So this post was planned to go up on 31st October as part of the KawaiiPaperPandas Spooktober Spooktacular but as Robert Burns said in his 1786 poem, To A Mouse, “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft a-gley” or translated from Scots to English, “The best laid plains of mice and men often go awry”.

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Something that truly terrifies me is the idea losing grasp of myself and the reality around me. The idea that what I percieve as truth may in fact be a lie or a construct of someone else’s imagination, and this is something that the late anime director Satoshi Kon explored in two of his films, Paprika (2006) and Perfect Blue (1997). Kon is one of my favourite anime directors, and this is because his films force me to question my own perspective on morality and reality. For example, Tokyo Godfathers (2003) questions the moral choice between returning an abandoned infant to a mentally unfit parent, or raising the child without the resources to provide a good quality of life for them. This is all veiled by a comedic and Christmassy tone in a cold and crazy Tokyo winter.

But back to the main point of this post, the terrifying reality of a chaotic lack of reality. Paprika explores the blurring lines between dreams and real life as the characters become less and less able to grasp what is real or fake around them, and if they are ever truly awake. This film has a much lighter tone, but the existential dread of this nihilistic concept really reverbirated throughout my body during my first watch of this feature. But when this is twisted into a horrifying and psychological theme, you can truly experience that raw terror that the concept presents.

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I was inspired to talk about this when watching an episode of Black Mirror called ‘Playtest’ with my sister a few weeks ago. The episode follows a man who goes to test a new piece of gaming software that layers a game over reality (basically like some crazy augmented reality equipment) and throughout the episode we see him slowly lose grasp on reality, and the first thing that came to mind was Perfect Blue.

If you haven’t seen Perfect Blue (and you should do so if you haven’t, it’s a masterpiece), it follows a J-Pop idol singer called Mima as she retires from idol work in order to persue a serious acting career. This causes a backlash from her fans who begin to rebel against the change and an imposter begins posting very personal information about her online which causes her to question whether her public persona is acting on its own as she spirals into insanity, all whilst being followed by a dangerous and murderous stalker.

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The truly terrifying aspect to Perfect Blue is that it’s more relevant now than its initial release with the growth of and wide usage of the Internet, with everyone having different personas on different social medias. For example, in the flesh, I don’t act or dress as a weeb. I don’t hide the fact that I watch anime but I don’t talk about it all the time, I don’t buy much anime merch (in fact I only have one figurine that I won from a machine in Japan). But on KawaiiPaperPandas, Twitter, and YouTube, I’m openly a weeb and work that into my online personality. I know that this example is not as extreme as what is presented in Perfect Blue but the point is that in this age of online conversation people develop different personalities for different online groups, and whilst I don’t lie about who I am, there are portions of myself I hide from you, and portions I hide from my friends in real life.

Another aspect I find terrifying (that is raised in the episode of Black Mirror is the truth that there are people out there that experience confusion with their reality via demmentia and alzhiemers, something I’ve experienced first hand with my own grandparents. The fear of forgetting who I am or portions of my life and living a confusing existence is something I genuinely am scared of and hope I never have to go through.

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Out of his small library, what’s your favourite Kon work? Also does this aspect of Perfect Blue terrify you? Let me know below!

-Bodell

Hello my pandas and welcome to a very spooky collab with our one and only Alexie the great! As you all know I have been tailoring my Top Ten Tuesday post to coordinate with the month of October and spooky season, but I knew I wanted to do a collaboration with someone for Halloween as well. And here we are!  Today Alexie and I are bringing you some horror cliches that you would typically see in movies, but we thought this would be fun to do with anime characters instead. I’m sure if you are a horror fan like myself you know what type of cliches I am talking about. You know…cliches such as the girl tripping and falling as the killer is chasing her or two characters who are about to have sex but they are caught by the killer before they get a chance to bone. Yeah…those cliches XD

Speaking of horror movies…what movies have you watched so far this Halloween season? My boyfriend and I have watched Thirteen Ghost, In the Tall Grass, Blade, Constantine, Terrifier and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Trying to get in at least one more movie before Halloween is officially over. If you are dressing up for Halloween what are you gonna be? I wanna know and if you have pics I wanna see! Make sure you are following me on Twitter at paperpandabears if you aren’t already. If you guys haven’t caught on this month Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love looking at everyone’s costume choices. Tag me in those pics peeps!

