I mean…don’t we all wanna do bad things for fun? I know I did my fair share of bad things when I was younger. As Aly & AJ’s new song “Church” (which everyone should stop and go listen to RIGHT MEOW) implies “I do bad things for the sake of good times.” If that isn’t every teenagers mantra growing up then I don’t know what else is! Sometimes you just gotta break the rules and have some fun now and again…but don’t do anything illegal my pandas! Nope. This is not that type of site. We are here to promote good, whole-sum fun 😀

And in the spirit of whole-sum fun…today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about anime girl’s who like to stir the pot, have some fun, while maybe also killing some people along the way in order to do so. YUP! GOOD WHOLE-SUM F.U.N!

Ahhh…good ol’ Spongebob coming through in the clutch. Also the FUN song is catchy af and gets stuck in my head all the time. Anyone else have this problem? Just me? Okay. Let’s stop with the chitchat and get to some ladies! Cause I know y’all didn’t come here for me to talk about Spongebob or how F is for friends who do stuff together. U is for You and Me. N is for anywhere and anytime at all down here in the deep blue sea! You can thank me later 😉


1. Akane from SSSS.Gridman

^I really didn’t connect with Akane until later in the season. After SSSS.Gridman was over I was like, “Akane is THAT BITCH.” Now I adore her ❤


2. Magane from Re:Creators

^Is this really a surprise to anyone anymore? Y’all know how much I love Magane…but she really does have the perfect personality for this list.


3. Banba from Riddle Story of Devil

^Banba is always looking for a good time.


4. Shiro from Deadman Wonderland

^Does Shiro get to have twice the fun since she has twice the personalities? 🤔


5. Kirari from Kakegurui

^We love a hands on Prez who has an obsession with gambling & maaaybe Yumeko XD


6. Aligura from Blood Blockade Battlefront

^Can’t forget about Aligura and her off-the-wall personality!


7. Krul from Seraph of the End

^Cute and sassy and would have no problem kicking my ass if it came down to it.


8. Eto from Tokyo Ghoul

^Mother Monster.


9. Nona from Death Parade

^Nona needs more love. So does Death Parade as a series in general!


10. Jessie from Pokemon

^One of the OG bad girls.


That is going to do it for me today my pandas! Thank you for joining me once again this lovely Tuesday afternoon (well…it’s still afternoon where I live). I hope you guys enjoyed today’s list cause I sure as hell did! What other Top Ten Tuesday list would you like to see me create? I am always open to new ideas from all of you. If you have any good ideas drop them down in the comments section below! Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. MUAH! XOXO


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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! 😀


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(WARNING: This post may contain small spoilers from Banana Fish. Read at your own discretion.)

Revenge is often slow moving and slow burning. It may take years for a characters revenge plot to be fulfilled, but that doesn’t make the results any less sweeter. Most often than not characters design revenge schemes in order to destroy the recipient; either psychically, emotionally or sometimes both. Whether it is served piping hot or cold-revenge is one dish I can’t get enough of in anime.

The definition of revenge has a multitude of meanings. The first one is described as “the action of inflicting hurt or harm on someone for an injury or wrong suffered at their hands“and the second one is “the desire to inflict retribution.” You can think of the first definition as the famous saying, “an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for a hand, a foot for a foot.” Revenge often serves as a reminder to others that you should not be trifled with. Revenge provides a way to keep order in a society where the rules of law are weak and malleable, but at the end of the day revenge always comes at a price.

One character that is comfortably familiar with revenge is Yut-Lung Lee from the anime Banana Fish.

Considering that revenge is a human response, it isn’t surprising that Yut-Lung would seek out revenge in the show. The emotion of revenge often stems from the feelings of hatred, anger, or hurt that was once portrayed as love or desire. It is generally a result of something you might have always wanted but was ripped away from you, or someone you always loved not being with you anymore. Once this specific thing/someone is forever wiped away from existence in your life you might think you need to seek retribution. This feeling implies that whatever it was that you held closest to you still in fact matters deep down. Seeking revenge on someone means that you are still affected by whatever was done to you.

