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:

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. ūüėČ 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 ūüėÄ

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

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

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).

Ya know…I still haven’t seen a single episode of Game of Thrones…but I felt like this gif was perfect for today’s post. That’s right my pandas! Winter anime season is upon us. Welcome to a new season and a new year. Man oh man! I can’t believe we are already into 2019. The countdown to my birthday starts now. My birthday is January 23rd in which I will be 29 years young. How time flies when you are having fun or in this case when you don’t know what the hell you are doing with your life. Just kidding! I have to say my late 20’s have been some of the BEST years of my life. I am more confident in who I am as a person, I have a caring boyfriend who accepts me for who I am (and my slight obsession with anime), and I have made it past two years of blogging (which I didn’t think was going to happen when I first started out). 2018 started out a little rough but around late spring is when everything started to look a little better. I am going into 2019 with a positive mind and an open heart ‚̧

I hope everyone had a good holiday season. I know I sure did! I got everything I wanted for Christmas. Lots of anime series and anime themed merch. What more could an otaku ask for? Nothing. The answer is simply nothing. Anime stuff is more than enough for me! What was your favorite thing you got for Christmas (if you celebrated this year)? If you follow me on Twitter then you would know my boyfriend got me the limited edition box set of Kimi no Na wa (Your Name) and the limited edition steel box edition of Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous). I also got this beautiful art print of Wicked Lady from Sailor Moon that I have been DYING to have for the last few months. You can say he’s definitely a keeper!

Alright, alright. You guys didn’t come here to listen to me talk about Christmas presents I got or my boyfriend. You came here to see what I’ll be watching for winter anime season! Surprisingly enough this season will be another small one for me. I mean…comparatively small in comparison to how many shows I usually watch. This list will not include leftovers or continuing series I will be watching. Leftovers include Run with the Wind, Karakuri Circus, and Sword Art Online: Alicization. Continuing series I will be watching during winter season are the Morose Mononokean season 2 and Kakegurui season 2. I would be watching Date A Live season 3 if I had ever finished season 2. Whoops! XD

Today’s post is easy peasy per usual. I will be stating the anime title(s) I will be watching with the trailer and anime synopsis underneath. Y’all already know how these post work by now ūüėČ Let’s get right to it!

1. Boogiepop wa Warawanai

Anime synopsis:

“There is an urban legend that tells of a shinigami that can release people from the pain they are suffering. This “Angel of Death” has a name‚ÄĒBoogiepop. And the legends are true. Boogiepop is real. When a rash of disappearances involving female students breaks out at Shinyo Academy, the police and faculty assume they just have a bunch of runaways on their hands. Yet some students know better. Something mysterious and foul is afoot. Is it Boogiepop or something even more sinister…?”

2. Gotoubun no Hanayome

Anime synopsis:

“A high school romantic comedy with five times the cute girls! A high school boy must work part-time to help five sisters study so they can graduate, but the only thing these quintuplets have in common is that they all hate studying!

Five girls who want to do anything but study, and their tutor: a high school boy who’s got book smarts and not much else. Fuutarou Uesugi took the tutoring gig because he was desperate for cash, but when his students‚ÄĒthe five beautiful daughters of a wealthy businessman‚ÄĒfind five times the excuses to slack off, what can he do?! At this rate, the sisters won‚Äôt graduate, so if he wants to get paid, Fuutarou must think of a plan to suit each of them‚Ķ Which feels hopeless when five out of five of them think he’s a loser!”¬†

3. Dororo

Anime synopsis:

“A samurai lord has bartered away his newborn son’s organs to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Yet, the abandoned infant survives thanks to a medicine man who equips him with primitive prosthetics‚ÄĒlethal ones with which the wronged son will use to hunt down the multitude of demons to reclaim his body one piece at a time, before confronting his father. On his journeys the young hero encounters an orphan who claims to be the greatest thief in Japan.”

