Chunin reviews and 9 other intense anime reviews
The world of anime can bring supernatural or fantasy twists to many real-life concepts, like going to an elite school or even taking an exam. In real life, studying for a test is perfectly mundane, but in the anime, students aren’t just studying algebra or history. They pass tests where everything is at stake.
An exam is a perfect way to determine who deserves a degree, certificate, or higher, and anime series in many different genres involve tough exams that not everyone can pass with flying colors. Anime students and contestants can be tested for intelligence, combat skills, cooking skills, and more. Which exams are difficult to pass in anime?
ten Chunin’s Exam eliminates all unworthy Genin (Naruto)
Few anime reviews in recent history are as famous as the Chunin review arc of Naruto, and that story arc took place remarkably early in the series. Naruto and the rest of Team 7 were barely returning from the Land of Waves by the time these exams were about to begin, and Kakashi Hatake was convinced his three genin could handle it.
The potential chunin must deceive the examiners in a written test and secretly collect information and cheat. Next, they must clear the Forest of Death with two scrolls, and then enter a knockout tournament. Really, only the best ninjas can beat this exam.
9 The captain’s qualification exam is apparently quite demanding (bleach)
Although this particular examination is very rarely seen in the main events of Bleach, additional documents make it clear that there is a difficult test for Soul Reapers to achieve the rank of Captain. Only a smart, powerful, and charismatic Soul Reaper can lead an entire team, and there are only a few ways to qualify.
The most brutal method is for the future captain to defeat a current captain in a duel, and this is how Kenpachi Zaraki got his rank. Potential captains can also be nominated by enough current captains, or pass an exam where they demonstrate proficiency in bankai execution.
8 Demon Slayer final exam involves mortal combat (Demon Slayer)
Tanjiro Kamado trained for two grueling years with Sakonji Urokodaki to become a swordsman, and even then he was barely ready to take the final exam to qualify as a full demon slayer. The place of the test is a mountain surrounded by wisteria at its base, to ensure that the demons inside cannot escape.
Tanjiro and his companions spent a week in this massive testing arena, and countless demons were eager to kill them, including the demon with many arms. Tanjiro was one of the few candidates to pass, and all the others died in the attempt.
7 The S-rank Assistant test demands the best (Fairy Tail)
The remote island of Tenrou is the location of the Fairy Tail guild’s most demanding test: the S-rank wizard exam. Only the most worthy wizards can even participate, let alone pass. Makarov Dreyar invited a large handful of the guild’s best wizards to this idyllic island, and the test began.
Rank S is the highest rank of all, and Natsu Dragneel, Gajeel Redfox, Juvia Lockser, and other Fairy Tail wizards had to face off against Gildarts Clive, Mirajane Strauss, and Erza Scarlet (all of rank S) to pass this test. . However, the Tenrou Island arc took an unexpected turn with the arrival of the dark guild of Grimoire Heart.
6 To-Oh only accepts Elite students (Death Note)
Unlike other anime exams, the To-Oh University entrance exam was perfectly ordinary, as no magic or monster is involved. But that doesn’t mean the test is easy to take. Even the brilliant Light Yagami studied hard for days to prepare for this test.
Admittedly, Light was also using this study time to fool L with the Death Note. Still, Light would only attend an elite college, and it’s easy to extrapolate that this entrance exam is demanding. Light finally got a perfect score, as did L, who passed the test as “Hideki Ryuga”.
5 The UA Entrance Exam Allows Only the Best to Pass (My Hero Academia)
Izuku Midoriya has so far undertaken two major reviews in the history of My hero university, and the first was the entrance exam. Thousands of students have passed the written and physical elements of the entrance exam, and only a handful will have any hope of success.
Izuku and his peers took on giant robots in a replica of the city, and only candidates with incredible Quirks and combat skills had any hope of success. Izuku scored 0 points until he bravely rescued Ochaco Uraraka from the bigger robot, earning him enough rescue points to pass. It was a tight call.
4 The Hero Provisional License exam is a cut-throat business (My Hero Academia)
This is the other major review Izuku undertook, and it was also his first exposure to students from other hero schools in Japan, such as Shiketsu and Ketsubutsu, among others. A few thousand Hero students battled it out to see who could rack up three “kills” first, hitting orange balls at the sensor pads on each other’s costumes.
It was a massive and chaotic melee, and luckily everyone in Class 1-A made it through the first phase. Then the second phase arrived, which consisted of rescuing the victims of the disaster while fighting Gang Orca and his followers. Shota Aizawa commented that even for true Pro heroes, it was a brutal storyline.
3 State Alchemists must prove their worth with an expert-level alchemy demonstration (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood)
State alchemists do have the rank of major and they have access to state funding and research materials. Such alchemists are also believed to defend the nation of Amestris against all enemies, even fellow citizens of Amestris, so only expert alchemists can pass the exam to achieve this rank.
The exam may vary slightly depending on the particular type of alchemy of the candidate, but overall it takes a lot of study and careful research to perform alchemy that can impress candidates. Edward Elric, for his part, transmuted a staff and threw it straight at King Bradley, the chief examiner. Bradley liked Ed’s guts.
2 Hell Camp quickly eliminated the unworthy chefs (food wars!)
Students at the elite Totsuki School are challenged in all kinds of ways, and their cooking skills were put to the test early on during the Hell Camp training arc. Hundreds of students visited Totsuki’s private complex and had to cook copious amounts of high-quality food for crowds of hungry customers. They barely had a chance to sleep.
Soma Yukihira himself almost failed this exam during the egg breakfast streak. He cooked the wrong kind of food first, but at the last minute he invented a simple but effective dish and sold 200 servings just before the time ran out.
1 The Hunter Exam challenges people in unexpected ways (Hunter X Hunter)
Gon Freecss was eager to take the Hunter exam, and he made new friends along the way, including elite assassin Killua. Gon needed all the help he could get, as the Hunter exam was incredibly demanding and challenged candidates in strange ways. An 80 kilometer race to test everyone’s endurance was just the start.
Candidates also had to risk their lives to collect and cook giant spider eggs and wild boars, and they had to walk through a massive tower where their combat skills and intelligence were put to the test against deadly criminals. Finally, the fourth phase pitted the potential hunters against each other on a desert island in the forest, and Gon’s target was none other than Hisoka himself.
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