As soon as he entered high school, the first year student Koshiyama Shiki was invited to the mysterious Quiz Study Group led by his senpai. What will Shiki run into when being dragged along by his class mate Mari into the dazzling world of competitive quizzes?!
Hit the buzzer first. The difference in facing victory or defeat may depend on a single second or even less. The adventures of a boy who has the talent, but now needs to apply that talent into competitive quizzing against other people.
Fastest finger first was on my "Meh" watching list. I was kinda hesistant. But after watching 4 episodes, I probably will continue.
One of the things many people talked about regarded the main Female Character and her voice actor. I'll be honest, I wasn't a big fan of it when I first heard it. Not because it was bad, but because it did not seem
to fit her character enough. However, after watching for a while, I started getting used to it, as I should be. She's smart and was responsible for getting Koshiyama into the world of competitive quizzing. But for him to succeed, he needs to learn the basics (which I can't even understand cuz im stupid). The anime shows that quizzing is more about being smart, but learning to deconstruct each question, breaking it down so that at the exact syllable, you will be able to immediately know the answer to the question.
Thing is, Koshiyama is not very good at answering questions fast. He needs to hear the whole question in order to come up with some sort of answer. This is when all these lessons come in, and he's taught the art of buzzing. Hopefully we can get more insight into the basics and see Koshiyama develop into one of the fastest buzzerrs in the series.
Theres not much to say after 4 episodes, but I wouldn't recommend this to people who want something "amazing" or awesome characters or a solid story. But, if you do have the time and you like something along the lines of competitive quizzing, then go ahead and enjoy yourself. It has a pretty nice atmosphere to it, and the character interactions aren't that bad.
In the end, it's all about being fast, and being the first to buzz.
Kinda the plot of this, okay not that extreme,but definitely a lot of weird rules in it and awys to be first. It's almost less about knowledge, then it is being able to guess the question then the answer and memorizing the questions.
Story: Kid ends up at a new school and finds out about a quiz club, you would think it be something like jeopardy where you just need to know trivia, but on here it's more about guessing or knowing the question and hitting the buzzer fast before others. I'm enjoying it, but
not quiet yet sure where it is heading.
Art: Passable and nothing to really complain about.
Characters: Some interesting ones, though most of what we know early on is just what they are like in the quizzes.
Enjoyment and overall: I'm finding it okay, has some enjoyable moments, but it's not exactly what I had expected going into a anime about trivia and such, I'm not sure I would put this as a must see, but give it a shot if your curious.
Nana Maru San Batsu or Fastest Finger First is an cliche anime similar to many school-based, guy joins a club'esque type of anime. It's about quiz bowl which is basically a competitive Jeopardy, with the main focus of answering the questions quickly and correctly.
Initially, I was expecting like an average 6 rated show, archetype characters, cliche story and so forth. Well, it turned out to be a lot worse.
Story (3). Basically, a nerd joins junior high, during the club ceremonies he is picked to join the "Quiz Bowl" team for a display game. "Now even though he is new to the game, he is extremely
talented and smart because of his lack of friends, he spent all his time in the library". Also playing with him is his love interest which is passionate to the game, so you can guess who convinced him to join. The rest of the story can be guessed as any competitive club focused story.
Art (7). The art is well done, I only put a 7 since Toei Animation has a thing where they will drop the quality overtime. But for the first 4 episodes, it's consistent so no problems there.
Sound (5). The OST is barely heard throughout the episodes, which isn't bad but it could have improved the general tone and feeling. OP and ED are good enough, however I'm not counting them towards the score. The voice acting is decent enough, so no major complaints, but there are moments when there is lack of passion.
Characters (4). Every single character can be described in 2 sentences or less. They all can be put into a certain sub-group of a major archetype except the minor characters, in which case they don't have more than 1 emotion. Basically, its 1 or 2 levels above the average harem series, but still down there.
Enjoyment (1). One of my mains points for a non-action oriented show is dialogue, which is complete trash. Characters describing things in the least original way possible. "cough" Toei style "cough". In later episodes, there is a ton repetition, same thing is said within 2 minutes of each other, then repeated every time something similar is mentioned. If Toei could fix that, then this show would have entered at least a 6 on my scale.
Sound: Not noticeable
Enjoyment: Dialogue completely destroyed it for me.
The anime has some sort of flow and predictability of what the format of the next episodes are going to be like. The anime is about Koshiyama, a first-year student who was invited and convinced by Fukami and Sasajima to join the Quiz Study Group where they participate in regular quiz competitions against other schools. The aim of the game is to press the buzzer before anyone else and answer within five seconds. You can press the buzzer at any time, even before the announcer has completed reading out the question.
Now this anime isn't for everyone. From a title
like Fastest Finger First and this short synopsis, you are getting exactly was you expected. There's nothing special about this anime. It's exactly as how the anime is described, there are no real surprises. This means that if this sounds like an anime that you won't like, then you probably won't like it and I wouldn't recommend you go out of your way to watch it.
The slow introduction of new characters and their unique sets of attributes which are useful to be part of the quiz team is what makes this anime special. Each of the characters have the strengths and weaknesses, but when they combine their strenghts, they become a strong team that are able to help each other depending on what type of question is being asked.
The subtle hints of romance between Koshiyama and Fukami is what brings to light to this rather simple concept applied to this anime. It's done not too over dramatically which is pleasing to see.
The voice acting is quite refreshing for the characters, especially for Fukami, who is the lead female protagonist. There is some criticism for Kawashima Umika, who voices Fukami because she is not very experienced in voice acting anime characters, but I find her natural voice to be fitting in this anime as voice actors sometimes over-do it and over-dramatise scenes where they are almost unberable to watch to the point where they are cringe worthy.
The OP and ED is quite catchy which fits the mood of this quick fast paced game anime.
The animation of this anime is passable. There's nothing wrong with it and I some of the character designs are unique. There are some characters who do look the same as other anime characters from other anime but overall, the character designs aren't bad.
Overall, I am thoroughly enjoying this anime. I do see reasons why people will not like this anime but for the select few who like a change in pace in anime and see something out of the ordinary, this anime is perfect for that. This isn't necessarily a good anime, but it definitely isn't a bad one. I recommend that you check it out.