Hello all you wonderful people! It’s me, Alexie, and I’m back with another post for the Panda Gang! If you haven’t realized yet, I like lists. They’re simple, and usually a summary of the points in the list is good enough to get people to know what I’m talking about. This will be another one of those lists, because why not?

So, as the title says, what are some novel series I would love to see as anime (or cartoons, whatever)? Within the realm of anime being based off manga and light novels, I do think that it’s a bit of a shame that what we almost always get are series from Japan. Okay, obviously that’s going to happen, but outside of Japan, in the West, there are some fantastic series that I think would actually work better as anime/cartoons (I know they’re different…maybe animated is a better word?) than live-action adaptations (like all the Marvel series on Netflix, or whatever else). Let’s get into this list!

 

The Night Angel Trilogy, Brent Weeks

Yep, this is a trilogy that is based on a medieval Europe, with ninjas and a neat magic system that doesn’t make a ton of sense until pieced together through the trilogy (but in the end it actually makes a tone of sense), and a huge amount of political intrigue that rocks the world and its boundaries. Plus, the world that the Night Angel trilogy takes place in has an awesome name: Midcyru. If you want to know more about this trilogy and what it’s like I highly recommend reading it if you’re into fantasy novels or you can just visit the author’s website (brentweeks.com) and check some other stuff out. There’s also a graphic novel of the first book in the trilogy, so what’s to say an animated adaptation is impossible?!?

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The Lightbringer Series, Brent Weeks

Okay, okay, I know…I have a thing for Brent Weeks, obviously, but the man hasn’t won the top fantasy novel award for nothing (he got a damn axe!—it’s the David Gemmell Legend award if you’re curious). This series has a magic system based on color, which is super cool. The magic users are called Drafters, and each color of the spectrum we know as the visible spectrum has metaphysical properties–there are some other “draftable aspects, too. Also, there’s a picture below showing properties… The cool part is whatever color your eyes are is the color you can “draft,” but some people have multi-colored eyes and can draft multiple colors (red/green, green/blue, you get the point). There’s also one person in the world called The Prism, who can draft every single color of the spectrum…even…well, I’d rather not go spoiling anything, so I’ll leave that as it is. There’s also massive political intrigue on a scale I haven’t read in any fantasy before, which is super cool, and a cast of characters that is large, but not too large to not know who is who right off the bat.Lightbringer seriesLightbringer series drafters spectrum

The Ancestor Trilogy, Mark Lawrence

This is a trilogy I have yet to complete, since I have paperback versions of the first two novels and I’m waiting for the paperback version of the final installment to release. I’m weird. If I start hardcover I get all hardcover and if I start paperback I get all paperback for a more uniform look to the novels. The Ancestor trilogy by Mark Lawrence is a cast full of females. The lead is female, the supporting characters are female, and they’re all badass! They’re a convent of nuns, but they’re assassins and magic users and healers and users of medicine. They’re also awesome as all hell. We start with a younger girl named Nona, and it’s her story of becoming who she is, a badass. The magic system is a bit confusing unless you’re reading the story, but with the political intrigue, power of the cast, and magic system, this trilogy would be great to see animated.Ancestory trilogy

Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer

I seriously don’t remember anything about this series since it’s been around fifteen years since I read any of the novels, but in all honesty I think seeing it as an animated series would be awesome. There’s magic and elves and a twelve-year-old criminal mastermind as the main character (Artemis Fowl II), but yeah. I would love to see this series animate because I think the colors and characters would be great to see on a screen and it wouldn’t work as a live-action adaptation. Animate it and you can get all of what you want out of this series. While it is a series aimed at younger readers, I still believe it would be an enjoyable series.Artemis Fowl series

And that does it for my post today. Are there any series you would love to see animated? If so, I would love to know!

Thanks for reading!

Alexie 🙂

I’m sure most of us have a specific genre of anime that we like more than others, even if we watch just about anything that will catch our eyes for at least a few episodes; however, I’ve noticed that I hold team-focused anime in a higher regard than other genres. Why is that? Well, let’s get into this and I’ll try to explain my mindset!

