On March 6th, 1999 an adventure began. On March 6th, 2019 we celebrated its 20th anniversary. In 2020 a new adventure will take place in the digital world. That’s right my pandas…the DigiDestined will set sail on a brand new journey and we will be joining them in the next evolution of Digimon!

I’ve come to the realization that I don’t talk about Digimon enough on my blog. I always preferred Digimon over Pokemon, but Pokemon seems to get the spotlight a bit more. BUT NOT TODAY SATAN! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is going to be dedicated to all the Digimon I came to love over the course of five seasons (were going to pretend seasons 5, 6 and 8 don’t exists). With the surge of a new era coming in 2020 I wanted to take a look back at some of my favorite Digimon that have blessed me with their presence. I hope you are all ready for a blast from the past because I know I am! Let’s do this.

(If you want to check out the announcement for the new Digimon movie you can do so by clicking here: https://comicbook.com/anime/2019/03/05/digimon-film-20th-anniversary-2020-release-anime/)

1. Sakuyamon

^My #1 bae and favorite Digimon ❤

2. Beelzemon

^We love an evil Digimon who eventually does good.

3. Angewomon

^I mean…how could you not love a Digimon who looks like a freakin angel?!

4. Lady Devimon

^If you have an angel you gotta have a devil. Can’t have one without the other!

5. Lillymon

^Maybe I just like cute girly Digimon???

6. Zephyrmon

^I looovvveee Zephyrmon because she looks like a harpy and I fuckin love harpy’s.

7. Cherubimon (Good & Evil)

^Evil Cherubimon great villain…Good Cherubimon cute af

8. Metalgarurumon

^I actually had a transformable toy of Metalgarurumon when I was younger.

9. Pegasusmon

^Mostly due to the fact that I was obsessed with unicorns and pegasus’s when I was younger.

10. Calumon

^Just look at that face! Totes adorbs :3

Did you watch any of the Digimon series growing up? If so which season was your favorite? Which Digimon would you want to be your partner? Leave all your thoughts, comments, and opinions down below in the comments section! Thank you guys for joining me this Tuesday. I’ll catch you all back here tomorrow for my What’s Coming Up Wednesday post! This week I’ll be going over what I’ll be watching for spring anime season. Yup, we are already coming to the end of winter season. Can’t believe how fast this season has gone by. Have a good one 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).

Wait…it’s March already?

I swear it was February just yesterday! I guess it doesn’t help that February is only 28 days long. Welp…it is indeed the month of March my pandas. Man! Now I feel bad considering I didn’t write that much content last month. I guess my personal life is starting to creep into my blogging life. As I stated in a few of my previous blogs I am cutting back on pushing out content. I have a full time job, I’m working on finishing my Bachelor’s degree, and also trying to balance my personal life all at once. It gets pretty hectic sometimes! I’m sure all of you guys can relate in some form or another. But I am here! I’m mainly over on Twitter these days, chatting it up with you all, and trying to come up with new ideas to jot down and present to you guys (when I get around to it XD).

If you didn’t know March is Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia corresponding with International Women’s Day on March 8. In the United States, Women’s History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women’s Day in 1911. (You guys can thank Wikipedia for the brief history lesson) 😛

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday will pay homage to strong, kick ass women in anime. We gotta show some love and celebrate all the killer female leads that have graced our presence over the last decade or so…because anime wouldn’t be the same without them. Buckle up kiddos! It’s about to be a bumpy ride.

1. Mauve from ACCA

^Beauty, brains, and a master manipulator. Mauve is one lady who doesn’t mess around.

2. Koko from Jormungand

^Koko might act like a goofball a lot of the time but we all know deep down she’ll kill you without hesitation.

3. Irisdina from Schwarzesmarken

^We love an exemplary leader willing to lay her life on the line for her team.

4. Rory from GATE

^I mean…Rory is literally the Goddess of darkness, war, violence and death.

5. Ozen from Made in Abyss

^Ozen is the definition of sheer power and terror.

6. Altair from Re:Creators

^Just a girl simply seeking revenge for her creator.

7. Crusch from Re:Zero

 ^A lady destined to stand above all others.

8. Eto from Tokyo Ghoul

^My Queen of Queens.

9. Mumei from Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

^You mess with the Mumei you get the horns.

10. Saya from Blood C

^Saya kills her own kind…if that doesn’t sound like a crazy badass then I don’t know what is.

Who are some of your favorite tough/strong-willed ladies? Did any of them make my list today? I wanted to feature some women you don’t see in the spotlight too often. It’s nice to have a mix of characters when I write these list. I also hate seeing the same characters talked about over and over again. I try to shake things up when I can! Thank you guys for joining me this Tuesday! Your continued patronage means the world to me ❤ I will catch you all in my next post. Until then have a good morning, day, or evening wherever you are! 😀

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? I have another awesome collab coming at you guys today. This time we have Alexie the Great with us! This collab has been in the works for about a month now (I know…I suck at getting things written up sometimes XD). But we did it! *insert Dora the Explore here* Our collab has finally be accomplished and I am oh so excited to share it with you all.

