It seems in this day and age everyone wants to know what everyone’s favorite anime is. We are constantly bombarded with the idea that there can only be one true “favorite” anime of all time, but if you are a die hard anime fan quite like myself, then you know it is no easy task just picking one favorite. Sometimes when you can’t quite narrow down your selection to one answer people will then reach for the “what’s your top ten anime of all time then?” question. Incidentally enough, this seems like a more plausible question for an otaku to answer but again, I digress, it really isn’t. I have actually went over this topic before a while back on my blog. There is no “real/true” way to narrow down your “top ten favorite anime of all time” simply because there are too many anime series that are consistently pumped out each year. The anime/otaku community is always evolving, always changing, and always coming out with new media for the consumer to enjoy. There is no way in hell that my “top ten favorite anime list of all time” is the same now as it was two, five, or even ten years ago.

What you can be sure of as an anime fan is what anime you might consider masterpieces. The definition of a masterpiece is “a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.” I decided to ask some of you guys over on my Twitter your definition of a masterpiece. This is in the context of what criteria an anime might contain in order to be considered a masterpiece or in the generalization why someone might consider an anime series a masterpiece. Sam from A Nerdy Perspective claimed that impact on the viewer is important. That “if a series has amazing characters, stories, etc and it leaves me with the feeling of never being able to have that same amazing experience again with another show” then that anime is a masterpiece. Scott from Mech Anime Reviews felt the same way as Sam, saying “I don’t think it’s any criteria, but if a person finishes a show and they get the feeling of *I will never watch a series like this ever again,* then that show might be in the realm of masterpiece. Zenith from Infinite Zenith believes a masterpiece anime should have the ability to “dramatically change my world-view or personal beliefs by presenting thematic elements in a compelling and detailed manner or be sufficiently engaging and well written as to help me gain perspective on a problem relevant to me at the time of watching.” A few other people touched on the topic of story/character relatability and being able to watch something over and over again. It’s safe to assume that for an anime series to be considered a masterpiece it must impact the viewer in some way, shape, or form on a deeper level.

I definitely agree with all of my fellow companions. A masterpiece, to me, is a series that I relate to on a profound personal level, it sways me emotionally (ex. makes me laugh, cry, smile, feel disdain for certain characters, etc), adds to my ideology of world-views, and is compelling enough to keep me engaged/interested in the story, characters, the setting, and what is to come/happen in the series. An anime series doesn’t have to be completely flawless, it can have hiccups here and there, but as long as the story/characters are engaging enough then I am completely satisfied. I have stated this a few times on my blog before but when it comes to anime I am NOT the harshest critic out there. I tend to go a little easier on anime series and anime films. Don’t get me wrong…there are some anime out there that I dislike but my likes list outweighs my hate list. I’m trying to critic anime from a more general perspective as I continue to grow my blog, but I would much rather write about other analytical things than anime reviews and or shit on anime for the views. *cough cough*

Before we jump into today’s list if you want to read the post I mentioned above you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2017/08/22/topic-tuesday-do-you-think-its-possible-to-narrow-down-anime-seriesmanga-to-a-favorite-top-ten/. I wrote this blog back in 2017, but I feel like the context is still relevant to this day. Also this list will be in no particular order and will not include films because I feel like anime movies are in their own category. I will just be listing all the anime I consider masterpieces as I see fit. So let’s do the damn thing!


1. March Comes in Like a Lion

What can I say about March Comes in Like a Lion that hasn’t already been said before? This show is a masterpiece. There is no doubt about that. This show is very similar in style to Nana and Honey & Clover (which are listed down below). I guess you can say the story-telling formula is almost identical in a way (with a lighter note on the romance). This is one anime series you cannot pass up. I highly encourage anyone who hasn’t seen this show to watch it. Like seriously…drop what you are doing and go watch it. You can thank me later.


2. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu is a slow-burner anime. The very first episode of this series is 45 mins long. I have noticed a trend of longer first episodes over the last couple of years. This can also be said of the new anime The Rising of the Shield Hero, which is currently airing as I write this. I feel like a lot of people passed up on this anime because the first episode was so long. That and this anime is also more historical based and it might not suit everyone’s taste. But I promise you this anime is oh so worth it! It’s got drama, it’s got history, and it even has a little bit of romance thrown into it. It is one I think (almost) everyone can enjoy.


3. Nana

The GOAT of all drama anime. I literally cannot describe in words how much Nana means to me. I finally got around to watching it a few years ago and I was kicking myself for not watching it sooner. That is one thing 2000’s anime does flawlessly; the portrayal of the human condition is perfection. This is one of the very few anime I consider to be faultless. It’s a shame that the manga will probably never be finished due to Ai Yazawa’s health. I still wish her all the best ❤


4. Honey and Clover

I actually just finished Honey and Clover a few days ago. I pretty much feel the same way about this series as I do Nana. While it started off a little crazy the ending of the anime left me a little bittersweet. I wish the ending was just a tad stronger/differently, but everything else was stupendous! The characters, their journeys together, the story-telling…everything was perfecto! If you enjoyed Nana as much as me I suggest checking out Honey and Clover as well!


5. Violet Evergarden

I don’t think I need to say much about Violet Evergarden considering I did a WHOLE episode by episode review of the series last year when it came out. My episode by episode reviews are quite long, but it gives you a lot of insight and how I was feeling while watching the show each week. If you want to check out those post you can start with episode one here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/01/11/violet-evergarden-episode-1-first-impressions/.


