Dear P.A. Works,

Aishiteru. Yes, I love you more than you will probably ever comprehend. My love for you stemmed from the moment I was utterly and completely captivated by Nagi no Asukara. The nuance, the unparalleled story-line, the drama, the romance, the tension, the teen angst, and everything in-between. Nagi no Asukara helped me fall in love with anime all over again.

You see, there was a brief time in my life where I thought being in love with anime was shameful and uncool. For the latter part of my teenage years into my early twenties I felt guilty for enjoying the things that I liked. I was worried that I would be looked down upon by my fellow peers or that someone would laugh at me for liking “cartoons” so to speak. That watching anime wasn’t “the adult thing to do.” So I fell out of love with the thing that brought me the most joy. I stopped watching cartoons, tucked away all of my feelings for anime, and tried to grow up. As I got older I soon came to the realization that I didn’t need grow up in the same way everyone else was. I started to embrace who I was, what I liked and didn’t like, and knew that anime would always be apart of my being. Anime had been rooted in me every since I first laid eyes on shows like Sailor Moon, CardCaptor Sakura, Pokemon, and Digimon. Anime was there for me when most everyone wasn’t. Anime you can say was my saving grace.

I guess I really never came to the conclusion that you created so many influential shows. From True Tears, Canaan, Angel Beats!, Another, Red Data Girl, Shirobako, Charlotte, Sakura Quest, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby, Sirius the Jaeger, all the way to Iroduku: The World in Colors which is your most current work. There a countless others, but we would be here all day if I decided to write them all down. Many of these shows I haven’t seen yet, but one day I am hoping that I can. There are also other TV series you partially produced but again, that isn’t why I am here today. I am here today to tell you how much you shaped my anime viewing.

I don’t think I could fathom up enough words to tell you how much you mean to me, especially after this year. Uma Musume: Pretty Derby exceeded my expectations as a show, Sirius the Jaeger brought about some of the most thrilling fight scenes I have seen in anime in a long time, Iroduku: The World in Colors blends fantasy surrealism and the human condition perfectly, and Maquia: When the Promised Flower blooms has to be my favorite anime film of all time. And that is saying a lot! I am a sucker for bittersweet anime.

P.A. Works…you don’t just world build, you transport the audience to that very space and time. You make me feel as if I am that specific character, living their life, making their decisions, wishing for the very best possible outcome in the end. Being immersed into an anime’s story-line is one of the biggest achievements any production company can acquire. That should be the end goal when creating any anime. While not all of your shows are completely perfect, they are genuinely special. Each one on its own has special something that everyone can take away from it. Nagi no Asukara with its fortitude of growing up and learning about first love, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby’s theme of endearing encouragement, to Maquia’s obsession with perfect love, finding one’s self, and the erudition that not everyone can live forever.

That is one thing you do spectacularly; you capture human emotion down to its very essence. The two core fundamental emotions for all humans is love and fear. For the body, this is true. Fear causes stimuli to increase stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, while love causes soothing or reassuring stimuli that increase oxytocin (also known as the “feel good” emotion). Oxytocin has also been nicknamed the “bonding hormone” and or the “cuddle hormone. This hormone naturally occurs when we love, are loved, nurture one another, give to each other selflessly, or engage in affectionate touch. In the same way that light removes darkness, love can remove fear. P.A. Works when you display love, you do so in the most beautiful ways. It is so flawless, so easy, so forthcoming that I believe everyone can relate to it in some way, shape or form. I really dove into this aspect after watching Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms because I felt like my thoughts need to be translated into something everyone could read. (If you want to read that post you can do so here:

Not only are you unmatched in your story-telling capabilities, but your anime visuals are beyond comprehension. I still don’t know how you guys do it. The colors, the flow, the realistic nature of specific objects, and the background scenery. THE BACKGROUNDS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. They are out of this world! I really have to thank everyone on the production team, but your art coordinator and designer are impeccable. If I could describe the artwork for each of the anime you have created in a few words they would be dazzling, bewitching, resplendent, and divine. It’s like a little piece of heaven was sliced off and brought down to Earth for us to relish in. I love love love the use of texture in Irodoku: The World in Colors. The different concepts and styles of animation thrown into story have made it all the more enjoyable for me. I think The Canipa Effect did a wonderful job explaining the art of P.A. Works in his video. This was published in 2016, so P.A. Works has come out with a variety of other animations since then but the video summarizes how (pretty much everyone) feels about P.A. Works art studio as a whole. You can check that video out down below:

