I’m going to open this honestly and say that horror isn’t a genre I consume very often. I’ll occasionally watch a film here or there with some friends, but when it comes down to it, horror doesn’t really scare me… so what’s the point? Well I bought a single volume manga a few months ago from my local weeb shop and it was fucking creepy. And as it’s October, the spookiest of all months, I suppose I’d ought to talk about my experience with the creepy horror manga known as Ibitsu, illustrated and written by Haruto Ryou.

I’m also going to admit that I read this a while ago and was going to read it again this week, but my brother forgot to bring me the book when he visited me at university last weekend, and I’m shit at time management so never got around to finding it online (I hate reading manga on a screen anyway). Anyway, let’s get into it!

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Ibitsu follows Kazuki Itou and his terrifying encounters with an otherwordly entity going by the name of Remina Kanbe. The story begins when Itou is returning to his apartment after going shopping, and on his way home he sees a tall dirty lolita sat in a pile of bin bags, holding a broken umbrella and a filthy teddy. What’s even more off-putting is the fact that it looks as if her arms have been slashed open and sewn back together. Itou tries to ignore the girl, but she simply asks “Do you have a younger sister?”. Reflexively, Itou responds that he does and then leaves the creepy girl to it. When he lookds outside from his apartment… the girl is gone. In his next interaction, the girl forces herself into his apartment so she can wash Keiichi – her stuffed rabbit.

It doesn’t take long for an urban legend to reach Itou… the legend of a strange lolita girl that asks a passerby a question, and if they answer, she will become their younger sister and eventually… they will die a “twisted” death.


The story continues as this lolita slowly forces herself further and further into Itou’s life, even trying to kill his real younger sister extremely early in the manga, terrifying her to the point that she pisses herself… and then attempts to ‘clean it up’ by ironing her special lady parts. At this point we’re only in chapter 3 of 15, so you can imagine just how fucked up this manga actually gets.

But what makes this manga creepier than any other random horror manga? Maybe it’s just my lack of exposure to horror manga in general, but there was something off about this manga from the moment I opened the book for the first time. There was a weird energy about it, and it sent a chill up my spine. The character of Remina is tall and intimidating, and sometimes the lines she’s rendered in are chaotic and unburdened by sanity.

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I really recommend this book if you want to experience some fucked up shit this October. I really enjoyed my read through and can’t wait to go back through it again this Halloween. Let me know what your favourite horror manga is, or even just the one that creeped you out or scared you the most.

-Bodell

Hello you wonderful pandas, and welcome to October… or should I say Spooktober? Here at KawaiiPaperPandas, we’re only writing about spooky shit all month! Something tells me Tsubaki will be in his element this month with all the weird and wonderful stuff he writes about! Also, please check out Ayano’s pinned tweet here and join in our 30 Day Spooktober Challenge. Without further ado, let’s get into something I wanted to write about for today.

The prompt for Day 2 of the 30 Day Spooktober Challenge was as follows: least favourite horror anime. Now I haven’t seen that much horror anime, and I’m not a massive fan of horror in general. Saying that, the only anime I could think of was a 2017 series called King’s Game or Ousama Game in Japanese.f93fed24fab3b7e9a4b23cb375e7eac51507190163_main


King’s Game is a bit weird because it fucks around with its source material a fair amount. You see, King’s Game is a manga series written by Nobuaki Kanazawa and illustrated by Hitori Renda, but it also has a sequel and prequel manga, both still written by Kanazawa, but with different artists. The prequel manga is kind of irrelevant in terms of the anime adaptation, but things get a little weird when you realise that the anime is adapting both the original manga and the sequel (titled King’s Game: Extreme). In fact, even though the anime is called King’s Game it is more an adaptation of Extreme.

