Hello my beautiful pandas!

Summer season is in full swing and the weather has been heating up. For today’s Top Ten Tuesday I am bringing you guys another follower based post. That’s right! This post is going to be chalk full of YOUR summer time anime recommendations. You can think of this as, “what anime makes you think of summer?” listI actually did one of these list back in 2017, but I think it’s time for a little update. If you want to check out my personal summertime recommendations from then you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2017/06/03/anime-seriesmovies-that-remind-us-its-almost-summertime/.

Speaking of summer…this years summer anime season has kicked off with a BANG! I am definitely more intrigued with this years summer season than last years. I thought last years season was okay, but got kinda bored half way through the watching period. I don’t think I’ll have any trouble like that this year! Current favorites (so far) include To the Abandoned Sacred Beast, Fire Force, Dr. Stone, O Maidens in Your Savage Season, and Vinland Saga. Still waiting on a few other shows to kick off but these are my top choices currently. And can I say that Vinland Saga having Survive Said The Prophet doing the opening song and Aimer doing the ending song is FREAKING AMAZING?! WHAT A POWERHOUSE OP AND ED FOR A SERIES. I don’t know if anything else will top those two this season. I do also like the opening song for To the Abandoned Sacred Beast as well. What is everyone enjoying thus far? Any stand out shows for you personally?  Let me know in the comments down below.

Alright…enough chit chat! Let’s get to these summertime anime recs.

1. Harukana Receives

^As recommended by Lynn from The Earth Lynn.

2. Squid Girl

^As recommended by Nerdy Ginger Girl.

3. Tsuritama

^As recommended by Thorkell from oppaiofsteel.

4. Grand Blue

^As recommended by Neko-chan from Nekochan211.

5. Waiting in the Summer

^As recommended by Infinite Zenith.

6. Free!

^As recommended by our very own Alexie the Great.

7. Keijo!

^As recommended by our very own Tsubaki.

8. A Lull in the Sea

^My own personal favorite summertime choice ❤

9. Sakurada Reset

^A new recommendation from me!

10. Dagashi Kashi

^A new summertime rec as recommended by me!

Honorable Mentions:
Fairy Tail
Summer Wars
My Hero Academia
Hotarubi no Mori e

That is going to do it for me this lovely Tuesday afternoon! What is your favorite summer time anime? What anime makes you think of summer? Let me know all your thoughts, opinions, and comments down below. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. I’ll catch you all in my next post. MUAH! XOXO

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).

We are gonna just jump right into this post! I don’t have a lot of time before work and I need to get this to you guys ASAP. I mean…I put it off for long enough. You all know how my rating system works for wrap-up post. If you don’t you can always check out last seasons rating post here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/03/30/winter-anime-wrap-up-dear-winter-im-breaking-up-with-you-its-time-for-me-to-start-seeing-spring-season/. It’s pretty easy peasy lemon squeezy. I state what anime I watched, rate it on a scale from 1 to 10, and simply state whether or not I would recommend it to you guys. These post are mainly for people who don’t watch seasonal anime. That way many of you can pick and choose which shows you would like to watch next or put off for what seems like an eternity until you have time to watch it XD

Let’s get to it my pandas!

1. Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3

Studio: Bones
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Mystery, Super Power, Supernatural, Seinen
My Rating: 10 out of 10 for sure! This season was so much for to watch.

2. Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2

Studio: Wit Studio
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Military, Mystery, Super Power, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10. This second part definitely bumped AOT higher up on my ranking list.

3. Demon Slayer

Studio: Ufotable
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Demons, Historical, Shounen, Supernatural
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10. My favorite out of all the new stuff that came out for spring season.

4. Fruits Basket *2019 Edition*

Studio: TMS Entertainment
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Shoujo
My Rating: 9 out of 10 for all the feels and nostalgia.

5. Carole and Tuesday

Studio: Bones
Source: Original
Genres: Sci-Fi, Music, Drama, Romance
My Rating: 8.9 out of 10. The music, the animation, the characters…it’s all be super fun to watch Carole and Tuesday grow ❤

6. The Rising of the Shield Hero (Leftovers)

Studio: Kinema Citrus
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
My Rating: 8.8 out of 10. Ready for season 2 already! A beautiful ending for a harrowing journey. *bumped up from last seasons wrap-up*

7. Dororo (Leftovers)

Studio: MAPPA, Tezuka Productions
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Samurai, Shounen
My Rating: 8.8 out of 10. So glad Hyakkimaru got everything back and Dororo grew up into a gorgeous lady just like her mama :3

8. Ao-chan Can’t Study!

Studio: Silver Link
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Romance, Ecchi, Shounen
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10. This was a super cute and super fun short to watch!