Yut-Lung Lee sought out revenge not only on Ash and Eiji in the series, but his own brothers as well. Yut-Lung is the youngest of seven children, and his parents died when he was just six years old. That is when he started living with his aunt and uncle. But where does the revenge plot come in you may ask? Well, I’ll tell you. Later on in the series we find out that Yut-Lung’s mother was a street vendor’s daughter and became his father’s mistress when she was just 10 years old. His father was 65. When his father died, his half brothers came in and raped/killed his mother as they despised her and Yut-Lung of being their father’s favorite mistress and child. Thus seeing Yut-Lung as a threat for the inheritance. They raped/killed his mother and made him their weapon to keep him from gaining power.

Yut-Lung grew up hating himself and vowed that he would bring the Lee family to extinction with his own hands. He would kill his own brothers and family to make them pay for their crimes against him and his mother. A perfect leeway for a revenge plot am I right? The right thing for Yut-Lung to do would be for him to let it go, forgive and move on but that’s not how this works in anime! Nope. Revenge is another key to why Yut-Lung despises Ash and Eiji so much.

Yut-Lung believes that he and Ash are like Yin and Yang. His feelings towards Eiji are amicable at first but then they slowly turn towards hatred later on in the series. He believes that Eiji will drag Ash down and likely be his downfall. He also despises Eiji because of how much he means to Ash, viewing him as this undesirable weakness. This was really prevalent in episode 18 when Ash didn’t hesitate to shoot himself in the head for Eiji when Yut-Lung as him to.

In a few episodes towards the end of the anime series Blanca states that Yut-Lung feels like this because he desires the sort of connection Ash and Eiji have. A pure unrequited love for one another, something that Yut-Lung never got to experience. This is due to his mother being raped/killed by his own brothers and his father being a POS pedophile. Yut-Lung never got to feel the emotions of love, security, affection because those emotions were replaced with loneliness, heartache, and affliction. Something no child at the age of six should have to experience.

In a lot of ways Yut-Lung still shows signs of being a child on the inside. Throughout the series we see him display signs of selfishness, whining, and crying/throwing tantrums when he doesn’t get his way.

To me, this shows that Yut-Lung missed the opportunity to really be a child because of his past experiences. He grew up not knowing what true happiness/love felt like and was completely consumed by the thoughts/idea of revenge. I can’t imagine the type of toll that took on him. I should probably also note that Yut-Lung was also used like a sex toy much like Ash was in the series. I am sure this also played into his feelings of wanting to be loved by someone. The desire to want to be loved unconditionally by someone is eats at you like a parasite. Yearning for something you want but cannot have will break your soul little by little. And that is exactly what Yut-Lung was in the series…a broken young boy pretending to be a man. Blanca knew this from the moment he met Yut-Lung and Sing confirms this in the last episode of the series.

As Alex over on Watch JoJo (in 2017) says, “No one does revenge stories quite like Japanimation.” Revenge stories in anime tend to give us the best tortured and diverse characters. I couldn’t agree more. Yut-Lung’s story of revenge was one of the best plot points in Banana Fish. I was captivated by him, not only by how beautiful he was, but also by how tormented he was a young man. Lost, angered, jealous, bitter, but also endearing in some ways. When Yut-Lung showed his weak points he was utterly helpless and that made me feel for him. I wanted to reach out and hold him. I knew deep down that he was still a young boy crying out for attention/love. And that is what a good story should do. It should make you feel something when watching/reading/consuming it. That means the creator/author did their job (*as I have stated many times on my blog before).

Yut-Lung’s character in Banana Fish was one of my favorite things about the show. I definitely find myself often thinking about him and how he felt throughout the series. I feel like we can all relate to him on some type of level. My hopes for Yut-Lung in the aftermath of Banana Fish would be for him to find himself, love himself, forgive himself, and be able to overcome his sense of self-deprecation. Ash and him both deserved better, but they only knew how to survive the hand they were dealt. I would want Yut-Lung to find inner and outer peace. As Yut-Lung says, “Nothing is born from history.”