Today’s post is all about outer space! No…not Space Dandy…but rather who we would take alien hunting with us if we WERE in outer space. I guess you could say that Space Dandy might have been the influence for this post or maybe it was the conversation Alexie and I had over on Twitter a few days ago. Here’s how it all went down:

Ayano: “Wanna try and bust out our collab on Friday then? I know I can get something written up!”

Alexie: “Ooohh! That sounds like a good idea! I’d been thinking about that since reading your Zodiac collab! Also been thinking something in that vein, or like the pirate crew tag that had been going around. Maybe like a 10-character anime mafia?!?!!?

Ayano: “Oh oh! Since you just commented on my alien post let’s do a post about who we would explore space with! Like who would be on our alien hunting team.”

Alexie: “I LIKE IT! YES!!!”

And that, ladies and gentlemen, brings us to our alien hunting dream teams!

Ayano’s Team–The Pandamonium’s:

1. Mira Yurizaki from Dimension W

My first choice definitely has to go to Mira. I mean…this hunk of junk is a highly advanced robot who exhibits human mannerisms and she has a metallic tail! Plus she’s super cute to look at. I think it would be beneficial to have Mira on my team because she has super human strength and speed. She can also override computer systems and detect dimensional distortions. Four amazing qualities that would help us out in the depths of outer space. I also really really enjoy Mira’s energy and positive outlook on specific instances. I feel like Mira would keep company morale high even when things might not be going so swell.

2. Meow from Space Dandy

Is Meow considered more of a human pick or would he also count towards being a sidekick? I’m choosing him as more of an actual team member this time around (even though we all know he’s a dimwitted cat-like Betelgeusian). The obvious choice would have been to go with Dandy since he is a known space hunter, but I wanted to shake things up! Meow is my favorite character from the show. I think it would be pretty damn entertaining to have Meow on board…although he is pretty lazy throughout the series. Eh…maybe my love of cats is outweighing my critical thinking comprehension at the moment. Oh well! Meow welcome aboard the S.S. Kawaii-chan.

3. Shizuku Ichijō from Alice to Zouroku

How could you not want a kick ass lady, who has access to a dimensional storeroom containing 666 different weapons and items, on your team? I know I do! Did I also mention that she has the power to access 13 grimoires as well? You bet your sweet ass she does! I feel like Shizuku-chan would be a HUGE asset to our space hunter team. Shizuku also has some brains my friends. She wouldn’t be working for the intelligence agency of Japan, which reports directly to the Prime Minister, for no reason. We live for girl’s with big brains…ayyyyeee 😉

4. Klaus Von Reinherz from Blood Blockade Battlefront

We need to add some class to this team. And the definition of class is Klaus from Blood Blockade Battlefront. The man comes from the noble Reinherz family for crying out loud! There are so many amazing characters you could choose from in Blood Blockade Battlefront, but there is just something about Klaus that I love oh so much. Maybe it’s his green eyes, or his gentlemanly composure, or his superhuman strength. Whatever the case he’s a winner in my book…annnd I need him to go on an outer space alien hunting adventure with me. His ability to seal enemies is a plus plus to his physical prowess. He’s got beauty…he’s got grace…he’s gonna beat the alien race!

5. Puck from Re:Zero (sidekick pick)

My sidekick pick was hard to choose! There are so many great options to go with. I thought about Kero from CardCaptor Sakura, Kuro from Blue Exorcist, Larg and Soel from xxxHolic, but I finally decided upon Puck from Re:Zero. While Puck is an enigma in himself, he’s got spunk! I know he only works from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but the little guy can read minds! What better way to outwit your enemy than by reading their mind? Puck can also be a final trump card. He has the ability to turn into a huge beast and is one of the 4 great spirits of the world who can control heat. I feel like Puck has other tricks up his sleeves that we aren’t fully aware of. It isn’t made quite clear in the anime series, but I am sure the light novel goes into further detail. And again…Puck is also kawaii af! My team just needs to be full of cute characters :3

Alexie’s Team–The Annihilator’s:

1. Winry Rockbell from Fullmetal Alchemist

What would be worse than having something break while being in space and not have the tools to fix it–which could lead to a catastrophic failure? Well…honestly, nothing would be worse than that! Everyone would probably die or something. So, my first choice is Winry for the obvious reason of her being a super awesome mechanic whiz! If something breaks she’d be there to fix it (assuming she had the correct tools!). But also because Winry cares about people. If she were stuck on a space ship with others I think her first reaction to a struggling companion would be to help them. She would also try to get people’s minds off with whatever it was that was bothering them at the time. Hell! She might even let them help her with the repairs.

2. Kiba from Wolf’s Rain

This might seem like an odd choice, but driving out into outer space to potentially find aliens/or to find some other galaxies/catch smugglers/or whatever it may be would need some serious dedication. Kiba is the most dedicated person (animal? beast? shapeshifter?) I have ever seen. He’s always striving toward his goal and always looking forward. Sure, he can come off as cold and sheltered or whatever, but he eventually got a pack in Blue, Tsume, Hige, and Toboe. He’s not opposed to having people around. But…he’d probably would have to get used to the whole human thing. Either way, I think as a dedicated person Kiba takes the cake–he’ll want to get to the destination and do what needs to be done as quickly and efficiently as possible. Which would be beneficial in outer space. Who wants to be stranded in space? Not Kiba.