6. Bungou Stray Dogs

Bungou is a new love of mine. I mean…how could you not love an anime that brings together kick ass anime characters based off of real life author’s and their respected works?! It is inevitably one of the most creative anime done in a very long time. The series as a whole is impeccable and the Dead Apple movie just adds to the repertoire of badassery. If I could give this series a higher score instead of just a measly 10 I would!


7. Land of the Lustrous

I’m probably a little bias when it comes to Land of the Lustrous. That’s probably due to me being a HUGE fan of the manga series. I literally recommend the manga to anyone who is looking for something new to read. This show is spectacular because of the fluid and beautiful use of CGI. I also wrote a very informative article on why Land of the Lustrous has set the standard for CGI use in anime. If you want to read that post you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/08/30/why-orange-animation-studio-has-set-the-standard-for-cg-cgi-in-anime/.


8. Nagi no Asukara

Nagi no Asukara has been one of those anime series that resonated with me the moment I watched the very first episode. I actually watched this series on a whim one day when I was cruising through Hulu a few years back. More recently I found myself taking chances on anime I have never heard of and its been paying off! I wrote a blog post last week about Doukyuusei (which I also happened to watch randomly one night) and I couldn’t believe I missed out on this short film back when it was released in 2016Sometimes finding new anime series to watch by accident or while randomly scrolling through sites/streaming platforms can make your anime viewing experience that more pleasurable. Take a risk and watch that show!


9. Natsuyuki Rendezvous

This anime. I could write a novel on what this anime means to me if it really came down to it. I won’t do that right now though (cause who has time for that? Am I right? :P) This anime series scores okay on My Anime List at a 7.33 out of 10. Most of us would consider that fair to middlin in the anime realm. To me, this anime is a 10 out of 10. Natsuyuki Rendezvous shook me to my very core. I watched it during a dark time in my life. I was trying to overcome the death of a close friend, navigating why no one wanted to date me, and overall just unhappy with where I was at in life. I latched onto this series because I could relate to it on a personal level. There was so much hurt and anguish and pain that came from this series story that I relished in it. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Maybe one of these days I’ll sit down and write a blog post about it, but for now if you are struggling like I was then maybe watching this series will give you some sort of comfort or even help overcome what you are going through. Watch it.


10. Golden Kamuy

Welcome the newest member of the masterpiece club…Golden Kamuy! What pushes this series over the edge is the second season. My goodness! This anime is one hell of a ride. The voice actors, the characters, the shenanigans that ensue over the course of two seasons is impeccable! I cannot fathom a better crew than the kids in Golden Kamuy. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again…Golden Kamuy has one of the BEST anime teams of all time. And no…you can’t change my mind! If you didn’t watch this in 2018 what the hell were you doing?! You are sleeping on some comedy gold! Also if you need another hilarious comedy anime to watch then check out Asobi Asobase. Another anime that is pure fucking comedy gold as well 😀


This post has been in the making for a long time. I’m glad I finally had time to sit down and write it. Of course there are tons of other anime series out there that I consider close to masterpieces. I probably could write multiple blogs on this topic. I know I want to write a film version of this at some point as well. Soon my pandas! I promise I’ll get something to you soon. What anime do YOU consider anime masterpieces? Let me know all of your thoughts in the comments section down below! I will be posting a Top Ten Tuesday post on Tuesday and maybe something for Wednesday. Wednesday is my birthday and I think I am going to take some time off after that to enjoy some quality time with my friends. I’m sure you guys understand! Thank you for joining me today my pandas. I’ll catch you all on Tuesday! 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).

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Manga: Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku. (The Gods Lie)
Published: 2013
Genre: 
Drama, Romance, School, Slice of Life, Seinen
Authors: 
Ozaki, Kaori (Story & Art)
Volumes:
1
Chapters:
5

Background: Kamisama ga Uso wo Tsuku. was published in English as The Gods Lie by Vertical Inc. under the Vertical Comics imprint on April 19, 2016. The series was also published in Spanish by Milky Way Ediciones on November 25, 2014 and in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics on December 17, 2016.


Synopsis:

Eleven-year-old Natsuru Nanao is the ace of the soccer team, yet has trouble speaking to girls because of a certain event following his transfer to his current school. Due to his father dying long ago, he lives only with his mother but doesn’t let this distract him from his passion for soccer, as he hopes to become a professional player. One day, a female classmate named Rio Suzumura approaches Natsuru, a meeting which signals a huge turning point in his life.

Upon talking with Rio, Natsuru immediately becomes interested in her. After he saves an abandoned cat, he runs into the girl and her younger brother Yuuta on their way to the supermarket and asks if they can take care of it, to which they agree. But when Natsuru arrives at their home, he is shocked to discover that the siblings have been living alone in a dirty house, a secret which Rio absolutely wants to keep. As Natsuru spends more time with them, their circumstances and reason for secrecy are slowly brought to light.


I actually bought this manga (mainly) because the wonderful Akidearest over on Youtube recommended it. You can check out that video down below:

But I am so very glad I did. This story might have been short (in a standard manga sense) but boy oh boy did it deliver! This story was heartfelt, and deep, and meaningful beyond belief. It also has a very dark underlying tone within it as well. You get to that later on in the chapters (but it is foreshadowed in some of the earlier panels).

