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Sorry this is arriving late, but I’ve had a lot on my plate lately. It’s just me for this post, which will be about the very unique anime film First Squad: The Moment of Truth.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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small image Looking Back: Acchi Kocchi

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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small image Looking Back: Tsuritama

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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small image Looking Back: Kimi to Boku

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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small image Looking Back: Fate/Zero

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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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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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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