Winter season is finally coming to an end. Most everything I was watching for winter season wrapped up this week. The only three shows I have for leftovers are Dororo, The Rising of the Shield Hero, and Karakuri Circus (which still doesn’t need 32 god damn episodes). Everyone is getting pumped for spring season because we have a lot of returning series. I touched basis on this in my What’s Coming Up Wednesday post and talked about what I’ll be watching for spring season. You can check that post out here if you missed it: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2019/03/13/whats-coming-up-wednesday-spring-forward-watch-more-anime/.

Y’all know how my rating system works for wrap-up post buuuttt if you are new here I will explain the deats. I state what anime I watched, rate it on a scale from 1 to 10, and simply state whether or not I would recommend it to you guys. Most of you know my recommendations have turned into me just being a smug little panda and just stating my general thoughts/opinions about the show. Come on! You guys should know my humor by now. 😉 So without further ado…let’s get to rating!


1. Run With the Wind (Leftovers)

Studio: Production I.G.
Source: Novel
Genres: Sports, Comedy
My Rating: 10 out of 10 for all the crying I did at the end.


2. The Promised Neverland

Studio: CloverWorks
Source: Manga
Genres: Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Psychological, Thriller, Shounen
My Rating: 9.2 out of 10. We all want those kids to survive!


3. Boogiepop

Studio: MadHouse
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Mystery, Horror, Psychological
My Rating: 9 out of 10. My mind is still trying to wrap my head around this anime. Also Boogiepop had the BEST OP this season!


4. Sword Art Online: Alicization (Leftovers)

Studio: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Action, Game, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
My Rating: 9 out of 10 because season two of Alicization is about to be HYPE AF!


5. Dororo

Studio: Tezuka Productions, MAPPA
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Demons, Supernatural, Shounen
My Rating: 8.8 out of 10. Hyakkimaru is totes a bad ass mofo and I hope he becomes human again.


6. The Rising of the Shield Hero

Studio: Kinema Citrus
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10. Best girl this season was DEFINITELY Raphtalia :3


7. Love is War

Studio: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Psychological, Romance, School, Seinen
My Rating: 8.3 out of 10…because who doesn’t love a romance battle between two tsunderes?


8. Kakegurui XX

Studio: MAPPA
Source: Manga
Genres: Game, Mystery, Psychological, Drama, School, Shounen
My Rating: 8 out of 10. Followed the same formula as season 1 but the last half of this season was great! Really enjoyed seeing Yumeko again 😀


9. My Roommate is a Cat

Studio: Zero-G
Source: Web Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
My Rating: 7.8 out of 10. We all know Haru was the best part of this show =^.^=


10. The Quintessential Quintuplets

Studio: Tezuka Productions
Source: Manga
Genres: Harem, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10. Nino is still best girl! But I also have a crush on older Raiha now. Maybe I’ll just take her instead?


11. The Morose Mononokean Season 2

Studio: Pierrot Plus
Source: Web Manga
Genres: Comedy, Demons, Supernatural
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10. So happy to see my boys back in action!


12. Domestic Girlfriend

Studio: Diomedea
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Shounen
My Rating: 7.2 out of 10…because I love trash anime ❤


13. Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

Studio: LIDENFILMS
Source: Manga
Genres: Drama, Magic, Seinen
My Rating: 7 out of 10. Wouldn’t mind seeing more from this series. The kill shots were pretty bad ass!


14. The Price of Smiles

Studio: Tatsunoko Production
Source: Original
Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Military, Slice of Life
My Rating: 7 out of 10. Didn’t think this anime was going to keep my attention, but I ended up enjoying it more than I originally thought!


15. Shingeki no Bahamut: Manaria Friends (Short)

Studio: CygamesPictures
Source: Game
Genres: Demons, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy
My Rating: 6.8 out of 10. Grea was totes adorbs! Wish this would have been a full length series so we could have seen more character development of her and Anne.


