MERRY CHRISTMAS MY PANDAS!
Yup, we have finally made it to X-mas. After a long 2018 we are at the tail end of the year. 2019 is literally right around the corner. I am so ready for the new year! Hopefully next year will be filled with more amazing anime and more creative blogging. I want to be able to bring you guys the best content possible. That is one of my resolutions for 2019. But this blog isn’t about New Years, it’s about Christmas! Well…more or less my favorite post I created in 2018. The first half of this post will be a list of ten of my personal favorite blog post I wrote this year. I thought making a condensed list of these post would be helpful encase you missed any of these throughout the year.
The second half of this post will be a list of the ten anime series I enjoyed the most in 2018. These will be in no particular order (just like my previous Top Ten Tuesday post). If you missed my other two Top Ten Tuesday post for the month of December I will link them here for you all to read: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/12/04/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-a-year-in-review-my-favorite-opening-anime-songs-from-2018/ & https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/12/11/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-a-year-in-review-my-favorite-ending-songs-from-2018/.
Also don’t forget that voting for our first ever WordPress Anime Awards is still going on! You have until midnight on December 31st to vote. If you haven’t already voted go ahead and click the link here to vote: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/12/16/step-right-up-folks-dont-be-shy-be-prepared-to-witness-the-whimsical-the-outlandish-and-the-first-ever-wordpress-anime-awards/.
Now that all the formalities are out of the way lets get to this double feature!
I’ll kick things off with my Violet Evergarden episode by episode review. I started this project back in January and even to this day my series review for Violet Evergarden is one of my most viewed post: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/01/11/violet-evergarden-episode-1-first-impressions/.
For the month of February my absolute favorite post was the collab I did with Moya-chan! We discussed the After the Rain manga all while the anime series was premiering: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/02/06/topic-tuesday-koi-wa-ameagari-no-you-ni-after-the-rain-manga-discussion-with-moyatori-chan/.
In March I showed my undying love for psychological anime series. This Top Ten Tuesday post was super fun to write: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/03/06/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-psychological-anime-you-need-to-watch-if-you-want-your-mind-blown-bang-bang/.
April was a kick ass month because I got to collab with Lethargic Ramblings and Jon Spencer Reviews on one of our favorite series WIXOSS. In this post we discussed the latest series in the WIXOSS franchise Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/04/08/lostorage-conflated-wixoss-first-impressions-series-discussion-with-jon-spencer-reviews-and-lethargic-ramblings/.
While Re:CREATORS came out last year in 2017 I knew I had to write a post about Magane from the series. This is probably LEGIT one of my all time favorite post I have EVER written on my blog: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/05/06/sunday-spotlight-is-a-lie-within-a-lie-a-truth-or-a-lie/https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/05/06/sunday-spotlight-is-a-lie-within-a-lie-a-truth-or-a-lie/.
June was mainly full of collabs but I did manage to get out a “beginners guide to anime” which a lot (and I mean A LOT) of people took a liking to: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/06/19/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-b-is-for-beginner-the-otaku-guide-to-start-your-downward-spiral-into-the-abyss-known-as-anime/.
July brought us sunshine, the 4th of July, and my talk of “sleeper anime” in the otaku community as well as one of my other all time favorite post my review of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/07/05/thursday-talks-why-you-need-to-be-more-aware-of-sleeper-anime-in-the-otaku-community/ & https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/07/22/maquia-when-the-promised-flower-blooms-an-emotional-film-that-explores-the-emotions-of-love-obsession/.
I started “Symbolism in Anime” during August of this year. I can’t wait to add more of these post to my repertoire: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/08/16/symbolism-in-anime-if-there-is-magic-on-this-planet-it-is-contained-in-water/.
September was probably my favorite month of the year for writing. That’s probably because I got to analyze Happy Sugar Life on a more intimate and in-depth level. If you still haven’t read this post I suggest you stop what you’re doing and read it NOW. YES! Right now: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/09/15/happy-sugar-life-the-masterful-art-of-mental-manipulation/.
Y’all already know that October is the best month of the year, so it shouldn’t be a surprise I wrote many spooktacular post for the month. From demons and witches, to gory anime and another “Symbolism in Anime” post. Yup! That was my favorite post for the month of October: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/10/21/symbolism-in-anime-what-a-strange-thing-to-be-alive-beneath-cherry-blossoms/.
November was a little lacking in the way of post (sorry XD) but I did manage to write a super fun post about what Sailor Moon villain I would date if given the opportunity. Thanks (once again) Karandi for letting me steal this topic! A great inspo post if you love Sailor Moon as much as I do or just need a creative idea for your blog: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/11/17/which-sailor-moon-villain-would-you-date/.
And of course we are just making our way through December right now so I don’t have any favorite post just yet! I may or may not be working on something for the New Year with Leth 😀
Onward to my favorite anime series of the year! (I wonder how many times I can say the word “favorite” in this post without you guys getting annoyed lololoz).
1. Uma Musume: Pretty Derby
^My favorite show for 2018…but this shouldn’t be a surprise to you guys XD
2. Violet Evergarden
^After years of waiting Violet Evergarden finally made its debut this year and I couldn’t have been more excited to watch an anime in my entire life #thefeels ❤
3. Asobi Asobase
^Pure fucking COMEDY GOLD. Also my Breakout Anime of the Year in our WordPress Anime Awards 😀
4. Happy Sugar Life
^Because we all need a little yandere in our lives.
5. After the Rain
^Mainly due to the manga series being PERFECTION…but also because I relate to this series on a personal level.
6. Banana Fish
^Apparently I just enjoy my heart being broken over and over again.
7. As Miss Beelzebub Likes
^Please refer to my Top Ten Tuesday post dedicated to this show :3
^When SSSS.Gridman ends low-key gay and you couldn’t be happier about it 😛
9. March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2
^MCILAL is EVERYTHING and you can’t change my mind!
10. Golden Kamuy Season 1 & 2
^Legit one of the best anime crew of ALL TIME.
I wanted to make a list of honorable mentions but I felt like that would defeat the purpose of having a top twenty today. Also that list would be incredibly long because there were SOOOO many great anime this year! 2018 really turned out to be a KILLER year for anime. The 2019 line-up is starting to look amazing as well. We can only go up from here my pandas! Lots of anime shows getting revamped and also getting secondary, third, and even fourth seasons. It’s gonna be LIT! Well I think that about does it for me today guys. I will be doing my seasonal wrap-up shortly, as well as my What’s Coming Up Wednesday post that will dive into winter season for 2019. Keep an eye out for those post peeps! Again Merry Christmas to you all! (That is if you celebrate). I’ll see you guys in my next post. MUAH! XOXO
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