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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B-
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: C+
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • Age Rating: 3 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.95
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Cardcaptors

Cardcaptors Vol. #9

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: July 09, 2002


Cardcaptors Vol. #9
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
Sakura's Magic Fails! After capturing all the Clow Cards, everything should be normal, shouldn't it? No! Sakura is in for a surprise when a new student and a new enemy appears. Only this time, Sakura's wand doesn't work! How is she going to combat this new evil without her Clow Cards?

The Review!
All the Clow Cards have been captured, so our adventures are at an end. A new trouble seems to be arising though, and Sakura can?t seem to control the Clow cards anymore.

Audio:

This is the English dub only release of Cardcaptors, thanks to the wonderful edits Nelvana graciously provided us with. The music has been changed, and there are additional sound effects. The soundtrack is clear and free of distortions.

Video:

Due to this being a recent show, the source material is excellent and free of any scratches. I couldn?t find any glaring compression related artifacts. The introduction appears before each episode, but the ending credits only appear once at the end. The overlays are even getting better at blending in.

Packaging:

Sakura appears on the cover with the Star Wand she obtained during her battle with Yue. Yue and Kerberos are in the background. The back cover has the back of the book that holds the cards as a background image. The episodes contained within are listed. There?s an insert with chapter listings also.

Menu:

The main menu features Sakura, Li, and Kero and an image of Sakura with Wings in the background. It has no audio and is motionless. Play All, Scene Access and Extras are the choices from the main menu. Episode numbers are included with scene access. When you turn on closed captioning in the extras menu, crystals in Yue?s hand begin to glow.

Extras:

There is just one extra, and it?s a character profile on Eli Moon, a new transfer student who takes an interest in Sakura.

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

Now that the Clow Card Arc is over, we begin the Star Card Arc. Sakura is losing control of the cards, and she must bring them back under her control.

A Strange New Beginning starts with Li wondering if he?s going to have anything to do now that Sakura has captured all the Clow Cards. Then in school, a new transfer student, Eli Moon is introduced to the class. He immediately focuses on Sakura, and Li suspects him of doing something. At night, a strange storm occurs and Sakura goes out with Yue, Kerberos, and Madison. Several waterspouts attack them, and when Sakura tries to summon the Star Wand, she fails. As she soon discovers, she must now use the magic of her own star instead of using Clow?s Magic. All the cards must be brought under the power of her Star, but doing so takes a lot of energy out of her.

In our next episode, Running Out of Time, Sakura tries to quickly change a group of Clow Cards into Star Cards, but exhausts herself. The Dash Card makes a run for it due to it being scared, goes into Tori?s bike, and pedals off on its own. Eli had mysteriously touched the bike earlier. Sakura goes after the runaway card.

We end this volume with A New Set of Wings. It?s Julian?s birthday so Sakura goes to the craft store to get the materials to make a teddy bear. Again, Eli gets his scrubby little paws on it and places a charm on it. When Sakura gives Julian the teddy, it becomes King Kong Teddy. In order to defeat this enemy though, Sakura will need to use Fly and Sword at the same time, but they both change depend on the wand. Perhaps with her power, a new magic can develop.

The number of edits on this volume is immense. The first episode on this DVD is the combination of two regular Card Captor Sakura episodes. All of the scenes of Ruby Moon in her student form are gone also. Plus the episodes are out of order. Sakura is using the Jump card in the second episode here, but she doesn?t convert the Jump card until the third episode on this DVD.

The episodes here were just painful to watch. I was never much of a fan of the third season of Card Captor Sakura and the edits make it practically impossible to watch. Just go buy Card Captor Sakura.

Features
English Language

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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