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. 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.
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