Imagine this…lights flashing everywhere, a group of cute girls with frilly colorful dresses step out on stage and they start singing/dancing while pop music blasts throughout the audience. The audience sings along and cheers and some people start dancing the same dance as the girls up on stage. What am I making you imagine in your head? Kpop? NO! This is what Japanese Idol concert looks like.

Japanese idols

Am I talking about Love Live? No, Love Live is on my watchlist, so I can’t write about it yet. I’m talking about real Idols. The real deal. I have been getting into them lately and wanted to talk about them.

Here is a quick history of Idols. 

1970-1980: This is the era of the rise of idols. It got popular because it provided escapism to people during the times of political violence and radical student moments. (During the times of the New Left) 

1980-1990: this was the Golden Age of idol culture. Many idols popped up and disappeared during this time frame. People were really into Idol culture during this time frame. 

1990-2000: This era was the when idol culture started to die down. But it was also the era of child idols. 

2000-Now: This is the warring era. Groups of idols meet in the field with spears and katanas and charge at each other until the last group is alive. I’m joking. They are “fighting for popularity”. 

Idols are so fascinating. The amount of work that goes into being an idol is insane.  They have to work out and stay fit, need to remember long choreographed dances and need to remember song lyrics and to mix singing with dancing which is very tiring and requires a lot of stamina. 

Do I like an idol group? I do, the group is called Necronomidol. I really love them. I’m a huge fanboy. They are an Underground Ultra Dark Idol group. They sing about Lovecraftian themes. They are not too well known but they have a nice sized fan base. They are soooo fucking good.

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Members:

Kaiki, Himar, Rei, Michelle, and Kunogi.

Make sure to check them out and if you like them go support them on Patreon!
Thanks for joining me today. I’ll catch you all next week!

-Tsubaki

It is with a heavy heart that I write this post to you all.

Kyoto Animation on Thursday in the early morning was set ablaze by an arsonist. I actually found out about this attack from Tsubaki Wednesday night around 10:30 pm my time since we live in America. Some people didn’t make it in the fire, and many others are in critical condition. This is devastating news for the anime community. Kyoto Animation has a special place in many people’s hearts…especially mine, Tsubaki, and Alexie’s. Today we have collectively come together to express our gratitude for KyoAni. Today we write you all of you what Kyoto Animation means to us. In show of support KyoAni now has a GoFundMe page up if you would like to donate. You can do so here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-kyoani-heal. Honestly, every single dollar helps.

Please enjoy our letters ❤


From Ayano–

“Dear Kyoto Animation,

A myriad of thank you’s wouldn’t be enough in the way of words to describe what your studio means to me. Your works have given me life, given me hope, given me a magnitude of emotions that conjure up every time I watch one of your shows. I am simply bewitched and in awe of everything your staff has done over the last decade. I fell in love with your works a short time ago, but it wasn’t until Violet Evergarden that I fell head over heels in love with your studio. But we simply can’t forget all the wondrous shows that paved the way for Violet Evergarden. Full Metal PanicClannad, Lucky Star, K-On!, Hyouka, Tamako Market, Free!, Beyond the Boundary and countless others are just the tip of the iceberg. Each show special and unique in its own way. Every show leaving a faint imprint on each individual’s heart.

I could probably write an arduous novel on what Kyoto Animation means to me. I could write and write and write until my heart burst from contentment, but I’ll have to save that idea for another day. Kyoto, you make everything seem so effortless, so fluid, so languid. Your characters, your art style, the way you breath life into the smallest details in a series baffles me. I have to tip my hat off to you. Just like P.A. Works, you make the mundane world of reality bearable with your phantasmal stories. You make the watcher feel like they are escaping their woes and problems in a matter of seconds. That right there is a feat within itself. Not many storytellers can achieve this, especially multiple times with multiple series. But here you are…proving everyone wrong.

Kyoto, you have set the standard of what it means to be an individual animation studio. You achieved your very own style through establishment and hard work…and that hard work has definitely paid off. Fans can recognize your animation style from a mile away. I know I can! Setting yourself apart from the rest of the pack is what makes everything you have done up until this point worth it. Every single detail you have put into your animation to make it seem real is all worth it. Everything you do and will continue to do after this…is WORTH IT. I believe in you. We believe in you. Everyone believes in you.