I want to close this letter with a simple ‘thank you.’ Thank you for showing me that loving anime is not foolish or uncool. Thank you for giving me stories that I continue to think about to this very day. Thank you for allowing me to share your work with countless others in hopes of them loving your work as much as I do. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to us anime fans. Without you, and all of the other anime production studios out there we wouldn’t have this community to share our love and passion for anime. You will forever have my gratitude and appreciation.

Ayano ❤

This post was inspired by JuJu @SoulChainJuJu on Twitter and Jon Spencer Reviews @JS_Reviews when he came out with his Violet Evergarden-A Letter from the Heart blog post. Thank you both for creating such sweet and personal content for all of us to enjoy! Hopefully I was able to do the same for you all. My two year blogiversary was yesterday. As I stated in my Twitter post last night I can’t believe we have made it this far. Thank you all for joining me on this journey together. Annnd if you aren’t following me (which you should be if you are reading this) then come join the ASAP…like NOW. Yes, now XD That is going to do it for me! I’ll see you guys back here on Tuesday. Sending all of you lots of love wherever you guys are in the world! 🙂

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).

What is up my pandas? Welcome to the first post of December. We have finally made it to the last month of the year. Yup, it is officially the dreaded holiday season. As most of you know Halloween is my favorite holiday and I dread Christmas every year. I think I have reiterated this a dozen times now. *please don’t kill me*

I don’t mind doing Christmas activities and such…just not the biggest fan of the meaning behind Christmas. This is probably due to me not being religious what-so-ever XD With all of that being said for the month of December we will be going over some of my favorites from 2018! I would like to call this “A Year in Review.” This week we are going to cover my favorite anime opening songs from the year. Next week we will move onto my favorite ending songs. Pretty straight and narrow! I’m hoping to do a round up of my favorite blog post I’ve written throughout the year the week after next leading up to my favorite anime series for the year on Christmas. I think it sounds like a pretty good plan 😀

Sorry I have been inactive the last week or so. If you are following me on Twitter then you should have seen that I (along with a panel of judges) are working on getting the first ever WordPress Anime Awards together. We are finalizing the nominations and will be working on getting the polls together very soon so all of you guys can vote for your anime favorites! This is a very BIG and EXCITING project for all of us and I can’t wait for all of you to see the fruits of our labor.

So without further ado lets get into these opening anime songs! (P.S. these are in no particular order. I am just listing the ones I enjoyed/loved throughout the year. Also the honorable mentions this time around will be pretty large due to the fact that we are covering all of 2018).

1. “Flashback” from Kokkoku

^Probably my favorite song for the whole year.

2. “Kiss of Death” from Darling in the FranXX

^Kiss of Death is a very very close second.

3. “Sincerely” from Violet Evergarden

^An incredible song if you want to feel all the feels ❤

4. “Naru” from Tsurune

^This song is so damn catchy!

5. “Tomoshibi no Manimani” from Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

^Love the blend of modern and old school music in this opening. It’s perfection.

6. “Bite” from Megalo Box

^Y’all already know I am a sucker for Japanese rock.

7. “Howling” The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2

^Oh look! Another Japanese rock song I like 😛

8. “Kimi ni Furete” from Bloom into You

^This song is two words: simply stunning.

9. “Found & Lost” and “Freedom” from Banana Fish

^Yeeeaaahhh…both of these opening songs are too good to pass up.