Okay let’s backtrack a little here so this makes more sense. King’s Game is a manga series based on a twisted version of a Japanese party game where every player will draw a number, bar one who draws a king. The king can then issue commands like “player 6 must kiss player 2” and if they refuse to do so, they face a punishment. In the King’s Game manga, an entire class receives a text giving them commands and threatening to punish them with death. This turns the series into a dark survival horror where the players much do increasingly difficuly and terrible things in order to survive. Doesn’t this sound really fucking cool? Well yeah, and I’d heard good things about this manga and so I sat down to watch the anime adaptation as it aired.

It was shit.

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Let’s go back to what I said earlier about it adapting both arcs of the manga. King’s Game, the anime, begins with a student called Nobuaki Kanazawa (I wonder how the author came up with that one) transferring to a new school, and not long after the titular game begins. The only thing is that it is made apparent that the main character has been through this all before, the reason for this is that we aren’t seeing an adaptation of King’s Game, but of King’s Game: Extreme. This gets even more confusing when the anime begins to flick back and forth between the two portions of the manga to explain what Nobuaki is referencing in the core story. We see that Nobuaki is horrified, but also frustrated that his new classmates won’t listen considering that he’s been through this before. The problem is that we, the viewer, don’t know that story and struggle to align with him and end up seeing both stories play out at the same time.

This is also a show that suffers from a large, bland cast of boring characters and I literally don’t remember any of their names, and I certainly didn’t know there names as I watched the series week by week. This is made worse by the fact that there are two stories unfolding at once, both consisting of a class worth of characters each, and the main character is in both so you forget where the fuck you are.

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After a while, I just came to the series for a laugh as its extremely serious tone mixed with its baffling terrible timing just kept me laughing constantly. Maybe Seven, the animation studio, should just go back to making hentai and leave the rest up to people that know what they’re doing.


Unfortunately, I’ve run out of time to shit on this anime, considering this post is already a day late. What’s your least favourite horro anime? Make sure to post it in the comments and also on Ayano’s twitter thread and answer as many daily prompts as you can if you’d like to join in! Next week I’m going to be posting about a very creepy manga series that I recommend you read if you want a shudder down your spine.

-Bodell

It’s been 2 weeks since my last post and I’ve really not had a lot of time to dedicate to anime since then. I’ve just started my first year at university, so I’ve been trying to fit in a mixture of attending lectures, making time to manage the workload, getting used to new surroundings, making new friends, all sorts. Unfortunately, amongst this I’ve barely watched any anime but something very interesting happened on 24th September… KFC released an official dating sim visual novel on Steam called I Love You, Colonel Sanders! A Finger Lickin’ Good Dating Simulator. How could I not dedicate time to this?

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I was made aware of this by a friend forwarding through an article and I thought it was a joke or an unofficial visual novel that some people made for fun whilst dicking around and eating too much fried chicken. Alas, I was wrong, and this was in fact made by KFC (or at least a company hired by KFC to make it). I’m sure stuff like this has happened in the past but the idea of an entire visual novel being made as a marketing scheme for fried chicken blew my fucking mind; I was so excited to finally jump into it upon release.

I really wasn’t sure to expect from this, I’ve played a few dating sims (I’ve spoken about Katawa Shoujo in a different post) but not that many, especially when compared to some people in the anime community. First and foremost, this VN is free which I am really happy about. From the moment I saw the trailer for this I knew that it wasn’t designed to be its own standalone, but to make you want to go and buy some KFC. And because of the fact that its free and designed as a fancy advert, I was really unsure how long it would take to play through fully. I have completed it one time through and my time is only 78 minutes on Steam, a little bit of that is some dicking around, but mostly that is actual play time.

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This means that this is incredibly short for a visual novel, most that I know of clocking in at least 10 hours per playthrough, and multiple routes to take. And this is another point I’d like to highlight, and that’s that I don’t know how much your choices reflect the outcome of the visual novel. Sometimes when you pick an option, you will just lose the game, and whilst that’s funny, it does get a little annoying when you’ve got to restart the scene and skip back to the point you were at. Because of this, it doesn’t feel like many routes or alternative scenes are available. Sometimes I’d say something that really pissed Colonel Sanders off, but in the next scene we’d be just fine.