Whew! I felt like it took me forever to write this post (it’s literally only been like 2 hours lololoz). What did you think of winter season? What shows were your favorite? What shows did you dislike or drop? Let me know in the comments section below! Thank you guys for joining me today. I will catch you all in my next post. Have a great day, afternoon, evening, or night wherever you are in the world! MUAH! XOXO


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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).

Goodbye 2018, hello 2019! Fall anime season has finally come to a close (well…for the most part anyways). We are all getting ready to say goodbye to 2018 and getting hyped for 2019, mainly winter anime season. In this week’s What’s Coming Up Wednesday post I will be sharing with all of you what I’ll be watching for winter season. This time around it seems my watch list is quite smaller than previous seasons but that is par for the course! I won’t spoil too much since I already pre-scheduled that post ahead of time. I think some of my choices will be a surprise and some of my other ones wont be. Guess y’all will have to wait and find out on Wednesday!

You guys are here for my scores of fall anime season. You all know how my wrap-up rating system works by now (and if you don’t you must be new to my blog!). I simply state what anime I watched, rate it on a scale from 1 to 10, and say whether or not I would recommend it (but at this point it has turned into me making commentary/remarks on the show in general XD). Fairly straight and narrow. I don’t want to make a super long intro for this post so let’s get started!


1. As Miss Beelzebub Likes

Studio: LIDENFILMS
Source: 4-koma Manga
Genres: Comedy, Demons, Romance, Fantasy, Shounen
My Rating: 10 out of 10 for all its fluffiness ❤


2. Banana Fish (Leftovers)

Studio: MAPPA
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Drama, Shoujo
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10…because sometimes you just need your heart broken into a million little pieces


3. Run with the Wind (Ongoing)

Studio: Production I.G
Source: Novel
Genres: Comedy, Sports, Drama
My Rating: 9.2 out of 10. I can’t help but fall in love with all of these boys!


4. Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-Girl Senpai

Studio: CloverWorks
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Comedy, Supernatural, Romance, School
My Rating: 9 out of 10. Futaba was my favorite girl with Mai-san being a close second!


5. Golden Kamuy Season 2

Studio: Geno Studio
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Seinen
My Rating: 9 out of 10. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Golden Kamuy has one of the BEST anime crew EVER.


6. SSSS.Gridman

Studio: Trigger
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Mecha
My Rating: 8.8 out of 10. Akane was the best thing about this show.


7. Tsurune

Studio: Kyoto Animation
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Sports, Drama, School
My Rating: 8.6 out of 10. More cute boys to fall in love with!


8. Iroduku: The World in Colors

Studio: P.A. Works
Source: Original
Genres: Drama, Magic, Romance
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10. What a killer year for P.A. Works! They killed it this year.


9. Goblin Slayer

Studio: White Fox
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
My Rating: 8.3 out of 10. When there’s goblins in your neighborhood…who you gonna call? GOBLIN SLAYER!


10. Sword Art Online: Alicization (Ongoing)

Studio: A-1 Pictures
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Action, Game, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy
My Rating: 8.2 out of 10. Can’t wait to see where the rest of the season takes us!


11. Bloom into You

Studio: TROYCA
Source: Manga
Genres: School, Shoujo Ai
My Rating: 8 out of 10. Still rather unsure about where they ended this series.


12. Dakaretai

Studio: CloverWorks
Source: Manga
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen Ai
My Rating: 7.9 out of 10. This was the perfect blend of comedy and romance. I’m gonna miss these boys!


13. Karakuri Circus (Ongoing)

Studio: Studio VOLN
Source: Manga
Genres: Adventure, Mystery, Shounen
My Rating: 7.7 out of 10. Low-key the underrated series of fall.


14. Ms. Vampire Who Lives in My Neighborhood

Studio: Studio Gokumi & AXsiZ
Source: 4-koma Manga
Genres: Comedy, Shoujo Ai, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Vampire
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10. Just some cute girls doing cute things and all its cuteness.


