*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.

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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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Hello hello! It’s me, Alexie! It’s still Tuesday for me, which means it’s time for one of my top five lists even if it’s late at night for me! So, a quick little list of my Best Girls of 2019 thus far! Let’s get into it!!

  1. Miku Nakano–sweet, shy, history-loving, amazing Miku! Best girl material right here! Woohoo!! Sure, she’s got sisters who look just like her, but Miku is just a step above all her sisters. (Sorry, Ayano, Nino isn’t best quintuplet for me!)

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    She’s so pretty!
  2. Raphtalia–beautiful, fierce, strong, and protective. Raphtalia is cute and amazing and wonderful in so many ways. I love her and her character progression is definitely worth putting her in my top five for 2019!

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    Raphtalia being cute!
  3. Chika Fujiwara–Chika is amazing. Honestly, I don’t even know how to describe Chika, but I love her. Especially her bubbly personality and how she uses a newspaper. Chika is great!

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    Note: Don’t mess with Chika
  4. Emma–what can I say about Emma? She’s intelligent, compassionate, athletic, and a great friend. Emma’s ability to keep up with Ray and Norman, of seeing the abilities of her brothers and sisters when they’re playing games, and the way she trusts her family is fantastic. I’m sure someone else could give more on her, but yeah…

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    Lovable Emma being silly
  5. Nezuko–protective, strong, lovable, caring, cute, and amazing. Nezuko is one girl I wouldn’t want to mess with if I were a villain. She’s too powerful in my eyes. Plus she’s adorable. Nezuko is one of my favorite girls of this last year, and from what I’ve seen of Demon Slayer (I’m a bit behind), it’s a solid choice.

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    Adorable Nezuko!!

And that does it for this edition of my Top Five Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed seeing this list, and if you have any others from 2019 that you think should be in a top five let me know! I’d love to hear who you would put in yours!

 

Alexie the Great

Hello all you wonderful people! Hello Pandas! (#pandagang) Alexie here to give you another post on the fantastic KawaiiPaperPandas! This one is going to be shorter, but I think that’s fine. However, before we dive into this post, let’s give a huge round of applause and thank you to the other participants of this amazing collaboration!

Ayano of KawaiiPaperPandas–woohoo; Mel of Mel in Anime Land–hurray; Bodell of KawaiiPaperPandas–yippee; Scott of Mechanical Anime Reviews–yay yay; and Auri of Manga Toritsukareru Koto–yahoo!

If you have not read any of this collaboration, start with Ayano’s post here. After that go here. The third post is here, the fourth post is here. The fifth post is here, and the final post is here. That should get all of the suspects and their alibis in order, so you’ll be able to read this post without spoiling anything for yourself and make a decision in your head.

 

And now, the moment we’ve been waiting for: THE REVEAL!

*DRUM ROLL*….*MORE EPIC DRUM ROLL*….*SQUEALING EUPHONIUM*…..*CYMBAL CRASH*

As I went through the evidence, there was only one person who stood out–someone who wasn’t all there, someone who didn’t seem to belong as much as the others. He was quiet and kept to himself. He drank and carried a rifle–for wolves he said, but this man must have had a psychiatric problem after everything he’d gone through with these wolves he always talked about. And it looked like now he was hunting would-be heroes.

I sent a team to grab the man, who came to me with his bloodied hat off his head.

“Quent Yaiden,” I said as the team brought his forward, feet and hands tied so he had to shuffle forward. “We tested your rifle–there was powder residue, which means you fired it. We also completed the autopsy on Froppy. Turns out she’d been shot. Nobody else here has that kind of weapon with them, and we had some other compelling evidence against you. Quent Yaiden, you are hereby under arrest for the murder of Tsuyu Asui, also known as Froppy,” I said.

The man grunted and smirked as he was escorted out of UA High. “Wolves, frogs, animals…the only ones people can trust are other people and even then it’s not a guarantee they won’t stab you in the back.”

The Murderer:

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QUENT YAIDEN!!!

If you guessed Quent congratulations! You were correct! This man murdered Froppy in cold blood! Shame on you, Quent Yaiden! Good thing you actually freeze to death in the wild expanse near wolves–the beasts you swore you’d destroy!

 

Thank you for reading! And if you followed this collaboration from the beginning, thank you for joining all of us on this amazing journey! It was a blast!