Another really strange thing I noticed is that the entire visual novel isn’t narrated from first person, but the visual novel is telling you what you see. This actually took me a little getting used to and stopped me from immediately slotting into character which can be quite a problem for such a short game like this. Some of the characters were a bit random for randomness sake, for example, Pop just wasn’t funny to me and I avoided every interaction with him I could, and Miriam was a little annoying at points. By far though, my favourite character was Student… but that’s mainly because I identified with him on a deeper level….

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Now, did this game succeed in making me want KFC? Absolutely yes! If I weren’t at university and still had my car, I’d have driven straight over to KFC and written this whilst enjoying a zinger stacker. Oh my fucking god, I love a good zinger stacker… it’s my absolute fast food go-to.

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All in all, I think that you should give this a go; it’s free, it’s quick, and KFC is delicious. What’s your favourite fast food restaurant and what’s your go-to order?

-Bodell

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I love Ghibli movies. Of the 23 (including Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and The Red Turtle), I have seen 21 of them; having never seen Ocean Waves and only half of Tales from Earthsea. This phenomenal collection of movies has earnt Studio Ghibli a legendary status amongst anime studios, often being referred to as the Japanese Disney, Hayao Miyazaki being compared to Walt Disney himself.

If you’ve been reading my posts over the last few weeks, you may have seen that I recently went to Japan (I’ve not really said much about it so it could be easily missed). On my trip, I took my travelling companions to the wonderful Ghibli Museum in Mitaka, Tokyo.

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Mitaka is actually slightly out the way by Tokyo standards, but thanks to the legendary Japanese train system, it was quick and easy to get there from Asakusa, where we were staying. The museum was a 10 to 15 minute walk from the station down a long thin road with trees emitting the cacophonous sound of cicada song on the opposing side (we don’t have cicadas in the UK so the sheer volume was quite surprising). After walking down the road for 10 minutes, we crossed into a park with wide pavements flanked by trees providing much needed shade from the beating afternoon sun. We continued walking with nature on our left, and the suburban town of Mitaka on our right until we happened upon it… the Ghibli Museum.

The first thing you see is a ticket gate with Totoro standing there, and a small window below brimming with soot sprites. As you walk around to the entrance, you are greeted with more of this beautifully designed building, laden in plants and vines to the point that it feels almost as if it was constructed long ago and mother nature is slowly reclaiming the space – it all felt very in line with Miyazaki’s beliefs on the preservation of our planet.IMG_0324


Unfortunately, photography is forbidden inside the building so I cannot show you what was on display, but I can say that it was fucking cool as shit. Fortunately, anywhere outside is open for photography, including a Castle in the Sky inspire roof section which you climb a spiral staircase to reach.

When entering, your tickets are exchanged for film tickets which all have 3 random consecutive frames from any Ghibli movie. I can’t actually identify which film mine are from, but its of a boy walking down a rooftop. This ticket granted you access to the museum, and the ability to see a short film animated by the man, the myth, the legend, Hayao Miyazaki.


Quite obviously, the highlight of the visit was being able to see the aforementioned short film although the room was so packed that we had to sit on some uncomfortable stairs rather than an actual seat. The film was Boro the Caterpillar which was a lovely short following the events of the titular Boro, a new-born caterpillar learning how to survive by watching the caterpillars around him. What I found fascinating is that there is no dialogue, but every single sound was made by Japanese comedian, Tamori, who created sounds for the caterpillars walking, eating, and shitting (yes, there’s a good old raining poop sequence). It was a truly incredible and interesting piece of animation.

From the gift shop I bought a couple gifts for a friend who couldn’t come, and also the museum’s book for myself (with English translations) which I’m yet to sink my teeth into.IMG_0332


Overall, if you’re planning a trip to Japan, set aside an afternoon for this and make sure to book tickets as soon as the are released otherwise they’ll probably be sold out. I waited up until 2am on the day of release and sat there through a crashing website for 40 minutes until I got mine. I’ll leave a link below to the website that tells you where to get tickets for the country that you live in.