4. Domestic no Kanojo

Anime synopsis:

“Natsuo Fujii is in love with his teacher, Hina. Attempting to forget his feelings towards her, Natsuo goes to a mixer with his classmates where he meets an odd girl named Rui Tachibana. In a strange turn of events, Rui asks Natsuo to sneak out with her and do her a favor. To his surprise, their destination is Rui’s house‚ÄĒand her request is for him to have sex with her. There’s no love behind the act; she just wants to learn from the experience. Thinking that it might help him forget about Hina, Natsuo hesitantly agrees.

After this unusual encounter Natsuo now faces a new problem. With his father remarrying, he ends up with a new pair of stepsisters; unfortunately, he knows these two girls all too well. He soon finds out his new siblings are none other than Hina and Rui! Now living with both the teacher he loves and the girl with whom he had his “first time,” Natsuo finds himself in an unexpected love triangle as he climbs ever closer towards adulthood.”

5. Doukyonin wa Hiza, Tokidoki, Atama no Ue.

Anime synopsis:

“Mystery writer Mikazuki Subaru, who isn’t good at dealing with people, finds them to be a disturbance when it comes to building his imaginary world. One day, he chances upon a stray cat and feels inspiration strike, so he brings the cat home as his muse.

Can watching the inexplicable behaviors of a cat form material for a novel?”

6. Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Anime synopsis:

“Considered a genius due to having the highest grades in the country, Miyuki Shirogane leads the prestigious Shuchiin Academy’s student council as its president, working alongside the beautiful and wealthy vice president Kaguya Shinomiya. The two are often regarded as the perfect couple by students despite them not being in any sort of romantic relationship.

However, the truth is that after spending so much time together, the two have developed feelings for one another; unfortunately, neither is willing to confess, as doing so would be a sign of weakness. With their pride as elite students on the line, Miyuki and Kaguya embark on a quest to do whatever is necessary to get a confession out of the other. Through their daily antics, the battle of love begins!”

7. The Rising of the Shield Hero

Anime synopsis:

“Stories of old tell of four otherworldly heroes‚ÄĒwielding the sword, spear, bow, and shield‚ÄĒwho defended the land from wave after wave of calamity. With the fate of the world in balance, the kingdom of Melromarc summons these legendary figures; in modern-day Japan, the call is answered, and the unwitting heroes are transported to this fantasy universe.

Thrust into Melromarc and given the title of “Shield Hero,” otaku Naofumi Iwatani is labeled the weakest due to his lack of offensive capability and apparent inexperience. When the heroes part ways to start their journeys, he only has one willing companion: the beautiful princess Malty Melromarc. However, she soon betrays him, steals all his money, and accuses him of taking advantage of her.

For his alleged crimes, Naofumi is branded a criminal and made outcast of society. With hatred filling his heart, he sets out alone, vowing vengeance against those who wronged him.”

8. The Promised Neverland

Anime synopsis:

“At Grace Field House, life couldn’t be better for the orphans! Though they have no parents, together with the other kids and a kind “Mama” who cares for them, they form one big, happy family. No child is ever overlooked, especially since they are all adopted by the age of 12. Their daily lives involve rigorous tests, but afterwards, they are allowed to play outside.¬†

There is only one rule they must obey: do not leave the orphanage. But one day, two top-scoring orphans, Emma and Norman, venture past the gate and unearth the horrifying reality behind their entire existence: they are all livestock, and their orphanage is a farm to cultivate food for a mysterious race of demons. With only a few months left to pull off an escape plan, the children must somehow change their predetermined fate.”¬†

9. Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka

Anime synopsis:

“Due to the invasion of Disas‚ÄĒenigmatic creatures of soil from the land of the dead‚ÄĒmankind, who was on the verge of crisis, was saved by the efforts of magical girls who had obtained a mysterious magical power…

Three years later, new incidents suddenly occur, tearing apart the normalcy of the girls who had each returned to their normal lives. The saviours of humanity, those magical girls called “The Magical Five” now live each day fighting for their lives, even as they are trifled with by fate…”

10. Egao no Daika

Anime synopsis:

“On a planet far from Earth, there is a kingdom full of smiling faces. Princess Yuuki is 12 years old, and about to enter a sensitive age in a person’s life. Everyday, she cries, laughs, and sometimes, her heart throbs with excitement. All the while, she lives merrily in the royal palace.

