Once again I’m making my preview of a new anime season later than most, but I think I actually like it better this way.

Spending the first few weeks of a new anime season not watching anything new that is airing gives me more time. Time which can be spent watching older anime, making AMVs, reading or studying since university has started and all that…

It also kind of makes these posts easier to write – I’ve seen some tweets related to the new anime so those screenshots or bits of information can give me the extra push to maybe start an anime or in other cases, decide it would be better not to start something.

Fall 2019 has sounded exciting because of the great sequels it offers. But the offerings beside the sequels honestly seem to be dissapointing this season. But let’s get started with the good stuff first.

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld (MAL link)

Since the end of March and the sadness of the final Alicization episode, I’ve been dying to find out just what exactly has been going on in those final minutes of the episode. How are they gonna defend themselves? Is Asuna suddenly in the Underworld now? Is Kirito’s life in danger again?

Some of those questions have already been answered in the first 2 episodes of SAO Alicization Part 2. It reminds me so much of this time last year, when I was hugely hyped for Alicization Part 1. Not much has changed a year later, other than the name of this year’s SAO sequel.

Also the new ending sequence is incredible in every single possible way and I cannot express this enough. Take a look for it yourself.

My Hero Academia Season 4 (MAL link)

It’s been so long since My Hero Academia Season 3 that the anime I watched recently have changed the experience of watching MHA. I’ll now constantly think of Eren Yaeger when Shoto Todoroki is talking, same as Iride from Nakanohito Genome whenever Izuku speaks. And I know I’m probably the only person in the world who feels that way about the latter.

These aren’t even the only characters I started associating more with other anime, there is also Momo Yaoyorozu whose voice actress is also Armin Arlert, can you believe? I really need to make a separate post on this topic cause I too often find myself amazed with the range of Japanese voice actors.

But right, MHA Season 4? I guess it’s good to see the series back and it’s interesting to see how will the story move on now that All Might has retired.

Psycho-Pass 3 (MAL link)

Psycho-Pass brings me back to that Summer of 2017 when I first got into this whole anime thing. It was one of the very first anime I watched, hence why I’ve seen it dubbed. Which now reminds me – I’ve never actually seen Psycho-Pass subbed so Season 3 will be my first experience of the franchise in the subbed version.

I’m very much looking forward to it, and one hour for each episode will be an interesting change from the usual. Also, I hope Kougami will be back in some way, cause I remember I enjoyed his character the most.

Chihayafuru 3 (MAL link)

I’ve saved the best sequel for last. To say I’m looking forward to it would be an understatement. I don’t know how I managed to survive the 3 months since watching this for the first time and the start of the new season.

But I also don’t know how I’ll survive the weekly waiting for new episode(s) of Chihayafuru. When I watched it for the first time, my highest streak was 14 episodes in a day, with plans for more but I stopped myself in order to have a bit more left for the next days.

Chihayafuru gives me so many warm memories. I have no doubt a third season will be the same. Chihaya Ayase showed me what it truly means to be determined. I cannot wait to root for her again as she aims to become the next karuta queen. I cannot wait for more of Taichi’s analytical karuta, and Arata’s mastery. I cannot wait for more teamwork from the school club as well as seeing the characters from the other schools as well. There is so much from Chihayafuru that I cannot wait to experience again.

Just. Two. More. Days.

Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (MAL link)

The first of the non-sequels for this season. Cautious Hero is definitely the non-sequel Fall 2019 anime I’ve seen the most about so far. From what I’ve gathered, it seems to give some Konosuba vibes, especially since the goddess is being deemed useless.

I may watch it for the goddess cause I do like her design. And the whole twist of the main character being too cautious does seem good. But it can also potentially get too repetitive, which I hope won’t be the case.

Africa no Salaryman (MAL link)

This could be another one of those anime that just look so bad that I may actually give it a go just to see how bad it can get. And PV aside, “animals living beyond the savanna and the food chain”? It does kinda sound interesting…

Ascendance of a bookworm (MAL link)

I’m not sure about this one. The premise seems a bit different than your usual isekai, with the MC not being tasked to save the world. She simply has her own goal that she wants to achieve. It’s kinda interesting.

But there seems to be some negative feedback so far, especially worries about its pacing, which is a crucial element that I’m less likely to forgive.

Afterschool Dice Club (MAL link)

Cute girls playing board games. With people calling it a good match with Hitoribocchi, Yuru Camp, and even Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho. When someone calls an anime a good match with the latter, I more often than not end up watching it, since Sora Yori is one of my all time favorites.

