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Anime Speedtune

This is a fast Name That Tune variant where you are in control! Players take turns choosing topics and must identify anime shows from music. With multiple difficulty levels, both anime newcomers and seasoned viewers will feel comfortable. There’s something for everyone! True to its name, Speedtune is fast and furious, but it’s also informative. You’ll get to learn a bit about every show that’s featured in the game. Taking notes is encouraged, because you’ll definitely discover something new to watch!



This year, there is only the 2.5-hour main event on Sunday. There is no Friday 1-hour lite event as we have focused our efforts on bringing Anime Speedtune to Otakuthon (Montréal) in August.

Please line up before the event begins if you wish to play. 30 game tickets will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. 5 waitlist tickets will be offered after the game tickets.

Sunday 10:30 AM (Doors open at 10:15 AM)

The main event is competitive and has a grand final for a large prize. Will you be this year’s champion?

  • 5 open games of 6 players each. (30 game tickets, 5 waitlist tickets)
  • Past champions are seeded as indicated on the game ticket. Seeded players may sit in any position. Unseeded players are seated afterwards.
  • A grand final is played for a large prize. Finalists are the winners of each open game, plus the highest-scoring non-winner as the wild card. If a finalist is unable to play, the spot is filled by the next available high scorer.
  • Grand final seeding is based on descending open game scores. The wild card must sit in the position after the winners regardless of score, but before any replacement players.
  • Panic mode restrictions are removed in the grand final.


Anime Speedtune is easy to play! Just identify the anime that features the music being played. Choose a topic you think you know best to score bonus points!

Detailed rules are below, but you only need to remember the basics (bolded). Most of the clauses settle specific naming situations.

  • Players take turns choosing a topic. Topics contain 5 tunes.
    • The topic chooser’s name is highlighted in purple.
    • There are a total of 40 topics.
  • Players have 30 seconds to signal.
    • Whoever signals first has their score highlighted in red and has approximately 2 seconds to respond.
  • Give the show title – either the English or Japanese is accepted.
    • We understand that not everyone is fluent in Japanese. If your attempt sounds close enough, we’ll accept it!
    • Translations of Japanese titles will be accepted only if the official English title is similar, or if there is none. If such an answer is given and the English title differs, you will be asked to “give an official title” and get one chance to retry.
      • Attack on Titan and Shingeki no Kyojin are valid, but Advancing Giants (the translation of Shingeki no Kyojin) is not.
    • For TV shows with unique titles that distinguish multiple seasons, you must state that identifier. If you give a partial name, you will be asked to “be more specific” and get one chance to clarify.
      • "Season 2" or any equivalent name that clearly marks it as a numerical season are not unique names. For example, Mushi-Shi (The Next Passage), Black Lagoon (The Second Barrage), and Haganai (NEXT) are acceptable answers for both seasons of them.
      • On the other hand, Aria won’t work for Aria the Natural, and Naruto won’t work for Naruto Shippuden. You’ll have to be more specific.
    • Remakes or shows that aren’t significantly connected to predecessors require the full name. For these, there is no opportunity to clarify your answer, as asking for that would be a giveaway.
      • White Album 2 is distinct from White Album because of its entirely different cast.
      • Despite having the same cast, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is distinct from Fullmetal Alchemistbecause it’s a remake.
  • No scoring penalty for a miss, but only one attempt per tune.
  • Correct answers are scored based on the difficulty of the topic. This ranges from 2 to 6 point.
    • Control Bonus: An additional 2 points are awarded if the topic chooser scores.
  • After each tune, information about that tune’s show will be displayed, and there will be a short pause before the next tune is played.
  • The game ends after everyone has chosen a topic unless there’s a tie.
    • Tiebreak tunes have no topic and are at EASY difficulty (3 points). Each one plays for 10 seconds. They are open to all tied players, plus anyone within 2 points of the tied players.
  • To receive any prize, a player must have more than 0 points.


Topics are sorted into difficulty levels. Each difficulty has a different scoring amount per tune, and is based on show popularity. Tunes that are not OP1 (the first opening of a show) may affect the difficulty and cause a show to be placed elsewhere than normally expected.

  • EASY (3 points) – Shows are typically from the myanimelist.net (MAL) popular 250. Popular and mainstream shows reside here. Sometimes it’s a race to see who can signal first. Be prepared to recognize tunes from just a few notes!
  • MEDIUM (4 points) – Shows are typically from the MAL popular 1000. These shows are lesser-known than the ones found in easy. Some topics appeal to certain niches. Many shows from recent seasons of anime are usually contained here.
  • OTAKU (5 points) – Shows are typically from beyond the MAL popular 1000. Relics, forgotten gems, and most unlicensed shows will be placed here. In addition, some topics may contain gimmicks that further increase the difficulty.
  • RAMP (2-6 points) - The first tune is worth 2 points and is almost certain to be immediately recognized. Then the difficulty ramps up and so do the points. The last tune is worth 6 points and is ultra tough!

Panic Mode

We’ve all seen the games where one superfan takes a seemingly insurmountable lead. But don’t lose hope! Panic mode ups the stakes and promises edge-of-your-seat excitement! But beware: if you blow the opportunity, you’re eliminated!

