Sohara Kishimoto is walking down a lonely foggy street in Kyoto. She has just left her middle school and is walking home. A small gust of wind causes her long black hair to flutter. She tightens her grip on her black leather book bag. Sohara hates how she has to walk home all by herself. The thick fog and empty streets creeps her out. She remembers when she was little her grandmother always told her to never go alone. If she did, Kuchisake Onna would find her. But Sohara never got to listen to that whole story because her mother always interrupted the grandmother. Sohara was never scared of urban legends. Myths are myths she would always tell herself. Through the fog, Sohara can see an outline of a person sitting down in the middle of the sidewalk straight of head of her. She can make out that the person was sitting down with their knees up against their chest. As Sohara walks closer to the unknown person, she can start to see that it is a young woman with long black hair. Once Sohara was about a meter away from the unknown woman, she can see that the woman is wearing a surgical face mask. The young woman turns towards Sohara. Sohara shivers when another gust of wind blows past her. She gets a bad feeling from this woman. Something doesn’t feel right about this woman.

  The woman in the surgical mask stands up and starts to move towards Sohara. Sohara frantically starts to move back away from the woman. Sohara shrieks as she trips over a large crack in the sidewalk and falls down onto her butt.

    “Nanika mondai aru?” (Do you have a problem?)Sohara asks the unknown woman.

  “Shiritai koto ga arunda kedo.” (I need to know something.) the woman replies.

   “Nan jigoku anata ga shiritai desu ka?” (What the hell do you want to know?) Sohara asks her.

  “Watashi wa kirei?” (Am I beautiful?)  the unknown woman asks.

  “Dō natteru? Kono onna dōka shiteru no? Kirei da to tsutaetai hō ga bunan da to omou.” (What the hell is going on? What the hell is wrong with this woman? Probably safer to just tell her she is beautiful.) Sohara thinks to herself.

  “H-hai. Anata wa kirei.” (Y-yes. You are beautiful.) Sohara responds.

   “Hontō ni?” (Am I really?) the masked woman replies to Sohara’s response in a dark tone.

   The masked woman then rips off her surgical mask. Sohara’s body turns ice cold from terror. The only warmth that she felt was the urine soaking up her school uniform skirt. The woman’s mouth was slit ear to ear. She gives Sohara a sickening smile that shows the woman’s jawbone. Then she pulls out a giant pair of scissors.

   “Watashi wa mada kirei?” (Am I still beautiful?)  the woman asks with her sickening smile.

  Sohara just lays there in her puddle of urine. She doesn’t know what to do or what to say. This was Kuchisake Onna, the slit mouth woman. She wasn’t a myth or an urban legend after all. She was real. Her grandmother was right, it was dangerous to go alone.

  “Watashi wa kirei?”(Am I beautiful?) Kuchisake Onna asks Sohara for the second time.

   Sohara quickly gets up and starts to run through the thick fog. “Dareka tasukete! Dareka tasukete!” (Got to find help.) Sohara thinks over and over again.

   Sohara blinks and stops dead in her tracks. Kuchisake Onna is right in front of her. Sohara tries to turn around but Kuchisake Onna grabs her shoulder.

“Watashi wa kirei?” she asks Sohara again.

“Masaka! Anata wa kirei janai!”(No! No, you are not beautiful.) Sohara yells at Kuchisake Onna.

   Kuchisake Onna laughs out loud then stabs Sohara in the mouth with her large pair of scissors. Sohara’s body jerks when the tip of the blood covered scissor blade exits the back of her head. Sohara’s eyes rolls back and she starts making gurgling noises has her mouth throat fills up with blood. Kuchisake Onna starts cutting Sohara’s head in half. The sound of flesh, blood, bone being cut by scissors fills up the foggy street.

   So next time you are walking alone, remember this. It’s dangerous to go alone. Cause if you do, Kuchisake Onna will get you

   With October coming soon, it seems right to do a spooky post to liven up things. So to start spooky month coming soon, today we will talk about a spooky Waifu. An Urban Legend in Japan. Who is it? What cutie am I writing about today? Let’s just say that she always has a big smile on her face. 