Thank you for reading, I had a great time at the museum and feel the need to watch a Ghibli movie now. My favourite Ghibli movie has to be either Princess Mononoke or Pom Poko, what’s yours?

-Bodell

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So here I am, sat in my hotel room in Shinjuku, Tokyo on Wednesday morning writing this post because I didn’t get to writing it before I left.

Part of the issue I had is I was unsure as to what to write about; I have plans for the next few weeks, but this was an awkward one for me. I can’t talk much about my trip because my photos are on my camera, not my phone. I’ve not been keeping up with the seasonals so I’m a little out of the loop. And lastly, I just don’t really have time for research. So here I am just writing this stream of consciousness type… thing.

The only thing I can think to do is talk about myself, and why I applied to be a part of KawaiiPaperPandas.


First of all, how did I hear of this site? Well funnily enough, Ayano was actually one of my first followers on Twitter (and I still don’t have a lot because I don’t tweet much) but I mean like first 5 people. After I looked on her profile I found the site and would occasionally dip in.

One day I found myself on her Twitter page again and saw that she was taking new writers on, (as she’d just announced Tsubaki and Alexie joining) so I thought I’d give it a crack.


Here’s the truth, I didn’t read a lot of anime blogs and I still don’t. It’s something I’m trying to get better at doing, but I spend much more time watching anime videos on YouTube. Some of you may know that I do also make videos on YouTube (currently it looks like once every 2 months but I’m trying to up the frequency).

I actually didn’t have any writing to send Ayano when I applied so I sent her a link to my Carole & Tuesday video (click here to see it) and it seemed to be good enough to get me a spot here.


So I’ve talked about how I joined but not why. Well I joined for 3 main reasons:

1. To become better at writing, I need to write every week and I strive for each post to be better than the last.

2. To become better at idea generation, this post kind of shows that I’m struggling with this but I’m working on it.

3. To make friends within the anime community. Before now, all the discussion I’d have would be with a friend when they were in a bit of an anime mood, or my occasional browse of reddit.

The 3rd point was the most important to me, because I wanted to be able to join in a conversation and not feel like I’m just skirting around the edges, occasionally adding something of no real value.

KawaiiPaperPandas has become a home on the internet for me now, the four of us talk on Snapchat pretty much daily and I’m even planning on flying over to the states later this year!


My long term plan is to keep putting everything I learn from blogging into future blogs and YouTube videos. I realise that this almost sounds like I’m planning on leaving but I’m just getting started here. I don’t see myself leaving this site for a long time, only if life takes over and I can’t find time, or if I feel like I’ve said everything I can.


In conclusion, sorry for this fountain of nonsense, I’m going to be talking about my visit to the Ghibli Museum next week so make sure to stay tuned!

-Bodell

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Before you say anything, I know this is some really bottom of the barrel shit, but I’ve got to write a bunch of stuff before I fly away and this is a somewhat amusing story. As this is published, I’ll be in Kyoto, the historic capital of Japan (and yes, I’m going to continue rubbing my Japan trip in your face next week too).

This is kind of a follow up to my post a few weeks ago about how I got into anime, so be sure to read that too! (Click here to read it!)

I can’t remember the exact time scale of this, but it must have been sometime in 2014. I’d dropped out of school and was working fulltime for an I.T. support company, being either 17 or 18 years old. I wasn’t loving it, but it was better than the sixth form I was going to (if you don’t know what sixth form is, just google it because I’m not explaining the English school system here).

I was sat with a few friends and we were discussing anime. I mentioned that I’d bought a DVD of a series I knew nothing about beforehand called Elfen Lied and that it was alright. The series contains a fair amount of gore and nudity, with the opening sequence just being a naked woman murdering a shit tonne of people with her mind. My friend thought it was pretty cool and typed it into MyAnimeList… apart from the fact that he didn’t. He typed Elfina… which happens to be a hentai. We laughed it off and that was that (I don’t think he ever actually watched Elfen Lied after that, but he’s not missing out on that much, let’s face it).


