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Greetings Everyone,

This post is a little later than usual due to the fact that I am out of town at the time of writing this. As we move forward into summer, some of us will be traveling and/or on vacation, so I thought writing a little on that would be a nice change of pace.

Recently I took a road trip from Canada down to the United States. The drive was about 9 hours with breaks for gas and food. I spent half that time driving and the other half watching anime and listening to music. On my tablet, I was able to watch a few episodes of Kannagi, which adds to my classical list of anime watched this month. Though I haven’t finished Kannagi yet, I think it’s pretty entertaining and interesting.

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Greetings everyone,

This is the second post of hopefully many more to come, so please continue to read and support Yumestate! The end of March signified the conclusion of winter 2013 anime, and April kicked off with a whole new set of series for the spring season. This month we’ll take a look at some of these shows that finished, as well as discuss some classics that made it in my books in terms of quality.

I’ve compiled the list for anime that I finished in the month of April as well as some that overlapped in the end of March. In no particular order:

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I would be focusing less on reviews and more on the general state of anime and rants. The anime blogging community has tons of reviews written every day, so there is ample supply of that if it’s your thing.

I want to talk about some of the series that I’m following this season. Of the seven I’m watching, five of them are Slice-of-Life or contain elements of Slice-of-Life:

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Most of my free time is spent at the computer checking emails, visiting websites, playing games, coding, designing, whatever. While doing all these activities, 90% of the time I have music playing in the background. For the past year or so my playlist has consisted of songs and tunes related to anime, with the odd English pop sing inserted here and there. If you look at my playlist now, maybe like 10% of it are songs NOT related to anime.

 Nekomonogatari’s OP, Perfect Slumbers
Sung by Tsubasa Hanekawa’s voice actress, Horie Yui.

It was only in a span of 2 years that my playlist did a complete overhaul. If you asked me back then what music I listened to, I would have told you artists such as Justin Timberlake, Timbaland, Usher, Black Eyed Peas, and so on. I still like listening to American Pop artists, just not as much as I did before.

So why the change? Why listen to anime music now?

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small image I’m back! Well sort of

February 28, 2013 1:51 pm by small image

Greetings readers,

Awhile ago, there was a point where things just weren’t going my way in regards to free time and how much I could devote to the website. Finally with the state of my life circumstances slowing down, I find myself watching anime to pass time. While I won’t be posting every day, or even every week for that matter, I want to at least get back into writing. I’ve taken a look from a broader perspective on anime blogging and feel that there’s already many that do the “anime review” spectrum. Instead, though I will still be blogging and reviewing, I plan to take things easy.

What this means is that I will try my best to follow a regular schedule of watching anime, and then writing my thoughts on the anime in general. Rather than do the full-blown anime review with a score/rating at the end, I plan to just talk about what the anime means to me at my current stage in life. With a more personal overview and opinion, I feel that this may attract viewers to see what I see in an anime, even if it’s something they may not enjoy watching. I welcome you all with open arms into my state of mind, and thoroughly hope you enjoy reading from the perspective of myself.

Here’s a list of anime I’ve been watching or have watched recently:

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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?

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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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