Filling her days are her loyal vassals: her tutor Reira, Izana who assists in political affairs, the leader of the chivalry Harold … and then there is her childhood friend and aide Joshua.

“Yuuki! If you have spirit and guts, you can do anything!”

“‚ĶNo, not this again! Joshua, be nobler!”

Stella is 17 years old and a capable, reserved soldier. However, she is always smiling … for smiling is essential to living.

This is a story of two girls born on distant planets.”

Anime I want to watch but I’m still unsure about:

How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno

Anime synopsis:

“The story centers on Ueno, a genius inventor who is in the third grade at her junior high school. She also serves as the head of the school’s science club and secretly falls in love with one of its members, second grade student Tanaka. Using her eccentric inventions, Ueno tries to confess her love to him indirectly. But her attempt always ends in failure.”

Like I said…there is are a lot more anime series going on for winter season but these are all the shows I am most interested in. I am trying to cut out shows that I know are going to be flops or things I would eventually get bored of and drop half way through. I actually completed all of the shows I said I was going to watch for fall season so that’s an accomplishment for me! Summer anime season this last year kinda dragged on and I knew I needed to do something to get me out of my boredom slump. Hence why I am watching less shows this time around. What new series are you most excited for? Which continuations are you happy to see back? I know I am stoked that Kakegurui and the Morose Mononokean got second seasons! Two series I really enjoyed when they first came out. As always thank you for joining me my pandas. I’ll catch you all in the next post! ūüėÄ

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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Since this is the final episode I don’t want to spend too much time on the opening scenes. It’s pretty apparent what happens. Violet’s right arm is shot off by¬†General Brigadier but Dietfried is able to land a shot on him in the process. We then hear an inner monologue coming from Dietfried.¬† It’s as follows, “The tool I cast away became Gilbert’s dog. But even after losing her arms, her master, and everything she had, she still stood tall.”¬†Uh…that’s because our Violet-chan is one determined girl!¬†General Brigadier tries to jump off the train in order to escape, but Violet kicks him back. Violet’s emerald broach flies into the air and Captain Dietfried nabs it. He tosses it back to her. Violet looks relieved to have it back and Dietfried is surprised by this.

As the train approaches the bridge crossing we see a bunch of timers go off. I knew it! I knew the train was gonna be rigged with bombs!¬†General Brigadier gets up and calls both Violet and Dietfried naive. He then goes on to say, “If you’d kill me right at the outset, you might have made it.” And then he laughs his crazy laugh before bailing off the train into the water down below. Of course he would get away! That’s usually how it happens in anime. This spurs Dietfried and Violet into action. The train won’t stop with the regular breaks so Violet has to opt for the emergency ones. Benedict even joins in with helping and manages to knock off one of the bombs placed directly on the bridge. That’s my boy! Go, baby go!

Violet struggles with pulling the other bomb off the bridge. We see her left hand/arm break off bit by bit…but that doesn’t stop our Violet-chan. She gives it her all before her arm completely shatters. The bomb finally separates from the bridge and it goes off in midair. Violet starts to fall but Benedict comes to the rescue! Thank goodness! Both the people and the train are safe.

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Whew! I am so glad that part is over. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. I kept thinking, “You can do it! Please, oh please let Violet get this damn bomb off.” My poor little heart can’t take much more of this anxiety.

Everyone makes it to the peace signing ceremony in one piece. Leindenschaftlich becomes a token of friendship and will provide one year’s worth of emergency aid to Gardariki. It’s a win win for both nations. The war is FINALLY over.

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But even with the war declared over many soldiers have not returned home to their families. Violet continues to write letters for the families of these missing soldiers, even declaring she knows how they feel. Violet finally has come to a point where she can relate to the people she writes for. This is what Major Gilbert was wanting all along for Violet; to understand and to live freely as she wishes.

We then cut to Cattleya speaking to Violet about the upcoming Air Show. It was suspended during the war, so everyone is excited to see the return of it five years later. Cattleya then declares she might even write a letter of her own accord, and she pushes Violet to do the same.