In the following weeks and months, I kept thinking about the coincidence… but more so I wondered what Elfina was actually like having never seen any hentai. One day, I decided that I’d sit down and watch it. This was a mistake.

Okay, anyone here that’s seen Elfina will know that it’s not really shocking or disgusting when compared to other hentai out there, but remember that this was my first experience and it’s not vanilla by any means.

I couldn’t find the first episode online (because I didn’t know where to look) but found the second of the trilogy. The opening sequence features a large group of women in chains pissing on the floor in the rain what the fuck is happening I’ve never seen anything like this before… breathe… breathe… it can’t get any worse than this… can it?

It can.

Turns out Elfina is a series wherein a country conquers its neighbouring nation and sends the men and children away, but keeps the women as sex slaves, Elfina being the titular princess of the conquered nation.

“Highlights” of the episode were a guy forcing a girl to… um… nosh him off during a meeting and then hold the ‘aftermath’ in her mouth for like a day, the same woman rubbing up on a jail cell bar, and the princess getting fucking gang raped at then and fucking enjoying being shamed… just why, Japan?


After completing the episode, I dutifully went to sleep and went to work the next day. I recall feeling a little ill, but I was able to get by. At lunch I walked up to the local Co-Op and bought a bacon and egg sandwich before walking back down to the office to tuck into it. As I opened the sandwich box I looked into the fleshy and slightly damp interior and the imagery it conjured made me feel sick. I took one bite before throwing the rest of the sandwich away… I didn’t eat sandwiches for a while after that.

I’ve seen hentai since, but I don’t watch it regularly. It doesn’t make me feel sick anymore, but I don’t think I can ever truly ‘enjoy’ it.


Any of you got some fun hentai stories? Let me know below! This post is a little shorter than usual as I’m writing three in one stint and last week’s was a little heavy, so figured I’d keep this one short and sweet!

-Bodell

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*Takes deep breath* Okay… we’re really doing this? Today I’m going to talk about the controversial topic of loli characters. Before the impending shitstorm ensues, I’m not here to pitch up a tent on either side of the current debate surrounding lolis (or shotas), but I will talk about the origins of the term and what’s caused the aforementioned shitstorm.

A few disclaimers before we begin:

  1. I am the one writing this; not Ayano, not Tsubaki, not Alexie, but Bodell. I’m not planning on expressing opinions but know that anything I say does not necessarily align with the thoughts or opinions of the rest of the Panda Gang. Ayano is checking to make sure this post is acceptable, but that doesn’t mean that this represents her thoughts on this topic.
  2. This discussion will delve into the concept of loli porn, and of course the accusations that it reflects child pornography. If this makes you uncomfortable, I urge you to not read this post.
  3. If you feel strongly on this subject on either side of the debate, I ask that you do not try to force this opinion on others down in the comments. If you wish to discuss this, please be respectful or do it elsewhere (I know that most of you guys will be respectful, but I felt the need to mention this just in case).

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So, let’s begin. What is a ‘loli’? A loli is a female character that either is or has the qualities of a child. Typically, they are short and cute, but their in-fiction age varies drastically depending on the series and its art style. That’s all we’re going to say on age for now, but I will come back to it later in this post.

But before I get into the debates, let’s discuss the origins of the term ‘loli’. ‘Loli’ is short for ‘lolita’ which has two distinct meanings in Japanese. The first being what I’ve already mentioned, and the other being the Edwardian style fashion you see some Japanese girls adorning, think Harajuku fashion and you’re on the right lines.