I have no doubts that you will continue to pave the way for anime in the future. You have set the bar quite high Kyoto. How high others are willing to jump is up to them. In the wake of all this chaos, mixed feelings, and devastation I know you will bounce back from this. You’ll once again bring us laughter, you’ll bring us tears, you’ll bring us smiles, and you’ll put our ill begotten feelings to rest if only for a little while. Please remember that your fans love you. We support you. We will lift you up when you are low. We will carry you even in your darkest of times just as you have done for us. Just as you WILL do for us.

I love you Kyoto Animation.
And I always will.

Love,
Ayano”

From Tsubaki —

“Kyoto Animation,

You work means a lot to me. It has touched my life and I am sure it has touched many others. Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) was a movie that changed my life for the better. When that movie came out I was in a dark place within my depression. I had suicidal thoughts swarming my mind, but when I watched Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) and saw what the characters went through to overcome their depression/suicidal thoughts it made me think about my own life. In the end…I broke down crying. Seeing these characters overcome their depression made me realize that I, too, could also find happiness and meaning to my life. It made my heart happy and full.

Thank you for creating content that brings happiness and joy to the hearts of many. You guys can really say that your work saves lives.

My heart broke when I found out that your studio was attacked by an arsonist. I was sad to hear that many of your employees were seriously injured, and some even died. My prayers go out to everyone who works at Kyoto Animation.

-Tsubaki Kuro”

From Alexie–

“Kyoto Animation, or KyoAni, is a studio that has touched the hearts of countless anime fans. I know for a fact I’m one of those fans. From works like Free! and Tsurune; Clannad and Amagi Brilliant Park; to A Silent Voice and Violet Evergarden, Kyoto Animation has been one studio that I can always count on to give breathtaking visuals and stories that have heart embedded in them.

I remember when I first saw Violet Evergarden pop up on Netflix. It was a show I knew nothing about, but the pictures I saw were enough to get me to click on the title and see what it was about. And then I started reading about the source material and watched every episode in two days. The visuals were astounding. The music was a delight to hear, and the animation quality? Absolutely top-notch. The way clothes moved, the way hair moved, the way the characters smiled and laughed and interacted with each other…

My favorite part, though, was the introduction we got during Violet Evergarden when Violet was walking the streets with Major Gilbert and she saw the necklace. Violet stopped and said it’s the same color as Major Gilbert’s eyes. And throughout the series she was constantly trying to figure out her feelings–about how she felt regarding the major, about how she felt about herself, and about how she felt about the world.

What Violet Evergarden did for me with that simple scene, was give me a chance at finding a writing spark again. The emotions that played throughout a simple scene showed me just how powerful a single picture in one’s mind can be. So I started writing a poem, and kept watching that scene over and over again, hoping I would find another spark that I hadn’t gotten the first few times. And eventually I did. I revised that poem, and submitted it to the literary journal of the university I was attending. After months and months of waiting, I received an e-mail saying my poem (which I had titled “The Major”) had been selected for inclusion to the journal. A simple scene from an emotional anime that broke my heart and made me break down before the end, where I was bawling my eyes out from episode 8 through episode 13, was enough to get me to try my had at writing poetry again, and with the emotion I felt while watching Violet Evergarden, that emotion came back in force for me during my writing.

Violet Evergarden was my spark to get myself writing again, which is something I enjoy, and even then, Kyoto Animation was the studio behind that. Their work in getting Violet Evergarden from light novel to the television screen, with an OVA that dropped a year later, was an absolute treat of emotional ruin and love. Kyoto Animation is more than just a studio because it has touched the hearts and minds of so many people.

I remember when Tsurune came out and I decided to watch that show for the season it aired. The colors and subtle movements of the clothes, the hair, the wind and bow strings, the sounds of each arrow being shot… Each aspect of that show was a delight to see and listen to. And the final episode, where our main character Narumiya narrates the steps of readying a shot in their final kyuudo match without having to pay any attention to his teammates was brilliantly done. Each small movement was so perfectly animated, the colors were vibrant, and the final shot, with the leaves blowing and Narumiya holding his bow perfectly with Masa-san in awe of his form…it was breathtaking. I haven’t had many anime make me stop, pause, and stare at a single moment for so long. Kyoto Animation did that, and I remember having to tell myself to close my mouth. Everything about that show, with the colors and the animation and the music.