Other shows that also contain revenge themes are 91 Days, KILL la KILL, Psycho Pass, Castlevania, Berserk, Claymore, Afro Samurai, Code Geass, Dante’s Inferno and Terror in Resonance. Of course there are tons more but I don’t have all day to name them all XD


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Come one, come all to the first ever WordPress Anime Awards! 

We’ve got lions and tigers and heroic boys, oh my! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages we have a vast array of voting categories for you to be entertained by. Come join us as we aim to please you from start to finish. Listen to the melodic anime opening and ending songs from 2018, laugh at the funniest moments this year had to offer, be thrilled by the perilous anime films that made their debut amongst the people, marvel at all the great characters that made you smile or cry while watching their journey…Only at the 2018 WordPress Anime Awards!

All of these acts were carefully chosen by a wondrous group of performers. These performers include Cactus Matt, Derek Lyons, Marthaurion, Raistlin, Matt Doyle, Jon Spencer, Karandi, Star & Luna, BiblioNyan, Lethargic Ramblings, Ano Nora, Ty-chama, Mech Anime Reviews, itsaanimething, and me. We trained long and hard to bring you the best possible performance. After extensive practice and sharpening our skills we came up with 20 different acts for you to choose from. Each act brings a collection of diversity and a mixture of each performer’s personality. Some of the acts will vary in length and options. You as the audience might see a small number next to one of the options presented to you. This number indicates that choice was picked by our performer’s multiple times. An example of what this might look like is as follows: Attack on Titan Season 3 (*4). Hence why our acts will have more or less options for you to choose from. If you are not 100% completely satisfied with any of the performer’s choices in a particular act feel free to write in your own solution to meet your satisfactory needs.

But alas! Don’t let these deviating acts fool you. Each one was handcrafted to perfection in hopes of bringing you a multitude of options to choose from. You can never have enough options. Take careful consideration in choosing which act you believe is the best and greatest. You only get one vote per act. Choose wisely ladies and gents! Please sit back, relax and enjoy the show.


Act I:
Best Girl


Act II:
Best Boy


Act III:
Best Manga/Light Novel


Act IV:
Breakout Anime of the Year

(*Breakout Anime of the Year means what anime series surprised you the most/turned out differently from what you expected)


Act V:
Best Opening Song


Act VI:
Best Ending Song


Act VII:
Best Character Design


Act VIII:
Best Fight


Act IX:
Best WTF?! Moment

(*Each nomination has a corresponding screen-cap below beginning with number 1 on the left and ending with number 11 at the bottom)

 


Act X:
Best Supporting Character


Act XI:
Best Ship


Act XII:
Most Likely to Cosplay


Act XIII:
Best Animation


Act XIV:
Best Hero


Act XV:
Best Villain


Act XVI:
Best Continuing Series


Act XVII:
Funniest Scene

(*Each nomination has a corresponding screen-cap below beginning with number 1 on the left and ending with number 11 at the bottom)

 


Act XVIII:
Best Film


Act XIX:
Most Disappointing Anime


Act XX:
Anime of the Year


Thank you all for attending our show! It gives us such happiness that we could bring you all of these stupendous acts. We hope that you were thrilled, entertained, and awed by all of our performer’s choices! Don’t forget to share our show with all of your family and friends. This circus will disappear at the stroke of Midnight on December 31st, 2018. So hurry in before the magic vanishes!


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We’ve made it to the end guys! Well…to my favorite anime ending songs for 2018. I guess you could also consider this the end of the year since it is December. Close enough am I right?! 😉 Last week I posted my favorite anime opening songs for 2018. If you somehow missed that post I will link it here for you to read: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/12/04/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-a-year-in-review-my-favorite-opening-anime-songs-from-2018/. This post is going to follow the same format as my previous one. These songs will be in no particular order and the honorable mentions list will be large once again due to the fact that we are covering the entire year. Soooo if you guys don’t mind me keeping this short and sweet let’s get into these anime ending songs!


1. “Ref:rain” from After the Rain

^Nothing can top this ending song for me this year. NOTHING!


2. “Michishirube” from Violet Evergarden

^Gotta love those gut-wrenching bittersweet endings.


