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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: B
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cardcaptors

Cardcaptors Vol. #6

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: November 06, 2001


Cardcaptors Vol. #6
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
The Key Elements! Sakura faces off against The Watery and the Earth -- two of the most powerful Clow Cards! Yet, despite this adversity and the sad news that Mei Lin is returning to Hong Kong, Sakura will always find the key to her success within her kind heart and her creative mind!

The Review!
Ahh, Cardcaptors, a complete ripping apart and piecing together of one of the greatest pieces of anime ever. Of course, you can look at it this way. You?re getting eleven episodes of Cardcaptor Sakura condensed to three episodes!

Audio:

All we get is the English dub, which is good, since during the hack video job to make all the edits and retellings, the Japanese wouldn?t make sense at all. There?s a lot of electronic bass used in the music for the English version, which is all pretty much redone. If you judge the audio purely on a technical basis, it?s excellent. The big distractions are how names are pronounced differently in English.

Video:

The great video couldn?t be ruined by Nelvana, as the show only aired in Japan in 1998. Colors are bright, with no sign of fading. I couldn?t detect any scratches in the print. Except for a few tiny instance of macro blocking in some dark blues, which you really have to look at hard to find, the digital transfer went great. There are a lot of cuts in the flow though of course, due to Nelvana?s editing out of scenes. A new introduction was made for the English version, which contains scenes basically telling how Sakura became the Cardcaptor. The ending credits appear only after the last episode. I wish they did the same thing with the opening.

Packaging:

Sakura makes an appearance on the cover as she tries to capture the Water card. Unlike the Cardcaptor Sakura DVDs with features covers done slightly in manga style, the image here of Sakura is from the anime. The Cardcaptors logo is on the bottom of the image, with the subtitle Best of Friends. Looking at the spine, I can?t find any information for a volume number. On the back, the three episodes included on this volume are listed, and a plug for the official Cardcaptors website. There?s also an insert with Merlin that includes the episode titles and the names of each chapter stop.

Menu:

After the Kodansha, Nelvana, and Pioneer logos (which are how the Cardcaptor Sakura DVDs start also) we are presented with a static menu with three menu options: Play Video, Scene Access, and Extra. The background for the menu features scenes relevant from the episodes on this disc. For each episode, there are 5 chapter stops that can be selected under scene access. When you turn on closed captioning in the menus the image of a blowfish on screen changes. Lastly, there is no audio at all for the menus.

Extras:

Extras include closed captioning option and a character intro. This DVD?s character intro focuses on Tori Avalon (aieeeee!) and includes the one moving piece of video in the menus which is a small clip of Tori stealing one of Sakura?s pancakes.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

I am crying. As someone who?s seen the entire series, I feel like someone has ripped out my intestines and repacked them into my skull instead. The changes Nelvana made tries to make the show more hip, and hide the various relationships between the characters

All the characters are introduced in previous volumes, so I?ll just quickly mention them here. Sakura Avalon is the Cardpcaptor, and it?s her job to recover the Clow Cards. Clow Cards are magical spells basically, that when on their own, cause mischief. Together, with the Clow Card guardian, Kero, and her best friend Madison, Sakura attempts to gather the cards and learn nice moral lessons at the same time. Moral lessons, yes. This is just one of Nelvana?s additions to make the show right for American television. Also, the episode order is all jumbled around. The episodes focused on this DVD were spread over two seasons originally.

Allies is first, as Sakura visits an aquarium only to discover that the Water Card is there causing trouble. The challenge in this episode is to figure how Sakura could possibly catch the Water card since, the only cards she can use (yes, use, not have) are the Windy, Fly, and Shadow Cards. These cards are also her strongest allies, since she captured them first. I?m currently rolling my eyes.

When Sakura goes to check out the aquarium by herself, she meets Julian Star outside by coincidence. It isn?t a date, or anything. The Water Card makes an attack flooding the aquarium, and only thanks to Julian does Sakura survive. Afterwards, an off hand comment relating to ice cream gives Sakura the idea on how to catch the Water Card.

Meilin?s Story starts off with the announcement that she is leaving the country to head back home. Li though, immediately says the wrong thing mentioning how Meilin isn?t really all that helpful collecting the cards which upsets her. Sakura, feeling bad, invites her over for sleep over and they reminisce over their adventures. Finally, Meilin opens up with the story of how she and Li trained together growing up.

In the city though, the Double Card is playing havoc by replicating everything it finds. As the Cardcaptors go to capture it, they discover that the only way to capture the card is with exact teamwork by two people. It would require two people to be in complete sync with each other. A nice lesson about working how if you work together, you can solve problems. Can I puke now?

Our last episode on the DVD is The Last Card, Part I that begins with a premonition of Sakura meeting Ms Mackenzie, her school teacher, on the radio tower with Clow Cards flying all around. After she wakes up, Sakura joins Madison, Li, and Kero off on a picnic and to watch Julian participate in an archery competition. On the way to the park though, their train passes close to the radio tower, and at the archery competition, Ms Mackenzie is participating in it also! Kero though, senses that there is another mysterious entity named Yue is in the area. In the last minute of the episode, the Earth Card finally makes it presence know.

This last episode just sets up the final sequence of events in the series. I couldn?t detect a moral lesson! It?s still a lot better than a lot of US cartoons, and probably is a hell of a lot more entertaining if you?ve never seen the Japanese version. The cuteness of the original series is eliminated from this, and that?s really its biggest fault.

Features
English Language,Character Introductions

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 player, Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears

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