No, my pandas.

Sadly today’s post isn’t about Yuri on Ice. Sorry to disappoint y’all XD

Today is all about anime that are based on historical context! You know…anime that are loosely based around ACTUAL historical events. Yeah! Those ones!

I’ve talked about some of these anime before but not in this type of sense. Mainly I’ve just recommended them based on how good they are instead of the history behind them. BUT TODAY’S THE DAY MY PANDAS! Today is the day I recommend them based on their historical content.

*Calls up Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus* bEeP BoP bEeP BoP

“Yes…hi…Ms. Frizzle? Can you take my followers on a tour of some historical anime series? You can?! Great! Thank you so much!”

Strap in and buckle up kids! We are going on a historical anime ride!


1. Golden Kamuy

^Takes place in the Meiji Era which was named for the Meiji Emperor from 1868-1912.


2. Altair Battle of Records

^I’m guessing this anime is loosely based upon The Great Turkish War which began in 1683.


3. Saga of Tanya the Evil

^An alternate version of Europe during World War I (i.e. Nazi Germany)


4. In this Corner of the World

^Roughly ten years before and after the atomic bomb of World War II.


5. The Wind Rises

^Based on the historical figure Jiro Horikoshi would created the famous “Zero” fighter plane during the first years of World War II.


6. Drifters

^Drifters starts off with Toyohisa before his death in 1600 in the late Sengoku/Early Edo period. All the other characters in this series are based off real historical figures in history.


7. Grave of the Fireflies

^Set during the final months of World War II.


8. Joker Game

^Revolves around the World War II period in 1937.


9. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

^Based around the Rakugo time period which was developed in the Edo Era from 1603-1868 .

10. Vinland Saga

^The setting is 1013 AD England which revolves around the Danish invasion of London.


What’s your favorite anime that has historical context? Let me know down in the comments section! There are many more anime out there that have history thrown into their storylines but this is called Top Ten Tuesday for a reason. I hope we get to see more anime with historical backgrounds in the future. I’ve been totally digging them the last couple years. That is going to do it for me this lovely Tuesday. I have to get ready for work soon. I will catch you all in my next post. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas! MUAH! XOXO


(Disclaimer: All imagery and gifs come from me searching on the internet. I do not have any right or claim to them)

So here I am, sat in my hotel room in Shinjuku, Tokyo on Wednesday morning writing this post because I didn’t get to writing it before I left.

Part of the issue I had is I was unsure as to what to write about; I have plans for the next few weeks, but this was an awkward one for me. I can’t talk much about my trip because my photos are on my camera, not my phone. I’ve not been keeping up with the seasonals so I’m a little out of the loop. And lastly, I just don’t really have time for research. So here I am just writing this stream of consciousness type… thing.

The only thing I can think to do is talk about myself, and why I applied to be a part of KawaiiPaperPandas.


First of all, how did I hear of this site? Well funnily enough, Ayano was actually one of my first followers on Twitter (and I still don’t have a lot because I don’t tweet much) but I mean like first 5 people. After I looked on her profile I found the site and would occasionally dip in.

One day I found myself on her Twitter page again and saw that she was taking new writers on, (as she’d just announced Tsubaki and Alexie joining) so I thought I’d give it a crack.


Here’s the truth, I didn’t read a lot of anime blogs and I still don’t. It’s something I’m trying to get better at doing, but I spend much more time watching anime videos on YouTube. Some of you may know that I do also make videos on YouTube (currently it looks like once every 2 months but I’m trying to up the frequency).

I actually didn’t have any writing to send Ayano when I applied so I sent her a link to my Carole & Tuesday video (click here to see it) and it seemed to be good enough to get me a spot here.


So I’ve talked about how I joined but not why. Well I joined for 3 main reasons:

1. To become better at writing, I need to write every week and I strive for each post to be better than the last.

2. To become better at idea generation, this post kind of shows that I’m struggling with this but I’m working on it.

3. To make friends within the anime community. Before now, all the discussion I’d have would be with a friend when they were in a bit of an anime mood, or my occasional browse of reddit.