10. “Winding Road” from Golden Kamuy Season 1


Honorable Mentions:
“Eclipse” from Devil’s Line
“Union” from SSSS.Gridman
“Vital” from Angels of Death
“Eien no Hitotsu” from Island
“Gekko” from Karakuri Circus
“Rightfully” from Goblin Slayer
“Futari No Hane” from Hanebado!
“Oh My” from Dagashi Kashi Season 2
“Sirius” from Tenrou: Sirius the Jaeger
“Changing Point” from Magical Girl Site
“Fiction” from Love is Hard for an Otaku
“17 Sai” from Irozuku: The World in Colors
“Unlock” from Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
“Catch up, latency” from Run With the Wind
“One Room Sugar Life” From Happy Sugar Life
“Pink Lemonade” from As Miss Beelzebub Likes
“Clear” from CardCaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen
“Get Into My Heart” from Tsukumogami Kashimasu
“Sakurairo Cliche” from Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori
“Kimi no Sei” from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-girl Senpai

Welp…that’s a lot of honorable mentions this time around lolololz…the shape even looks like a pyramid. I low-key kinda like it though! 2018 had some kick ass opening songs this year. The same could be said of ending songs but we will get to those next week. What were your favorite opening songs from the year? Did some of them make my list? It was hella hard narrowing down the choices to a top 10, but I definitely resonate with all the ones I picked. That is going to do it for me this Tuesday! I’ve got a few other things in the works for this month so keep an eye out for those my pandas. I’ll see you all in my next post! Much love from Oregon. 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).

I feel like the title is pretty self explanatory. No need for me to do a super long intro this time around. I mean…if you aren’t watching As Miss Beelzebub Likes for fall season you obviously don’t like cute and sweet and fluffy things or you just have no soul. Yeah, I’m gonna go with the second choice on that one. This show is sooooo adorable that my heart can’t take all the kawaii-ness. Plus I might be bias since Beelzebub is totes best girl this year. #sorrynotsorry #comefightme #youCANTchangemymind

So I wanted to dedicate this weeks Top Ten Tuesday to the show. I think if you need something easy and light-hearted to watch after a really stressful or shitty day As Miss Beelzebub Likes is the one to make you feel all better. Sometimes you just need a mushy-gushy anime to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This show will definitely do the trick! ❤

^Beelzebub loves sweet things just like me.

^She makes the most adorable faces :3

^There is an abundance of fluffy creatures.

^Beelzebub always looks flawless no matter what she wears.

^You also have extremely shy Belphagor to look at.

^Mullin is a tsundere boy who is prone to blushing at embarrassing moments.

^You have crazy Eurynome who loves elementary boys…but only pines after them from a distance.

^The tumultuous relationship between Astaroth and Sargatanas is quite hilarious.

^Azazel is extremely kind and super handy at sewing.

^Did I mention how Beelzebub is like the bestest girl EVER!?

Man…I am such a sucker for cute and charming anime. I’m also totally in love with the pastel theme the show has going on. I really hope we see more anime like this in the future! I know brightly colored anime has forged a pretty decent path over the last few years, but we haven’t seen to many anime shows that use soft-hued colors. Give me all the pastel colors please! That is going to do it for me this Tuesday. Thank you guys so much for putting up with me and my “one show dedicated” TTT post. I mostly write these for myself (and for satire purposes), but I also hope that these type of post encourages you all to try an anime series you normally wouldn’t. Sending lots of love from Oregon! See you all in my next one. 😉

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).

Looking at this title you would probably assume that this was just another random blog post of mine, but in all actuality this post was carefully calculated under the guise of some other bloggers you might know and love. Yes, that’s right my pandas…this post was inspired by Karandi’s twitter post which we will now dubbed ‘what on earth were they trying to find‘. In true Karandi fashion this ‘what on earth were they trying to find’ entails Karandi posting a search term from her WordPress blog to her Twitter feed in hopes of figuring out what the hell people were looking for while perusing through her blog post. I have to say, even I have found some pretty hilarious search terms on my own blog, some of which include things like “what do nekos like to do” or “what’s the story of Japanese character with ears and tail.” Yeah…I’m just as confused as all of you are XD

I caught Karandi’s Twitter post as she was chatting with Arthifis about this random search term. Arthifis said it would make a great blog post idea and I couldn’t agree more! So, with me being one of the BIGGEST Sailor Moon fans out there, I decided to jump in and ask Arthifis if I could write this blog post myself. Low and behold! I am bringing you guys that blog post today. Thank you to Karandi and Arthifis for inspiring me to write this post. I was hoping a fun and creative idea would come to me sometime this week and what do you know?! It did in the form of a Twitter thread. 😀

Most of you know how much I love Sailor Moon. If you have been following me for some time now you know how much Sailor Moon has impacted my life as an anime fan and how much it means to me. It will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart ❤ But what most of you don’t know is how much I love the villains of the story (or I should say arcs since we have several different story-lines throughout the series). Of course I loved Sailor Moon and Princess Serenity more so when I was a kid, but as I got older I came to appreciate the villains that much more. Honestly, any villain in anime series tend to get overshadowed by the heroes of the story, so it’s high time we show some love to the villains.