What do team-focused anime bring to the table? I’ll write a quick list and then go into some of them more specifically (obviously there are more than what I’m listing, but I wanted to keep it short):

  1. Rivalries
  2. Diversity/Personalities
  3. Determination

Rivalries: I like to look at Haikyuu!! for this point in all honesty. We have our main cast in Karasuno, but the way Hinata and Kageyama play off each other is amazing. They’re each trying to out-do the other in so many different ways. Who can get to the gym first? Who can stay on the court the longest (sorry, manga readers!)? Who can jump the highest? Who can do whatever the most amount of times… the list goes on and on. And with those rivalries we get teamwork and character progression, a section of the cast that pushes each other beyond what they themselves are capable of accomplishing.

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They’re so funny together

Diversity: Diversity can mean a lot, but in all honesty I think that in sports anime we see a lot of people who are simply different socially or academically. The cast’s are diverse in their humor, their actions and mannerisms, their upbringings, etc. I think one of the better examples of this kind of diversity actually comes in Tsurune, where our main character Minato is quiet and struggles with anxiety, another (Onogi) is loud-mouthed and fiery, there’s a pair of twins that are a bit quirky, the main character’s supportive best friend (Seiya) who is calm and caring, and so much more. They fight, they struggle, but eventually they begin to trust each other by learning about each other and coming together to accomplish what they’ve been striving for.

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I love these guys

Determination: Throughout team-focused anime, all of the shown schools are determined within their respective sports to achieve the most they can–which is usually a large tournament win, or reaching a specific tournament (like nationals), or in Run With the Wind’s case making it to a prestigious race and competing in said race (I don’t know if that was like a national thing or not, sorry)… So yeah, sports anime shows us what people are capable of when a group is determined and collectively striving toward a common goal. I do think that sometimes this determination is used as a crutch, but either way it’s been fun to see a cast of characters grow together despite their differences and try to achieve what they’ve set out to do at the beginning portion of the series.

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Look at Haiji cheering 😀

 

So yeah, just a short little post about why I love team-focused anime. If you have any other aspects of team-focused anime that I didn’t talk about I’d love to know what you think about them. Do some characters completely put you off to the show? Is there a specific personality type that you adore? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thanks for reading!

Alexie 🙂

 

Hello all you wonderful people! It’s me again here for another post on the amazing Kawaii Paper Pandas! Let’s get into this!

So, we all know that manga can have some amazing adaptations and when they’re animated it’s mind-blowing and wonderful to see in motion. What were some of the moments in manga that I was excited to see and am excited to see animated? Let’s take a look!

(WARNING, SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ OR SEEN ANY OF THESE)

  • Julius Novachrono vs Licht– Yeah, Seeing the fight between Julius and Licht in Black Clover. Time vs Light, The Magic Emperor vs Leader of the Eye of the Midnight Sun… I started reading Black Clover a few months before the anime aired and have kept up with the series ever since. Now, what I will say is seeing Julius’s grimoire was something that I was extremely excited for. It has no cover, and it’s actually a book, but like a cylinder…Oh, and it’s absolutely MASSIVE! Also, seeing Julius use his Time Magic to avoid Licht’s attacks and defend the Clover Kingdom? Absolutely wonderful. The colors and animation were great to see!

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    It’s So BIG!!!!!
  • Hinata at Nationals in Haikyuu!!– So, there’s a specific scene that I’m really excited to see in Haikyuu!! and the manga has me super hyped to see it animated. Those of us that know anything about Haikyuu!! know that Hinata can jump super high despite his small stature, but we haven’t seen him jump at his highest yet in the anime. Nope, and with season four coming, I’m hyped to see a specific scene from the manga. The panel is absolutely amazing and I really can’t wait for this jump… Oh, and for all the Haikyuu!! anime fans….Nekoma is back!

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    Fly High!! (Burnout Syndromes)
  • The Promised Neverland–Just before The Promised Neverland starts getting into it’s final arc, there’s a scene that I really want to see, because it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but within the realm of what’s happened in the story there is some sense to it; however, I think the point of this portion of the arc is to keep the reader confused, and this panel really takes the cake for me. So, what would you do with an older Ray and an infant Emma? I’ll leave it at that…

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    Chapter 135…like I said earlier: SPOILERS!

And that does it for this post! I’m super excited to see these two scenes animated if they ever get the chance, and seeing the fight between Julius and Licht was better than I imagined! Seeing Julius’s grimoire was freaking fantastic, and how he moved between Licht’s attacks? Absolutely wonderful. What were some of your favorite scenes in anime? Also, if you read manga, what are some panels that you’re excited to see animated? I’d love to know!

