Anime Quiz 12 Answers

Perfect.

As a surprise to no one, the final episode of Shirobako was perfect. A perfect episode, a perfect amount of closure for our 5 main characters and the others, a perfect balance of laughs and tears, a perfect way to end the series, and a perfect intro for a sequel. Because there will be a sequel, looking at disc sales, Shirobako is P.A. works second highest selling series ever (only behind Angel Beats).

It’s a good thing I wrote these answers up before I watched Shirobako; otherwise, I would have found some way to talk about Shirobako in each one. So, here’s this week’s quiz answers without absolutely no references to Shirobako.

Question 1: Name the anime that features these three characters – Kamina, Simon, Nia.

  • The answer is Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.

Question 2: Name the anime that features these three characters – Mikuru Asahina, Yuki Nagato, Kyon.

  • The answer is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. It’s hard to explain how this series impressed me back in 2006 as it aired. Over the next couple of seasons following Haruhi I compared everything to Haruhi and found everything I watched very wanting. This was the first time I worried that I’d never find a better show then my current favorite, in this case The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, because this anime was so far beyond the best anime that was airing at the time, both in terms of animation and type of story. I started to seek out anime series that were so different that I couldn’t easily compare to them to Haruhi and, of course, the other animation studios started to play catch-up; so, after a few anime seasons I was back to normal.

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Question 3: These four series share a personal connection. What is it?

  • There’s actually two personal connections here. One is that they were all series directed by Oota Masahiko and the other is that Takashi Aoshima did the series composition for all these series.

Question 4: What can be said about the animation studio(s) that animated these works?

  • Each series was animated by a different animation studio. Mistsudomoe, A, was animated by Bridge and is from July 2010. Love Lab, B, was animated by Dogakobo and is from July 2013. Minami-ke, C, was animated by Daume and is from Oct. 2007. Kotoura-san, D, was animated by AIC and is from Jan. 2013. I’ve wondered why this pair seems to be always on the move between animation studios. Do they believe that a rolling stone gathers no moss? Or are they so hard to work with that no animation studio wants to repeat the process? Or is there some other benign reason why?

Question 5: Studio Deen was founded by members of what animation studio?

(A) Sunrise                              (C) Toei

(B) Madhouse                       (D) J.C. Staff

  • The answer is (A) – Sunrise. Does this mean we can blame Sunrise for Studio Deen quality? I kid, I kid.

Question 6: Dogakobo was founded by members of what animation studio?

(A) Sunrise                              (C) Toei

(B) Madhouse                         (D) J.C. Staff

  • The answer is (C) – Toei.

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Question 7: Name these four anime series.

  • These four anime series are AKino’s Journey, BBaccano, CSpice and Wolf, and DMelancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. Kino’s Journey was the first anime I watched that solidly fell outside of the shounen/action axis of anime and it proved to me the variety that could be found in anime and helped ensure that I’d remain an anime fan, even as I cooled on shounen/action series.

Question 8: Arrange these four anime series from oldest to youngest.

  • The correct order is A, D, B, C. Kino’s Journey, A, dates from Apr. 2003 and is followed by Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, D, from Apr. 2006. Next is Baccano, B, from July 2007 and finally Spice and Wolf from Jan. 2008.

Question 9: These four series share a connection which could probably best be called a foundational connection. What is it?

  • The foundational connection is that these four series were adapted from light novels. It’s funny to remember a time when an anime based on a light novel was considered a good thing.

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Question 10: Five of these anime share a foundational connection. Which five anime and what is it?

  • The foundational connection that five of these anime series share is that they are anime originals. These five anime series are (A) – Eden of the East, (B) – Shirobako, (C) – Psycho-Pass, (D) – Death Parade, and (F) – Real Drive. The anime Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit, E, was adapted from a novel and was my number 14 anime from 2007. The author of this work also wrote Kemono no Souja Erin which I thought turned out to be the superior anime and ranked number 6 from 2009. Moribito would definitely make my list of shows to use when introducing a person to anime and my list of shows to refute the argument of the poor artistic merit of anime.

Question 11: Four of these anime share an organizational connection. Which four anime and what is it?

  • The organizational connection that four of these anime series share is that they are animated by Production IG. These four anime series are (A) – Eden of the East, (C) – Psycho-Pass, (E) – Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit, and (F) – Real Drive.

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

  • The seiyuu is Chiwa Saitou. The four roles, from left to right, are Chitose Karasuyama from D-Frag!, Carol from Baccano, Aika S. Granzchesta from Aria the Animation, and Hitagi Senjougahara from Bakemonogatari.

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

  • The seiyuu is Maaya Sakamoto. The four roles, from left to right, are Shinobu Oshino from Bakemonogatari, Akashi from Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei, Shiki Ryougi from Kara no Kyoukai, and Nino from Arakawa Under the Bridge.

Question 14: Let’s try something new, please leave a comment if these don’t work for you. Listen to this short clip of an anime song. What anime used this as an opening song?

  • The song is entitled “Uchuu Senkan Yamato” and it was the opening song to Space Battleship Yamato and the excellent recent reboot Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

Question 15: Listen to this short clip of an anime song. What anime used this as an opening song?

  • The song is entitled “Ringo Mogire Beam!” and it was the opening song to the third season of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. One of the negatives about creating the two highest selling anime series since 2000 is Shaft appears to have lost the ability to use whatever music they want since their OP/ED are valuable advertising space. As a result, songs like this one are never used for their series anymore and, instead, we get completely forgettable songs (presumably pushed by the record people) attached to the same interesting animation sequences.

To tally results:

miharusshi – 9 points (120.5 total points, half credit on 8,9)

Jim D – 8 points (108 total points, 0.5 total for flipping 5/6, full credit on 10 )

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