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Violet gives her usual answer of, “I’ve never written a letter of my own.” and Cattleya simply states, “Just write how you feel right now-as your heart wills you.” The best type of letters are ones that come straight from the heart.

Flashback to the final night of Gilbert and Violet before the battle of Intense. We see Violet question Gilbert once again if she is needed. She then exclaims, “Will you not give me orders anymore?”¬†And then we see for the first time Gilbert challenges Violet’s thoughts/questions. We can see Gilbert is clearly upset at Violet asking for orders. Gilbert knows deep down that Violet can live without his or anyone else’s orders, but she doesn’t comprehend that.

Violet tells him once again that she really doesn’t understand and it is in this moment Gilbert realizes she truly doesn’t. He then apologizes to Violet. He says he can no longer sit by and watch her force herself to remain a tool. You can tell Gilbert blames himself for taking Violet in and turning her into a war tool. The sadness wells up inside him and he is ashamed that Violet, even after everything, still believes in him. I can’t imagine the guilt Gilbert must be feeling. It must eat at him every single day and this is moment where it finally came to a breaking point for him. ūüė¶

We return back to the present where Violet tells Claudia and Cattleya she couldn’t write a letter. She has emotions and also had them back then, but she says she doesn’t know what she should tell Gilbert. This is when Claudia says try to write something, even if it short-even if it is one sentence-they will keep the letter deadline open for her. Dawww! Claudia is such a softie for Violet-chan.

Then one of the front desk girls comes into the office stating someone is there to see Violet.

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Of course Violet gets her hopes up and thinks it’s Gilbert, but we already know it is Captain Dietfried. He then takes Violet to their Leindenschaftlich mansion to meet their mother.

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ANNNDDD this is where we cue the waterworks for Ayano-senpai….I can’t help that I’m a big ol’ crybaby guys! Stop judging me XD

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Dietfried introduces Violet to his mother and she recalls Gilbert saying he wanted them to adopt her. She says, “You’re finally here.” and then goes on to ask, “Isn’t Gilbert with you?”¬†But just as Dietfried is about to mention he isn’t Violet steps forward, grasping her broach, and says, “He is with us.”¬†

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She then presents the broach to Gilbert and Dietfried’s mother.

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Gilbert’s mother remarks, “It is the same color as his eyes.”¬†The moment Violet finds the broach flashes in-front of us and she states the same thing. We even see the moment Violet receives the broach from Gilbert once more.

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Violet shakes from recalling the memories of Gilbert. My poor baby Violet! She misses him terribly so. I just want to hold her hand and tell her everything will be alright.

Gilbert and Dietfried’s mother ask Violet what her relationship is with Gilbert. Violet conjures up an answer for her. “The Major took me in, raised me, and gave me a purpose. But…” She falters with the rest of her answer. But Gilbert’s mother knows that he is missing, even if her memory is a bit hazy. Dietfried leaves the room to give them some privacy. Gilbert’s mother goes on to tell Violet it wasn’t her fault. She says it isn’t Violet’s cross to bear. While Dietfried tells his mother to give up on Gilbert, we know deep down he hasn’t either. He loves his brother very much. Gilbert’s mother says he is alive and puts her hand on her heart saying, “within my heart. So I won’t ever forget him. Even if it always hurts to remember, I’ll live the rest of my life thinking about him. I mean, even now, I still love him.” Violet starts to weep but she agrees with her.

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As Violet is leaving Captain Dietfried calls out to Violet. He gives her some final orders:

Then the moment we’ve all been waiting for happens:

YAAAASSSS! Violet finally did it guys. She made it to the point where she can live on her own now. *Throws confetti in the air* My baby is all grown up now! I am one proud momma bear.

We end this part with Dietfried’s outer monologue:

That night it snows in¬†Leindenschaftlich as Violet types up her letter to Gilbert. Which is a little odd considering there are palm tress around the city lololz….but anime I right? XD

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The weather clears up the next day just in the time for the Air Show. Everyone gathers at the seaport, including the beautiful Miss Luculia! I still wish we got more air time of Luculia. She is just totes adorbs! Luculia is glad she could make it and Violet tells her she finally wrote a letter of her own for the first time.

