*Takes deep breath* Okay… we’re really doing this? Today I’m going to talk about the controversial topic of loli characters. Before the impending shitstorm ensues, I’m not here to pitch up a tent on either side of the current debate surrounding lolis (or shotas), but I will talk about the origins of the term and what’s caused the aforementioned shitstorm.

A few disclaimers before we begin:

  1. I am the one writing this; not Ayano, not Tsubaki, not Alexie, but Bodell. I’m not planning on expressing opinions but know that anything I say does not necessarily align with the thoughts or opinions of the rest of the Panda Gang. Ayano is checking to make sure this post is acceptable, but that doesn’t mean that this represents her thoughts on this topic.
  2. This discussion will delve into the concept of loli porn, and of course the accusations that it reflects child pornography. If this makes you uncomfortable, I urge you to not read this post.
  3. If you feel strongly on this subject on either side of the debate, I ask that you do not try to force this opinion on others down in the comments. If you wish to discuss this, please be respectful or do it elsewhere (I know that most of you guys will be respectful, but I felt the need to mention this just in case).

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So, let’s begin. What is a ‘loli’? A loli is a female character that either is or has the qualities of a child. Typically, they are short and cute, but their in-fiction age varies drastically depending on the series and its art style. That’s all we’re going to say on age for now, but I will come back to it later in this post.

But before I get into the debates, let’s discuss the origins of the term ‘loli’. ‘Loli’ is short for ‘lolita’ which has two distinct meanings in Japanese. The first being what I’ve already mentioned, and the other being the Edwardian style fashion you see some Japanese girls adorning, think Harajuku fashion and you’re on the right lines.

I don’t know how lolita fashion fits in, but the term ‘lolita’ actually comes from outside of Japan. In 1955 a Russian-American author, Vladimir Nabokov, wrote a book called Lolita in which a middle-aged man becomes sexually involved with his 12-year-old stepdaughter, nicknaming her ‘Lolita’. The book is extremely well regarded, to the point that it’s been branded as one of the best books of the 20th century by many. However, when adopting this as a term to describe young-looking female characters, it’s almost impossible to not draw the lines between these characters and paedophilia (yes that is how it’s spelt in Britain). The term ‘loli’ was seemingly always set up to fail.

Dragon Loli


However, if you say something for long enough, it begins to lose its original power. This is why discussing things like sex were taboo years ago, but nowadays no one really cares. I believe a similar thing has happened with the word ‘loli’ in the anime community, as we no longer fully consider where the word originates from. The word has taken on a new meaning.

Loli now refers to a particular character design within the anime/manga sector of the medium of cartoons/animation. There are so many loli characters that we universally love and enjoy watching, these characters often aren’t sexualised but the term has become a blanket that often just means a moe girl that’s young-looking. As I said earlier, loli characters vary drastically in in-fiction age, with the term “legal loli” arising referring to characters that are over the age of 18 but are still lolis. So, if these characters are legally allowed to be engaging in sexual activities in universe, what’s the problem with watching them?

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Two words: pseudo photography. Once again, I’m going to remind you that I’m not expressing an opinion, but what I understand the controversy to be. Also, I would like to state that I learnt this from a personal friend who works in computer forensics. It is this man’s literal job to scan seized devices and catch people who are up to no good, including paedophiles. I’m sure you can guess where this is going.

In UK law, loli porn is 100% illegal… especially if the character is under 18 in-fiction. And this is because of what I said above, pseudo photography. A drawing of a child is treated similarly to a picture of a real child because, in the eyes of the law, a sexual attraction is still being formed between someone of consenting age and someone who is not.

I can’t believe I’m actually researching and writing about this, but child pornogrophy is graded in catergories, the most severe offences being A grade, the less severe being C grade. A is exactly what you’d expect, I’m not going to describe it because I don’t want to conjur unsavoury imagery for you. C, however, can sometimes be photos that seem innocent, pictures of a child fully clothed, maybe even with some family. It depends on the relationship between the child and the owner of the pictures, and the context surrounding the case. Psuedo photography comes in when this imagery is rendered through drawings, animations, video game cutscenes, etc. It’s not real but it represents something that is.

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Now, does that make someone who watches loli porn a paedophile? Some would say yes, some would say no. It could be raised that someone who watches rape porn isn’t a rapist and doesn’t necessarily plan on becoming one; equally someone who watches incest porn doesn’t necessarily want to sleep with their actual family. There’s the possibility, that part of attraction is the taboo surrounding it, the rush of doing something wrong. However, others see that roleplay between consenting adults is different to that of an adult and a child, and that the fact that this kink exists is enough to warrant imprisonment.