I don’t expect such highs here, but if Afterschool Dice Club has some elements of the three mentioned anime that I all enjoyed, why not give it a go?

Beastars (MAL link)

More animal characters. A decent PV, albeit with a lot of CG. A good score for a new anime. Genres Slice of Life and Psychological. All of this kind of makes me interested although I’m not yet sure if I’ll actually really watch this.

Babylon (MAL link)

I love me a good mystery anime and this could have potential. Although by the synopsis it sounds like this would be better off with more than just 12 episodes. But maybe that’s just me.

Seeing the comments on the Winter 2019 anime season, many people seem to prefer Chika Fujiwara to Kaguya Shinomiya, the main character of Kaguya-sama: Love is War.

And while I strongly disagree with that opinion, it has become an inspiration for this post, as I got reminded of the situations when I liked the side character of an anime more than the main character.

Here are five such situations I could think of:

New game! (MAL link)

I didn’t really had any problems with Suzukaze Aoba. She was an enjoyable character and her story left a similar impact on me as the story of Shirobako did.

It motivated me to work harder towards my goals of working as a video editor, and perhaps one day in anime.

In fact, it helped me feel better about not being in my first choice university. My current one, computer science, isn’t exactly the media editing course I aimed for, but it does have some subjects related to it.

And one of those subjects is “video game making”.

But the most relatable character of New Game! for me was Takimoto Hifumi.

Her battle with social anxiety reasonated with me more than I’d like to admit, and seeing her try her best and doing well really warmed my heart.

Boku no Hero Academia (MAL link)

To be honest I’m not sure what to write about Izuku Midoriya.

Good shonen protagonist, nice growth, some funny moments here and there.

I just find Shoto Todoroki, his quirk, personality and background much more interesting.

Heck, even Bakugo who I used to hate just stands out that bit more.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (MAL link)

The bond between Edward and Alphonse was fantastic and I really can’t think of much to criticize about the Elric brothers.

But the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood character that ended up among my favorites on myanimelist was Roy Mustang.

There is only one word I can describe him with: badass.

His fight with Lust tells you everything you need to know.

Or wasn’t it too one sided to be called a “fight”?

 

Madoka Magica (MAL link)

Like with some other entries on this list, I don’t have much bad to say about Kaname Madoka.

She is just not as memorable for me as were Kyouko Sakura or Akemi Homura.

I mean just think of what Akemi Homura went through for Madoka. It’s a whole other level of friendship goals that you can’t help but think may be even more than just “friendship”.

Hunter x Hunter (MAL link)

For Hunter x Hunter it’s a bit difficult to define, as myanimelist considers Gon, Killua, Kurapika and Leorio as main characters.

On the other hand, many consider only Gon and Killua to be the actual main characters.

For the purposes of this article, let’s say Gon is the main character.

His motivations are nice and all, trying to find his father. It made for some really sweet moments and a great mystery surrounding Ging.

But I couldn’t help but feel a bit annoyed with Gon at times. Especially because of what he told Killua in episode 116.

Instead of Gon, my favorite character is Kurapika. His fight with Uvogin on episode 47 remains probably the most hype-inducing moment I’ve ever had while watching anime.

Let me know what anime did you think had better side characters than the main character!

As the year comes to an end, its time to make a few of those “best of x year” posts. My first one for this year will be about anime openings.

Before I get started, I feel like there is one thing I should note: I actually don’t watch a lot of seasonal anime. It turns out that out of the 4 anime seasons in 2018, I only watched 21 seasonal anime (Fall 2018 included).

The reason for this is that I only watch stuff that I feel I would like. I don’t think starting dozens of anime each season just because they are airing at that moment would work well for me.

While this means I could miss out on a lot of amazing anime, I do make the decision to occasionally pick up shows later on in the season if they are talked about a lot, or if I see signs that I would enjoy it.

The reason I’m telling you this is because when I’ll list my favorite endings in a later post, there will be a few situations where the same anime appears both in this and that list.

And also, I understand my approach to seasonal anime can mean I missed out on a lot of potentially great openings or endings that would be fitting for this list.

So with that out of the way, let’s start with the list!

10. Shoujo☆Kageki Revue Starlight Opening (Starlight Kukugumi – Hoshi no Dialogue)

Revue Starlight may look like your typical idol-anime.

