Cardcaptor Sakura Vol. #06 (of 18) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 09, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, November 06, 2001
What They Say
Tiny Troubles. Card by card, Sakura gets closer to capturing them all, still the cards find plenty of ways to make trouble! Sakura thought the Loop Card's never-ending race was tiring, but the Sleep Card's about to teach Sakura's father what tired really means!
Now, even Sakura's friends have to help out when the Song Card makes Tomoyo keep singing until she gets the song perfect. What could be next? Oh, no! Sakura's been turned tiny by the Little Card - how will she capture it if her magic key is too huge to hold?
Uncut episodes of the popular CardCaptors series - with exclusive episodes not seen on TV
Even after five discs worth of this show now, the sugary sweetness of Sakura and her adventures hasn't turned me away. If anything, I'm becoming even more interested in these kinds of shows.
For our primary viewing session, we listened to this disc in its original language of Japanese. Of course, being that this is the only language on the disc again, it's a pretty easy choice. Throughout the track we didn't notice any dropouts or distortions and continued to find the opening and closing songs to be the best use of the stereo channels. The majority of the dialogue is through the center channel while the remaining music and sound effects made decent use of the left/right channels.
The transfer and authoring here looks pretty much similar to what we've seen on past discs. The quality of the animation is starting to take a slight dip with a lower cel count, but things still look great here. The colors and their vibrancy is a real winner with great looking flesh colors to the various ones used in Sakura's outfits. Background blues and blacks look good and stay mostly solid, though there's some slight macroblocking in one or two sequences. There's a bit more cross coloration creeping in here than I remember on the last disc as well.
The pink covers continue, this one with a great piece of artwork of Sakura in her latest (and only costume I believe) on this disc. There's just a lot of great depth to the colors and it looks wonderful. The back cover provides a number of soft animation shots underneath the text. While we don't get volume numbers for this series, we do get episode numbers and episode titles listed on the back, with a good summary of the show just below it. Production and technical information is clearly listed as well. The insert provides the chapter listings for the show with a great little piece of artwork of Li, Sakura, Tomoyo and Kero all singing in choir. Well, Li's attempting to at least!
The menu system here is really pretty barebones, but not altogether surprising. The main menu has some static artwork with no music and quick access to the few submenus that exist. Again, oddly enough, English Subtitles are defaulted to off.
The on disc extras are made up entirely of the conceptual art gallery, which has a number of shots of Sakura's dad and a couple of the house as well as other friends of hers. For those getting the first pressing of the disc, there's also a great little "Ganbatte!" postcard enclosed with Sakura and classmates cheering you on.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The show continues on with its strengths, bringing the adventures of Sakura and her friends as she continues to acquire the cards. Things are just a bit more difficult for her now, with the introduction in the last disc of Meilin.
Meilin thankfully doesn't dominate this disc, but does stand out in the episodes she's in. When Sakura's complimented on her running ability and talking about how she'll win the school marathon that's coming up, Meilin is right in everyone's faces about how she always wins. She proceeds with a dream sequence of her and Li winning in a 1-2 tie. She then proves her running ability, which is more suited to the 100 meter dash than the lengthy marathon style.
Thankfully she does learn about how to properly run a marathon, but she continues to be very brazen and abrasive with most people around her. When the race takes a turn for the worse when one of the Clow Cards shows up, she ends up causing more trouble than help. But this is almost a recurring theme with her.
When Li and Sakura go to the school late at night to check out a mysterious singing voice people claim to hear coming from the music room, Meilin makes it harder to catch the potential Clow Card when she jumps and freaks at everything. And this is after trying to justify being around for the adventure, since she can't actually capture cards, has no powers or anything to offer. Even Tomoyo managed to give a convincing reason of being in charge of recording everything.
My favorite episode though is the one dealing with her father, whose under a lot of stress and pressure at work for a project he's working on. Sakura and Tomoyo along with Kero take the time to go to the school to bring a surprise meal to him. They all get to appreciate just what he does when they find some of his student assistants first and they give the kids a peek into one of his lectures, letting them see just how good he is at what he does and how popular he is.
But it wouldn't be an adventure without a Clow Card showing up, and this one causes quite a bit of trouble. After Sakura manages to catch it, she realizes she completely trashed her fathers office and laptop. This allowed the character to really cry with real-life meaning and reminded us just how young she really is. It's a great tender scene between father and daughter that plays out well.
This disc brings us to just over a third of the way into the series, so there's still a fair bit more episodes to come that will be similar with capturing the cards and dealing with the issues until the larger plot becomes apparent in the second season. I'm looking forward to that, but I'm certainly not minding these episode adventures. Very recommended.
Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Conceptual Artwork Gallery
Toshiba TW40X81 40" HDTV, Skyworth 1050P Progressive Scan codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE835 DD/DTS receiver, Monster component cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: A+
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: C+
Age Rating: 12 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Running time: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Cardcaptor Sakura