The laws on this are less strict in the USA and in Japan (hence why Japan makes a fuck tonne of this stuff), and its arguable that Japan’s laws on paedophilia are also less strict in general. You might remember the situation surrounding the author of Rurouni Kenshin in 2017 when it was discovered that he owned DVDs of naked underage girls. This, obviously, went public and the current arc of Rurouni Kenshin was stopped. This culminated in a $2000 fine and his manga resumed in June 2018 in the same magazine. If that was in the West, he’d be ostracised by society and would likely never be allowed to publish in that magazine ever again.

I think we mostly can agree that this is problem, because these were images of real girls. The issue we have in the community right now is that some people believe that fiction is fiction and it doesn’t hurt anyone, whilst the opposite side believe that fiction is based in reality, and if the reality is wrong, so is the fiction.

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Okay this is pretty heavy shit so I’m going to end it here. This is where I’d normally ask you a question but today I’d just like to wish you a nice day. I’m going to fuck off to Japan for 2 weeks so I won’t be reading any comments, but I will still be posting as I have a few scheduled for the next couple weeks.

-Bodell

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*Slowly starts to stand up*

Oh wait! This post isn’t about me today considering Ayano isn’t my real name. Yes, yes…Ayano has been my pen name for the last three years on this blog and all of my social media accounts. I know…SHOCKER!

For anyone that is new to the blog…Hi! My name is Ayano but my real name is Alyssa. I used to run a huge anime fan page over on Facebook but decided to start blogging almost three years ago. I actually started off with book blogging (e.x. book reviews, keeping up with current books coming out, doing bookstagram) before switching over to anime blogging. I also joined Twitter shortly after that and you can follow that account @paperpandabears. I love books, poetry, anime (of course), and I write in my free time. Whew…it feels like I am starting over once again XD

But this bitch has been here for awhile and I can’t believe I haven’t done this Top Ten Tuesday sooner. This week’s TTT is all about the anime characters named Ayano! Well all the one’s I could rustle up. I picked the name Ayano to go by after watching Kaze no Stigma in which I fell in love with Ayano Kannagi immediately. She’s bratty, and fierce, and a bad ass when she needs to be…quite like myself.

So without further ado…will the real Ayano please stand up?

(P.S. some of the gifs will be different sizes in this post. Also the last three will be in picture form since I could not find proper gifs for them. Sorry in advance!)


1. Ayano Hanesaki from Hanebado!

^We love a good emotionless sports character 😀


2. Ayano Kosaka from Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

^Still need to watch Code Geass XD


3. Ayano Aishi from Yandere Simulator

^Has anyone played this game before? Looks like something I would enjoy 😉


4. Ayano Tateyama from Vocaloid: Kagerou Project

^Sad girl Ayano.


5. Ayano Sugiura from Yuru Yuri

^How is Yuru Yuri? Should I watch it?


6. Ayano Kannagi from Kaze no Stigma

^My fire princess that I love oh so much ❤


7. Keiko Ayano (Silica) from Sword Art Online

^Silica needs more love and attention! She is totes adorbs :3


8. Ayano Sadato from The Ryou’s Work is Never Done!

Ayano The Ryou's^One of the cutest Ayano’s!


9. Yai Ayano from Mega Man Battle

Yai Ayano^Technically Yai’s last name is Ayanokoji but the English translation does say it’s Ayano.


10. Ayano Minegishi from Lucky Star

Ayano Lucky Star^Oh look! Another anime series I still haven’t watched. I need to get my shit together lolololz


And there you have it my pandas! Ten lovely Ayano-chan’s. I hope we get more characters named Ayano in the future. It’s a good name! Who is your favorite from this list? Let me know in the comments section down below. That is going to do it for me this Tuesday. I hope everyone has a great morning, afternoon, 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.)

Today was supposed to be Alexie’s day to post but he is in the middle of moving at the moment and he also doesn’t have internet for the next few days. So…I am here to bring you guys another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! Are you guys sick of these post yet? These post are one of the very few post I actually enjoy doing on the blog. Sure, things can get a little repetitive at times but I always love trying to come up with the next concept for TTT without it being the same as previous post. We love a good challenge here at KawaiiPaperPandas!