But it is anything but that. It tells the story of 9 girls wanting to become stars, but it does it with a huge twist, and one that works much better than I expected it would.

There is drama, there is action, there is a shocking plot twist that even Madoka Magica wouldn’t be ashamed of.

And there is great music with an opening that sets the theatricial mood of the anime really well.

9. Boku no Hero Academia Season 3 Opening 2 (Lenny code fiction – Make my story)

A lot like in season 2, the second cour of My Hero Academia season 3 feels like the calm after the storm. The storm full of breathtaking action and in this season more than ever, emotion.

The opening reflects that in a way. I love the retro feel it gives me.

And that Uraraka moment before the chorus hits is so damn good.

8. Irozuku Sekai no Ashita Kara Opening (Haruka to Miyuki – 17 Sai)

It’s not the first time I’m talking about this opening, as I’ve made a breakdown of it already.

The visuals are really polished and the song feels refreshing like the early morning sun in autumn.

Which is fitting for a Fall 2018 anime.

Go watch Irozuku Sekai for a unique story about personal growth complimented with stunning visuals.

7. Steins;Gate 0 Opening 1 (Kanako Itou – Fatima)

One of the highlights of the year – Steins;Gate 0.

Or should I say lowlights due to all the pain and sadness it has provided?

In any case, it was fantastic to watch new Steins;Gate content, even if the waiting for each new episode part was really nerve-wrecking.

The opening song is amazing and the visuals include snow, which is the most important thing to take note of.

That last part wasn’t serious, by the way.

6. Harukana Receive Opening (Kana Yuki and Saki Miyashita – FLY two BLUE)

Since I already mentioned this opening among the 7 Openings and Endings that make you feel everything will be alright, it’s perhaps no surprise it made my top 10 openings of the year.

The OST of Harukana Receive is really one of 2018’s finest.

As is the eyecandy.

5. Yagate Kimi ni Naru Opening (Azuna Riko – Kimi ni Furete)

A few days ago I decided to pick up this anime. Just like with Harukana Receive, I’m not actually entirely sure why I did that.

But its not been a bad decision at all. 

The opening visuals are beautiful and while I understand this could be recency bias, the song is nothing short of amazing. I fell in love with it on my first listen.

4. Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii Opening (Sumika – Fiction)

This opening sequence is great for lifting your mood. 

The song is catchy and those movements of the characters… You can’t help but smile and want to do the same movements as them.

3. Kokkoku Opening (MIYAVI vs. KenKen – Flashback)

Doesn’t it feel so long since the anime community was going crazy over the Kokkoku opening?

Everything about this sequence is special, and different from the anime openings I’ve seen so far.

It’s visually captivating and intriguing and the song is an absolute banger. 

2. Sword Art Online: Alicization Opening (LiSA – ADAMAS)

Another opening sequence I made a breakdown of.

I can’t help but lipsync the hell out of this song even if I don’t know most of the lyrics. It’s for sure the most hype-inducing SAO opening so far.

And don’t forget the epic visuals with iconic handshakes and sword synchronization. And that’s just a part of it.

Note that the embedded video is an edited version of the opening cause I can’t find the proper one anywhere on YouTube, sadly.

1. Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho Opening (saya – The Girls Are Alright!)

Just like everything else related to Sora Yori, the opening never fails to improve my mood and make me feel inspired.

Everything about this anime is a gift from the anime gods and I’m so glad I decided to pick it up after the Winter 2018 anime season. 

Cute, likeable and relatable characters? Adventure? Slice of life? Drama? Comedy? Inspiring and emotional story? Unique plot and setting?

Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho is all of that, and even more, so do yourself a favor and go watch this wonderful anime.

Do you agree with my picks? If not, what would you add or remove? I would love to know!

Reboot InfoGamer, held in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, is “one of the biggest games shows in the world”, according to their official website.

And my university was kind enough to take care of the transport and ticket costs for our one day visit.

I was looking forward to this day a lot because I’ve seen Bandai Namco would be featured.

This gave me some hope that they will present Jump Force.

It turns out my hopes were actually fulfilled.

Trying out Jump Force

Since it was announced that the Hunter x Hunter characters Gon and Hisoka will feature in this game, I knew I wanted to buy it.

And when they announced Kurapika will also be one of the playable characters, it’s fair to say my hype levels were quite high.

Seeing I could actually try this game out made me so happy.

Unfortunately, the version I could play didn’t involve Kurapika, but I guess you can’t have everything at once.