The 3rd point was the most important to me, because I wanted to be able to join in a conversation and not feel like I’m just skirting around the edges, occasionally adding something of no real value.

KawaiiPaperPandas has become a home on the internet for me now, the four of us talk on Snapchat pretty much daily and I’m even planning on flying over to the states later this year!


My long term plan is to keep putting everything I learn from blogging into future blogs and YouTube videos. I realise that this almost sounds like I’m planning on leaving but I’m just getting started here. I don’t see myself leaving this site for a long time, only if life takes over and I can’t find time, or if I feel like I’ve said everything I can.


In conclusion, sorry for this fountain of nonsense, I’m going to be talking about my visit to the Ghibli Museum next week so make sure to stay tuned!

-Bodell

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With the rise of isekai anime over the recent years I knew I wanted to do a Top Ten Tuesday post featuring some of my favorite other worldly ladies. I know some of my favorite anime characters come from isekai anime and I felt like today was the day to show some love to these characters! If you don’t know what the term isekai means I’ll explain it. Isekai is a genre of anime/manga in which the main character travels to another world they are not familiar with. These type of anime/manga typically revolve around fantasy and/or terror but can also sometimes be in reverse. Examples of isekai anime are Overlord, The Rising of the Shield Hero, Konosuba, and No Game No Life just to name a few.

Isekai anime has a pretty big following. Personally, isekai anime aren’t my favorite but I do enjoy them for the most part. The one I enjoy the most is Re:Creators because this is one of the few anime where they isekai aspect happens in reverse. If you have a favorite isekai anime what is it? Drop it in the comments down below! Another isekai anime I’m excited to watch in the future is the upcoming show Ascendance of a Bookworm. This show is premiering fall of this year and it looks super wholesome and cute and I can’t wait to see it.

Alright…enough of my jibber jabbering. We are here for the ladies! Let’s hop right on into this list.

(P.S. sorry if some of these gifs are grainy. They were the only ones I could find. Also…the sizing will be off as well. I hate not being able to find the same size gifs from time to time)


1. Magane from Re:Creators

^My favorite troublemaker 😉


2. Kuro from Restaurant to Another World

^The perfect character doesn’t exis….


3. Theresia from Re:Zero

^My favorite character from Re:Zero is Beatrice but Theresia is my second favorite!


4. Wiz from KonoSuba

^Wiz is my favorite out of the bunch.


5. Rem from How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

^Rem is baby and I love her so much ❤


6. Shalltear from Overlord

^Shalltear is my bisexual lover :3


7. Princess Pina Colada from GATE

^Pina is every fujoshi fan.


8. Arisa from Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody

^I wonder if we will ever see more of this show? I loved Arisa so much!


9. Melty from The Rising of the Shield Hero

^I DIE for Melty’s character aesthetic


10. Emi from The Devil is a Part-Timer!

^One anime series that will probably never get a second season


That is going to do it for me this Tuesday! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day. I got to hang out with my boyfriend and a close friend of mine. Nothing like spending quality time with the people you love. I will see you guys in my next post! Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. MUAH! XOXO


(Disclaimer: All images and gifs come from searching on the internet. I do not have any right or claim to them)

Is that time already?! Yes my pandas! It’s time for us to take a look at what is coming up for Fall watch season. I tend to do these post about half way (maybe a little more) through the previous season. I like to get them done early and out of the way as best as I can. It seems like I need to do this one early because HOT DAMN! We have A LOT of shows coming up. This watch season will definitely be bigger than my summer season. Fall tends to be that way 😀

This post will NOT include any of the continuing series or the leftovers from summer season. Those shows are My Hero Academia Season 4, Sword Art Online Alicization: War of the Underworld, Seven Deadly Sins Season 3, Food Wars Season 4, Psycho Pass Season 3, Granblue Fantasy Season 2, Dr. Stone, Fire Force, and Vinland Saga. I tend to focus on the new series airing when I write these post.

You all know how these post work by now, but if you are new here I will explain what I do. I will post the anime title, anime trailer (if I can find one), and the summary of that anime. Pretty easy peasy lemon squeezy! These are mainly written for me to keep track of the series I’m interested in watching and for you guys to get an idea of what is floating around for next watch season. So…let’s get dive into some anime shall we?!

