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small image ONE BIG UPDATE!

July 6, 2011 12:42 am by small image

It’s been awhile since my last update, and I wanted to share with you a bit about what’s going on in the back end of things. Unfortunately, we don’t have many writers at this point either due to RL issues or something taking precedence over yumestate, and I’ve been struggling to find more writers to bring regular content to the website. Basically, I will be the one doing most of the writing at this point, and I don’t really have an ETA as to when our other authors will have more time over the summer.

Our May and June update seems to have disappeared, or rather I didn’t write any updates. This is mainly due to our migration from StudioTim.ca, which pretty much took up all my time during those months. The payoff of course was that we now have a fully functional, brand new website. I’ve changed some code from previously that will allow YumeState to get better Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and potentially more visitors that are looking for relevant content.

I’ve been writing a post about “Recommending Anime to your friends” which I thought would be finished by now, but the latter part where I actually make recommendations for our viewers has extended in length by A LOT. I didn’t realize that I had so many anime to recommend, and on top of that I spent extra time formatting my recommendations in a way that’s easier to read on YumeState.

The second set of posts are still underway, and I’m excited to be writing them for YumeState.com. Rather than writing traditional reviews on Anime, I will be taking a different approach that will hopefully attract some readers who are looking for an alternative. These will come shortly after I finish writing the aforementioned post, and will continue at a regular pace throughout the year.

Lastly, I’ve been trying to keep fairly up-to-date with recently aired Anime; I’m talking about Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi, A Channel, Hidan No Aria, Hanasaku Iroha, Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko, and Ano (ridiculously long name) Hana. I have a couple of others that have finished downloading, such as “C – (another long name) Possibility”, and “Onii-chan (also super long name) Dakara ne!!”, but I haven’t started watching these yet. There will be future updates to cover some of these popular titles. I have to say though, I have a feeling Onii-chan is going to be awkward.

I have to say out of all these so far, I’m enjoying both Kami Nomi II and Hanasaku Iroha the most. I already thought the first season was great, but Manglobe did an even better job producing and animating the second season. I just finished episode 11, and I have one more go now. Chihiro subs will be releasing that soon and most likely a batch download.

Hanasaku Iroha has an entirely different dimension. While each series targets certain type of audiences, the overall story and portrayal of life’s hardships suit almost all “growing-up” audiences. I only realized this a couple of days ago, but the animators or producers of Hanasaku Iroha is the same as the ones who did Angel Beats, which is probably why I find the artwork and overall animation awesome. I really like their style, and it’s refreshing to see them work on another series. More to come from Hanasaku Iroha later.

Most series have finished for the spring, and I’m actually excited to watch Gosick. I’m still waiting on a batch download for episodes 13-24, and hopefully those will come in due time. Nichijou and Hanasaku Iroha are 24 episodes, and they will continue into the summer season.

I recently finished watching episodes 12.5 and 13 for Ore no Imouto—yet another long title—and I have even more appreciation for Kuroneko now. I didn’t realize that throughout the series Kuroneko never mentions her real name, Gokou Ruri. For some reason though—probably because I like to check MyAnimeList often—I knew her name the first time she was introduced in the Anime. Anyway, if you haven’t seen Ore No Imouto yet, I recommend it! Not because of Kosaka Kirino (who I actually dislike), but because of Hanazawa Kana and her superb voice acting as Kuroneko.

We’re sitting in a bit of a slump right now, since as far as I know I am the only one currently updating the website (though at a irregular interval). I’m looking for people who are interested in writing about all things related to Anime or Manga, Literature, Poetry, or creative writing in general. All that’s required is some time and effort on your part. Everything else is free. Let us know if you’re interested!

So that brings us to the end of this monthly review. If all that was TL;DR, basically: Ultima seems to be the only one active for now, Hanasaku Iroha = win, we need more writers, let us know what you think of YumeState.com, and Onii-chan seems awkward…

Until next month, stay tuned for our other content. Ja Ne!