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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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TrainerOfLegend

Hello everyone! The last month was a pretty busy time for catching up with my anime backlog. I watched a lot of shows, but the most that stood out were the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (the whole deal, with the two seasons and Disappearance movie), the Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works movie, and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere. They were all great and wonderfully different from anything I had ever seen before!

As for Summer 2012 anime, I’m currently planning on watching four shows:  Hagure Yuusha no Estetica (protagonist looks like a real badass), Muv-Luv Alternative (the visual novels are pretty popular), Dakara Boku wa h ga Dekinai (Highschool DxD of the summer season!), and Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II. There are also a few OVAs that I’m interested in, mainly Persona 4: No One Is Alone and Kimi no Iru Machi‘s second episode.

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Hey guys. I guess this is the week we bid adieu to the Spring season eh? Honestly I thought for sure that I was going to be all over Medaka Box, as I really do love the manga. But, that wasn’t the case because (1) I always considered Medaka Box’s earlier arcs as rather weak compared to the later ones and (2) the art style that Gainax chose didn’t really sit well with me. I’ll probably marathon season one sometime before season two starts.

How does that trend work for you guys by the way? I mean the split-cour season (twelve episodes this season, and then twelve episodes after the next one) airing thing? I personally think it has its good parts (like quality consistency) and its bad parts (waiting for three months). It’s worked so far though, with the most successful example being Fate/Zero. And, how epic was Fate/Zero S2!? Best of the season maybe?

As for the upcoming Summer season, I’ve more or less made my initial list of shows to watch. I’ll probably add and/or remove some of them though, like I’ve done with previous seasons so far. I do have a most anticipated show in mind (Oda Nobuna no Yabou), but it seems that no one else is as hyped for it as I am. I don’t even know why I’m looking forward to it so much. A gut feeling, but I think OdaNobu would be one to look out for. Second most anticipated is Campione!, and judging from the pre-air (Yes, there’s a pre-air. Go. Watch it. Now.) it’s off to a good start.

The biggest title I’m seeing is Sword Art Online which is most likely what everyone’s gonna watch. As for the Summer season in general – I’m seeing a lot of girls. Harems and female main casts are dominating, and I’m actually quite surprised by small amount of shounen-y shows. Should be an…interesting season.

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I’ve been following Tasogare Otome x Amnesia, and I must say I am really glad that I decided to pick this up. There are a lot of things about it I like, and I believe it definitely separates itself as strong contender for best-in-genre. From first impressions, one would expect it to be focused on horror given the dark atmosphere, colours and setting. But it takes a pleasure turn into other elements such as comedy, a bit of ecchi, and some great moments of mystery and suspense. The comedy comes always at the right time, where you’re not quite sure when to expect it, and I found that it always made me smile or laugh.

The story starts with ann easy-to-follow premise, though I won’t spoil it for anyone who wants to pick up this series. From there, characters are introduced smoothly and the plot gradually thickens into the main focus of the anime. There are only four characters of the series (with a small supporting cast), and even though that may be fewer than normal, it doesn’t feel like it hinders the show in any way. I believe each character adds something to the show, whether it be a plot device, a romance triangle, or plain ol’ comedic value.

Overall, I would nominate Tasogare Otome x Amnesia as an underrated anime, overshadowed by some more popular titles like Shining Hearts, Fate/Zero (though also really good), and Kore Zombie Desu Ka?! of the Dead. Definitely check this series out when you can.

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Spring was quite a nice season for anime, wasn’t it? I greatly enjoyed the epicness of Fate/Zero, the charm of Kimi to Boku, the cuteness of Acchi Kocchi, and the wonder of Tsuritama–all on a weekly basis! I’ll also note that people should definitely be watching Kuromajo-san ga Tooru!! You just can’t go wrong with Gyubid-sama.

Outside of currently-airing anime, I’ve been sloooowly making my way through Durarara, which has been rather intriguing. I like how the show incorporates such a large cast full of mysterious, yet engaging characters. I’m also making progress with the Fruits Basket manga–something I’ve been putting off for some time! I thought the anime had a lot of drama, but that was seriously a drop in the bucket compared to this manga series. I’m at volume 17 right now (out of 23), so hopefully I’ll finish in the next week or two–at which point you’ll get my full report here at YumeState!

I’ve been studying a lot of Japanese the past month, and progress with that–of course–comes quite gradually. One of the best things I’ve done though is I’ve gotten some online pen pals from Japan. I help them with English, and they help me with Japanese! It’s pretty fun, and I hope to continue to keep in touch with at least a few of them regularly.

Summer season has started for our new anime season, and there are several shows I’m looking forward to! The one I’m most intrigued by is Humanity Has Declined (Jinrui wa Suitai Shimashita), which is about a future where there are few humans left–but there are apparently lots of chibi fairies! I’m curious to see what sort of tone this series will convey. Other intriguing anime for me are Uta Koi, Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Arcana Famiglia, and Kokoro Connect. I’ll be sure to post my thoughts on some of these shows here over the ensuing months!

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