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Luculia mentions she wrote one to her parents. Violet tells her, “I am sure it will reach them.”¬†Yes, yes it will Violet-chan. Iris chimes in that she also wrote a letter. It seems she wrote one to her future self. She still believe that she will be Leiden’s…no, the continent’s most popular Doll. Good for Iris! You have to start from somewhere. I’m glad she is believing in herself. Luculia then asks Erica if she wrote a letter. Erica gets all shy and flustered before responding with:

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Iris interrupts Erica’s response by jumping on her and asking who the mystery person could be. The scene then shifts over to Benedict, Cattleya, and Claudia walking up to the girls. It seems our Erica-chan has fallen for Benedict…tehehe. Benedict then says he wrote a letter to Claudia. He wrote, “One day, I’m going to be the boss.”¬†You would Benedict, you would! *giggles uncontrollably at Claudia’s defensive response* These two seriously make my day. Claudia says, “Wait, you want to take my place? What kind of letter is that?!”¬†Ahahahahahahahaha. The Cattleya calls out Claudia in her usual fashion. She says, “You’re one to talk. What kind of letter is this?”¬†

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Claudia’s reaction is effing priceless:

I was laughing through my tears at this point. Claudia’s letter is for his future daughter and it was oh so sweet. It read, “From Papa, to my future daughter. Papa’s eagerly awaiting the day you are born. And I’m praying that you grow up healthy and strong, that you find happiness, and that you love someone who loves you just as much. And I pray that the future you and your children live in a world free of conflict and filled with happiness.” I thought it was a perfectly suited letter for Claudia to write.¬†Good job Pap…I mean Claudia ūüėČ

As Cattleya reads out Claudia’s letter the air show starts and letters come raining down from the sky.

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Violet reminisces about Major Gilbert and then we finally get to hear what Violet-chan wrote to him. Her letter reads, “Dear Major Gilbert, Do you have any news? Are you doing well? Where are you right now? Are you having any difficulties? Spring, summer, autumn, and winter…Many seasons have come and gone, but the one with you isn’t coming around at all. At first, I couldn’t understand. I couldn’t understand anything about how you felt. But within this new life you gave me, I’ve begun to feel the same way as you, if only a little, through ghostwriting and through the people I’ve met along the way. I believe that you are still alive somewhere. So I shall live, live, live and live some more, though there’s no telling what life might have in store. And if I can ever see you again, I want to let you know…that the phrase “I love you”…

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I’M NOT CRYING, YOU’RE CRYING…I can’t stop these tears from flowing out of me. I need a mop and a bucket to clean them up. In the last 50 seconds of the show we see Violet making her way to an urgent client request. She has her typewriter and frilly blue parasol handy. She knocks on the door and the client slowly opens it up. Violet introduces herself just like all the other times, but this time when she looks up at the client she looks surprised. She blushes and smiles and then states that she is Violet Evergarden.

Is it Gilbert perhaps? Or maybe someone else who had an impact on Violet’s life? We won’t know because the show ends there. Cliffhanger-kun was in full force this final episode!!! I read some of the light novel and now I need to go finish it. I know it is a bit different from the anime, but I am all for differences in story context. Overall, I absolutely fell in love with this show. I am a huge sucker for emotional/sad anime so of course I loved it. I actually made an appointment to get a Violet Evergarden tattoo on the 20th of May. I’ll be sure to share it with you all when I get the chance! I applaud KyoAni for making another emotional masterpiece. *slow clap starts*

Thank you all for joining me on this episode by episode journey! It was a lot longer than I at had anticipated, but it was fun to do none the less. Now we are onto spring season. So many anime, so little time. I will catch you guys tomorrow for a very special collab post with some anibloggers you may all know and love. Stay tuned my pandas! ‚̧

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

Oh look! Another winter wrap-up. I finally got around to writing up my favorite opening and ending songs of winter anime season. I was meaning to write more post this weekend but the procrastination side of me kicked in. Oops! Sorry guys XD

Also, on a side note I relaunched my shirt campaign! This time I only need to sell five shirts instead of eleven. So if you have the extra funds laying around buy yourself an awesome Notice Me Senpai tee! Your Senpai would greatly appreciate it ūüėČ Just click here:¬†

Without further ado let’s get into these OP’s & ED’s! I’ll kick things off with my absolute favorite opening of the season Flashback by MIYAVI.

