Happy Valentine’s Day my pandas!

I hope whether you are single, taken, or whatever your relationships statues might be you enjoy today to the FULLEST! We all deserve some love and affection now and again. Speaking of love…today’s Valentine’s Day Special is all about the AMAZING cosplayers who deserve some recognition. Yes, that’s right! Today we are celebrating some very talented cosplayers during the month of February. This February is also known as the 28 Days of Black Cosplay (and let’s not forget Black History Month!). The 28 Days of Black Cosplay gives a much needed spotlight on black cosplayers in the anime community. Everyday my timeline on Twitter is filled with tons of beautiful cosplayers shared by other cosplayers or anyone who just enjoys killer cosplay work. I can’t begin to describe how happy this makes me!

In the recent months there has been A LOT of drama in the anime and cosplay community. It seems some cosplay photographers are still only shooting predominately white females and glossing over the fact that there are literally ALL KINDS of other cosplayers out there to be photographed. Tsk tsk if I do say so myself. I’m sorry to say but there is more to life and photography than just the quote on quote “white race.” I want to see cosplayers in all shapes, sizes, colors, and variants. Give me a melting pot of cosplay photos to look at! Honestly, seeing the same white cosplayers over and over again gets a little redundant in my opinion. So if these cosplay photographers don’t want to photograph or feature people of color in their work then I’m just going to have to do it for them!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who replied to my #28DaysofBlackCosplay thread on Twitter. You guys rock! I am so VERY happy to be featuring you guys today. I hope everyone reading this today will check out everyone’s personal social media accounts. Go show some love, support, and don’t forget to give all of these wonderful cosplayers a follow! Also if you want to read a little bit more about the 28 Days of Black Cosplay check out this article written by Briana Lawrence over on Syfy.com: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/28-days-of-black-cosplay-puts-a-much-needed-spotlight-on-black-cosplayers. Now let’s get this Valentine’s Day party started shall we?!

First up we have Akakioga Cosplay! You can find her on Instagram at  She is most proud of her She-Ra, Orisa, and Static Shock cosplays. Orisa and Static Shock photos taken by aleestudios. She-Ra photo taken by bradconyersphotos.

Next up we have the one of a kind Misu the Witch! She hasn’t gotten around to cosplaying anything new this year as of yet, but will be back to cosplaying again very soon. Until then you can check out her previous works on Twitter at misuthewitch. Some of her previous cosplays have included Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro, Mistress 9 from Sailor Moon, Snow White as a Jedi, and an armored version of Glaceon from Pokemon. The photographer for Misu’s work is hanamaru_photog.

Third up is Darin over on Twitter at rain4estwhitaka. He’s got a bad ass cosplay version of Miles Morales from Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse and a hilarious version of Martin Baker on his cellphone. Yeah…we all remember that meme! You can also find him on IG by the same user handle as his Twitter account.

Fourth up is the spunky Chissy Cosplay. Chissy is definitely bringing the heat with his renditions of Joker from Persona 5 the Animation and Deku from the ever popular My Hero Academia. You can find Chissy Cosplay on Twitter at chissycosplay or on IG at chissycosplay as well! We love a consistent otaku 😀 The photographer from Chissy’s Joker cosplay is done by Ebitsuki Photography and the Deku cosplay is photographed by Solospeed.

Last, but certainly not least, is Miss Suju! How could you not love a girl who cosplays as Ryuko from KILL la KILL? Or how about Marina from the game Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion? This is a cosplayer after my own heart! ❤ You can find Miss Suju on Twitter at miss_suju_cos or on IG at miss_suju. Miss Suju’s must have otaku blood running through her family’s veins because her lovely sister over at grumpawump on IG is her cosplay photographer!

And there we have it folks! Five crazy talented individuals who cosplays are off the chain and you should go follow ASAP. I really wanted to feature more people on this post but unfortunately I don’t think a lot of people saw my original tweet. Hopefully everyone on this list and some of my regular followers will share the crap out of this post so we can get to know some more cosplayers in the future! Also don’t forget to check out the hashtag #28DaysofBlackCosplay on Twitter for more impressive cosplays. There are dozens upon dozens of cosplayers that deserve respect and recognition. Remember cosplay isn’t just about skinny white girls dressing up as your favorite waifu from time to time. Give colored cosplay a chance! I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! 😉

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist). Today’s cosplays were posted with the consent of the content creators and their respective work.

