to answer these quizzes as well. It’s kind of sad to only see me and Jim D answering the questions. It’s fun reading others’ answers.

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  6. I agree, I wish there was more participation. I wonder if some of it is that people just don’t want to post when they might only know a couple of the answers or something. Frankly, I’m too old to care about looking dumb if I can’t answer a question. Otherwise I never would’ve started posting replies in the first place, since I remember I did pretty poorly the first couple of weeks.

    Anyway, this has been very educational for me, so thank you Steel for putting them together! I just started watching Silver Spoon this week thanks to that show popping up on an early quiz (and I can already tell I’m going to enjoy it a lot), and some others have gone on my PTW list too.

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  7. >Looks at placing Hibike! Euphonium at the top of my project spring anime list<

    Yeah, I've gotten old enough I don't care about looking dumb anymore, which is a relief because I spent my entire time at school trying not to look dumb and it was tiring.

    I do think not wanting to look dumb might have stopped some people from answering and I certainly don't want that. This isn't a history class, though, I don't think people have an obligation to memorize ever little fact about anime. I came to these quizzes as being interested in what various people knew, not what they don't know. I wish there was some way I could ask myself these questions without knowing the answers because it might ease people to see the person asking these questions is only getting 8-10 questions right each week.

    I think shorter quizzes on a single topic with more multiple choice answers might garner more answers.

    @miharusshi: I had another idea, once, to have a series of articles about anime that would function like an introduction to getting more out of anime and would cover things like geographical settings in anime, important seiyuu, studio informaton, anime in history, etc. which I realized I could just fold into my anime quizzes.

    @Jim D.: Yes, I always love to see I helped push someone to watch an anime – then I worry how it'll all turn out🙂 .

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  8. Oh yes, and the more you like that show, the bigger the worry. I had someone watching Yuki Yuna a few weeks ago on my recommendation and I was nervous as heck about it. Fortunately he enjoyed it just as much as I did.

    No worries about Silver Spoon, though. I devoured season 1 in about four days and I’m already into season 2.

    On the original topic of the post, how people handle style shifts, it’s pretty rare for me personally to look at animation and think “dated.” There are certain styles that definitely invoke certain eras, like Max Fleischer’s Betty Boop cartoons from the 30s or Filmation’s “limited animation” TV shows from the 70s, or even that simplified/super-deformed style that Cartoon Network was using for a lot of their in-house shows like PPG and Dexter’s Lab in the 90s. But I don’t consider any of those to be “dated,” although I might call some of those old Filmation & Hanna-Barbera shows “incredibly cheap.” Maybe it’s because I was a history major, but I always tend to look at things in a broader perspective, so where one person might see a series and think “dated,” to me I tend to look at it more like a link in the evolutionary chain and place it in that context within my own head. To me, “dated” is something that no longer has any meaningful or historical value at all except as trivia, like mood rings or pet rocks or 80s hair. Those were dead-ends – they didn’t really evolve into anything else or have any lasting influence, whereas pretty much every animation style has influenced later animators somewhere in some way. That’s my perspective on the issue, anyway.

    You brought up Kanon 2006, and that’s an interesting one. It fits squarely into Kyoto Animation’s “second generation” art style, along with Air and the first season of Haruhi (and speaking of art shifts, remember how many people were complaining that Haruhi’s second season looked too much like K-On?), but Kanon itself was an evolution from the source material’s original art style. If you look at screenshots from the Kanon visual novel from 1999, and the first anime version of Kanon that Toei produced in 2002, there’s a clear stylistic progression from one version to the next (although some would call Toei’s version a regression).

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  9. @Jim D.: The way you describe watching animation reminds me of how I approach reading science fiction. Very little of science fiction can actually be looked upon as potentially showing what’s going to be happen in the future and every day that number shrinks. However, for it’s historical value – it’s fun reading what people used to think would happen – along with it’s merits as a story I still love reading the old stuff.

    One of the things I remembered about the Endless Eight episodes was that it was apparent that different people worked on different episode because there were variations in the character designs. Some episodes did look more like K-On and others looked like the original series.

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