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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition to Any Shoujo Fan's Collection
Sentimental Journey, though probably one the smaller titles to come out of Sunrise studios in 1998 (to put things in perspective, they also released Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star that year,) is probably one of the most innovative story-wise. By telling the unique stories of 12 young women in 12 cities, it's like a collection of shoujo short films. Though the animation and...
Published on September 15, 2004 by Ultra K

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars who was that boy
it is a really cute series about first loves. if you are looking for some simple romance stories this is the anime for you. but i thought it was funny that they never show the face of the boys that these girls love. each story is an episode unto it self. the art work and music are ok. all around not a bad series but not a great one either.
Published on February 10, 2011 by Charity Stone


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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Addition to Any Shoujo Fan's Collection, September 15, 2004
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This review is from: Sentimental Journey - The Complete Series (DVD)
Sentimental Journey, though probably one the smaller titles to come out of Sunrise studios in 1998 (to put things in perspective, they also released Cowboy Bebop and Outlaw Star that year,) is probably one of the most innovative story-wise. By telling the unique stories of 12 young women in 12 cities, it's like a collection of shoujo short films. Though the animation and music seem about 10 years too dated, the story and characters are interesting and engaging enough to compensate. The blend of drama, humor and even the occaisional horror or meditative, philosophical element lends each episode a unique flavor and tone as well. Some episodes are a laugh riot, some are more contemplative, but it's never dull.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sugar, spice, and everything nice., September 17, 2006
This review is from: Sentimental Journey - The Complete Series (DVD)
Sentimental Journey is a coming-of-age feature with twelve teenage girls at the helm, and each of the twelve episodes is a re-telling of their first brush with romance. To give an example, the first episode is entitled "Akira Endo". Akira is a budding violinist who becomes infatuated with a male schoolmate who also plays the violin. He becomes her inspiration, resulting to richer and deeper performances on Akira's part. But he moves away, leaving Akira alone. Akira loses her desire to play the violin, and the episode further unfolds to show us how Akira eventually realizes what is important in her life. Every story imparts a lesson in love and life in general, as seen and felt from an ordinary Japanese girl's perspective. There's an episode which shows the heroine going on an omiai (or "arranged marriage meeting"), as well as one wherein the heroine impersonates her twin brother in order to go on a date with another girl -- among others.

The art and animation are very good, albeit somewhat washed out -- a minor flaw which can probably be attributed to the title's age. Lovely character designs and a good assortment of Japanese backdrops (ranging from bustling cityscapes to rustic countrysides) make up the visuals, while likeable mellow pop songs and unintrusive background music comprise the soundtrack. I should also mention that there is no English dub track, just English subtitles.

Sentimental Journey is a series which demonstrates the various aspects of young adulthood, with unrequited love at the top of its agenda. I personally thought it was executed nicely, but its languid pacing and character-driven episodes leave a sort of open-endedness that may bother those who prefer a more solid and defined approach. Sentimental is right. Feeling is emphasized instead of action, and there's a pervading sense of nostalgia as I am once again reminded of how old I'm getting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars who was that boy, February 10, 2011
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it is a really cute series about first loves. if you are looking for some simple romance stories this is the anime for you. but i thought it was funny that they never show the face of the boys that these girls love. each story is an episode unto it self. the art work and music are ok. all around not a bad series but not a great one either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD, March 18, 2012
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If you can find this at a decent price it is well worth it. If you are looking for a romantic series with out the fan service this is it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasent mistake, October 3, 2009
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Steven Hinton "Steve" (upton, wirral United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I bought this series, as it reminded me of another series, called Diamond dust dreams, both series tall storys of people and places, this series was really good, the only down side was that it was all in Japanese with English subtitles, which made watching and reading what is being said a little distracting. But if you like real life tales of people living their lives with problems that are taken from life, then this series is worth watching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Low-key and surprisingly effective, November 16, 2008
This review is from: Sentimental Journey - The Complete Series (DVD)
This quiet show consists of twelve separate vignettes, each focused on a different character, all of whom seem to have known the same (unseen) person at different points in the past. There's nothing explosive about either the stories or the animation, but there's still plenty to like about it. Most of the cast members are sympathetic, and the screenwriter(s) clearly had a keen eye for the inexpressibly awkward moments that we all experience from time to time. While this is more a drama than a comedy, there are also a few sputteringly funny conversations. This is a treat for nostalgic anime fans, as its style and content hearken back to older material. Try it if you liked the (also very good) Diamond Daydreams.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woooahh just hold on a moment there .... no English audio, May 1, 2005
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Frederick Brown (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Just thought I'd let everyone know that this title's audio format is Japanese language only with optional English subtitles. I find this disappointing as its rated at 7 years and up and children do not like reading subtitles !!! I've kept the rating at four stars so as not to change the overall rating so far on this title. The reviewer below says it all anyway.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Kind of OK, September 21, 2013
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Jessica M. Brant (Ramstein, Germany) - See all my reviews
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This series is...ok. Very, very ok. I found some of the episodes more interesting than others, but on the whole it was a bit slow and boring. I liked the 'slice of life' aspect, though.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ugly Noses, September 21, 2012
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This set contains twelve different stories about twelve different girls, and every one of them has an ugly nose. Too many anime artists have a profound mental disability that makes it impossible for them to draw a facial profile that doesn't have a grotesquely distorted nose (say it out loud), and these girls are all victims of such a person. Huge disappointment, because the stories are great, and the faces are fine when they are looking straight at you. But when they turn their heads, ouch. Wish it could be done over.
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