As the wonderful Mr. Porky Pig would like to say, “That’s all folks!” Fall anime season is officially in the books. This season was also quite small as well! I think I am getting better at picking and choosing which shows will keep my interest/which ones might turn out to be duds. It’s better than trying to jam a shit ton of shows in at once just to say that I watched them purely for the sake of watching them. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Especially in 2019. What were some of your favorite shows for fall season? Which ones stood out the most and which ones turned out to be disappointing? I didn’t think I was going to enjoy SSSS.Gridman as much as I did! Definitely made it into my top 10 anime of the year (although we won’t acknowledge the kind of terrible CGI in the show….ahem). I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their Sunday! And if you live across the globe I hope you ring in the new year with happy thoughts and a happy heart! ❤


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MERRY CHRISTMAS MY PANDAS!

Yup, we have finally made it to X-mas. After a long 2018 we are at the tail end of the year. 2019 is literally right around the corner. I am so ready for the new year! Hopefully next year will be filled with more amazing anime and more creative blogging. I want to be able to bring you guys the best content possible. That is one of my resolutions for 2019. But this blog isn’t about New Years, it’s about Christmas! Well…more or less my favorite post I created in 2018. The first half of this post will be a list of ten of my personal favorite blog post I wrote this year. I thought making a condensed list of these post would be helpful encase you missed any of these throughout the year.

The second half of this post will be a list of the ten anime series I enjoyed the most in 2018. These will be in no particular order (just like my previous Top Ten Tuesday post). If you missed my other two Top Ten Tuesday post for the month of December I will link them here for you all to read: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/12/04/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-a-year-in-review-my-favorite-opening-anime-songs-from-2018/ & https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/12/11/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-a-year-in-review-my-favorite-ending-songs-from-2018/.

Also don’t forget that voting for our first ever WordPress Anime Awards is still going on! You have until midnight on December 31st to vote. If you haven’t already voted go ahead and click the link here to vote: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/12/16/step-right-up-folks-dont-be-shy-be-prepared-to-witness-the-whimsical-the-outlandish-and-the-first-ever-wordpress-anime-awards/.

Now that all the formalities are out of the way lets get to this double feature!


I’ll kick things off with my Violet Evergarden episode by episode review. I started this project back in January and even to this day my series review for Violet Evergarden is one of my most viewed post: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/01/11/violet-evergarden-episode-1-first-impressions/.

For the month of February my absolute favorite post was the collab I did with Moya-chan! We discussed the After the Rain manga all while the anime series was premiering: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/02/06/topic-tuesday-koi-wa-ameagari-no-you-ni-after-the-rain-manga-discussion-with-moyatori-chan/.

In March I showed my undying love for psychological anime series. This Top Ten Tuesday post was super fun to write: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/03/06/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-psychological-anime-you-need-to-watch-if-you-want-your-mind-blown-bang-bang/.

April was a kick ass month because I got to collab with Lethargic Ramblings and Jon Spencer Reviews on one of our favorite series WIXOSS. In this post we discussed the latest series in the WIXOSS franchise Lostorage Conflated WIXOSS: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/04/08/lostorage-conflated-wixoss-first-impressions-series-discussion-with-jon-spencer-reviews-and-lethargic-ramblings/.

While Re:CREATORS came out last year in 2017 I knew I had to write a post about Magane from the series. This is probably LEGIT one of my all time favorite post I have EVER written on my blog: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/05/06/sunday-spotlight-is-a-lie-within-a-lie-a-truth-or-a-lie/https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/05/06/sunday-spotlight-is-a-lie-within-a-lie-a-truth-or-a-lie/.

June was mainly full of collabs but I did manage to get out a “beginners guide to anime” which a lot (and I mean A LOT) of people took a liking to: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/06/19/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-b-is-for-beginner-the-otaku-guide-to-start-your-downward-spiral-into-the-abyss-known-as-anime/.