3. Nezumi (the Rat) from Juuni Taisen

Is this cheating? I mean the guy can literally live multiple lifetimes. He’d be asleep often for sure…but what better option to have than someone who can go through the outcomes of each possibility and see what happens next? While it’s not full-proof and would depend on doing specific actions along the journey, (like maybe not hunting down a specific alien race and only taking out one or two), Nezumi would be able to see how things turn out. Eventually, Nezumi could help the rest of the crew figure out a game plan based on the lives that he’s lived. It’s not a perfect plan/situation, because he’d be working with others and they could screw it up, but at least there would be a plan in place. I think Nezumi would be able to give the team this planning aspect as long as he talks and isn’t asleep the entire time.

4. Ray from The Promised Neverland

This one feels more like I’m thinking about the upcoming chapter more than anything. In all honesty, Ray would probably be a good addition. He’s intelligent, more so than most, he’s able to think of plans in a quick manner (even if they take time to actually execute), and he’s able to handle weapons. Ray does what he needs to survive. Is fighting the best option? Is running away more beneficial to survival? What about using a weapon? Plus, Ray can digest information quickly and act on them accordingly. Sure, he may be skeptical of some people up front, but that’s because he likes to know what he’s getting into and what he can do to make sure he stays alive while nobody else gets hurt. Oh, and do you need to put a bullet in an alien’s head? Ray’s not a bad shot either. (Hey, Shizuku, give Ray a weapon!)

5. Chopper from One Piece (sidekick pick)

I don’t really have much to say about Chopper other than the fact that he’s hilarious and able to take on a lot of people if he needs to. Sure, sometimes he might be cowardly, but if you mess with his friends you’re out of luck. He will fuck you up. I mean…him, Luffy, Sanji, and Zoro took on an entire freaking compound on their own to get revenge for Usopp’s beating. On that note…Chopper’s is also a “ripped-to-shreds” beast who stands taller than a full grown man while also keeping on his cute pink hat. I wouldn’t want to mess with him if he was angry. Maybe Ray would use that to their advantage? Send a screaming, almost crying Chopper into a fight against an alien and see what happens next so Ray can digest the information he receives from the encounter. Hmmm… 😛

As Alexie would like to say in his own words, “Thanks for reading!” Thank you guys so much for joining us today! We had a blast coming up with this post. I’m glad that Alexie and I got to collab FINALLY. It was definitely long overdue. I hope to collab with Alexie again in the future. I always enjoy collabing with my fellow anime brethren. Like I have said before if you are interested in collabing with me in the future feel free to hit me up on Twitter! You know…just go ahead and slide into those DM’s why don’t you 😀 That is going to do it for me this Saturday! I hope you all enjoy the rest of your morning, day, evening, or night wherever you may be. I’ll see you all in my next post. MUAH! 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).

What is up my pandas?! Today I am bringing you an awesome collab post with the one and only Aniwriter (aka The Weeb Commie over on Twitter). Yes, I am finally taking the time to write out this post because it is long overdue…like most of my post these days XD

In light of Chinese New Year being last week I knew I wanted to make a blog post incorporating this topic somehow. That’s when I came up with the idea of picking out anime characters that matched the Chinese Zodiac calendar. If you are unfamiliar with the Chinese Zodiac calendar it is known as Sheng Xiao. It is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs in order are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar. But I also wanted to do the traditional Zodiac calendar as well! So then I thought “well why don’t you turn this into a collab post Ayano?”

And HERE WE ARE! The Aniwriter has decided to join me on this journey and gave me his take on anime characters as the traditional Zodiac signs. The Zodiac calendar, better known as Astrological signs, are Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. In Western astrology, astrological signs are the twelve 30° sectors of the ecliptic, starting at the vernal equinox (one of the intersections of the ecliptic with the celestial equator), also known as the First Point of Aries. Each sector is named for a constellation it passes through (per my lovely friends over on Wikipedia).

So now that everyone is caught up on what each calendar contains lets get to the anime characters! (Note: These characters were selected on the basis of matching the signs description/traits. These characters could match with being born in the time frame/year, but that was left up discretion).

We will start off with Aquarius and the year of the Horse since I am both of these!

Aniwriter’s choice for Aquarius: Rei from March Comes in Like a Lion

Reasoning: Look, I’m always going to be biased towards Rei as a character, but this time it actually makes sense. The Aquarius sign is one that represents both social distance and a need for intellectual contact, and in that way, Rei is a perfect choice. Rei spends a lot of time by himself reflecting on the events of his past but is also secretly always looking forward to his next game of Shogi and to getting to see the Kawamoto sisters. He also loves talking about Shogi, and is always practicing and looking for new strategies and mentors like Shimada. Aloofness is also a common trait among Aquarius’, and Rei is definitely that. A lot of the time Rei is to involved in himself to realize the people who care about him. An Aquarius representative, to be sure.