As soon as I saw this question I knew immediately who I would date if I was given the opportunity to live in the Sailor Moon realm. Today I will give you my male antagonist choice and my female antagonist choice. I mean…I am bi-sexual after all. This girl could date either one if she damn well pleased. If any of you guys have read any of my previous Sailor Moon post then my choices should be pretty easy to figure out. I’ll give you guys a few minutes to try and calculate a guess.
Got a particular character in your mind? Alright, let’s see if you guessed correctly! We will start with my female choice. *drum roll please*

My female villain choice from Sailor Moon that I would date is…Queen Nehelenia!

Yup…regal, beautiful and vain Queen Nehelenia. Here is a little background information on Queen Nehelenia (for those of you who aren’t super into Sailor Moon like myself):

  • Queen Nehelenia is from the Dead Moon arc. She is the founder and ruler of the Dead Moon Circus.
  • She originated from the the dark center of the moon and believed herself to be the true ruler of the Moon Kingdom.
  • She lived during the the reign of Queen Serenity and made her presence known during Princess Serenity’s birth. Before Queen Serenity sealed her away Nehelenia put a curse on Princess Serenity; the curse was that Princess Serenity would die before she was to ascend the throne. (Sounds like Maleficent huh?)
  • Her magical power is immortality.
  • While imprisoned, she came across Chibiusa’s four future guardians, the Sailor Quartet, and turned them into the Amazoness Quartet.
  • She trapped Helios in a cage in the form of a Pegasus.
  • Her vanity steams from the fact that she is obsessed with being young and beautiful.

In the anime Queen Nehelenia is shown in a more sympathetic light. The poor girl was raised under the ideology and notion that beauty is everything. Just like the Evil Queen in Snow White, Nehelenia had a magic mirror. It showed Nehelenia that in the future she would turn in an ugly old hag. Thus driving her to be obsessed with stay young and beautiful, and even eventually insane. They say that when Nehelenia was sealed inside her mirror she was very crafty at creating curses. I would like to think of her as a seductive witch.

Queen Nehelenia is one of the few villains in the Sailor Moon franchise that isn’t explicitly killed. She also gets her wish granted by Sailor Moon to be sent back into the past to her kingdom. There, Nehelenia awakens as her child-self, where her planet and her kingdom of the Dead Moon is restored. This time Nehelenia can start over in order to find love and friends.

I think that is why I love Queen Nehelenia’s arc so much. It taught me as a young girl that beauty isn’t everything, and eventually we all grow into our old age. We have to come to terms with the fact that beauty is skin deep and it will only carry you so far in life. I was so happy knowing Nehelenia got a second chance at life. Where she could find real love and friends that would accept her for who she was rather than who she would become. And that is the real beauty behind Sailor Moon. The anime always seemed to have the best life lessons. It taught you the power behind love and friendship. Love is one of the MOST powerful emotions a human can feel. Queen Nehelenia is considered an alien queen, but with Sailor Moons help she was able to find pure emotional love and support. To me, that was Sailor Moon’s unique gift and ability; loving and believing in anyone and everyone around her, even if they were villains.

Now it is time to reveal my male choice!

My male villain choice from Sailor Moon that I would date is…Prince Demande (Prince Diamond)!

Oh look! Another obsessed character…but this time the obsession is Neo-Queen Serenity. Here is a little background information on Prince Demande (Prince Diamond):

  • Prince Demande was manipulated by Wiseman into attacking Crystal Tokyo and taking over Earth.
  • Prince Demande was the founding leader of the Black Moon Clan. Wiseman lured Prince Demande and his followers to Nemesis, where they acquired power from the Black Crystal.
  • Neo-Queen Serenity was to be killed by Prince Demande, but he acted in a rush and ended up sending a Black Crystal fragement back in time that was large enough to level Crystal Tokyo.
  • It was then Prince Demande encountered Neo-Queen Serenity looking for her daughter (Chibiusa), becoming obsessed with her from both her glare and witnessing the Legendary Silver Crystal’s power before hand.
  • His power is Evil Sight (which opens up a third eye on Prince Demande’s forehead that allows him to hypnotize or psychically immobilize his opponent).
  • Eventually, Prince Demande sees through Wiseman’s misdeeds and fights back, but he dies due to injuries he receives while protecting Sailor Moon.

