The winners are FINALLY HERE! Come check out who won the first ever WordPress Anime Awards.

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Hello everybody,

What better way to start the year then with a look back, or more precisely the results of the first ever anime awards that were held on WordPress. After a careful selection by a wonderful group of performers: Cactus Matt, Derek Lyons, Marthaurion, Matt Doyle, Jon Spencer, Karandi, Star & Luna, BiblioNyan, Lethargic Ramblings, Ano Nora, Ty-chama, Mech Anime Reviews, itsaanimething, and myself, our intrepid ringmaster the great and wonderful Ayano presented all the categories to you in this  amazing post. After that all of you voted for your favorites for which we all thank you so much! But alas, the carnival closed at the stroke of midnight on december the 31st 2018. However, the carnival has one last trick up it’s sleave, and that’s presenting you with the results of your votes. Before…

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Come join us for another weekly dose of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS!

Jon Spencer Reviews

Getting Some Answers

Oh boy, things are heating up in WIXOSS. Today Ayano and I are going to be sharing our thoughts on episode five. Leth is unfortunately still unavailable but for very good reason. He is getting married really soon! Congrats to him! Hopefully we’ll hear from him again soon though. With that, let’s dive into this week’s episode!

Jon:  Alright so this week I had a lot going on so when I watched the episode I was super tired. My two big thoughts were: Oh man, things really feel like they are about to go nuts here and I was pretty sure that everybody was finally going to get together and start making a strong plan. The second thought did not come into fruition yet though.

That being said, everybody except Ruuko is no in position so the show should be ready to barrel on ahead…

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More thoughts on the WIXOSS series! Come peep at it my pandas.

Lethargic Ramblings

And we’re back with another Episode review of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS!

For those who don’t know, or maybe missed the previous posts in this collaboration, myself, Jon Spencer Reviews and Ayano Kitsune are all hugeWIXOSS fans, and thought it’d be super neat to collaborate and share our collective thoughts on each episode as they come out.

It’s my turn to host this time around, where we’ll be tackling Episode 3! If you missed the previous two posts you can find our thoughts on Episode 1 here and Episode 2 here.

So without further delay, let’s get into our thoughts!

Leth: I guess I should start my thoughts by addressing the most important thing first. AKI-LUCKY IS BACK. She’s best WIXOSS girl, and I am so glad she’s back in all her bitchy glory. It was great getting to see her battle Kiyoi as well, especially given their history together…

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Come peep our second episode collab of Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS. You know you want to! 😉

Jon Spencer Reviews

We Love WIXOSS

You must too, right? That or you must really love us! Either way, I’m happy you could join us for the second installment of this little collab we’re all doing together. The first post of ours was hosted by Ayano over at her site which you should totally go and check out. Today is my turn to host one of our posts where we’ll be talking about episode two, so obvious spoilers in bound. First off everybody was asked a pre-episode question and did a write up, then we watched the episode. Let’s see what everybody said and what the question was shall we?

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Hello Hello!

I haven’t seen you guys for quite sometime. I guess you can say I have been working out what I want to do next with my blogging. I initially got into blogging because of my love for books, but I have realized over the last month that I wanted to do something more. Something that I can be more consistent with. Something like anime! Anime of course has been my other love in life (I think I’ve said this a dozen or so times now) and I’ve come to the conclusion that I want to talk more about anime rather than books.

I run a very successful anime page over on Facebook (feel free to come join us: https://www.facebook.com/TheOfficialAnimePage/?ref=bookmarks) and I watch anime constantly. Don’t get me wrong, I love love love reading/books but I haven’t felt very fulfilled over the last month with just analyzing/reviewing books. I feel like my calling might be more geared towards talking about anime news, whats coming up for the new seasons, which characters I love/hate the most, etc etc. So I am here letting you guys know I am switching gears and turning my blog into something more anime based. I hope some of you followers will stick with me (even though I know most of you joined me to see my thoughts on YA literature).

Anime fills my heart with pure joy and I love diving into deep conversations with my friends about it. I love the feeling it gives me! It makes my heart race with enjoyment and pleasure and anticipation! I can’t get enough of it sometimes. So I thought, “Hey! Why not write about it then?!” ANNNDDD here we are!