(P.S. All of these anime synopsis’s are copied and pasted over from AniChart.net. If there are any grammar mistakes blame them XD).


1. Kabukicho Sherlock

Anime Synopsis: “The East Side of Shinjuku Ward … In the center of this chaotic neighborhood, the neon-lit Kabukicho district is expanding. Where light shines, there are also deep shadows. The curtain rises on this night stage where bizarre murders occurred! Is this suspense? No, comedy? An indistinguishable drama is about to begin….”


2. Assassin’s Pride

Anime Synopsis: “The series takes place in a world where only those from noble families have the mana to be able to fight against monsters. Kufa is a noble born to a duke’s family who is sent to tutor a young woman named Merida. If it turns out that Meridahas no talent with mana, Kufa is secretly instructed to assassinate her.” 


3. BEASTARS

Anime Synopsis: “In a world populated by anthropomorphic animals, herbivores and carnivores coexist with each other. For the adolescences of Cherryton Academy, school life is filled with hope, romance, distrust, and uneasiness. The main character is Legoshi the wolf, a member of the drama club. Despite his menacing appearance, he has a very gentle heart. Throughout most of his life, he has always been an object of fear and hatred by other animals, and he’s been quite accustomed to that lifestyle. But soon, he finds himself becoming more involved with his fellow classmates who have their own share of insecurities and finds his life in school changing slowly.” 


4. Ahiru no Sora

Anime Synopsis: “He’s short, weak, and has just transfered to a new school. Kurumatani Sora is the main character in this story who loves basketball. He has been shooting hoops ever since he was little and has been trying to grow tall just like his mother, who “used” to be a basketball player. What has happened to her and what Sora is going to do at the new school is all up to you to find out!” 


5. No Guns Life

Anime Synopsis: “After the war, there are many “Extends” in the city, people whose bodies were modified to make them into dangerous weapons. Inui Juuzou is one of them, and he has no memories of his life and body before his head was transformed into a gun. Strangely enough, his head-gun is designed so that only someone behind him can pull the trigger. Juuzou makes a living by taking on cases involving Extends in the city, and he is assisted by Mary, an intelligent young woman that he has taken under his protection.” 


6. Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!

Anime Synopsis: “When she turns ten years old, Adele von Ascham is hit with a horrible headache–and memories of her previous life as an eighteen-year-old Japanese girl named Kurihara Misato. That life changed abruptly, however, when Misato died trying to aid a little girl and met god. During that meeting, she made an odd request and asked for average abilities in her next life. But few things–especially wishes–ever go quite as planned.” 


7. Babylon

Anime Synopsis: “The suspense story centers around Zen Seizaki, a prosecutor with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’ Office. While investigating illegal acts by a certain pharmaceutical company, Seizaki stumbles across a conspiracy over an election for an autonomous “new zone” established in western Tokyo.” 


8. Pet

Anime Synopsis: “The psychic suspense story revolves around people who possess the ability to infiltrate people’s minds and manipulate memories. Their powers have been used in the underworld for covering up incidents, assassinations, and other deeds. These powers can not only destroy other people’s spirits, but also corrupt the users’ own hearts at the same time. The users had to protect their fragile and insecure hearts, as if chained to each other. They are called “pets” out of fear and despising.” 


9. Ascendance of a Bookworm

Anime Synopsis: “Urano, a bookworm who had finally found a job as a librarian at a university, was sadly killed shortly after graduating from college. She was reborn as the daughter of a soldier in a world where the literacy rate is low and books were scarce. No matter how much she wanted to read, there were no books around. What is a bookworm to do without any books? Make them, of course. Her goal is to become a librarian! So that she may once again live surrounded by books, she must start by making them herself.”


10. Mugen no Juuin

Anime Synopsis: “Manji is an immortal swordsman, who has been cursed with eternal life. He has grown tired of living with all the death he has created. He has no skills other then those of killing, thus he forms a plan to regain his mortality: he shall kill one hundred evil men for each good one he has killed. The old witch who afflicted Manji with immortality agrees to Manji’s proposition and Manji is set on his path to kill one thousand evil men. On his journey he meets a young girl, Rin, who has her own vengeance to seek against the sword school whose members slaughtered Rin’s family. Rin and Manji journey together, each hoping to find some kind of peace. In their way are many varied enemies. Rin and Manji are almost constantly under attack and must learn to live their lives, avoiding being consumed by revenge.”


