Anime Bingo Challenge: Spring 2021 Edition


Hello and welcome to the Anime-Planet Anime Bingo Challenge!

Can you handle these ABCs?

This is an event that I intend to hold each anime season, as both a competition and a way to hopefully encourage people to keep up their anime watching and maybe try a couple of shows they wouldn’t have watched otherwise. In addition, contribution to the A-P community through discussions, reviews, and recommendations are highly encouraged!

Beginning of season: April 1st, 2021

Series must be completed no later than: June 30, 2021

Claims must be posted no later than: July 1st, 2021


AP Discord Server - In the #rules-and-info channel, click the ABC react to gain access to the #bingo channel!

Current Scores and Rankings


All you have to do to sign up is post in this thread requesting a bingo card at any time prior to the last two weeks of the season (of course, the sooner the better)! Then, as soon as we’re able, we will respond with an image of a randomly generated 5x5 bingo card (with free space) filled with anime watching tasks, which you should bookmark for your convenience.

Then throughout the season, you can claim squares for tasks that you’ve completed during the season by posting here, listing what square(s) you are claiming and any information necessary to verify the task; unless stated otherwise in the task descriptions below, this will simply be a link to the Anime-Planet entry for the anime you watched. Note that for an anime to count towards a task, you must have both started (including marking the anime as 'watching' when you start it) and finished the series and posted your claim between the beginning of the season and the deadline at the end of the season (listed above).

The exception is ongoing anime that air over multiple seasons, including the current one: you may claim these series for any one season during which they air, as long as you are completely caught up with the last episode that will air during the current season. Also, you can only claim any given anime for a single task, and can’t change your claims once they’ve been approved, so choose carefully!

Each square you claim on your bingo card (free space excluded) will earn you 1 point. Each bingo (5-in-a-row in any direction: horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) will net you an extra 5 bonus points, and if you can manage to claim every space on your card, then you’ll score another 20 bonus points! So with 24 tasks, 12 possible bingos, and the “black-out” bonus, each card can be worth as many as 104 points!

But that doesn’t mean you can only earn 104 points per season; if you like, at any time after claiming at least two bingo bonus, you may request a new card to begin on! However, note that you can only have one active card at a time, and once you’ve been given a new card, you can’t go back and make any claims on a previous one. There are no re-rolls, you get whatever you’re given, so make sure you’re ready for anything! Also, you can't carry a card over from one season to another, so make sure you claim everything you can before the deadline! You also have the opportunity to earn additional points by answering when your fellow players ask for recommendations to fill their “Watch an anime under recommendation” squares: if your recommendation is chosen and claimed, you’ll also get 1 point for helping them out, so be sure to give the best recommendations you can!

You’ll receive a special badge image at the end of the season showing your name, final score, and overall ranking for the season, which you can display on your profile or forum signature, and of course bragging rights!


The tasks that will appear on your bingo card mostly require watching anime. Anime showing a total runtime less than 15 minutes are no longer allowed (except for spaces that do not ask you to watch, such as most of the M column), but otherwise any anime with a listing on this site will do, so long as it meets any conditions specified by the task. So if the task is to “Watch an anime from the 90’s,” for example, it doesn’t matter if it’s a full TV series, OVAs, or even a movie, as long as it aired during the 90’s and has an entry on this site. Likewise, if a time period isn’t specified, then it doesn’t have to be a new show from the current season (though it can be)!

Instead of the letters “B-I-N-G-O,” the columns on your card will be labeled with the letters “A-N-I-M-E.” Each column has a different theme for its tasks, which will be described in more detail below. Note that some tasks may show up more than once on the same card, but you must still complete two separate anime to claim two spaces, even if they are the same task!

Column A - Age & Source

The tasks in this column will ask you to choose an anime based on either when it was released or what type of source material it was adapted from. This information can typically be found on the anime’s page here on A-P: when it aired at the top of the page, and the source among its tags.

  • Watch an anime from the 2020’s
Column N - (k)Now Your Genres

This column is all about genres, everything from shounen and shoujo to action and sci-fi! All of these genres can be found in the tags on the anime’s entry here, and it must have the matching tag in order to be claimed, so make sure to check beforehand!

Column I - I’ve heard of that!

This column’s tasks tend to be a little less restrictive than the previous two; most of the tasks simply ask you to watch an anime that was made by a well-known studio, whose catalogs you can browse here (it doesn’t matter if there’s more than one studio listed for the series, as long as the one assigned is in the list). However, there are also a couple of oddballs whose rules are worth reading below… Remember too that this column will have your free space!

  • Watch an anime by suggestion (For this one, you’ll need to make a post in this thread asking for a suggestion of what to watch from your fellow ABCers! Make sure to note any no-go’s or must-haves, and quote the response with the suggestion you chose when you claim the square. The more specific you are, the better the suggestions you’ll get! When giving suggestions, remember that you will receive a point yourself if yours is chosen, so try to take the receiver’s list into account and avoid suggesting something they’ve already seen or likely won’t have an interest in.)

  • Watch an anime you’ve never seen (This one’s almost as good as another free space! Just watch any anime that you haven’t already seen before, as long as you’re not claiming it for any other space.)

  • Watch an anime by Production I.G.

  • Watch an anime by MADHOUSE

  • Watch an anime by Bones

  • Watch an anime by A-1 Pictures

  • Watch an anime by 8-Bit

  • Watch an anime by XEBEC

  • Watch an anime by Zexcs

Column M - Make A-P Better!