We all know that best girls come in all different shapes and sizes and personalities..but what about the sickly best girls? They need love too! Even if they don’t always survive till the end of the series. I am here to bring you some of the best sick girls in anime. Let’s not focus on the sad part of their lives, but rather the joy they bring to each and every one of us! It’s a celebration of life not death my pandas.

(P. S. some of the gif sizes will be off in this post. Please ignore it XD)


1. Sakura from I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

^Sakura’s smile always gave me hope ❤


2. Nagisa from Clannad

^Ya know…I’ve only ever watch Clannad: After story. Maybe I should go back and watch the first series lololz


3. Akito from Fruits Basket

^I apologize in advance if you haven’t figured out Akito is actually a girl 😛


4. Yuuki from Sword Art Online: Mother’s Rosario

^My favorite girl in Sword Art Online.


5. Chise from The Ancient Magus Bride

^Chise predominately gets stronger throughout the series but we know she is frail to begin with.


6. Kaori in Your Lie in April

^Most everyone’s favorite sick girl.


7. Naoko from The Wind Rises

^I wish we got to see more of Naoko in the movie.


8. Mirai from Seraph of the End

^I wonder if we’ll ever get another season of Seraph?


9. Trisha from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood

^Look guys…one anime I still haven’t seen


10. Olivia from Violet Evergarden

^Olivia…you were too precious for this world


And that about does it for me today guys! Which sickly girl in anime is your favorite? I’m pretty partial to Sakura from I Want to Eat Your Pancreas. I juts love her personality in the movie. What Top Ten Tuesday should I take on next? Let me know all your thoughts, opinions and comments down below in the comments section! 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.)

(Note: Today’s post will contain mature themes of sexual connotations while exploring the ideals/theme of growing up. It will also contain slight spoilers if you have not started the show or read through the manga. You have been forewarned!)

Ah, the flavors of youth.

We all grow up, we all go through puberty, we all know what it’s like to think about sex all the time. It’s a never ending cycle of hormone induced emotional states that make us wild with rampant thoughts and fantasies. I would like to prefiset that yes…women think about sex as much as men.

That’s why I’m ungodly happy that O’ Maidens in Your Savage Season has made an appearance this summer season. O’ Maidens tackles the idea of high school girls wanting to know more about what sex means. Not really just the physical aspect of sex but everything that revolves around it. From the meaning of love, figuring out your feelings towards someone in particular, all the way to taboo topics such as adults/minors being together and even pedophilia. Yes, you read that right…child pedophilia. But don’t let that small tidbit denture you away from this show/manga. It is so much more than what is on the surface. O’ Maidens encapsulates the trials and tribulations of  youth perfectly down to its very essence. I haven’t related to an anime series like this in a very long time..and I’m talking about the whole ideology behind the show and not just bits and pieces.

In order to understand these girls and there so called “personal dilemmas” on a deeper level we must take a look at each on individually. We will start with Kazusa since a lot of the story revolves around her.


Kazusa is a shy girl whose main friend has been her next store neighbor, Izumi, since they were little. Kazusa, like all the other girls involved in the literature club, is curious about sex, but she struggles with her outward appearance and confidence. You can spot this pretty early on in the first few episodes of the series. Like Kazusa, Izumi is also on the shyer side of the spectrum but has been blossoming with the ladies at school. Kazusa realizes this after she overhears another classmate mentioning how hot Izumi is and at the possibility of taking his “virginity.” Things start to roll into motion when Kazusa wonders if Izumi thinks about sex as well. One evening Kazusa heads over to Izumi’s house to drop off some food and she walks in on him in his room watching porn and masturbating. The irony of it all is that the porn Izumi is watching is a train porno. And this is funny because Izumi is obsessed with trains

So of course awkward encounters for Kazusa and Izumi happen in the next few episodes. Kazusa also sneaks out a porno DVD from Izumi’s room one night while he is away. Lemme tell you…this scene was so funny I thought I was going to die laughing. Kazusa struggles with her feelings for Izumi after Izumi confesses to Kazusa one night that he “doesn’t think about sex with anyone or even her for that matter.” *Insert Kuzusa running away from Izumi’s room but Izumi trys to stop her and they have an odd tumble down the stairs and Izumi lands on top of Kazusa in typical anime fashion* (See gif above 😉 ). Eventually, after talking with Niina and Momoko, Niina makes Kazusa realize that deep down she has romantic feelings for Izumi. Thus, beginning the whirlwind struggle of Kazusa trying to sort out those feelings and comparing herself to Niina (these emotions ensue when Kazusa sees Niina and Izumi leaving on the train together one day after school).