I don’t do reviews very often, (mainly because I feel like everyone already does them), but mostly because I like people to form their own opinions about certain things (movies, music, anime, manga, books/comics etc). I like people who “think for themselves” so to speak. That isn’t to say reviews aren’t helpful (because they totally are) but I feel like you should read them primarily for a different perspective. Do your research after you have already plunged in head first.


The main characters of our story here, (Natsuru and Rio), seem to fill their roles as “adults” more so then their parents do. Natsuru’s Mother seems a bit childish at first but still fits the role of a caring mother. Rio’s father ends up being out of the picture for quite some time (3 months is what I recall) leaving her and her younger brother, Yuuta, all alone in their household. I guess you could call them “removed” family members. You know the typical “parents are too busy or gone from their children for a period of time” in anime cliche that we always see.

So you have Rio who does everything herself (cooking, shopping, cleaning, taking care of her younger brother) who is growing up quickly and Natsuru who relies on his mother for pretty much everything (because Natsuru’s father passed at a young age). Both of these characters are missing that key “father role-model” in their lives. Which in a way brings them together in this story. They can relate to one another because of this similarity.

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I felt like the author tried to pack a big punch with this story in the shortest amount of words possible. While a lot of readers were hoping this story was more on the “romantic side” side of the spectrum, I came to the conclusion that it was more of a “coming of age story” with heavy themes of “drama/darkness.” This story was more relatable to real life more than anything.

As the story progressed the plot seemingly got more complicated than the previous chapter before it. As the reader got more of the background on Rio and Yuuta, we learned what harsh realities really lie with the real world. This story in a sense tries to sympathize with the problems children face growing up and the cruelties of society surrounding us. It tries to convey the struggles to survive in a dysfunctional family, the burden when you are forced to grow up too fast, children facing the truth of mortality of humans and also the will to still carry on despite all the obstacles.

Rio color

These characters are pretty simple, but yet in the long run they are much more realistic than a lot of other characters in other things. I would like to believe that Rio’s height (because she is oddly tall for an elementary student) symbolizes strength. She is tall. She seems strong and independent and capable. Yet, in reality, she is just a young girl trying to provide for herself and her younger brother. She wants to be loved and nurtured for.

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Rio has made the most significant and lasting impact as a character for me in the shortest time. She is not gorgeous, yet she is breathtaking. She is plain, yet she is beautiful. We can easily relate to the Natsuru’s clear dialogue and understand why he is so attracted to such a girl. Rio makes herself endearing to the narrator and to the reader. Rio is the character you are most intrigued by (in my opinion anyway). Natsuru is cute and fun but Rio steals the show of this manga.


I loved the artwork! I think it is absolutely STUNNING. My eyes were drawn to it the very moment I saw the cover. I would recommend this manga on the visuals alone. The characters make it that much more beautiful. This manga is clean, it has amazing panels, and it contains deep meaningful dialogue.

My favorite part is towards the end of the story in chapter 5. It ties in the title of the manga (and I am a sucker for anything that ties in the name/title). It is a scene of young Natsuru and his dying father. His father tells him, “If you’re a good boy, and listen to your mother the gods will see, and I’ll get better.” “So wait for me and be good, okay?” 

And then the manga cuts back to Natsuru’s dialogue which says, “But he died…So I must not have been good enough. Sometimes even the gods lie to us. Why? It’s because they love you very much. The gods lie. They lie because it’s the best they can do.” “So I’m okay now. I know. We reach out for their lies and we keep on living.” 

THAT RIGHT THERE! Just…OMG all over my feels. My heart was breaking into a million pieces at this scene. I didn’t know if I should cry or be thankful or flip the table upside down. SO MANY EMOTIONS TO FEEL!


If I were to rate this manga I would give it a 9 out of 10. I ENJOYED it that much! I definitely need to add more manga to my reading list. I think the next one I am going to get is Totsukuni no Shoujo (The Girl From the Other Side). I am also trying to purchase the manga of Wolf Children. I love the movie oh so much so I might as well get the manga and add it to my collection. Also if you guys have any manga to recommend then leave me some recommendations in the comments down below! It would be greatly appreciated ❤


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.

Welp…It’s officially the weekend and September my pandas! You know what that means right?! Lots of pumpkin spice EVERYTHING, toasty sweaters coming out of the closet (probably not for a few mores weeks though because it’s still hot as balls out), autumn decor popping up in stores, and summer anime season wrapping up! That means only a little while longer until we get fall anime premiers. Yippee!

Wait! I can’t forget the heaps of September memes we get every year. I quite like this one here:

how the fuckThat’s because every year as we get older time goes faster and faster. Time waits for no man Captain Picard. DEAL WITH IT LIKE THE REST OF US! Capeesh??? That’s what I thought. *Gives side eye*

*Ahem* Back to our regularly scheduled programming! 😀


I wanted to compile a little list for you guys of my favorite comedy/supernatural anime that usually involve Kami-sama’s (Gods/Deities) or yokai (ghost/phantoms/spirits). Really these anime’s are fun to watch and should make you laugh heaps and heaps. Quite like a bubbly little school girl when she gets her first crush or when you use laughter to cover up how dead you feel inside (like myself).

Shall we get this party started or what?! I think YES!


