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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B
  • 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. #02

By Chris Beveridge     February 09, 2002
Release Date: January 16, 2001


Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. #02
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
As if capturing 40-foot tall plush dolls (The Jump) wasn’t hard enough, now Sakura has competition! Li, her new classmate, has come from China to capture the Clow Cards for himself, so their relationship isn’t entirely friendly… Still for ten-year old Sakura, everything else pales in comparison with meeting her mother’s ghost! Can her heart take it?

Includes following episodes:
Episode #5: Sakura, Panda And The Cute Shop
Episode #6: Sakura And Memories Of Her Mother
Episode #7: Sakura’s First Attempt As A Thief?!
Episode #8: Sakura’s Rival Appears

The Review!
The day this disc arrived, we had five other anime ones show up alongside it. Card Captor Sakura was at the top of our list for one big reason - we needed a top of the line feel-good show. Boy did this one ever qualify!

Audio:
The Japanese language track came across sounding great. The opening song in particular comes out sounding wonderful (even if it does get hard to sing along with at a few points!). The rest of the track sounds quite good for a TV series, though there isn't a lot of directionality for it. Dialogue sounds solid and distortion free.

Video:
Much like the first disc, I'm simply in love with how this looks. Bright, vibrant, clean. Stunning. It's become one of the very few number of shows that I end up simply immersing myself in and enjoying the sheer beauty of it. With the variety of colors that this show uses and the amount of fluid animation for a TV series at that, this one definitely stands out against a lot of the ones out there in the past couple of years.

Packaging:
When I first opened the mailing box that this came in, I had no idea what was in it as the back was the first thing I saw and seeing the original logo for the show threw me for a minute. The front cover is no slouch either with a great looking soft and smiley piece of Sakura in her futuristic battle outfit (Keroooooo-Check!). The back cover lists the episode numbers and titles as well as giving a brief summary of the show. Plenty of rundown on the creative staff side though. The insert has a cute picture of the girls walking through the woods with the episodes chapter lists below it. The limited supply postcard is a cute one of Sakura and Tomoyo putting the finishing touches on a Valentines Day cake. Cuuuute!

Menus:
For some reason, the menus feel a bit less attractive this time around, but I can't put my finger on it. With little on the disc outside of the show, menu selections are minimal and access times are fast. I really like how the menu for the episode/chapter selection was laid out, but for the life of me I can't figure out why the subtitles are defaulted to off.

Extras:
The only extra this time around is the non-credit ending, which is indeed quite a bright piece of work when you take away the credits. Though it's rather simple (as a lot of endings are), definitely nice to have this one after getting the opening on the first disc.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There's just something about this show that has so completely won me over. It's a simple show with a concept done many times in the past in different ways. The pacing, set design, character costumes, the music... it's all just so very charming!

The show does follow the formula pretty well. Characters do some daily life activity, something weird happens, they realize it's one of the Clow Cards, then they take action against it, generally at night as well. These episodes aren't any different, though the final one brings into play a new character in the form of Li Shaolin, a distant distant descendent of Clow Reed, the creator of the Clow Cards.

That episode was pretty darn interesting, especially with how Li comes off. Even though these kids are only eight years old, he definitely comes across as a punk with attitude. I just had to laugh when he was introduced to the class and simply stared dead at Sakura, completely wigging her out. I got the impression that Tomoyo thought it might be love at first site though from how she looked at them both, which was amusing.

Li's introduction does bring a new element to the show, though hopefully his punk attitude will diminish after a bit and we'll see the two of them working together well, or at least less on edge as they are here. I'm so glad this is being subtitled though, as this was one of the few episodes I saw dubbed on Kids WB! and good god the changes... this is an immensely better version.

The three preceeding episodes are quite a bit of fun, especially the one that introduces more of Sakura's friends as they go to a new toy shoppe. Ok, ok, so there's a panda in it which is always cute (but not as cute as penguins). We also get to see four new costumes introduced courtesy of Tomoyo. I think the one introduced in episode 8, the pink cat style suit, is my favorite of them all so far, though the "thief" outfit was great in that it got the comment from Tomoyo that it shouldn't be flashy because thieves shouldn't be noticed. Good stuff.

Card Captor Sakura is one of the big new bright spots of my collection. It's going to take awhile for it all to come out, but I look at it as I've got a lot of great episodes to look forward to for awhile. Highly recommended.

Features
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Non-Credit Ending

Review Equipment
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.

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