 

Alexie the Great 🙂

 

Hello all you wonderful people! I’m back on KawaiiPaperPandas again! At 11am Eastern time I had no idea what I was going to write for you all today, but I think I finally figured something out. I had been thinking about what I watch as a whole and what I actually enjoy watching (as some of what I watch I don’t actually tend to enjoy all that much). Now, just because I don’t like something doesn’t mean I won’t watch it. I have a hard time dropping shows that I start because I feel like I just committed to something and I need to see it through. I will admit, though, that I don’t watch as many shows per season as most of current followers and readers on my blog (I guess that would extend to here, too) because my attention span and memory aren’t all that great. But what drives me to finish a seasonal anime?

To give you an example, during the Autumn 2018 and Winter 2019 seasons I started around sixteen shows per season. I think I finished with about five each. And that wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy the shows I started, it was simply because I forgot what days they aired, fell behind a few weeks, and then forgot about them completely until the next season started. I had a few moments where I went “Oh, X show! Wait, I never finished that did I?” I had a friend yell at me every time we saw each other because I hadn’t finished “How Not To Summon a Demon Lord” (And I still haven’t finished that…a show that aired Summer 2018. Perhaps I should finish that? Maybe…) So, with that I’ll list a few of the shows I watched during the Winter 2019 and Spring 2019 seasons (because I feel like staying in 2019) and go into why I finished a few of them.


Winter 2019:

The Rising of the Shield Hero; The Promised Neverland; Domestic Girlfriend; Kaguya-sama Love is War; Kakegurui xx; The Quintessential Quintuplets; Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka.

Is there anything about these shows that have anything in common, or is it a more balanced viewing on my part? While I will say that comedies aren’t on my usual watch-list, Kaguya-sama and The Quintessential Quintuplets were real treats for the comedy/slice-of-life-esque shows. Asuka was a total letdown in a vein of shows I have tried to get into over and over each year (the magical girl shows, just to analyze them) as the progression was blindly advancing with no real motive; and Domestic Girlfriend was my trashy anime for the season (which I loved! It was so odd and ridiculous I couldn’t stop watching).

However, the two shows that garnered the most response from me were Shield Hero and The Promised Neverland. Both were amazing in my eyes as we got to see true progression from the main cast of characters. There was a solid idea of what the characters were trying to accomplish, and villains that seemed to truly test our protagonists. Other than that, though, there wasn’t much in common with any of these shows that I can see of the top of my head.

Naofumi’s progression from a cast-aside, hate filled, Devil of the Shield character to someone who was one of the most compassionate, trustworthy, and well-rounded characters I’ve seen in a while was one of the main reasons I continued watching Shield Hero week after week (with some Raphtalia awesomeness thrown in there as well). And then there was Emma, Ray, Norman, and the rest of the children from The Promised Neverland. Each of them had their own skill set, each of them had brains and an ability to connect with the viewers in some way because of who they were, what they did, and how they acted. While I will say that later in the manga I didn’t like Emma’s character as much (I grew to like Ray more), this season of The Promised Neverland was well done in both the animation and art departments and the storytelling. Character progression made these two shows for me, and that’s saying something (as that’s primarily what I look for in watching shows) as they’ve only been around for a short time.


Spring 2019:

Bungou Stray Dogs; Attack on Titan; Kimetsu no Yaiba; Wise Man’s Grandson; Carole & Tuesday; Midnight Occult Civil Servants; We Never Learn; and some shorts…

The Spring 2019 season didn’t have as much going for it in my book as compared to the Winter 2019 season, but we did get some decent to good shows this time around. Attack on Titan came back with a bang and didn’t let up; Bungou Stray Dogs ramped up their second season with a thrilling third season that is looking to be my anime of the year contender (we’ll see how that plays out); the comedy show Wise Man’s Grandson was decent in a way, but eventually fell flat in my experience; Carole & Tuesday continued to impress me even though it was slower than the others I was watching; and Kimetsu no Yaiba…how can I put this…burned out after about ten episodes for me. We Never Learn was decent for what it was, but really it wasn’t what I expected it to be considering my friend was amping it up to be a great comedy (having read the manga).


In looking at all the shows I have listed here, is there any common denominator that kept me interested? I don’t see a solid genre of shows, so that can’t be it (although watching only a single genre in a season seems ridiculous). No, what I think kept me watching each of these shows was, for the most part, the progression we got throughout the weeks the shows aired. While I know some of the shows didn’t have as much progression, there was still some. The most interesting progression in my eyes came from The Rising of the Shield Hero, Attack on Titan, The Promised Neverland, and Bungou Stray Dogs.