July brought us sunshine, the 4th of July, and my talk of “sleeper anime” in the otaku community as well as one of my other all time favorite post my review of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/07/05/thursday-talks-why-you-need-to-be-more-aware-of-sleeper-anime-in-the-otaku-community/ & https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/07/22/maquia-when-the-promised-flower-blooms-an-emotional-film-that-explores-the-emotions-of-love-obsession/.

I started “Symbolism in Anime” during August of this year. I can’t wait to add more of these post to my repertoire: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/08/16/symbolism-in-anime-if-there-is-magic-on-this-planet-it-is-contained-in-water/.

September was probably my favorite month of the year for writing. That’s probably because I got to analyze Happy Sugar Life on a more intimate and in-depth level. If you still haven’t read this post I suggest you stop what you’re doing and read it NOW. YES! Right now: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/09/15/happy-sugar-life-the-masterful-art-of-mental-manipulation/.

Y’all already know that October is the best month of the year, so it shouldn’t be a surprise I wrote many spooktacular post for the month. From demons and witches, to gory anime and another “Symbolism in Anime” post. Yup! That was my favorite post for the month of October: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/10/21/symbolism-in-anime-what-a-strange-thing-to-be-alive-beneath-cherry-blossoms/.

November was a little lacking in the way of post (sorry XD) but I did manage to write a super fun post about what Sailor Moon villain I would date if given the opportunity. Thanks (once again) Karandi for letting me steal this topic! A great inspo post if you love Sailor Moon as much as I do or just need a creative idea for your blog: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/11/17/which-sailor-moon-villain-would-you-date/.

And of course we are just making our way through December right now so I don’t have any favorite post just yet! I may or may not be working on something for the New Year with Leth 😀


Onward to my favorite anime series of the year! (I wonder how many times I can say the word “favorite” in this post without you guys getting annoyed lololoz).

1. Uma Musume: Pretty Derby

^My favorite show for 2018…but this shouldn’t be a surprise to you guys XD


2. Violet Evergarden

^After years of waiting Violet Evergarden finally made its debut this year and I couldn’t have been more excited to watch an anime in my entire life #thefeels ❤


3. Asobi Asobase

^Pure fucking COMEDY GOLD. Also my Breakout Anime of the Year in our WordPress Anime Awards 😀


4. Happy Sugar Life

^Because we all need a little yandere in our lives.


5. After the Rain

^Mainly due to the manga series being PERFECTION…but also because I relate to this series on a personal level.


6. Banana Fish

^Apparently I just enjoy my heart being broken over and over again.


7. As Miss Beelzebub Likes

^Please refer to my Top Ten Tuesday post dedicated to this show :3


8. SSSS.Gridman

^When SSSS.Gridman ends low-key gay and you couldn’t be happier about it 😛


9. March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2

^MCILAL is EVERYTHING and you can’t change my mind!


10. Golden Kamuy Season 1 & 2

^Legit one of the best anime crew of ALL TIME.


I wanted to make a list of honorable mentions but I felt like that would defeat the purpose of having a top twenty today. Also that list would be incredibly long because there were SOOOO many great anime this year! 2018 really turned out to be a KILLER year for anime. The 2019 line-up is starting to look amazing as well. We can only go up from here my pandas! Lots of anime shows getting revamped and also getting secondary, third, and even fourth seasons. It’s gonna be LIT! Well I think that about does it for me today guys. I will be doing my seasonal wrap-up shortly, as well as my What’s Coming Up Wednesday post that will dive into winter season for 2019. Keep an eye out for those post peeps! Again Merry Christmas to you all! (That is if you celebrate). I’ll see you guys in my next post. MUAH! XOXO


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Come one, come all to the first ever WordPress Anime Awards! 

We’ve got lions and tigers and heroic boys, oh my! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages we have a vast array of voting categories for you to be entertained by. Come join us as we aim to please you from start to finish. Listen to the melodic anime opening and ending songs from 2018, laugh at the funniest moments this year had to offer, be thrilled by the perilous anime films that made their debut amongst the people, marvel at all the great characters that made you smile or cry while watching their journey…Only at the 2018 WordPress Anime Awards!