  • To be eligible for panic mode, the topic chooser must have less than half the points of the leader, who has at least 25 points.
  • Panic mode may not be invoked more than once per game.
  • Each panic mode blocks a different number of players, preventing them from signaling.
  • Once a panic mode is invoked, its special rules are displayed. The topic chooser then selects a topic in which to play the panic mode.
  • An eliminated player must leave the stage immediately and is ineligible to receive any prizes.
  • If a player is eliminated before a topic is finished, the rest of the topic will play out normally

There are four panic modes:

  • 1-on-1 – Blocks 4. Challenge any player in a single topic. First to 3 correct wins. Loser is eliminated!
  • All-In – Blocks 5. You get a topic all to yourself. But you must sweep it or you’re out!
  • Proxy War – Blocks 2. Two audience members play with you against the unblocked players. They shield you in case you stumble!
  • Triple Block – Blocks 3. The blocked players can eliminate you if the timer hits 0, but they’d better know the tune for sure or they’re out!

Champion Reserve Seeding

Champions are those who have won a grand final. These people may reserve a ticket in advance, and are seeded so that they don’t face each other in the open games. If you are a champion, please arrive before 10:15 AM to claim your seeded ticket.

  • [6-1-0-0-0-0] Chris (Anime North 14/16)
  • [9-5-1-1-0-0] Clive (Atomic Lollipop 13, Unplugged Expo 14/15)
  • [3-1-0-0-0-0] Frank (Otakuthon 15)
  • [3-0-1-0-0-0] Omar (Anime North 15)
  • [1-2-1-0-0-0] RJ (Unplugged Expo 16)


Here’s where all the technical stuff gets answered for all the newcomers and superfans who may still have questions.

  • My friend and I don’t want to face each other. Can we request tickets for separate games?
    • Yes. You can even request tickets to the same game if your friendship involves fiery competitive passion.
  • There’s another event I really want to attend that overlaps with this one. Could you save a ticket for me?
    • No. Life is all about sacrifices. If we could clone ourselves, we’d be at multiple events at the same time. But the technology isn’t there yet.
  • I don’t have an Anime North badge. May I play anyway?
    • We check for badges as the players walk on stage. No badge, no play.
  • What should I know to do well?
    • If we told you what was on the board, that’d ruin the surprise, wouldn’t it?
  • Not even a hint?
    • The MAL popularity list is here, and recognizing what’s popular will be helpful for the easier topics. We typically include more tunes from recent works, and works of the guests who visit Anime North are typically included. Also, on every game board, there is a “triple topic” at the three standard difficulties. But the easiest way to do well is to simply watch more anime.
  • What about older anime shows?
    • The typical convention attendee is 16-24 years old. To keep things fair for young anime fans, Speedtune has few tunes from shows before the year 2005.
  • But that’s not fair for older anime fans!
    • Adult fans may have life commitments, preventing them from keeping up with anime in the post-VHS age. But here’s the reality: Since 2005, over 100 new shows have aired each year. Modern anime output is more than quadruple that of the 1990s. To maintain game integrity, we can’t wear nostalgia glasses. If you insist on old stuff, over half the tunes played at Saturday’s Name That Tune are from shows before 2005. That game show may be more to your taste.
  • Why are there so much trashy/fanservice/moeblob/slice-of-life shows in the game? Where’s the “intellectual” stuff?
    • While we try our best to balance genre representation, the Japanese have particular tastes. It’s up to you to adapt to them, not the other way around. Shows aimed at typical western tastes are rare and don’t sell in Japan. For example, Death Parade, a Winter 2015 psychological thriller, was critically acclaimed by western viewers. It sold 1200 copies/volume. In that same season, Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls sold 20000 copies/volume.
  • So how am I supposed to know what the Japanese prefer?
    • The MAL popularity list does have a western bias, so you’re not completely a fish out of water. You just have to be slightly more aware of the industry than someone who only watches anime on cable TV. Crunchyroll and Funimation have an extensive streaming library. Sentai Filmworks has enough niche titles on disc to erase your social life.
  • Is every show featured in the game in English?
    • At easy and medium difficulties, almost everything has been officially licensed in English at some point. (However, some of the licenses may have expired.) At otaku difficulty, some shows are unlicensed but are available as fansubs. If it’s unavailable in English in any form, it won’t be in the game. So no educational shows aimed at very young children! Except maybe Dogtato.
  • Why didn’t you include show X in topic Y? I was hoping for it!
    • Either the show was a poor fit for the difficulty level, it’s somewhere else, or we simply decided to not use it. Other than franchise topics, shows are never repeated in a game board. Finally, some shows are avoided if they were overused at previous events. You won’t see Dragon Half because its ending is played virtually every year at Saturday’s Name That Tune.
  • Can I watch past games?
    • Yes. Almost every single Speedtune event is available at Anime North Game Shows’ official YouTube playlist here. (The inaugural Speedtune event at Atomic Lollipop 2013 wasn’t recorded.) Happy viewing!
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