What can we surmise from this list? Character progression is the key factor in making a show worthwhile for one or multiple seasons. Attack on Titan had great character development through its third season, giving us backstory we anime-only viewers didn’t know, connecting dots and going all the way back to the basement that had been denied us since season one. With the thunder spears leading off the second half of season three, we got a look at just how far the Scout Regiment was willing to go in order to take the threat of the titans away from humanity. We got a look at the history of Grisha Yaeger, the family history of Eren, and how this whole titan business started. Marley and Eldia, the political structure of the Marleyans (is that how it’s spelled?) and what they were doing to the Eldians.

Okay, and here, I do want to take a small tangent and talk about the historical aspect of this Marley vs Eldia thing. Yes, it is full of Nazism. It’s true. The Marleyans were subjecting the Eldians like they did the non-Aryans which included Jews–even German Jews; homosexuals;  Blacks; communists; Gypsies; Slavic peoples in the Balkan states and Russia; and Muslims. Is the inclusion of that a bad thing? People complain that Attack on Titan has hints of Nazism, and I’d say it has pools of Nazism. However, is that really a bad thing to add into a story if it progresses the story and gives it life? The Nazi regime and their persecution of the groups above was a true and terrifying thing, and I think Attack on Titan has every right to base a story line off it to show a newer generation just how terrifying such a thing can be. If we bury the past we’re sure to repeat the past, so Attack on Titan throwing these historical aspects into our faces is, in my opinion, a good thing.

With everything relating to the historical aspects of Attack on Titan, it grabbed my attention even more than it already had through almost three complete seasons. I’m a huge history nerd, and my grandfather was even forced into the German army to fight in Stalingrad (he was born in 1927, so he was 14-15 years old and was seeing a Jewish girl at the time) and then again at the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes in Belgium in 1944-1945, so the fact that Nazism was that prevalent in Attack on Titan grabbed my attention in a matter of seconds. (Oh, and before attack me, fuck Nazis. Fuck Nazis. They forced my family member to be a pawn in their game at a young age–which is a personal hatred–and have no moral standing in the world at all because they’re sick, twisted, and subhuman. Fuck Nazis…) I also studied the political time frame of German history between 1918-1950 in school, so it’s something I sort of enjoy.


Anyway…on a topic other than Nazism and Germany, Bungou Stray Dogs was simply one where the story continued to surprise me. The different abilities of the Armed Detective Agency and Port Mafia, the character progression in how they all used their abilities, the undermining and backstabbing that went into each group prevalent in the show, the relationships each character had with another cast member (it was almost like you could match them up with one other and be like “yeah, they’re opposites”) and having to work together to take out a common enemy? Everything about Bungou Stray Dogs made me want more as the season progressed. And let’s not forget Akutagawa working with Atsushi again…because that was epic as can be.

In Bungou Stray Dogs, I think it was the detective aspect and the way that the different groups went about trying to outsmart each other with their collective minds that sealed the deal for me. We had so many intelligent cast members vying for control of Yokohama, different plans being set in motion, and everything coming together to derail what was an uneasy alliance between two hated groups that realized if either one was going to survive they needed to work together. Plus, the fight scenes are top notch.

I will say that Bungou Stray Dogs and Attack on Titan were my favorite shows for the Spring 2019 season, and I think the reason behind that is how much progression we ended up getting. Each of the shows that I saw this last season had some progression, but none could match the depth of these two shows in their third seasons. Is that a fair metric? Probably not as the characters have been around for years while the newer anime have just started, but still. I think there’s an ability with Attack on Titan and Bungou Stray Dogs to make us care so much about the characters and their well being that none of the other shows I watched cared to dive in to.


Character progression is the main reason I watch an anime. If there is nothing going on between the characters and the plot to drive it forward then what’s the point of watching? Characters drive plot and plot drives characters. It’s a balancing act that demands each portion’s attention. If the characters are failing but the plot is progressing and seems like it should be great, then is the anime good? If the plot is failing but characters are great and interaction between them is fantastic and enjoyable, is the anime worth watching? Some might say yes, as one can outperform the other and make for a good anime, but the truly phenomenal anime are ones were the characters and plot are driving each other through conversations, through group actions (Attack on Titan), through flashbacks (Bungou Stray Dogs), and with a villain that is pronounced and well-rounded in itself.