All of these acts were carefully chosen by a wondrous group of performers. These performers include Cactus Matt, Derek Lyons, Marthaurion, Raistlin, Matt Doyle, Jon Spencer, Karandi, Star & Luna, BiblioNyan, Lethargic Ramblings, Ano Nora, Ty-chama, Mech Anime Reviews, itsaanimething, and me. We trained long and hard to bring you the best possible performance. After extensive practice and sharpening our skills we came up with 20 different acts for you to choose from. Each act brings a collection of diversity and a mixture of each performer’s personality. Some of the acts will vary in length and options. You as the audience might see a small number next to one of the options presented to you. This number indicates that choice was picked by our performer’s multiple times. An example of what this might look like is as follows: Attack on Titan Season 3 (*4). Hence why our acts will have more or less options for you to choose from. If you are not 100% completely satisfied with any of the performer’s choices in a particular act feel free to write in your own solution to meet your satisfactory needs.

But alas! Don’t let these deviating acts fool you. Each one was handcrafted to perfection in hopes of bringing you a multitude of options to choose from. You can never have enough options. Take careful consideration in choosing which act you believe is the best and greatest. You only get one vote per act. Choose wisely ladies and gents! Please sit back, relax and enjoy the show.


Act I:
Best Girl


Act II:
Best Boy


Act III:
Best Manga/Light Novel


Act IV:
Breakout Anime of the Year

(*Breakout Anime of the Year means what anime series surprised you the most/turned out differently from what you expected)


Act V:
Best Opening Song


Act VI:
Best Ending Song


Act VII:
Best Character Design


Act VIII:
Best Fight


Act IX:
Best WTF?! Moment

(*Each nomination has a corresponding screen-cap below beginning with number 1 on the left and ending with number 11 at the bottom)

 


Act X:
Best Supporting Character


Act XI:
Best Ship


Act XII:
Most Likely to Cosplay


Act XIII:
Best Animation


Act XIV:
Best Hero


Act XV:
Best Villain


Act XVI:
Best Continuing Series


Act XVII:
Funniest Scene

(*Each nomination has a corresponding screen-cap below beginning with number 1 on the left and ending with number 11 at the bottom)

 


Act XVIII:
Best Film


Act XIX:
Most Disappointing Anime


Act XX:
Anime of the Year


Thank you all for attending our show! It gives us such happiness that we could bring you all of these stupendous acts. We hope that you were thrilled, entertained, and awed by all of our performer’s choices! Don’t forget to share our show with all of your family and friends. This circus will disappear at the stroke of Midnight on December 31st, 2018. So hurry in before the magic vanishes!


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We’ve made it to the end guys! Well…to my favorite anime ending songs for 2018. I guess you could also consider this the end of the year since it is December. Close enough am I right?! 😉 Last week I posted my favorite anime opening songs for 2018. If you somehow missed that post I will link it here for you to read: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/12/04/ttt-top-ten-tuesday-a-year-in-review-my-favorite-opening-anime-songs-from-2018/. This post is going to follow the same format as my previous one. These songs will be in no particular order and the honorable mentions list will be large once again due to the fact that we are covering the entire year. Soooo if you guys don’t mind me keeping this short and sweet let’s get into these anime ending songs!


1. “Ref:rain” from After the Rain

^Nothing can top this ending song for me this year. NOTHING!


2. “Michishirube” from Violet Evergarden

^Gotta love those gut-wrenching bittersweet endings.


3. “Unbreakable Love” from Devil’s Line

^This song is so sensual…I can’t even handle it *insert blushing face here*


4. “Kakatte Koi yo” from Megalo Box

^Such a killer song and music video to jam out to!


5. “Sajou no Hana” from Sirius the Jaeger

^Probably my second favorite ending song of the year right behind Ref:rain.


6. “Pray” from Angels of Death

^I really appreciate how hauntingly beautiful this song is.


