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- Audio Rating: A-
- Video Rating: B-
- Packaging Rating: B
- Menus Rating: B-
- Extras Rating: C+
- 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. #04
By Edmund Lee
February 22, 2002
Release Date: January 08, 2002
Onto volume 4 and still going.
On the first episode of the disc, we see Sakura on another one of her class trips. This time it's the zoo and her group was assign to view the elephants. However things turn bad as the Power Card arrives and it wants to test its strength on the elephants. Sakura issues a challenge and with some help from the elephants, and a bit of cheating with Li, she manages to defeat and capture the card.
The next episode (one of my favourites), there's a festival being held at Sakura's brother's school and Sakura was invited. It's all fun when Li joins Sakura and Tomoyo as they go looking at all the stores in the festival. But the highlight of this episode is seeing the gender swap Cinderella play with Toya as Cinderella! However thanks to a Clow Card, the play was interrupted and Sakura had to capture it quickly in order to save her brother.
The third episode, after losing a Card to Li, Kero got annoyed with Sakura and they both start fighting with each other. It continued on to next day and while Sakura's at school Kero decides to do something bad by eating some chocolates, problem is that these are alcoholic chocolate. Nothing is more funnier than seeing Kero drunk and speaking to a statue. Then a lonely little girl named Akane picks him up and he's now stuck being called a cat. Soon another Clow Card appears and endangers the life of Akane and Kero has to rescue her from trouble.
And on the last episode (another one of my favourites because there's no cards to capture but it has one of the most touching moments in Cardcaptor Sakura), the whole family is on a trip to a country house. There, Sakura meets an elderly man who lives close by, and soon both of them are having fun together. She was allowed to play with all toys and try out a dress that used to belong to the old man's late granddaughter. The beauty of it is that Sakura never did find out that this old man was her great-grandfather, but her great-grandfather knew who she was. And at the end of the episode it was shown that Sakura's father and Tomoyo's mother planned this meeting all along. Granted there's something about this episode that might make parents feel uneasy about showing it to young kids. But as long as teach them some basic common sense, it should be fine.
Originally a children's TV show, this show 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 so many people. The episodes are rather episodic, with each episode featuring a new card for Sakura to collect while using some of her other cards she collected earlier on to help her capture more, 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. Did I mention that in every bit that's not devoted to capturing cards involve some character development? Not only that there are some scenes that are the most cutest things in anime ever seen.
With the video I've noticed some problems in this volume. The video seemed to be soft and at times it blurs. It's really annoying and distracting that I had to turn on automatic image correction on my TV, which I don't like since it gives the images some edge enhancements. There aren't many problems I noticed with my DVD-Rom setup. However the worse fault of the video is how on the first episode seem to wobble too much for my liking, but thankfully it's only in this episode.
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 (compared to what I've heard in Cardcaptors). I didn't notice any dropouts and again there's not much to complain about here either.
The only extra in here is just an art gallery.
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 use those -chan prefixes on the names. Reading Kero instead of Kero-chan doesn't seem that cute anymore.
No matter how kiddie this show can seem, you can't go wrong with a little sugary-sweet fun in your DVD collection. I highly recommend it.
Panasonic SA-HT80, Panasonic TX-76PW10A 32" Widescreen 100hz/Progressive Scan, standard S-video cables