I do believe that without character progression a show is not worth my watching. And that’s because I’d rather not get a progressing story with a stagnant character. Now, I will be fair here and say that what I mean isn’t like the isekai genre’s level-up thing where the character progresses in skill points and abilities or whatever, but as a character. Is she a hard-ass who finds a soft spot for a younger boy and raises him to become just as badass as her? Does she free slaves and take out slave owners? Is she helping to protect a group of people from a tyrant? If the lead does not grow emotionally then I do not see a point in watching a show that could have been touted as an adventure story, or action story, or whatever.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what drives me to finish seasonal anime. The progression of our characters.

Thanks for reading!

Alexie 🙂

 

Hello all you wonderful people! I hope you’ve all been doing well. Anyway, I’m back with the Panda Gang for my slotted Monday post! Let’s hop into this one as it’s something I’ve wanted to talk about but never have before–at least not on WordPress.

 

So, obviously, Haikyuu!! is my favorite sports anime, but I’ve never stated why it’s my favorite. There have been many sports anime, and when I say that I mean MANY. MAL has a list of 666 title under their Sports Anime category (so, does that mean sports anime are the devil?) I don’t watch many sports anime, but for some reason Haikyuu!! stuck with me. I’m even reading the manga! Anyway, back on track. Why is Haikyuu!! my favorite sports anime? The characters’ interactions and growth, the way the sport is played out, and it’s intensity and playfulness mix.

 

 

Character Interactions and Growth:

I think it’s fairly obvious what this means, so I’ll skip that. However, when we first start Haikyuu!! volleyball is just something that our main protagonist Hinata is fascinated by. He saw a player from Karasuno High School on tv and wanted to be like him because the player was extremely short and volleyball is for tall people. Now, that’s all great and whatnot, but in the real world, volleyball is really for tall people. It’s almost impossible for shorter people to win any games against players who are close to seven feet tall (or two meters tall).

Hinata got a team together, lost a match against the person who would become his rival (Kageyama) and the typical shounen thing started. MC and rival, blah blah. The two meet at Karasuno High School and join the volleyball team. And then the character interactions begin in full.

Through three seasons of Haikyuu!! we got characters that are quiet (like Kenma and Tsukki) but they’re also some of the smartest players in the show. Kenma and Tsukki’s abilities to see how their opponents are playing and adapt their respective teams to situations is remarkable. It shows leadership and an ability to react to situations on the fly. What I really like about these three seasons of Haikyuu!! though, is that the teams mirror each other. The hot-heads of Karasuno don’t get along with other hot-headed players we come to meet, yet there is also a respect for each other because both teams know that without the opposing side they wouldn’t be nearly as good as they currently are.

There’s the positional battles of the show, too. Kenma of Nekoma is a setter just like Kageyama is a setter for Karasuno. They subtly play against each other, trying their best to one-up the other and get an advantage. There’s the middle blockers of Tsukki (Karasuno) and Kuroo (Nekoma) going toe-to-toe with each other, and other spikers as well (Asahi of Karasuno and Bokuto of Fukurodani).

We get almost an entire season of training between seeing Karasuno practice by themselves and then them being invited to the Tokyo training camp by Nekoma that it’s truly possible to see the growth in each character depending on what they were practicing, who they were playing, and how they reacted to their teammates and rivals at the time. The most amazing acts of character growth came during this training camp, as the simple conversations between teams connected with the players and they seemed to become even fiercer rivals. The Nekoma/Karasuno rivalry (or, Battle at the Trash Heap) became one for the ages.

Still, though, while the teams’ personalities sort of mirrored each other, it was nice to see that each team had characters with differing personalities. Instead of getting static characters to fill a large cast we’re given fleshed out backstories to some characters, clear goals for others that are being driven toward, and goals for the first years that have been stated since the beginning. Everything seems to be completely separate but when you look at the fact that volleyball ties them all together, they bounce off one another, encourage each other to become better, and help people when they’re down.

haikyuu karasuno and nekoma
STARE DOWN!

