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Posted on: June 29, 2012 10:29 pm by small image

Acchi Kocchi, as I may have mentioned before, is an enjoyable comedy series that I’m glad came out this spring, giving me something fun and mindless to enjoy each week. But on top of being really funny, this series was really cute. And I mean, reaaaaaaaaaaally cute. It’s somehow pulled off in a way that I never found it overbearingly cute, but at the same time I was having one of those HNNNNNNNNNNGGGGGGGGG heart attacks pretty much every episode. Such is the point, such is the humor. Not every episode is hilarious, but overall it was the surprise of the season for me.

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Posted on: June 28, 2012 4:21 pm by small image

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I first learned of Tsuritama. It looked fun and quirky, so I gave it a shot. And as it turned out, it wasn’t just fun and quirky–it also had a TON of heart. Tsuritama very quickly became the anime I looked forward to the most each week, and (in my opinion) is a very strong contender for best anime of the year.

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Posted on: June 27, 2012 1:21 am by small image

Like Fate/Zero, Kimi to Boku was another returning anime that had a nice long winter break, and was a show I was really looking forward to watching more of! The first season was admittedly a bit slow at first, but once the characters were established the show became lots of fun. So how did the second season fare?

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Posted on: June 25, 2012 10:12 pm by small image

As the spring season comes to a close, I thought I’d post some thoughts on each of the shows I watched through all the way. Let’s start with the show I looked forward to the most… the second half of Fate/Zero!

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Posted on: June 24, 2012 7:01 pm by small image

For July and August, YumeState is planning on watching and writing about a different anime movie each week. The movies planned for July will be Colorful, Time of Eve (Eve no Jikan: Gekijouban), First Squad: The Moment of Truth, and Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva.

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Posted on: June 24, 2012 10:01 am by small image

There came a time in the gaming world when the almighty ATLUS (responsible for numerous successful titles throughout the years, like the Persona series, Summon Night, Trauma Center, and many, many more) joined hands with a relatively-quiet game dev studio by the name of Sting Entertainment. They had their merry time together, and the three-year (and still ongoing) partnership resulted in the creation of a couple of unique and down-to-the core jRPG’s, the likes of which have stretched the limits of the once formidable GameBoy Advance, before marching their stride on the PSP. This series of games was dubbed – Dept. Heaven.

The first of these wonders is the “strictly” turn-based world of Riviera.

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Posted on: June 21, 2012 2:21 pm by small image

Ballad of a Shinigami (AKA Shinigami no Ballad) is a manga based on a series of light novels by K-Ske Hasegawa, though from what I understand there is also a 6-episode anime adaptation and a 12-episode live drama. There were twelve novels in Japan, the first two of which were translated and released in English. My post will focus on the three-volume manga series.

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Posted on: June 20, 2012 3:32 pm by small image

Officially as of June 11th, 2011, Yumestate has hit its one year anniversary!

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Posted on: June 17, 2012 8:40 pm by small image

The last four episodes of Ginban Kaleidoscope overall maintained the same formula the first eight episodes established. In the end I found the series to be an enjoyable watch, and the ending especially has left me with a variety of feelings. It was certainly an atypical conclusion, though perhaps it should have been expected when considering the premise.

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Posted on: June 15, 2012 11:55 pm by small image

Since I found the story of No Longer Human so interesting in its Aoi Bungaku anime adaptation, I decided to rent the original book and give it a read. The story was written by Osamu Dazai in 1948, and the English translation I read was done by Donald Keene in 1958. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on this work of literature, and note a few things regarding the anime version (which we watched during our first month of Anime Watchers Club).

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