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away! This will be the first Valentine’s Day in my 29 years on this planet that I’ll actually have a significant other. You bet your sweet candy ass I went all out for him too. I’m super duper excited to give him his Valentine’s Day gift. I love surprising other people but I hate having to wait! I’m so impatient sometimes.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is going to be about all my favorite couples in anime (I’m pretty sure you could have guessed this from my title). I was trying to figure out if I did this topic last year but I know a lot of my February post consisted of me covering Violet Evergarden weekly. Man! That seems like ages ago now! Crazy to think that this time last year I was dedicating my life to a weekly episode review for you all. I really REALLY want to do another episode by episode review for you guys again, I just haven’t found the right series to do it with. I’m waiting for the perfect series because that shit takes dedication and ain’t nobody got time for dat right now XD

But yes! Cute anime couples incoming in 3…2…1!

1. Tomoe & Nanami from Kamisama Hajimemashita

^I just came to the conclusion that Tomoe and Nanami’s relationship is like a sour patch kid. First it’s sour, than it’s sweet 😛

2. Haru & Ren from Super Lovers

^Forever and ever will always be my favorite yaoi couple.

3. Kou & Futaba from Blue Spring Ride

^These two make me squee with glee :3

4. Rokka & Hazuki from Natsuyuki Rendezvous

^I love how dedicated Hazuki is to Rokka even when he is making an ass of himself lololz

5. Princess Serenity & Prince Endymion from Sailor Moon

^The OG’s of anime couples right here.

6. Hirotaka & Narumi from Love is Hard for an Otaku

^Newly added to the “favorite couples in anime list” but GOD DAMN…these two are stinkin’ adorable!

7. Shin & Layla from NANA

^Don’t get me wrong I love both Nana’s and their respective relationships (drama included), but Shin and Layla were low-key my favorites of the group ❤

8. Ban & Elaine from The Seven Deadly Sins

^Till death do they part.

9. Yukito & Touya from CardCaptor Sakura

^I really only cared about Sakura and Syaoran’s relationship when I was younger, but now that I’m older I love Yukito and Touya’s relationship more.

10. Sophie & Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle

^Ugh…this moment makes my heart go doki doki.

Of course I have like a BILLION other anime couples I would love to put on this list but sadly this is called Top Ten Tuesday for a reason! I’ll have to make another list like this some other time that way I can feature the other couples that I love and adore. What are some of your favorite couples in anime? Did your favorites make today’s list? If you have any plans for Valentine’s Day what are they? If you’re single are you going to take the opportunity to spoil yourself or just pretend like Valentine’s Day doesn’t exist? Let me know all of your thoughts, comments, and plans down below in the comments section! That is going to do it for me today. I’ll see you all in my next post! MUAH! XOXO

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

Yes, I know it isn’t Christmas anymore. And no, I don’t need a reminder that my title is also a Christmas song XD

I felt like the title was fitting today due to the fact that (most) of America is currently in a polar vortex. Oregon thankfully has only had a minimal amount of snow and where I live has been pretty clear of harsh/icy weather. I am super jealous of everyone else around the world right now though! Some of you guys are experiencing warmer weather due to it being summer where you live. Send some of that sunshine my way please! I wanted to make today’s Top Ten Tuesday all about snowy scenes in anime. These aren’t necessarily all my favorite moments, but rather just ones I enjoy thinking about from time to time.

I would like to share a really beautiful video with you guys. This is The Oregonian’s video of snow on the coast of Seaside Oregon. Snow doesn’t reach the coast very often, but when it does it is simply STUNNING! I wish this video was longer than 27 seconds. It would have been great to see a full 360 degrees of the coast. But at least I am able to share this with you all.

Let’s get to these snowy moments in anime before we all freeze to death! So maybe grab a blanket, some tea or coffee or hot chocolate, and some fuzzy socks before we dive into today’s list. I’ll wait.
Ready?! Okay! Here we go. (P.S. I’m sorry not all the gif sizes will be the same. I try to make sure they are all exactly the same size but this time it didn’t quite work out that way).

1. Phos VS Snow in Land of the Lustrous

^Phos trying to navigate winter in Land of the Lustrous is one of my favorite moments in the entire series.

2. A hug and a kiss in 5 Centimeters Per Second

^We all know this was the only good/worthwhile moment in 5 Centimeters Per Second. It all went downhill after this.

