We are in the final throes of the year known as 2019. This year has been pretty good to me and I don’t have many complaints. I will take 2019 over 2016 any day. It was a year of learning, growth in my personal relationships, my first anime convention experience ever, and lots of fun blog post written. Today I wanted to go over some of my favorite blog post I wrote throughout the year. It seems like some of these post were written AGES ago…but alas…they were written in 2019. So buckle up kids! We are about to kick off this year in review the only way I know how! PANDA GANG STYLE!
I’ll start with one of my all time favorite post I have written which was an exploration post about revenge in anime. This post focused mainly on Yut-Lang from last year’s anime Banana Fish. I was super intrigued by his character throughout the series and knew I had to write a post about him. If you have seen the series and loved it as much as I did you can check that post out here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/01/06/sunday-spotlight-revenge-is-a-dish-best-served-cold/.
Next is another favorite post of mine on the anime movie Doukyuusei which I happened to stumble upon randomly one night. To say I was obsessed with the movie is an understatement. It is one of the BEST first love and same sex love movies I have seen done. I guess you could almost consider this post a mini-movie review as well. Feel free to take a peek at that post here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/01/13/sunday-spotlight-doukyuusei-the-bittersweet-taste-of-first-love/.
Still pondering the question “What do you consider an anime masterpiece?” Well look no further my pandas! I complied a list of anime series I consider masterpieces. Granted, I will now have to update this list since 2019 gave us some masterpiece quality anime but you can see the list I started off with: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/01/20/whats-in-a-masterpiece-a-compiled-list-of-anime-series-i-consider-masterpieces/.
In February I was fortunate enough to share with you all some amazing cosplayers in the anime community during the 28 Days of Black Cosplay. I can’t wait to feature more talented creators for 2020. Hopefully I will be able to get more interviews in this next year! I want to do more interviews on the blog so we can spread the word and love to everyone who is apart of the #pandagang: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/02/14/valentines-day-special-spreading-some-l-o-v-e-during-the-28-days-of-black-cosplay/.
This year I was stoked to write about Queer representation in anime. I wanted to write about this topic after finally watching the anime classic Revolutionary Girl Utena. If you are struggling with your identity or sexual preference then this post I wrote back in June might help you out a little bit: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/06/08/queer-representation-in-anime-lets-have-a-chat/.
For my 300th blog post in July I had a Waifu Battle Extravaganza. I took a total of 32 waifus and pitted them against each other to see who would come out on top. The finalist were Rias Gremory from High School DXD and Holo from Spice and Wolf. To my surprise Holo from Spice and Wolf beat out Rias by just a small margin. Rias will always be one of my personal favorite waifus 😉 : https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/07/02/my-300th-blog-post-waifu-battle-extravaganza/.
During the summer season this year Kyoto Animation Studios was attacked by an arsonist and unfortunately many people lost their lives in the fire. Many animation works were also lost during this tragic accident. Alexie, Tsubaki, Bodell and I came together to write an open letter to KyoAni and what the studio meant to us. You can read that letter here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/07/18/a-letter-to-you-kyoani-and-what-you-mean-to-us/.
One of the largest collabs I have ever done on this blog was done at the end of July. This blog post was our take on the board game Clue. This collab included other content creators and went on week by week until the end where “you” the reader had to cast your vote on who the culprit was. Although the collab ended a while ago you can still read each post and make your own guess before the end: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/07/28/clue-collaboration-fan-favorite-froppy-found-frigid/.
It’s no secret that one of my favorite breakout anime from this year was O Maidens in Your Savage Season. It is literal teen angst perfection. If you haven’t watched it yet stop what you are doing and go watch it NOW. You have to watch it before you read this post: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/08/11/o-maidens-in-your-savage-season-the-entangled-ever-so-confusing-flavors-of-youth/.
Of course we have come to my final two post that I had so much fun writing this year. I was fortunate to attend the anime convention Kumoricon as press this year. You bet your sweet ass I wrote a whole blog covering my first Con experience. I think it is a give in when you are invited to attend as press. You can check out that post here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/11/26/we-came-we-saw-we-conquered-the-panda-gang-traversed-kumoricon-2019/. My latest in depth post I covered this year was my three year blogiversary special that was an ode to drama anime. Drama anime is one genre I can’t get enough of so you know I had to write a dedicated post on it. You can read that special here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/12/07/three-year-blogiversary-special-an-ode-to-the-dramatics/.
And we have made it to the end! There are a TON more post I didn’t cover in today’s review but we don’t have enough time to go over everything. You guys can always search through the blog if you wanna read more of my works. These are just some of my best pieces from 2019. There will be lots more post in 2020 so stayed tuned for next year my pandas! I will see you guys back here tomorrow to go over my autumn anime seasonal wrap-up. I hope you all have a great day, afternoon, or evening wherever you are in the world. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas! MUAH! XOXO
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