Our list of horror themed cliches are as follows:

  • Most likely to die before/during sex
  • Mostly likely to fall/trip while being chased/running away
  • The first character to die
  • The character who knows how to outmaneuver the killer
  • The character who calls out for help or says hello into the darkness
  • The character who runs on the road while being followed by a car
  • The character who drops the keys at the most crucial moment
  • The character who hides in the closet from the killer
  • The character who suggest splitting up
  • Last character to survive

Let’s get to our choices!


1. Most likely to die before/during sex

Alexie’s Choice: Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion

^Because…fuck you Shinji.

Ayano’s Choice: Chisato from Testament of New Sister Devil

^This one is pretty self explanatory if you have seen this anime XD


2. Most likely to fall/trip while being chased/running away

Alexie’s Choice: Yui from Angel Beats

^Stop trying to be a rock star and JUST. RUN.

Ayano’s Choice: Usagi from Sailor Moon

^Sorry Usagi! But we all know how clumsy you are…you gonna die lololoz


3. First Character to Die

Alexie’s Choice: Shizuka from High School of the Dead

^She’s just an idiot with big boobs..so we all know she’s gonna die first.

Ayano’s Choice: Mumen Rider from One Punch Man

^Mumen tries so hard but we all know he would die first.


4. Character who knows how to outmaneuver the killer

Alexie’s Choice: Shiroe from Log Horizon

^He’s a literal genius from the top guild so of course he’s gonna beat the odds against a killer.

Ayano’s Choice: Sora & Shiro from No Game No Life

^These two could outmaneuver anyone if they put their minds to it.


5. The character who calls out for help or says hello into the darkness

Alexie’s Choice: Mineta from My Hero Academia

^Scared shitless and while trying to figure out what’s going on he’d be dumb and ask a questions.

Ayano’s Choice: Atsushi from Bungou Stray Dogs

^I think Atsushi would be naive enough to call out to the killer if put in the right situation.


6. The character who runs on the road while being followed by a car

Alexie’s Choice: Hinata from Haikyuu

^The kid is an idiot who will run in the most obvious spot just because it’s there.

Ayano’s Choice: Shamiko from The Demon Girl Next Door

^Shamiko loves running away from her problems so she would probably run away from a killer driving a car.


7. The character who drops the keys at the most crucial moment

Alexie’s Choice: Naruto from Naruto

 ^He freaks out and then decides to get serious…but the dude is forgetful as fuck.

Ayano’s Choice: Tohru from Fruits Basket

^Tohru is another person who seems like she would drop the ball at the most crucial moment.


8. The character who hides in the closet

Alexie’s Choice: Aqua from Konosuba

^ Clumsy and a stupid crybaby who wouldn’t think before hiding.

Ayano’s Choice: Zenitsu from Demon Slayer

^We all know how much of a scaredy cat and crybaby Zenitsu is.


9. The character who suggest splitting up

Alexie’s Choice: Jean from Attack on Titan

^Horse-face is an idiot who doesn’t know how to lead and complains about stuff. Always keep a solid formation though!

Ayano’s Choice: Hiro from Darling in the FranXX

^I mean…that’s basically what Hiro suggested towards the end of the series am I right?


10. Last Character to Survive

Alexie’s Choice: Sasuke from Naruto

^ Sharingan and also an epic ninja. Plus reincarnation so…super OP.

Ayano’s Choice: Saya from Blood C

^Of course Saya would be the last one to survive…she’s THAT BITCH.


Bonus Cliche: Character who turns out to be the surprise killer

Alexie’s Choice: Kirito from Sword Art Online

^Kirito would be brainwashed into thinking everything was VMMORPG and would make the perfect killer since he thinks everything is virtual reality anyways.

Ayano’s Choice: Naofumi from The Rising of the Shield Hero

^Can you imagine if Naofumi…who worked so hard to untarnish his reputation…was like, “sike bitches…I’m actually the killer.”


There you have it my pandas! Some fun Halloween horror cliches that we all know and love from spooky movies. What is your favorite horror cliche in movies? Which characters would you pick for the cliches we listed above? Let us know in the comments section below! Remember to get your post in for Jon’s Creator Showcase by Wednesday. I will be posting the showcase on Thursday just in time for Halloween. Thank you for joining us today! We appreciate your continued patronage on our site. I will catch you all on Tuesday for our last Top Ten Tuesday post of Spooktober. Remember to always stay kawaii and cuddly my pandas. MUAH! XOXO


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Today’s post will be the scariest post from me during the spooky season. And what’s scarier than real life. Today’s topic will be a very dark subject of Japan’s darkest moment in history. 