1. Kamisama Hajimemashita (Kamisama Kiss)

Nanami and Tomoe(This image can be found here: https://www.zerochan.net/1587157#full)

Nanami and Tomoe are one of my favorite anime couples of ALL time! I just love these two oh so much. They play off each other so well in this anime series. I mean just look at Tomoe! Nanami was bound to fall in love with him. He’s so grumpy and childish at times, yet so concerned for Nanami’s well being it isn’t even funny. I guess you could consider Tomoe a “kuudere” so to speak.

*Burst out into Katy Perry’s Hot n Cold*

‘Cause you’re hot then you’re cold
You’re yes then you’re no
You’re in then you’re out
You’re up then you’re down…

…Okay I’ll shut up now XD

Here is the anime synopsis for Kamisama Hajimemashita:

“High schooler Nanami Momozono has quite a few problems of late, beginning with her absentee father being in such extreme debt that they lose everything. Downtrodden and homeless, she runs into a man being harassed by a dog. After helping him, she explains her situation, and to her surprise, he offers her his home in gratitude. But when she discovers that said home is a rundown shrine, she tries to leave; however, she is caught by two shrine spirits and a fox familiar named Tomoe. They mistake her for the man Nanami rescued—the land god of the shrine, Mikage. Realizing that Mikage must have sent her there as a replacement god, Tomoe leaves abruptly, refusing to serve a human.

Rather than going back to being homeless, Nanami immerses herself in her divine duties. But if she must keep things running smoothly, she will need the help of a certain hot-headed fox. In her fumbling attempt to seek out Tomoe, she lands in trouble and ends up sealing a contract with him. Now the two must traverse the path of godhood together as god and familiar; but it will not be easy, for new threats arise in the form of a yokai who wants to devour the girl, a snake that wants to marry her, and Nanami’s own unexpected feelings for her new familiar.”


2. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.

Here is one anime that DOESN’T get enough attention! Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha. (Inari Kon Kon)! If you want a pile of cuteness while laughing your butt off then this is the anime for you. I’ve been meaning to buy this anime on DVD because I enjoyed THAT much. Sad it only gets a 7.3 out of 10 on My Anime List. I think it deserves much more than that! Probably because it’s considered supernatural, romance, school. I know a lot of people don’t care for that type of genre. BUT I DOOOO! ❤ #Fuckthehaterz

Anime synopsis:

“Clumsy, below average intellect, and shy – these are some of the traits that Inari Fushimi possesses. Despite her shortcomings, she is very considerate of others. She can’t ignore anyone’s plea for help! She also has a long time crush on Kouji Tanbabashi, who she admires for being cheerful and always hardworking. The problem is, Inari’s incurable shyness makes it difficult to express her feelings for Kouji.

Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha starts with Inari taking a shortcut to her school. She happens to see a fox pup that’s about to fall in the river. Although she’s running late, she just can’t ignore the pup. Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami, the god of the Inari Shrine, is thankful for Inari’s kindness toward the young fox, who turns out to be a familiar named Kon. To show her gratitude to Inari, she fulfills one of Inari’s wishes, but the fulfillment of the wish only invites trouble. To compensate, Uka-no-Mitama-no-Kami bestows Inari a small part of her divine power that gives Inari the ability to transform into anyone at will.

Inari now possesses a power of a god, even if it’s just a small portion. Otherworldly beings suddenly take an interest in her, for better or worse. What kind of adventure awaits Inari, and will she be able to tell Kouji everything that she has kept in her heart for so long?”


3. Fukigen na Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean)

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Fukigen na Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean) is a considered a “newer” anime. It came out last year for summer season. So much newer than other anime’s I have on this list! This was a great little supernatural anime. I was quite pleased with it! It also gets a lower score on My Anime List. A 7.4 out of 10…which I guess isn’t too terrible in some people’s eyes. I guess you would consider a low score 6 and under maybe? I don’t know how people rank things these days. I feel like I’m out of the loop sometimes when it comes to ranking anime. But if you want something light-hearted and easy going to watch because you have nothing else to do then totally check out Fukigen na Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean).

Anime synopsis:

“The start of Hanae Ashiya’s high school career has not been easy—he has spent all of the first week in the infirmary, and his inexplicable condition is only getting worse. The cause of his torment is the mysterious fuzzy creature that has attached itself to him ever since he stumbled upon it the day before school began.

As his health continues to decline and the creature grows in size, Hanae comes across a flyer advertising an exorcist who expels youkai. Desperate and with nothing left to lose, he calls the number and is led to the Mononokean, a tea room which suddenly appears next to the infirmary. A morose-sounding man, Haruitsuki Abeno, reluctantly helps Hanae but demands payment afterward. Much to Hanae’s dismay, he cannot afford the fee and must become an employee at the Mononokean to work off his debt. And to make things worse, his new boss is actually one of his classmates. If Hanae ever hopes to settle his debt, he must work together with Abeno to guide a variety of dangerous, strange, and interesting youkai back to the Underworld.”


