I hate anime.

It gives me so many happy moments, it makes my life better in so many ways.

I watch certain series week after week, get invested in the story and characters.

And then things just… End. And I’m left with a huge void in my heart.

And yet I keep coming back for more. Only to experience this sadness again.

I’m writing this just after finishing the last episode of Sword Art Online: Alicization Part 1 and, as you can probably tell, it has left me feeling quite sad.

6 months

6 months. The number of months that had passed since Alicization Part 1 had started, and the number of months that will take for Alicization to return.

A lot of things have happened in these 6 months. Both in my world and the SAO world.

But on Saturday there was always an episode of Alicization to watch. Well not anymore.

Wait, am I really getting this emotional over Sword Art Online? With Kaguya-sama: Love is War ending just a few hours before on this same day, I’m really an emotional wreck right now. My heart has taken too many hits today.

The only thing that could probably make me feel better right now is the announcement of a second season for Kaguya-sama.

But wait what was this post about again? Alicization? Kaguya-sama? A simple sad rant and excuse for a blog post that I’m writing to make myself feel better? Probably the latter.

‘Life goes on’

That’s what the Alicization’s second ending song says. And it really fits so well for these tough times.

Yes. Life has to go on.

Saturdays have to continue. Without Kaguya-sama or Alicization.

The next weeks and months will pass. New anime will air. New characters will keep me company and new stories will intrigue me.

But it’s always a neverending circle. You always start new things. They will make you feel better.

But when you’ll get reminded of what has ended, it will still hurt.

At least Alicization will return. But Kaguya-sama?

The reception for the anime has been hugely positive, as it should be, but as it stands at this moment, we still have no second season announced.

Yay best girl gets extra cute screentime

But this could be the last time we see her in anime form

Conclusion

So what was this post about again?

I’m so sorry for this, its seriously just a sad rant without any purpose. But I do think I feel a bit better now after writing this.

This has happened so many times, again and again. And yet there is something about it that makes you want to do it again.

If you get these feelings for anime, it means it has done its purpose really well. You got attached to the characters.

You’ve spent a certain amount of time with them, be it on a sad day or a happy day, you were with them in their own world.

But then reality said hi and separated you.

But it doesn’t have to end that way.

Just as Eugeo will continue living in Kirito’s memory, all those characters you had to get separated from will stay in your memory.

And they may help you find the inspiration in some tough moments or you will think of them as you find yourself in similar situations.

And that’s what makes the suffering of separation worth it.

To end with a quote I almost always think of when I’m sad that things are over:

Don’t be sad because its over, smile because it happened

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 GameĀ  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!

Usually when I would make a post of this type, I would break down both the opening and ending sequence or simply the opening alone.

I still really like Kaguya-sama’s opening sequence, it has a smooth, unique song and fancy visuals. But I prefer the ending sequence, and I feel like it has more material to talk about.

And I’m not talking about Chika Fujiwara’s special ending sequence. I’m talking about the cute and dreamy (quite literally) “regular” ending sequence.

 

The ending

The song is called Sentimental Crisis, and is performed by halca. I knew she had a familiar voice from somewhere, and it turns out she also performed the Wotaku ni Koi wa Muzukashii ending song. Great job with both of the songs.

Starting off the sequence, we have our main character, Kaguya Shinomiya, taking a nap in the student council room.

We enter her dream, which starts with her and Miyuki Shirogane standing in space with the stars surrounding them.

What looks like younger Kaguya seems to be sad about something. She seems lonely. I believe we then fast forward to her current self and its very much the same.

But at least best girl, Ai Hayasaka is there for her.

Best girls travel somewhere in a zeppelin. It is a zeppelin, right? If it was a normal plane, this sentence never happened.

Kaguya has a nice picture with all the student council members.

Best girl Hayasaka gets her own closer shot. In the last few days she has grown to become my waifu of the season. You may have even noticed if you follow me on twitter…

Now Kaguya seems to be reflecting as next to her we see Hayasaka, followed by Chika and Ishigami. But one key figure from the student council is missing…

Something is really bothering Kaguya and I don’t like seeing her this way.

Next up, a team led by Miyuki Shirogane, with Yuu Ishigami and Chika Fujiwara.

They are fighting against the team of best girls, Kaguya Shinomiya and Ai Hayasaka, in a dangerous game involving guns.

Kaguya looks quite handy with that gun and her movements.

This is a transition to Kaguya falling out of the zeppelin with her angel wings.

But what could leave her with such a surprised expression? There is only really one person I could think of….

Its ofcourse the president, Miyuki Shirogane who takes her hand and saves her.

In contrast to her mood from earlier, Kaguya looks delighted as she sails through the sky with her love interest…

…as from another plane, Chika Fujiwara waves them and Yuu Ishigami keeps things lowkey as always.

Chika reminds me so much of Nadeshiko Kagamihara in this gif.

All of this makes Kaguya overjoyed…

…but it was all just a dream. Even so, Kaguya doesn’t seem to mind, since the person that wakes her up is Shirogane.

“O kawaii koto”.

Conclusion

A beautiful sequence, both songwise and visually. It improves my mood every time I watch it.

It seems to focus on Kaguya Shinomiya’s internal feelings that she refuses to let out to the world. She just wants to be around her friends, and most importantly, Miyuki Shirogane.

If you look at my Winter 2019 preview post, for which I’ve glanced through the synopsis and PVs of most anime on offer, I didn’t found Kaguya-sama: Love is War interesting enough to give it a try.

That was a huge mistake, and this is now probably my favorite Winter 2019 series, along with The Promised Neverland.

If it wasn’t for Chika Fujiwara’s dance and the many screenshots, hype and memes that it has provided for this anime, I’m not sure if I would check it out.

I’m very happy I did. I came because of Chika, but stayed for a very fun romcom take, and I even got a new waifu out of it.

Here is a bonus gif because best girl deserves it:

Let me know in the comments what are your thoughts on Kaguya-sama: Love is War! Is it one of your favorite anime of the season?