Kyoto Animation is the only studio to make me pause and re-watch specific scenes from anime. I haven’t been one to continually go through one or two scenes in a show until I saw one from KyoAni. They’re a fantastic company that truly makes shows vibrant and moving and emotional. Each portion of their works that I have seen (and it’s been more than just the two I’ve listed) have been ones that I can remember more than any other studio’s work.

Kyoto Animation is a studio that means love, connectivity, heart. To me, KyoAni means emotion. Their work has brought tears to my eyes multiple times, has made me laugh and cry and stare in awe at the amount of effort and heart they put into their work. Thank you, KyoAni, for making such amazing works available to us, for putting your heart and soul into the medium that you love, and making me fall in love with anime over and over again each time I watch your works. You are special, and nothing can replace that. My heart breaks for the losses suffered, but you’ll always be dear to me in so many ways.

-Alexie”


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Who doesn’t love a good hybrid human or monster guy/gal? I know I do! I was going over the list of monster infused anime last night (mainly after me fawning over Jashin-chan from Dropkick on My Devil) and I got to thinking…I haven’t done a full dedicated Top Ten Tuesday post on hybrid anime characters. Well that is gonna change today my pandas! We are gathered here today for another rousing round of Top Ten Tuesday. I am here to deliver y’all some of my favorite combination characters! Let’s get this party started shall we?!


1. Jashin-chan from Dropkick on My Devil

^Of course I’m gonna kick things off with Jashin-chan! She’s so cute when she’s not trying to kill Yurine 😂


2. Meroune from Monster Musume

^While I also like Miia…Meroune is actually my favorite out of the bunch.


3. Silence Suzuka from Uma Musume Pretty Derby

^My favorite horse girl ❤


4. Hikari from Interview with Monster Girls

^All the girls in this series are totes adorbs but my favorite is Hikari :3


5. Sophie from Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood

^I mean…obviously I love vampire girls.


6. Felix from Re:Zero

^And I love cat boys =^.^=


7. Kuro from Servamp

^Wait a minute! I can have the best of both worlds with Kuro from Servamp! A cat vampire hybrid sounds fine by me 😀


8. Odanna from Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits

^Odanna can whisk me away to the spirit world any day 😉


9. Ginji from Kakuriyo: Bed and Breakfast for Spirits

^I also have to put Ginji on here because he was the MVP of the series.


10. Kyo from Fruits Basket

^Kyo-kun just wants to be understood and loved.


Of course this list could go on and on..but we don’t have time for that today. I have to leave for work in about an hour and I gotta finish some other things up before I head out. Who is your favorite hybrid human or monster guy/gal? Which shows are your favorites? Let me know in the comments section below! Thank you for joining me this lovely Tuesday after. I hope you have a good day, evening, or night wherever you are in the world. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. MUAH! XOXO


Disclaimer: All imagery, photos, and gifs 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).

Hello all you wonderful people! I’m back on KawaiiPaperPandas again! At 11am Eastern time I had no idea what I was going to write for you all today, but I think I finally figured something out. I had been thinking about what I watch as a whole and what I actually enjoy watching (as some of what I watch I don’t actually tend to enjoy all that much). Now, just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean I won’t watch it. I have a hard time dropping shows that I start because I feel like I just committed to something and I need to see it through. I will admit, though, that I don’t watch as many shows per season as most of current followers and readers on my blog (I guess that would extend to here, too) because my attention span and memory aren’t all that great. But what drives me to finish a seasonal anime?

To give you an example, during the Autumn 2018 and Winter 2019 seasons I started around sixteen shows per season. I think I finished with about five each. And that wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy the shows I started, it was simply because I forgot what days they aired, fell behind a few weeks, and then forgot about them completely until the next season started. I had a few moments where I went “Oh, X show! Wait, I never finished that did I?” I had a friend yell at me every time we saw each other because I hadn’t finished “How Not To Summon a Demon Lord” (And I still haven’t finished that…a show that aired Summer 2018. Perhaps I should finish that? Maybe…) So, with that I’ll list a few of the shows I watched during the Winter 2019 and Spring 2019 seasons (because I feel like staying in 2019) and go into why I finished a few of them.