Kazusa’s internal emotional struggle is something all women face on a day to day basis. Trying to figure out if you are good enough, or pretty enough, or smart enough to face the person you have feelings for is one of the most daunting tasks girls have to go through during puberty. You feel like everything is the end of the world (even though well all know it’s not) if things don’t go your way.

Kazusa has every right to feel this way, especially when she is friends with Niina. A beautiful girl who is considered mysterious and fragile by everyone in school. Jealousy is a natural emotion that everyone deals with at one point or another. This type of conflict works well for the series because this is an exact problem any real life girl would have to deal with in the real world. Jealousy is a driving force in most male and female relationships, just like fear or anger would be.

Kazusa scene 2

As we all are well aware of…love triangles are popular in romance anime. The formula is “main character falls in love with an outsider but the childhood friend of the main character is in love with them and either confesses or doesn’t.” We all know how it goes. The series is only at episode 6 right now, but we all know that this love triangle is going to become more prominent as the episodes progress. I’m interested in seeing how Kazusa comes to terms with her jealousy and if she will overcome it. I want Kuzusa to grow into her own person and be confident in herself. Comparing yourself to others never works out in the long run and you have to figure that out on your own. Advice from friends might be able to steer you in the right direction, but it’s how you handle/direct your emotions that allow you to overcome your inner turmoil.


Honestly, Niina’s childhood background is a little dark. Niina is a little quirky, regal, pretty to look at, but also confused like the rest of the girls in this series. See…Niina has a little secret. When Niina was 10 or 11 (I can’t remember at this point) she was involved in a group project with a very famous director. Niina was given the lead role and favored by the director during their time together. We come to find out this director favored Niina because he liked little girls. Like…liked liked them. Niina, being the impressionable young girl that she is, develops feelings for this director in a warped and twisted way.

One day…Niina asks the director if he wants to have sex with her but the director declines her advance because he believes that her innocence and allure would be “ruined” if he did anything of the sort. Niina then asks if he would be with her when she grew up but the director again declines because older girls/women don’t appeal to him in the same notion that young girls do….That he can only love her “girlish nature.” Nothing ever bad happens to Niina physically, but you can tell she is emotionally scarred by being in love with this director. Having your mind bent to someone else’s will is a mental prison. You continuously go over what you did wrong or what you could have done differently in order to please them. I think that is where Niina is at, at this point in the series.

Niina

We see a brief moment of this weakness when Niina uses Izumi as a “stand in boyfriend” when she runs into the director one day at the train station. I feel like Niina is restless with herself and how she feels about the director, hence why she is on a conquest to have sex before she dies. It’s almost like she is forcing herself to try to forget her feelings for the director and put it out of her mind. Niina is wearing a mask that she can’t full take off. The way they built up Niina’s character and how they handle the topic of pedophilia in the series was delicately done. You are able to fully grasp why Niina is the way she is without feeling too disgusted about the man she developed feelings for. The series also pokes fun at the topic of pedophilia and how it is fucking terrible with Izumi’s reaction to Niina’s confessional. Another golden moment for this series.

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And then there is Hongo-chan.

Hongo is actually an aspiring young writer…but not just any type of writer…Hongo wants to write erotica. A girl who knows nothing about sex wants to write erotica. Another point for Mari Okada for throwing in some more irony into this series! I feel like this whole series is just a double entendre. Hongo’s background is also a little complicated. She has been getting sexual advice/having cyber sex with someone online. We don’t know who it is right away until a couple of episodes in. Milo-sensei (the person chatting with Hongo) finally decides to meet up with Hongo in real life. When Hongo meets up with Milo-sensei at the front of the train station we find out that Milo-sensei is actually Hongo-chan’s real sensei at school. Whoops! XD

Hongo scene

Surprisingly enough, Hongo handles the situation quite coolly but Milo-sensei tries to avoid her at all cost. Milo-sensei knows this type of relationship is a “no-no” and tells Hongo this upfront. Milo-sensei is trying to do the right thing, but Hongo-chan can’t quite let their developed online relationship go. Hongo-san even blackmails Milo-sensei into becoming the literature club’s adviser since the club would be disbanded if they didn’t find someone to preside over the club. Let the “teacher/student” anime trope begin!