4. xxxHOLiC

Watanuki from XXX

Now here is an anime that has a mix of everything in it. You have comedy, psychological, supernatural, drama, mystery, and even a little bit of romance! If you want MOST of the genre’s in one anime then you just have to watch xxxHolic! The best quality about this anime is Yuuko-sama. She is so elegant, and beautiful, and hilariously charming that you can’t help but fall in love with her. She is the BEST! :3

Anime synopsis:

“Kimihiro Watanuki can see spirits and other assorted supernatural creatures, which is quite a bothersome ability he strongly dislikes. On the way home one day, while plagued by some spirits, he is inexplicably compelled to enter a strange house. There, he encounters Yuuko, a mysterious woman who claims to be able to rid him of the ability to see and attract the troublesome creatures—for a price. She demands that he work at her “store” that grants wishes to people, and thus begins Watanuki’s adventures through weird and wonderful events.”


5. Inu x Boku SS

Inu x Boku SS(This image can be found here: https://www.zerochan.net/full/1018918)

Oh lookie! Another favorite supernatural/comedy anime of mine. If you want some hilarious sexual innuendos/jokes then you have to put Inu x Boku SS on your watch list. This anime is so kooky and random and funny that you can’t pass up the opportunity to watch it. If you are in an “anime slump” then watch this one right away. Ayano-sensei’s orders! Go on. Shoo shoo.

Anime synopsis:

“Ririchiyo Shirakiin is the sheltered daughter of a renowned family. With her petite build and wealthy status, Ririchiyo has been a protected and dependent girl her entire life, but now she has decided to change all that. However, there is just one problem—the young girl has a sharp tongue she can’t control, and terrible communication skills.

With some help from a childhood friend, Ririchiyo takes up residence in Maison de Ayakashi, a secluded high-security apartment complex that, as the unsociable 15-year-old soon discovers, is home to a host of bizarre individuals. Furthermore, their quirky personalities are not the strangest things about them: each inhabitant of the Maison de Ayakashi, including Ririchiyo, is actually half-human, half-youkai.

But Ririchiyo’s troubles have only just begun. As a requirement of staying in her new home, she must be accompanied by a Secret Service agent. Ririchiyo’s new partner, Soushi Miketsukami, is handsome, quiet… but ridiculously clingy and creepily submissive. With Soushi, her new supernatural neighbors, and the beginning of high school, Ririchiyo definitely seems to have a difficult path ahead of her.”


Honorable Mentions:

Noragami
Gugure! Kokkuri-san
Musaigen no Phantom World
Kekkai Sensen (Blood Blockade Battlefront)


What are some of your favorite supernatural/comedy anime? Have you seen any of the one’s I listed above? If so, which one’s did you enjoy the most? If you haven’t which one’s will you be adding to your watch list? Let me know in the comments section below! ❤


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.

Hello my pandas!

Today is just gonna be a quick little post. I have to go to work earlier than expected this Friday. I usually work the evening shift and have time to write my blogs in the morning…but not today! You know…gotta be an adult so I can pay my bills on time. What is life?!

Anywho, Kyoto Animation released another teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Violet Evergarden. I am slowly dying on the inside waiting for this anime to get here. No really…please send help immediately if you don’t hear from me in the following weeks. I DON’T KNOW IF MY HEART CAN TAKE IT ANYMORE! I would love to get more of a “full length” trailer so to speak, but I guess they can’t give the whole series away (unlike movie trailers these days). I will post that trailer down below. Clicky clicky (and make sure you watch it in 1080p):

If you still don’t know what Violet Evergarden is, (then you my friend are a loser…just kidding…or am I?), then check out the synopsis for it here:

“There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.

A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.

Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon,” has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls,” who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.”


If you want more information on Violet Evergarden then go check out my fellow anime blogger Yukino-san’s page! She gave us all the 4/11 on when Violet Evergarden is to be expected and all the cast members who worked on this beautiful project. You can click the link down below:

https://shinyuusite.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/violet-evergarden-premieres-on-netflix-japan-january-2018-worldwide-release-in-spring-2018/


I just love these trailers oh so much! I can’t stop watching them over and over again. The music, the animation, the so called “feels” that I get while I stare excessively at my computer screen…I swear I don’t have a problem. Okay…maybe I do! LEAVE ME ALONE GOD DAMMIT!

*Hides under bed covers while still peaking out from underneath*

But in all seriousness, I’ll probably be talking about Violet Evergarden until the show actually airs…so be prepared my pandas. I think this is my most anticipated anime series of all time! This is what happens when you are balls deep into anime. You just can’t stop thinking about it. That is my life. Anime, cats, books and electronic dance music. All very different aspects of my “so called” life. I guess that’s why they have the saying “Anime is life.” 😛

Well I am off to go make me a cup of coffee and adult! I’ll see you guys here tomorrow for another lovely edition of Senpai Saturday. Cheers!


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.

Originally this post was going to be about the top 10 anime I dislike (because I don’t really HATE any specific anime), but then I realized I don’t have that many to choose from. So that idea kind of went out the window. I thought I would revise this post to the anime that I personally enjoy but many others seem to dislike/hate/or they think they are trash. Yay for positive affirmation!

Everyone has different taste in anime/manga. If we all liked the same shit then the anime community would be a very boring place. The same could be said of the world that we live in. It reminds me of that episode of Fairly Oddparents were Timmy gets turned into a grey blob like everyone else and everything is EXACTLY the same. Lemme see…this one right here:

the same game

Oh my childhood! How I miss you. If you want to watch something fun go check out Butch Hartmen’s (the creator of Fairly Oddparents) new video were he draws anime characters in the Fairly Oddparent’s style. Just watch below or search it in YouTube!