Winter 2019:

The Rising of the Shield Hero; The Promised Neverland; Domestic Girlfriend; Kaguya-sama Love is War; Kakegurui xx; The Quintessential Quintuplets; Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka.

Is there anything about these shows that have anything in common, or is it a more balanced viewing on my part? While I will say that comedies aren’t on my usual watch-list, Kaguya-sama and The Quintessential Quintuplets were real treats for the comedy/slice-of-life-esque shows. Asuka was a total letdown in a vein of shows I have tried to get into over and over each year (the magical girl shows, just to analyze them) as the progression was blindly advancing with no real motive; and Domestic Girlfriend was my trashy anime for the season (which I loved! It was so odd and ridiculous I couldn’t stop watching).

However, the two shows that garnered the most response from me were Shield Hero and The Promised Neverland. Both were amazing in my eyes as we got to see true progression from the main cast of characters. There was a solid idea of what the characters were trying to accomplish, and villains that seemed to truly test our protagonists. Other than that, though, there wasn’t much in common with any of these shows that I can see of the top of my head.

Naofumi’s progression from a cast-aside, hate filled, Devil of the Shield character to someone who was one of the most compassionate, trustworthy, and well-rounded characters I’ve seen in a while was one of the main reasons I continued watching Shield Hero week after week (with some Raphtalia awesomeness thrown in there as well). And then there was Emma, Ray, Norman, and the rest of the children from The Promised Neverland. Each of them had their own skill set, each of them had brains and an ability to connect with the viewers in some way because of who they were, what they did, and how they acted. While I will say that later in the manga I didn’t like Emma’s character as much (I grew to like Ray more), this season of The Promised Neverland was well done in both the animation and art departments and the storytelling. Character progression made these two shows for me, and that’s saying something (as that’s primarily what I look for in watching shows) as they’ve only been around for a short time.


Spring 2019:

Bungou Stray Dogs; Attack on Titan; Kimetsu no Yaiba; Wise Man’s Grandson; Carole & Tuesday; Midnight Occult Civil Servants; We Never Learn; and some shorts…

The Spring 2019 season didn’t have as much going for it in my book as compared to the Winter 2019 season, but we did get some decent to good shows this time around. Attack on Titan came back with a bang and didn’t let up; Bungou Stray Dogs ramped up their second season with a thrilling third season that is looking to be my anime of the year contender (we’ll see how that plays out); the comedy show Wise Man’s Grandson was decent in a way, but eventually fell flat in my experience; Carole & Tuesday continued to impress me even though it was slower than the others I was watching; and Kimetsu no Yaiba…how can I put this…burned out after about ten episodes for me. We Never Learn was decent for what it was, but really it wasn’t what I expected it to be considering my friend was amping it up to be a great comedy (having read the manga).


In looking at all the shows I have listed here, is there any common denominator that kept me interested? I don’t see a solid genre of shows, so that can’t be it (although watching only a single genre in a season seems ridiculous). No, what I think kept me watching each of these shows was, for the most part, the progression we got throughout the weeks the shows aired. While I know some of the shows didn’t have as much progression, there was still some. The most interesting progression in my eyes came from The Rising of the Shield Hero, Attack on Titan, The Promised Neverland, and Bungou Stray Dogs.

What can we surmise from this list? Character progression is the key factor in making a show worthwhile for one or multiple seasons. Attack on Titan had great character development through its third season, giving us backstory we anime-only viewers didn’t know, connecting dots and going all the way back to the basement that had been denied us since season one. With the thunder spears leading off the second half of season three, we got a look at just how far the Scout Regiment was willing to go in order to take the threat of the titans away from humanity. We got a look at the history of Grisha Yaeger, the family history of Eren, and how this whole titan business started. Marley and Eldia, the political structure of the Marleyans (is that how it’s spelled?) and what they were doing to the Eldians.

