Bunzou High School is welcoming its new first-year students. One of them, Koshiyama Shiki, is chosen to participate against his will in an impromptu fast-buzzing quiz meet by the president of the Quiz Bowl Circle. As a quiet boy who loves reading and doesn’t want to stand out, Shiki is overwhelmed, but his classmate, Fukami Mari, is able to hit the buzzer and answer questions before the full question is given. As he watches her, Shiki realizes that there’s a point in each question where the answer becomes certain.
– From Crunchyroll
I love quizzes and puzzles and collecting mindless trivia and while from a narrative point of view this first episode was nothing special, I was having fun guessing the questions as well. I could probably enjoy that for most the series if they keep that focus whether or not the story goes anywhere.
The characters are so far pretty flat but not unpleasant. We did have a girl tripping and flashing underwear sequence but otherwise the show has been remarkably restrained in the fanservice department. Instead we are just dealing with the usual stereotypes of geeks, sporty guys and hot girls. All of which have the potential to actually become interesting characters but this first episode was strictly introductory so the only real thing to latch onto is the quiz itself which for me is enough.
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The last of Nazotokine episode offers little more than any other though it does give kind of half-hearted explanation for the locations of the quizzes and then reveals enough information that if you were in anyway interested you might want a sequel. Basically Tokine solves another riddle and we have a chat before she returns to the real world.
That’s it. We’re done. Oh, except Hacchin showed up in the real world for some reason. Really glad this series is over and really not sure what I can say in a full series review that I haven’t already said so I’ll think about that for a little bit.
What was the point of the wrestling in Nazotokine this week?
They went (after the hot springs) we saw a fight and then they went back to Tokyo and went to a cinema. Maybe it was this show’s lame attempt to say, ‘Hey, we don’t always follow the formula of go somewhere and start a quiz; sometimes we go somewhere and nothing happens’.
That aside, I liked the reveal when we finally went into the quiz this time. I’d been wondering when that would happen and it could make the next episode interesting (note: I said could not would). Of course this all seems basically like filler give it really was just moving us between locations with a random intermission where nothing happened but wrestling.
Tokine solves the dragon’s quiz and asks yet another unanswered question. Nazotokine has really become predictable and dull at this point and time. The riddles aren’t really solvable from an outsiders perspective particularly as you can only see the parts of them Tokine is focusing on and there just isn’t enough of anything else happening in this show. predictability would be fine if Tokine herself was more than just a one note character but she isn’t and none of the other characters have any discernible personality. All and all you can probably save yourself some trouble and if you haven’t already been watching this, don’t start it.
Nazotokine continues to be watchably ho-hum. At least the riddle was sort of riddle like this time, though without actual context knowledge it isn’t as though the audience could have tried to unravel that one so mostly its just watching her strain her brain until she gets to her eureka moment.
Plus, it is becoming increasingly clear that they are hoping the girl herself will be the draw as she goes from that ridiculous outfit inside Quizin (Quizun?) to wearing fairly revealing sleep wear while texting her friend. I’m starting to wonder if there is any bigger story here or if she really is just going to keep repeating the process of getting drawn into the other dimension, solve a riddle and get thrown out. This one is definitely not a high priority to pick up if you haven’t started it.
Well, at least I don’t know the answer to the riddle yet. That’s a plus. Mostly this episode follows Tokine around her normal day as she gets herself fired up for a late night of work before rushing for the last train. It was interesting seeing what happens to other people when they are taken into the game, though I guess we aren’t getting any explanation about why Tokine is an exception other than that ‘chosen one’ rubbish the magic pig thing keeps throwing around.
All and all, seven minutes for an episode doesn’t seem like much and yet they are still managing to waste minutes and the story is progressing at glacial speed. Oh well. I guess I’ll find out the answer to the riddle next week (or if anyone else watched the episode they could just tell me).
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