Ayano’s choice for the Horse: Hotaru from Dagashi Kashi

Reasoning: How the hell could I not pick this goofball? Hotaru is like my inner spirit animal. They say people who are born in the year of the Horse are often energetic, animated, and active. They love to take center stage and can delight anyone they are put in-front of. You can also say that people who are born in the year of the Horse have a deft sense of humor, so they are masters of repartee. I feel like this fits Hotaru to a T. She’s wacky, outlandish, funny, and a integral part of Dagashi Kashi. She is definitely the best part of the show. Sometime’s people who are born in the year of the horse can be a little self-centered, which Hotaru is from time to time, but they can also be empathetic to other people’s problems. Hotaru was the very first character that popped into my head for the year of the horse so you know I had to pick her!

Aniwriter’s choice for Pisces: Kumiko from Sound! Euphonium

Reasoning: Kumiko being my Pisces choice should not be much of a surprise. One of the main strengths of a Pisces is their musicality, and in that realm, Kumiko is indeed talented. Another predominant characteristic of a Pisces is their emotionalism, given that they are a water sign. Throughout the series, Kumiko is lending an ear to many of her newfound friends, trying to understand and help them, and potentially even to some that could be considered more than friends. It might also be worth noting that Pisces are described as “incorrigible romantics,” which, when it comes to her relationship with Reina this makes a lot of sense.

Ayano’s choice for the Snake: Natsume from Brother’s Conflict

Reasoning: I’m gonna have to go with Natsume from Brother’s Conflict on this one. Mainly because the traits for people who are born in the year of the Snake are intelligent, wise, and private. Natsume is a little bit older than the rest of the boys in Brother’s Conflict and I felt like he kept to himself most of the series. He was a hard worker and gained much success at his company. Snakes are always determined to accomplish their goals and hate to fail. Snakes are also good at communication but say little. Natsume just feels like the right choice for the year of the Snake. I felt like Natsume did act on his own accord throughout the series, but was still reticent when it came to him opening up about himself.

Aniwriter’s choice for Aries: Hinata from Haikyuu!

Reasoning: The traits of an Aries could honestly describe most Shonen protagonists. “Courageous, determined, confident, enthusiastic, passionate.” However, what sets apart Hinata as an Aries representative is there strength in sports specifically. Hinata, like most Aries, are always brave and is “rarely afraid of trial and risk.” This is shown to be true in the show when he and Kageyama are working to perfect their spike. During this time, Hinata rarely thinks about the possibility of failure and is only looking forward to when he succeeds. Aries are also not particularly fond of inactivity, which might be why Hinata loves sports so much in the first place.

Ayano’s choice for the Goat: Yoshino from Date A Live

Reasoning: Gaaahhh…Yoshino is such a precious little cinnamon roll. If she isn’t the perfect description of a person being born in the year of the Goat…then I must be an idiot for choosing her. People who are born in the year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle, mild in nature, shy, and amicable. They tend to have delicate thoughts, strong creativity, and perseverance. While Yoshino has trouble communicating in the first season, once she is sealed by Shido, she begins to improve her communication and integrates herself into society.  Yoshino also has her rabbit puppet Yoshinon talk for her when she can’t communicate directly, but later on in the story she communicates with Shido without having to rely on Yoshinon. I always felt like Yoshino made the most improvement throughout the series. While Yoshino looked gentle on the surface, when it came to battling she was pretty tough on the inside.

Aniwriter’s choice for Taurus: Kohei from Sweetness and Lightning

Reasoning: Throughout the events of Sweetness and Lightning, Kouhei has to deal with a lot of struggles, the main one being that he has to raise Tsumugi after the death of his wife. However, his stubbornness and refusal to give up as a parent is what makes him such a good Taurus representative. Taurus are “reliable, stable, responsible, devoted, practical.” Taurus are also big fans of cooking and working with their hands, so it makes sense that Kouhei would be attracted to cooking as a way of connecting with his daughter. Now, what do Taurus not like? “Sudden changes” and “complications,” which, unfortunately, when it comes to Tsumugi happens a lot throughout the series and this causes him a lot of stress.

Ayano’s choice for the Ox: Bort from Land of the Lustrous

Reasoning: When I was thinking about the characteristics for the Ox I really had to rack my brain for someone that was fitting enough. The traits for people born in the year of the ox are diligent, dependable, strong, and determined. That’s when I thought of Bort from Land of the Lustrous. Ox’s have a strong desire to make progress, and they achieve their goals through consistent effort. They are also persistent in doing things according to their own ideals and capabilities. Bort is definitely one of these people. Not only because Bort has the psychical strength, but also because ox’s are weakest in their communication skills. Bort tends to just stare other people down (mostly Phos) when it comes to communicating. Bort isn’t much of a talker in the series, but we know how faithful Bort is to Diamond. Faithfulness is another key ingredient in the Ox’s traits.

Aniwriter’s choice for Gemini: Retsuko from Aggretsuko!!

Reasoning: Gemini is unique among the astrological signs, as it actually represents someone with two distinct personalities. One usually calm and the other extremely aggressive and serious. If there was ever a character with that kind of personality, it would be Aggretsuko. Calm, ladylike worker by day and dedicated metalhead by night…Retsuko is indeed the ultimate Gemini.