   Today we are talking about Kuchisake-onna aka the slit mouth woman. Have you heard of her before? She appears in Japanese Horror movies, anime, manga, and even doujins (don’t ask how I know). She is quite the famous Urban Legend in Japan. A beautiful woman with a smile that reaches ear to ear, due to having her mouth cut open. 057-kuchisakeonna

 Starting from the Edo period, her legend goes that if you are walking alone on the street, you might run into a beautiful woman wearing a face mask. She will ask you if she is beautiful, if you say no, she’ll kill you, if you say yes she will take off her mask. You’ll see her cut open mouth and she’ll ask you if she is still beautiful. Say no, she’ll kill you. Say yes she’ll cut open your mouth to resemble hers. The only way to survive is to say that she is average or ask her if you are beautiful. There is also a rumor she likes sweet candy. Oh yeah, she uses a large pair of scissors to kill and to cut open your mouth. Fun stuff. slit-mouth-2

   It’s funny to think about cus parents tell their kids this to keep them from going out late alone. Or else a woman will kill them or slice open their mouths. We should be telling our kids this to scare the shit out of them. 

   Since I’m a horror writer, I have written a short story about Kuchisake-onna, so look at the next post coming out today. I hope you enjoy it. 

 

                       -Tsubaki Kuro

   So I recently rewatched Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, season one ( I still haven’t seen season two nor the movie). I watched it around 2013 originally. But I was super high when I binged it. So none of it really stuck with me. During the few weeks during the tragedy of the KyoAni fire, I changed my profile pic to Rikka. I had slight memory of relating to her but couldn’t quite place why. So last week during my dad’s birthday, I rewatched it. Watching it sober really stuck with me. 

   I didn’t really expect it to touch me as deeply as it did. I originally thought it was a moe comedy that lead to a cute romance. But no, it was an amazing story that led me through an emotional rollercoaster. 

 

   Definition of Chunibyo (cause i use this word a lot in this post):is a Japanese colloquial term that translates to “middle-school second-year syndrome” or “eighth-grader syndrome”, typically used to describe early teens who have delusions of grandeur, who so desperately want to stand out that they have convinced themselves they have hidden knowledge or secret. 

  WARNING: SPOILERS FOR Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions WILL BE PRESENT. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS ANIME AND WANT TO WATCH SPOILER FREE, STOP READING THIS BLOG IMMEDIATELY. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

   So up till episode seven, the series was a cutesy moe comedy that slowly showed all the characters and their fun quirks. Either Chunibyo, hiding the fact they were Chunibyo, liked napping, or wanted to get girls by playing guitar. Kumin my favorite cus nap club is best club. Episode seven was the summer vacation episode, the beach episode. Like most anime the beach episode is the fans most fav cus the fun hijinks and the bikinis. But this episode was the start of the drama. tumblr_inline_ntqahalx011skpi3g_500.gif

   You find out that Rikka’s grand parents don’t really bind with Rikka. Then later on you find out that her father is dead and she created her Chunibyo when she saw Yuta during his Chunibyo phase and did it to hide the grief of her father’s passing. 

   After this beach drama arc, Rikka grows feelings for Yuta and the romance arc happens. Of course it happens and they start dating. But of course we don’t get to enjoy it cus more drama happens. Rikka’s older sister Toka is moving to Italy for work and Rikka’s mother, who hasn’t really been in her daughter’s life that much, is going to move in. Toka asks Yuta to tell Rikka to stop her Chunibyo and to be normal. So during the school festival he tells her that. She stops and everyone around her is miserable. Dekomori is sad cus her master is no longer interacts with her. Things lose its happiness. Of course in the end goes for the good and she Yuta has her go back to her Chunibyo. And everything becomes good. Then season one ends. 

   Growing up is hell. Becoming an adult and accepting reality is hell. Rikka hiding her trauma behind her Chunibyo is realistic. We all want to hide from traumas we go through and pretend that it is not reality. As someone who has gone through a ton of trauma and is extremely depressed, I use to Chunibyo when I was in elementary. Made myself seem like a mysterious person. Oh the cringe of my youth.

    Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions is an amazing anime that I love deeply now. KyoAni is the best studio that can elicit strong emotions in people. Hell, I want to go full blown Chunibyo now, to freak people out XD. 

 

   Hope you all have a great day and that you enjoy this blog. Dark Flame Master signing off. 

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(For those wondering when the romance story will be uploaded, soon. I’m at the 3/4 mark on it)

                          -Tsubaki Kuro

   Imagine this, a high school boy is underneath a sakura tree. Its petals flutter through the air as a small breeze blows. A cute high school girl in front of him. He confesses his love for her. The girl steps back and holds her hands to her face and she blushes furiously. Or imagine this scene. A young man and a young woman are sitting on a blanket. He is wearing comfortable streetwear and she is wearing a beautiful yutaka. Fireworks light the night sky. The guy holds the girl’s hand and she blushes a little. They lean in together and kiss as a big firework goes off lighting up their faces. 

   Does this make you feel a little warm. Like a slight fluff in your heart. Why? How does anime make us feel that? That fluff in our heart. Why do we feel love in anime romances and get so passionate about fictional characters. Cus it’s very common in our otaku community. This isn’t a deep analysis on romance, just my take on it. 

