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Cholisose: Our last Anime Watchers film for July is Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva, which features characters from the Professor Layton video game franchise for the Nintendo DS. This post will offer two perspectives of the film, as Ultima has played the games before, and I haven’t. Does the film manage to please its built-in fanbase, and is it still approachable for those new to the series?
Cholisose: For our second movie of our summer film festival, we watched Time of Eve. The story was first told as a series of six ONAs (original net animation) in 2008 and 2009, which was all put together as a film (along with some extra footage) in 2010. The director, Yasuhiro Yoshiura, is also known for the OVA Pale Cocoon, as well as the upcoming film Sakasama no Patema. Helping me with today’s post on Time of Eve will be Totali, a fellow writer at the Sea Slugs Anime Blog.
Note: Next Sunday the Anime Watchers Club will have a post for First Squad: The Moment of Truth. Be sure to watch that by July 15th! But for now, let’s dive in to Time of Eve.
Each month, we will have a new feature called “The YumeState of Anime.” This will be a chance for everyone in YumeState to post some brief thoughts on whatever they wish in regards to anime, manga, and the like. The start of July is particularly significant for the anime world, as the spring season comes to a close and the summer begins. What series have you been enjoying, and what series are you looking forward to?
Cholisose: Our first movie for summer is Colorful, a 2010 film directed by Keiichi Hara. Leap250 and I will share our thoughts on this movie—and then it will be up to you to continue the discussion in the comments!
Note: And remember, next Sunday we will discuss the film Time of Eve. Be sure to watch that film before July 8th! But for now, let’s analyze Colorful a bit.
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.
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.
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?