Thanks for reading!

Alexie 🙂

Hello all you wonderful people! It’s Alexie again with another post for KawaiiPaperPandas!

 

So, like I asked in the title, what can anime bring without a solid story? Well, I’ll be going a bit into my personal preference here, but whatever you can think of you can shoot down into the comments if you’d like! Without a solid story, I honestly believe anime can still be very enjoyable. Why do I say this? Well, because they have animation and artwork. If I were to tell you how many shows I watched simply because the artwork and animation blew my mind I would take up enough space to fill an entire post, so I’ll list a few and talk about them!

First, Violet Evergarden. I know, that has a great story as well, it teaches us what it means to love and be human and accept how our lives have turned out and how to better ourselves because of it. However, upon starting Violet Evergarden you’ll be able to see just how fantastic the artwork and animation can be. And in all honesty, the two work together as well. Take this clip of Violet taking her glove off. In the background, while it is a bit blurred to give more attention to Violet’s action, you can still see each book on the shelves and the way the lighting of the room is hitting each portion. And where Violet actually takes the gloves off, the animation is extremely smooth. You can see her bite the tip of the finger, pull her arm outward, and the glove loses it’s grip on her mechanical hand. The glove dips in and wrinkles! Her hand, too, reflects the light that hits it, casting a small glow and some shadow on the metal. It’s a small detail, but one that I believe truly makes up some of the best parts an anime can bring to its audience.

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This is just pure beauty

Now, what about other shows? We all know Violet Evergarden had some of the best animation and artwork in recent years (as well as a compelling story), but what about the anime that didn’t have a story as compelling? The first one that comes to my mind is actually Iroduku: The World in Color.

The World in Color wasn’t the best anime out there. It dealt with time travel, had some odd character development, but what really drew me to watching that show was the artwork and animation. What I truly enjoyed was how bright the colors of the artwork of the characters and the background really were. It drew me in because seeing something so vibrant was a breath of fresh air. While some of the animation was a bit clogged in certain areas I still believe the colors during said animation were good enough to make up for it. I honestly believe if you want to watch a show that has some amazing artwork and pretty decent animation, then Iroduku is one you can totally check out if you haven’t.

Now for one last show, this one coming from a more recent season: Demon Slayer. Yep, Demon Slayer is one that I absolutely love seeing screencaps and videos of to be honest. While I haven’t seen more than eight or nine episodes at most, I think that it truly has some of the most amazing animation and artwork in recent years. While I’m sure the story of Demon Slayer is fantastic, can there be any denying that the artwork and animation of the show are top notch? I’m sure some of you readers will be able to think of more epic aspects of the show because you’ve seen more episodes than I, but there is a certain part that I truly enjoyed seeing. This picture below has some amazing artwork and color, showing just how Tanjiro has swung his blade and attacked his enemy. And it’s amazing. Check it out! The colors of the water, the whitecaps being shown, and the muted colors of both characters that draw attention to the swinging of the sword are beautiful.

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That blue!! Ugh…

And that about does it here for me! Without a solid story anime can still be quite stunning. Now, I know I chose two solid anime in Demon Slayer and Violet Evergarden to showcase some of what I’m talking about, but truly I think that animation and artwork can bring an anime to a higher aspect even without an amazing story. There are other examples of great artwork and animation, like the Ghibli films, and Fireworks, and Your Name that also showcase just how much impact artwork and animation can do for a story. They can be breathtaking and wonderful regardless of the story.

 

Thanks for reading!

Alexie 🙂

Hello hello! It’s me, Alexie! It’s still Tuesday for me, which means it’s time for one of my top five lists even if it’s late at night for me! So, a quick little list of my Best Girls of 2019 thus far! Let’s get into it!!

  1. Miku Nakano–sweet, shy, history-loving, amazing Miku! Best girl material right here! Woohoo!! Sure, she’s got sisters who look just like her, but Miku is just a step above all her sisters. (Sorry, Ayano, Nino isn’t best quintuplet for me!)

    best girl miku
    She’s so pretty!
  2. Raphtalia–beautiful, fierce, strong, and protective. Raphtalia is cute and amazing and wonderful in so many ways. I love her and her character progression is definitely worth putting her in my top five for 2019!

