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. 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

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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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 logic..am 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! ‚̧


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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:¬†https://www.bonfire.com/notice-me-senpai-2/.

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


 

Thank you winter season for not being a total failure!

I have to say this winter season was quite spectacular. There were some amazing shows and I am sad all of them are coming to an end. But we can’t be sad for too long! Spring season is right around the corner. This spring season is going to be my largest watch list yet. I am going to be watching around 28 shows. Whew! I still can’t believe how BIG spring season is going to be.

If you want to know what I will be watching for spring season (and in case you missed this post) I’ll link it here:¬†https://kawaiipaperpandas.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/what-senpai-is-watching-for-spring-anime-season-2018-edition/.

If you have been following me for sometime now then you know how my rating system works. I rate the anime one out of ten and that is that’s about it. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. So let’s get this party started!


1. 3-gatsu no Lion (March comes in like a Lion) Season 2

Studio: Shaft
Source: Manga
Genres: Game, Slice of Life, Drama, Seinen
My Rating: This anime will undoubtedly be a 10 out of 10 for me!


2. Violet Evergarden

Studio: Kyoto Animation
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Slice of Life, Drama, Fantasy
My Rating: 9.7 out of 10. Almost near perfection with a few bumps in the road.


3. Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After the Rain)

Studio: Wit Studio
Source: Manga
Genres: Romance, Seinen
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10. Another top notch anime! The manga is fantastic as well.


4. Sora yori mo Tooi Basho (A Place Further Than the Universe)

Studio: Madhouse
Source: Original
Genres: Slice of Life, Adventure
My Rating: 8.8 out of 10. I hope we get more!


5. Devilman Crybaby

Studio: Science SARU
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Demons, Horror, Supernatural
My Rating: 8.6 out of 10. Hands down the craziest anime I’ve seen now.


6. Yuru Camp (Laid Back Camp)

Studio: C-Station
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Seinen
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10. So kawaii and moe!


7. Mahoutsukai no Yome (The Ancient Magus Bride)

Studio: Wit Studio
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Magic, Shounen
My Rating: 8.3 out of 10. The fantasy aspects were superb!


8. Darling in the FranXX

Studio: Trigger & A-1 Pictures
Source: Original
Genres: Sci-Fi, Drama, Mecha
My Rating: 8.2 out of 10…mainly due to Zero Two being so cute ‚̧


9. Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu

Studio: A-1 Pictures
Source: Manga
Genres: Action, Adventure, Supernatural, Magic, Fantasy, Shounen
My Rating: 8.2 out of 10. I mainly watch this show for Ban and Elaine ūüôā


10. Citrus

Studio: Passione
Source: Manga
Genres:  Drama, Romance, School, Shoujo Ai
My Rating: 8.1 out of 10. I LIVE for the drama!!!


11. Overlord II

Studio: Madhouse
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Game, Supernatural
My Rating: 8 out of 10. MVP this season definitely goes to Sebas.


12. Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen

Studio: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Shoujo
My Rating: 8 out of 10. Nice to see one of my favorite childhood shows again!


13. GARO -VANISHING LINE-

Studio: MAPPA
Source: Original
Genres: Action, Demons, Fantasy, Supernatural
My Rating: 7.9 out of 10. Want to see more of Luke since he is so sexy ūüėČ


14. Dagashi Kashi 2

Studio: Tezuka Productions
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Shounen
My Rating: 7.8 out of 10. Hotaru-chan is da best!


15. Kokkoku

Studio: Geno Studio
Source: Manga
Genres: Psychological, Supernatural, Drama, Mystery, Seinen
My Rating: 7.8 out of 10. That opening song is just so damn catchy.


16. Gakuen Babysitters

Studio: Brain’s Base
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, School, Shoujo
My Rating: 7.7 out of 10 for all the tiny wittle tater totes.


17. Miira no Kaikata (How to Keep a Mummy)

Studio: 8bit
Source: Web Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Supernatural
My Rating: 7.6 out of 10. More moe anime!


18. Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san

Studio: Studio Gokumi & AXsiZ
Source: 4-koma Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
My Rating: 7.6 out of 10….because RAMEN


19. Death March Kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku

Studio: Silver Link & Connect
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Fantasy
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10


20. Karakai Jouzu no Takagi-san

Studio: Shin-Ei Animation
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy, Romance, School, Shounen
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10


21. Ryuuou no Oshigoto!

Studio: Project No. 9
Source: Light Novel
Genres: Slice of Life, Game, Comedy
My Rating: 7.5 out of 10 because the girls were totes adorbs.


22. Hakumei to Mikochi

Studio: Lerche
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Seinen
My Rating: 7.4 out of 10


23. Takunomi

Studio: Production IMS
Source: Manga
Genres: Slice of Life, Comedy
My Rating: 7.2 out of 10


Dropped Anime:
Beatless
Dame√óPrince ANIME CARAVAN


What was everyone’s final thoughts on winter season? Which anime shows were your favorite(s)? Which one’s did you not enjoy or drop? Are you excited for spring season? Let me know all of your thoughts in the comments section below!


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