Ayano’s choice for the Rooster: Kabakura from Love is Hard for an Otaku

Reasoning: I would like to think of Kabakura as a Rooster…and no it isn’t because his hair color matches that of a Rooster. It is mainly due to the traits presented in the year of the Rooster. People who are born in the year of the Rooster are seen as frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. We all know how open and honest Kabakura is with Hanako throughout the series. In fact…he MIGHT be too honest if I do say so myself. Sometimes he has diarrhea of the mouth XD Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm on any occasion, which Kabakura exudes most of the time when the group meets up for dates in the series. Their behavior of continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times…which Kabakura also does throughout the series! Lololz…yeah Kabakura is definitely a Rooster in my book.

Aniwriter’s choice for Cancer: Akari from March Comes in Like a Lion

Reasoning: I tried to avoid having multiple characters from the same series on this list, but I couldn’t help it because Akari is absolutely the most Cancer character I could think of. Why you might ask? Well, for starters, Cancers are very much into “home-based hobbies,” and also “care deeply about matters of family and their home.” After the death of their mother, Akari was forced to take care of Hinata and Momo basically by herself. A trait I initially thought was weird for cancer but in relation to Akari makes a lot of sense is that Cancers are actually fairly pessimistic. Akari, for as much of a brave face as she puts on, still has to budget every month, is constantly worried about her sisters, and the bad things that could happen to them. This is especially prominent during the first arc of the second season.

Ayano’s choice for the Rat: Neko from Project K

Reasoning: You know…Neko might not seem like the brightest crayon in the box on the surface, but this girl is pretty clever when it comes down to it. People who are born in the year of the Rat have a strong intuition and are quick to respond. They also can adapt to any environment with ease. They have rich imaginations and sharp observation skills, which can allow them to take advantage of various opportunities. We see Neko do this many times with her powers throughout the series of Project K. Neko is strong-willed, confident in her abilities, and she takes pride in using her powers to help others and combat against enemies. The ladies that belong to the year of the Rat are pretty, smart, and lovely…and we all know how lovely/pretty Neko is 😉

Aniwriter’s choice for Leo: Natsu from Fairy Tail

Reasoning: Natsu is many things as a character–reckless, impatient, often times an idiot. One other thing he is for sure is a Leo. Leos are often known for having a “King of the Jungle” personality, seeing something they want and not stopping until they get it. For Natsu, that goal is getting stronger so that he can protect his fellow Fairy Tail wizards. Leos are also described as “dramatic, creative, self-confident, dominant and extremely difficult to resist…” on top of that, Leo is a fire symbol. An element that Natsu is quite familiar with.

Ayano’s choice for the Tiger: Rin from Blue Exorcist

Reasoning: I like how Weeb and I both picked characters that wield fire powers for our choices. But Rin is so a Tiger when it comes down to it! Tigers are known for being brave, competitive, confident but also unpredictable, stubborn, and impetuous. With the stubbornness in their personalities Tigers work actively and express themselves boldly, doing things in a high-handed manner. They are authoritative and never go back on what they have said. With confidence and indomitable fortitude, they can be competent leaders. They will not make preparations for anything, but can handle anything that comes along. I mean…Rin is all of this and a bag of chips. He’s reckless and hard-headed, but can be very charming when he wants to be. While Rin isn’t liked by everyone most of the time during the series, in the end his friends are eventually swayed to his side, making him well-liked by others.

Aniwriter’s choice for Virgo: Hikigaya from Oregairu

Reasoning: It is not hard to see why Hachiman is Virgo. Virgos are “analytical” and “practical,” and Hachiman is the type of person who always does what is easiest and most efficient. Hachiman is also someone who sees himself as an outside obeserver, recording details and making predictions about what will happen in certain social situations, often coming out right. This makes sense because “Virgos are always paying attention to the smallest details and their deep sense of humanity makes them one of the most careful signs of the zodiac.” Something that Virgos also dislike is “asking for help.” For Hachiman, asking for help, at least initially, seems tantamount to giving up. So, yeah, definitely a Virgo.

Ayano’s choice for the Dog: Kazuma from Noragami

Reasoning: Kazuma is the very definition of the word “loyal.” Just look at this relationship with Bishamon in Noragami. Kazuma is calm, serious, and a sensible person, but can be comical at times. Dogs are loyal and honest, amiable and kind, cautious and prudent. Due to having a strong sense of loyalty and sincerity, Dogs will do everything for the person who they think is most important. Namely, Kazuma would do anything for Bishamon if it came down to it.

Aniwriter’s choice for Libra: Death the Kid from Soul Eater

Reasoning: It did not take much time after reading the description for Libra to realize who was the perfect person to represent it. If there is one characteristic that Death the Kid is especially famous for, it is his love of symmetry and balance. As Libras are often described, “These individuals are fascinated by balance and symmetry.” Not only that Libras are also “cooperative, diplomatic, and fair-minded,” all things Death the Kid embodies fairly well. Libras are also known to hold a grudge, and for Kid that makes sense. He often is infuriated when people insult him, but will only show it later after they have left the room. Much like Libras, Death the Kid is also a fan of intellectual conversation and a good book. 