 

The Way The Sport Is Played:

Sports anime take liberties, I know that much. While I haven’t seen many sports anime in recent years, I saw enough in the years before Haikyuu!! to realize that there seemed to be some supernatural aspect to the anime that took away from what it actually was–a sports anime. Kuroko’s Basketball and Prince of Tennis are two shows that had certain aspects which took away from the sport being played. There were odd abilities in Prince of Tennis that didn’t make any sense with laser noises and yellow lines, and Kuroko’s Basketball had some awkward nuances with how the characters moved and passed and shot the ball that didn’t feel natural. Plus the different colors the show had when things happened based on who had the ball took away from what was actually happening on screen.

In Haikyuu!!, though, there was almost none of that sort of thing. Sure, some of the ways the characters were able to react to the ball, or control just how they were going to toss and hit the ball didn’t make much sense (like Kageyama being able to completely stop the ball while tossing to Hinata is physically impossible), but what I would think as 95% of the show seemed completely viable from a player’s standpoint.

The show went through all six positions on the court, and even had the ability to show how the middle blockers rotate out from the back row after serving. The libero (Nishinoya, my spirit animal) took over for the middle blockers on the back line, and we even got to see the DS (defensive specialist, aka Daichi) in action taking only a back row role. With every aspect of the show the positions played a role, and the physical abilities of the characters were an important aspect. Daichi got hurt when he collided with Tanaka and had to step out for a while. Tsukki got hurt in season 3 when his hand was cut and had to go out for quite some time. The injuries are real, the players need to recover from them for however long it takes.

Also, the way the ball is hit is actually pretty real as well. Float serves actually do react in the air like that some times (not every time, but some times), and being able to attack the way Karasuno does is a truly viable way of going about winning a point. However, Nekoma’s way of being a true defensive team and keeping the ball alive until the other team makes a mistake is also a way to play volleyball, but it’s much harder in the long run and you need an insane amount of stamina to continually bend your knees like they do.

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The Intensity Mixed With Playfulness

Now, the above portion of this post went into how the game is played and seems to be more true and real than other sports anime. That actually goes into the next part of why Haikyuu!! is my favorite sports anime. We mix the two previous portions into one. It’s an intense show when the characters are playing the sport with the characters berating each other and joking, but outside of the sport, the characters’ personalities are on full display. We have Nishinoya and Tanaka being ridiculous and protective of the “eye candy” of the show; Kageyama and Hinata messing with each other because they trust each other so much; Daichi’s seriousness in trying to control his team when they completely disobey what he tells them; and to top it all off, a coach that is kind of too laid back but who also wants the best for his team and players.

 

Now, sure, most sports anime may be super similar to Haikyuu!! in the fact that what I’ve listed above happens in most of them, but I think Haikyuu!! did a better job than the other sports anime I’ve seen. With everything mixed together and fairly solid animation, especially in the close-ups, Haikyuu!! has solidified itself as my favorite sports anime in recent years.

Oh, also, uh…the OPs and EDs are pretty freaking great to top it all off!

October should be pretty cool, too, right? We have more Haikyuu!! coming in some form! I can’t wait! I’m really hoping it has something to do with the national tournament that the manga has been covering. That would be freaking sweet!

 

If you enjoy sports anime: do you have a favorite? I’d love to find out, so let me know in the comments!

 

That’ll do it for me today, everyone!

Thanks for reading!

Alexie 🙂

 

 

Bonus points to anyone who can guess the meaning behind my title today. I’ll give you a hint: it’s from a skit that was once featured on MadTV.
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How about now? Ah…good times revisiting this skit XD

Yup! Today is all about up-dos. Specifically my favorite guys who have ponytails in anime. This was mainly inspired after re-watching Drifters with my boyfriend on Saturday. This is also ties in quite nicely to my androgyny post I did a little while back. If you haven’t read that blog post yet you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/05/14/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-an-ode-to-androgyny/.

I will also be working on some post for PRIDE month in the near future. Not sure when I can get these out considering I started my new job this week. My schedule will be a bit different now because I will be working evenings/nights instead of days. I’m sure I can work something out! I make no promises though.

Let’s work these up-dos and get to today’s list!


1. Yoichi from Drifters

^The boy who inspired this post. Yoichi is best boy in this series! ❤


2. Soo Won from Yona of the Dawn

^One of my all time favorite characters I love to hate and hate to love.


3. Kuroh from Project K

^Kuro looks good with his hair up or down. HE CAN DO NO WRONG.


