Onto the fifth event in The Ultra Awesome Mega Super Sparkling Shiny INTER-GALACTIC Radical Stupendous chocolate-dipped Geek Tournament of Olympic Proportions. I recommend you read events one, two, three and four (in that exact order) before reading about this one. The Ninja Gang strongly supports chronological order. Event one: Switzerland’s Future Mecha Blaster (neutrality included) Event two: Flashing Tulips Event three: The Performance of Doom Event four: LEROY JENKINS!!!. These can be found in the Geek Tournament category for your perusing pleasure.
Onto the fifth event: So you think you’re an otaku… If you don’t know what the word otaku means, don’t worry, you probably aren’t one. But since there might be some readers unfamiliar with the term, I’ll go ahead and waste a few more words explaining it. (puts glasses on, and talks in nasally voice) The word ‘otaku’ (oh-tah-coo) refers to one who is extremely fond of Japanese anime and manga. It’s a classification along the lines of nerd, baseball nut, or bookworm. At least that it’s most common usage in America, and all I have the patience to explain. There, now that that has been sufficiently clarified (and those of you who already knew what it meant sufficiently bored) onto the contest.
So you think you’re and otaku… (and yes, the ellipsis must be included) was anime jeopardy, testing the contestants’ knowledge on basic anime stuff, and also their luck. Because the Ninja Gang likes to test things like that.
We drew for sitting order, went around in a circle selecting the questions, and everyone got one free wrong answer before they were out.
Now, some of you might be wondering, did Raven and Zepher write this trivia? Uh, no! Can you say unfair advantage?!? The Ninja Gang makes an effort to keep things mostly fair for almost all of the parties involved. At least fair enough that there are no unmanageable complaints. Though there was this one time- you know, I’m going to stop writing now.
We got pre-made easy anime jeoprady (not all of us are extremely serious otakus) from this site:
Now, if you’re thinking of doing something like this, The Ninja Gang recommends not using this exact jeopardy. Turns out, it was made for some middle school anime club, and the questions in the ‘miscellaneous’ were about the name of the school yearbook and newspaper. Not exactly what we were going for…
Rather than give you a play by play, I conducted an interview of all the contestants after the competition, in the order in which they dropped out. This should provide scintillating insight.
Miss Demeanor: “Why’d I have to get all the Inuyasha questions??? Like the one old anime that I don’t watch!!!” Yup. For both her questions, Miss Demeanor was asked about Inuyasha, an anime that absolutely no one in the Ninja Gang has seen. All I (Zepher) can say is “Hah! Glad it was her!” This sort of anti-team spirit thing happens when we’re testing luck and someone else takes all the bad…
Quiche-kun: “I didn’t know any of those…” For those of you who don’t know, Quiche-kun has a… different taste in anime than the rest of us. I don’t think I’ve seen anything that Quiche-kun has (High School of the Dead, anyone?), and he knows nothing about classics like Bleach and Naruto. So for him, this quiz was not ideal.
Raven: “I am right! I AM RIGHT! We can look it up in the manga! IN THE MANGA!!!! I’m right; I can prove it!!!” As you can see, Raven had a rather violent disagreement with the anime jeopardy answer. Which is quite surprising, as Raven is our biggest otaku and she’d seen the anime in question. The question: In the anime Fruits Basket, which two symbols of the Zodiac are left out? Raven thought a bit, then went with Rooster and God. The official answer: Rooster and Horse. Raven’s response: It’s in the manga!! I can prove that God was in the manga and not the anime! Our response: Uhh… God is not a zodiac… Raven’s response to our response: Not traditionally, but it is in the manga! Here, I’ll show you! I’m right!! (brief struggle for the laptop ensues, which Zepher won) Our response to Raven’s response to our response: Well, none of us had seen Fruits Basket, so we had to go with the official answer. And… God is not a zodiac…
Zepher: “Well, at least I got all the Naruto questions! Heh heh!” (I know, I know, pathetic laugh. It’s really hard to write someone’s snicker, all right? Just bear with me) Zepher started out very luckily, getting all Naruto questions, which she could definitely answer. But then, she had to start guessing the questions she could definitely not answer, and got some lucky guesses for a while. But Lady Luck is a fickle mistress… (insert thick cigar smoke) and she ran out of luck.
The winner? Hugo!!!: Even though Hugo’s probably the least ‘otaku’ of any of us. He’s just really lucky. His quote: “POKEMON!!” Hugo got all of the good luck that skipped Miss Demeanor and got all pokemon questions. Hugo, for those of you who don’t know, is like, a state champion pokemon player. When he finally had to start guessing, he just guessed right more than Zepher. And took home the title of “Greatest Otaku!” How… not fitting.
Quiche-kun: 2 + 8 +2 + 2 + 4 = 18 points
Miss Demeanor: 10 + 10 + 6 + 4 + 2 – 1 = 31 points
Zepher: 6 + 4 + 10 + 10 + 8 – 1 = 37 points
Raven: 4 + 6 + 8 + 6 + 6 = 30 points
Hugo: 8 + 2 +4 + 8 +10 – 1 = 31 points
One more note (Duh du DUM): If any of our careful readers have actually read the points chart up there, they would notice some subtracted points. This is because of the house rules (you can find those in the original Geek Tournament post). One of these house rules happened to be: Pronouncing Japanese Words Wrong (- 1 point). This was the only event this rule (or any of the house rules, really) came into play. You’d think, being anime fans, we would know how to pronounce Japanese words. Well, you’d be wrong. Miss Demeanor got docked a point for stumbling over the word ‘doujinshi’, Zepher messed up ‘Mangekyo’, and Hugo pronounced something wrong somewhere. No one remembers what, but hey, it’s written on the points chart. He obviously goofed up something!