9. One Punch Man Season 2

Studio: J.C. Staff
Source: Web Manga
Genres: Action, Comedy, Parody, Super Power, Supernatural, Seinen
My Rating: 8 out of 10. Felt like this season was dragging a bit in the story-line department. Spot on with the comedy though! Same old Saitama 😛

10. Midnight Occult Civil Servants

Source: Manga
Genres: Mystery, Demons, Supernatural, Fantasy, Shoujo
My Rating: 7.9 out of 10. Really enjoyed this anime more than I thought I would!

11. Wise Man’s Grandchild

Studio: Silver Link
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Action, Comedy, Magic, Romance, Fantasy
My Rating: 7.8 out of 10. Cliche from time to time but still worth the watch. The comedy was pretty good too.

On Hold

Fairy Gone


Cinderella Nine
Kono Oto Tomare! (Sounds of Life)

And there you have it my pandas! My wrap-up for spring anime season has finally been posted. Whew! That is a wright off my shoulders. What anime was your favorite from spring season? What was your least favorite? Did you drop any anime or put any on hold? Let me know down in the comments section below! That is going to do it for me today. I will catch you guys in my next post! 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. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

Yes! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about YOU. You (as in my followers) who suggested your favorite cute anime series over on Twitter. I asked and you guys delivered! I did my own personal version on this topic awhile back. It was all about cute anime girls in series (in which you should watch all of the shows from which these cute girls come from because they are totes adorbs). You can check that out here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/04/09/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-cute-girls-make-the-world-go-around/. But I wanted to make a list of all of your suggestions today! Remember if you aren’t following me over on Twitter you can do so here: @paperpandabears. So without further ado let’s get into some cute anime series!

1. K-On!

^As suggested by Nora from Ano_Nora.

2. My Love Story

^As suggested by Scott from Mech Anime Review.

3. How to Keep a Mummy

^As suggested by Irina from idrinkandwatchani.

4. Comic Girls

^As suggested by Crow from CrowsAnimeWorld.

5. Nisekoi

^As suggested by Makhail from sideofmakhail.

6. New Game

^As suggested by Ramondo from ramondonascime4.

7. As Miss Beelzebub Likes

^As suggested by Josie from itsaanimething, myotakuanime, and GalvanicTeam.

8. Fruits Basket

^As suggested by Kam from starlithearts.

9. Is the Order a Rabbit?

^As suggested by Sam from NerdyPerspectiv.

10. Tanaka-kun is Always Listless

^As suggested by Leth from Lethargic Ramblings.

Other shows mentioned:
Yuru Yuri
Love Live!
Yuri on Ice!!!
Made in Abyss
CardCaptor Sakura
Sweetness and Lighting
Hanamaru Kindergarden
Kaguya-sama: Love is War
Ouran Highschool Host Club
Love, Chunibyo and Other Delusions

That is gonna do it for me today my pandas! What are some of your other favorite “cute” anime? Did your favorite(s) make the list today? Let me know all your thoughts, opinions, and other randomness down in the comments section below. Thank you for joining me today. I put off writing my spring anime wrap-up last week, but it WILL be up this week. I can promise you that much! Until next time…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. If I find any links I will always post them (this usually entails fan art or any other work affiliated with an artist).

Henlo my pandas! Welcome to another exciting Top Ten Tuesday post. Today we will be covering my favorite opening and ending songs from spring anime season *2019 edition.* I usually don’t make these type of post into Top Ten Tuesday blogs, but the opportunity presented itself today so I decided to roll with it! Spring anime season is coming to a close and summer season will be here in FULL force. I’m sad to see spring season go but that’s just the nature of the game. If you missed my post on what I’ll be watching for summer anime season you can check that out here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/05/29/whats-coming-up-wednesday-summertime-and-the-livings-easy/

We had some KILLER opening and ending songs for spring. Some of the best so far! You can say a few of these OP’s and ED’s will be getting my vote in our next WordPress Anime Awards. Yes! That is going to happen again this year! We are only half way through the year, but this girl is already preparing for the next installment of the awards. You can never be too prepared! I am hoping to have a voting webpage for you all to vote on instead of doing the normal voting polls like we did last year. We need something a bit more clean and streamlined. I think it will also be easier for the judges to share a link to a webpage rather than a blog post since I know a lot of people don’t use WordPress regularly like us bloggers. We’ll get something worked out 😉

Also! Be sure to keep an eye out at the end of the week for my spring season anime wrap-up. I’ll be getting that written up here shortly. That being said…let’s get to these opening and ending songs shall we!