I don’t know if Prince Demande would have ever meet Neo-Queen Serenity if it weren’t for being under the spell of Wiseman. I think maybe in a different time and place they would have. In a way, Prince Demande’s love for Sailor Moon (and or Neo-Queen Serenity) was unadulterated. Unfortunately, being controlled by Wiseman turned that infatuation into obsession, making Prince Demande look crazed in the anime. Even Prince Demande’s younger brother, Sapphire, figured out that Wiseman was no good before he could. Before Sapphire could warn Prince Demande about Wiseman’s conspiracy, Prince Demande was forced to kill him. Poor poor Sapphire. Killed by his very own brother.

If the circumstances were different I think Prince Demande would have made a good match for Sailor Moon, but we all know Sailor Moon ends up with Prince Endymion. It was nice to see multiple love interest for Sailor Moon throughout the series though. We also had female counterparts that were interested in Usagi. Another thing I love about the Sailor Moon franchise! Naoko Takeuchi did a wonderful job exploring sexuality and showing diverse couple parings in Sailor Moon. I still find it quite humors that when the anime aired in America they turned Michiru (Sailor Neptune) and Haruka (Sailor Uranus) into cousins instead of lovers! None the less…if Sailor Moon didn’t end up with Prince Endymion in the end it was nice to see that Usagi had other options to choose from. I have to admit that Sailor Moon might have also played a big part into my gay-ness as well. All the characters were DAMN BEAUTIFUL! It would be crazy not to have a crush on any of the girls in the show.

Second and Third Choices:

Wicked Lady
Professor Souichi Tomoe 

I think that about does it! This was a super fun post to write. I hope you guys enjoyed it and learned a little more about Sailor Moon in the process. If you were to date a villain from Sailor Moon who would it be? or if you were to just date any character from the series in general who would be your go-to choice? Let me know in the comments section below! Thank you for joining me on this lovely Saturday evening (well it’s Saturday still for me). I will catch you all in my next post! MUAH! XOXO

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I know, I know. Veteran’s Day in the U.S. was on Sunday and Veteran’s Day Observed was yesterday, but whose to say we can’t celebrate a little while longer? We definitely have to show some love and appreciation to all those brave men and women who have served our country. Although one specific man couldn’t quite show his gratitude because it was raining. *cough cheeto face cough* Yup, you heard that right my pandas. Someone was being a big ol’ baby because of some light rain. *insert palm face emoji here*

None the less! This girl right here is going to show her gratitude by making this week’s Top Ten Tuesday all about military based anime. Today is all about war strategies, violence, gore, death, weapons and even one bad ass loli (you know who I’m talking about) 😉 Maybe this list will inspire you all to watch some more action/military anime in the future! This genre isn’t usually my go-to, but there are some hidden gems that pop up once and awhile. Also some of these anime series are low-key underrated in my opinion. I highly suggest checking any of these out if you get the chance!

1. G.A.T.E

^Let’s admit it….we all watched this anime for Rory (and maybe Princess Pina as well).

2. Girls’ Last Tour

^While this anime mainly revolves around what happens after war, it is still freaking adorable yet oddly dark at the same time.

3. Schwarzemarken

^I’m telling ya…if you want to see some fucked up shit happen Schwarzemarken is the one.

4. Izetta the Last Witch

^Because sometimes you need a little magic with your military.

5. Violet Evergarden

^Oh you know…just a little something something to make you bawl your eyes out.

6. Attack on Titan

^Attack on Titan is a give in at this point lololz

7. Otome Youkai Zakuro

^A little bit more on the fluffy side of things but still military based none the less!

8. Joker Game

^It’s spy versus spy in this free for all.

9. Genocidal Organ

^I encourage everyone to watch all of the Project Itoh movies. Genocidal Organ presents complex ideologies and is an amazing blend of the Sci-Fi and military genre.