Let’s get on with out bad selves! We can’t sit here and reminisce all day. I mean…we could but I’m an adult and I have to go to work later today. I have bills to pay! #sendhalp or better yet #sendmoney. Tehehe. 😛


1. Glasslip

Glasslip

Glasslip only gets a 5.5 out of 10 on My Anime List but I personally love this anime. I like the fact that this story has no real destination or sustenance. I know these type of anime tend to bother people, but for me I can’t get enough of them! I love movies and anime that don’t really make any sense. I think they make for good personal interpretation. Like you can decide how you want the story to go or to end. Plus the animation for this series is beautifully done!


2. Sword Art Online

Asuna SAO

Oh Sword Art Online…the cancer of the anime community. This anime gets shit on (I think) the hardest behind Naruto and One Piece. This is probably due to it being main stream and people having a problem with Kirito. And yet another anime I personally enjoy! More so for the story line rather than the characters themselves. I think the concept of this anime is well done and people should give it SOME credit. It is not as bad as some of the other anime I have watched in the past.


3. Nagi no Asukara (A Lull in the Sea)

With its gorgeous scenery, animation, and unique story premise, Nagi no Asukara is easily my favorite anime of all time (I’m still waiting for Violet Evergarden to come out!). Many people find this anime boring or without substance as well, but for me personally, I think it is EVERYTHING. I mean, it’s a coming of age story….what more do you want from it?! You can’t win them all people! I highly highly recommend this anime to anyone who wants a refreshing anime concept and wants stunning visuals to look at.


4. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)

Mumei ribbon

With the hype surrounding Attack on Titan, many people were hoping for another anime like it…insert Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress), which is in fact done by the same studio as Attack on Titan. I think the visuals for this anime far exceed that of Attack on Titan. The story might have fell flat in the end but it makes up for it in scenes, music, and animation style. I personally like this anime a bit better than AOT.


5. Natsuyuki Rendezvous

Natsuyuki

If you want an anime that will break your heart into a million little pieces then Natsuyuki Rendezvous is the one for you. A lot of people didn’t like this anime because it is a slow burner. One that isn’t quite fast paced or thrilling. It still gets a 7.4 out of 10 on My Anime List, which isn’t too terrible. I feel like this anime is a necessity to watch if you have ever lost a loved one. It helps with people who are grieving from loss and don’t know how to deal with their emotions. ❤


6. Tokyo Ghoul

I know that the anime for Tokyo Ghoul is a bit empty for people who have read the manga. As a person who watches anime more than I read manga, I personally enjoyed the series. Probably because I do my research when I have a ton of questions going on in my head. I’m also the type of person that likes to spoil things, so I’ll go find out what happens next. Season 2 doesn’t even happen in the light novels but it was cool to see a different perspective on the original manga. The same could be said of Ao no Exorcist after episode 17! I’m glad they made another series to clarify all the made up bullshit. Maybe another season of Tokyo Ghoul might do the same.


7. Akuma no Riddle (Riddle Story of Devil)

Akuma no Riddle

Akuma no Riddle (Riddle Story of Devil) gets a pretty low rating on My Anime List. Only a 6.8 out of 10. But I feel like this anime deserves more credit! It has some great fighting scenes and lady characters! I also really like the dark underlying theme it has. I think a lot of people didn’t like it because it was a bit predictable? I haven’t seen many responses on it, just a few comments here and there.


8. Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary)

Evil yuno

A lot of people only like Mirai Nikki (The Future Diary) because of Yuno and her “yandere” tendencies. Which I think is kinda lame because it has a good story concept. I think anyone would want to know the future if they could. The only thing that really bugs me about this anime is of course, Yuki. He is just so drivel in the beginning but finally gets his act together in the end. I just HATE how he takes no intiative and relies on Yuno for pretty much all the decisions. Get it together Yuki! The one redeeming quality is Akise. He is my bae :3


9. Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia)

I’m a sucker for anything dark, mysterious, or ghost-like, so it is no wonder I like Tasogare Otome x Amnesia (Dusk Maiden of Amnesia). This anime actually gets a decent rating on My Anime List. A solid 7.9 out of 10, which isn’t too shabby. I haven’t seen too many comments about people not liking this anime but I think people were expecting it to be MORE…more than what the story gave us, which is understandable. I honestly wish it was a bit more scary (but nothing really scares me these days). I love anything horror/gore!


10. Blood C

Saya Blood C art

Blood C is actually one of my top 10 anime of all time. That might come as a shock to you all (maybe not since I just said I love horror and gore). This is another anime that gets a pretty low rating. It gets a 6.7 out of 10 on My Anime List, which isn’t news to me. I knew it didn’t get high ratings because everyone seems to like Blood + a bit more, but not by much! I just really really like Saya’s character, especially in Blood C: The Last Dark. She is just a total BAD ASS! I’m really tempted to cosplay as her in the near future. Maybe someday! I’ll make it happen 😉


Do you enjoy any of the shows I listed above? Do you think any of them deserve more credit then they actually get? Let me know in the comments section below! I enjoy hearing all your thoughts and comments.


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.

Hey pandas!