Compared to a game like Blazblue, Jump Force felt simpler. As always with fighting games, I didn’t know exactly which button did what, but I don’t feel it would take too long to get the hang of it.

I enjoyed playing Hisoka the most. He felt easier to handle for a first-time player and was simply very fun to play.

My anticipation for playing this game was worth it. It was so fun, i came back to it two more times.

Worth buying. Especially when you consider Kurapika will be there too, as well as Killua.

More fighting games

After the hype and fun I had with Jump Force, I played Soulcalibur VI with friends.

And again, unlike Blazblue, this game felt so much easier to get into.

I keep mentioning Blazblue, and it’s because it was the first anime fighter I played.

The amount of combos each character has felt like too much for a newbie. Also, catching up on the story of the game takes a lot of investment. But I guess that’s not surprising when the Blazblue I bought is Chronophantasma Extend.

After Soulcalibur we played Street Fighter II on the Super Nintendo.

It was pure fun. No complicated hard to hit combos. Super enjoyable with friends. I almost wish I have the Super Nintendo now.

There was also the One Piece game, World Seeker. It’s anime related so I had to take a picture.

Some time later I found out that a Balkan visual novel is a thing.

I don’t know about the details, I didn’t end up playing it but in hindsight I probably should had done so.

In any case it was nice seeing something like that in this country. Maybe it’s not all so dark for the Croatian otaku afterall.

Here you can check out the website for the visual novel.

Other than a bit of Yu-Gi-Oh and Light Yagami and L POP toys that were being sold, that was pretty much all anime related stuff I could see.

Well, at the gaming fair, at least…

Hunting for manga

I knew Zagreb was possibly the only place in this country where I could buy manga.

The entire day I was excited for Jump Force and the prospect of buying actual manga later on.

One of those things came true and I had to make the latter come true too. I knew I would have regrets otherwise.

Leaving the gaming fair area would mean you can’t go back inside. I wanted to make that move around an hour before our scheduled departure time.

The friends I hanged out with didn’t have reasons to leave yet. In the end, 30 minutes before the scheduled departure, I left the gaming fair area.

The store where they apparently sold manga was some 10 minutes away. If you were extremely fast, that is.

I had to do it. It was a crazy thing to do. Stupid maybe. But I had to do it.

I don’t remember the last time I was walking that quickly. I reached the store some 15 minutes before departure time. That meant I only had precious few minutes in the store.

It didn’t help that the store was on the third floor of the building. I had to use the moving stairs.

Finding the store, I quickly glanced from the window and saw the “comics” section. If it was somewhere it would have to be there.

I went inside. Quickly scanned through the things they had. Actual manga. In Croatia. Had no time to be shocked.

Titles included Noragami, Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, My Hero Academia.

I took the only Ansatsu Kyoushitsu volume avaliable. Volume 5. I wanted to support the author of one of my favorite anime ever.

Volume 5 is when Nagisa has his first true badass moment. No regrets.

The second manga I bought was the latest My Hero Academia volume that was available. It was volume 13. I didn’t know exactly which volumes has the anime covered but I knew 13 was a close number.

It turns out volume 13 covers the final episodes of season 3.

Coming back from the store I even ran for a while. But I came 2 minutes before the scheduled time to leave.

No regrets. 100% worth it. I still can’t believe I’m now a manga owner. And that it actually happened in my own country.

In the bus I opened the MHA volume and the friend next to me said “it’s like anime in small”. Pretty obvious but it’s actually such a cute way to put it.

Conclusion

That would sum up what was overall a great day…

Until I dropped my phone.

At first it was a minor purple spot, but the phone basically started to bleed internally and by morning I knew I won’t be able to use it anymore.

So if you are wondering why I haven’t been active on Instagram, this is your reason.

It’s also a part of why the blog hasn’t been updated for a week.

The other reason is simply – university.

Tough times before a tough exam on Wednesday. And more of them next week too.

Which, ofcourse, doesn’t mean I should simply stop posting. I feel bad for the inactivity.

I’ll try my best to do better. Please look forward to it.

Let me tell you a very fun fact about me: I wear glasses at home.

And I love making top-list posts so I thought why not make a top list of characters who wear glasses?

*adjusts glasses* let’s get into it!

10. Iida Tenya (Boku no Hero Academia)

We start off with the president of class 1-A. He really fits the role of class president. Maybe even too much.

