Do you know your Japanese anime?

By: Olivia Seitz
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About This Quiz

From movies to TV shows, anime has made a lasting impression on U.S. culture. Prove your anime knowledge by completing this quiz on some of the most popular anime ever made!

Which anime also became a popular trading card game and one of the first augmented reality games to hit the market?

"Pokemon" was a massive hit with U.S. audiences, and interest in the series surged when Niantic released its augmented reality game, "Pokemon Go."

Which Japanese anime made it big in the U.S., even being shown on Saturday morning television?

"Sailor Moon," known to the Japanese as "Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon," found a home on the FOX network and Cartoon Network. It centers on a girl named Usagi who's secretly a princess that fights evil.

"Fullmetal Alchemist" is an action-packed story centering on two brothers who lost more than one limb in a ritual to do what?

Their dark secret explains why Al's soul is bound to a suit of armor. His older brother, Ed, swears to get Al's body back and will stop at nothing to accomplish this goal.

Which of these anime features a gun-slinging bounty hunter out in the reaches of space?

Spike and Jet have to be the coolest bounty hunting team in the galaxy, and the series' incredibly classy soundtrack makes it an all-time favorite. While many of the episodes seem unrelated at first, the season pulls together plot lines and character arcs in surprising but beautiful ways.

Which of the following anime is a shoujo classic, featuring lots of cute boys and girls and their antics at school?

Shoujo anime is designed to appeal to young high school girls, but "Ouran" managed to find a following in older audiences as well. The series brings laughs with every episode, and manages to have some mature plot as well.

Which series of anime movies features a sexy cyborg and was recently rebooted to a live-action version starring Scarlett Johansson?

The franchise was successful enough to attract Hollywood's attention, but the choice of Johansson over a Japanese actress stirred up controversy. The story line, including terrorism and how much technology should be used to combat it, is certainly relevant in today's world.

Which anime explores what happens when you accidentally grant immortality to thieves and mafia?

"Baccano!" has a convoluted plot that follows various alchemists and other people who stumble upon immortality. It's made even more complex due to the timeline, which encompasses several decades of events.

Which anime starts slow, then explodes mid-season with time travel and the butterfly effect?

"Steins;Gate" is as much an oddball anime as it is brilliant. It takes some initial investment, but the tension build - and series climax - is worth the wait.

Which popular anime produced this quote: "Your drill is the drill that will pierce the heavens"?

"Gurren Lagann" is a mecha anime, with drama and power, but it's very tongue-in-cheek. The constant exaggeration, the weird characters, and the idea of drilling to the surface of the world make this anime popular.

Which anime features a protagonist able to kill instantly by writing a person's name down in his notebook?

"Death Note," starring Light as the serial killer and L as the prodigy who tries to take him down, is one of the most successful anime of all time. The first season is especially thrilling.

In the popular anime "Fairy Tail," the protagonist, Lucy, wants to become what?

Lucy wants to become a wizard and join the famous (or infamous) guild of wizards known as Fairy Tail. Fortunately, she befriends some real wizards to help her along the way.

Which anime tells the tale of a heroic gunslinger with a $60 billion dollar bounty on his head?

The protagonist, Vash the Stampede, is feared across the land as a ruthless killer. Viewers soon learn that he's a much more complex character than the bounty hunters would have you think.

In "Naruto," the main character (a ninja) wears what color?

If you thought all ninjas wore black, think again. Naruto rocks an orange jumpsuit in his many adventures throughout the series!

In which Miyazaki film do the characters search for an ancient floating castle?

In this charming yet exciting tale of forgotten royalty, secret civilizations and a power that could change the world, a young girl and boy try desperately to find the castle in the sky.

The main character takes control of a revolution and plays people like pawns in a chess game, in which anime?

Lelouch, the enigmatic protagonist, makes a deal to gain an impossible power: the ability to control another person with words alone. The consummate strategist, he immediately tests the boundaries of his power and looks to overthrow the government oppressing Japan, Britannia.

What is the premise of "Sword Art Online"?

Shortly after the first episode begins, viewers learn that the first users of a game called Sword Art Online are trapped in the VR game. To escape means defeating 100 levels of the game, but if they die while fighting virtual monsters, they'll die in the real world, too.

What type of anime is "Neon Genesis Evangelion"?

Evangelion is full of robots piloted by characters, the key characteristic in a mecha anime. It's set in a post-apocalyptic world in which humans do battle with monsters called Angels.