Ayano’s choice for the Pig: Iida from My Hero Academia

Reasoning: It is said that people who are born in the year of the Pig are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. Pigs never suspect trickery, so they are easily fooled. I feel like this is low-key Iida from My Hero Academia. While Iida is at the top of his class, I feel like he rushes into things from time to time. You ultimately see this when he tries to get vengeance for his brother against Stain. To me personally, I think Iida would be gullible if he didn’t rely so much on his friends. Like he’s smart but also not smart at the same time. I can’t fault him for trying though! I’ll give him that.

Aniwriter’s choice for Scorpio: Shikamaru from Naruto

Reasoning: If there is one thing that people have told me about Scorpios, especially because I am one, its that I can often come off as distance, cold or even calculating. For Shikamaru, this makes sense. Scorpios are also often described as “great leader(s), always aware of the situation and also features prominently in resourcefulness.” Again for Shikamaru, this is pretty on the nose. We see in early Naruto that for what he lacks in physical strength he often makes up for in his quick-wittedness and strategy. This is evident during his fight with Tamari, as he uses both the extending shadow of the tree he is hiding in, as well the hole in the ground made during Naruto and Neji’s earlier fight. Seems like a Scorpio to me.

Ayano’s choice for the Dragon: Hak from Yona of the Dawn

Reasoning: When I think of the words “confident,” “ambition,” “dominance,” and “courage” I think of Hak from Yona of the Dawn. Hak just has this unwavering strength in everything that he does, especially when it comes to protecting Yona. There is no doubt in my mind that Hak is a Dragon. Dragons are not afraid of challenges, and willingly take risks. Dragons are sometimes regarded as aggressive, which Hak’s fighting technique is, but we all know how much of a softie he is when Yona is around. The Chinese dragon is the most vital and powerful beast in the Chinese zodiac, although Dragons have an infamous reputation for being a hothead and possessing a sharp tongue. Hak isn’t so much a “hothead” but he does have a motor mouth throughout the series 😛

Aniwriter’s choice for Sagittarius: Akiho from Robotics;Notes

Reasoning: Akiho, one of the main characters of Robotics;Notes, is known throughout the series as having a never give up attitude, which is what makes her a great Sagittarius. Sagittarius’ are known for being “idealistic,” but are also known for disliking “details.” This is especially true for Akiho because it isn’t until her and Kai seriously decide to build Gunbarrel that their work on the giant robot actually gets done. Sagittarius’ are also “optimistic” and “enthusiastic,” which is true of Akiho, except when it comes to her sister.

Ayano’s choice for the Rabbit: Usagi from Sailor Moon

Reasoning: This choice should be pretty self explanatory. The word “usagi” is the Japanese word for rabbit. It is only fitting to have Usagi from Sailor Moon as the choice for the Rabbit. Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert as well as quick, skillful, kind, patient, and very responsible. However, they might be superficial, stubborn, melancholy, and overly-discreet. Ladies that are born in the year of the Rabbit apart from having a pretty and demure appearance, have a pure heart. I believe that Usagi is the purest of hearts. Rabbits when encountering tough difficulties, they are never discouraged but instead remain persistent in their endeavors to find solutions. This means they eventually achieve enviable success. While Usagi might be a clumsy crybaby, she is faithful to Mamoru and her friends. Usagi is also very determined to change the hearts of her enemies because she believes deep down everyone is good.

Aniwriter’s choice for Capricorn: Ryuunosuke from Pet Girl of Sakurasou

Reasoning: Ryuunosuke is a character that most probably do not think about, but he definitely seems very much like a Capricorn. This is because Capricorns are described as “Responsible, disciplined, self-control, and good managers.” This is especially true of Ryuunosuke because despite being introverted to the point of only showing up a third of the way into the show, he still has a lot of skills when it comes to programming, and often gives Sorata a lot of helpful advice on game design. Another thing that is both true of Ryuunosuke and Capricorns is that “they are masters of self-control and have the ability to lead the way, make solid and realistic plans.” Ryuunosuke is always in control of his life and, for the most part, knows what is going.

Ayano’s choice for the Monkey: Yahiko from The Morose Mononokean

Reasoning: Yahiko is totally a mischief maker! He loves playing practical jokes on Ashiya and is a very naughty yokai. People born in a year of the Monkey have magnetic personalities and are witty and intelligent. Personality traits include mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Although they don’t have bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt other people’s feelings. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists. They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, others don’t trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature. Yahiko may act like a child in the series, but I know he knows what he’s doing. Sometimes I think he likes being a little trouble maker.

Whew! That was a lot of characters to go through…but it was so worth it! I had so much fun picking out which character would fit under each Zodiac sign. Thank you to The Aniwriter for joining me on this collab (and I’m sorry it took me a little while to get this post out). I am open to collabing with anyone in the future! You can always let me know over on Twitter. My DM’s will welcome you with open arms ❤ Which character choice was your favorite? What is your Astrological and Chinese Zodiac sign? Do you think our choices matched up with the descriptive traits? Let me know all of your thoughts, comments, and ideas down below in the comments section. I’ll see you all in my next post!

