I had first seen Gakuen Alice… around 5, 6 years ago? Back then, I thought it was adorable. Sadly I’ve stopped keeping track of most of the monthly mangas that I used to look at, and the 25+ volume length is definitely difficult to keep up with. Thankfully, with the help of Kyoukai senjou no horizon’s tvtropes page which led me to the Yuri page which mentioned Hotaru and Mikan which led me to a spoiler about Gakuen Alice which made me squeal like there’s no tomorrow.
Oh holy fried cheese on a stick it’s impossible to describe how utterly SATISFYING to see a couple you’ve shipped for over 5 years finally get together. It’s especially nice because I’ve been looking at manga I used to follow, and realized that many of those series (ie Kobato, Angel Diary) have ended and now I can finally read them for a full resolution. What’s more, I used to go crazy for these cute squealy fluffy series (it’s pretty obvious when looking at my examples), which is just perfect for wintry weather and a hot mug of cocoa. Nostalgia run FTW!