Okay, and here, I do want to take a small tangent and talk about the historical aspect of this Marley vs Eldia thing. Yes, it is full of Nazism. It’s true. The Marleyans were subjecting the Eldians like they did the non-Aryans which included Jews–even German Jews; homosexuals;  Blacks; communists; Gypsies; Slavic peoples in the Balkan states and Russia; and Muslims. Is the inclusion of that a bad thing? People complain that Attack on Titan has hints of Nazism, and I’d say it has pools of Nazism. However, is that really a bad thing to add into a story if it progresses the story and gives it life? The Nazi regime and their persecution of the groups above was a true and terrifying thing, and I think Attack on Titan has every right to base a story line off it to show a newer generation just how terrifying such a thing can be. If we bury the past we’re sure to repeat the past, so Attack on Titan throwing these historical aspects into our faces is, in my opinion, a good thing.

With everything relating to the historical aspects of Attack on Titan, it grabbed my attention even more than it already had through almost three complete seasons. I’m a huge history nerd, and my grandfather was even forced into the German army to fight in Stalingrad (he was born in 1927, so he was 14-15 years old and was seeing a Jewish girl at the time) and then again at the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in Belgium in 1944-1945, so the fact that Nazism was that prevalent in Attack on Titan grabbed my attention in a matter of seconds. (Oh, and before attack me, fuck Nazis. Fuck Nazis. They forced my family member to be a pawn in their game at a young age–which is a personal hatred–and have no moral standing in the world at all because they’re sick, twisted, and subhuman. Fuck Nazis…) I also studied the political time frame of German history between 1918-1950 in school, so it’s something I sort of enjoy.


Anyway…on a topic other than Nazism and Germany, Bungou Stray Dogs was simply one where the story continued to surprise me. The different abilities of the Armed Detective Agency and Port Mafia, the character progression in how they all used their abilities, the undermining and backstabbing that went into each group prevalent in the show, the relationships each character had with another cast member (it was almost like you could match them up with one other and be like “yeah, they’re opposites”) and having to work together to take out a common enemy? Everything about Bungou Stray Dogs made me want more as the season progressed. And let’s not forget Akutagawa working with Atsushi again…because that was epic as can be.

In Bungou Stray Dogs, I think it was the detective aspect and the way that the different groups went about trying to outsmart each other with their collective minds that sealed the deal for me. We had so many intelligent cast members vying for control of Yokohama, different plans being set in motion, and everything coming together to derail what was an uneasy alliance between two hated groups that realized if either one was going to survive they needed to work together. Plus, the fight scenes are top notch.

I will say that Bungou Stray Dogs and Attack on Titan were my favorite shows for the Spring 2019 season, and I think the reason behind that is how much progression we ended up getting. Each of the shows that I saw this last season had some progression, but none could match the depth of these two shows in their third seasons. Is that a fair metric? Probably not as the characters have been around for years while the newer anime have just started, but still. I think there’s an ability with Attack on Titan and Bungou Stray Dogs to make us care so much about the characters and their well being that none of the other shows I watched cared to dive in to.


Character progression is the main reason I watch an anime. If there is nothing going on between the characters and the plot to drive it forward then what’s the point of watching? Characters drive plot and plot drives characters. It’s a balancing act that demands each portion’s attention. If the characters are failing but the plot is progressing and seems like it should be great, then is the anime good? If the plot is failing but characters are great and interaction between them is fantastic and enjoyable, is the anime worth watching? Some might say yes, as one can outperform the other and make for a good anime, but the truly phenomenal anime are ones were the characters and plot are driving each other through conversations, through group actions (Attack on Titan), through flashbacks (Bungou Stray Dogs), and with a villain that is pronounced and well-rounded in itself.

I do believe that without character progression a show is not worth my watching. And that’s because I’d rather not get a progressing story with a stagnant character. Now, I will be fair here and say that what I mean isn’t like the isekai genre’s level-up thing where the character progresses in skill points and abilities or whatever, but as a character. Is she a hard-ass who finds a soft spot for a younger boy and raises him to become just as badass as her? Does she free slaves and take out slave owners? Is she helping to protect a group of people from a tyrant? If the lead does not grow emotionally then I do not see a point in watching a show that could have been touted as an adventure story, or action story, or whatever.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what drives me to finish seasonal anime. The progression of our characters.