   This post will talk about horrific events that happened during WWII. So read this if you can stomach it. This is your WARNING. 731-640x375

   Today I am talking about the infamous Unit 731 known as the Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department. Lead by Shirō Ishii, this unit specialized in biological weapon testing. What they did was torture and killed a ton of people in a very horrible ways for research. Up to a half of a million people were killed. There were many horrible experiments they conducted. And they referred to the human subjects as “logs”. The human subjects ranged from criminals and war prisoners to infants and pregnant ladies. Here are some of the experiments they have done.

  1. Vivisection: were they dissected people still alive and awake and removed organs of the test subjects. They removed limbs and reattached them to different parts to see if the body will reject it. 
  2. Biological testing: they would make affect many people with bubonic plague, anthrax, and many other different biological diseases. 
  3. Weapon testing: they would use people as live dummies to see how different weapons affected them. 
  4. Random things: put people in low pressure rooms and have their eyes explode out their heads. Fill their kidneys with horse urine. Put air bubbles in their veins. Burn them. Ect
  5. Frostbite experiments: one of the creepiest and most fucked up thing they did. They would wet their test subjects and freeze their limbs and start slamming the limbs with sticks and other things to see if the limbs were frostbitten and if they would feel it. Sometimes the limbs would shatter like ice.

 

 I’m leaving out what they did to women because it’s way too fucked up to talk about. 

   The most horrific thing is that after the war, The US gave immunity to a lot of the researchers that were part of Unit 731 in exchange of all the research documents they had from the experiments. Dark and fucked shit the US did back then. 

   War is a scary and ugly thing and the secret things we find out later really is dark and frightening. So much is hidden from us and it’s always the most frightening things. Monsters, ghosts, aliens, curses, and demons are scary, but the scariest thing is humans. 

   I know that today’s post was really dark, but it’s a historical thing that happened, that a lot of people have never heard of. Next week’s post will be on the lighter side of horror. Plus on Halloween I’ll be posting a Japanese horror story that I’m writing that takes place in the 90’s Japan. 

   Thanks for reading and have a great day. 

-Tsubaki Kuro

This month I’ve talked about an anime so scarily bad that it made me laugh and a manga so eerily creepy that it sent shivers down my spine, so I’d like to take a step away from anime and manga to talk about a slightly lesser discussed medium on KawaiiPaperPandas… live-action film. Yes, that’s right people, there are forms of entertainment out there with real people acting in it on screen (I know, crazy right?).

I’ve always been a bit of a film lover, but despite this there are two genres I’ve never been too bothered about: horror and comedy. I’ve mentioned that I haven’t seen a lot of horror in pretty much all my posts but I’ve not talked a lot about comedy. A lot of the comedy films we get in the UK are American Hollywood comedies, and whilst some are actually quite funny, I’ve grown out of the sense of humour they present. There are some British comedies I love, like the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the DeadHot Fuzz, and The World’s End), but I was quite dissatisified with the genre as a whole.

And then I discovered Taika Waititi.

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Taika Waititi is a filmmaker, actor, and comedian hailing from New Zealand, his most famous film being Thor: Ragnarok (he also played Korg, everyone’s favourite rock man). However, it’s October and we’re talking spooky stuff, so as much as I’d like to talk about Thor: Ragnarok or Hunt for the Wilderpeople, I’ll be talking about his comedy mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows which was born from the concept of ancient vampires living in a flat together in 2014 New Zealand.

It’s a bit of a stretch to refer to the film as horror, but it takes stereotypical horrifying beasts and villains such as vampires, werewolves, and zombies, and shows them in a new, interesting light.

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The film shows the vampires dealing with mundanities such as arguing over washing dishes, going to social events, and trying to fit in with current fashion, as well as facing issues liking finding thralls to do work, finding virgins to drink the blood of, and avoiding vampire hunters. This all from the point of view of a camera crew that have been given special permission to film these events without being eaten by the vampires the story follows. Does this film sound batshit crazy? Yes. Is it fucking brilliant? Absolutely.

My favourite character is definitely Stu; a regular, awkward, unassuming guy that just chills with the vampires for no real reason other than they like having him around. He doesn’t really do or say much, but this just adds to the complete absurdity that the film already presents and it’s a refreshing experience in this age of constant shitty Hollywood comedies being churned out.

