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The YumeState Anime Watchers Club is a feature of this site where each month we watch and discuss a few episodes of a specific anime on a weekly basis. April’s anime was Aoi Bungaku (Blue Literature), which turned out to be quite a fascinating series, and a great show to start the club off with. If you’re interested in viewing the posts or contributing to the discussions, click here for episodes 1-4, here for 5-8, and here for 9-12.

For the month of May, you get to help decide what anime we will watch! If you look at the poll in the left sidebar, you will find three unique options: Someday’s Dreamers, Ginban Kaleidoscope, and Ookami Kakushi.

Each of these shows is a single season long, so if we watch about four episodes per week, we will be done in three weeks. This will give us three posts (likely to go up on Sunday evenings) for us to discuss the show we’re watching. Before you vote for a show, here is some information regarding what each anime is about.

Someday’s Dreamers

This slice-of-life anime is 12 episodes long, and aired in 2003. Its Japanese title is “Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto,” which means “Things that are Precious to a Mage.” It is loosely based on a manga written by Norie Yamada and illustrated by Kumichi Yoshizuki, and deals with a young mage-in-training appropriately named Yume, who becomes an apprentice in Tokyo. So it seems we have a modern-day setting, but there is some degree of magic publicly practiced in the world. From what I can tell, it will be a calm, quiet show.

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Ginban Kaleidoscope

This is a 12-episodes romcom anime made in 2005. The title means “Skating Rink Kaleidoscope,” and is based on a series of light novels written by Rei Kaibara and illustrated by Hiro Suzuhira (and there was also a manga adaptation). The story is about a figure skater named Tazusa, who is aiming for the Olympics. And now the supernatural twist: the spirit of a young Canadian pilot named Pete ends up involuntarily sharing her body! I can safely say this is quite likely the only shoujo sports anime with a figure skater semi-possessed by a Canadian boy.

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Ookami Kakushi

Meaning “Wolfed Away,” this 2010 anime is a horror mystery that lasts 12 episodes. It is based on a PSP visual novel headed by Ryukishi07, famous for works such as Higurashi–When They Cry. This story follows a young boy named Hiroshi, who moves to a quiet village that may still practice mysterious, haunting rituals. This probably sounds pretty familiar to anime horror fans. But this anime has tales of wolf spirits, and features a girl who wields a giant scythe. I don’t think we can go wrong there.

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I believe that any of these three shows would provide some interesting things to discuss. Someday’s Dreamers may give us topics such as the aspects of “healing anime” and how well the use of magic could mesh publicly in a modern society (and why most works of fiction feel the need for magic to be kept a secret from the general populace). Ginban Kaleidoscope can give us topics such as how the tropes of sports fiction may or may not be subverted, as well as the portrayal of figure skating (and Canadians). =P And lastly, Ookami Kakushi will probably give us topics regarding what constitutes a psychological thriller and how well a visual novel can be adapted into a short series.

Feel free to vote for whichever show sounds most intriguing to you! And be sure to return next week, when the winner is announced, and the YumeState Anime Watchers Club can begin for the month of May. We will likely discuss episodes 1-4 of the chosen show on the 6th, episodes 5-8 on the 13th, and episodes 9-12 on the 20th.