3. A frolic through the snow in Wolf Children

^This moment always makes my heart melt ❤

4. Mirai being a bad ass in Beyond the Boundary

^All of the snow scenes in Beyond the Boundary are legit perfection.

5. An angel from the sky in Violet Evergarden

^Speaking of bad asses…we can’t forget Violet in episode 12 where she comes down from the sky to kick some ass in the snow by herself!

6. Traveling through the snow in Mushi-Shi

^I wonder how many snowy seasons Ginko has seen in his travels?

7. Sugimoto and Shiraishi trying to get warm in Golden Kamuy

^I forgot how freaking HILARIOUS this scene was XD

8. Blizzard warning in Re:Zero

^Puck’s true form must be ungodly terrifying.

9. Sea Snow in Nagi no Asukara

^I find it rather intriguing that they got so called “snow” in the ocean in Nagi no Asukara. That’s anime logic for you!

10. A wondrous sight in Erased

^Definitely one of the best moments in Erased. How can you not love a snowy backdrop against a starry rainbow sky?!

Did you guys make it to the end of this list without dying of hypothermia? You did?! Yay! Thank you all for joining me this Tuesday. I’m glad I was able to get another post out for you all. Like I said in my previous post I am trying to get back into writing more post as soon as possible. I miss writing and chatting with you guys and reading what everyone else has been up to. I hope everyone is staying warm (if you are dealing with the winter temperatures) or staying cool if it is summer time in your region. That is going to do it for me tonight! I will see you all in my next blog. 😀

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

Hey, hey, hey! I am alive and well my pandas. I feel like I’ve been gone from blogging for awhile now, but in all reality it has only been a few short weeks. It feels kinda odd not having written anything in a hot minute…but I am here now to bring you a little sumthin sumthin 😉 Since February is all about love and affection and hearts and candy I’ve decided to give a shout out to some shows that need more wuv! I like writing these post from time to time. It allows you guys to check out some shows you might have missed when they first originally aired or to see what shows you already have in your anime viewing arsenal.

I wanted to get a post out since I’ve been away for some time. I feel like I am going a bit bonkers with post ideas running around in my head 😛 I do have a fun collab that will be heading your guys way very soon! If you are following me over on Twitter then you already know the idea of the post I’ll be brewing up next. I hope you all are excited as I am for this post! Sometimes I can come up blog ideas fairly easily, while other times it takes me awhile before something pops into my head. I know I haven’t been pushing out as much content as I usually do, but I decided to focus more on the quality of the content that I post rather than quantity. I hope you guys understand where I am coming from ❤

Alright, alright. Enough with the idle chitchat…lets showcase some anime series!

1. Sagrada Reset

I feel like a lot of people passed up on Sagrada Reset when it initially aired in 2017. This is mostly like due to it being a slow burner/slow pay off anime. While some of the series does take a while to build up, the pay off it totally worth it. This is one of the best mystery/supernatural anime I have seen. I would also almost consider this anime to be a thriller, not in the “creepy thriller” sense, but in the tension that it builds and how many cliffhangers we see throughout the episodes as the series progresses. If you want an anime that challenges your thinking and cognitive skills, while also boggling your mind, I highly suggest checking this show out.

2. Occultic;Nine

Speaking of mind boggling and creepy anime…lets talk about Occultic;Nine. This anime came out for fall season in 2016. I know there was a lot of mixed reviews/feelings for this show. The dialogue is very fast so keeping up with the subtitles was a little tricky. I think this is the fastest anime I have seen thus far (in terms of keeping up with what was going on). Personally, I really loved the horror elements of this show. Its genre is sci-fi and mystery, but the creep factor is top notch. This is another series that challenges the ideologies of the mind and makes you question whether or not the supernatural entities exist in the real world. I have major love for Occultic;Nine.

3. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept.

Ahhhhhh. What can I say about ACCA that hasn’t already been said before? I know some of you guys have already seen this series and loved it as much as I have. I was a ding dong and didn’t watch it when it came out in 2017. Well…when it came out for winter season in 2017. ACCA is pragmatic, a breath of fresh air, and has a certain je ne sais quoi to its characters, storyline, and world building. Overall, ACCA is completely charming and deserves all the praise in the world. Seriously! You will not be disappointed with this series. I give you my scouts honor. 

