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  • Age Rating: All
  • Region: 2 - Japan
  • Released By: Bandai Visual
  • MSRP: ¥5000 - ¥6800
  • Running time: 100/75@
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. #01-18

    June 16, 2002
Release Date: May 25, 2000

What They Say
Blockbuster hit Anime on DVD. Based on the work by CLAMP. Contains the first-season episodes 1 thru 3. #1 "Sakura to Fushigi na Moho No Hon (Sakura and a book of magic)", #2 "Sakura NO Sutekina Otomodachi (Sakura's wonderful friend)" and "Sakura No Dikidiki Hatsu Date (Sakura's heartpounding first date)"

The Review!
Card Captor Sakura is one of the newest "magical girl" genre anime created by CLAMP(R). I've always had a thing for this type of anime, but too much of anything and everything can get to people. For example, I can take Sailor Moon upto series R, but not much more. When I say, "take," I mean, "like." CCS is quite different. In most "magical girl" type anime, family members of the main character(s) rarely have any personalities or roles that we can care about.

Sakura's family is real, likeable, and almost relateable (not real
word), especially the big brother. Besides, she doesn't transform
into someone else who [looks just like the original person and yet no one else can tell(TM)] as with most other "magical girls." As with many other similar shows, she gets a sidekick. Cerberos is kind of weird, but still cute. She actually gets more than a stuffed-animal-sidekick, but I don't want to tell you more.
Throughout the series, I've always wondered why there is that card that is missing. I just found out why on the last episode. Yes, I'm teasing you all.

Story has fair amount of complexity, history, and relationships.
Animation is excellent for a TV series. Since the series will be
coming to North America soon, I will not give out details about the story. Voice actors/actresses are all top-class and all do excellent jobs. We'll have to see about the NA release. Music is quite remarkably well done. I purchased all the albums related to this series. Unlike many other recent TV anime, this series contains real orchestra music in both quality and quantity.

Considering the fact that Nelvana is telling us that subtitled version of DVD will be released in North America, it probably doesn't make too much sense for most people to purchase 18 Japanese DVDs costing way more than a grand, but I have doubts. There are more than a few iffy issues that may trigger some pointless controversy in this country such as Tomoyo's "love" for Sakura and Shaoran's "feelings" for Yukito. Actually, the second one can be logically explained, but who's going to wait so many episodes to figure it out? Besides, I get that warm fuzzy feeling that only a collector gets when I look at my collection of DVDs.

Skipping right along to the technical points, none of the discs have
any special features. They merely have very simple menu and the
actual episodes on them. Cover arts are consistent among discs, butnot particularly eye catching. First pressing discs come with various items such as cup coasters, cards, and a door board thingy. You can send for two special videos containing Tomoyo's videos if you purchase all first-pressing DVDs.

CCS is a mostly shoujo, magical girl type anime that makes me happy when I watch them. As with many things, it's probably not for everyone, but you definitely shouldn't avoid this title just because you never liked magical-girl type anime.

Japanese Language,3 episodes on 1st disc;4 episodes on all other discs

Review Equipment
Pioneer Elite DVL-91, AVS Crystal Image Video Scaler, Davis DL-450 DLP projector, Audio Research LS-15 preamp, two Bryston 3B-STs, Marchand XM-1 electronic crossovers, and modified Magnepan MG1.6.


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