First Impression: Fastest Finger First (Nana Maru San Batsu)

Nana Maru San Batsu, retitled Fastest Finger First for its English-language run, is more literally translated “Seven Right, Three Wrong,” which is noted at the end of episode one as being a common device in quiz bowl shows where a competitor needs at seven right answers to win, but loses with three wrong ones. That’s just one thing we discover about the world of quiz bowls in the opening episode for the show, which follows the meek Shiki Koshiyama in his first couple of weeks of freshman year as he discovers his school’s quiz bowl group. Koshiyama picks up a quiz form from hyped-up circle leader Sasajima, and though he’s very good at answering the questions, he discovers he may have an even better talent when brought up on stage to answer in the proper format format with buzzers, while next to classmate and quiz bowl aficionado, Fukami.

Mari Fukami
Fukami, who I guess is the player with the passion, but not the (highest-level) talent

So…I was in my high school’s quiz bowl team. We called it High-Q, and matches were aired on television locally through our PBS station. I never made it on air, joining only in my senior year and really acting as part of the “B” team to train our top players, but it was fun nonetheless. That experience isn’t enough to make me stream a series all season through, but you know what might? Interesting characters, a good premise, and a fun tone, and episode one of Nana Maru San Batsu had all of that. I don’t have a good beat on how I think the season will go (the continual pantsu joke was troublesome…why do you need to rely on that for your comedy?), but I’m intrigued enough to tune in another episode. I do know that if I start pretending to buzz in while watching, though, I’m in trouble.


Fastest Finger First is available to stream on Crunchyroll.

4 thoughts on “First Impression: Fastest Finger First (Nana Maru San Batsu)

  1. High-Q is a clever name for a quiz team. Maybe the special edition of this series will come bundled with a buzzer. Will you be able to resist the temptation? Muwahaha.

  2. Wow you were on a quiz team in high school? I have never even heard of this competition until watching this anime. They didn’t have any of that in my high school, but interesting nonetheless 🙂

    Yeah the anime had some interesting characters, but I did notice something odd….am I the only one that thought the female leads voice didn’t match her character? It just seemed…off for some reason, I have hardly noticed that in an anime but it stood out to me.

    1. You’re right – Mari’s VA has a very unique voice. It’s a little jarring and didn’t quite seem to fit right. I looked the seiyuu up and this is her first role (she’s a singer from an idol group), so that may explain it. I actually really like her voice, but when you have one that has that character, I think it probably takes extra diligence to smooth it out in a way that fits well in a series.

      1. Ah that explains it thanks for the info. Yeah to me I don’t like her voice but her character is good. Looking forward to the rest of the series. Trying to be hopeful 🙂

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