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An Evening for Otakus—The Manga and Anime Club Quiz

The Manga and Anime Club’s Quiz, held on 15th January in NLH, had the entire audience at the edge of their seats with excitement. The atmosphere was almost reminiscent of that before an exam, as participants scrambled to look up answers for anime and manga trivia before the quiz began. Students took part in teams of two, and the quiz was divided into three rounds, with ten points for a correct answer. The spectrum of questions asked ranged from popular anime and manga characters to the anime mascots designated for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The anime mascot for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Miraitowa and Someity.

To raise the stakes further, the quiz had an aptly titled Stake Mode in which participants received a bonus 15 points for a correct answer.  However, the catch was that 5 points would be deducted for an incorrect answer. The participants seemed confident enough in their knowledge to use the Stake Mode frequently,  but it proved to be valuable only in the few instances when the participants knew the correct answers.

Following this, the competitors were faced with the entertaining Themed Round. It tested the contestants on just about every quanta of otaku culture. The round composed of thought-provoking questions like ‘guess the smile’ to deducing anime shows based on nothing but their Netflix descriptions. The themed round examined the participants’ knowledge in all facets of manga and anime.

After battling through the themed round, competitors were met with the Audio Round. Consisting of the usual anime genres of music like heavy metal and goth, students had to decipher the opening theme of different shows. This task was not as easy as it looked as the instrumental versions were played for participants to guess. Songs of well-known shows like Parasyte and Annother with their distinct music seemed familiar and challenging at the same time.

Itachi Uchiha, a character from the popular anime and manga series Naruto.

In the spirit of competition and for the love of manga and anime, even former board members of the MAC had shown up to participate. “The quiz was entertaining. You could see people shout out words like ‘I have seen or heard this before’, and their facial expressions were the most rewarding for us. That’s when you know that even if a person got the answer wrong, they enjoyed the event, and that’s exactly what we at MAC aim for”, said Harshit Chebolu, a member of the Managing Committee. A thrill from the start to the end, the event proved to be a complete success with a good turnout. The Manga and Anime Club deserve all the praise they can get for their admirably managed and ingeniously crafted quiz.

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