4. Yato from Noragami

^Yes…I know Yato doesn’t have a ponytail anymore but DAMN. Can we just admire when he DID have one? Yato is a beast.


5. Uta from Tokyo Ghoul

^I’ll take one Yuta with a side of ghoul please.


6. Nezumi from No. 6

^Love this series oh so much and I love Nezumi as well :3


7. Yuliy from Sirius the Jaeger

^Newest member to join the cool kids ponytail club.


8. Jae-Ha from Yona of the Dawn

^If Soo Won deserves to be on this list so does Jae-Ha!


9. Mikleo from Tales of Zestiria the X

^Just look at how cute he is guys! LOOK AT IT!


10. Worick from GANGSTA

^Worick’s ponytail makes him all the more attractive in my opinion 😉


Who says guys with ponytail’s can’t be cute, or sassy, or handsome? You just gotta know how to work that up-do ladies and gents! Whose your favorite anime character that rocks a ponytail? Did any of them make today’s list? Let me know in the comments section below. That is going to do it for me this Tuesday. I’ll see you all in my next post. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. MUAH! XOXO


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The seven deadly sins.

And no…I’m not talking about the anime series. I am talking about the seven deadly sins, also known as the cardinal sins, which are the grouping/classification of vices within Christian teachings. These sins are Pride, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Wrath, and Sloth. All seven of these sins are often thought to be abuse or excessive versions of one’s natural faculties or passions.

As my lovely friends over on Wikipedia write, “While the seven deadly sins as we know them did not originate with the Greeks or Romans, there were ancient precedents for them. Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics lists several positive, healthy human qualities, excellencies, or virtues. Aristotle argues that for each positive quality there are two negative vices that are found on each extreme of the virtue. Courage, for example, is the human excellence or virtue in facing fear and risk. Excessive courage makes one rash, while a deficiency of courage makes one cowardly. This principle of virtue found in the middle or “mean” between excess and deficiency is Aristotle’s notion of the golden mean. Aristotle lists virtues like courage, temperance or self-control, generosity, “greatness of soul,” proper response to anger, friendliness, and wit or charm.”

If you want more of a history lesson on the seven deadly sins you can head on over to Wikipedia to read more or check out this website dedicated to all of the sins: http://www.deadlysins.com/. Or if you are feeling extra lazy and don’t want a complete history in regard to this subject you can check out the anime Nanatsu no Taizai (The Seven Deadly Sins) for a more entertaining form of education based around these sins. Ooorrr if you are looking for something more entertaining with some fan service you can check out the anime Sin: Nanatsu no Taizai (Seven Mortal Sins) for a sexified version of these sins 😉

But I am here to bring you guys a collab, not a history lesson. Today’s collab is with none other than Alexie the Great! Yes, that’s right my pandas. Alexie and I are back at it again. We are here to discuss which anime characters would embody each sin if given the opportunity. Down below you will find an explanation of each sin, Alexie’s character choice for said sin, and my character choice right below his. So…let’s get to sinning! (P.S. all of the explanations of each sin will be from Wikipedia cause I’m a lazy asshole today and don’t want to summarize each one in my own words XD)


Lust: Lust, or lechery, is intense longing. It is usually thought of as intense or unbridled sexual desire, which leads to fornication, adultery, rape, bestiality, and other immoral sexual acts. However, lust could also mean simply desire in general; thus, lust for money, power, and other things are sinful. Lust, if not managed properly, can subvert propriety.

Alexie’s Choice: I almost went with Sanji from One Piece here, but that seems too easy a pick to be honest. So, who else could be considered Lust in anime? Perhaps Jiraiya could be considered lustful? He’s also an easy pick for lust, but seriously, both of these characters are lustful for women. Maybe they need to battle. Who wins? You decide!

Ayano’s Choice: I had a tough time on how I wanted to categorize my choice for this sin. In all retrospect, Elsa from Re:Zero could also be placed under Gluttony and Greed, but I went with Lust because, not only is Elsa ungodly sexy, but she is also lustful for disemboweling her enemies.  Elsa personality and character traits scream all three of these sins, but Lust seems to have more of an edge when it comes to her. Elsa is also a battle maniac in the series, and does not hesitate to injure herself when she is fighting opponents. I feel like she has a lust for battle and her persistence on cleaving through the abdominal region with the intent of tearing out her target’s bowels seems pretty lustful to me.