4. Altair: A Record of Battles

I will say this until I am blue in the face…Altair: A Record of Battles was the sleeper anime of 2017. This anime is so unbelievably good that I can’t hype it up enough. I am not kidding either. If you want to watch a killer historical anime about war strategy in the Middle East (based loosely around the country of Turkey) than you gotta check this show out. This show is HIGHLY underrated. Did anyone else check this show out when it first came out? I feel like I am the only person who actually watched it. I would love to see some other people get into it and then possibly have a discussion on it! That would be a dream goal of mine this year. If anyone would like to do a collab on this series please let me know!

5. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash

Looking for an emotional punch to your gut? Well then…I have the anime for you! Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash garnered some followers when it aired in 2016, but I still feel like it deserves more recognition. The drama in this show is impeccable…and I mean IMPECCABLE. I really loved the fact that this story took its time to build up the characters naturally and didn’t force anyone to be someone they were not. It seems like a lot of fantasy anime these days just throw the viewer into the mix and set up unrealistic standards for the main characters. Grimgar gives us a realistic situation without forcing anyone’s hand or just giving the viewer instant gratification. Step by step characters are built through every interaction with the plot. You really have to pay attention to the small details in this story, or you miss crucial elements to the development of each character and the situations they are put in. If you want an in-depth experience with a fantasy, adventure, drama anime then watch Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash ASAP.

And there you have it folks! Some anime series that need all the love and affection they can get. If you have seen these series what are your overall impressions, thoughts, and feelings about them? If you haven’t seen any of these series will you be adding them to your watch list? I would love to know what y’all think down below in the comments section! I’m super duper proud of myself for getting a post out today! I’ll try to get back into the swing of things as soon as I can. I have some great blog ideas floating around. I just need to stop being lazy and actually get them out…tehehehe 😀

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

That’s right my pandas! Today is my 29th birthday!

Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday to me,
Happy Birthday dear Ayano-chan,
Happy Birthday to me!

Ah, nothing like getting one year closer to death. Yup…gotta face the inevitable facts here peeps. We aren’t going to live forever. But today isn’t about my morbid sense of humor that occasionally pops out from time to time…no siree bob! Today is all about my anime birthday twins! I just wanted to shout-out a few anime characters that share the same birthday as me. I want to keep today’s post short and sweet. Nothing too fancy schmancy. I was originally going to make this post yesterday for Top Ten Tuesday buuuut got lazy when I came home from work. So here we are! At least this blog concept also works on my ACTUAL birthday. Without further delay lets get to these characters 😀

1. Miharu from Girls Bravo!

^Oh Girls Bravo…you have a special place in my heart.

2. Nobuo from NANA

^I’m still salty that Nana didn’t end up with Nobuo -.-

3. Alice from Shokugeki no Soma

^I can relate to Alice and her sassy ways XD

4. Hifumi from New Game

^Hifumi is my waifu ❤

5. Mikoto from Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

^Still haven’t seen this anime yet! Maybe I’ll try to watch it this weekend.

I have to say I am pretty okay with sharing my birthday with all of these characters…especially Hifumi. She’s my favorite character out of New Game and I love her oh so much! Which anime characters do you share a birthday with? Let me know in the comments section below! I will be taking the next week off. My boyfriend and I will be spending quality time together and I will also be hanging out with my friends doing random birthday activities. I’ll be back next week I promise! You can also still catch me on Twitter per usual. With all of that being said I’ll see you guys very soon! 😉

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

It seems in this day and age everyone wants to know what everyone’s favorite anime is. We are constantly bombarded with the idea that there can only be one true “favorite” anime of all time, but if you are a die hard anime fan quite like myself, then you know it is no easy task just picking one favorite. Sometimes when you can’t quite narrow down your selection to one answer people will then reach for the “what’s your top ten anime of all time then?” question. Incidentally enough, this seems like a more plausible question for an otaku to answer but again, I digress, it really isn’t. I have actually went over this topic before a while back on my blog. There is no “real/true” way to narrow down your “top ten favorite anime of all time” simply because there are too many anime series that are consistently pumped out each year. The anime/otaku community is always evolving, always changing, and always coming out with new media for the consumer to enjoy. There is no way in hell that my “top ten favorite anime list of all time” is the same now as it was two, five, or even ten years ago.