3. “Unbreakable Love” from Devil’s Line

^This song is so sensual…I can’t even handle it *insert blushing face here*


4. “Kakatte Koi yo” from Megalo Box

^Such a killer song and music video to jam out to!


5. “Sajou no Hana” from Sirius the Jaeger

^Probably my second favorite ending song of the year right behind Ref:rain.


6. “Pray” from Angels of Death

^I really appreciate how hauntingly beautiful this song is.


7. “Mimei no Kimi to Hakumei no Mahou” from Irozuku: The World in Colors

^I guess 2018 was just the year of powerful bittersweet ballads.


8. “Marionette” from Karakuri Circus

^This song is lit af and this show is HIGHLY underrated!


9. “Reset” from Run With the Wind

^Yaaasss…give me all the feels!


10. “Prayer X” and “Red” from Banana Fish

^I’m not crying, you’re crying 😥


Honorable Mentions:
“Ending” from Kokkoku
“Orange Iro” from Tsurune
“Half” from Tokyo Ghoul:re
“CheerS” from Cells at Work
“Dear Teardrop” from Citrus
“Gin no Kisei” from Goblin Slaye
“Furu Biyori” from Laid Back Camp
“Youthful Beautiful” from SSSS.Gridman
“Iris” from Sword Art Online: Alicization
“Silent Solitude” from Overlord Season 3
“Love Song” From Tada Never Falls in Love
“Home Sweet Home!” from Dropkick on my Devil
“Akumade Koi Wazurai” from As Miss Beelzebub Likes
“Mahoutsukai no Yome” from The Ancient Magus Bride
“I am standing” from March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2
“Koko Kara, Koko Kara” from A Place Further than the Universe
“Fukashigi no Carte” from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-girl Senpai
“Hibana” and “The Clock Tower’s Bell” from Golden Kamuy Season 1 & 2
“To See the Future” from Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
“Saiaku na hi demo Anata ga Suki” from How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

Yup, another long ass honorable mentions list XD That’s just how the cookie crumbles I guess! Thank you guys so much for joining me again this lovely Tuesday. I hope some of your favorite ending songs from the year made this list. If so which ones? If not which ones were you hoping to see? Let me know all of your thoughts and comments down below in the comments section! I’m really excited for next Tuesday’s post. I get to gather up all of my favorite blog post I’ve written and condense it down into an easy to navigate guide for you all. Keep a look out for that post my pandas! Until then I’ll catch you guys in my next one. Jaa ne! ❤


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? Welcome to the first post of December. We have finally made it to the last month of the year. Yup, it is officially the dreaded holiday season. As most of you know Halloween is my favorite holiday and I dread Christmas every year. I think I have reiterated this a dozen times now. *please don’t kill me*

I don’t mind doing Christmas activities and such…just not the biggest fan of the meaning behind Christmas. This is probably due to me not being religious what-so-ever XD With all of that being said for the month of December we will be going over some of my favorites from 2018! I would like to call this “A Year in Review.” This week we are going to cover my favorite anime opening songs from the year. Next week we will move onto my favorite ending songs. Pretty straight and narrow! I’m hoping to do a round up of my favorite blog post I’ve written throughout the year the week after next leading up to my favorite anime series for the year on Christmas. I think it sounds like a pretty good plan 😀

Sorry I have been inactive the last week or so. If you are following me on Twitter then you should have seen that I (along with a panel of judges) are working on getting the first ever WordPress Anime Awards together. We are finalizing the nominations and will be working on getting the polls together very soon so all of you guys can vote for your anime favorites! This is a very BIG and EXCITING project for all of us and I can’t wait for all of you to see the fruits of our labor.

So without further ado lets get into these opening anime songs! (P.S. these are in no particular order. I am just listing the ones I enjoyed/loved throughout the year. Also the honorable mentions this time around will be pretty large due to the fact that we are covering all of 2018).


1. “Flashback” from Kokkoku

^Probably my favorite song for the whole year.


2. “Kiss of Death” from Darling in the FranXX

^Kiss of Death is a very very close second.


3. “Sincerely” from Violet Evergarden

^An incredible song if you want to feel all the feels ❤


4. “Naru” from Tsurune

^This song is so damn catchy!