1. Flashback by MIYAVI

^Groovy baby! This jam makes me so happy every time I hear it.

2. Kiss of Death by Mika Nakashima

^Visually this opening is stunning and the song is just so sensual.

3. Sincerely by TRUE

^You can’t help but feel all the feels when you listen to this opening.

4. Clear by Maaya Sakamoto

^So many memories with CardCaptor Sakura ‚̧

5. FlowXGranrodeo by Howling

^Soooo happy that Nanatsu no Taizai is back in the swing of things!!!

And now for my favorite ending songs! Really I just liked the ending of¬†Koi wa Ameagari no You ni¬†the best but there were a few other’s I thought were pretty decent as well.

6. Ref:rain by Aimer

^This song is just so freaking beautiful!!! Like I can’t even express how much this song means to me. Just listen to it!

7. Dear Teardrop by REGINA

^I mainly love how they displayed artwork from the manga in this ending.

8. I am standing by RUANN

^Because 3-gatsu no Lion is a masterpiece anime!

9. Koko Kara, Koko Kara by Mari Tamaki

^Such a fun ending song for a great anime series.

10. Michishirube by Minori Chiara

^Violet Evergarden just coming in with all the emotions with these songs.

What were your favorite opening and ending songs of the season? Are you excited to hear some new music for spring season? Let me know all of your thoughts in the comments section below! And thank you for joining me today my pandas. You guys rock! ūüėÄ


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I don’t want to spend a whole lot of time on this week’s episode of Violet Evergarden.¬†And that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did, I just have a very busy weekend going on. I am back in school so I also have to shift my time over for that, I have a friend coming down today to spend the weekend with me, and I have a whole lot of errands to run. I wish there was more then 24 hours in a day sometimes! So forgive me if this week’s episode review isn’t as in depth as my others XD

Basically this episode sums up to the anti-peace force making their move. They believe the war hasn’t ended and you can tell they are bitter about it. Captain Bougainvillea is asked to help in assisting with these rebels. There is a peace signing ceremony happening and the higher ups are worried that the opposition is coming to disrupt these negotiations.¬†Captain Bougainvillea asks if they know what these rebels are planning to do. In three days the completed transcontinental railroad will carry envoys and civilian Dolls from Distery to Gardarik as a symbol of peace. This is where the rebels are believed to strike.

Cattleya is the civilian Doll appointed to this peace signing ceremony and I believe Benedict is escorting her? They never really say.¬†Captain Bougainvillea meets up with them and he has some harsh words to say about Violet. What’s new? He still believes she’s a useless tool. But my baby Benedict and Cattleya stick up for our Violet-chan! Whoo! I’m so proud of them.

BOOM! In your face Captain Bougainvillea! There are people who love Violet for who she is rather than who she was. Violet is finally changing into the person Major Gilbert wanted her to be.

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So…old man (originally from the battle of Intense) is back and he wants revenge for the humiliation he received. I mean….isn’t that what happens when your side loses? Hence, why all of this anti-peace stuff is going on in the first place. He can’t admit defeat.

As the envoy for the peace signing transfers over to the train, the rebels set fire to many different post along the railway.¬†Captain Bougainvillea’s team investigate where these fires took place.

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As Violet is making her way back from the previous episode (and yes she is still with that pilot) she flies over the areas that have been damaged from the fires. But Violet knows these are not ordinary fires…they were made from bombs. Uh oh spaghetti-o’s! These rebels are causing quite the distraction if I do say so myself. Violet and the pilot are making there way near the train and Violet catches sight of Cattleya. So what do you think our girl is gonna do? Yep! She asks to be let off the plane in order to help her friends.

