Another season of anime is behind us! We are already one-quarter into 2019…

Just as I did at the end of the Fall 2018 anime season – I’m gonna go through all the anime I’ve watched in Winter 2019, be it seasonal, non-seasonal, or a rewatch.

Seasonal anime

Boogiepop wa Warawanai

I do enjoy watching Boogiepop but it’s really not an anime you would watch weekly. After watching the first 2 episodes that way, I already felt confused with the events and characters so I decided to restart my watching.

Now I’m just at the start of the second half of the series and I’ll get to finishing the remaining episodes soon.

It’s also not an anime I’d watch at any time other than late night. The music and the whole mood just fit that time so well. But I guess that’s expected from something with the Horror tag isn’t it?

Circlet Princess

If you’re into ecchi you’ll love this, but don’t expect anything high quality in the other aspects.

I gave Circlet Princess the famous ‘3-episode rule’ chance but I haven’t continued it since, and I doubt this will change.

Here you can read my first impressions post for this from January.

Dimension High School

Unlike Circlet Princess, I actually finished this anime.

And I actually… dare I say it… kind of enjoyed it? It was so different that it was interesting enough to keep me for the full 12 episodes.

Although pretty much everything about this was bad, at least I ended up discovering a great ending song. And the ability to say that I’ve finished something that had a score of under 5 on myanimelist for most of its airing time.

My first impressions on Dimension High School from January are here.

Sword Art Online: Alicization

Sword Art Online: Alicization is coming towards the end of its part 1.

At the time of writing, the latest episode aired is episode 23. And I have to say that the events of that episode have left me disappointed with certain things.

All I’ll say is that, spoiler alert:

Eugeo deserves better.

This is my breakdown of the second Alicization opening. Recently they updated the opening, which I covered here.

The Rising of the Shield Hero

I’m still enjoying The Rising of the Shield Hero even if its an anime that makes me annoyed in pretty much every episode.

Annoyed at all those characters that are constantly undermining Naofumi.

Rarely is watching someone being a jerk to others as satisfying as it is seeing Naofumi treat the others in a similar way that they treated him.

The Rising of the Shield Hero was the very first Winter 2019 anime I wrote my first impressions on. You can read that here.

The Promised Neverland

This really had everything – the story, the suspense, likeable characters, music, impactful scenes…

And I’m so happy that in this time of awesome anime announcements, we’ve been informed there will be a second season.

Still, I’m very seriously thinking of buying the manga volumes. I need more of this and I need it fast.

My first impressions on The Promised Neverland from January are here.

And my episode 10 review is here.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Imagine if Chika Fujiwara’s dance didn’t blow up on the internet and various funny screenshots from every Kaguya-sama episode weren’t on my twitter timeline.

I would probably never start Kaguya-sama: Love is War, and I would miss out on what is honestly turning into one of my favorite anime in general.

That’s how much I love it. And my Saturdays are about to feel really empty without this anime.

Till a second season hopefully happens, this is another anime I’m probably gonna buy the manga for when possible. Apparently some Hayasaka chapters have been skipped and I just can’t keep living without reading those.

I have no first impressions post for this but I do have a breakdown of the ending sequence which you can see here.

W’z

Looking back on W’z, its an anime with very nice visuals and sound but hugely lacking in the story.

And the fact that its a sequel to something I didn’t saw before doesn’t help matters.

You can read my first impressions post on it here. But this anime also appears in my post where I listed my dropped anime…

Non-seasonal

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun

March has seen me return to watching more non-seasonal anime, and one of them was Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun.

I really liked this. In terms of comedy its actually one of the better anime I’ve seen. It actually gave me slight Kaguya-sama vibes because of the comedy and random emotional moments with beautiful music…

I barely see anyone talk about this anime but I’d love another season.

Bungou Stray Dogs

How is this rated under 8 on myanimelist? And why am I even surprised with the myanimelist ratings anymore?

Anyway, Bungou Stray Dogs is awesome. But it’s probably another anime I’d put on my list of shows with better side characters than the main one. Before starting it, I actually thought Dazai was the main character.

I have more than enough time to finish season 2 and jump straight into the upcoming season 3.

Sakura Quest

When searching for an anime that would give me a similar feel to the amazing Shirobako, I saw Sakura Quest mentioned along with Hanasaku Iroha.

I think I understand why. Sakura Quest does have slight Shirobako vibes, not to mention the art style. But they are from the same studio anyway.

I’m really enjoying the aspect of living in a smaller city. Although if I remember correctly, they stated that Manoyama has 55 thousand inhabitants, which is actually even more than the city I lived in till very recently.

I’m now sort of living in a village so I can relate with the ‘moving from a city to a smaller area’ aspect.

No Game No Life: Zero

No Game  No Life: Zero could have been amazing if it wasn’t for my main problems with the series reoccurring.

In lack of a better word – it’s the asspulls. I was yet again left wondering how exactly were the events made possible and what did actually happen.

Maybe I’m just too stupid for this series? Probably.

Noragami

Noragami was fine. But not without its issues. Mainly I’d say the predictability and a few moments of the characters getting out of situations that looked too hard to be saved from.

How do I say it? I guess some resolutions to the events didn’t feel satisfying enough.

ReLIFE

ReLIFE was really worth watching. The concept was simple, and it’s essentially just a school anime with a twist, but it was a really unique twist and it felt strangely nostalgic.

Even if I’m still only the first year of college and I was in high school just last year.

I reviewed this anime, but as a guest post.

Accel World

Accel World has left me in that awkward situation of starting a series and then simply not returning to it with no definite reason why.

I saw the first two episodes and they weren’t even that bad. Yet for some reason I just didn’t return to it since. It’s already been two months.

But at least it’s not been on my on-hold list since June 2018, as Mushishi currently is.