Yes, I know this type of shit does not fly in real life. DO NOT try to have sexual relations with your teacher…but I can’t help but have a teeny-tiny bit of hope for Hongo and Milo-sensei. This is actually my favorite pair in the series. Probably due to the back and fourth tension between Hongo and Milo-sensei. You know Milo-sensei is trying to be good, but Hongo is pushing her limits/boundaries with him. I’m always intrigued by the concept and psychology of  “wanting what you can’t have.” Because…let’s face it. We all are tempted by the stuff we don’t have/want to have everyday. I think some people are more intrigued by the chase rather than the actual prize. Some people get off on the whole “cat and mouse” situation. So I am wondering if that is how Milo-sensei will respond considering he’s told Hongo he has no interest in high school girls and he finds them “disgusting.”

Hongo scene 2

I want Hongo and Milo-sensei to be together but I also don’t want them to be. I excited to see what direction they push these two into. Will Milo-sensei give in to Hongo-chan and her sexual desire’s to know more? Or will Milo-sensei try to refuse Hongo all together? Ahhhh…I’m gonna need the rest of the series to come out like NOW.


Then we have what seems to be the more “normal” girls of the group Sonezaki and Momoko. Sonezaki is definitely the most normal out of the bunch, but she does face social pressures from her class. She had a strict upbringing, but shows interest in the opposite sex just like any other person would. Sonezaki is teased/bullied in her class, with her classmates claiming she is a “prude” and “ugly.” Just because a woman wears glasses that doesn’t make her ugly! I hate this stereotype in anime.

Sonezaki

Sonezaki does change her appearance a few episodes in by getting her haircut and wearing contacts so she looks prettier. Of course everyone in the class after Sonezaki changes her appearance starts to warm up to Sonezaki and wants to be her friend. But one boy liked the old Sonezaki the way she was. Shun was kind to Sonezaki before she decided to change her look and then asks Sonezaki to become his girlfriend. Sonezaki says yes at the end of episode 5, but in episode 6 Sonezaki wants to keep their relationship a secret until they graduate. Shun is clearly hurt by this gesture, but Sonezaki continues forward in hopes she can create a safe environment for them to be together in secret.

DO NOT keep your relationships a secret my friends. This will only eat away at you and your partner from the inside. Sonezaki just started dating Shun and she already wants to keep him a secret. Like GURL…what is you doing?! That’s not how you want to kick off a romantic relationship. I understand wanting to keep something close to you or private, but Shun expressed he wants people to know Sonezaki is his girlfriend. I hope Sonezaki can realize Shun’s feelings before it’s too late and she implodes their relationship from the inside.

We haven’t seen much of Momoko’s story yet. She seems to be second when it comes to Kazusa. That usually happens with characters who are best friends with the main protagonist of a series. We know Momoko goes to a cram school and has made friends with a boy named Sugimoto. He clearly likes Momoko but it seems like Momoko hasn’t quite reciprocated the same feelings back. I did a little digging last night and I found out that Momoko develops a one-sided crush on Niina. I was waiting to see if they would have a female-on-female relationship in this series! As I mentioned above we are only on episode 6 of the series so I know we will see this crush bud over the next 6 or 7 episodes (I’m gonna assume this series will be 12 or 13 episodes).  I thought Momoko might be into girls after a brief moment with Sugimoto, but wasn’t quite sure if the series would lean this way.

Momoko


I want this series to continue to dive deeper into the world of sexual confusion at a young age. These topics are usually brushed over in other series or we just get straight fan-service with ecchi anime. Sex is a topic that NEEDS to be talked about more. Sex is a stepping stone for many of us into the world of adulthood. It is clumsy, funny, painful, and emotional all at once. There is much more that comes along with sex than just a pair of naked bodies pressed together for pleasure. Sex takes time, patience, understanding, emotional support, and learning.

I love this series because it is a relatable and handles all the topics of sex/interpersonal relationships with such care that no detail is missed. From the random misunderstandings that Kazusa and Izumi have about one another, to Hongo trying to find herself as a writer and a young woman. Even the background story of Niina having feelings for a man who is a pedophile is done with such grace and precision that you hope Niina will be able to realize that type of love is one you don’t want to keep seeking out. Love and sexual desire is a fickle thing my friends. I would like to leave you guys with a with semblance about love: “Romantic love or even infatuation is not the issue. The problem for many is the confusion of love and obsession.” 