7. “Mimei no Kimi to Hakumei no Mahou” from Irozuku: The World in Colors

^I guess 2018 was just the year of powerful bittersweet ballads.


8. “Marionette” from Karakuri Circus

^This song is lit af and this show is HIGHLY underrated!


9. “Reset” from Run With the Wind

^Yaaasss…give me all the feels!


10. “Prayer X” and “Red” from Banana Fish

^I’m not crying, you’re crying 😥


Honorable Mentions:
“Ending” from Kokkoku
“Orange Iro” from Tsurune
“Half” from Tokyo Ghoul:re
“CheerS” from Cells at Work
“Dear Teardrop” from Citrus
“Gin no Kisei” from Goblin Slaye
“Furu Biyori” from Laid Back Camp
“Youthful Beautiful” from SSSS.Gridman
“Iris” from Sword Art Online: Alicization
“Silent Solitude” from Overlord Season 3
“Love Song” From Tada Never Falls in Love
“Home Sweet Home!” from Dropkick on my Devil
“Akumade Koi Wazurai” from As Miss Beelzebub Likes
“Mahoutsukai no Yome” from The Ancient Magus Bride
“I am standing” from March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2
“Koko Kara, Koko Kara” from A Place Further than the Universe
“Fukashigi no Carte” from Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-girl Senpai
“Hibana” and “The Clock Tower’s Bell” from Golden Kamuy Season 1 & 2
“To See the Future” from Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
“Saiaku na hi demo Anata ga Suki” from How Not to Summon a Demon Lord

Yup, another long ass honorable mentions list XD That’s just how the cookie crumbles I guess! Thank you guys so much for joining me again this lovely Tuesday. I hope some of your favorite ending songs from the year made this list. If so which ones? If not which ones were you hoping to see? Let me know all of your thoughts and comments down below in the comments section! I’m really excited for next Tuesday’s post. I get to gather up all of my favorite blog post I’ve written and condense it down into an easy to navigate guide for you all. Keep a look out for that post my pandas! Until then I’ll catch you guys in my next one. Jaa ne! ❤


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Dear P.A. Works,

Aishiteru. Yes, I love you more than you will probably ever comprehend. My love for you stemmed from the moment I was utterly and completely captivated by Nagi no Asukara. The nuance, the unparalleled story-line, the drama, the romance, the tension, the teen angst, and everything in-between. Nagi no Asukara helped me fall in love with anime all over again.

You see, there was a brief time in my life where I thought being in love with anime was shameful and uncool. For the latter part of my teenage years into my early twenties I felt guilty for enjoying the things that I liked. I was worried that I would be looked down upon by my fellow peers or that someone would laugh at me for liking “cartoons” so to speak. That watching anime wasn’t “the adult thing to do.” So I fell out of love with the thing that brought me the most joy. I stopped watching cartoons, tucked away all of my feelings for anime, and tried to grow up. As I got older I soon came to the realization that I didn’t need grow up in the same way everyone else was. I started to embrace who I was, what I liked and didn’t like, and knew that anime would always be apart of my being. Anime had been rooted in me every since I first laid eyes on shows like Sailor Moon, CardCaptor Sakura, Pokemon, and Digimon. Anime was there for me when most everyone wasn’t. Anime you can say was my saving grace.

I guess I really never came to the conclusion that you created so many influential shows. From True Tears, Canaan, Angel Beats!, Another, Red Data Girl, Shirobako, Charlotte, Sakura Quest, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby, Sirius the Jaeger, all the way to Iroduku: The World in Colors which is your most current work. There a countless others, but we would be here all day if I decided to write them all down. Many of these shows I haven’t seen yet, but one day I am hoping that I can. There are also other TV series you partially produced but again, that isn’t why I am here today. I am here today to tell you how much you shaped my anime viewing.