What you can be sure of as an anime fan is what anime you might consider masterpieces. The definition of a masterpiece is “a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.” I decided to ask some of you guys over on my Twitter your definition of a masterpiece. This is in the context of what criteria an anime might contain in order to be considered a masterpiece or in the generalization why someone might consider an anime series a masterpiece. Sam from A Nerdy Perspective claimed that impact on the viewer is important. That “if a series has amazing characters, stories, etc and it leaves me with the feeling of never being able to have that same amazing experience again with another show” then that anime is a masterpiece. Scott from Mech Anime Reviews felt the same way as Sam, saying “I don’t think it’s any criteria, but if a person finishes a show and they get the feeling of *I will never watch a series like this ever again,* then that show might be in the realm of masterpiece. Zenith from Infinite Zenith believes a masterpiece anime should have the ability to “dramatically change my world-view or personal beliefs by presenting thematic elements in a compelling and detailed manner or be sufficiently engaging and well written as to help me gain perspective on a problem relevant to me at the time of watching.” A few other people touched on the topic of story/character relatability and being able to watch something over and over again. It’s safe to assume that for an anime series to be considered a masterpiece it must impact the viewer in some way, shape, or form on a deeper level.

I definitely agree with all of my fellow companions. A masterpiece, to me, is a series that I relate to on a profound personal level, it sways me emotionally (ex. makes me laugh, cry, smile, feel disdain for certain characters, etc), adds to my ideology of world-views, and is compelling enough to keep me engaged/interested in the story, characters, the setting, and what is to come/happen in the series. An anime series doesn’t have to be completely flawless, it can have hiccups here and there, but as long as the story/characters are engaging enough then I am completely satisfied. I have stated this a few times on my blog before but when it comes to anime I am NOT the harshest critic out there. I tend to go a little easier on anime series and anime films. Don’t get me wrong…there are some anime out there that I dislike but my likes list outweighs my hate list. I’m trying to critic anime from a more general perspective as I continue to grow my blog, but I would much rather write about other analytical things than anime reviews and or shit on anime for the views. *cough cough*

Before we jump into today’s list if you want to read the post I mentioned above you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2017/08/22/topic-tuesday-do-you-think-its-possible-to-narrow-down-anime-seriesmanga-to-a-favorite-top-ten/. I wrote this blog back in 2017, but I feel like the context is still relevant to this day. Also this list will be in no particular order and will not include films because I feel like anime movies are in their own category. I will just be listing all the anime I consider masterpieces as I see fit. So let’s do the damn thing!

1. March Comes in Like a Lion

What can I say about March Comes in Like a Lion that hasn’t already been said before? This show is a masterpiece. There is no doubt about that. This show is very similar in style to Nana and Honey & Clover (which are listed down below). I guess you can say the story-telling formula is almost identical in a way (with a lighter note on the romance). This is one anime series you cannot pass up. I highly encourage anyone who hasn’t seen this show to watch it. Like seriously…drop what you are doing and go watch it. You can thank me later.

2. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a slow-burner anime. The very first episode of this series is 45 mins long. I have noticed a trend of longer first episodes over the last couple of years. This can also be said of the new anime The Rising of the Shield Hero, which is currently airing as I write this. I feel like a lot of people passed up on this anime because the first episode was so long. That and this anime is also more historical based and it might not suit everyone’s taste. But I promise you this anime is oh so worth it! It’s got drama, it’s got history, and it even has a little bit of romance thrown into it. It is one I think (almost) everyone can enjoy.

3. Nana

The GOAT of all drama anime. I literally cannot describe in words how much Nana means to me. I finally got around to watching it a few years ago and I was kicking myself for not watching it sooner. That is one thing 2000’s anime does flawlessly; the portrayal of the human condition is perfection. This is one of the very few anime I consider to be faultless. It’s a shame that the manga will probably never be finished due to Ai Yazawa’s health. I still wish her all the best ❤

4. Honey and Clover

I actually just finished Honey and Clover a few days ago. I pretty much feel the same way about this series as I do Nana. While it started off a little crazy the ending of the anime left me a little bittersweet. I wish the ending was just a tad stronger/differently, but everything else was stupendous! The characters, their journeys together, the story-telling…everything was perfecto! If you enjoyed Nana as much as me I suggest checking out Honey and Clover as well!

