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I thought I’d discuss a little bit about the two ways that most people watch anime: week-by-week, or marathoning (I know that marathoning is not a verb, but for the sake of simplicity we will use it in this post). Note that this post isn’t a discussion between which method is better or superior, but rather an objective look at the pros and cons of each. Much like watching a Drama or Television series, people decide on which method usually by personal preference.
I’ve been on an AMV-watching binge recently and have come across some very fun ones through YouTube. Since most fans of anime can appreciate a good AMV, I decided to put together a small list. Please keep in mind that some of the single-show AMVs may contain big spoilers of the series:
The YumeState Anime Watchers Club is a feature of this site where each month we watch and discuss a few episodes of a specific anime on a weekly basis. April’s anime was Aoi Bungaku (Blue Literature), which turned out to be quite a fascinating series, and a great show to start the club off with. If you’re interested in viewing the posts or contributing to the discussions, click here for episodes 1-4, here for 5-8, and here for 9-12.
For the month of May, you get to help decide what anime we will watch! If you look at the poll in the left sidebar, you will find three unique options: Someday’s Dreamers, Ginban Kaleidoscope, and Ookami Kakushi.
Sometimes you look over the synopsis on the back of a book, and you just know you’re going to enjoy it. Such was my experience with volume one of the Kieli series, subtitled “The Dead Sleep in the Wilderness.”
For the final installment of this month’s show for the Anime Watchers Club, we will discuss Aoi Bungaku’s adaptations of “Run, Melos!” by Osamu Dazai, and “The Spider’s Thread” and “Hell Screen” by Ryunosuke Akutagawa. How do these stories compare to the first three tales of Blue Literature?
Toradora is one of those series that shows up on a lot of people’s Top 10 Anime lists. Is the praise warranted? My experience with the series was a long one (since it took me quite a while to get through it), but overall it was an enjoyable experience. In the end, it seems the best thing about the show is the cast of characters, which makes it a bit ironic that this was my biggest problem with the show at first.