(P.S. These will be in no particular order. Just my five favorite opening songs and five favorite ending songs)

1. Opening Song “Wonderful Wonder” from Ao-chan Can’t Study!

^Not gonna lie…this is actually my favorite opening this season! It’s so GOD DAMN CATCHY!

2. Opening Song “Setsuna no Ai” from Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3

^Uhhh…can I just rock out to this song like every single day of my life?! It’s soooo effing good!

3. Opening Song “Again” from Fruits Basket


4. Opening Song “Gurenge” from Demon Slayer

^LiSA can do no wrong! And this opening proves that.

5. Opening Song “Kiss Me” from Carole and Tuesday

^I love how everyone instantly fell in love with this OP…myself included ❤

6. Ending Song “Lily” from Bungou Stray Dogs

^The perfect ending song when an episode lands on a cliffhanger.

7. Ending Song “Hold Me Now” from Carole and Tuesday

^Hands down my favorite ending song of the season! This song is such a bop.

8. Ending Song “Atashi ga Tonari ni Iru uchini” from The Rising of the Shield Hero

^The visuals…the song…ahhhh it’s so pure and sweet and I can’t handle it.

9. Ending Song “Lucky Ending” from Fruits Basket

^I just wanna listen to this on a bright sunny day while swaying in the breeze.

10. Ending Song “Name of Love” from Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2

^Really have to give it up to Attack on Titan this year. This ending is BEAUTIFUL.

Honorable Mentions:
Opening Song “Knock on the Core” from Fairy Gone
Opening Song “Faith” from The Rising of the Shield Hero
Opening Song “Dis-communicate” from Midnight Occult Civil Servants

Ending Song “From the Edge” from Demon Slayer
Ending Song “Love is Miracle” from Ao-chan Can’t Study!
Ending Song “Yamiyo” from Dororo

And there you have it peeps! So many great songs for this season. Like…I didn’t think there would be that many. What were your favorite openings from this season? What were your favorite endings? Let me know down in the comments section below! Thank you for joining me today and listening to some kick ass anime tunes. Nothing like listening to some great opening and ending songs to get you through the day. That is going to do it for me this Tuesday afternoon. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. MUAH! XOXO

Disclaimer: All imagery, photos, and videos 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 Father’s Day everyone! Or should I say…Happy Zaddies Day!

You may be wondering what the heck a “Zaddy” is. Well, I am here to tell you my pandas! A Zaddy is a guy who’s attractive and fashionable, with swag and sex appeal. This term is usually used to describe an older attractive male. Think of it like a “silver fox” sort of thing. This term has been popping off on social media for the last few years and I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon. So instead of just doing a normal Father’s Day post for you all, we are going to go through some anime characters I consider Zaddies. We gotta keep things fresh and interesting around here! 😉

(P.S. Some of these characters might be Dad’s and some of them might not be. We are going based off looks/personality)

(P.P.S Sorry if some of the gif sizes don’t match today. Had a hard time finding ones of equal size)

1. Akio from Clannad

^We love an overprotective father in anime.

2. Aizawa from My Hero Academia

^Aizawa can be my Zaddy any day ❤

3. Joichiro from Food Wars

^We all know where Souma gets his personality and cooking skills from 😛

4. Fujitaka from CardCaptor Sakura

^We have an OG Zaddy in da house!

5. Victor from Yuri on Ice

^Victor is an ice skating GOD.

6. Kohei from Sweetness & Lightning

^Kohei and Tsumugi must be protected at ALL cost.

7. Kousuke from Hitorijime My Hero

^Think I need to rewatch this series since I own it on BluRay.