Anime I want to watch but am still unsure about:

Ore wo Suki nano wa Omae dake ka yo

Anime Synopsis: “Question: What would you do, if a girl you’re interested in would confess to you? On top of that, what if there was another girl as well? A cool upperclassman adored by the whole school and your cheerful, energetic childhood friend. I bet you would be over the moon. Thing is, what if there was an unexpected problem about the contents of that confession?”


Special Crime Investigation Unit Special 7

Anime Synopsis: “Set in a different Tokyo on a different world than ours, the story follows Tokunana, a unit of assembled misfits in the Metropolitan Police Department. Tokunana battles against “Nine” — an organization commiting crimes in their zealous worship of the dragons that once roamed the world.”


Null Peta

Anime Synopsis: “The story of NullPeta follows Null, an elementary school girl who is also a genius inventor. After her older sister Peta’s death by an accident, she brings her sister back to life as “Peta Robo” using her characteristic knowledge. However, the robot sister is a little different from what she used to be….”


I’m really looking forward to No Gun Life and Mugen no Juunin! It’s also nice to see Orange Studio back in action with BEASTARS. We have a FULL lineup this time my pandas! It’s gonna be a tough one managing all of these shows. If you have looked into Fall season what shows are you most excited for? If you haven’t yet…are there any on this list that have caught your attention? Let me know all your thoughts, feelings, and comments down below in the comments section. That is going to do it for me this lovely Wednesday. I will catch you all in my next post! Remember to stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. MUAH! XOXO


(Disclaimer: All photos and images come from searching on the internet. I do not have any right or claim to them.)

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” 

We should all know this phrase by now. You guys also know I have talked about the topic of revenge a few times on the blog. Mainly, back in January when I had a post titled with this exact phrase. If you missed that post for some odd reason or are new to the blog you can check that post out here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/01/06/sunday-spotlight-revenge-is-a-dish-best-served-cold/. Just keep in mind if you haven’t seen the anime Banana Fish you might want to skip it because of slight spoilers!

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about our favorite anime characters seeking revenge. In lieu of Vinland Saga coming out for summer season (and it being the best damn anime from summer season) I got to thinking about all the anime characters that are driven by revenge in their respective series. And here we are! Sometimes ideas just randomly pop into my head and I have to write about them right away or they will disappear into oblivion XD

So without further ado let’s…get to some revenge seeking anime characters!


1. Thorfinn from Vinland Saga

^Thorfinn is a WILD fucking beast that can’t be tamed.


2. Shiro from Deadman Wonderland

^Our very own Tsubaki’s pick.


3. Avilio (Angelo) from 91 Days

^Anyone else think Aneglo might be alive still? Just me? Okay.


4. Edmund Dantes from Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo

^Twitter follower David Majors pick for today.


5. Gin from Bleach

^Twitter follower Sandra Banks favorite character seeking revenge.


6. Shinichi from Parasyte the Maxim

^Twitter follower Evil_Love13’s favorite revenge seeker. Shinichi does step it up in Parasyte and I have to give him credit.


7. Ryuko from KILL la KILL

^Ryuko was on the hunt to find out who killed her father.


8. Nine and Twelve from Terror in Resonance

^My heart 😭😭😭💔


9. Lucy from Elfen Lied

^You could had a bad bitch…but you killed her dog so she’s gonna kill you instead lololz 😂


10. Ciel from Black Butler

^I would die for Ciel 😍


Who is your favorite anime character seeking revenge? Do you enjoy anime series that revolve around the topic of revenge? Let me know all your thoughts, feelings, and comments down below in the comments section! Thank you for joining me today. I will see you guys tomorrow for the newest edition of What’s Coming Up Wednesday. We are gonna take a look at what is coming up for Fall watch season. 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.)

*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.)

(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.

Niina 2


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.” 


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