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).

Happy Valentine’s Day my pandas!

I hope whether you are single, taken, or whatever your relationships statues might be you enjoy today to the FULLEST! We all deserve some love and affection now and again. Speaking of love…today’s Valentine’s Day Special is all about the AMAZING cosplayers who deserve some recognition. Yes, that’s right! Today we are celebrating some very talented cosplayers during the month of February. This February is also known as the 28 Days of Black Cosplay (and let’s not forget Black History Month!). The 28 Days of Black Cosplay gives a much needed spotlight on black cosplayers in the anime community. Everyday my timeline on Twitter is filled with tons of beautiful cosplayers shared by other cosplayers or anyone who just enjoys killer cosplay work. I can’t begin to describe how happy this makes me!

In the recent months there has been A LOT of drama in the anime and cosplay community. It seems some cosplay photographers are still only shooting predominately white females and glossing over the fact that there are literally ALL KINDS of other cosplayers out there to be photographed. Tsk tsk if I do say so myself. I’m sorry to say but there is more to life and photography than just the quote on quote “white race.” I want to see cosplayers in all shapes, sizes, colors, and variants. Give me a melting pot of cosplay photos to look at! Honestly, seeing the same white cosplayers over and over again gets a little redundant in my opinion. So if these cosplay photographers don’t want to photograph or feature people of color in their work then I’m just going to have to do it for them!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who replied to my #28DaysofBlackCosplay thread on Twitter. You guys rock! I am so VERY happy to be featuring you guys today. I hope everyone reading this today will check out everyone’s personal social media accounts. Go show some love, support, and don’t forget to give all of these wonderful cosplayers a follow! Also if you want to read a little bit more about the 28 Days of Black Cosplay check out this article written by Briana Lawrence over on Syfy.com: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/28-days-of-black-cosplay-puts-a-much-needed-spotlight-on-black-cosplayers. Now let’s get this Valentine’s Day party started shall we?!

First up we have Akakioga Cosplay! You can find her on Instagram at  She is most proud of her She-Ra, Orisa, and Static Shock cosplays. Orisa and Static Shock photos taken by aleestudios. She-Ra photo taken by bradconyersphotos.

Next up we have the one of a kind Misu the Witch! She hasn’t gotten around to cosplaying anything new this year as of yet, but will be back to cosplaying again very soon. Until then you can check out her previous works on Twitter at misuthewitch. Some of her previous cosplays have included Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro, Mistress 9 from Sailor Moon, Snow White as a Jedi, and an armored version of Glaceon from Pokemon. The photographer for Misu’s work is hanamaru_photog.

Third up is Darin over on Twitter at rain4estwhitaka. He’s got a bad ass cosplay version of Miles Morales from Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse and a hilarious version of Martin Baker on his cellphone. Yeah…we all remember that meme! You can also find him on IG by the same user handle as his Twitter account.

Fourth up is the spunky Chissy Cosplay. Chissy is definitely bringing the heat with his renditions of Joker from Persona 5 the Animation and Deku from the ever popular My Hero Academia. You can find Chissy Cosplay on Twitter at chissycosplay or on IG at chissycosplay as well! We love a consistent otaku 😀 The photographer from Chissy’s Joker cosplay is done by Ebitsuki Photography and the Deku cosplay is photographed by Solospeed.

Last, but certainly not least, is Miss Suju! How could you not love a girl who cosplays as Ryuko from KILL la KILL? Or how about Marina from the game Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion? This is a cosplayer after my own heart! ❤ You can find Miss Suju on Twitter at miss_suju_cos or on IG at miss_suju. Miss Suju’s must have otaku blood running through her family’s veins because her lovely sister over at grumpawump on IG is her cosplay photographer!

And there we have it folks! Five crazy talented individuals who cosplays are off the chain and you should go follow ASAP. I really wanted to feature more people on this post but unfortunately I don’t think a lot of people saw my original tweet. Hopefully everyone on this list and some of my regular followers will share the crap out of this post so we can get to know some more cosplayers in the future! Also don’t forget to check out the hashtag #28DaysofBlackCosplay on Twitter for more impressive cosplays. There are dozens upon dozens of cosplayers that deserve respect and recognition. Remember cosplay isn’t just about skinny white girls dressing up as your favorite waifu from time to time. Give colored cosplay a chance! I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! 😉

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). Today’s cosplays were posted with the consent of the content creators and their respective work.

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away! This will be the first Valentine’s Day in my 29 years on this planet that I’ll actually have a significant other. You bet your sweet candy ass I went all out for him too. I’m super duper excited to give him his Valentine’s Day gift. I love surprising other people but I hate having to wait! I’m so impatient sometimes.

This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is going to be about all my favorite couples in anime (I’m pretty sure you could have guessed this from my title). I was trying to figure out if I did this topic last year but I know a lot of my February post consisted of me covering Violet Evergarden weekly. Man! That seems like ages ago now! Crazy to think that this time last year I was dedicating my life to a weekly episode review for you all. I really REALLY want to do another episode by episode review for you guys again, I just haven’t found the right series to do it with. I’m waiting for the perfect series because that shit takes dedication and ain’t nobody got time for dat right now XD

But yes! Cute anime couples incoming in 3…2…1!