I don’t think I could fathom up enough words to tell you how much you mean to me, especially after this year. Uma Musume: Pretty Derby exceeded my expectations as a show, Sirius the Jaeger brought about some of the most thrilling fight scenes I have seen in anime in a long time, Iroduku: The World in Colors blends fantasy surrealism and the human condition perfectly, and Maquia: When the Promised Flower blooms has to be my favorite anime film of all time. And that is saying a lot! I am a sucker for bittersweet anime.

P.A. Works…you don’t just world build, you transport the audience to that very space and time. You make me feel as if I am that specific character, living their life, making their decisions, wishing for the very best possible outcome in the end. Being immersed into an anime’s story-line is one of the biggest achievements any production company can acquire. That should be the end goal when creating any anime. While not all of your shows are completely perfect, they are genuinely special. Each one on its own has special something that everyone can take away from it. Nagi no Asukara with its fortitude of growing up and learning about first love, Uma Musume: Pretty Derby’s theme of endearing encouragement, to Maquia’s obsession with perfect love, finding one’s self, and the erudition that not everyone can live forever.

That is one thing you do spectacularly; you capture human emotion down to its very essence. The two core fundamental emotions for all humans is love and fear. For the body, this is true. Fear causes stimuli to increase stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, while love causes soothing or reassuring stimuli that increase oxytocin (also known as the “feel good” emotion). Oxytocin has also been nicknamed the “bonding hormone” and or the “cuddle hormone. This hormone naturally occurs when we love, are loved, nurture one another, give to each other selflessly, or engage in affectionate touch. In the same way that light removes darkness, love can remove fear. P.A. Works when you display love, you do so in the most beautiful ways. It is so flawless, so easy, so forthcoming that I believe everyone can relate to it in some way, shape or form. I really dove into this aspect after watching Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms because I felt like my thoughts need to be translated into something everyone could read. (If you want to read that post you can do so here: https://kawaiipaperpandas.com/2018/07/22/maquia-when-the-promised-flower-blooms-an-emotional-film-that-explores-the-emotions-of-love-obsession/).

Not only are you unmatched in your story-telling capabilities, but your anime visuals are beyond comprehension. I still don’t know how you guys do it. The colors, the flow, the realistic nature of specific objects, and the background scenery. THE BACKGROUNDS FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. They are out of this world! I really have to thank everyone on the production team, but your art coordinator and designer are impeccable. If I could describe the artwork for each of the anime you have created in a few words they would be dazzling, bewitching, resplendent, and divine. It’s like a little piece of heaven was sliced off and brought down to Earth for us to relish in. I love love love the use of texture in Irodoku: The World in Colors. The different concepts and styles of animation thrown into story have made it all the more enjoyable for me. I think The Canipa Effect did a wonderful job explaining the art of P.A. Works in his video. This was published in 2016, so P.A. Works has come out with a variety of other animations since then but the video summarizes how (pretty much everyone) feels about P.A. Works art studio as a whole. You can check that video out down below:

I want to close this letter with a simple ‘thank you.’ Thank you for showing me that loving anime is not foolish or uncool. Thank you for giving me stories that I continue to think about to this very day. Thank you for allowing me to share your work with countless others in hopes of them loving your work as much as I do. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to us anime fans. Without you, and all of the other anime production studios out there we wouldn’t have this community to share our love and passion for anime. You will forever have my gratitude and appreciation.

Love,
Ayano ❤


This post was inspired by JuJu @SoulChainJuJu on Twitter and Jon Spencer Reviews @JS_Reviews when he came out with his Violet Evergarden-A Letter from the Heart blog post. Thank you both for creating such sweet and personal content for all of us to enjoy! Hopefully I was able to do the same for you all. My two year blogiversary was yesterday. As I stated in my Twitter post last night I can’t believe we have made it this far. Thank you all for joining me on this journey together. Annnd if you aren’t following me (which you should be if you are reading this) then come join the ASAP…like NOW. Yes, now XD That is going to do it for me! I’ll see you guys back here on Tuesday. Sending all of you lots of love wherever you guys are in the world! 🙂


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).