10. Youjo Senki (Saga of Tanya the Evil)

^Today’s list wouldn’t be complete without our enraged psycho loli Tanya 😀

Honorable Mentions:
Code Geass
Full Metal Panic
Girls und Panzer
Owari no Seraph
Pumpkin Scissors
Valkyria Chronicles
Mobile Suit Gundam
Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online

And there you have it folks! We’ve got a little something for everyone on this list. I also enjoy a series that mixes in military anime with another genre such as romance, sci-fi, or slice-of-life. That way you aren’t watching a story about war for a gazillion hours being bored to death. What are some of your favorite military based anime? Did any of them make the list? If you don’t watch that much military based anime which shows caught your interest? Let me know all of your thoughts and comments down below! Thank you for joining me today. It’s always a pleasure to have you guys ❤

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).

We are back for round two of Featured Creator Friday! I am oh so excited to share a fellow cosplayer who shares the same love for Sailor Moon as much as I do. We need all the moonies we can get! ❤

Today’s interview is none other than Alicia from Kiss a Frog Cosplay. I happened to stumble upon Alicia’s twitter page not too long ago and I knew I need to follow her. As a person who only cosplays on occasions, I thought it was time I expanded my horizons as a cosplay enthusiast. I have been following a few of the more mainstream cosplayers (you know…the ones who cosplay for a living and are damn good at what they do) during my time on Twitter and IG, but I found myself lacking in the diversity department. I felt like I personally wasn’t being inclusive enough with who I was following, so I set out to find other people of interest. And BAM! Alicia ended up in my Twitter timeline (along with other amazing cosplayers who I now follow as well).

Alicia is so talented, so vigilant in her work, and so humble. It is an honor for me to bring you guys this interview! I hope that all of these interviews I am sharing with you guys allows everyone to open their eyes and see all the wonderful talent hidden amongst the rubble in the otaku community. Alicia is a representative for the POC cosplay community and strives to show others that all skin tones matter. She also has a passion for making sure that body positivity is inclusive for women of all shapes and sizes. I really admire her spirit!

Here are a few cosplay looks Alicia has done over the course of her career (All photos were taken by Madster Cosplay and Photography):

Now let’s hop right on in to this interview!

1. What was the first memory or inspiration that made you want to cosplay?

Alicia: I’m inspired by every person I meet while in cosplay. Seeing my fans (and friends) enthusiasm for our craft, and hearing them tell me about what they’re working on or what they’re excited about is what keeps me going. Their joy is my joy. All day, everyday.

2. If you could give others cosplay advice what would it be?

Alicia: Don’t be afraid! Order that cosplay, buy that pattern and get started. Don’t let intimidation or naysayers keep you from doing something you’ve dreamed of. We all start somewhere!

3. Who is your dream cosplay character?

Alicia: My dream cosplays are Princess Peach and my OC Noelle!

4. Have you had positive or negative experiences cosplaying? Feel free to explain in any detail.

Alicia: I’ve had a mix of both, more positive than negative. I have always been well received and welcomed in the community and at conventions.

5. I saw a little while back you had some issues at the Con you previously attended. What are your overall thoughts/feelings on the situation?

Alicia: I was a guest at a convention where I was blatantly skipped over for filming by the company hired to film highlights and hall shots. The videographer even came up and spoke to me when I arrived, but made an effort to not include me in any videos. All the other cosplay guests were filmed, but I wasn’t. Not at all the entire weekend. At first, I was OUTRAGED, and I was just so upset that I had a meltdown in front of my fiance at my booth. But after thinking about it I wiped my tears and kept on going. The videographer didn’t deserve to grace MY presence anyway. That being said, this isn’t the first time a POC cosplayer has gotten skipped over by a photographer or mistreated. If the dialogue about equality doesn’t continue, nothing will change.

6. What is one thing other cosplayers don’t know about you?

Alicia: I’m a pastry Chef by day and a solo caterer on the weekends!

7. Why do you think other cosplayers are critical of POC cosplaying specific characters? Do you think it just boils down to racism or do you believe it to he more than that?