Thanks for reading!

Alexie 🙂

 

Yeah…you all saw what I did there 😉

I love coming up with good blog titles almost as much as I love doing fellow anime blogger interviews! Today’s Sunday Spotlight is an interview with the coveted Animated Andy. He went to Anime Expo a short while ago and I came up with the bright idea to interview him and his experience attending. So here we are my pandas!

If you are not following Andy on social media you can do so right here: Andy’s website is animatedandy.com and his Twitter handle is Animated_Andy. Make sure to hit like on this post and hit that follow button on both my blog and Andy’s blog if you aren’t already following us! 😀

Let’s get down to business peeps!


1. What was it like deciding on going to AX? Was it a sure decision or did you decide to go last minute?

Andy: I decided to go last minute but I honestly wish I had made the decision sooner because there was so much planning that went into it. Once I got there I realized it should have been a no-brainer to go.

2. What was the main reason you wanted to attend AX?

Andy: Anime has been apart of my life since I was a child and continues to play a prominent role in my daily proceedings. However, I never really interacted with the community outside of a few friends from school until this year. Now that I’ve gotten in touch with the anime writer community going to one of the meccas of anime conventions just seemed like the next logical step.

3. Best and worst part of AX this year?

Andy: The best part by far were the people. Sure, there was a ton of entertainment like Artist Alley, the panels, the exhibit halls, the AMV film rooms, etc. but what I took away from the whole experience was how much genuine enjoyment everyone seemed to be having. No one was rude, impatient or obnoxious even though tens of thousands of bodies were in a compact space. Everyone looked like they were having fun and were super enthusiastic about something they loved. The worst part? I suppose the security guards were a bit pushy, but you must be if you’re going to facilitate that much foot traffic. I honestly didn’t mind the crowds so much.

4. If you could change one thing about your trip what would it be?

Andy: I wish I had planned way more in advance. The program is overwhelming, and I underestimated how much ground there was to cover getting from one area to the next plus how early special events would fill up. I also wish I had gone all four days, but my schedule made that unlikely.

5. Do you think AX is outgrowing its venue?

Andy: I think the venue will need an upgrade soon or the convention will have to be relocated. As the industry continues to grow and more people are attracted to this cultural set piece, the organizers will have to make some careful decisions moving forward on how to maintain the spirit of this event while simultaneously expanding it.

6. Did you meet up with anyone from online in real life?

Andy: I didn’t meet any friends from online, but I did have a photo opportunity with some prominent anime YouTubers including Garnt (Gigguk) and Syd (Sydsnap). Both of them are incredibly sweet people. Telling Gigguk to his face that Bakemonogatari will always and forever be better than Nisemonogatari and then have his vehemently debate me on the topic is a highlight in my career as a critic (I have strange priorities…just go with it).

7. Favorite item purchased from AX this year?

Andy: I’ll admit this is the hardest question on the list. I’ll have to give a cop-out answer and say all the posters I bought at Artist Alley. I can’t possibly choose between one of them because they’re all equally adorable/incredible caricatures of some of my favorite characters. Some of the series I bought for included Fruits Basket, Ouran Host High School Club, Sailor Moon and Doki Doki Literature Club.

8. What was your favorite cosplay that you saw?

Andy: Also a tough question because DAMN do people go all-out with their designs at this convention. I’ll go with two of them (or three in this case). One was a couple dressed up as Kiki and Tomo from Kiki’s Delivery Service and were just too precious. The most meme-worthy was a person dressed up as the shopping list/ghost from Spongebob Squarepants.

9. What was your general experience of AX overall?

Andy: I had an unbelievable time. I couldn’t believe how well organized and generally positive this whole weekend was. Like I mentioned before, people were polite and courteous, but also were there to make some incredible memories. I had a huge goofy grin my face the whole time just from being there. I genuinely love seeing other people enjoy something niche, yet resonates with so many. I enjoy seeing this community grow and I hope this event continues to foster this energy for years to come.

