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!

It’s been a while since I did an Episode review.

And the last time I did one, it was again for the tenth episode of an anime.

This time its about The Promised Neverland. I’ve been actually thinking of making such a post about this anime last week, but I decided to wait for the events of today’s episode instead.

But honestly, this anime has been so thrilling I could have written an episode review for every single episode because all of them had something shocking, and all of them left me desperately wanting to know what will happen next.

Norman leaves

Episode 10 sees Norman leave Grace Field with mom because, ofcourse, he is about to get adopted by a new family and that’s all there is to it.

But before he leaves, he explains to Ray and Emma how hopeless the situation for the escape is.

Norman attempting to escape himself would not help matters for the rest of the children, so he decides it’s better that he sacrifices himself.

The only thing he puts into his suitcase is a pair of cups with a wire. A flashback showed this is what he and Emma used to talk with at the time when he was sick and no one was allowed to enter his room.

Such a cute, lovely flashback, but also so sad in the context it is being used in. We even get a younger version of Ray, the mastermind behind the entire cup concept. He was a bookworm since the start, I see.

Back to the present and Emma just refuses to give up, having one last try at somehow making Norman escape. But Norman has already made up his mind.

This is a face of someone who has accepted that he is about to get brutally killed.

And yet I somehow still don’t think it has actually happened. Surely not. Remember the rule – if they don’t show the body, it hasn’t happened.

We haven’t seen the body just yet. And this is Norman we are talking about. I’m not sure how he could possibly save himself from the situation he was in, but I still have this feeling that he somehow found a way.

Despair and sadness

As expected of children that have lost their long-lasting best friend, Emma and Ray are having a hard time getting over what has just happened.

Gilda and Don try to arrange a “meeting” about the future escape plans, but Ray seems to have lost all of his hope and drive.

The most emotional part of the episode for me was when he said he is “really tired”. This is a child that has been aware of the dark secrets since his very start. He was never supposed to know. And yet he had to watch so many children leave the place while knowing the fate that is awaiting them.

And then seeing someone like Norman leave for the same fate, despite the fact that he has been secretly trying for years to prevent that from happening… This was too much, even for someone like Ray.

Determination

But would it really be like Ray and Emma that they simply give up this way?

Clearly not, as they still seem to have plans.

Ray was seen reading loads of books. Nothing new from him. But remember the earlier episodes when they found some hidden hints in the books?

I have a feeling Ray must have discovered something new related to that. And Emma surely did not just sit depressed without trying to come up with new solutions and ways out.

And there is still Phil. Norman gave more hints that he is about to play a huge role in turning the situation around.

I still have no idea how could it possibly happen, but as the night before Ray’s shipment goes by, I’m dying to find out.

Why can’t Cloverworks just release a lot of episodes at once, just like Kadokawa did multiple times for Boogiepop?

Let me know your thoughts on episode 10 of The Promised Neverland* in the comments below! Do you still believe an escape is possible?

 

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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?

Have you ever started an anime series and realized that you have “accidentally” started watching a sequel? Because that’s exactly what has happened to me with W’z.

I went into this completely blind. I didn’t know anything about the studio GoHands. Apparently, the PV for the anime had similarities to Hand Shakers, a title I knew nothing about.

The only thing that could possibly imply that this was somehow related to another anime was a single forum thread on Myanimelist.

And after the first episode has aired, most of the comments mentioned Hand Shakers, leaving me confused and I honestly don’t know what to do right now…

The first two episodes

I’m writing this after seeing the first two episodes. And while I like certain aspects of the anime, I can’t exactly say I’m blown away by it.

What I liked in the anime synopsis was the main character Yukiya Araki’s wish to “convey something and be recognized”. In an attempt to do that, he live streams his performance in a different world which he entered by shaking Haruka Tosabori’s hand.

Entering different worlds by shaking hands? Something tells me watching Hand Shakers would give me a better understanding of how that works.

The first episode ends with the characters seemingly getting ready to fight. Why are they actually fighting? Judging by episode 2, it’s because “when a handshaker beats an opponent, they can steal their power”. This seems to be the driving force behind the plot, as the characters have certain wishes they want to achieve by beating the main character, W’z.

Kishiwada Gai and Sakai Masataka want to remain forever in the different world that is called “Ziggurat”.

Mihara Hana and Teshima Senri want to “hold hands like they used to”. In other words, they want to get rid of their handshaker powers and enjoy their relationship to the fullest.

Speaking of Teshima, she had some v e r y movable breasts in episode 1. Even her slightest movements caused the jiggle. Just felt like pointing out this hugely important detail. This seemed to change in episode 2.

And to point out even more hugely important details, Mihara’s phone is showing the time as 23:25. But looking at her surroundings and the sky, it looks a lot more like dusk time than night.

Either W’z has a different way to count the time or Mihara should really change the time on her phone…

By the end of episode 2 our main character seems to have created himself a love triangle. It seems like he met the girl before, but it sure still feels like he falls in love quickly.

In terms of the music, I actually really enjoyed it. The song the main character plays in the first episode is beautiful.

The art style is new to me but I think I’m actually enjoying it. I especially liked the way the “other world” looked.

All in all, mixed feelings about this. I feel like I should watch the prequel for this but I’m not sure if I have the time or wish to actually do that for this series. The story did not really grab me in the first two episodes so I’m wondering if its even worth continuing this.

If you’ve seen W’z, please let me know your thoughts on it in the comments!

Without doubt one of the most talked about anime before Winter 2019 had started was The Promised Neverland.

And it’s easy to see why, as the premise is quite intriguing.

With 2 episodes out at the time of writing this, has The Promised Neverland lived up to its hype?

The Promised Neverland

The story is set in the orphanage called Grace Field. Everybody there is happy, the children are given good care and are all usually adopted at the age of 12.

Or so it seems.

When one of the children, called Conny was about to leave the village, the 12-year old Emma and Norman broke the main rule of the orphanage – not to go beyond the gate.

And what they saw made them realize the cruel fate all the children from Grace Field are destined for.

They are all meant to be murdered and eaten by demons.

Norman and Emma now have to find a way to escape the orphanage alive. And with tracking devices on them and a suspecting “Mom”, it’s not gonna be an easy task.

My thoughts

I’m enjoying this anime so far. The story is setting up to be a thrilling one. “Mom” seems to be aware that some children know a little bit too much and is testing out their patience.

But Emma, Norman and Ray know they must act like nothing has changed. It’s gonna be fascinating to see all the plans they will come up with in the future.

I’m not sure if Emma’s ideas of everybody escaping are possible. But I’m quite excited to see her try making it happen.

Killua’s voice actor is back in the form of Ray, making him instantly a character I love. Althrough Norman and Emma are quite interesting as well.

Their abilities to stay so cool about the whole situation are admirable. But they really should be more careful when they are out of the orphanage discussing plans to escape. All the time I felt scared that an adult would appear and end their planning.

What else can I add? Not much I could complain about in terms of visuals.

The OST and the opening and ending are all fine, althrough I would lie if I’d say I’m hooked to the songs just yet. But I’m not ruling that possibility out.

I just don’t like how short the episodes were. It seems like both of them were just 10 minutes long.

Wait you mean they were the normal length? It definitely didn’t feel that way…

Have you seen the first episodes of The Promised Neverland? What are your thoughts on this anime so far?

 

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