I don’t know how lolita fashion fits in, but the term ‘lolita’ actually comes from outside of Japan. In 1955 a Russian-American author, Vladimir Nabokov, wrote a book called Lolita in which a middle-aged man becomes sexually involved with his 12-year-old stepdaughter, nicknaming her ‘Lolita’. The book is extremely well regarded, to the point that it’s been branded as one of the best books of the 20th century by many. However, when adopting this as a term to describe young-looking female characters, it’s almost impossible to not draw the lines between these characters and paedophilia (yes that is how it’s spelt in Britain). The term ‘loli’ was seemingly always set up to fail.

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However, if you say something for long enough, it begins to lose its original power. This is why discussing things like sex were taboo years ago, but nowadays no one really cares. I believe a similar thing has happened with the word ‘loli’ in the anime community, as we no longer fully consider where the word originates from. The word has taken on a new meaning.

Loli now refers to a particular character design within the anime/manga sector of the medium of cartoons/animation. There are so many loli characters that we universally love and enjoy watching, these characters often aren’t sexualised but the term has become a blanket that often just means a moe girl that’s young-looking. As I said earlier, loli characters vary drastically in in-fiction age, with the term “legal loli” arising referring to characters that are over the age of 18 but are still lolis. So, if these characters are legally allowed to be engaging in sexual activities in universe, what’s the problem with watching them?

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Two words: pseudo photography. Once again, I’m going to remind you that I’m not expressing an opinion, but what I understand the controversy to be. Also, I would like to state that I learnt this from a personal friend who works in computer forensics. It is this man’s literal job to scan seized devices and catch people who are up to no good, including paedophiles. I’m sure you can guess where this is going.

In UK law, loli porn is 100% illegal… especially if the character is under 18 in-fiction. And this is because of what I said above, pseudo photography. A drawing of a child is treated similarly to a picture of a real child because, in the eyes of the law, a sexual attraction is still being formed between someone of consenting age and someone who is not.

I can’t believe I’m actually researching and writing about this, but child pornogrophy is graded in catergories, the most severe offences being A grade, the less severe being C grade. A is exactly what you’d expect, I’m not going to describe it because I don’t want to conjur unsavoury imagery for you. C, however, can sometimes be photos that seem innocent, pictures of a child fully clothed, maybe even with some family. It depends on the relationship between the child and the owner of the pictures, and the context surrounding the case. Psuedo photography comes in when this imagery is rendered through drawings, animations, video game cutscenes, etc. It’s not real but it represents something that is.

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Now, does that make someone who watches loli porn a paedophile? Some would say yes, some would say no. It could be raised that someone who watches rape porn isn’t a rapist and doesn’t necessarily plan on becoming one; equally someone who watches incest porn doesn’t necessarily want to sleep with their actual family. There’s the possibility, that part of attraction is the taboo surrounding it, the rush of doing something wrong. However, others see that roleplay between consenting adults is different to that of an adult and a child, and that the fact that this kink exists is enough to warrant imprisonment.

The laws on this are less strict in the USA and in Japan (hence why Japan makes a fuck tonne of this stuff), and its arguable that Japan’s laws on paedophilia are also less strict in general. You might remember the situation surrounding the author of Rurouni Kenshin in 2017 when it was discovered that he owned DVDs of naked underage girls. This, obviously, went public and the current arc of Rurouni Kenshin was stopped. This culminated in a $2000 fine and his manga resumed in June 2018 in the same magazine. If that was in the West, he’d be ostracised by society and would likely never be allowed to publish in that magazine ever again.

I think we mostly can agree that this is problem, because these were images of real girls. The issue we have in the community right now is that some people believe that fiction is fiction and it doesn’t hurt anyone, whilst the opposite side believe that fiction is based in reality, and if the reality is wrong, so is the fiction.

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Okay this is pretty heavy shit so I’m going to end it here. This is where I’d normally ask you a question but today I’d just like to wish you a nice day. I’m going to fuck off to Japan for 2 weeks so I won’t be reading any comments, but I will still be posting as I have a few scheduled for the next couple weeks.

-Bodell

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