Time to start off with the Spring 2019 anime season and the first impressions for the new anime.

Some series like Fruits Basket 2019 and Kimetsu no Yaiba have already had screenings of their first episodes, but they are nowhere to be found for streaming.

That’s why the first Spring 2019 anime I’ll talk about in more detail is Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO or
YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world in English.

The first episode of this visual novel adaptation has aired on the 2nd of April.

The story

Takuya Arima’s hystorian father has disappeared, and Takuya believes he died in a cave-in during his research. But is that really the truth?

Just as summer vacation is about to start, Takuya receives a strange package with some kind of unknown item.

His stepmother is in charge of a construction project. When the TV station films the location of the construction project, a strange lighting strikes the area.

Mio Shimazu, one of Takuya’s friends describes it as “unnatural”. A blue-haired girl appears and tells them to stay away from the area.

The next day, Takuya receives another package which gives him more details on what he received yesterday. Turns out the item from before is a device that can travel through dimensions.

The package has a letter from his father. It turns out he is still alive along with his mother. The letter specifies a time and place for Takuya to arrive to.

When he arrives to the place, he finds a yellow-haired girl with strange ears. Lying naked.

The girl kisses him before disappearing. Was that Takuya’s first kiss? Imagine telling someone that your first kiss was with a random girl you found naked in the middle of night before she kissed you and disappeared right after.

Ryuzoji arrives along with Takuya’s stepmother. Ryuzoji wants Takuya’s special device and he points a pistol at him. Until the device starts working.

Takuya catches a glimpse of Kanna Hatano, the blue-haired girl from before which turns out to be the new transfer student at his school. Cold, stoic female transfer student. Where have I seen this before, I wonder?

After going to sleep with a terrible headache, Takuya wakes up in a world different from the one he was in yesterday. Ryuzoji along with his stepmother, don’t seem to recall the events of yesterday night.

My thoughts

Not too bad of a start I would say. I can’t say I’m hooked to all of this yet, but it’s still only the first episode.

I love the design for Mio Shimuzu. And Rie Kugimiya is her voice actor, so it’s hard not to love such a character.

The main character seems to be a bit of a perv. Which didn’t really bother me, but I did find his way of greeting the new transfer student a bit weird.

And what is it with random people being found naked in summer time with the sea nearby? It reminded me of Island, even if I know this visual novel came decades earlier.

Clearly Kanna Hatano seems to know some things and as always, its gonna be interesting to find it all out. The story does have potential.

The art & animation are all fine but I would describe them as average. There isn’t really anything that I could point out other than Mio Shimuzu’s beautiful design.

Similar for the audio. The opening song isn’t too memorable.

However, if the story and characters won’t fall flat, it’s still gonna be an anime worth watching and the first episode did show some potential.

Small update after episode 2 aired:

There was time leaping. Now this anime really has my attention. And a Steins;Gate reference?!

I mean look at it, it’s the Steins;Gate metal oopa.

You can hear an excited Mayushii in the distance.

But seriously, why is there a Steins;Gate metal oopa in YU-NO? I would really like to know.

If you’ve seen the first episode of Kono Yo no Hate, feel free to tell me your thoughts on it in the comments!

With the first anime season of 2019 behind us, it’s already time to focus on the upcoming Spring 2019 anime season.

I checked out the synopsis and available PVs for each of the titles offered, and these are the anime I’m most likely to watch:

Isekai Quartet (MAL link)

Yes, really.

I usually don’t really watch the chibi spin-offs of anime series. I think the only one I’ve seen was Toradora SOS, and as much as it pains me to say it, it wasn’t really good.

But a crossover of isekai anime sounds like an interesting concept so I want to see what they will do with it.

Even if I haven’t seen Youjo Senki nor Overlord, which will feature in this along with Re:Zero and Konosuba.

Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3 (MAL link)

I started watching Bungou Stray Dogs right on time to finish the first two seasons before the third one starts airing.

Season 1 was hugely enjoyable, and I have no doubts the second season and this upcoming third one will be the same.

Fruits Basket (MAL link)

I don’t know much about Fruits Basket and its 2001 adaptation.

But I do know the manga seems to be highly rated, and the PV has convinced me that its worth checking it out.

Shoumetsu Toshi (MAL link)

Not sure what to really say here.

The story looks good, the PV is very well made, the music is very cool. And it’s made by Madhouse.

All good enough reasons to check this anime out.

Senryuu Shoujo (MAL link)

The Senryuu Shoujo synopsis sounded a bit too silly for me to watch.

But then I looked at the PV, realized Kana Hanazawa is voicing the female lead, and already fell in love with the ending song.

And besides, I thought Kaguya-sama: Love is War had a too silly synopsis at first, until I watched it and ended up loving it a lot more than I expected.

Kono Yo no Hate de Koi wo Utau Shoujo YU-NO (MAL link)

An anime exploring parallel worlds and alternate dimensions with the legendary Rie Kugimiya as part of the cast?

Count me as interested!

Plus, I’ve seen some comparisons of the visual novel to Steins;Gate and Clannad.

If this will be even slightly as good as Steins;Gate, it’s gonna be worth the watch.

Gunjou no Magmel (MAL link)

I like the concept of exploring a new continent, and I like the music from the PV.

But I do hope there will be more to this than simply killing off the creatures of the new continent.

If anything, apparently Yoshihiro Togashi, the mastermind behind Hunter x Hunter has recommended this manga. At least I’ve read so in a MAL forum thread.

Kimetsu no Yaiba (MAL link)

This seems to be the Spring season’s title that many manga readers are hyping up as the “next big thing”.

I’ve already seen people putting this among the next ‘big 3’ along with My Hero Academia and The Promised Neverland.

I’m not gonna comment on that but I am gonna give this anime a go. It’s always risky to start something due to its hype but it payed off with The Promised Neverland and Kaguya-sama: Love is War…

I just wish the actual anime PV is available in my country. The one I linked here is VIZ media’s trailer for the manga.

Do you agree with my picks for Spring 2019? Is there a hidden gem that I’m gonna miss out on? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!