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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

   Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day.  

                         -Tsubaki Kuro

Welcome to Bodell’s Bizarre Adventures where I do shit and tell you about it! This is my first blog in this ‘series’ and they will come out as and when I do more shit (so hopefully more to come in September when I get back from Japan)!

Last weekend and friend and I drove down to London to visit some friends of ours who moved down there a few months ago for work. We had a great weekend, visiting the city on the Saturday and then going back to the house and having a bit of a party. I distinctly remember standing at the top of stairs watching two of my friends trying to put a third friend to bed whilst he stood in his doorway, wearing only his underwear, arguing… but at no point during this 5-minute argument did he stop dancing. This culminated in the very drunk friend breaking the door handle to his bedroom, which wasn’t great because the landlords were due to inspect the house on Monday.

Party stories aside, on the Sunday, we took the tube into the city and visited the British Museum as it currently has a manga exhibition running (unless you’re reading this after 26th August). We took our time getting to the exhibition, but once the three of us that went entered, my inner weeb couldn’t help but get a little excited… okay it was very excited! Typically, I’m more of an anime watcher than a manga reader because it’s easier for me to become invested that way, but I always love learning about all areas of both mediums.

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The entrance had videos of various people in the manga industry talking about the medium and what it means to them, the first being Osamu Tezuka who is fondly known as the godfather of manga. Once you passed this section, you could see that the front and back walls had giant prints of various manga characters, along with picture frames containing original pages that the respective mangaka illustrated. I then moved left to find what almost felt like an indoor courtyard with walls surrounding it with various manga pages and TVs playing the anime adaptations of the manga.

After you leave this section there are various walls which were dedicated to different genres, such as sports, horror, sci-fi, and even a wall on homosexual relationships as shown in manga. Oh and there was also a massive fuck off colossal titan head.

 


As you approached the far wall, you come across an Ghibli exhibit which is playing clips from various movies on one screen, and clips from the Studio Ghibli documentary film, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures of this so I can’t show that image, so here’s a GIF of my favourite scene in The Tale of Princess Kaguya which caused me to stop and stare blankly when it came on.

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Behind the Ghibli exhibit, there were three pieces of artwork created by Takehiko Inoue (creator of Slam DunkVagabond, and REAL) which were each of a character from REAL that inspire him, specifically for the exhibition. If you haven’t heard of REAL, it’s a sports manga following wheelchair basketball and what Inoue-sensei is currently working on. I’ve never read it myself, but I took time to take in the draftsmanship that went into each masterpiece. Alongside the works was a video of Inoue creating the artworks along with a paragraph about the series and the characters. Unfortunately, we also weren’t allowed to take pictures of these either so you’ll just have to get yourself over to London if your a big Inoue fan… or just wait because I’m sure they’ll become available somehow.

There were also two bookshelves filled with manga in both Japanese and English for you to read freely, as well as multiple QR codes to get free manga if you had the Shonen Jump app (which I don’t, and I had no internet to be able to download it).


I bought the exhibition’s book which was supposedly exclusive to the exhibition (although I’ve seen it on Wordery for cheaper) and been slowly working my way through it. It goes through the origins of manga and Japanese history so if that interests you, see if you can find it online! It looks like this:

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I had a great time at the exhibition and recommend it if you’re able to get yourself to London, UK before 26th August 2019. If you want to book tickets, click here.

-Bodell

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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!)

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    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!

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    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!

 

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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:

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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 🙂

 

Henlo my pandas and welcome to the Top Husbando Battle!

Yes, that’s right. We are having a face off of your favorite Husbando’s from anime nominated by you all over on Twitter. I had such a fun time with the Top Waifu Battle that I thought I would bring it back for another round. The winner of the Top Waifu Battle was none other than Holo from Spice and Wolf!

I was actually surprised that she beat out Rias from High School DXD. Rias is still one of my favorite waifu’s so I was rooting for her. She did win Best Waifu in the Right Stuf Anime competition so I’ll take it! If you are ready to cast your votes in the Top Husbando Battle go ahead and click the link here: https://www.polltab.com/bracket-poll/s7p1al-cH. The first round will be open until midnight on August 6th! Get those votes in peeps! May the best Husbando win!!!

(P.S. We all know it’s Dazai sooooo everyone else doesn’t stand a chance 😛 )


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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Tsubaki Kuro

 

Voting is now OPEN! Cast your vote for who you think murdered poor innocent Froppy.

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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…

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