(Disclaimer: All imagery, photos, and gifs come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them. Today’s header image comes from https://www.zerochan.net/2507473#full)

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

 

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.

UA High hallway

“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 his hat’s bill. I can’t see anything in the shadows, however, and straighten as he turns to me.

Quent coughs and says, “We were gathered here for whatever reason by some All Might guy, there was a frog girl serving tea, and then the lights went out. When they came back on that girl was dead. That’s all there is to it, detective.”

I narrow my eyes at the man. “That’s all there is?”

With a sigh, Quent shuffles into a more comfortable position. “You suspect me, I presume, which is why I’m here with you and you’re questioning me; however, have you seen me? What’s an old man like me going to do in a warm room with tea? I come from a frozen wasteland, detective, this is paradise to me.”

“Paradise you say?” I ask.

Quent laughs. “Paradise…the wolves used to talk about Paradise. Blue did too, for a little, when she was alive. She and Hige were supposed to go there together.” He takes another swig from his flask. “Listen, detective, I’m just an old man. Do you really expect me to be able to do something like that?”

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“Who else? You look the most experienced,” I say.

“That lady with the fans,” Quent says. “What was her name? Glass? She had fans, easily concealable blades in those. She also had blood on her kimono. Curious isn’t it? What do I have? I have a hat covered in sweat and this coat. Plus, I’m still wet from the storm outside. I’m sick of the cold, and this place is warm. That’s why I’m here. I’m just trying to get warm. We were called here for some reason, and I figured why give up a chance at possibly starting something new? I no longer have anything I cared for, so maybe I could start again.”

I nod and click my pen obsessively. “That’s it?” I ask. “That’s the only reason you’re here?”

Quent laughs. “That Glass woman was going through things you know. She was trying to get information. On us? On All Might? On the maid girl? Who knows.” Quent shrugs. “But she wanted something. Perhaps she wanted to be a hero and that maid frog girl got in her way. Did you see the wounds or are you just here questioning us without knowing anything? I’d assume there are blade marks on that girl’s body. You know what, have you checked those fans? There’s got to be something inside those, right? Dried blood, perhaps some hair, maybe a sliver of cloth?”

“I don’t…I’m not…” I stammer.

A smile crosses Quent’s face. “The fans, detective! The fans! Has the forensics team looked at the fans?”

“I can’t give you that information, Quent. Your rifle, though. May I have that?” I ask.

“Oh, this, sure. I haven’t used it in years. Used to hunt wolves with it with my dear old Blue,” Quent says. “But what do you know about Glass, son? Do you know anything about her? Do you know about her goals, her desires, or her interests? Why is she here? Is she here for some selfish reason? She has a look in her eyes. Did you see it? That look of security in whatever she does. Like she’ll never get caught, like nobody can touch her. You can, though, detective. That’s your job.”

“I’m not sure what you mean? What look?” I ask. I begin scribbling down everything he’s said, even what he’d said about himself.

“A killer’s look, detective. She’s done terrible things in her life. My guess is she wanted to be a hero badly enough that she had to use an underhanded tactic to get what she wanted. I wouldn’t pass up that line if I were you. Bladed fans are a fascinating weapon. Imagine the way she’d be able to help the people of this world with those. She could cut people loose from entanglements, she could battle villains, she could defend other heroes, and the possibilities are almost endless. But is she a hero? Is she truly any one person can trust with their life?

“Is Glass capable of being a good person? What if somebody were to cross her? They’re perfectly concealable weapons. She can swipe them out, cut a throat, or legs, or a stomach, and then wipe the blood off and close them. Or, if she’s in a time crunch she can close them, run and then clean them before the blood sticks to the blades. I for one don’t trust her as far as I could throw her, and I’m an old man—I can’t throw her far at all.”

I question Quent’s words then, and reach my hand out for his rifle. The man gives it to me and tilts his hat back over his eyes, crossing his arms across his chest. He seems to be going to sleep, so I leave him then. I need to get back to the forensics team and go through all the information I’ve been given by these six subjects. Now, it’s all up to what I can gather from the information I’ve gathered, whose story adds up, and who was the most likely to have murdered Froppy while they were all gathered at this campus.


And that does it, folks! That’s all six suspects for this Clue game! Who do you think is the killer? Cast your votes down below! Voting will be open till Sunday at Midnight.


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