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That’s best boy, Stu, in the middle

If you want a new, interesting, film to watch this Halloween, I’d thoroughly recommend this film in between your spooky and scary films, especially if you’ve seen any other of Waititi’s films and enjoyed them.

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What’s your favourite horror/comedy film? What We Do in the Shadows has recently had an American TV series released and has been renewed for a 2nd season. I’ve been sceptical to watch it for the reasons stated above, but it does have Matt Berry in it which always helps.

-Bodell

 

I’m going to open this honestly and say that horror isn’t a genre I consume very often. I’ll occasionally watch a film here or there with some friends, but when it comes down to it, horror doesn’t really scare me… so what’s the point? Well I bought a single volume manga a few months ago from my local weeb shop and it was fucking creepy. And as it’s October, the spookiest of all months, I suppose I’d ought to talk about my experience with the creepy horror manga known as Ibitsu, illustrated and written by Haruto Ryou.

I’m also going to admit that I read this a while ago and was going to read it again this week, but my brother forgot to bring me the book when he visited me at university last weekend, and I’m shit at time management so never got around to finding it online (I hate reading manga on a screen anyway). Anyway, let’s get into it!

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Ibitsu follows Kazuki Itou and his terrifying encounters with an otherwordly entity going by the name of Remina Kanbe. The story begins when Itou is returning to his apartment after going shopping, and on his way home he sees a tall dirty lolita sat in a pile of bin bags, holding a broken umbrella and a filthy teddy. What’s even more off-putting is the fact that it looks as if her arms have been slashed open and sewn back together. Itou tries to ignore the girl, but she simply asks “Do you have a younger sister?”. Reflexively, Itou responds that he does and then leaves the creepy girl to it. When he lookds outside from his apartment… the girl is gone. In his next interaction, the girl forces herself into his apartment so she can wash Keiichi – her stuffed rabbit.

It doesn’t take long for an urban legend to reach Itou… the legend of a strange lolita girl that asks a passerby a question, and if they answer, she will become their younger sister and eventually… they will die a “twisted” death.


The story continues as this lolita slowly forces herself further and further into Itou’s life, even trying to kill his real younger sister extremely early in the manga, terrifying her to the point that she pisses herself… and then attempts to ‘clean it up’ by ironing her special lady parts. At this point we’re only in chapter 3 of 15, so you can imagine just how fucked up this manga actually gets.

But what makes this manga creepier than any other random horror manga? Maybe it’s just my lack of exposure to horror manga in general, but there was something off about this manga from the moment I opened the book for the first time. There was a weird energy about it, and it sent a chill up my spine. The character of Remina is tall and intimidating, and sometimes the lines she’s rendered in are chaotic and unburdened by sanity.

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I really recommend this book if you want to experience some fucked up shit this October. I really enjoyed my read through and can’t wait to go back through it again this Halloween. Let me know what your favourite horror manga is, or even just the one that creeped you out or scared you the most.

-Bodell

 Ahhhhhhhh yeah, it’s Halloween season. Spooky season is now. My favorite season as a horror fanatic. So this month all posts will be spooky themed and on Halloween I will post a horror story. I will gradually post in spookiness. So today will be the least spooky but the “most” realistic. Cus what’s more horrific than relationships, to be more exact, the horror of cheating.

 

 

  Today will be kinda different cus I will be talking about Japanese video game. Catherine/ Catherine Full Body (the new remake, with added things). There will be slight spoilers, so don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled. I won’t spoil the ending, cus there is multiple. DwkYIlHU8AUnuNL

   I have played the original Catherine but not Full Body, cus my PS4 died. But I would recommend it. It’s fun and scary. 

  So what is the story of the game. Well you play as an unfortunate man named Vincent Brooks who recently has been having bedwetting nightmares. You have a girlfriend named Katherine. Who is thinking about getting married with you. But you don’t think you should. So that night you are at the bar with your friends and they leave you alone. A hot blonde named Catherine joins you at the table and flirts with you. You wake up the next morning, with her naked next to you. Yup, you slept with her. So you make decisions on what you want to do. Will you cheat some more, or be faithful, or go for both. And in Full Body there is another choice, the piano and neighbor Rin who has a secret. All your choices have consequences.