1. Tomoe & Nanami from Kamisama Hajimemashita

^I just came to the conclusion that Tomoe and Nanami’s relationship is like a sour patch kid. First it’s sour, than it’s sweet 😛

2. Haru & Ren from Super Lovers

^Forever and ever will always be my favorite yaoi couple.

3. Kou & Futaba from Blue Spring Ride

^These two make me squee with glee :3

4. Rokka & Hazuki from Natsuyuki Rendezvous

^I love how dedicated Hazuki is to Rokka even when he is making an ass of himself lololz

5. Princess Serenity & Prince Endymion from Sailor Moon

^The OG’s of anime couples right here.

6. Hirotaka & Narumi from Love is Hard for an Otaku

^Newly added to the “favorite couples in anime list” but GOD DAMN…these two are stinkin’ adorable!

7. Shin & Layla from NANA

^Don’t get me wrong I love both Nana’s and their respective relationships (drama included), but Shin and Layla were low-key my favorites of the group ❤

8. Ban & Elaine from The Seven Deadly Sins

^Till death do they part.

9. Yukito & Touya from CardCaptor Sakura

^I really only cared about Sakura and Syaoran’s relationship when I was younger, but now that I’m older I love Yukito and Touya’s relationship more.

10. Sophie & Howl from Howl’s Moving Castle

^Ugh…this moment makes my heart go doki doki.

Of course I have like a BILLION other anime couples I would love to put on this list but sadly this is called Top Ten Tuesday for a reason! I’ll have to make another list like this some other time that way I can feature the other couples that I love and adore. What are some of your favorite couples in anime? Did your favorites make today’s list? If you have any plans for Valentine’s Day what are they? If you’re single are you going to take the opportunity to spoil yourself or just pretend like Valentine’s Day doesn’t exist? Let me know all of your thoughts, comments, and plans down below in the comments section! That is going to do it for me today. I’ll see you all in my next post! MUAH! 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).

Yes, I know it isn’t Christmas anymore. And no, I don’t need a reminder that my title is also a Christmas song XD

I felt like the title was fitting today due to the fact that (most) of America is currently in a polar vortex. Oregon thankfully has only had a minimal amount of snow and where I live has been pretty clear of harsh/icy weather. I am super jealous of everyone else around the world right now though! Some of you guys are experiencing warmer weather due to it being summer where you live. Send some of that sunshine my way please! I wanted to make today’s Top Ten Tuesday all about snowy scenes in anime. These aren’t necessarily all my favorite moments, but rather just ones I enjoy thinking about from time to time.

I would like to share a really beautiful video with you guys. This is The Oregonian’s video of snow on the coast of Seaside Oregon. Snow doesn’t reach the coast very often, but when it does it is simply STUNNING! I wish this video was longer than 27 seconds. It would have been great to see a full 360 degrees of the coast. But at least I am able to share this with you all.

Let’s get to these snowy moments in anime before we all freeze to death! So maybe grab a blanket, some tea or coffee or hot chocolate, and some fuzzy socks before we dive into today’s list. I’ll wait.
Ready?! Okay! Here we go. (P.S. I’m sorry not all the gif sizes will be the same. I try to make sure they are all exactly the same size but this time it didn’t quite work out that way).

1. Phos VS Snow in Land of the Lustrous

^Phos trying to navigate winter in Land of the Lustrous is one of my favorite moments in the entire series.

2. A hug and a kiss in 5 Centimeters Per Second

^We all know this was the only good/worthwhile moment in 5 Centimeters Per Second. It all went downhill after this.

3. A frolic through the snow in Wolf Children

^This moment always makes my heart melt ❤

4. Mirai being a bad ass in Beyond the Boundary

^All of the snow scenes in Beyond the Boundary are legit perfection.

5. An angel from the sky in Violet Evergarden

^Speaking of bad asses…we can’t forget Violet in episode 12 where she comes down from the sky to kick some ass in the snow by herself!

6. Traveling through the snow in Mushi-Shi

^I wonder how many snowy seasons Ginko has seen in his travels?

7. Sugimoto and Shiraishi trying to get warm in Golden Kamuy

^I forgot how freaking HILARIOUS this scene was XD

8. Blizzard warning in Re:Zero

^Puck’s true form must be ungodly terrifying.

9. Sea Snow in Nagi no Asukara

^I find it rather intriguing that they got so called “snow” in the ocean in Nagi no Asukara. That’s anime logic for you!

10. A wondrous sight in Erased

^Definitely one of the best moments in Erased. How can you not love a snowy backdrop against a starry rainbow sky?!

Did you guys make it to the end of this list without dying of hypothermia? You did?! Yay! Thank you all for joining me this Tuesday. I’m glad I was able to get another post out for you all. Like I said in my previous post I am trying to get back into writing more post as soon as possible. I miss writing and chatting with you guys and reading what everyone else has been up to. I hope everyone is staying warm (if you are dealing with the winter temperatures) or staying cool if it is summer time in your region. That is going to do it for me tonight! I will see you all in my next blog. 😀

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).