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Announcing the YumeState Anime Watchers Club! The premise is pretty simple. Each month we’ll have an anime picked out to watch, and everyone who wants to participate will watch that show… and then discuss it with us in our weekly anime watchers posts! In general, we will pick anime that are completed, short enough to finish in a month, and are a bit less watched than the really popular anime out there. If a show ran for two seasons, then we’ll probably watch about 6 episodes of the show each week; if the show ran for one season, then we’ll watch around 3 episodes per week. And every week on some pre-established day, a new post will come up with our thoughts on that week’s episodes. That’s your chance to leave your comments as well–just be sure to move along at the same schedule as the rest of us! (Or if you do go on ahead to watch the show more quickly, just be sure to not post any spoilers.)

As you may have guessed, the anime for April will be Aoi Bungaku (Blue Literature). This is a 2009 anime that adapted several different works of Japanese literature, each story given a different director and art style. From what I can tell, there will be drama, mystery, and horror involved for these tales. This series should work well for giving us lots of interesting things to discuss, so I think it’s a good pick to start off with.

It is 12 episodes long, but we will be watching 4 episodes a week, due to the anime’s nature as an anthology of vignettes. The first story is a four-episode adaptation of No Longer Human, a short novel written by Osamu Dazai in 1948. It’s a book I’m hoping to read one day, actually–partly because the tale plays a big role in the light novel Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime, which I absolutely loved. It will be interesting to learn more about this famous tale, which is the second-best selling novel in Japan (according to Wikipedia at least). (Note that the best-selling novel, Kokoro [by Natsume Soseki] will also be in the Aoi Bungaku anime.)

For more info about Aoi Bungaku, here’s its page on Anime News Network.

If you’ve already seen the show, feel free to read and leave comments as well–just remember to treat it as if it’s a currently-airing series (AKA don’t spoil anything for those of us watching it for the first time). But for those of you wanting to “join the club” for April, be sure to watch the first four episodes of Aoi Bungaku before Sunday, April 8th, which is when we’ll put our first post up for the show. (And as you can imagine, you will want to plan to watch episodes 5-8 by the 15th, and then episodes 9-12 by the 22nd.) Do keep in mind that real life events may keep posts from coming up perfectly on schedule, but in general this is how it will play out.