5. Violet Evergarden

I don’t think I need to say much about Violet Evergarden considering I did a WHOLE episode by episode review of the series last year when it came out. My episode by episode reviews are quite long, but it gives you a lot of insight and how I was feeling while watching the show each week. If you want to check out those post you can start with episode one here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/01/11/violet-evergarden-episode-1-first-impressions/.

6. Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou is a new love of mine. I mean…how could you not love an anime that brings together kick ass anime characters based off of real life author’s and their respected works?! It is inevitably one of the most creative anime done in a very long time. The series as a whole is impeccable and the Dead Apple movie just adds to the repertoire of badassery. If I could give this series a higher score instead of just a measly 10 I would!

7. Land of the Lustrous

I’m probably a little bias when it comes to Land of the Lustrous. That’s probably due to me being a HUGE fan of the manga series. I literally recommend the manga to anyone who is looking for something new to read. This show is spectacular because of the fluid and beautiful use of CGI. I also wrote a very informative article on why Land of the Lustrous has set the standard for CGI use in anime. If you want to read that post you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/08/30/why-orange-animation-studio-has-set-the-standard-for-cg-cgi-in-anime/.

8. Nagi no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara has been one of those anime series that resonated with me the moment I watched the very first episode. I actually watched this series on a whim one day when I was cruising through Hulu a few years back. More recently I found myself taking chances on anime I have never heard of and its been paying off! I wrote a blog post last week about Doukyuusei (which I also happened to watch randomly one night) and I couldn’t believe I missed out on this short film back when it was released in 2016Sometimes finding new anime series to watch by accident or while randomly scrolling through sites/streaming platforms can make your anime viewing experience that more pleasurable. Take a risk and watch that show!

9. Natsuyuki Rendezvous

This anime. I could write a novel on what this anime means to me if it really came down to it. I won’t do that right now though (cause who has time for that? Am I right? :P) This anime series scores okay on My Anime List at a 7.33 out of 10. Most of us would consider that fair to middlin in the anime realm. To me, this anime is a 10 out of 10. Natsuyuki Rendezvous shook me to my very core. I watched it during a dark time in my life. I was trying to overcome the death of a close friend, navigating why no one wanted to date me, and overall just unhappy with where I was at in life. I latched onto this series because I could relate to it on a personal level. There was so much hurt and anguish and pain that came from this series story that I relished in it. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Maybe one of these days I’ll sit down and write a blog post about it, but for now if you are struggling like I was then maybe watching this series will give you some sort of comfort or even help overcome what you are going through. Watch it.

10. Golden Kamuy

Welcome the newest member of the masterpiece club…Golden Kamuy! What pushes this series over the edge is the second season. My goodness! This anime is one hell of a ride. The voice actors, the characters, the shenanigans that ensue over the course of two seasons is impeccable! I cannot fathom a better crew than the kids in Golden Kamuy. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…Golden Kamuy has one of the BEST anime teams of all time. And no…you can’t change my mind! If you didn’t watch this in 2018 what the hell were you doing?! You are sleeping on some comedy gold! Also if you need another hilarious comedy anime to watch then check out Asobi Asobase. Another anime that is pure fucking comedy gold as well 😀

This post has been in the making for a long time. I’m glad I finally had time to sit down and write it. Of course there are tons of other anime series out there that I consider close to masterpieces. I probably could write multiple blogs on this topic. I know I want to write a film version of this at some point as well. Soon my pandas! I promise I’ll get something to you soon. What anime do YOU consider anime masterpieces? Let me know all of your thoughts in the comments section down below! I will be posting a Top Ten Tuesday post on Tuesday and maybe something for Wednesday. Wednesday is my birthday and I think I am going to take some time off after that to enjoy some quality time with my friends. I’m sure you guys understand! Thank you for joining me today my pandas. I’ll catch you all on Tuesday! XOXO

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

They say you never forget your first love. While that might be the case for some, others know the harsh reality of what it means to have loved and lost. First love is often a compelling, unforgettable, and powerful emotion that we all experience at a young age. This young love experience happens when our hearts are still innocent and pure-before we ever get to taste the bittersweet pill of heartbreak. As we grow older we often reminisce on old sentimental memories, sometimes this leaves us yearning for our unfinished love from long ago. The allure and tender memories of first love drive many to seek out this feeling once more in hopes of being reunited with the warm embers of enchantment and rapture. A tepid emotion that every human craves from the day they are born.