Gluttony: Gluttony is the overindulgence and over-consumption of anything to the point of waste. The word derives from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow. In Christianity, it is considered a sin if the excessive desire for food causes it to be withheld from the needy. Because of these scripts, gluttony can be interpreted as selfishness; essentially placing concern with one’s own impulses or interests above the well-being or interests of others.

Alexie’s Choice: Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Okay, while Luffy’s gluttony might not be a sin, I literally couldn’t think of anyone else for this one. Luffy is a glutton for sure, he’ll eat and eat and eat, and hates not eating…so there’s that. Oh, except for this scene here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lB0aJokDc7Q Want to be sad? Watch that. Or you know…if you don’t understand Luffy’s gluttony.

Ayano’s Choice: Honestly, Ban from the Seven Deadly Sins is known as the Fox sin of Greed, but I would take him more so as a glutton for punishment. To me, he is more gluttonous than anything. His selfish ornate desire to bring back Elaine is what drives him throughout the series. Sure he has shown us some aspects of greed, but his selfish desire is reckless and impulsive. While Ban loves all the members of his party, especially Melidos, his interest for raising Elaine from the dead comes before anyone else’s well-being or interest. That is literally the definition of Gluttony.


Greed: Also known as avarice, cupidity, or covetousness, is, like lust and gluttony, a sin of desire. However, greed (as seen by the Church) is applied to an artificial, rapacious desire and pursuit of material possessions. Hoarding of materials or objects, theft and robbery, especially by means of violence, trickery, or manipulation of authority are all actions that may be inspired by greed.

Alexie’s Choice: Naofumi. Yep, I’m going with the controversial Shield Hero here. In my eyes, he is greedy. Sure, he was treated like shit as soon as he arrived and he made matters worse with his reactions to the king of whatever-the-fuck-country-it-is (I don’t remember the name, obviously), but what happened after that? He doesn’t like people and extorts, or extorted, them for as much money as he could. He did what he had to in order to survive as the “Devil of the Shield,” but come on! He was all “This is my money, I deserve to be treated like X and given Y,” or whatever it was. Now, he has grown in the 30+ episodes we have, but Greed was something that Naofumi embodied in the early stages of the show. I’m sure someone can add more to this, or even refute it, but I still see Naofumi as a greedy POS.

Ayano’s Choice: I definitely think of Charioce from Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul when I think of the sin Greed. Charioce was revered as a powerful and influential King over his kingdom. Hell…his own people even feared him. Charioce will also do anything to eliminate his enemies who stand in his way. We also see how stoic he is throughout the series, only truly showing his more gentler side when he is with Nina. I had a love/hate relationship with Charioce throughout the whole season of Virgin Soul. He was one King you didn’t want to piss off!


Sloth: Refers to a peculiar jumble of notions, dating from antiquity and including mental, spiritual, pathological, and physical states. It may be defined as absence of interest or habitual disinclination to exertion. Sloth has also been defined as a failure to do things that one should do. By this definition, evil exists when “good” people fail to act.

Alexie’s Choice: Nezumi (The Rat) from Juni Taisen. Okay, here’s the Rat for you: “I sleep about sixteen hours a day and only do what I need to do in order to survive.” Okay, okay…there was more to his sleepiness than what I’ve said here, but…Sloth. That’s it. He’s totally Sloth.

Ayano’s Choice: How could I not choose Houtarou from Hyouka for Sloth? The kid lives by the motto of “conserving energy.” He’s calm, passive, and never likes to exert effort on anything unless it is absolutely necessary. While most of the time he can be perceived as lazy or unmotivated, Houtarou is surprisingly smart and clever.  I find it kind of funny that no matter how hard Houtarou tries to conserve his energy, he always manages to waste more throughout the anime.


Wrath: Can be defined as uncontrolled feelings of anger, rage, and even hatred. Wrath often reveals itself in the wish to seek vengeance. In its purest form, wrath presents with injury, violence, and hate that may provoke feuds that can go on for centuries. Wrath may persist long after the person who did another a grievous wrong is dead. Feelings of wrath can manifest in different ways, including impatience, hateful misanthropy, revenge, and self-destructive behavior, such as drug abuse or suicide.