   So what’s my opinion on romance in anime. I love it and hate it. I love it cus it makes my heart go doki doki and feel fluffy inside. I only hate it cus it makes me feel jealous. As someone who is gonna die alone, I get depressed. But that’s me being a bitch. I mostly love it greatly. Even though I just got into it recently. 

   I just rewatched After the Rain, My Little Monster, and Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions. Which are great romance animes. My Little Monster was my very first one. And lets say I kinda got hooked on the genre. Made me wish that I could find love someday. Who doesn’t want that kind of romance to bloom. Be in school and be confessed to by a cute girl under a sakura tree or to be together with a girl and spend time under some fireworks. We are social beings and look for that kind of things. Even if are just watching 2d people going through a romantic journey, we place ourselves in that because we want that for ourselves. We self project ourselves to these characters. And when a homewrecker starts flirting with one of the members in the relationship, we flip out and yell at our screens. Unless that’s just me.

   Other good romance anime to watch is Love Lab. Which is my guilty pleasure anime ( cus I’m a horror writer that loves cute things). And another amazing one is Kaguya-sama: Love is War. This anime is soooo fucking good and extra in the right places. If you haven’t seen them, you should. Love Lab is about these student council girls trying to learn to get a boyfriend. Kaguya-sama: Love is War is about President and Vice President if the student council trying to make each other confess their feelings for each other.

  Sorry for being late and not posting last week, I got busy with life. So as a gift of apology, I’m gonna write y’all a short romance story. A KawaiiPaperPandas exclusive romance story. Look forward to it in a few days. And I am looking for some more romance anime, if you know any, comment down below. Thanks so much for reading and have a great day.  Love you all. IMG_20190802_174423

   So as you may have noticed, my title is a lil different. I am trying some new things. There will be recommendations coming soon. I’ll have in the future different themed saturdays based on what I’m talking about. Might make a schedule later on. Anywho, let’s get to the blog.

   How do I put this, the best way to put it is to say that I am an idiot. Why would you say that about that yourself you may ask? Well here is why. I rewatched something that many people feared and memed. It’s quite infamous and before you ask, yes I’ve seen this before. I will go over this story. It’s a tale from my past when I was in college. So here it is. 

   When I was in college, I wasn’t the smartest person. A very chill person who went with the flow. So I made friends with this emo stoner chick. One day we smoked several bowls and she told me, “wanna watch some hentai with me?” You knew my answer, but can you blame me, a cute emo girl wanting to watch some hentai with me when i was sky high. So we ditched yoga class and laid in a field in the college and she brought up a vid on her phone. She looked at me and said, “Boku no Pico is my favorite hentai, have you heard of it?” My brain was dead, so it didn’t click. So we ended up watching the whole first episode. I thought it was futa when I was high, boy I wish it was. When I was somber I looked up what I watched and boy oh boy I was put into shock. IMG_20190816_095705

    But this week I got a crazy idea. Why not watch it somber and see if it’s truly as bad as it seems. That’s a smart idea, I thought, I could do a fun blog on it. So I watched the entire first episode. The results, hauntingly nothing. It’s just yaoi hentai, that’s all. The only disturbing thing is that Pico seems to be underage. But other than that, just your average hentai, just with two males. So why is so infamous, that when people watch it their eyes bleed and they go blind for life. Is it cus when it first came out, gay sex was frowned upon. During the era where people hide their sexuality cus a lot of people were insensitive. That’s my guess. Cus nowadays you have a bunch of guys liking traps ( guys dressed like girls). Which is what Pico was. Time changed where liking male on male is more accepted. It’s just that negative mentality of Boku no Pico made it that  infamous meme to this day. 

   There is more mind scarring works out there, like Euphoria, Shindo L’s Emergence/ Metamorphosis, and Mai-chan no Nichijou. These works are disturbing ranging from a guy pooping in a girl’s mouth to an innocent girl becoming a druggie rape doll to an immortal girl who gets tortured. And there is still more fucked up shit I’ve read that I’m not covering.

   So in the end if the day, when you want to scar a little weeblet, don’t recommend them Boku no Pico, tell them to watch Euphoria instead. And yeah, I baited y’all, making it seem like it was a comedy post where I was suffering from watching a meme, but in reality, I’m calling myself stupid cus I judged something cus it was homosexual in nature. And there is nothing wrong with yaoi or yuri. Love is equal. 

   Thanks for reading and if you have anything that you want me to read or watch to see my honest reaction to it, comment down below. 

