Mania Grade: A-
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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. #06
By Edmund Lee
February 22, 2002
Release Date: November 06, 2001
Onto volume 6 and still going.
The first episode has Sakura competing in the school's marathon. However, Meilin is confident that she and Li will do a one-two finish. Problem is that Meilin has never run a marathon before and she has to some training. During the marathon, Sakura, Li, and Meilin happen to come across one of the Clow Cards, which were making them run in circles. With a bit of help from Kero, Sakura manages to capture the card before Li.
In the next episode, it's a lovely little story about Sakura's father and reveals a lot more about the family life of the Kinomotos. Anyway, it shows that Sakura's father teaches history at University and at the moment he has to finish an important project and everyone is helping him to complete it quickly. However a Clow Card thinks otherwise and decides to cause a bit of trouble. Sakura manages to capture it but she destroyed all of her father's work. Of course she was devastated and wants to make up by helping her father out as much as possible.
The third episode, life goes on as normal and everyone is having a good time in school. But it wasn't long till something came up and it spooked Sakura. Rumour has it that there is a ghost singing in the music room late at night. Of course Sakura refuses to go anywhere near things that have to do with ghost, it was pretty hard for Kero to convince her to go check out this incident was cause by a card. But when Yukito mentions that he would like to hear the song, she decides to go and search for it.
The last episode seemed like a parody of Alice in Wonderland. When Sakura wanted to see what it was like to live in a castle, that wish kinda came true as a Clow Card shrank her down to the size of a mouse. Before she knew it, she was blown out the window into the garden, soon chased by a cat, and almost eaten by a praying mantis, while chasing the Clow Card. But with a little help from Kero, she was able to turn back to normal and capture the card.
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, the images presented seem rather soft. But in one area, the turn very, very blurry for a few seconds before it went back to normal. This is the only problem I've noticed. Everything else was rather satisfactory.
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