Alexie’s Choice: Laughing Coffin Guild in Sword Art Online. Okay…I know this isn’t a single character, but come on! In a game where if you get killed you die in real life these guys decided to become a PK (player-killer) guild. You could literally be a shop owner, or be training to become part of the front lines, or whatever you wanted if it was viable within Aincrad and these guys think, “Yeah, let’s murder people.” If killing isn’t wrathful I don’t know what is. Sure there are better choices for this, but Laughing Coffin came to my mind for some reason and I think they fit.

Ayano’s Choice: I was going to go with Bakugo from My Hero Academia on this one, but Bakugo doesn’t have the same hatred that Tomura has in the series. Tomura’s personality is sinister and has warped into something I can only imagine. The dude literally doesn’t even care about his own life. He has no qualms about killing any of the students throughout the show, as he hates everything that breaths. He is arrogant, demanding, and angry at the world. I guess that’s why everyone calls him a “man-child” because he likes to throw tantrums like a child. We all know how much Tomura wants revenge on the Pro Heroes Association and All Might. He is the perfect character for the sin of Wrath.


Envy: Like greed and lust, is characterized by an insatiable desire. It can be described as a sad or resentful covetousness towards the traits or possessions of someone else. It arises from vainglory, and severs a man from his neighbor. Malicious envy is similar to jealousy in that they both feel discontent towards someone’s traits, status, abilities, or rewards. A difference is that the envious also desire the entity and covet it. Envy can be directly related to the Ten Commandments, specifically, “Neither shall you covet … anything that belongs to your neighbor”—a statement that may also be related to greed.

Alexie’s Choice: Darcia from Wolf’s Rain. Yep, what was his main goal again? Oh, right! His goal was to have what the wolves Kiba; Tsume; Hige; Blue; and Toboe have and control Cheza. Darcia hated not having his own way of reaching the so-called Paradise that the lunar flowers lead to—if you could fucking smell the things—and did everything he could to have what our protagonists had. He wanted Paradise, and eventually there was a point where he knew that the wolves and Cheza’s reaction to them were the only way he was going to reach that Paradise if he could.

Ayano’s Choice: I mean…is there a more obvious choice other than Yuno Gasai for this sin? Yuno is the envious of all envious when it comes to Yuki. The bitch murders people who get too close to Yuki and no one can stop her. SHE MURDERS HER OWN DAMN SELF so she can be with Yuki in another alternate timeline. That is some sick, twisted, and envious shit if you ask me. Yuno is definitely the sin of Envy and no…you can’t change my mind.


Pride: Pride is considered, on almost every list, the original and most serious of the seven deadly sins: the perversion of the faculties that make humans more like God—dignity and holiness. It is also thought to be the source of the other capital sins. Also known as hubris (from ancient Greek ὕβρις), or futility, it is identified as dangerously corrupt selfishness, the putting of one’s own desires, urges, wants, and whims before the welfare of other people. In even more destructive cases, it is irrationally believing that one is essentially and necessarily better, superior, or more important than others, failing to acknowledge the accomplishments of others, and excessive admiration of the personal image or self (especially forgetting one’s own lack of divinity, and refusing to acknowledge one’s own limits, faults, or wrongs as a human being).

Alexie’s Choice: Ino (The Boar) from Juuni Taisen. Queue “my father won the last Juuni Taisen twelve years ago so fuck you…I’m going to win this entire contest like he did.” The Boar of Juuni Taisen was simply pride incarnate; she was so sure of herself and her no-reload dual machine guns that the thought of losing didn’t even cross her mind. She was going to win and that was that, end of story. Remind me of how well that worked out again?

Ayano’s Choice: Satsuki in Kill la Kill is prideful to say the least. She is intelligent, calculating, unwavering and iron-fisted. I guess you have to be if you want to have the whole school wrapped around your finger. In order to rule the school Satsuki believes that the weak and foolish must be kept under ordinance. Satsuki is pragmatic and determined, but she is not heartless. She is willing to cast her pride aside when the occasion arises in order to secure victory over others, even if that instance threatens her life. Satsuki believes that great causes are born from personal desires. It was great to see Satsuki evolve and change throughout the series. Her pride turned into something more soft and palatable. Great character development on studio Triggers part.


We made it to the end of the list! What is your favorite sin out of the seven deadly sins? Do you agree with some of the choices mentioned above? Who would you place under each sin? Let me know all your thoughts, opinions, and comments down below in the comments section! A big thank you to Alexie for joining me on this collab. It is always a pleasure to work with you. I hope we get to continue to collab together in the future! 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 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).