Many of the characters featured in "Bleach" are what?

In "Bleach," the human world is parallel to the Soul Society, where humans go to live after they've died. Soul Society members with special powers, like Rukia Kuchiki, are frequent cast members.

"The Girl Who Leapt Through Time" is about what?

Makoto, the protagonist, is far from responsible with her new power. She soon learns the consequences of leaping through time heedlessly.

Which of Hayao Miyazaki's films featured a flamboyant wizard, a young girl under an old-age curse, and a smack-talking fire demon?

Miyazaki's hit film was heavily adapted from a novel of the same name written by Diana Wynne Jones. The action-packed film charmed U.S. and Japanese audiences alike - after all, what's not to like about a story with romance and magic involved?

"One Piece" centers around a boy who wants to become what?

Monkey D. Luffy, whose limbs are elastic, throws together a crew and goes looking for the last Pirate King's famous treasure, One Piece. If he can find it, he'll be the next Pirate King!

Which of these anime tells the story of a boy who sells his soul to a demon for protection (and revenge)?

The boy, Ciel, makes a deal with a demon to exact revenge and protect him as he leads the family business. Amusingly, the demon decides to assist him in the form of a butler who is always dressed in black.

The main character of "Inuyasha" is what?

The plot of "Inuyasha" revolves around Kagome, a teenage girl who inherits the powers of an ancient priestess, and Inuyasha, a half-demon she inadvertently releases from decades-long slumber.

In "Blue Exorcist," what does the protagonist learn about himself?

Rin is shocked by the revelation that he's Satan's son and does what any rebellious child of the devil would do: signs up for exorcism classes.

"Puella Magi Madoka Magica" is all about what?

These magical girls make deals with a mysterious cat-like being called Kyubey, in order to have their one wish come true. They use their powers to fight evil witches, but soon realize something isn't right.

Which anime, with a large following focuses on the last city of humans in a post-apocalyptic future?

"Attack on Titan" is a violent anime that depicts the last city on Earth under attack by Titans -- horrible giants that gobble humans indiscriminately. The show's hero is determined to put an end to their reign of terror.

Which Miyazaki film focuses on a girl who must work in the spirit world as she looks for a way to free her parents?

Poor Chihiro can't catch a break: first, her family is moving away from her beloved childhood home. Then, her parents fall for a spirit's trap and she has to figure out how to survive in the spirit world.

The star of "Samurai Champloo," Mugen, has a fighting style inspired by which type of dance?

His break-dance fighting style certainly isn't traditional, but it gets the job done nicely. This anime is flooded with hip-hop in the way that "Cowboy Bebop" is flooded with jazz.

In "Fruits Basket," the orphaned protagonist lives with seemingly normal people who turn out to be what?

"Fruits Basket" is somewhere between slice-of-life and fantasy, and watching Tohru's warmth and influence on the Sohma clan is a treat indeed.

Which famous anime produced the term "Super Saiyan"?

The "Dragon Ball" franchise is infamous in and outside the anime world. It's an example of a show that just keeps going and keeps powering up its heroes in order to do so.

Around what concept is the hit show "One Punch Man" designed?

It's a series that critiques over-powered hero storylines and stands on its own merits as an interesting story. It's all centered on a man who decided to become a hero for fun. He trained by running and doing push-ups.

Which show stars Gon, a young boy who becomes a powerful fighter so he can find his father?

"Hunter x Hunter" debuted shortly before "Naruto" and follows the adventures of Gon as he works to become a hunter and find his dad. His honest and enthusiastic personality quickly wins both friends and enemies.

Virtual reality and the real world mix when a terrifying AI takes over the world of OZ, in which exciting flick?

Kenji's mathematical genius leads him to solve a problem posted online by an anonymous user, but it turns out that his solution is used to break an encryption that protected OZ. Since everyone stores real-world information in OZ (even the military), it will be a disaster if he can't stop the villain wreaking havoc on Earth through the virtual reality system.

Which anime series is all about obtaining the Holy Grail?

The popular series spawned multiple shows centering around a competition to control the Holy Grail. What's to be gained? Any one wish granted to the winner.

Which anime spawned a cult following because of the "Air King"?

"Eden of the East" has a convoluted but rewarding plot that centers around a mysterious boy named Akira (but known only to his fans as the Air King). While it might not seem that way to the average observer, Akira has Japan's best interests at heart.

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