His brother, pro hero Ingenium has inspired him to become a hero.

He may seem intimidating at first, but he is actually a really good friend and is very kindhearted.

9. Shiroe (Log Horizon)

The Elder Tale expert, the master strategist.

Wants to achieve his goals at any cost, and for that reason many call him “the villain in glasses”.

The glasses, which he really loves to adjust. Doing that gives him enhanced focus and confidence for a short period of time.

And he is not the only Log Horizon character who uses these powers. Other characters in the anime who wear glasses have also recognized the advantages of this special move.

8. Nagato Yuki (Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu)

Now Nagato is one of those cases that hasn’t always been seen with glasses.

In the first two seasons of Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuuutsu she was usually seen without them, but her debut with glasses came in the movie, Suzumiya Haruhi no Shoushitsu.

And she also wears glasses in her spin-off series called Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu.

Probably the most non-talkative character in anime I’ve seen so far, I really enjoyed her for that exact reason. It was fun seeing an introvert at such extreme levels.

That is, if you can call an alien an introvert.

7. Kitamura Yuusaku (Toradora!)

How could I not mention one of the main characters from one of my favorite anime ever?

The student council vice-president, the class representative, captain of the softball club.

And ofcourse, Taiga’s love interest. For a while, at least…

Can act a bit weird sometimes so be careful.

6. Kousei Arima (Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso)

Ahh, Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso.

*cries*

Arima has been a renowned pianist in his childhood, till his mother’s death, which left him unable to hear the sounds when he plays the piano.

But meeting Kaori Miyazono has changed that, and he returned to music because of her.

This may be *spoilers* but I couldn’t believe how cruel his fate is, with his mother not being the only person dear to him that he lost.

And the way he seemed to be handling it… Massive respect and I just want to give him a big hug that he deserves.

5. Leorio Paladiknight (Hunter x Hunter)

This picture is just too funny for me not to use it xD

Leorio is friend goals, he really cares a lot for his friends, as shown the best in the final arc of Hunter x Hunter.

He is often short-tempered, a lot of times he doesn’t understand things from first glance, but it doesn’t necessarily make him an incapable hunter.

His motivation for becoming a hunter is the money, but it’s because he wants to be able to save people for free. Isn’t that admirable?

Also, his nen reveal was the most epic nen reveal in the series. Damn how satisfying that was.

And speaking of Hunter x Hunter, Kurapika wears contacts. Just like me when I’m outside.

He doesn’t even wear contacts because of his vision tho, so it’s kinda pointless that I’m even mentioning that, but yeah.

4. Hashida Itaru (Steins;Gate)

It’s the super haka, Daru.

I will forever remember him for his relatable moments like this…

…as well as his relatable problems when it comes to girls…

Oh and his programming skills are godlike and he seems like such a fun friend to have.

3. Asada Shino (Sword Art Online)

Another case where you don’t exactly see the mentioned character wear glasses all the time.

Or maybe we can say Asada Shino actually does? Since that is her real life name, while Sinon, who doesn’t wear glasses, is her in-game character.

In any case, what makes me love this character so much is her determination.

Determination to get over her traumas and dark past, and the determination to become stronger, little by little.

It’s also a big part of why I mentioned the ED sequence that features her character, in my 7 Openings and Endings that make you feel everything will be alright article.

2. Akemi Homura (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)

Speaking of very determined characters who don’t wear glasses all the time…

Akemi Homura is only seen with glasses during THAT episode and during the third movie.

But her wearing glasses during THAT episode means she actually did wear them for most of her life, till certain events.

All she wants is a friend. Just let her have that please.

And don’t do to her what you did to her in the last movie.

If there ever comes a sequel, I hope there will be a way to undo the damage they did there. Or I will just consider the TV anime canon and forget anything else that happened after that…

1. Kiriyama Rei (3-gatsu no Lion)

A few days ago, I finished season 1 of 3-gatsu no Lion.

This anime is truly a gem, and it has one of the best written main characters I’ve seen so far.

Living a tragic childhood full of hardships, Kiriyama Rei had to become independent earlier than most.

As only the fifth shogi player to become a professional in middle school, he spends his days in solitude, preparing for his shogi matches.

When he does come to school, he eats alone, with the only person joining him being his teacher.

The anime follows his growth as a person, influenced by the events and the characters surrounding him. Most notably the Kawamoto sisters.

 

Are there any characters you expected to see but weren’t on this list? Do you also wear glasses? Let me know 😀