And that’s pretty much what I watched in Winter 2019. Here is to an even more fun Spring 2019 anime season!

Sometimes when you look through the titles a new anime season is offering, you come across something that looks bad in every single aspect.

But it’s bad in such an unique way that you actually want to check it out.

This winter season, that kind of anime is Dimension High School for me.

You’ve thought the isekai genre has nothing new to offer? Well take a look at Dimension High School, the most realistically-looking isekai ever made.

Unless there are other examples of anime where the actors are “summoned” from live action into an anime world that I don’t know of.

Dimension High School

On his way to cram school, Junpei Shiroyama notices a weird looking rock, and takes it with him to the classroom. Sitting in the classroom, his table suddenly starts shaking.

What could cause such a strange thing to happen? It turns out it was the rock, which later started floating, grabbing the attention of Shiroyama’s classmates and teacher.

Then the rock started talking as well, until Shiroyama had enough of it and he threw the rock away, thinking it was some kind of a prank.

But it wasn’t. The rock returned, furious with what Shiroyama had done. The next thing Shiroyama and his friends knew was that they were summoned into an anime world.

This anime world is in danger, with only the area of the classroom being safe. The summoned Shiroyama and his friends are the only hope that remains for the world.

Their way out is by solving puzzles set by a Sphinx that has appeared. After failing the first question, their teacher gets “eaten”.

However, Shiroyama shows his cool and does well to get the second question right, returning the group to the real world. As they all try to explain what just happened, the rock reappears and makes them know of Sphinxs’s rule – if he eats you and you get revived, you will lose the one thing most precious to you.

It turns out that for Momoya-sensei, his hard-earned money is his most precious thing.

My thoughts

I’m gonna be honest here, I laughed through this entire thing, which I believe was the intention.

The concept of a live action anime hybrid is actually a really unique and interesting one. But the way this one was executed is nothing other than laughable.

Already from the tone of the first scene it was clear to me that this should not be taken seriously.

I have to say I don’t have much experience with asian TV dramas or live action, but I thought the acting parts were more than solid. The same could be said for the dubbed parts. The actors did well considering their lack of experience.

What can I even say on the animation quality? Some have described it as RWBY volume 1 quality, and I can totally see why. Altrough this was even worse than that. The characters could literally put their arms through their bodies, which was used as part of the narrative.

The OST was average, but it made the supposedly dramatic scenes funnier. The opening song is good, but the ending song is actually awesome. I want a full version as soon as possible.

All in all, this was pretty much what I expected. It’s a series that should not be taken seriously, and should be watched ironically for the best experience. Stay away if you want actual good quality.

I’m gonna stay to see how bad it can get.

If you’ve also seen Dimension High School episode 1, please let me know your thoughts on it in the comments!

With Fall 2018 behind us, it’s time to focus on the new season of anime that is ahead.

Last winter was my favorite anime season to date, with series like A Place Further than the Universe, Yuru Camp and Violet Evergarden all airing at the same time. Can this year’s winter season compare to that?

Make your own conclusions as I will list the anime I am most likely to watch in Winter 2019, based on their PV, synopsis and genres.

Tate no Yuusha no Nariagari (MAL link)

This is an anime whose first episode I have already seen, as it has pre-aired at the end of December. The first episode is 45 minutes long.

It’s an isekai with a twist – the main character has been falsely accused of assault and is known by the world for all the wrong reasons.

He lacks the thrust of others, and lacks a proper weapon due to his status as the “shield hero”.

How is he going to fight with the weakest equipment and defend the same people that have deceived him? It’s gonna be fascinating to find out.

Here you can read my first impressions on this anime.

Boogiepop wa Warawanai (MAL link)

It’s time to watch another anime that involves angels of death…

This has already been adapted back in 2000. I don’t know anything about that adaption, other than the fact that it exists. Hopefully this won’t be a problem going into the series.

All I know about Boogiepop is that the trailer looks amazing – as you would expect from something made by Madhouse.

Horror is one of the genres listed for this anime which should make it extra interesting because I don’t have a lot of experience with horror anime.

W’z (MAL link)


Probably the reason I took an interest in this is the main character’s wish to “convey something to someone” and become “recognized”.

As a blogger, I can relate to that.

The genres are music and action. Revue Starlight flashbacks, anyone?

Dororo (MAL link)

This is another anime that has already been adapted before, but way back in 1969.

The premise is intriguing and the music. Oh my the music. I believe the song in the PV is the ending song, and I can already say I really love it.

Everything I’ve seen from this so far makes me think it is well worth watching.

Circlet Princess (MAL link)

I’m just gonna be honest here. This anime is on the list because of the eyecandy.

I’m not quite sure what to expect in terms of the story, or any other aspects.

All I know is that I like how the anime looks xD

Dimension High School (MAL link)

Probably one of the strangest things I’ve ever put on my plan to watch list.

Isekai is reaching new heights. Never has it been made in a more realistic way.

I honestly can’t wait to see where will they go with this groundbreaking concept.

The Promised Neverland (MAL link)

Every season has that anime with a well-acclaimed source material that a big part of the community is excited for. For Winter 2019, that’s The Promised Neverland.

I’m excited for it too. The synopsis is more than intriguing and any series where one of the main characters is voiced by Mariya Ise is bound to be fascinating.

At least that’s how I feel, since it’s the same voice actor for Hunter x Hunter‘s Killua and Made in Abyss‘s Reg.

Mahou Shoujo Tokushusen Asuka (MAL link)

A mahou shoujo anime with guns?

For some reason I’m interested. After all, Madoka Magica is among my all time favorite series.

And I haven’t actually seen a mahou shoujo anime since Madoka so why not give this a go?

What anime this winter are you looking forward to? Please let me know!