Sorry for not posting yesterday or the day before or the day before that. After the news of Chester Bennington from Linkin Park dying, I’ve kind of been in a weird funk. As a fan who grew up with Linkin Park I took the news pretty hard. I cried most of the day after I found out the tragic news. Linkin Park’s music got me through a lot of tough times (and I’m sure a lot of you guys feel this way as well). Chester was a rock icon, a musician who spoke to millions, and most of all…human. It is crazy to think that no matter how much you have in this world it WILL NEVER equivalate to happiness. Happiness comes from within.

I would like share a quote from Helen Keller with you all: “What I’m looking for is not out there, it is in me.”

If you or someone you know is having a hard time dealing with your/their depression please please please reach out to someone. If you feel like you don’t have anyone to talk to then call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Someone is ALWAYS there to listen to you. Even if you do not know this person they are still willing to listen to you.


Okay! Enough with the heavy. Today is Sunday Funday after all. You guys came here for some fun anime recs and I am here to provide them to you! These are some of my favorite lighthearted comedy anime that I think pretty much everyone can enjoy (but you don’t necessarily have to take my word for it). You guys are adults and I am sure you can make your own decisions…or can I? Tehehe. 😉

Lets get this party started!

(P.S. Some of these anime series do have darker themed elements in some of their episodes)

1. Barakamon

Anime synopsis:

“Seishuu Handa is an up-and-coming calligrapher: young, handsome, talented, and unfortunately, a narcissist to boot. When a veteran labels his award-winning piece as “unoriginal,” Seishuu quickly loses his cool with severe repercussions.

As punishment, and also in order to aid him in self-reflection, Seishuu’s father exiles him to the Goto Islands, far from the comfortable Tokyo lifestyle the temperamental artist is used to. Now thrown into a rural setting, Seishuu must attempt to find new inspiration and develop his own unique art style—that is, if boisterous children (headed by the frisky Naru Kotoishi), fujoshi middle schoolers, and energetic old men stop barging into his house! The newest addition to the intimate and quirky Goto community only wants to get some work done, but the islands are far from the peaceful countryside he signed up for. Thanks to his wacky neighbors who are entirely incapable of minding their own business, the arrogant calligrapher learns so much more than he ever hoped to.”


2. Fukigen na Mononokean (The Morose Mononokean)

Morose

Anime synopsis:

“The start of Hanae Ashiya’s high school career has not been easy—he has spent all of the first week in the infirmary, and his inexplicable condition is only getting worse. The cause of his torment is the mysterious fuzzy creature that has attached itself to him ever since he stumbled upon it the day before school began.

As his health continues to decline and the creature grows in size, Hanae comes across a flyer advertising an exorcist who expels youkai. Desperate and with nothing left to lose, he calls the number and is led to the Mononokean, a tea room which suddenly appears next to the infirmary. A morose-sounding man, Haruitsuki Abeno, reluctantly helps Hanae but demands payment afterward. Much to Hanae’s dismay, he cannot afford the fee and must become an employee at the Mononokean to work off his debt. And to make things worse, his new boss is actually one of his classmates. If Hanae ever hopes to settle his debt, he must work together with Abeno to guide a variety of dangerous, strange, and interesting youkai back to the Underworld.”


3. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun)

Nozaki-kun and Sakura

Anime synopsis:

“Chiyo Sakura is a cheerful high school girl who has fallen head over heels for the oblivious Umetarou Nozaki. Much to Chiyo’s confusion, when she confesses to her beloved Nozaki, he hands her an unfamiliar autograph. As it turns out, the stoic teenage boy is actually a respected shoujo mangaka, publishing under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno! A series of misunderstandings leads to Chiyo becoming one of Nozaki’s manga assistants.

Throughout the hilarious events that ensue, she befriends many of her quirky schoolmates, including her seemingly shameless fellow assistant, Mikoto Mikoshiba, and the “Prince of the School,” Yuu Kashima. Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun follows Chiyo as she strives to help Nozaki with his manga and hopes that he will eventually notice her feelings.”


4. Musaigen no Phantom World (Myriad Colors Phantom World)

Anime synopsis:

“Phantoms: supernatural entities such as ghosts or youkai that, until recently, were thought to be superstition. However, when a virus that infects the brain spreads throughout society, people’s perception of the world changes as the mythical beings are revealed to have been living alongside humanity the entire time. This virus has also affected those of the next generation significantly, allowing them to develop special abilities that they can use to fight against dangerous phantoms.

Haruhiko Ichijou and Mai Kawakami are two of those that were granted such power as Haruhiko wields the ability to summon and seal phantoms through drawings while Mai imbues the power of the elements into martial arts. Together, along with the friendly phantom Ruru, they form Team E of Hosea Academy which is dedicated to dealing with these often mischievous beings. In a world where the real and surreal intertwine, Musaigen no Phantom World follows the adventures of a group of friends as they handle the everyday troubles caused by phantoms.”


5. Tamako Market

Tamako Market

Anime synopsis:

“Inside the Usagiyama Shopping District lies an eccentric but close-knit community of business owners. Tamako Kitashirakawa, a clumsy though adorable teenage girl, belongs to a family of mochi bakers who own a quaint shop called Tama-ya. One day, Tamako stumbles upon a talking bird that presents himself as royalty from a distant land. Dera Mochimazzi, as he calls himself, states that he’s seeking a bride for his country’s prince. Intent on his mission, Dera follows Tamako home and develops an addiction to mochi, becoming painfully overweight and subsequently unable to fly back to his homeland; thus, he takes up residence with Tamako’s family and becomes the community’s beloved mascot.

