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Monthly Picks

May 2001

Many folks out there have often asked what anime we suggest for those who are starting out in anime, or what anime would be good for those who like x, y, and z titles. While I usually suggest that people go to the Beginner's Guide to Anime for suggestions, here I'm going to give my personal choice for the month based on the videos that I watch. Some of the titles are new acquisitions while others are re-views. (compared to reviews of course!) So, on to the picks!

Top Video


With an intriguing story line and very tight direction, this series has me very curious as to upcoming developments in the story line. Because of the slow development of the storyline and very deliberate revelation of information through a variety of means, younger audiences will likely find this an exceedingly dull show. However, for more mature audiences, it can prove most compelling. An intriguing mix between "near future" mecha and much older Japanese tradition and Noh dance, this series is showing some very strong potential.

Most impressive animation

Blood the Last Vampire

While the story isn't quite strong enough to warrant this show being the top video, I have to admit the animation in this show is truly excellent. At times clearly computer generated 3D CGI, the overall animation and effects are truly impressive, at times making viewers question whether the scene is live or animated.

Titles viewed:

  • Blood The Last Vampire
  • Card Captor Sakura Vol 3
  • Gasaraki Vol 1, 2, 3
  • Kami Kaze Kaitou Jeanne Vol 2
  • Kareshi Kanojou no Jijou Vol 1
  • Meitantei Conan Part 3 (Vol 1-7)
  • Meitantei Conan Part 4 (Vol 1-7)
  • Meitantei Conan Seikimatsu no Majutsushi (Movie 3)
  • Vampire Princess Miyu TV Vol 1 LD/VHS
  • Yamino Matsuei Vol 2 Akumano Trill hen

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