10. Lastly…will you be attending AX next year?

Andy: If I’m still living in Southern California, absolutely. This is not a convention worth missing and I hope to go for all of it next year, meet more people, and hopefully actually get to cosplay this time around.


And there you have it folks! A big THANK YOU to Andy for letting me interview you. I always enjoy giving some of the spotlight to my fellow anime peeps. Also Andy was an angel and bought me stuff from AX this year. Looks like I will be getting my goodies in the mail sometime this week. I can’t wait! Again…I can’t thank Andy enough for being an awesome anime friend. You seriously are the best!!! Thank you guys for joining me today. I will catch you all in my next post. Remember to always stay cuddly and kawaii my pandas. MUAH! XOXO


Disclaimer: All imagery, photos, and gifs 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).

Do you like Japanese urban legends? Do you like Gothic Lolitas? Younger Sisters? I do a lot. And if you do as well, boy i got the manga for you. 51ToBNY6YZL._AC_SL1500_

Ibitsu is an amazing horror manga that you should really look into. Definitely during the night for some good spooks. 

So what’s it about? Well alone at night, a young man meets a Gothic Lolita at the local trash drop. She asks him a very simple question, “Would you have a little sister?” Well when he answers that question, his life changes forever, and not in a good way. 1

Ibitsu is a one volume manga that is around 320 pages long, by Haruto Ryo. It’s a good read that you can read within a day. It’s a hell of a page turner and hella creepy. Plus it has just the cutest Lolita.

And to be warned, it’s a mature manga. It contains: strong language, violence, and some nudity. Have you guys read any horror manga? If so comment down below what horror manga you read and if it’s good.

Have a wonderful day and take care 💗
-Tsubaki

Hello my beautiful pandas!

Summer season is in full swing and the weather has been heating up. For today’s Top Ten Tuesday I am bringing you guys another follower based post. That’s right! This post is going to be chalk full of YOUR summer time anime recommendations. You can think of this as, “what anime makes you think of summer?” listI actually did one of these list back in 2017, but I think it’s time for a little update. If you want to check out my personal summertime recommendations from then you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2017/06/03/anime-seriesmovies-that-remind-us-its-almost-summertime/.

Speaking of summer…this years summer anime season has kicked off with a BANG! I am definitely more intrigued with this years summer season than last years. I thought last years season was okay, but got kinda bored half way through the watching period. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble like that this year! Current favorites (so far) include To the Abandoned Sacred Beast, Fire Force, Dr. Stone, O Maidens in Your Savage Season, and Vinland Saga. Still waiting on a few other shows to kick off but these are my top choices currently. And can I say that Vinland Saga having Survive Said The Prophet doing the opening song and Aimer doing the ending song is FREAKING AMAZING?! WHAT A POWERHOUSE OP AND ED FOR A SERIES. I don’t know if anything else will top those two this season. I do also like the opening song for To the Abandoned Sacred Beast as well. What is everyone enjoying thus far? Any stand out shows for you personally?  Let me know in the comments down below.

Alright…enough chit chat! Let’s get to these summertime anime recs.


1. Harukana Receives

^As recommended by Lynn from The Earth Lynn.


2. Squid Girl

^As recommended by Nerdy Ginger Girl.


3. Tsuritama

^As recommended by Thorkell from oppaiofsteel.


4. Grand Blue

^As recommended by Neko-chan from Nekochan211.


5. Waiting in the Summer

^As recommended by Infinite Zenith.


6. Free!

^As recommended by our very own Alexie the Great.


7. Keijo!

^As recommended by our very own Tsubaki.


8. A Lull in the Sea

^My own personal favorite summertime choice ❤


9. Sakurada Reset

^A new recommendation from me!


10. Dagashi Kashi

^A new summertime rec as recommended by me!


Honorable Mentions:
Glasslip
Fairy Tail
Barakamon
Summer Wars
My Hero Academia
Hotarubi no Mori e


That is going to do it for me this lovely Tuesday afternoon! What is your favorite summer time anime? What anime makes you think of summer? Let me know all your thoughts, opinions, and comments down below. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. I’ll catch you all in my next post. MUAH! XOXO


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