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I thought I’d discuss a little bit about the two ways that most people watch anime: week-by-week, or marathoning (I know that marathoning is not a verb, but for the sake of simplicity we will use it in this post). Note that this post isn’t a discussion between which method is better or superior, but rather an objective look at the pros and cons of each. Much like watching a Drama or Television series, people decide on which method usually by personal preference.

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(Art by Aoshiki)

Spring season is quickly approaching! Which shows intrigue us the most? It’s hard to tell which anime will be best, based only on a synopsis, some pictures, and possibly a trailer–but it’s still fun to see which shows pique our interest. Rather than go through all 30+ anime premiering this spring, we’ll each focus on the ones that we’re most excited for. (Feel free to browse through all the shows here, if you’re not up to date.)

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It’s everyone’s favorite day of the year… Valentine’s Day! And to celebrate, the YumeState staff would like to present our favorite anime romances and/or favorite character pairings. Perhaps a tough choice, especially for all the shoujo fans out there–but maybe some of our picks can give you an idea for your own favorites!

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small image YumeState Favorites of 2011

January 8, 2012 3:16 pm by small image

Without a doubt, I’d say 2011 was a marvelous year for anime, as there was such a great variety of excellent shows. Something enjoyable for every viewer, you could say! Which anime were our #1 favorites, though?

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Consider this my Christmas gift for everyone passing through YumeState this holiday season! I will now suggest my most favorite series EVER. These are stories that aren’t just entertaining, but have truly gotten me attached to the characters, and have gotten me to think a great deal about the presented themes. I’ve whittled down my list to just four series…

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It was December ’10. I had read Viz’ Monthly Shonen Jump, which included a preview chapter of Genkaku Picasso. Finding it fascinating, I decided to pick up the first volume. Upon reading the first volume I was hooked. The premise of Picasso is simple; loner and genius artist Hikari Hamura, survived a fatal accident, but his best friend Chiaki, however, did not. Soon after the accident, Chiaki appears in front of Hikari to inform him that if he does not wish to rot away, he must use his sketchbook and 2B pencil to look into people’s hearts and save them. It goes without saying that I tried to get the other two volumes as quickly as I saw them at my local Borders.

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small image So, any light novel readers around?

October 19, 2011 6:13 am by small image

I’m sure there are a lot, maybe even having read more books under their belt than myself. I have read only a fair amount of light novels, since I can only read the ones that are translated. Despite that, I’ve enjoyed those that I’ve chanced upon, so much so that I re-read them every now and then.

Here are three of my favorite titles ^^

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Welcome to part three of my series on “Recommending Anime to your friends”. I’ve been debating over whether or not to separate my part two and three into two different sections; one will focus on Action and Drama, and the other on Romance and Comedy. If I decide to do that, we will have in total five parts to the “Recommending Anime” section. I may make revisions to the list over time, and things will change accordingly. Please be patient with the updates.

  1. Recommending Anime to your Friends (Part 1)
  2. List of Anime to Recommend to your Friends (Part 2)
  3. Special Anime Recommendations, K-On! and Angel Beats! (Part 3)

What falls under the “special” anime category? A good question..

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  1. Recommending Anime to your Friends (Part 1)
  2. List of Anime to Recommend to your Friends (Part 2)
  3. Special Anime Recommendations, K-On! and Angel Beats! (Part 3)

If you haven’t read Recommending Anime to your Friends (Part 1) yet, I highly encourage you to do so! It covers the basis of my suggestions and how I arrived at choosing these Anime for my friends.

Welcome to Part 2 of my Recommending Anime post. As always, my posts are spoiler-free unless otherwise indicated (and in great detail). This list is by no means designed to be the “End all, be all” guide to Anime out there. Treat this as more of a personal, but educated example of recommendations. A couple of things I want to go over first: Read more…


“Desho?” Kagura and Yomi from Ga Rei:Zero

  1. Recommending Anime to your Friends (Part 1)
  2. List of Anime to Recommend to your Friends (Part 2)
  3. Special Anime Recommendations, K-On! and Angel Beats! (Part 3)

Sharing Anime with your friends has multiple benefits; you can talk and discuss before and afterwards what you thought of a particular series, who your favourite characters are and why, and what makes that one particular Anime your favourite. Unfortunately, Anime can be difficult to describe or recommend to your friends; depending on who they are, where they come from, and how much they know about Anime can have heavy influences on their perception and desire. In North America, Anime isn’t as popular as it is in Asia, so naturally people aren’t exposed to it and therefore will not be entertained by it as easily…

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