8. Yukichi from Bungou Stray Dogs

^Yukichi and and Mori-san battling it out in the next episode of Bungou is going to be the DEATH of me XD

9. Klaus from Kekkai Sensen

^Klaus is a battle master Zaddy.

10. Azazel from Highschool DXD

^Excuses me while I make my way down to Hell :3

That is going to do it for me! I hope you guys have a wonderful day celebrating your Dad or whoever has supported you throughout your younger years. Single Mom’s also count as Dad’s! They work doubley hard to provide for their kids when no one else will. I won’t be able to see my Dad this weekend because my family lives a ways away, but I will be celebrating with my boyfriend and his Dad. I will catch you all in my next post. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. 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).

Hey, hey, hey! Welcome to my second post for PRIDE month. Where my bi-sexual peeps at?! Today we are going to be going over an updated list of bi-sexual characters in anime. I actually did a list like this last year. If you want to check that list out you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/06/26/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-it-aint-no-lie-baby-im-bi-bi-bi/

You guys voted over on Twitter and I am here to provide! I’m just awesome like that 😉 Before we get started with this post I would like to take the time to say something. If you are struggling with your sexual identity (trying to figure out where you belong in the LGBTQAI+ community) and you believe you are bi-sexual I want you to know this: You are VALID, you feelings/emotions are REAL, and you do BELONG in the LGBTQAI+ community. Being bi-sexual and being in a hetro-normal relationship doesn’t make you ANY LESS queer. You are simply YOU whether or not you decide to date a male or female, or both. Just remember being bi-sexual is how YOU view yourself and your sexuality is your OWN. Take control of your identity any which way you like ❤

Now that is out of the way…let’s get to some kick ass bi-sexual anime characters! 😀

1. Shalltear from Overlord

^It’s no wonder Shalltear is my favorite character in Overlord :3

2. Ash from Banana Fish

^Ugh…my heart

3. Revy from Black Lagoon

^One anime series I still haven’t seen.

4. Leeron from Gurren Lagann

^Leeron always cracks me up XD

5. Haruka from Sailor Moon

^We have an OG bi-sexual in da house!

6. Kanji from Persona 4: The Animation

^I really only know the Persona 5 characters. Sorry Kanji 😛

7. Yuri from Yuri on Ice

^A precious cinnamon roll me must protect!

8. Sakura from CardCaptor Sakura

^We LOVE a girl who swings both ways.

9. Clow Reed from CardCaptor Sakura

^I’m just gonna assume that everyone in CardCaptor Sakura is a little bit gay at this point lolololz

10. Haruhi from Ouran Highschool Host Club

^Oh look! Another anime series I haven’t seen yet. Maybe I’ll get to this one after Revolutionary Girl Utena.

And there we are! An updated list of bi-sexual characters in anime. Did your favorite bi character make today’s list? If not, who is your favorite bi character in anime? Let me know all your thoughts, opinions and comments down below. Thank you for joining me today. I will catch you all in my next post. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. 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).

Happy PRIDE month my pandas! We have made it to June once again and you know what that means right? RAINBOWS FOR DAAAAYYYYSSSS.

Well…until the end of the month that is!

I want to say before we get started with this post that I feel like this topic has been done a multitude of times before. This is merely my interpretation of how I feel about LGBTQAI+ representation in anime. A lot of the Yaoi/Yuri shows I enjoy have negative connotations within them, and I love them on their own terms, but I DO NOT condone any of the thematics within these shows in the real world. This usually entails mental/sexual abuse, very large age differences/gaps, stereotypes, or using being “gay” as a joke because the person is unsure about their sexuality/might be confused. As a person who is bi-sexual myself, this post is mainly to have an open and honest discussion about the good representation in anime and the bad representation.

Whew! Now that the disclaimer is out of the way let’s get to chatting!

LGBTQAI+ representation in anime/manga is utterly important and something we need to see more of in the industry. Sure, we have some great queer anime out there already but that isn’t enough. I want people to know that hetero-normative relationships aren’t the only relationships that matter. Representation matters. Queer people/relationships matter. You and your sexuality, whatever it may be, matters.

I think that’s why many people have pushed the idea of having more queer representation in anime/manga over the last few years. Sexuality is a vast spectrum that isn’t limited to just being straight or gay. What about representation for people who are asexual, pansexual, or people who don’t claim any sexuality at all? At the moment I cannot name one anime that has a character who is asexual or pansexual. I am sure there are anime out there that do have these type of characters, but for me personally, I can’t think of one right now.