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    Raphtalia being cute!
  3. Chika Fujiwara–Chika is amazing. Honestly, I don’t even know how to describe Chika, but I love her. Especially her bubbly personality and how she uses a newspaper. Chika is great!

    best girl chika
    Note: Don’t mess with Chika
  4. Emma–what can I say about Emma? She’s intelligent, compassionate, athletic, and a great friend. Emma’s ability to keep up with Ray and Norman, of seeing the abilities of her brothers and sisters when they’re playing games, and the way she trusts her family is fantastic. I’m sure someone else could give more on her, but yeah…

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    Lovable Emma being silly
  5. Nezuko–protective, strong, lovable, caring, cute, and amazing. Nezuko is one girl I wouldn’t want to mess with if I were a villain. She’s too powerful in my eyes. Plus she’s adorable. Nezuko is one of my favorite girls of this last year, and from what I’ve seen of Demon Slayer (I’m a bit behind), it’s a solid choice.

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    Adorable Nezuko!!

And that does it for this edition of my Top Five Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed seeing this list, and if you have any others from 2019 that you think should be in a top five let me know! I’d love to hear who you would put in yours!

 

Alexie the Great

Hello all you wonderful people! Hello Pandas! (#pandagang) Alexie here to give you another post on the fantastic KawaiiPaperPandas! This one is going to be shorter, but I think that’s fine. However, before we dive into this post, let’s give a huge round of applause and thank you to the other participants of this amazing collaboration!

Ayano of KawaiiPaperPandas–woohoo; Mel of Mel in Anime Land–hurray; Bodell of KawaiiPaperPandas–yippee; Scott of Mechanical Anime Reviews–yay yay; and Auri of Manga Toritsukareru Koto–yahoo!

If you have not read any of this collaboration, start with Ayano’s post here. After that go here. The third post is here, the fourth post is here. The fifth post is here, and the final post is here. That should get all of the suspects and their alibis in order, so you’ll be able to read this post without spoiling anything for yourself and make a decision in your head.

 

And now, the moment we’ve been waiting for: THE REVEAL!

*DRUM ROLL*….*MORE EPIC DRUM ROLL*….*SQUEALING EUPHONIUM*…..*CYMBAL CRASH*

As I went through the evidence, there was only one person who stood out–someone who wasn’t all there, someone who didn’t seem to belong as much as the others. He was quiet and kept to himself. He drank and carried a rifle–for wolves he said, but this man must have had a psychiatric problem after everything he’d gone through with these wolves he always talked about. And it looked like now he was hunting would-be heroes.

I sent a team to grab the man, who came to me with his bloodied hat off his head.

“Quent Yaiden,” I said as the team brought his forward, feet and hands tied so he had to shuffle forward. “We tested your rifle–there was powder residue, which means you fired it. We also completed the autopsy on Froppy. Turns out she’d been shot. Nobody else here has that kind of weapon with them, and we had some other compelling evidence against you. Quent Yaiden, you are hereby under arrest for the murder of Tsuyu Asui, also known as Froppy,” I said.

The man grunted and smirked as he was escorted out of UA High. “Wolves, frogs, animals…the only ones people can trust are other people and even then it’s not a guarantee they won’t stab you in the back.”

The Murderer:

Who killed froppy
QUENT YAIDEN!!!

If you guessed Quent congratulations! You were correct! This man murdered Froppy in cold blood! Shame on you, Quent Yaiden! Good thing you actually freeze to death in the wild expanse near wolves–the beasts you swore you’d destroy!

 

Thank you for reading! And if you followed this collaboration from the beginning, thank you for joining all of us on this amazing journey! It was a blast!

 

Alexie the Great 🙂

 

Alexie here!

This is the final part in collaboration with Ayano’s first post. Make sure to start there if you haven’t yet! You can do so by clicking here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/07/28/clue-collaboration-fan-favorite-froppy-found-frigid/.


After questioning Nora, still trying to control the shivers running through my body at the girl’s demeanor, I head back to the hallway to find Quent. I see him there, sitting on the floor against the wall, unmoved. He’s obedient in a touchy situation, I’ll give him that. His hat is tilted downward to cover his eyes and he cradles his rifle against his lap.

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“Mr. Yaiden,” I say approaching him.

“You can call me Quent, detective,” he replies.

“Okay, Quent,” I say, “describe what happened for me again?”