^That is totally me btw. So in love with anime, and manga, and anything to do with the otaku fandom. I swear I’m not a weeabo…(maybe?) I can’t entirely be too sure of myself sometimes. Just go with me on this one.

I also hope you guys enjoy the new name! I also changed my instagram name as well to match (which can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/kawaiipaperpandas/). I think I need someone to draw me up a cute panda logo. Yeah…that would be nice. A nice kawaii paper panda with heart eyes maybe? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section. I would love to hear some input. I’ll start my new anime blogging tomorrow. Maybe talking about my old anime loves since it is throwback Thursday. I’ll have to mull over some ideas.

I will see you guys then!

(P.S. The Cardcaptor Sakura cover image is from here: http://www.zerochan.net/1998621. I take no credit for it! I just really really like it <3)

Happy Caturday everyone! If you don’t know what Caturday is then you must not be a fan of the friendly felines we call cats. If you have been following me over on my Instagram then you are well aware that I have two loving kitties who own my soul. I mean…I’m pretty sure that I am their pet human and not the other way around. They rule my house and everything in it. That’s just how the world works. Prepare for world cat domination! #plzsendhalp

Anywho…today is going to be a little step by step guide of what anime to watch if you are currently interested in watching anime but you don’t know where to start. Just like books, anime takes up a lot of my other free time. IT’S A NEVER ENDING CYCLE OF SHOWS TO WATCH! Once you start one anime a slew of others come out and then you just sit there crying on the inside because you know you will probably be old/grey by the time you finish your list. Whew…that was a long sentence! Sorry about that. Ahem.

Let me give you a little forewarning about Japanese animation. Do NOT be surprised by nudity, curse words, very over the top plots, character relationships with siblings/cousins (yes these happen frequently), tentacles, or any other thing you might not comprehend at first. Many anime’s consist of a multitude of the things I just listed, so you definitely have to watch anime with an open mind and an open heart. Japanese culture is VASTLY different than Western culture so keep that in mind when starting a new show/series. I’ll try to keep most things light and fun (for the most part anyways). Time for SUGGESTION SATURDAY! *Que confetti and fireworks*

1. One Punch Man-5 out of 5

“The seemingly ordinary and unimpressive Saitama has a rather unique hobby: being a hero. In order to pursue his childhood dream, he trained relentlessly for three years—and lost all of his hair in the process. Now, Saitama is incredibly powerful, so much so that no enemy is able to defeat him in battle. In fact, all it takes to defeat evildoers with just one punch has led to an unexpected problem—he is no longer able to enjoy the thrill of battling and has become quite bored.

This all changes with the arrival of Genos, a 19-year-old cyborg, who wishes to be Saitama’s disciple after seeing what he is capable of. Genos proposes that the two join the Hero Association in order to become certified heroes that will be recognized for their positive contributions to society, and Saitama, shocked that no one knows who he is, quickly agrees. And thus begins the story of One Punch Man, an action-comedy that follows an eccentric individual who longs to fight strong enemies that can hopefully give him the excitement he once felt and just maybe, he’ll become popular in the process.”

2. Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea)-5 out of 5

“Long ago, all humans lived beneath the sea. However, some people preferred the surface and abandoned living underwater permanently. As a consequence, they were stripped of their god-given protection called “Ena” which allowed them to breathe underwater. Over time, the rift between the denizens of the sea and of the surface widened, although contact between the two peoples still existed.

Nagi no Asukara follows the story of Hikari Sakishima and Manaka Mukaido, along with their childhood friends Chisaki Hiradaira and Kaname Isaki, who are forced to leave the sea and attend a school on the surface. There, the group also meets Tsumugu Kihara, a fellow student and fisherman who loves the sea.

Hikari and his friends’ lives are bound to change as they have to deal with the deep-seated hatred and discrimination between the people of sea and of the surface, the storms in their personal lives, as well as an impending tempest which may spell doom for all who dwell on the surface.”

3. Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your Lie in April)-5 out of 5

“Music accompanies the path of the human metronome, the prodigious pianist Kousei Arima. But after the passing of his mother, Saki Arima, Kousei falls into a downward spiral, rendering him unable to hear the sound of his own piano.

Two years later, Kousei still avoids the piano, leaving behind his admirers and rivals, and lives a colorless life alongside his friends Tsubaki Sawabe and Ryouta Watari. However, everything changes when he meets a beautiful violinist, Kaori Miyazono, who stirs up his world and sets him on a journey to face music again.

Based on the manga series of the same name, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso approaches the story of Kousei’s recovery as he discovers that music is more than playing each note perfectly, and a single melody can bring in the fresh spring air of April.”

4. Ano Natsu de Matteru (Waiting in the Summer)-5 out of 5

“While testing out his camera on a bridge one summer night, Kaito Kirishima sees a blue light streaking across the sky, only to be blown off the railing seconds later. Just before succumbing to unconsciousness, a hand reaches down to grab ahold of his own. Dazed and confused, Kaito wakes up the next morning wondering how he ended up back in his own room with no apparent injuries or any recollection of the night before. As he proceeds with his normal school life, Kaito and his friends discuss what to do with his camera, finally deciding to make a film with it over their upcoming summer break. Noticing that Kaito has an interest in the new upperclassmen Ichika Takatsuki, his friend Tetsurou Ishigaki decides to invite her, as well as her friend Remon Yamano, to join them in their movie project.

In what becomes one of the most entertaining and exciting summers of their lives, Kaito and his friends find that their time spent together is not just about creating a film, but something much more meaningful that will force them to confront their true feelings and each other.”

5. Cowboy Bebop-5 out of 5

“In the year 2071, humanity has colonized several of the planets and moons of the solar system leaving the now uninhabitable surface of planet Earth behind. The Inter Solar System Police attempts to keep peace in the galaxy, aided in part by outlaw bounty hunters, referred to as “Cowboys”. The ragtag team aboard the spaceship Bebop are two such individuals.

Mellow and carefree Spike Spiegel is balanced by his boisterous, pragmatic partner Jet Black as the pair makes a living chasing bounties and collecting rewards. Thrown off course by the addition of new members that they meet in their travels—Ein, a genetically engineered, highly intelligent Welsh Corgi; femme fatale Faye Valentine, an enigmatic trickster with memory loss; and the strange computer whiz kid Edward Wong—the crew embarks on thrilling adventures that unravel each member’s dark and mysterious past little by little.

Well-balanced with high density action and light-hearted comedy, Cowboy Bebop is a space Western classic and an homage to the smooth and improvised music it is named after.”


And of course I have a TON of other recommendations I could give you! Feel free to ask me if you are looking for something a bit more genre specific. I have watched quite a bit of anime to give you guys a general idea of what is good and what isn’t. #animeislife

I am taking a page from all my other fellow bloggers and jumping in on this Top Ten Tuesday. I don’t know if this is my first or second one…I can’t remember things for the life of me sometimes. Why am I like this?! Oh yeah…because I can’t even remember what I did last week let alone how many blogs I write. Ha!

This lovely idea comes from The Broke and the Bookish (sorry I don’t know how to tag people still! Someone teach me? HALP!) But here are the necessary terms for this weeks meme:


Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post and, if you want to, add your name to the Linky widget on that day’s posts (typically put up midnight EST on Tuesday) so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It’s a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.


Alright, alright, alright. *Que Matthew Mcconaughey voice*

Now that we have the official business out of the way lets get to the fun stuff!

1. Anything With Bad Boys (especially boys with tattoos)

Walking disaster


2. Stories About First Love


3. Enticing Cover Art (Who says you can’t judge a book by its cover?)


4. Dark Fantasy or High Fantasy

TTDC


5. Books That Have Witches (I’m on a witchy kick thanks to Salem)


6. If Mythical Creatures Are Involved

harpy


7. Characters From A Royal Blood Line

the select


8. Really F**cked Up Story Premises

Blazed


9. All Books Written By Lauren Destefano (cause she is one of my favorite authors…duh!)

CGT


10. Plots That Haven’t Been Done Before


What are the top things that make you immediately want to read a book? Let me know in the comments!