 

 

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   So I’m sure y’all wondering, Tsubaki, how the fuck does this have anything to do with horror. Well, this game gives you the psychological horror of cheating on your girlfriend. The guilt, the horror of getting caught and worse. Also every night you get sent to this nightmare realm where you must climb this tower of traps and blocks to escape. And if you die, you die for real. You are surrounded by sheep people and then find out that its a curse that people who cheat get. And there are times that some huge demon chases after you while you frantically climb. It really gets your heart pumping. Catherine-Full-Body-Screenshots-15

  As someone who has had friends cheat on their girlfriends, it’s a scary thing in real life. Seeing them get caught, fuck. It ain’t pretty. Shit got real and shit exploded. Just witnessing it made my heart pound, imagine going through it. Oof. 

    The point of this blog to just recommend a fun “horror” Japanese game without spoiling too much but to also talk about the horror of cheating. 

Also Rin is best~

 

 

   Sorry for the slight horror piece, next week will be even better 😈😈😈. I’ll give you a hint. The main character has three versions.

Hope you all have a great day and have have a spooky time.

-Tsubaki Kuro

Hello you wonderful pandas, and welcome to October… or should I say Spooktober? Here at KawaiiPaperPandas, we’re only writing about spooky shit all month! Something tells me Tsubaki will be in his element this month with all the weird and wonderful stuff he writes about! Also, please check out Ayano’s pinned tweet here and join in our 30 Day Spooktober Challenge. Without further ado, let’s get into something I wanted to write about for today.

The prompt for Day 2 of the 30 Day Spooktober Challenge was as follows: least favourite horror anime. Now I haven’t seen that much horror anime, and I’m not a massive fan of horror in general. Saying that, the only anime I could think of was a 2017 series called King’s Game or Ousama Game in Japanese.f93fed24fab3b7e9a4b23cb375e7eac51507190163_main


King’s Game is a bit weird because it fucks around with its source material a fair amount. You see, King’s Game is a manga series written by Nobuaki Kanazawa and illustrated by Hitori Renda, but it also has a sequel and prequel manga, both still written by Kanazawa, but with different artists. The prequel manga is kind of irrelevant in terms of the anime adaptation, but things get a little weird when you realise that the anime is adapting both the original manga and the sequel (titled King’s Game: Extreme). In fact, even though the anime is called King’s Game it is more an adaptation of Extreme.

Okay let’s backtrack a little here so this makes more sense. King’s Game is a manga series based on a twisted version of a Japanese party game where every player will draw a number, bar one who draws a king. The king can then issue commands like “player 6 must kiss player 2” and if they refuse to do so, they face a punishment. In the King’s Game manga, an entire class receives a text giving them commands and threatening to punish them with death. This turns the series into a dark survival horror where the players much do increasingly difficuly and terrible things in order to survive. Doesn’t this sound really fucking cool? Well yeah, and I’d heard good things about this manga and so I sat down to watch the anime adaptation as it aired.

It was shit.

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Let’s go back to what I said earlier about it adapting both arcs of the manga. King’s Game, the anime, begins with a student called Nobuaki Kanazawa (I wonder how the author came up with that one) transferring to a new school, and not long after the titular game begins. The only thing is that it is made apparent that the main character has been through this all before, the reason for this is that we aren’t seeing an adaptation of King’s Game, but of King’s Game: Extreme. This gets even more confusing when the anime begins to flick back and forth between the two portions of the manga to explain what Nobuaki is referencing in the core story. We see that Nobuaki is horrified, but also frustrated that his new classmates won’t listen considering that he’s been through this before. The problem is that we, the viewer, don’t know that story and struggle to align with him and end up seeing both stories play out at the same time.

This is also a show that suffers from a large, bland cast of boring characters and I literally don’t remember any of their names, and I certainly didn’t know there names as I watched the series week by week. This is made worse by the fact that there are two stories unfolding at once, both consisting of a class worth of characters each, and the main character is in both so you forget where the fuck you are.

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After a while, I just came to the series for a laugh as its extremely serious tone mixed with its baffling terrible timing just kept me laughing constantly. Maybe Seven, the animation studio, should just go back to making hentai and leave the rest up to people that know what they’re doing.


Unfortunately, I’ve run out of time to shit on this anime, considering this post is already a day late. What’s your least favourite horro anime? Make sure to post it in the comments and also on Ayano’s twitter thread and answer as many daily prompts as you can if you’d like to join in! Next week I’m going to be posting about a very creepy manga series that I recommend you read if you want a shudder down your spine.

-Bodell