Doukyuusei is one of those stories. A story about first love, growing up, and trying to navigate “what is to come next” after high school. Doukyuusei revolves around Rihito Sajou, an honor student who got perfect scores in every subject on his high school entrance exam and Hikaru Kusakabe who plays guitar in his band and is popular amongst the girls. These two boys would have never crossed paths if it wasn’t for their schools upcoming chorus festival. One day Hikaru offers to help Rihito prepare for their upcoming chorus festival and the two begin to talk. As the two meet after school, they feel one another’s sound, listen to each other’s voice, and begin to harmonize as their hearts beat together. It starts out slow but soon their feelings for one another grow and in just one moment they both realize that it is love.

Sajou and Kusakabe’s love grows steadily along with the changing of the seasons. Kusakabe’s emotions are frivolous, pure, and direct causing Sajou to hesitate at first, but he gradually opens his heart. The boys are learning about each other as they also learn about themselves and support one another during this difficult time typical to youth (i.e. navigating school and what it means to be in a same sex relationship). First love is an experience that is all consuming-so each person is always on each other’s mind. When you fall in love with someone this is the person you want to spend all of your time with, so time with your friends is often set aside. We see this happen a multitude of times when Kusakabe ditches his band to help Sajou with his singing skills.

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First love partners can be highly sensitized to each other. This allows both people to become hyper-aware and alert to subtle interpersonal signals. This hypersensitivity can make each individual to become easily hurt by small slights from each other. There can also be a sense of desperate attachment. The joy of having each other is overshadowed with the idea of fear and the sentiment of losing each other. Conflicts such as issues of freedom and possessiveness, honesty and deception, trust and jealousy, togetherness and separateness, satisfaction and sacrifice may also play into the relationship as well. We can see Sajou become jealous of Kusakabe when he goes to see his band play live for the first time and a girl asks for Kusakabe’s number at the end of the set.

Then the roles are reversed when Kusakabe chases after Sajou in an attempt to show him how much he truly means to him.

As an article over on Psychology Today states, “Love is risky because the person we love the most can hurt us the worst. Love that feels like forever does not necessarily last forever. And we can’t always measure the other person’s love for us by our love for them.” The weight of this statement really comes into play when Kusakabe finds out from their teacher that Sajou has applied to a college in Kyoto without him knowing. Kusakabe is hurt that Sajou didn’t tell him directly and this reflects when they get into a fight about it before summer break. Sajou then counters that Kusakabe isn’t thinking about his future like he should be and Kusakabe claims that maybe they really don’t know each other like they thought they did.

And that is the tricky thing about love; love can be fickle, unpleasant at times, and suppressible. Falling in love comes with risks and the reality of it all is that most high school “in-love” relationships do not last. People fall out of love, we are presented with new challenges, different paths, and opposite directions to take. There is no pain-free way to bring a first love relationship to a close. At least one person is going to end up feeling injured when the other is ready to move on. Many people feel hurt, helpless, betrayed, abandoned, or rejected when their first love dissipates from their life, but you always have to remember that there is other life after your first love. Love comes in many shapes and forms. Your idea of love can be shaped by a multitude of people that may pass through your life. Love doesn’t fit into one type of mold.

Luckily for Kusakabe and Sajou they get a happy ending in the movie (we don’t get to see their lives outside of high school…which would have been a great little tidbit to throw in at the end). The boys come to their senses and apologize to one another over summer break. Kusakabe helps Sajou make it to his mock exams on time and we get a sweet little moment and kiss between them in the last few minutes of the film.

My inner fujoshi hopes that Kusakabe and Sajou had a long happy ending well after high school and into college and maybe even beyond that (I think I’ll go read the manga now and see if they did get that happy ending!). As Imran wrote in his article titled 10 Reasons Why We Never Forget Our First Love, “Love is always special, but your first love moves you in a way that is inherently unique. It introduces you to feelings you have never had before, for better or for worse, and is accompanied by a sense of wonder, intrigue, and excitement. Even though your first love may not have lasted, it will be a part of who you are for the rest of your life.” While your first love might be unforgettable, that doesn’t necessarily make it the “right type” love for you. The biggest reason why first love has such an impact on our lives is because it will always be known as your only first love. The first of any event that happens in your life may only come once in a life time, making that moment or feeling special in its entirety. No matter who you love later in your life, or how you change over time, your first love will always be the first for the rest of your life.

Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).