“Haven’t you already got the story from the others?” Quent replies.

I sigh. “Humor me.”

As Quent takes a swig of alcohol I attempt to peer at the underside of his hat’s bill. I can’t see anything in the shadows, however, and straighten as he turns to me.

Quent coughs and says, “We were gathered here for whatever reason by some All Might guy, there was a frog girl serving tea, and then the lights went out. When they came back on that girl was dead. That’s all there is to it, detective.”

I narrow my eyes at the man. “That’s all there is?”

With a sigh, Quent shuffles into a more comfortable position. “You suspect me, I presume, which is why I’m here with you and you’re questioning me; however, have you seen me? What’s an old man like me going to do in a warm room with tea? I come from a frozen wasteland, detective, this is paradise to me.”

“Paradise you say?” I ask.

Quent laughs. “Paradise…the wolves used to talk about Paradise. Blue did too, for a little, when she was alive. She and Hige were supposed to go there together.” He takes another swig from his flask. “Listen, detective, I’m just an old man. Do you really expect me to be able to do something like that?”

sad quent yaiden

“Who else? You look the most experienced,” I say.

“That lady with the fans,” Quent says. “What was her name? Glass? She had fans, easily concealable blades in those. She also had blood on her kimono. Curious isn’t it? What do I have? I have a hat covered in sweat and this coat. Plus, I’m still wet from the storm outside. I’m sick of the cold, and this place is warm. That’s why I’m here. I’m just trying to get warm. We were called here for some reason, and I figured why give up a chance at possibly starting something new? I no longer have anything I cared for, so maybe I could start again.”

I nod and click my pen obsessively. “That’s it?” I ask. “That’s the only reason you’re here?”

Quent laughs. “That Glass woman was going through things you know. She was trying to get information. On us? On All Might? On the maid girl? Who knows.” Quent shrugs. “But she wanted something. Perhaps she wanted to be a hero and that maid frog girl got in her way. Did you see the wounds or are you just here questioning us without knowing anything? I’d assume there are blade marks on that girl’s body. You know what, have you checked those fans? There’s got to be something inside those, right? Dried blood, perhaps some hair, maybe a sliver of cloth?”

“I don’t…I’m not…” I stammer.

A smile crosses Quent’s face. “The fans, detective! The fans! Has the forensics team looked at the fans?”

“I can’t give you that information, Quent. Your rifle, though. May I have that?” I ask.

“Oh, this, sure. I haven’t used it in years. Used to hunt wolves with it with my dear old Blue,” Quent says. “But what do you know about Glass, son? Do you know anything about her? Do you know about her goals, her desires, or her interests? Why is she here? Is she here for some selfish reason? She has a look in her eyes. Did you see it? That look of security in whatever she does. Like she’ll never get caught, like nobody can touch her. You can, though, detective. That’s your job.”

“I’m not sure what you mean? What look?” I ask. I begin scribbling down everything he’s said, even what he’d said about himself.

“A killer’s look, detective. She’s done terrible things in her life. My guess is she wanted to be a hero badly enough that she had to use an underhanded tactic to get what she wanted. I wouldn’t pass up that line if I were you. Bladed fans are a fascinating weapon. Imagine the way she’d be able to help the people of this world with those. She could cut people loose from entanglements, she could battle villains, she could defend other heroes, and the possibilities are almost endless. But is she a hero? Is she truly any one person can trust with their life?

“Is Glass capable of being a good person? What if somebody were to cross her? They’re perfectly concealable weapons. She can swipe them out, cut a throat, or legs, or a stomach, and then wipe the blood off and close them. Or, if she’s in a time crunch she can close them, run and then clean them before the blood sticks to the blades. I for one don’t trust her as far as I could throw her, and I’m an old man—I can’t throw her far at all.”

I question Quent’s words then, and reach my hand out for his rifle. The man gives it to me and tilts his hat back over his eyes, crossing his arms across his chest. He seems to be going to sleep, so I leave him then. I need to get back to the forensics team and go through all the information I’ve been given by these six subjects. Now, it’s all up to what I can gather from the information I’ve gathered, whose story adds up, and who was the most likely to have murdered Froppy while they were all gathered at this campus.


And that does it, folks! That’s all six suspects for this Clue game! Who do you think is the killer? Cast your votes down below! Voting will be open till Sunday at Midnight.


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