Meanwhile, Tamako’s friend, Mochizou Ooji, continues to hide his true feelings for her. Their fathers are fierce mochi rivals, but will it be enough to drive a wedge between Tamako and Mochizou? And just what will happen to Dera’s task of finding his prince’s destined bride?”


Of course the last two I have on this list would be from Kyoto Animation. Probably because I love their studio work so so much! The animation is just brilliantly done! Have you seen any of the shows I listed above? If not which ones will you be adding to your watch list? If you have which ones are your favorite? Let me know in the comments section below!

And as always thank you for being here my pandas! You rock! ❤


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them

Pandas…please send halp!

I don’t know how much longer I can wait! I think I may being slowly dying on the inside from the anticipation. It feels like I have been waiting FOREVER for Violet Evergarden to come out. Why do animation studios have to do this to us?! WHHHYYY?!?!

Probably because they know we will come back no matter how long the wait…I mean just look how long it took Attack on Titan to come out lololz

But today (as you can tell from the title post) I want to talk about the long awaited Violet Evergarden!

If you DO NOT know what I am talking about (in which you must be living under a rock) then watch the trailer down below (P.S. make sure you watch it in 1080p HD):


Yes, that GORGEOUS piece of artwork is FINALLY coming to us in winter of 2018! I was soooo happy when they finally announced a release date for it.

The synopsis of this series is as follows:

“Auto Memories Doll.

It’s been quite a while since that name caused a fuss. Originally invented by Professor Orland solely for his beloved wife, Auto Memories Dolls eventually spread out into the world, and a machine that allows people to rent out the dolls was also created.

“I will run as fast as I can to wherever my customer desires. I am the Auto Memories Doll, Violet Evergarden.”

A girl who almost appears to have popped out of a fairy tale with her blonde hair and blue eyes said this with her inorganic beauty and sweet voice.

The story revolves around Auto Memory Dolls; dolls initially created by a scientist to assist his blind wife write her novels, and later rented out to other people who needed their services. While the initial function of these Auto Memory Dolls is only to generate voices into text, a second group of people created a company that rented out beautiful talented women who, while having the same function as the original Auto Memory Dolls, also can perform military-related tasks.”


As my lovely friends over at Wikipedia states:

Violet Evergarden is a Japanese light novel series written by Kana Akatsuki and illustrated by Akiko Takase. It won the grand prize in the fifth Kyoto Animation Award’s novel category in 2014, the first ever work to win a grand prize in any of the three categories (novel, scenario, and manga). Kyoto Animation published the first light novel on December 25, 2015 under their KA Esuma Bunko imprint. An anime television series adaptation by Kyoto Animation will premiere in January 2018, with several advanced screenings taking place in 2017.”

Here is the second trailer released for it just a few short months ago:


My lovely friend Yukinocake posted information about the production staff, which I now will enclose down below in case you guys were interested in that sort of thing:

  • Director and Storyboard Artist: Taichi Ishidate (Kyoukai no Kanata, Kyoukai no Kanata I’ll Be Here)
  • Anime Character Designer and Animation Director: Akiko Takase (Amagi Brilliant Park and Free! Eternal Summer Key Animator)
  • Key Animators: Nami Iwasaki (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!, Kyoukai no Kanata), Fumio Tada (Kyoukai no Kanata, Amagi Brilliant Park), Kohei Okamura (High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-, Musaigen no Phantom World), Shinpei Sawa (Tamako Love Story, Kyoukai no Kanata), Nobuaki Maruki (Amagi Brilliant Park Chief Animation Director), Tatsuya Sato (Gundam Build Fighters and Kakumeiki Valvrave Digital Painter) and Miku Kadowaki (Kyoukai no Kanata Character Designer)
  • 3D Art: Joji Unoguchi (K-ON! and The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya Background Artist)
  • Animation Studio: Kyoto Animation (Hibike! Euphonium, Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)

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If you guys want more information on Violet Evergarden then feel free to check out Kyoto Animation’s website here: http://www.kyotoanimation.co.jp/books/violet/.

I’m pretty sure (like 99% sure) that this anime will be my favorite anime of all time. It is hard to beat Nagi no Asukara (in terms of uniqueness and originality), but I think Violet Evergarden can do it. I’ve been a HUGE fan of Kyoto Animation after watching their other works (which include Clannad, Free!Tamako Market, Beyond the Boundary, Amagi Brilliant Park, Myriad Colors Phantom World, Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid, and A Silent Voice (Film). Of course they have many other works (in which I haven’t seen yet) but I hope to add more of them to my watch list!

I have high high hopes for Violet Evergarden! I know Kyoto Animation will deliver to us fans. They just have to or else I’m gonna cry (like the big crybaby that I am). I swear 2018 can’t get here fast enough, but I probably should stop complaining and enjoy the rest of 2017. Each year just keeps getting faster and faster and I am not getting any younger. Gotta enjoy my youthfulness before it’s too late! Don’t rush growing up kids! 😉


Is anyone else looking forward to watch Violet Evergarden? If so what do you hope this series will bring to the table? Do you think it could be one of the best anime of ALL time? Do you think Kyoto Animation will deliver another masterpiece? Let me know in the comments section below! ❤


Disclaimer: All imagery and photos come from searching for them on the internet. I have no claim or right to them.