Asuka the Pilot of Unit-04? Bizarre Question in the Listening Section of JLPT
photo by NeitoShaw
(This article was originally posted in Japanese at 13:23 Dec. 07, 2009)
The Japanese-Language Proficiency Test (JLPT) administered by the Japan Foundation and Japan Educational Exchanges and Services is an examination to evaluate and certify the Japanese language proficiency of non-native speakers.
An audio clip of a question in the listening section of the test came out on the Internet, in which a girl named Asuka pilots Unit-04 "Mobile Fighter" to defeat giant monster. Sounds familiar?
Read on for details and pics.
The audio clip posted on the forum above is said to be a question from Level 1(the highest level, normally reached after 900 hours of studying Japanese) of the 2009 JLPT. There were some speculations at first about whether this really was in the test or just a scam but one of our readers living in Thailand confirmed us that yes, it was actually one of the questions in this year's JPLT according to his wife who took it, and she (who had no knowledge of Evangelion nor Gundam) quizzed him back about the anime.
In the audio clip you listen to a supposed radio drama at first and answer the following question regarding the story. Here's the dialogues in the "drama" part, in Japanese, Romanization of Japanese and English translation.
"Taicho, Dainiji boueisen ga toppa saremashita! Kyodai kaiju wa massugu chuo-kanri shistemu ni mukatte imasu! Konomama dewa ato sanju pun mo mochimasen!"
"Ima daseru mobiru faitaa wa?"
"Zero-gouki dake desu"
"Yamu wo en, Yon-gouki wo dasuzo"
"Yon-gouki wa mada testo ga kanryo shite imasen! Soreni soju dekiru pailotto ga genzai daremo..."
"Zero-gouki dewa yatsu no shinnyu wa fusegikiren. Kokowa...watashi ga iku"
"Taicho mizukara!? Demo sono kega dewa, yon-gouki no kasoku ni taeraremasen!"
"Watashi ga ikimasu!!"
"Watashi nara yon-gouki wo ayatsuremasu! Onegaidesu, ikasete kudasai!"
"Daga omae wa mada kunrenchu no mi da. Ima wa kodomo no deru maku ja naizo!"
"Sonna koto itteru baai ja nai!"
"Oi, Asuka! Mate!"
(Narration)Yon-gouki hassha junbi, kanryo shimashita.
"Captain, the second defence line is broken through! The giant monster is heading straight to the central control system! It won't hold for another 30 minutes at this rate!"
"Which mobile fighter is available now?"
"We have no choice, let's get Unit-4 ready"
"We haven't finished the tests on Unit-4! And no pilot we've got right now can handle it..."
"Unit-0 can't stop him invading. I'll go this time"
"Captain, you go yourself!? But you can't stand the acceleration of Unit-4 with your wound!"
"I can pilot Unit-4! Please, let me go!"
"But you're still on training. This is no time for a child to interfere!"
"This is no time for that nonsense!"
"Hey, Asuka! Wait!"
(Narration) Unit-4 Ready to take off.
"Asuka, we're counting on you...!"
There's already a video posted on YouTube of this dialogue with soundtrack from Evangelion.
YouTube - JLPT 日本語能力試験 一級 エヴァンゲリオン with BGM
You can't help imagining Gendo himself volunteering to pilot Unit-04...It sounds like a pretty tough question even for us native Japanese speakers, but many people seem to be learning Japanese from anime today so in fact this unlikely situation might have been easier than pieces from everyday chit-chat or realistic news recordings.
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