Alicia: Racism. Absolutely. It’s like we’re told we aren’t allowed to cosplay outside of our race because it’s not cannon. If we stuck by those “rules”, we could count the number of characters we look like on one hand. Cosplay who you want. Your skin color will NEVER hold you back from a cosplay!

8. If you could give one piece of advice to your younger self what would it be?

Alicia: Life is worth living. You are worth so much more than what you’re going through.

9. How do you feel about the otaku/cosplay community as a whole?

Alicia: I love this community. I know and love so many talented cosplayers all over the world who love their craft and want to help others love it as well. However, there are bad apples in every bunch that have to be ignored. Lately, the toxicity has been terrible. It has driven some of my favorite cosplayers away, and others who want to join the community are staying away because of the issues of blackface/drama. (Don’t EVER blackface….just don’t.)

10. Do you see yourself cosplaying in the foreseeable future or will you eventually do something else?

Alicia: I will cosplay until I can’t anymore.  I’ll be that 90 year old lady in a Princess Tiana dress at D23 (The official Disney fan club). Don’t give me any ideas!

You can find Alicia on Twitter, Facebook, and IG. Make sure to follow her and show her some love! Thank you for joining me once again on this (somewhat) chilly Friday morning. Oregon is becoming increasingly colder, but I am thrilled that summer is over. I was done with the hot weather before summer even started XD I know for some of you summer is just beginning. I wish you guys the best of luck! Hopefully you won’t melt and become a puddle of nothingness. I’ll catch you guys in my next post. MUAH! XOXO

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Sometimes we just feel indifferent about anime. We didn’t think it was necessarily good nor bad, we just know it probably could have been better. As the title says I would call this “a swing and a miss” type of anime series. Initially you get hyped for these series based on their synopsis or trailer, but then they kinda fall flat after you get to the end.

Honestly, there aren’t too many anime that I completely and undoubtedly hate. Most of you should know by now that I am pretty easy going when it comes to anime/manga and I like to find (some) good in each series/work. I guess if anything I more of an indifferent type of watcher. Some people can explicitly pick out which anime series they absolutely love and which series they absolutely despise *cough cough* I’m looking at you Sword Art Online haters *cough cough* but for me I’m all about enjoying the anime as much as I can without jumping on the bandwagon with everyone else. Hence why I am still one of the very few people (might be the only person actually) who liked Glasslip. XD

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday will feature anime that I am still on the fence about. As I stated above these anime aren’t horrible, but in all retrospect they could have given us so much more.

1. Luck and Logic

^I enjoyed the premise of Luck and Logic, I just felt like it was still missing that extra summthin’ summthin’ though. Hina Logi was waaayyy more fun than the original!

2. Hundred

^Basically I feel the same way about Hundred. It had the potential to be far better than what it was. I felt like it was kind of a mess towards the end.

3. Ange Vierge

^I loved loved loved to concept of Ange Vierge and the girls were totes adorbs, but this series was just executed poorly.

4. Taboo Tattoo

^Started off incredibly strong, ended horribly.

5. Chivalry of a Failed Knight

^Don’t get me wrong! I like this series…I just think it acts too much like High School DXD, Shinmai Maou no Testament, and The Asterisk War.

6. Mayoiga (The Lost Village)

^I thought specific elements of this show were fantastic, I think the ending just got lost in translation with a lot of the viewers.

7. Brynhildr in the Darkness

^An interesting anime series to watch, just didn’t get that much out of it I guess.

8. Psychic Detective Yakumo

^I was rooting for this anime because I love mystery series, but it fell a little bit flat for me because it wasn’t creepy/thrilling enough. I was hoping it would lean more towards psychological mystery kind of like Dusk Maiden of Amnesia. 

9. Chaos Dragon

^So many great characters in this series! The plot was wasted though.

10. Comet Lucifer

^Again…pretty fun and likable characters but the plot line was wasted.

Making this list makes me kinda feel bad. There were so many great opportunities to make these anime series top notch, but instead we got mediocre anime at best. But sometimes that’s the luck of the draw! You win some, you lose some. Every anime can’t be top notch quality. What anime series do you feel indifferent about? Do you have any that you like a little more or maybe like a little less but still think they are okay? Let me know all of your thoughts and comments down below in the comments section! I love getting to chat with you guys about anime series ❤

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).