And while all of that is going on the rebels end up infiltrating the train. This is not looking good guys!

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Violet manages to get on the train and warn¬†Captain Bougainvillea of the bombings she witnessed. She asks that everyone, including¬†Captain Bougainvillea get off the train, but of course he won’t listen to her. The train leaves the station shortly after their encounter. The rest of the anti-peace fraction starts to set the rest of their plan into motion.¬†Captain Bougainvillea tries to decipher where they will strike on the rest of the journey.

Yes, the anti-peace force decides to make their attack in this exact area. They end up separating the front of the train from the back of the train, making sure to keep the envoy right where they want it. Violet finds¬†Captain Bougainvillea and he tells her he will stop the train. He then orders her to protect the rest of the people aboard the train.¬†Captain Bougainvillea plays the “you only want orders” card on Violet again (he also stated this to her when she explained the bombings earlier). But Violet says no.¬†Captain Bougainvillea then states, “Yes you do. If I ordered you to slaughter the enemy, you wouldn’t hesitate to kill them, right?”¬†Captain Bougainvillea tries to hand her a gun and¬†Violet responds with, “I will not kill anyone. I do not need a weapon.”¬†Captain Bougainvillea then poses this question:

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Violet then makes her rounds on the train looking for the enemy. She encounters the blonde soldier who basically sent Aidan to his death in the last episode. She proceeds to choke him out but eventually just resorts to punching him in the face. The anti-peace force heads on top of the train and this is where all the action takes place. Violet heads up there as well and encounters old man from Intense. She disarms his soldiers as best as she can without killing them. Violet then asks why they are doing this. Old man responds with:

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GOD! This guy is so prideful! Just admit defeat and move on with your life buddy. Stop trying to start another war. Enough people have died already for Christ’s sake. Of course more soldiers come out to protect old man and Violet says she wishes to not kill anymore. The soldiers go after Violet and she fights them with her bare hands. She gets many injuries in the process. Oh Violet! Please don’t risk your life if you aren’t going to kill these guys! I was secretly hoping that after she injured them she would throw them off the train lolololz I mean…technically she’s not killing them so it could totally work!

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Eventually the soldiers corner Violet and old man gets out his sword to kill Violet. Violet’s brooch gets ripped off during the battle and so the old man holds it in front of Violet’s face. Dangling the last piece she has of Gilbert right in front of her eyes. NOOOOOO! How dare he put his filthy hands on Violet’s treasure!!! I’m so mad right now.

Luckily, Captain Bougainvillea comes to the rescue! He kicks off the old man and throws off the other soldiers. THANK YOOOOUUU! That was my idea the whole time I was watching this scene. Captain¬†Bougainvillea then grabs Violet by her collar and says, “You cannot even protect yourself, so, how did you expect to do this without killing? My brother Gil gave his life to protect someone like you?”¬†Violet responds with, “I do not want to kill anymore.”¬†And then she hits¬†Captain Bougainvillea with:

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But Captain Bougainvillea counters with:

You can tell Dietfried resents Violet. He blames her for his brother’s death. He is consumed by guilt and needs someone to blame…and what better choice then the person who was given to him for protection. Even though Dietfried wants Violet to die, she stands up and tells him, “The major ordered me…to live. I wanted to protect him! I…I wanted to protect him too!”¬†We know you did Violet-chan, we know.

Then General Brigadier crawls his way back to the top of the train. Like…how? Anime logic I guess. We then see the blonde solider Violet punched out earlier on top the train with some type of bomb gun? I don’t really know…but the thing looks beastly! He points it at Violet and Dietfried.

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Dietfried jumps in front of Violet and shoots at Isidor (I guess that was his name). Dietfried lands a shot on the right lower side of Isidor. As he is falling Violet notices Isidor still has the strength to pull the trigger, so she jumps in front of Dietfried. The bomb is shot off and ricochets off of Violet’s metal arms. Dietfried is in shock and we are left with Violet looking quite determined.

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Gotta love those cliffhanger endings! I guess we have to wait till next week to see what happens next! Stay tuned for the next installment of Violet Evergarden my pandas ūüėČ

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