Many of us struggle with our sexuality at a young age. Some really early on, while others start to identify more so in their teen years to early twenties. I think I realized I started liking both sexes when I was about 7, but I had no idea what that meant. Hell…I didn’t come out till just a few years ago, but deep down I always had this feeling I liked both guys and girls. I just didn’t want to admit it to myself. This is why I believe queer representation in anime/manga matters. Scratch that! Why it should matter in ALL forms of media.

We learn by doing, seeing, feeling, hearing. That is just human nature in itself. Yes, anime/manga can have a deep impact/impression on a person’s facade/how they develop as a person, but it is also that person’s job to decipher wrong from right. This mainly applies to queer anime/manga that has poor representation of gay characters.  Some anime/manga with controversial queer representation are Dakaichi (I’m being harassed by the sexiest man of the year), Netsuzou Trap, Citrus, Scum’s Wish, Super Lovers and Junjo Romantica. There are a few more, but we would be here all day if I decided to talk about them all. I picked these specific ones because many of the feature elements like sexual assault/abuse, gas-lighting, poor portrayal of female on female/male on male relationships, age gaps (where the relationship feels/is forced), and other bad relationship habits. I feel like for the most part you can watch these shows/read the manga and appreciate the content, but you have to realize these types of relationships are over exaggerated for cause and effect. THESE ARE NOT HEALTHY, STABLE RELATIONSHIPS AND SHOULD NEVER BE PRESENTED AS SUCH (in terms of adapting personal attributes/habits to reflect onto your own relationship(s) with others).

But no all queer representation in anime/manga is bad! We have some great series out there that do get the “gay” thing right. Some of these include Bloom into You, Sailor Moon, Yuri on Ice, Banana Fish, Doukyuusei, Revolutionary Girl Utena, Wandering Son, Miss Kobayahi’s Dragon Maid, Sweet Blue Flowers and My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness. Many of us want positive representation of queer characters because we want author’s/creator’s to go beyond normal “gay” tropes. We also want them to stop using people’s sexuality as a tool for sating their gay or lesbian fantasies. I actually touched base on the more “sexualized” side of yaoi/yuri anime/manga back in 2017. You can read that article here if you like (it also has information on the terms yaoi/yuri): https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2017/08/13/senpai-satur-eh-sunday-oops-time-to-be-gay-for-a-day-just-kidding-im-gay-all-the-time-and-you-might-be-too-if-you-like-yaoiyuri/.

Another great point for queer representation being important in anime/manga is to normalize the idea that being gay is okay. We will never get past it if people don’t understand or see these type of people as individuals. It’s uber important to teach adults and kids to see queer relationships not as jokes, but as natural. Queer representation in anime/manga is already treated a little differently as is, now it’s time to normalize it in all aspects. There was a great article on Pride’s website titled, “We Need to Talk About the Way Queerness is Portrayed in Anime” that I think you all should read.  You can do so here: https://www.pride.com/geek/2018/3/09/we-need-talk-about-way-queerness-portrayed-anime.

As the article states above, “deciding whether or not anime characters are queer is up to how the viewer defines queerness.” That is 100% correct my friends. My definition of queer isn’t going to be the same as Jane Doe’s or anyone else’s for that matter. You are the one who gets to decided what anime/manga represents your ideals and beliefs. That’s the wonderful thing about free will. You are allowed to pick and choose as you please, without anyone else telling you what you should or should not do. My level of gayness isn’t going to be seen as the same level of your gayness, and my idea of queer representation isn’t going to be the same as yours. This is all left up to the consumer to decide what they believe to be “gay enough.” But the choice is yours and yours alone! What type/level of queer representation you decide to watch/read is where you feel most comfortable.

I want to end this post on a positive note. Consume material you feel represents the best possible version of yourself. Even if that show/manga has opposing views to your own, use it as a learning experience. Treat everything you read/view as a tool for creating a better version of yourself. Learn from the mistakes within a series to your advantage. No one is perfect, nor will they ever be perfect. Many of these series, whether good or bad, will never be a hundred percent correct. Simple enjoy the material for what it’s worth. Remember to always do what makes YOU happy, not anyone else.

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).