                            -Tsubaki Kuro

   Ever asked someone what was the worst anime and then watch that anime to see if it’s as bad as they said it was. I just recently done that and I have to say, it was worth it this time. The thing was an infamous anime movie. From the year 1992. And based off a famous artist’s manga. As a horror writer I find this mangaka and artist as an inspiration. 

   For professional reasons, I must give this WARNING: this blog post will have some mature content including violence and sexual content. So you have been warned. ff7874478167e97879c782964b905963bbe56da9r1-580-858v2_hq

   The movie I saw was Midori: Shoujo Tsubaki which horrorish anime movie from 1992 based off the manga with the same name by Suehiro Mauro. Suehiro Mauro is a mangaka that specializes in Ero-guro ( Erotic Grotesque) which is sexualized gore. For those who are like, what the fuck is this post and why do you like that shit, it’s a complicated thing. I love horror and all the weird shit that forms from it. I even have an autographed copy of his Laughing Vampire manga. Anywho, let’s get back on track. Suehiro Mauro made Shoujo Tsubaki and then later on it got an animated movie.

   The animated movie both good and bad. The good thing is that it is hella creepy, doesn’t censor, follows the manga, and one person animated the whole thing. The bad, the animation sucks, like there are parts where the animation is non existent. The art is not that great, but then again it was the year 1992, and Suehiro Mauro art style is fucking godly. And the content in the film can be extreme. Like showing a puppy getting smashed and its guts bursts out or a man having intercourse and licking the eyeball of the person. That stuff can be scarring. 

  Of course i had one of my blog buddies watch the movie for his reaction. So here is Bodell’s testimony. 

   “I really enjoyed the art direction of it, but the story was all over the place and I found it a little bit boring tbh. 

   It was as shocking as I expected and the discomfort I felt wasn’t due to it doing what it wanted, but more lack of enjoyment.” -Bodell

   There is also a Live Action movie of this piece, shocking enough, but i could only watch like 20 mins of it cus it was utter shit. I have it downloaded on my phone, so I will probably watch it all to torture myself later on. 

   I know you all are yelling at this blog, yelling at me for that one thing. WHAT IS THE FUCKING THING ABOUT???!!!! Well I’ll give you the quick synopsis. A young girl is forced into creepy circus and a lot of bad shit happens to her and around her. It’s not a happy story. 

   So if you have a strong stomach and a strong curiosity, check out the animated movie and tell me what you think of it. For those who have a weak stomach, stay away, for the love of god, stay away.

   Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.  

                         -Tsubaki Kuro

So what makes a fun show, or should I say how do you make a fun comedy. Well there are three ways to do it. 

  1. Put normal people in a weird situation
  2. Put crazy people in a normal situation
  3. Put crazy people in a weird situation

Those are ways to make a comedy. I shall provide examples:

Is This a Zombie is a comedy anime that puts the main character who is a guy in a weird situation by making him a zombie magical girl. 

Nichijou has crazy characters that goes thru normal situations and have them blow it out of proportions. 

And Asobi Asobase has strange characters with weird quirks that go through hilarious weird situations that shouldn’t happen in school. 

Today we are talking about Asobi Asobase. Which is a hilarious anime that I have recently watched twice, cus it was pretty fucking good. If you like comedy anime, this is the one for you.

This show is brilliant, from the likeable characters to its running gags. The show centers around three girls, Hanako Honda (voiced by Hina Kino), Olivia (voiced by Rika Nagae), and Kasumi Nomura (voiced by Konomi Kohara). I’m sure you are wondering why I included the voice actresses, I did that to give them a shoutout, because they do a phenomenal job on voicing these characters. Like holy shit it’s amazing. The yelling and shrieks the girls make are amazing and so good. It’s surprising that the voice actresses didn’t lose their voices voicing these characters. The side characters are also lovable and funny. My favorite side character being Tsugami Aozora (voiced by Aoi Yuki).

The show is about these three girls who form the Pastimers club, which is all about doing Japanese pastimes. It’s a bunch small gags that fill up an episode, so don’t expect a lot of plot. But the anime is linear and has substance. Hence funny running gags and some spicy drama bits. The art style is different from most anime, but it’s quite lovely. The facial expressions are hilarious drawn and like I said, the voice acting is on point. The OP is a trick, a soft cute song which is not how the anime is. And the ED is a perfect song that resembles the anime.

I don’t want to spoil any of the gags so sadly I won’t talk about them, but they are fun and hilarious. You will laugh out loud at some of them. To be warned, there are some adult jokes in some of the episodes, so if you are easily offended by sexual jokes, then don’t watch this anime. But then you will be missing a masterpiece. 

I hope you enjoy this series as much as I did. Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day. 

-Tsubaki Kuro