Column M is all about contributing to the Anime-Planet community with reviews, recommendations, discussion, and more! Reviews are no longer required to be visible to everyone, as long as they are visible on your profile so that we can see it. Reviews that are made fully public should still follow all site rules and guidelines, including length, while we only ask that non-public reviews offer some sort of review-like content (why did you like/dislike the series?) and follow general rules (no offensive or illegal content, etc.). Similarly, recommendations must be given with some sort of logic. Please don’t make more work for sothis and the mod team by submitting low-quality public reviews or spam recommendations just to claim a space. Repeat offenders may find themselves banned from future seasons of ABC.

Take note that the tasks in this column are the exception to a few rules: you can claim a review, recommendation, rating, loved/hated characters, or discussion (or all of the above!) for an anime you’re also claiming for a different space or for anime not normally allowed for claiming (such as those under 15 minutes), you can claim multiple recommendations and loved/hated characters for the same series (obviously they must still be otherwise different), and you simply need to submit them during the current season, regardless of type. Other than the group-watch, none of these tasks strictly have to be for anime you watched during the season (though it certainly helps if you’ve seen it recently!). When you claim one of these spaces, please include a link to the specific review you’re claiming for a review task, your recommendations page (not the anime’s) and a list of the specific recommendations claimed for a recommendations task, the specific page for the character/tag/etc being loved/hated, or the anime being rated. Note that two-way recommendations count as 2 separate recommendations.

The only task in this column where you’ll be claiming the actual watching of the anime itself is “Group-watch an anime,” a special watch task that asks you to watch the anime together with one or more other users and discuss it! Note that this does not have to be a simul-watch; it is perfectly acceptable for each participant to watch on their own time and simply share their thoughts in the anime’s discussion thread. This can include participation in one of the official ABC group watches (more details below), a group watch coordinated through the Find Your Anime Buddy thread or another AP club (such as DTAB or ALG), or a personal group-watch with one or more other Anime-Planet users, as long as you are not alone and help to create new discussion in the anime’s thread. Please note, per-episode impressions and other specific discussion (especially anything that might require a spoiler tag) should go in the specific anime’s discussion thread, not here! You may not claim the same series for both “Group-watch an anime” and “Join an anime discussion,” since both require discussion.

  • Write a review for an anime

  • Add 2 recommendations for anime

  • Rate an anime

  • Rate 3 anime

  • Write a review or add 2 recommendations for anime

  • Write a review or rate 2 anime

  • Add 2 recommendations or rate 2 anime

  • Love or Hate a character/tag/etc (can be anything the site will let you love/hate; link to the specific page for what you are liking/hating; the sooner after marking it you claim this, the easier it will be on us!)

  • Love or Hate 3 characters/tags/etc

  • Answer a suggestion request (This task pairs up with the I column’s “Watch an anime by suggestion” task: When someone asks for a suggestion, give them one (or a few to choose from!) Remember that you get an extra bonus point if your suggestion is chosen, so review their list and make sure it’s a good one! To claim, either quote the post where you responded, or make the claim in the same post as the response! (do not edit the claim in later though, we might miss it!)

  • Join an anime discussion (All you need to do is contribute to an anime’s discussion thread, under the Currently Airing, Upcoming, or Specific Anime Discussion sub-forums, also accessible from the anime’s AP entry. Of course your post should be about the anime and contribute to the discussion; A simple “Hi” or “I enjoyed this” won’t cut it!)

  • Group-watch an anime (For the group-watch square, you must gather some people and watch an anime around a set time and discuss it on the respective anime's thread. DTAB Group-watch sessions also apply.)

Column E - Everything Else

This column is something of a catch-all for tasks that don’t quite fit in the other columns, so there’s a bit of variety, and a likely place for new additions down the road!

  • Watch an anime with less than 10 episodes

  • Watch a 10+ episode anime

  • Watch a 20+ episode anime

  • Re-watch an anime you’ve seen before

  • Watch an anime with short episodes (12 minute episodes or less, matching the “Short Episodes” tag)

  • Watch an anime movie

  • Watch an OVA or special (includes both TV and DVD specials)

  • Watch an anime rated 2 stars or less

  • Watch an anime from your dropped list (For the dropped square, if you chose an anime from your dropped list, a screenshot of the dropped list before you mark the show as watching is required in order to make sure that the show was dropped and must watch it from beginning to end. If you have nothing on your dropped list, you can default to your stalled or won’t watch lists. If you’re diligent enough to have nothing in any of these lists but still really want to claim this space, then post here explaining this situation and get a recommendation for a show you’ll want to drop!)

  • Watch a Web anime



Want to help spread the word about the Anime Bingo Challenge? Well, our fantastic feathery friend @TurkeyGami has generously created a pair of banners just for us! Just include one of the BBCodes below in your signature to tell everyone you know your ABC's! (Credit to @OneCraftyLady for the ultra-thin banner!)










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Of course I'm in again!

Pretty excited about the new categories and the new studios that were added to the game this season. Before we started this thread, we had some minor technical issues with the program that produces the cards, but they got quickly resolved so we should conduct this season with little to no issues at all.

For the new categories, we added food-related and music/idol anime and modified the BL/GL square to also include anime with the LGBT+ Themes tag on it. Also the fantasy and isekai squares were merged into one category (this was partly due to the technical issues we had earlier). We also added a new category in the E column - Watch a Web anime.

The studio rotation for this season is as follows:

IN: CloverWorks, Lerche, Xebec, and Zexcs
OUT: LIDEN FILMS, MAPPA, P.A. Works, and Silver Link

Finally, due to positive feedback we kept the "watch a Chinese or Korean anime" square in the A Column and group-watches will still be formed by the participants (no polls). The 2 Bingo rule to switch cards will still be in effect from last season as there were virtually no complaints about the rule.
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