5. “Tomoshibi no Manimani” from Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi

^Love the blend of modern and old school music in this opening. It’s perfection.


6. “Bite” from Megalo Box

^Y’all already know I am a sucker for Japanese rock.


7. “Howling” The Seven Deadly Sins Season 2

^Oh look! Another Japanese rock song I like 😛


8. “Kimi ni Furete” from Bloom into You

^This song is two words: simply stunning.


9. “Found & Lost” and “Freedom” from Banana Fish

^Yeeeaaahhh…both of these opening songs are too good to pass up.


10. “Winding Road” from Golden Kamuy Season 1

^Because MAN WITH A MISSION is EVERYTHING.


Honorable Mentions:
“Eclipse” from Devil’s Line
“Union” from SSSS.Gridman
“Vital” from Angels of Death
“Eien no Hitotsu” from Island
“Gekko” from Karakuri Circus
“Rightfully” from Goblin Slayer
“Futari No Hane” from Hanebado!
“Oh My” from Dagashi Kashi Season 2
“Sirius” from Tenrou: Sirius the Jaeger
“Changing Point” from Magical Girl Site
“Fiction” from Love is Hard for an Otaku
“17 Sai” from Irozuku: The World in Colors
“Unlock” from Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS
“Catch up, latency” from Run With the Wind
“One Room Sugar Life” From Happy Sugar Life
“Pink Lemonade” from As Miss Beelzebub Likes
“Clear” from CardCaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen
“Get Into My Heart” from Tsukumogami Kashimasu
“Sakurairo Cliche” from Rokuhoudou Yotsuiro Biyori
“Kimi no Sei” from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-girl Senpai

Welp…that’s a lot of honorable mentions this time around lolololz…the shape even looks like a pyramid. I low-key kinda like it though! 2018 had some kick ass opening songs this year. The same could be said of ending songs but we will get to those next week. What were your favorite opening songs from the year? Did some of them make my list? It was hella hard narrowing down the choices to a top 10, but I definitely resonate with all the ones I picked. That is going to do it for me this Tuesday! I’ve got a few other things in the works for this month so keep an eye out for those my pandas. I’ll see you all in my next post! Much love from Oregon. 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).

I feel like the title is pretty self explanatory. No need for me to do a super long intro this time around. I mean…if you aren’t watching As Miss Beelzebub Likes for fall season you obviously don’t like cute and sweet and fluffy things or you just have no soul. Yeah, I’m gonna go with the second choice on that one. This show is sooooo adorable that my heart can’t take all the kawaii-ness. Plus I might be bias since Beelzebub is totes best girl this year. #sorrynotsorry #comefightme #youCANTchangemymind

So I wanted to dedicate this weeks Top Ten Tuesday to the show. I think if you need something easy and light-hearted to watch after a really stressful or shitty day As Miss Beelzebub Likes is the one to make you feel all better. Sometimes you just need a mushy-gushy anime to make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This show will definitely do the trick! ❤


^Beelzebub loves sweet things just like me.

^She makes the most adorable faces :3

^There is an abundance of fluffy creatures.

^Beelzebub always looks flawless no matter what she wears.

^You also have extremely shy Belphagor to look at.

^Mullin is a tsundere boy who is prone to blushing at embarrassing moments.

^You have crazy Eurynome who loves elementary boys…but only pines after them from a distance.

^The tumultuous relationship between Astaroth and Sargatanas is quite hilarious.

^Azazel is extremely kind and super handy at sewing.

^Did I mention how Beelzebub is like the bestest girl EVER!?


Man…I am such a sucker for cute and charming anime. I’m also totally in love with the pastel theme the show has going on. I really hope we see more anime like this in the future! I know brightly colored anime has forged a pretty decent path over the last few years, but we haven’t seen to many anime shows that use soft-hued colors. Give me all the pastel colors please! That is going to do it for me this Tuesday. Thank you guys so much for putting up with me and my “one show dedicated” TTT post. I mostly write these for myself (and for satire purposes), but I also hope that these type of post encourages you all to try an anime series you normally wouldn’t. Sending lots of love from Oregon! See you all in my next one. 😉


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).