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- Age Rating: 12 & Up
- Region: 1 - North America
- Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
- MSRP: 29.99
- Running time: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Cardcaptor Sakura
Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. #01
By Edmund Lee
February 07, 2002
Release Date: November 07, 2000
I've heard many good things about this show, with all the sugary cuteness and interesting characters, so I took a risk and bought all of the current discs that's been released to see what's it all about. Needless to say, I've now become a Cardcaptor Sakura junkie.
To start off the disc, we are introduced to the characters that fill Sakura's world. This is the typical start to any anime shows I've or anyone else have seen. We have Sakura, the one and only Cardcaptor, her family and friends, and the ever important, Kero-chan and the Clow Cards. Kero-chan explains the importance of the Clow Cards, and tricks Sakura into becoming a Cardcaptor. And with a Clow Card appears nearby she has no choice but to catch her first card.
On the next episode, Sakura's friend Tomoyo finds out about Sakura being a Cardcaptor, in an amusing way. With that, Tomoyo decides to help her friend collect the cards, by filming Sakura's every move and designing all those cool and cute costumes. At the same time another card is running lose in her school, which leads to another exciting moment of our young Cardcaptor.
The third episode, we see Sakura and her friends on a field trip to the aquarium. And low and behold something is causing trouble for the people in the aquarium. Feeling a bit worried; Yukito (Sakura's older brother's friend who she has a big crush on) decides to take Sakura out to cheer her up. During her disastrous date, she figures out that what's causing all the troubles at the aquarium is the work of another Clow Card and we get another exciting capture sequence.
The last episode on the disc is a simple one where Sakura is staying home to clean up the house. During the clean up she found 2 more cards, but she forgot the important part of putting her name on it, which leads the cards to run amok in her house.
As I've stated before, taking the risk to get this show was something I've wanted to do since I've heard so many good things about it in the forums here at AoD. Originally a children's TV show, this really appeals to anyone of any age, and since it was originally done by CLAMP, it's no wonder this show is so addictive and can appeal to many people. The series is rather episodic, with each episode featuring a new card for Sakura to collect while using some of her cards she collected earlier on, but unlike most shows, it doesn't seem to feel that way. Heck even the stock footage doesn't seem like stock footage. It's always refreshing to see something different in every episode. Not to mention some of the exciting moments when Sakura is battling a Clow Card.
What is presented here is absolutely gorgeous. Colors are really bright with no bleeding here or there. But I notice a few bits of rainbowing on thin lines. Overall there really isn't much to complain here.
The audio is presented in its original language, with good use of directionality during the action packed moments. The music also comes out sounding great, and I quite enjoy some of the nicer background music. I didn't notice any dropouts and again there's not much to complain about here either.
On the extras, we get the following: textless opening, a character introduction to Sakura, the WB Cardcaptors opening. I like the opening sequence and having a textless version is a great bonus to this disc. The other opening on the other hand, what the heck is that? I'm thankful that Nelvana decided to show us what we are getting into if we see the US/hacked up version of the show.
The translation side of things, I can't make much comment on it since I know very little Japanese, but I would say it's well done. Though this is a bit of a nitpick, I wish Pioneer would use those -chan prefixes on the names. Reading Kero instead of Kero-chan doesn't seem that cute anymore.
In a whole, I say go get this DVD. No matter how kiddie this show can seem, you can't go wrong with a little sugary-sweet fun in your DVD collection. On to the next disc for more Cardcaptor goodness.
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