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!

With 115 completed items on my very own myanimelist account, I consider my 6 dropped items to be a relatively low number.

This is because I usually always carefully consider if an anime I’m about to start is worth watching and will it work for my tastes. But sometimes those calculations can go wrong.

It can result in slower watching of the series, usually an episode at a time in the hopes that a better part of the story is coming soon. Or, in the more extreme cases it can result in new entries on the ‘on-hold’ list or even the ‘dropped’ list.

So what are the 6 worse than all the others series that I just couldn’t bring myself to finish?

Kimi ni Todoke (MAL link)

My first ever dropped anime was Kimi ni Todoke. And I remember feeling bad about myself for this simplest of reasons – the fact that I dropped an anime.

I wanted to try never dropping a series. So when I did exactly that, it felt like I was breaking a rule and went against my own ideals.

I tried liking Kimi ni Todoke. Sawako Kuronuma was cute for a while. Seeing her slowly becoming more open to people worked well. But her lack of understanding social situations was too much, and when her “love rival” Kurumi arrived, she tried to become friends with her.

I just couldn’t handle any more of getting annoyed at the main character’s actions. A shame, because the concept of the anime seemed to have good potential. Maybe if I would give it another chance now with more experience, it would work out better for me.

Animegataris (MAL link)

At the time when I was still very new to anime, a series with a character who was also relatively new to anime seemed like a great watch.

I remember this anime was filled with various references that I was simply too new to appreciate. But this wasn’t the reason I dropped it.

I guess it was simply that I lost interest in what is going to happen next. None of the characters grabbed enough of my attention and I simply didn’t care anymore. With more and more unseen episodes stacking, I realized I don’t even want to finish it anymore.


Märchen Mädchen (MAL link)

Since I was watching so much anime, a story about a girl running away from her real life by immersing herself into books seemed relatable.

I actually sticked with this anime for 8 episodes. It even had a moment when I thought I will go with it till the end. But with all the issues with its production and the release of the final two episodes being delayed not once but twice, I concluded that it is a sinking ship not worth staying on.

Iya na Kao sare nagara Opantsu Misete Moraitai (MAL link)

It was a boring summer day. The curiousity got the better of me. I wanted to check out the “dark” side of the medium I love, the extremes it can go to.

If it’s not on myanimelist it never happened.

I could have used this in this situation and I would never be writing about this. But I decided to put it on the list anyway. I can’t live hiding such a terrible secret.

Akanesasu Shoujo (MAL link)


As I wrote once before, Akanesasu Shoujo seemed like a decent choice to watch.

And yet I never returned to it. I said I could but it never happened in the end. Maybe being decent is the problem.

It’s just that – decent. Nothing to binge watch full of excitement. At least that was my impression.

W’z (MAL link)


I never returned to W’z either. After the first two episodes I wrote that the story hasn’t really grabbed me and that I’m not even sure about continuing watching it.

And since you’re now reading about it in a post about the anime that I dropped, it’s clear I decided it’s not worth continuing it.

How many anime do you have in your dropped list? Is it any of the ones I have in mine? Let me know in the comments!

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!

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!