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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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There came a time in the gaming world when the almighty ATLUS (responsible for numerous successful titles throughout the years, like the Persona series, Summon Night, Trauma Center, and many, many more) joined hands with a relatively-quiet game dev studio by the name of Sting Entertainment. They had their merry time together, and the three-year (and still ongoing) partnership resulted in the creation of a couple of unique and down-to-the core jRPG’s, the likes of which have stretched the limits of the once formidable GameBoy Advance, before marching their stride on the PSP. This series of games was dubbed – Dept. Heaven.

The first of these wonders is the “strictly” turn-based world of Riviera.

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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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Officially as of June 11th, 2011, Yumestate has hit its one year anniversary!

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The last four episodes of Ginban Kaleidoscope overall maintained the same formula the first eight episodes established. In the end I found the series to be an enjoyable watch, and the ending especially has left me with a variety of feelings. It was certainly an atypical conclusion, though perhaps it should have been expected when considering the premise.

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small image Thoughts on No Longer Human

June 15, 2012 11:55 pm by small image

Since I found the story of No Longer Human so interesting in its Aoi Bungaku anime adaptation, I decided to rent the original book and give it a read. The story was written by Osamu Dazai in 1948, and the English translation I read was done by Donald Keene in 1958. I thought I’d share some of my thoughts on this work of literature, and note a few things regarding the anime version (which we watched during our first month of Anime Watchers Club).

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The drama is starting to heat up in these next four episodes of Ginban Kaleidoscope. How is everyone enjoying Tazusa’s journey to the Olympics? It’s quite the little roller-coaster we have here. :>

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Is this a love that can never be?

Given how a large part of the industry lives off adapting manga and novels, it’s a surprise that Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, has never been adapted for anime. Well, it happened, and the result was Romeo X Juliet: An adaptation perhaps too loose for some, but one that retains all the flare and uncertainty that surrounded the relationship between the two teenagers in the original play.

Fourteen years ago, on the floating island of Neo Verona, Leontes Montague murdered all the members of House Capulet, save for the two-year old Juliet. Present-day, Prince Leontes Montague rules over Neo Verona with an iron fist and crushes anyone who opposes him. Juliet has lived in hiding  with Capulet loyalists and fights the oppression using her vigilante persona, the Red Whirlwind. While attending a ball hosted by the Montagues, Juliet meets Romeo, the prince’s son, and they both fall in love. Through the twenty-four episodes, we not only see this romance grow and brave through difficult trials, but we also get to see as Capulet loyalists organize a rebellion to overthrow Prince Montague.

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small image Kimi to Doki Doki

June 7, 2012 11:55 pm by small image

Kimi to Boku has been an interesting anime experience, ever since it began last fall. The first season started off pretty slow, but once the characters were established the show became quite charming and fun, mixing in some good comedy with its slice-of-life high school setting. The characters developed very gradually, much as people likely do in real life, with individual episodes generally focusing on a single concept or feeling associated with those unpredictable teenage years. The second season has continued this trend, but many of the episodes have been incorporating more and more in regards to romance, which I feel is unique for Kimi to Boku’s particular genre.

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Ginban Kaleidoscope caught my eye a while back thanks to its unique premise. Admittedly, I have an interest in stories involving spirits, and I’ve been in the mood for a nice lighthearted romcom. And when it comes to sports, to be honest the only ones I have the faintest interest in watching are found in the Winter Olympics. I like snow and ice, and the contestants really dive right into such dangerous and spectacular sports for these events… Figure skating included. I’m not truly into the sport (eg I don’t know most of the terms), but it is quite exhilarating to watch.

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