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Monthly Picks

June 2002

Where did June go? Viewing happened but the month seems to have flown past. In any case, I'm going to go out on a limb this month and ignore Fruits Basket as it's been on the viewing lists for too long now. Rather we're going on first impressions this month which surprisingly, there were some strong initial impressions from a couple of titles.

Top Video


This anime series is based on a love sim game of the same title. And while Nayuki's voice is especially high pitched and can be a touch annoying, the first episode leaves a slightly dreamy first impression, the first 3 episodes has enough story line in a rather dreamy and intriguing atmosphere, character mystery as well as some nice animation that all works towards intriguing viewers to wanting to watch more. While the origins of the series may make some folks a touch leery as to where the series will go, only time will tell if things will develop well or if they will fall apart. All in all an intriguing beginning.

Best Game Play

Hikaru no Go

This could prove to be my obsession for the next while. With a strong music soundtrack, and some interesting character development, Hikaru no Go is proving to be most intriguing. As there is some Go gameplay, some people may get turned off from the series despite the strong direction that keeps viewers focussed. Strong character development early in the series acts as an additional lure into this series which could come to have a strong growing up / self determination undertone to it.

Biggest ??

Gensoumaden Saiyuuki

This series has me somewhat stumped. By no means is it in any way serious, in fact there is some definite silliness. However, every now and again, some intriguing story plot line development serves to pique the interest and lure viewers into continuing the series. Very much an every day series with respect to music and animation, voice acting is standard TV fare. To continue or not to continue is very much the question with this one.

Titles viewed:

  • Crest of the Stars Vol 1
  • Denshin Mamotte Shugogetten Vol 1-2
  • Fruits Basket Vol 1-9
  • Hikaru no Go Vol 1
  • Initial D Stage 1-3
  • Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu Vol 1
  • Kanon Vol 1-2
  • Nightwalker Vol 2
  • Noir Vol 1
  • Saiyuki Vol 1-3
  • Scryed Vol 7

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